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By James McAfee
WICHITA FALLS—The Knox City High School coaching staff will be busier than usual here next week at the Texas Six-Man Association Coaching School.
Head coach Caleb Callaway was selected as the coach for the West team for the Division I all-star football game scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at Memorial Stadium. Joining him will be his assistants Jordan Carter and Josh Ralston.
On Tuesday, the football all-stars report between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Practice starts at 2 p.m. while basketball all-stars report between 1:30 and 3 p.m. with practice to start at 3:45
“We will practice throughout the week as well as attend activities that the TSMCA has setup,” Callaway said.
Among the football all-stars will be Knox City graduates Anthony Hernandez and Tyler Delosrios.
An interesting development for the DI game will be that an all-female football officiating crew has been assigned. Texas Association of Sports Officials Executive Director Michael Fitch reported this is the first time in the United States that females will entirely comprise an officiating crew.
The crew will be led by veteran official Crystal Cooksey, based out of Dallas, as the referee. She’s been officiating for 11 years and recently made history as the first female assigned at a Texas state championship game, calling the Class A Division II matchup between Balmorhea and Richland Springs. Joining her will be umpire Jenifer Calhoun from Waco, head line judge Rachel Stepian of Austin, line judge Amy Smith of Fort Worth and back judge Valerie McIntosh of Austin.
Cooper Thornhill of Blum will be the coach of the East team.
For the DII game at 7:30 Friday July 16, Daleton Degraffenreid of Klondike will coach the west and JaMarcus Ashley of Calvert the east.
The girls all-star basketball game is scheduled at noon Saturday, July 17 with Eric Simmons of Rankin as the west coach and Jared Shaffer of Iredall the east coach. Garrett Watson of Valley will coach the west and Channing Coffey of Aquilla the east for the 2 p.m. boys game.