For more than a decade, the Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classics have celebrated and honored the high school careers of some of the best athletes in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.
When local sports personality Stump Martin originated the All-star series by creating a Tennessee/Georgia All-star Softball Classic at Jim Frost Stadium in 1998 he said he imagined the games growing but not to this magnitude.
The annual series, pitting more than 350 recent graduates from more than a dozen counties in both areas, will get underway on Saturday, June 9 with the soccer and football All-Star Classics.
The soccer games will be held at Finley Stadium, with the girls' beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed immediately by the boys.
Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., Ringgold High School will host the All-Star Football Classic. It will mark the first football game played on the new artificial turf at rebuilt Don Patterson Field since last April's tornado.
The series of games continues on Monday, June 11 with the 11th annual All-Star Baseball Classic, which will be played at Ooltewah High School for the first time. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be played at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday, June 12. The girls start at 6 p.m., followed by a 3-point shooting and dunk contest. The boys game will end the night.
The final game in the all-star series is set for Wednesday, June 20 when the area’s best meet for a doubleheader in the Softball Classic at Frost Stadium. The first game starts at 6 p.m.