From ALEC ETHEREDGE | Editor-in-chief
Football teams across Shelby County show themselves to be some of the best in the state every year, and it becomes even more evident when the postseason prices kick in.
This year was no different when Shelby County placed 10 athletes on the Super All-State Team and 33 honorable mentions. In addition, seven formed the Class 7A All-State Team, nine formed the All-State Team 6A, four formed the All-State Team 4A-5A, and one formed the All-State Team 1A-3A.
In the Super All-State team, which honors the best players regardless of their classification, the county placed six in the first and four in the second team.
Those who formed the first team included four from Indian Springs, one from Thompson, and one from Spain Park.
Indian Springs was represented by Jackson Nabors, Nathan Tozzi, Riley Alexander and Sims Tosh after a record season, while Spain Park was represented by Alan Melendez and Thompson by Luke Gentile.
Indian Springs and Spain Park were the county’s two state champions that year, making school history in the process, with Springs setting new state records and the Jags winning their first state championship.
The county also had 33 names in the team’s Honorable Mention, many of which were also on the all-state team of their respective classification.
In class 7A, seven players formed the team, six of them in the first team.
Spain Park was well represented with Jacob Jowers and Kaleb Jowers, who both formed the first team along with Melendez. In addition to those three, Josh Rowland earned a spot on the second team for the Jags.
The Oak Mountain Eagles placed two in the first team when Seth Acton and Grant Renfrow both made it after special seasons.
Gentile represented the Warriors on the first team after a strong season as a defender.
The county had the highest representation in the Class 6A all-state team, with nine players earning a seat, including three in the first team.
These three players, including Chris Nettuno and Matt Reinsch from Chelsea and Marvin Ornelas Avalos from Pelham.
In the second team, Pelham had three more players on the list thanks to Kenneth Hernandez Garcia, Alejandro Hernandez and Braden Troxell, while Briarwood had two and Helena had one.
The Lions were represented by Sam Jauregui and Mathias Leib, while the Huskies were represented by Stewart McElveen.
Indian Springs put together a strong group of players on the Class 4A-5A All-State Team, with Nabors, Tozzi, Alexander and Tosh forming the first team.
In the 1A-3A classification Westminster at Oak Mountain was represented by Crawford Merk in the second All-State team.