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Clements trio school's first all-stars

By Ashley Hargrove 340-2460

HUNTSVILLE — Monday seemed to be another typical summer day for recent Clements High graduates Cody Arnold, Jeremy Craig, and Caleb White until they received a telephone call from their coach letting them know they were selected as alternates in this year's North-South All-Star football game.

About two hours later, another phone call gave the trio more good news: All three had been chosen to participate in Friday's game.

"I was surprised to be honest," Arnold said. "I knew that Coach Black had nominated us two months ago, but I didn't think we would even have a chance. It was a big honor to be picked as an alternate but it was an even bigger honor to get to play."

Not only were they the first three players from Clements to ever participate in an event during the Alabama All-Stars Sports Week, but they were the only other team besides Pelham to have three players represented.

"This just goes to show what kind of athletes Clements has," Arnold said. "This put us on the map."

Clements earned its first playoff spot in 15 years this past season with the help of the trio.

Even though Leeds eliminated Clements in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, Craig and White said they had thoughts of playing at the next level.

"It was disappointing at first," Craig said. "I didn't let it get to me, though. I had been talking to Birmingham-Southern and finally decided that I could continue my football career there."

"I thought about walking on at UNA," White said. "Even if I decide not to play, I'm still going to UNA in the fall."

Arnold seemed to have different thoughts after his last high school game.

"After my last game, I never wanted to touch a football again," Arnold said. "I guess you can see that has changed since then, though."

Overall, the three agreed that they had fun this week.

"It was definitely a good learning experience," White said. "I feel like I learned a lot. It's a great feeling knowing that I got a chance to play with some of the best athletes in the state."

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