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By James McAfee
WICHITA FALLS—The West team, coached by Caleb Callaway and staff from Knox City, scored a 46-16 victory in the Texas Six-Man Association Division I All-Star game here last Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The game was delayed by weather at the start and Callaway felt that there were a lot of mistakes made by both teams. “It showed with a 16-16 tie,” he said. “I found that plugging in an offense in three or four days is tough and it is hard to get the timing right.”
Callaway felt his all-stars did a lot better in the second half to pull away for the win. “Our defense played unbelievable all game and the intensity never dropped,” he said. “The big turning point play was the first play of the second half when Chance Ferguson scooped up an East fumble and took it in for a TD.”
Justin Rodriguez from Rankin was selected as the offensive MVP while Kaige Covington from Roby was named the defensive MVP. “But all of our guys were MVPs in my opinion,” Callaway said.
He added that his two players, Tyler Delosrios and Anthony Hernandez, opted out and chose not to attend due to personal reasons.
Callaway said the week of the coaching school and working with the all-stars was an awesome experience. “Being able to spend time with the best athletes from all over the state was a fun and an educational experience,” he said. “Our West team had some great young men on it and it was a busy week. From the day practice to late activities, it was a hectic week, but it was all worth it when we got to game day.”
In the Division I game the previous night, the West came up with a defensive stop with five seconds left to preserve a 38-34 win.
The West girls scored a 100-66 win, utilizing an effective full-court press, while the East boys claimed a 64-55 win in basketball games played at D.L. Ligon Coliseum at Midwestern University.