By Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun
They’re calling it the Golden Circle Coaches All-Star Game, a game that would not only showcase the basketball talent from the Golden Circle area, but raise money to help one senior with a scholarship.
“We’ve been talking about doing something like this for a while,’’ Mildred Coach Daniel Johnston said. “And (Rice) Coach Phillip Eddins came to me wanting to do something like this and that’s how it got started. It’s something we want to do for the kids, for the seniors who put in so much time. Hopefully, we raise enough money for a scholarship.’’
There are no local all-star basketball games in this part of the state.
“Maypearl has an all-star game but that includes players from all over the state and there’s the TABC all-star game, but there’s nothing in this part of the state for our players,’’ said Eddins, who saw how much success a game like this can have when he coached in North Texas a couple of years ago.
“When I was coaching at Savoy in North Texas, they had an All-Star Game for the schools in the Sherman-Denison area and included the schools that the Herald-Democrat covered,’’ Eddins said. “I just thought it was a good idea. Anything we can do to give back to the area and the seniors, we want to do. As expensive as college is these days our seniors need as much help as they can get. Hopefully, we can earn enough money to help a young man further his education.’’
The plans for the game are in the early stages, but the boys coaches in the area are meeting this week to talk about how the teams would be divided and where the game would be played.
They want to hold the game on May 24 with nine players on each team. Coaches would nominate seniors from their team, and players from the same school would play on the same all-star team.
“We will try to divide it up as evenly as possible,’’ Eddins said. “We don’t want all posts on one team and all guards on another. We love our sport and we really ant to do something to give back to these young men. Once we get this thing going it will eventually become a tradition every year.’’
The coaches want the game to grow, and they want it to be a showcase for talent.
“I plan to send letters to all the college coaches in the area and tell them about the game,’’ Eddins said. “Hopefully, college coaches will come to the game.’’
At this point it will be a boys all-star game, but Eddins didn’t rule out the possibility of the game growing into a boys and girls doubleheader in the future.
“I think that can be something that happens down the road,’’ he said. “I think that when the girls coaches see what we’re doing they might want to have a girls game.’’
Eddins said the genesis of the idea came from the boys coaches of the nine Golden Circle teams and everyone liked the idea.
“I think it happened because all the boys coaches get along so well. It really has to do with the friendship we have with each other. We get along pretty good and just talking and throwing things around we came up with this.
“Everyone likes the idea,’’ he said. “We are still looking for sponsors. We are going to discuss a lot of things when we meet. We want to play the game on May 24 at either Navarro or at Rice. It’s going to give 18 seniors one last chance to play, and it’s going to mean a scholarship for someone.’’