July 20, 2010

Field set for National Select 7-on-7 Championship

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Ten teams that finished in the final 2009 RivalsHigh 100 football rankings are set to appear at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships, which start Thursday in Hoover, Ala.

The 32-team event is annually the best of the 7-on-7 season; the winner is dubbed the summer national champion and a team to watch this fall.

The event, which began qualifying teams two months ago, will feature teams from 17 states, and includes 28 10-win teams from 2009 and nearly a dozen state champions.

"The National Select 7-on-7 continues to build on the success of its tournament play-in events and nine-year history," David Bannister, the event's director of marketing and sponsorships, said. "We have the strongest field ever."

Teams from the 2009 RivalsHigh 100 include: No. 3 West Monroe (La.) High, No. 4 Memphis (Tenn.) University School, No. 13 Hoover (Ala.) High, No. 29 Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman, No. 31 Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South, No. 43 Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian, No. 44 Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian, No. 71 Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett, No. 78 Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber, and No. 96 Prattville (Ala.) High.

Hoover (Ala.) High has hosted the event since its inception and is proud to showcase the passionate football community as well as its facilities.

"We are very excited to be the host site for the National Select 7-on-7 Championships every July," Hoover athletic director Myra Miles said. "This is just another opportunity to showcase our school and wonderful facilities to some of the top programs in the country. We look forward to having everyone on our wonderful campus."

The campus, which is just 15 miles south of Birmingham, Ala., also will play host to many national sponsors and companies who plan to unveil new products to a captive audience.

"The participation of almost 30 additional sponsors and vendors makes this the largest prep football event in the United States," Bannister said. "We were able to add the sponsors because they all crave feedback on their products from the best teams and players. Many of the vendors use the event to find out what is going to be hot for the 2010-11 football season."

The field is set, teams are traveling to Birmingham, and the schedule can be found here.

(Seed) Pool A
1. Hoover (Ala.) High
2. Auburn (Ala.) High
3. Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber
4. Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
5. Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
6. Flowery Branch (Ga.) High
7. Mandeville (La.) High
8. Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin Christian
(Seed) Pool B
1. Memphis (Tenn.) University School
2. Paducah (Ky.) Lone Oak
3. Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County
4. Fairhope (Ala.) High
5. Atlanta (Ga.) Grady
6. Griffin (Ga.) High
7. Decatur (Ala.) Austin
8. Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen
(Seed) Pool C
1. Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South
2. Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian
3. Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
4. Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones
5. Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
6. Olive Branch (Miss.) High
7. Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park
8. Jeffersonville (Ind.) High
(Seed) Pool D
1. West Monroe (La.) High
2. Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman
3. Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian
4. Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson
5. Prattville (Ala.) High
6. Kenton (Ohio) High
7. Alpharetta (Ga.) High
8. Hoover (Ala.) High - B Team


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