Once more onto the pitch for 12 area standouts

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Abby Phillips was thrilled to learn she had been selected to play in Saturday’s annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Game.
“It’s such an honor to be picked,” said the Tupelo High midfielder and Mississippi State signee. “Some of my friends were selected last year. This will be my last high school game.”
Phillips will join 11 other players from Northeast Mississippi selected to participate in the girls and boys matches at Clinton High School football stadium. The girls will play at 4 p.m., followed by the boys.
One of her North teammates will be Tupelo’s goal keeper, Alabama signee Kat Stratton, the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year last season.
“It’s an honor,” Stratton said. “There are a lot of people on this (THS) team who could have gotten picked.”
Stratton recorded 11 shutouts this season and led Tupelo the Class 6A state championship game.
Amory’s high-scoring forward Addie Forbus, the leading candidate for the Journal’s 2013 Player of the Year honor, and Corinth keeper Stennett Smith, the Journal’s slow-pitch softball Player of the Year in the fall, were also selected.
Forbus, an Ole Miss signee, finished her career with a state-record 231 goals. He scored 50 this season with 15 assists.
Piercen Burchfield, a defender on Pontotoc’s Class 4A state championship team, and forward Hunter Stewart and midfielder Hayden Stewart, brothers from Oxford’s 5A state title squad will join forces on the North.
Amory’s Evan Thomas, Tupelo’s Alx Little and Drew Williams, and Starkville’s Dylan Howard were also selected.
Amory head coach Nathan Clayton and his assistant, Linzy Patterson, are the North boys coaches.
gene.phelps@journalinc.com