Six local players selected for MAIS All-Star Game

Published 12:03 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

CLINTON — Two local private schools will have representatives take part in the 2009 North vs. South All Star Football Game Friday.

Four players from Centreville Academy and two from Trinity Episcopal School were selected to take place in the MAIS’ All-Star matchup, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at Mississippi College’s Robinson-Hale Stadium in Clinton.

For the 2009 South Football All Stars team, Centreville’s Zach Sinclair, Tyler Glascock, Ragan Reynolds and Colby Lockwood were selected.

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Trinity, the MAIS Class A state champions, will be represented by R.J. Fleming and Matthew Rymer.

Tigers assistant coach Brian Stutzman said the number of players selected from Centreville was a big deal for the program.

“That’s an honor,” Stutzman said. “We’ve had four one other time that I can remember since I’ve been coaching. I don’t if any other schools had four, but all four (of our players) are deserving.”

Trinity head coach David King also said that he was happy for the two players selected from the Saints.

“It’s a big honor for (Fleming and Rymer), finishing their career with a state championship and an All Star appearance,” King said.

Stutzman said that each of the four players selected played a major role in Centreville’s 9-4 season.

“Everyone in the MPSA knows who Zach is,” Stutzman said. “He had over 2,000 this season and has rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the three years he’s played. He’s a spark plug that gives (100 percent) on every play.

“Tyler was a three-year starter for us on the offensive and defensive line. He tore both of his ACLs last year, and did a good job of rehabbing and getting back to his usual playing level.”

In addition, Stutzman also said Glascock provided an intangible that every team needs.

“He’s probably our most vocal leader. He would really stand up and take charge of situations. You have to have that kind of person (on a team).”

Stutzman also had good things to say about Reynolds and Lockwood.

“Ragan is a two-year starter for us, who probably would have also started his sophomore year if he hadn’t battled a hip injury. He was our center, and probably our most powerful run blocker.

“Colby played wide receiver and tight end for us, and his best asset was his hands and how well he caught the ball. He was also probably one of the top three safeties we’ve had here in a while. I don’t know how many interceptions he had, but it was probably in the double digits.”

For Fleming, playing in the All Star game is a big personal honor, he said, and he wishes all of his fellow seniors at Trinity could have done the same.

“I hate that my other seniors (besides Rymer) won’t get to enjoy this with us, because I feel they deserved a chance to be up here,” Fleming said.

Rymer also said he was happy to be nominated.

“It feels good,” Rymer said. “We worked hard all season, so this is kind of like icing on the cake.”

As much as both players like playing in the All Star game, King said neither would trade their state championship for the chance.

“It’s always an honor to have players make the All Star team, but both of them would tell you, it’s all about the team,” King said. “That’s how our kids are.”