Erick­son, Hager set for one fi­nal shot as high school stars

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Rick Cantu

Be­fore he be­gins his col­lege foot­ball ca­reer at Rice, Lake Travis run­ning back Andy Erick­son has one more game to play. So does West­lake linebacker Bryce Hager, who will play at Bay­lor this sea­son.

Erick­son and Hager, who helped their re­spec­tive high school teams to state cham­pi­onship games last fall, will com­pete for the South squad in the an­nual Texas High School Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion’s all-star game. Kick­off is at 7:30 p.m. Tues­day in­side the Alam­od­ome in San An­to­nio.

The foot­ball game is the show­case event of the 78th an­nual coach­ing clinic, which is ex­pected to draw about 10,000 high school coaches from all sports to the Alamo City.

Erick­son, the Amer­icanStatesman’s Cen­tral Texas foot­ball player of the year in 2009, is a big rea­son Lake Travis has won three con­sec­u­tive Class 4A state cham­pi­onships while also win­ning 46 straight games. Hager was an in­te­gral part of a West­lake team that reached the 5A state ti­tle game be­fore los­ing to even­tual cham­pion Eu­less Trin­ity in over­time.

Coached by Andy Evans of Ta­tum High, Erick­son and Hager will be joined on the South team by Bas­trop’s Auston Ship­ley, an All-Cen­tral Texas re­ceiver who will play at Blinn Ju­nior Col­lege.

The North team, coached by Bob Ship­ley, will have one Cen­tral Texas rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Wim­ber­ley of­fen­sive line­man Char­lie Tut­tle, who will play at Texas State this fall.

The lone Uni­ver­sity of Texas re­cruit in the game will be DeSoto wide re­ceiver Dar­ius Ter­rell. Texas A&M also will have one rep­re­sen­ta­tive — Lake Travis’ Andy Erick­son will play at Rice this fall. Mi­lano linebacker Matthew Jentsch.

The coach­ing school be­gins to­day at the Henry B. Gon­za­lez Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and the an­nual THSCA all-star bas­ket­ball game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. to­day at Gree­hey Arena on the St. Mary’s Uni­ver­sity cam­pus.

Among the play­ers who will par­tic­i­pate is Prov­i­dence­bound guard Joseph Young, who helped Hous­ton Yates to an un­de­feated sea­son and a sec­ond straight 4A state ti­tle. The Lions ended the 2009-10 sea­son ranked No. 1 in the coun­try by USA To­day.

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