SPRINGFIELD – There will be plenty of local representation Saturday, June 14, in the 26th annual West Central Illinois All-Star football game at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.
Alton’s Jeff Alderman will coach the South squad. And the 43-player roster includes Kyle Obertino, Lucas Baalman and Austen Goheen, plus Jacob Palen and Levi Wallace of Roxana.
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the SHG west campus field in Springfield. The game will feature 86 senior high school players from the 2013 season, representing 27 high schools in West Central Illinois.
A crowd of 1,500 is expected to attend the game. Carlinville High football coach Chad Easterday is the game coordinator.
Practices will be held at 6 p.m. on June 9-12 for South squad players at Staunton High. School and 6 p.m. June 10-13 for North Squad players at Rochester High School. Derek Leonard of Rochester High School is coaching the North.
Players from Breese Central, Carlinville, Carrollton, Gillespie, Greenfield/Northwestern, Greenville, Hillsboro, Litchfield, Nokomis and Staunton are playing for the South team.
The North roster features players from Calhoun, Athens, Auburn, Chatham Glenwood, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Routt, New Berlin, Petersburg Porta, Pittsfield, Pleasant Plains, Riverton, Rochester, Springfield SHG, Springfield High and Williamsville.
Admission to the game is $5 for adults or students with children under age 12 admitted free. There will be full concessions along with All-Star game T-shirts available for sale by The Cubby Hole. Gates will open one hour before game time.
Last year, the North topped the South for the second straight year, intercepting four passes on their way to a 31-17 victory. The win gives the North a 12-6 edge in the all-time series.
Prior to becoming a North-South game in 1996, the West held a 5-2 lead over the East.