All-Star Material: McSheffery selected for state game

Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 10, 2004 -- The state's coaches liked what they saw from Melissa McSheffery. So much so that the Sulphur Springs senior was selected to play next month in the All-Star softball game sponsored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

McSheffery, who has earned district superlative honors since she started on varsity as a sophomore, was one of 30 girls selected by the TGCA to take part in the East vs. West game on July 6 at Birdville ISD. McSheffery will play for the East team.

"It's a really neat deal, and I'm honored to get to play in it," she said. "I know a couple of girls from surrounding schools that will be there. I'm really excited. I think it's really going to be awesome."

Each team will have 15 players. They will practice twice on Tuesday, July 5, practice again on July 6 and then play that evening. The next day, the girls will gather once again for an awards luncheon. While there, she and the rest of the girls will be put up in TCU dorm rooms.

The All-Stars were selected on a skills video submitted by their coaches. The video was not a highlight film, but rather a practice video showing what the players can do.

"That's a great honor," said head coach John McCullough. "She's going to be playing with 30 of the best players in the state of Texas. They watch video, and they pick those teams from the skills they see on the video. For her to be able to play in that is a great honor."

It is the latest in a long line of honors for McSheffery. She was named the District 11-4A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, was District MVP in 2003 and Sophomore of the Year in 2002. Earlier this week, she was one of six Lady Cats who were named Academic All-State by maintaining a grade average of 94 in all subjects.

"Being selected for this shows that she's one of the best players in the state," McCullough said. "She's going to continue her playing career at St. Edwards University in the fall. I'm excited for her.

Notes: McSheffery isn't the only SSHS graduating senior to be selected for a state All-Star game. Basketball star Brandi Crouch was chosen for the All-Star game in that sport which will be played July 8.

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