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Six county participants set for weekend North-South events

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By Robert Howey

Six Lancaster County representatives – a coach and five athletes – will be involved in prep baseball-softball all-star action at two different locales this weekend. Two county baseball players – Lancaster High School’s Nick Ferguson and Buford High School’s Christian Dickson – will be involved in the annual North-South All-Star weekend at Myrtle Beach.At the same time, four county reps – Buford High School softball coach Sam Page along with Andrew Jackson High School stars Caroline Phillips and Tessa Faile and Indian Land’s Kimber Coley – will be participating in the annual North-South All-Star softball series at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.Ferguson and Dickson, who each signed with Spartanburg Methodist College last winter, will be on opposite teams.Ferguson will play for the Class AAAA-A North all-stars, while Dickson will be a member of the Class AA-AAA South stars. Play in the all-star tournament opens today.Each player is coming off stellar seasons.Dickson was the Jackets’ ace in their 15-7 season which saw them tie for the regular-season Conference VIII-AA title.Dickson, a two-time league MVP, was named the 2008 Conference VIII-AA Player of the Year. The right-hander won the Jackets’ baseball MVP for the second time and was presented the team’s Defensive Award for the second consecutive year.He is a five-year player for the Jackets.Ferguson, a pitcher-outfielder, helped LHS go 11-13-1 and earn a postseason bid to the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs as the third-place team in Region III-AAAA.Ferguson, an all-region pick, was selected as the Bruins’ MVP. He also was presented the Friends of Baseball Academic Award.Page, the BHS athletic director, will work with Karen White of Lakewood High School in Sumter County in leading the Class AA-AAA South team.A 12-year head coach of the Lady Jackets’ softball program, Page is in his third all-star event. He served as a coach in the 2001 North-South All-Star softball game and was an assistant coach in the 1998 North-South All-Star football game.Phillips and Faile each will cap stellar prep softball careers in the games as members of the Class AA-AAA South team.Faile was an all-region selection as an outfielder on the Lady Vols’ 20-11 team this spring. She and Phillips were key players in helping AJ win back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007.Phillips, an all-region in three sports at AJ, played third base for the Lady Vols. She was the co-recipient of the AJ softball Defensive Award this spring.Earlier this spring, she signed to play softball at Florence-Darlington Tech.Coley had a solid senior season for the Conference III-A champion Lady Warriors after returning from an injury.Coley, an All-Conference III-A selection, earned the Lady Warriors’ Offensive Award this spring when IL went 18-11 and advanced to the Class A Upper State championship series before falling to McBee at home.