Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester will be represented at the 2019 North-South Soccer Classic.
Sponsored by the South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association, the all-star event pits some of the top graduated seniors from the southern part of the state against some of the top graduated seniors from the northern part in two all-star matches. This year’s girls’ match is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 22 at T.L. Hanna High School. The boys’ match is scheduled to follow. Admission is $10 and programs are $5.
The South Girls All-stars team will be coached by Academic Magnet’s Alister DeLong and South Aiken’s David Mihoulides.
Ashley Ridge forward Campbell Gibson is one of 36 athletes named to the South Girls squad. Bishop England’s Kelly Drummond, Academic Magnet’s Jourdan Gruber, Bishop England’s Megan Reineke and Wando’s Micah Spickerman are the only other Lowcountry athletes selected for the team.
The South Boys All-stars team will be coached by Georgetown’s Chris Hapeshis and A.C. Flora’s David Schroer.
Fort Dorchester defender John David Benson is one of 36 athletes selected for that all-star squad. Academic Magnet’s Bryan Bracy, Wando’s Owen Hamilton and Jonah Miller, Bishop England’s Henry Loor and Oceanside Collegiate Academy’s Philip Siegwald are the only other Lowcountry players selected for the boys’ match.
The North-South Soccer Classic was founded in 1989 and has been staged every summer since then for the boys’ all-star game while the girls’ contest has been played annually since its inception in 1997.
In the boys’ series, the North leads the South 15-11-4, but the South has captured six of the past nine meetings which includes a pair of draws. The South tallied a 5-2 victory last year in Anderson.
In the girls’ series, the South holds a slim advantage at 10-8-4 and has won four of the past eight contests including a 1-0 victory last year.