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Local athletes selected for Kentucky Football All-Star Classic


Messenger Staff

 This past Friday, while most of us were recovering from our overindulgence on Thanksgiving, three young men from the Stuart Pepper Middle School 7th and 8th grade football teams were in Winchester, KY vying for playing time in the Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s All-Star Classic.

 On Nov. 6, Jesse Beavin, Wyatt Raney and Bryce Millay had tried out for the All-Star teams in Lexington. All three were selected to play. Jesse Beavin, the 8th grade son of Nathan and Rebecca Beavin, was a lineman on the SPMS team this year. Wyatt Raney, the 8th grade son of Jeremy and Whitney Raney, played quarterback and linebacker on the team. Bryce Millay, the 7th grade son of Peter and Lenore Millay, played quarterback and defensive back for the SPMS 7th grade squad and some defensive back on the 8th grade team.

 Upon arriving in Winchester, the teens took part in a NFL style combine competition on Friday. Raney would win an award for 1st place in the “Push-Ups in One Minute” competition, completing 70.

 On Saturday, the athletes separated into their teams and practiced for four hours that morning and four more hours that afternoon after lunch.

 On Sunday, the All-Star games took place. The 8th graders had been divided into a Blue team and a Grey team. Both Beavin and Raney played for the victorious Kentucky Blue team. On the 7th grade side, players were divided into a Black and White team. Millay played for the Kentucky Black team.

 The Blue team won the 8th grade game 13-6 with Beavin playing offensive guard and Raney playing linebacker for the winning team.

 In the 7th grade game, the White team defeated the Black team 28-22. Millay played defensive back for the Black team which made a valiant comeback in the 4th quarter, after being down 22-7, but they ultimately ran out of time, losing by a touchdown.

 The three young men represented Meade County well while making memories that will last them a lifetime.