2016 All Star game in Duncan

By Ákos Kovach

Fifty-five of Arizona’s top high school football players, their families and coaches will converging on Duncan June 9-11 for the annual Class 1-A State Football All-Star Game.

Duncan High School’s Packer Field will be the host facility for this 2016 All-Star Game Classic.

Eldon Merrell, Coach and Duncan Schools Superintendent is very happy to welcome this event back to Duncan. There will also be a 5-on-5 passing tournament that will take place on Saturday morning and early afternoon. The tournament will consist of underclassmen from schools across the state preparing for the upcoming football season.

Any school interested in attending can call the high school (928-359- 2474) for more information.

The All Star game, the attendees and number of players has increased each year since the first game was held here in 2013. The coaches, staff and players appreciate the attention to detail as many additional activities and meals are scheduled during the time the players are here in Greenlee County. A swim and workout trip to the Morenci Fitness Center and communal meals are also on tap.

The game-day festival on Saturday includes numerous vendors, food and fun for all ages. Please call 928-359-2474 or 928-359-4000 for questions and additional information.

More details on All Star game

By Dustie Robinette

The Arizona Football All-Star DIV VI  game presented by the Arizona Coaches Association (ACA), and co-hosted by the Athletic Booster Club of Duncan (ABCD) will be held in Duncan June 11, 2016.  This is the 3rd year  that Duncan has had the honor of hosting the game.

50 players from 17 schools across Arizona have been invited to participate in the All-Star game.  The players and 8 coaches will arrive in Duncan on Thursday June 9th.  A welcome reception will be held by ABCD  that afternoon. The players will be  housed in the Duncan High School Gym and practices where held at Packer Field. Locals, family, friends and football enthusiast are invited to come came out  enjoy the cooler evenings, stadium lights and watch the practices. The meals will be prepared by various volunteer organizations in the Duncan area and will served in the high school cafeteria.

Come out and join us Saturday for a packed full, loads of family fun, ALL-STAR DAY.  The day will kick off  at 7:00 a.m. with registration for the Horseshoe Tournament and 3-on3 Knockout Basketball Tournament.  Both tournaments will get under way at 8:00 a.m..  At 9:00 a.m. the All-Star Classic Car Show registration will open.  By 10:00 a.m. the day will be in full swing with the start of the 5 on 5 passing tournament, car show and community festival.

PTA’s concession stand will have great burgers, etc and there will be lots of vendors offering wonderful gifts and goodies.  Take your chance at the dunk tank and try to send one of our VIP volunteers into the icy water, or enjoy the water slide, bounce house, wagon ride or other great activities.  At 3:00 p.m. a VIP reception catered by Black Hills Catering and hosted by ACA and ABCD will be held for the parents and coaches of the All Star players along with bronze level and above event sponsors.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with the All-Star game starting at 6:00 p.m.  The cooler temperatures of the evening and dramatic vistas from Packer Field will make for a spectacular back drop for a hard hitting football contest.

This event will show case the “community capacity” of Duncan as over a 100 volunteers come together with hundreds of hours of service to help celebrate Arizona’s  rural community athletes. ABCD would like to thank Superintendent Eldon Merrill, who coordinates and carefully oversees the entire event, The Town of Duncan, The Greenlee County Board of Supervisors, Freeport MacMoran, United Way, DVEC, and Graham County Electric Cooperative for their sponsorship, and the many volunteers who make it all come together.

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