It's All-Star weekend across the state in three different sports, with several local athletes represented in what will be for many of them their final prep appearances. In Carbondale, Illinois, the Western Kentucky All Star football team will play a team of all-stars from Southern Illinois in the ninth annual event. Southern Illinois leads the series 5-3, including a thrilling 27-21 win last year in Murray when an apparent game-winning touchdown by Western Kentucky was nullified due to a penalty.
Graves County's Lance Gregory is the head coach of the Western Kentucky team, which is headlined by former Mayfield running back Jonathon Jackson, who rushed for 1,951 yards and 37 touchdowns in leading the Cardinals to the Class 1A state title.
Southern Illinois will counter with Centralia running back Rashad Campbell, who ran for 1,964 yards and 26 touchdowns. 599 yards of Campbell's total came in a school-record performance in which he added six touchdowns against Marion.
Other local players scheduled to play for Western Kentucky include David Wease and John McGee of Trigg County; Ryan Knight and Kory Moseley of Christian County; Koty Hix and Drayton Simmons of Fort Campbell; and Caldwell County receiver Tez Sivills.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7pm at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville's Jordan Majors will try and help the Kentucky All-Star basketball team get their first win over the Indiana All-Stars since 2008. Majors told the Kentucky New Era that he signed with Division II Florida Tech this week, turning down an opportunity to walk on at the University of Kentucky. The first game will be tonight at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The teams will play again in Indianapolis tomorrow night.
On Saturday, Christian County's Maggie Glass will play the East-West All-Star game at Ballard High School. The teams will play two games Saturday and one more game on Sunday.
Other players for the West Team include Breanne Ray of Marshall County, Courtney Walker of Livingston Central, Hope Davidson of Reidland, Jordan McNary of Hopkins County Central, Mallory Young of Marshall County, and Markie Smith of Muhlenberg County.
The standout players from the weekend from the East and West will be chosen to play in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game later this month.