Six locals heading to North-South game

Six Herald-area players were selected to play in the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association's 60th North-South All-Star Football Game on Dec. 8 at Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium.

Chester and Clover are sending two players each, Lewisville and Great Falls one apiece.

Gene McCaskill, a wide receiver/quarterback who committed to Kentucky as a wideout, and Terrell Springs, a cornerback committed to UAB, will represent the Cyclones.

Clover running back Chris Douglas and defensive end Tre Turner, who will play baseball at The Citadel, are the Blue Eagles that made it.

Lewisville and Great Falls are sending wide receiver/defensive backs Antwan Robinson (Lions) and Jeremy Simpson (Red Devils).

Indian Land's Bob LeRoy is an assistant coach for the North team. Fort Mill's Ben Merritt is the head athletic trainer.

"We watched every inch of tape that was sent to us and I think we picked a very good team to represent the North," said North Central's Ron Blackmon, the North's coach. "We have some big-time recruits, we have some star players and we have some players who earned their way into this game with their play this year.''

Among the top recruits is South quarterback Aramis Hillary from Strom Thurmond. He's committed to South Carolina, where his uncle, wide receiver Ira Hillary, played.

Players must be recommended by their high school coaches. They are selected by the game's coaching staffs after careful review of tape from the season.

The South coach is St. John's Larry Sechrist.

The players will begin their week of activities at Myrtle Beach on Dec. 2. The practice schedules and activities are similar to a college bowl schedule for the All-Star players and coaches.

Tickets for the game and the awards presentation are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Tickets and game information are available at