Leader Blues

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SPORTS >> Few locals are named as coaches for all-stars

By TODD TRAUB
Leader sports editor

Area coaches were largely absent from the staffs of 2010 Arkansas High School Coaches Association all-star games announced Tuesday.

The staffs were released at a news conference at the Arkansas Activities Association’s North Little Rock offices.

Sylvan Hills’ Melissa Duncan was named to the East all-star cheer staff headed by Jonesboro’s Caroline Crawford.

No other Leader-area coaches were named to the football, volleyball or dance staffs named Tuesday.

The football game, which pits a squad of East all-stars against a squad from the West, is in its 55th year and will be played at 7 p.m. on June 25 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

The all-star volleyball game, in its ninth year, will be held at 7 p.m. on June 23 at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

Cheer and dance squads, also in their ninth year of all-star participation, will perform during the all-star festivities.

Paul Johnston of Bald Knob is the head coach for the East football team.

The staff will consist of Brad Bolding of North Little Rock, Van Paschal of Monticello, Jon Bradley of Cave City, David Carpenter of Junction City, William Hardiman of Little Rock Parkview and Mason Moody of Bald Knob.

Fountain Lake’s Tommy Gilleran, whose team won the 3A state championship, is head coach for the West football team. His staff includes Randy Tribble of Greenbrier, Josh Jones of Magazine, Chris Wood of Springdale Har-Ber, Bill Harrelson of Gravette, George Shelton of Watson Chapel and David DeArmon of Fountain Lake.

Head coach for the East volleyball squad is Lisa Beasley of Marion. She will be assisted by Kelly O’Rourke of Mount St. Mary, Vickie Gatewood of Nettleton and Melissa Williams of Piggott.

West head coach is Huntsville’s Angie Baker. Her assistants are Brandy Chumley of Benton, Jessica Phelan of Fayetteville and Brent Reeves of Mansfield.

Morrilton’s Trent Tipton, president of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association, made the staff announcements at Tuesday’s news conference.

No Leader area volleyball players were named to the all-star roster.

The football roster was not set by late Tuesday.