The series features high school all-star games between the two states in soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball and softball.
Mostly every year, the Calhoun and Gordon County areas send several representatives to play in the all-star series. This year is no different.
Gordon Central has five representatives playing in the Georgia-Tennessee All-Star Football game, which will be held at Ringgold High School on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Recent Gordon Central graduates CJ Bell, Jayden Compton, Colt Ankney, Blake Hilley and Matt Chastain will all try to help team Georgia defeat their northern rivals.
Bell, Compton and Chastain have all signed college scholarships. Bell will attend Tusculum, Compton is headed to Kentucky Christian and Chastain will play at Mercer.
These five were a big part of helping Gordon Central earn their first state playoff berth since 2005 this past fall as the Warriors went 7-4 overall, 4-2 in the region and defeated Armuchee 54-42 in the Region Playoff.
They will all try to help Team Georgia win for the second straight year after they defeated Tennessee 31-21 last June. Before that, Georgia had lost three straight to the Volunteer state, including being shutout in 2008 and 2010.
Calhoun High will send one representative to play in the series, with Jackets’ soccer standout Alex Hernandez, a recent graduate playing for the Georgia squad in the Soccer All-Star game also being held on Saturday. Both the boys’ and girls games will be held at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, with the girls game starting at 1:30 p.m. and the boys to follow.
Hernandez, who had 16 goals and 15 assists in his senior season that saw Calhoun make it to the Class AA Elite Eight, has signed to play soccer at Concordia College next year.
The All-Star Baseball game will be Monday at 6 p.m. at Ooltewah High School, boys and girls basketball will be held on Tuesday at Notre Dame High School with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and boys to follow, volleyball will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the GPS School in Chattanooga, and the softball doubleheader will be June 20 at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga starting at 6 p.m.