Here is the press release emailed today from the Shootout of the South with pictures provided by Dr. Charles Clogston at Clogston's Clicks.
June 14, 2011
Top 7-on-7 Teams Invade Bluebird Complex
7th Annual Shootout of the South Begins Friday in West Little Rock
Each of the twenty-four teams will compete in five pool play games on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mighty Bluebird Complex at 6800 Pinnacle Valley Road in Little Rock. The last pool play games will begin at 5:25 p.m. Pool play results will seed Saturday’s tournament, which is a guaranteed-two game format, beginning at 10 a.m. The finals for the championship and consolation brackets will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The tournament champion will qualify for the 7-on-7 National Championship on July 21-23 in Hoover, Alabama.
The Arkansas teams participating will be 7A schools Bryant, Conway, Fayetteville, and Rogers Heritage; 6A State Champion, El Dorado, along with other 6A members Lake Hamilton, Parkview, and Russellville; 5A teams Central Arkansas Christian, Hot Springs Lakeside, Magnolia, and Watson Chapel; and 4A Dumas, Nashville, Pulaski Academy, and Warren. Three of those teams are former Shootout winners – Lake Hamilton (2008), Fayetteville (2009), and Pulaski Academy (2010). Pulaski Academy won the Sonic Air Raid in Searcy on June 4 and the ASPC 7-on-7 Summer Showdown on June 9, Lake Hamilton won the Ouachita Baptist 7-on-7 Tournament on June 9, and Central Arkansas Christian won the Auburn Passing Camp Tournament last week.
Heritage Hall boasts another player with NFL bloodlines in wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, son of the late Derrick Shepard, who played five seasons as a receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Shepard is committed to Oklahoma. Highlighting this year’s receiving class in Arkansas is Warren’s Jalen Cobb, who has committed to play for the Hogs. The most electric player at the tournament may be Bryant’s Dillon Winfrey, who will play both receiver and cornerback. Winfrey ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at Arkansas State’s camp and is starting to receive some attention from colleges. Other receivers to keep an eye on will be Afton’s Sam Shepard, Lakeside’s Ajalen Holley, Nashville’s Tasean Green, Conway’s Brandon Cox and Corven Alexander, El Dorado’s Wendell Thompson, Lake Hamilton’s Dre Bennett, Magnolia’s James Gaines, Allen’s Andrew Rodriguez and Oliver Pierce, and Pulaski Academy juniors LJ Wallace and Hunter Henry. Henry is projected as a tight end at the next level, and has offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, and Ole Miss.
Although linebackers don’t get to show their strengths in 7-on-7, they can still show off their skills in their pass defense. Allen’s Thaddeus LaGrone, who committed to Baylor last week, will likely be the top linebacker in attendance. Other linebackers to watch will be a pair from Lakeside, Houston Hunter and Harlen Jones, Warren’s Austin Thompson, Tyler Lindsey from Lake Hamilton, and Pulaski Academy sophomore Tyler Colquitt.
The tournament is sponsored by Baptist Health Orthopedic Center, Chenal Heights Nursing and Rehab, SportStop, Latitude Solutions, The Val Hansen Real Estate Team, Moggle Inc., Hatcher Insurance Agency, Nike, Gatorade, and Roller Chenal Funeral Home.
List of all 24 teams:
Afton HS (OK)
Allen HS (TX)
Belton HS (TX)
Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock)
El Dorado HS
Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Heritage HS (Rogers)
Hilldale HS (OK)
Lake Hamilton HS (Pearcy)
Lakeside HS (Hot Springs)
Parkview HS (Little Rock)
Prattville Christian Academy (Prattville, AL)
Pulaski Academy (Little Rock)
Watson Chapel HS (Pine Bluff)
2007 Heritage Hall
2008 Lake Hamilton
2010 Pulaski Academy
Mighty Blue Bird Field Located at 6800 Pinnacle Valley Road off Hwy 10(Cantrell)