Nine high school football players from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have been selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Top seniors from the Upper State will face top seniors from the Lower State of South Carolina at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach on December 14. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
Dillon's Anthony Blue is one of the top running backs in the Pee Dee. He will likely be used primarily as a defensive back for the South All-Stars.
Georgetown's Jordan Ward has 67 tackles this season for the Bulldogs. He will play linebacker for the South Stars.
Johnsonville's Arkealious Williams leads the Flashes with seven sacks. We will play defensive end for the South squad.
Two Marlboro County defensive stars made the team. Defensive End Ronheen Bingham has 77 tackles, including seven sacks for the Bulldogs "Black D" defense. And 305 pound Daryus Gillespie has 79 tackles this season, including three sacks. He will play defensive tackle.
Hartsville also had two players picked for the South team. They lead a Red Foxes defense that has allowed an average of only 6.22 points a game. Linebacker Laquan Haigler has 37 tackles this season, and has scored a defensive touchdown. Teammate Dontez Rogers joins him. Rogers will play free safety.
Loris linebacker Quavon Bellamy is one of the area's top tacklers with 123. Bellamy is the leader on the Lions defense that has given up just 97 points over their first nine games.
Conway's Ikeem Coles also made the South roster. He will play defensive back. Coles is also a solid receiver with 31 catches for 474 yards and four touchdown this season for the Tigers.
Area coaches on the South All-Star staff are Conway's Steve Hall, Lake View's Daryl King, and Hartsville's Carlisle Koonts. Kathryn Chapman of Myrtle Beach will be one of the trainers.
The official name of the North-South game is now The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl. A total of 88 players were selected. 44 on the North squad, 44 on the South.