Competing with the best

Sylacauga boys head basketball coach Will Copeland (left) will be one of three coaches for the North All-Stars in Wednesday’s all-star game in Montgomery. Aggies head football coach Matt Griffith will serve on the North All-Stars coaching staff for Thursday’s all-star game. Griffith will be joined by his former quarterback, Keaton Wilson (center), who was a late-addition to the North team.

Two coaches and an athlete will represent Sylacauga during the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s All-Star Week that begins Monday in Montgomery.

Aggies boys head basketball Will Copeland will join a three-coach staff leading the North All-Stars against the South All-Stars at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Sylacauga head football coach Matt Griffith will serve on the coaching staff of the North All-Stars against the South All-Stars at the Cramton Bowl on Thursday at 7 p.m. Griffith will be joined by his former quarterback, Keaton Wilson, who was a late addition to the North squad.

“I’ve been excited,” said Griffith, who also serves as the school’s athletic director. “I think it’s a big honor. The biggest thing is it’s good for Sylacauga to represent our high school and our community down there.

“It’s tremendous for Keaton Wilson to be selected … I think it’s a really neat thing that Coach Copeland is coaching the basketball all-stars, and I’m fortunate enough to coach in the football all-star game.

“You get to meet a lot of coaches and see a bunch of kids from other schools. It’s a really fun atmosphere, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Copeland guided the Aggies to a Class 5A state championship with a 79-78 overtime win over Eufaula at Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on March 3. It was Sylacauga’s first state championship since 1988.

Griffith, who led the Aggies to an 8-3 season in 2017, said the all-star week is a great time to talk shop with successful coaches and learn about each other’s game-day traditions. He cited his own tradition as an example.

“We’re a firm believer (in taking) our kids to a breakfast at a church every Friday morning just to start that bonding as far as, ‘Today is special. It’s game day.’ …” he said. “I’m just looking forward to comparing notes with other coaches, and the opportunity to coach kids from other schools is just a lot of fun.”

Wilson said he found out he’d be playing with the North a few weeks after he graduated and added he had been working out to prepare for his journey to Huntingdon College, where he will be a member of the football squad.

“It’s been good knowing I get to put those pads on, put the Sylacauga helmet on one more time and go out there to show what I’m capable of (on the field)," he said.