There will be a Jackson County presence once again this year in the annual WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic. Some of the state’s top 74 senior football players from the 2011 season will suit up in the contest that is set for Saturday, June 16 at UC Stadium in Charleston.
Ravenswood’s Class AA First Team All-Stater Jeremy Lawrence, a running back, defensive back and return man, will be one of the North’s 37 players. Lawrence, who starred on Dick Sturm’s final Red Devil teams, is heading to West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon where he will continue his football career.
David Hicks, a Class AAA First Team All-State player for the Ripley Vikings, was chosen for the game but unfortunately won’t get to play due to a recent surgery. Hicks was a standout running back, linebacker and defensive end during his days for Jimmy Frashier’s crew.
Since the classic’s rebirth in 1976, Jackson County has been represented in all but three games.
Four head coaches from Jackson County have served as the top leaders in the annual Classic. Ravenswood’s Fred Taylor led the South Cardinals in the 1988 contest. Ripley’s Frank Marino was the head coach of the North Bears in the 1990 showdown. The past two years Frashier and Sturm were the head coaches for the North.
From 1976-1989, Jackson County players were a part of the South. Restructuring of the boundaries due to consolidation around the state shifted Ravenswood and Ripley to the North starting with the 1990 contest that had Marino as the head coach.
Four Jackson County players have garnered North Most Valuable Player honors in the game – Ravenswood’s Ryan Ward and Chip Donohoe in 1996 and 1997, respectively, along with Ripley’s Jeff McCoy in 2003 and Parker Deem in 2006.
History of Jackson County North-South Classic selections
2011-(North) Ravenswood’s Dick Sturm (head coach), Steve Sturm (assistant coach), Ravenswood’s Mark Davis, Chad Small and Cole Starcher and Ripley’s Correy Goff (South wins, 14-13)
2010-(North) Ripley’s Jimmy Frashier (head coach), Ripley’s David Heis, Ronnie Mullins and Scotty Ullom and Ravenswood’s Tanner Hunter (South wins, 21-6)
2009-(North) Ripley’s Seth Parsons, Lonnie Kiser and Ravenswood’s Jake Young (North wins, 22-0)
2008-(North) Ripley’s Jimmy Frashier (assistant coach), Ripley’s Logan Martin and Logan Seabolt (South wins, 24-14)
2007-No Jackson County players selected (South wins, 7-3)
2006-(North) Ravenswood’s William Workman and Ripley’s +Parker Deem (South wins, 33-22)
2005-No Jackson County players selected (North wins, 9-7)
2004-(North) Ravenswood’s Brett Greene and Brandon Smith (North wins, 21-12) 2003-(North) Ripley’s Corey Isner, +Jeff McCoy, Ty Phalen and Ravenswood’s Caleb Lanning (South wins, 25-20)
2002-(North) Ripley’s Brock Stotts, Broc Skeens and Ravenswood’s Ty Pistelli (North wins, 39-12)
2001-(North) Ripley’s Jon Spencer (North wins, 41-21)
2000-(North) Ripley’s Doy Nichols and Justin Southall (North wins, 20-18)
1999-(North) Ripley’s Justin Johnson, Adam King and Ravenswood’s Luke Salmons (North wins, 19-8)
1998-(North) Ripley’s Eddie Smolder (South wins, 26-0)
1997-(North) Ravenswood’s +Chip Donohoe and Davey Hood, Ripley’s Lance Morrison and Ben Parsons (North wins, 14-13) 1996-(North) Ravenswood’s Eric King and +Ryan Ward (South wins, 19-2)
1995-(North) Ravenswood’s Matt Moresea (South wins, 24-0)
1994-(North) Ravenswood’s Greg Archer and Ripley’s Richard Holley (South wins, 28-0)
1993-(North) Ravenswood’s Pat Akers and Ripley’s Brian Johnson (North wins, 20-14)
1992-(North) Ripley’s Kenny Skeen (South won, 30-16)
1991-(North) Ravenswood’s Eddie Gould and Ripley’s Brandon Landis (North won, 14-7)
1990-(North) Ripley’s Frank Marino (head coach), Mike Deem (assistant coach), James Kay and Chris Martin, Ravenswood’s Kevin Copley and Scott Dale (South wins, 20-14)
1989-No Jackson County players (South wins, 20-12)
1988-(South) Ravenswood’s Fred Taylor (head coach), Dick Sturm (assistant coach), Jeff Corder and Robbie Taylor, Ripley’s Mark Johnson and Nathan Nelson (South wins, 35-24)
1987-(South) Ravenswood’s Bruce Coiner and Ripley’s Rod Lanham (South wins, 10-7)
1986-(South) Ripley’s Dean Parsons (South wins, 39-0)
1985-(South) Ravenswood’s Paul Fletcher and Bunky Seaver, Ripley’s Daniel Winters (South wins, 34-18)
1984-(South) Ripley’s Brian Hussell (South wins, 14-13 OT)
1983-(South) Ripley’s Brad Hunt and Scott Walters (North wins, 19-14)
1982-(South) Ripley’s Dewayne Merritt (North wins, 29-12)
1981-(South) Ripley’s Mickey Marino (South won, 7-3)
1980-(South) Ravenswood’s John Adkins and Ripley’s Butch Barnette (North wins, 23-0)
1979-(South) Ravenswood’s Jim Mahan and Doug Ritchie (South wins, 15-8)
1977-(South) Ravenswood’s Fred Taylor (assistant coach), John McCoy and Jim Thompson (South wins, 23-6)
1976-(South) Ravenswood’s Fred Taylor (assistant coach), Gary Blair and Bryan Canterbury (North wins, 8-6)
+-North team Most Valuable Player