LaFayette High School star athlete Qua Boyd, along with a few LaFayette coaches, are in Montgomery this week as part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 16th Annual All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference. Boyd, a multi-sport athlete at LHS will participate in the week’s events as a member of the South basketball team.
The event brings together the top up-and-coming seniors from around the state to compete in different sports in North-South games. The week began on Monday with the all-star baseball game at Patterson Field. It was the first of eight all-star contests slated for the week. Recent graduates and not rising seniors play the football game, which will take place on Thursday.
Boyd helped lead the Bulldogs to the playoffs in both football and basketball last season, and is expected to do the same in the upcoming year. His ability on the football field has already drawn the attention of several Division-I colleges, but it will be basketball the 6’4” forward will be focusing on this week.
He reported to Montgomery to join his South teammates on Monday for two days of practice before the game on Wednesday at the Alabama State Acadome.
LaFayette Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Steve Coker and Head Basketball Coach Obadiah Threagil were among the LHS staff members to attend the events.
In all, All-Star Week expects some 4,000 teachers, coaches and administrators to attend, includes a Coaches School hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
Baseball kicks the week off on Monday, and softball and girls and boys soccer will take place on Tuesday. Girls and boys basketball games will be held on Wednesday and volleyball and football will take place on Thursday.
All-Star Sports Week will conclude Friday night with the Championship Coaches Banquet. The banquet will also be highlighted by the presentation of the Making A Difference Awards, which are presented to six individuals – one from each of the six AHSAA classifications – for their outstanding contributions to the AHSAA’s education-based athletic mission.
Ten schools will also receive a Dr. Lawrence Lemak need-based $2,500 grant. The schools were selected from more than 50 applications by a special committee. The fifth annual Sportsmanship Luncheon, honoring 97 schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2011-12 school year, will also be held Friday.
Among this year’s featured clinicians for the Coaching School are Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik. Both head football coaches will speak on Wednesday at the Football Coaches School. Other keynote speakers include new UAB men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase; new Auburn women’s basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy; Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin; new UAB head football coach Garrick McGee; and North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora.