Fayetteville head baseball coach Morris Phillips will be in the dugout Tuesday coaching the North All-Stars in the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week. Phillips, who earned Class 1A Coach of the Year honors in 2011, said he is honored to be selected as a coach on the North all-star team.
“It is a great honor to be selected to coach the team,” Phillips said. “There will be a lot of great athletes there competing and trying to get recognized for their upcoming senior year. Hats off to Will Green and Zack Lightsey from Sylacauga and Childersburg for making it. I look forward to being with those guys and all the other guys on the team.”
Phillips led the Wolves to another great season in 2014. Fayetteville made a run to the semifinals of the Class 1A Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs. This is the second time in three years the Wolves advanced to the semifinals.
“I am on the board that selects the team and a couple of the coaches there nominated me to do it and I accepted. It is a great honor and I look forward to it. This is not one those things you get to do every year, but it should be interesting. I give all the credit to the Lord for blessing us with a great season at Fayetteville and opening doors for us.”
Phillips is the second coach from Talladega County to be represented on the North team in as many years. B.B. Comer’s Brandon Brown coached in last season’s game. Two area players will be represented on the team … Childersburg’s Zack Lightsey and Sylacauga’s Will Green. Phillips doesn’t know if having a familiar face in the dugout will help those young men be more comfortable on Tuesday.
“I don’t know if it would or not,” Phillips said. “We know of each other and all, but as far as personally knowing each other I can’t say that we do. We play against each other and we will know of each other when we are out. It should be fun and I am looking forward to it.”
The North-South baseball all-star doubleheader will be played at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits, Tuesday, July 22, with the first pitch at 4 p.m.
Area fans who want to tune in to the game will be able to access them at nfhsnetwork.com. via the NFHS TV Network subscriber program. The Network can also be accessed at ahsaa. Com. by clicking on the NFHS Network link.