Nouth vs Sorth


Bear Creek’s Adam Debow, playing for the North team, throws a pitch in the annual High School All Star baseball Classic at Klein Family Field on the UOP campus in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 500mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)

I shot the 18th annual High School All-Start Baseball-Softball Classic on Saturday. The best players in the area played against each other in North/South teams at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The girls played at Simoni Field while the boys played at Klein Family Field just a stone’s throw away. I was a little perplexed at how they were split up into their respective teams. Some of the players (for both girls and boys) were from the south part of the county, yet they were on the North team and vice versa.


St. Mary’s John Zeiter, playing for the South team, throws a pitch in the annual High School All Star baseball Classic at Klein Family Field on the UOP campus in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 500mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200)

For instance, there were players from Sierra, Manteca, and Tracy High Schools, all south county schools, on the North team, while players from St. Mary’s, McNair and Tokay, all north county schools, were on the South team. There were players from schools in the same city who played on opposite teams. The players were similarly distributed in the softball game.

The makeup for the Lions All-Star Football game (which was later that night, but I didn’t shoot), was more logical. The North team is represented by players from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties to the north. The South team was comprised of Stanislaus and Merced county athletes, to the south. North and South, the way it should be. The way the baseball-softball all stars was organized seems to be a confusing jumble. It would be just as logical to designate them as Red and Blue teams as it would North and South.

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