Arkansas High School Coaches Association announces football, volleyball All-Star teams

Times Record Staff

Two area fall sports coaches were selected as head coaches to highlight Wednesday's announcement of the fall All-Star teams by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association.

Chris Young, who led the Greenwood football team to the 6A state championship in his first season, was named the coach of the West All-Star football team.

In addition, Southside volleyball coach Natalie Throneberry, who guided the Lady Mavericks to their third straight state championship match appearance, was selected the coach of the West All-Star volleyball team.

The AHSCA All-Star football and volleyball players were also announced Wednesday afternoon. Due to COVID-19 concerns, for the second consecutive year, All-Star Week and the coaches clinic scheduled for June in Conway has been canceled.

All-Star coaches were nominated by their conference and selected by a vote of their peers. The All-Star coaches then selected their teams from players nominated by their conference.

In football, there were several athletes selected to the West All-Stars. They included Booneville's Jarrett Mitchell, Charleston's Dalton Curtis, Greenwood's Jayden Jasna and Braden Stein, Magazine's Kobe Faughn, Ozark's Lawson Jackson, Paris' Jimmy Dikeman, Southside's Shawn Rogers and Van Buren's Jaiden Henry.

Additionally, Greenwood players Luke Brewer and Parker Gill were selected as managers. Joining Young on the West coaching staff is Greenwood assistant Jason Gill, Charleston coach Ricky May and Clarksville coach Khris Buckner.

Several area volleyball athletes were named to the West All-Stars. They included Greenwood's Anna Johnson and Hannah Watkins, Hackett's Madi Taylor and Rain Vaughn, Lavaca's Kinzee Brown, Mansfield's Brooke Wright and Southside's Avery Fitzgerald and Aleigha Johnson. Hackett player Madeline Freeman was selected as a manager as well.