MAYPEARL — The Texas Girls Coaches Association released its 22-player and four-coach All-Star roster and Jim Wood was selected as an assistant for the 1A-2A-3A-4A Blue Team when first serve was struck at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Delco Center in Austin.
"It's an honor to be chosen by an organization like the TGCA. I hope that it creates some momentum going into the rest of the summer and the new volleyball season," he said. "The number of players chosen from 3A is incredible and shows everyone the level of talent and competition on this level and how competitive it really is."
Wood, the head volleyball coach at Maypearl High School that led the 3A Lady Panthers to 25-17 overall and 13-1 district records and the regional quarterfinal round of the University Interscholastic League playoffs in 2016, will coach beside All-Star team and Boyd High School's Dusty Crafton.
A year earlier, he led Maypearl to an undefeated 14-0 District 12-3A title in 2015 and another 13-1 district championship in 2014. The Lady Panthers have won three consecutive such championships since 2014 and gone to the playoffs seven times in a row since 2011.
Each All-Star team is comprised of 11 players from the UIL 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A athletic classifications. Though no players were selected from Ellis County, players in some of those teams' respective districts were chosen for either the blue or red team.
Glen Rose's Ally Andress, a competitor against Life Waxahachie and Midlothian Heritage High Schools in District 8-4A, and Peaster's Kennedy Warren, a familiar rival of Maypearl, are some of the examples of the talent chosen to compete.
Wood hasn't been the only Maypearl personality recognized by a major volleyball organization this summer. Katie Gann, Steelie Ledbetter and Peyton Pouge were named to theTexas Association of Volleyball Coaches' All-Texas Pre-season Team on May 25.
When the Lady Panthers' season begins against Green B. Trimble Technical High School at 11 a.m. on Aug. 8 at John Gales Gymnasium, he either coach his trio of stars or faces members of the two All-Star teams. For Wood, though, it's all about focusing on the moment and the road ahead.
"Being selected as an All-Start coach is quite an honor, especially considering All-Star coaches are nominated and decided by your peers," Wood said. "I'm looking forward to working with an amazing group of girls in the All-Star game."
The selection was his first as a Maypearl head coach.
During the 2016 TGCA All-Star Game, the 1A-2A-3A-4A Red Team beat the 1A-2A-3A-4A Blue Team 25-10 in three straight sets. Argyle High School's Maddie DeGuire was named the MVP.