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North-South All-Star game

Two captains from area

– Heritage’s Conner Sheehan and Snider’s Ruben Holcomb received good news before the North-South All-Star game started Friday at North Central when the two Fort Wayne-area football players were named as two of the four captains for the North team.

“It was an awesome feeling,” Holcomb said. “I wasn’t really expecting to be named captain, so when I was, I was filled with joy.”

Sheehan said he felt the same.

“It means the world to me,” Sheehan said of being named captain. “It means the guys thought I was truly a leader out there.”

Playing in the heat

Heat was again a factor with the temperature for the 7:05 p.m. kickoff around 90 degrees. But the players were able to deal with the heat after practicing in it all week.

“It has been hot all week, but we adjusted well and got it done in the heat,” Holcomb said.

Starting nods

Of the 10 area healthy players on the North team, seven were starters and six were on offense.

On the offensive line, Huntington North’s Austin Garde (left) and Wawasee’s Chad Eppley (right) were at the guards and Holcomb was at right tackle.

In the backfield, Sheehan started at quarterback and North Side’s Anthony Linnear at running back.

Targets for Sheehan included Concordia’s Marq Rogers at receiver.

On defense, North Side’s Russell Collins started at right tackle.

Churubusco’s Jason Nicodemus was a backup fullback, Garrett’s Drake Landes second-string receiver and East Noble’s Drake DeMuyt right behind Collins at defensive tackle.

Missing players

Snider’s Addison Dellinger, who was on the North’s roster, was wearing a boot on the sidelines after twisting in ankle in practice Thursday.

Also, Homestead kicker Nolan McMahon had a back injury that prevented him from practicing or playing.

Award winner

Churubusco’s Jason Nicodemus received the Ralph Everman Award for the North. The award is named after Everman, a Bloomington accountant who had an influence on the 47th annual All-Star game.

gjones@jg.net

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