Basketball games tip off Big Country FCA All-Star Classic

Stephenville's Brooks

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District 6-3A MVP Brady Moore of Dublin attempts to drive into the paint against 8-4A first-team all-district selection Coby Vandenberg of Stephenville in a game at Gandy Gym last season. They will be teammates on the South team under the direction of Stephenville head coach Bill Brooks in a Big Country FCA All-Star game in Brownwood Saturday.

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(June 3, 2017) — Stephenville head coach Bill Brooks makes his all-star coaching debut and will have two local players on his roster to help tip off the Big Country FCA All-Star Classic.

The girls and boys basketball games are slated for 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the The Coliseum in Brownwood and begin a stretch of all-star games featuring five sports, the remaining four on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 in Abilene and San Angelo.

Brooks just completed his second year directing the boys basketball program at Stephenville, where he was promoted from assistant coach prior to the2015-16 season. The Yellow Jackets have reached the Conference 4A playoffs in each of their first two seasons with Brooks in charge. In his final season as top assistant, Brooks helped head coach Jonathan Normand guide the 2014-15 Jackets to the first Region I-4A championship final appearance in program history. They got there by stunning Abilene Wylie in a multi-overtime game in the regional semifinals and the next day dropped the regional final – also a state quarterfinal – to Kennedale.

Brooks will be coaching the South team Saturday, and his roster includes one of his own players in 8-4A first-team all-district post Coby Vandenberg and 6-3A District MVP Brady Moore, who led Dublin to its first district championship since 2012. The Lions went on to reach the area round of the playoffs. He has since signed a letter of commitment to play for East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

There are 12 local athletes competing in the all-star games. To look back at the full list and the schedule of the FCA games, CLICK HERE.

Pattilu Clark and Kellen Cervetto, both of Dublin, join Brooks as head coaches in the FCA games. Clark is coaching volleyball and is currently an assistant at Dublin where she was previously head coach. Cervetto has the Dublin bseball program trending upward, reaching the playoffs and winning a bi-district series lsat year before returning to the post season and falling to Jim Ned in an entertaining, high-scoring three-game Region I-3A bi-district series this season. Those were just the second and third appearances in the playoffs by Dublin since starting baseball in 1997. Lion Brayden Burleson joins Cervetto on the North team, while Lady Lion Whitney Weems will play for Clark on the North volleyball squad.


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