Trinity players stand out at All-Stars

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NATCHEZ — Trinity was well represented this past weekend at the MAIS All-Star basketball games. Three standout players from Trinity, along with two standout coaches participated in the event at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

Kent King and L.J. Trimble represented Trinity for the boys’ team and Madelyn Cross was an All-Star on the girls’ squad.

King and Trimble led the Saints to a 29-6 record last season and a berth in the Class A state championship game.

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“It was a great honor (to be selected as an All-Star), because not many kids are chosen to do that, and it was nice to have a chance to play one more game,” King said.

The All-Star game was a family affair for King. His father, and Trinity head coach, David King, was selected to be one of the assistant coaches for the South squad.

“It was just another chance to coach L.J. (Trimble) and Kent one last time, and I had a blast coaching it,” David King said.

“And to have your son on (the team) was an honor and coaching him was an honor, as I get older I realize it’s a special thing,” David King said.

This was David King’s fourth All-Star game as a coach.

King also said how special it was that he was able to coach Trimble again.

“L.J. (Trimble) didn’t even start playing until his junior year and he still became a force down low. And I have said this many times, I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a kinder, sweeter kid than L.J. Trimble,” David King said.

Cross starred for the Trinity girls’ team, which also fell one game short of a Class A state title, this past season. The Lady Saints finished the season with a 28-9 record.

“She’s a great player, very coachable and well respected among her teammates, and even more special is that other coaches talk about how hard she plays,” said Trinity head coach, Richy Spears.

Spears was also rewarded for Trinity’s great season. He was named the head coach of the girls’ All-Star team.

“It was fun, the last official game of the year for the senior girls group,” Spears said. “(Coaching Cross) made it more special, one more time, it was great,”