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4/11/08 - Tyler

All-Star Hopes Game Keeps Him At Home

Saturday night at UT Tyler, some of the best in East Texas will get their chance. The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star game provides one more shot, one more game, one more opportunity to play in front of their home crowds.

"I'm excited," John Tyler's Erika Warren said. "My dad is excited too, because when I go off to school he won't be able to come watch, so I'm ready."

"It feels pretty good," Palestine Westwood's Gralyn Crawford said. "I mostly got offers for football, but to be selected in the game, it feels good."

"Yeah, it feels great," Bullard's Elisa Lee laughed. "I didn't think I was that good, but I guess I am."

Many all-stars are still deciding where to play in college, but for one player, this is more than just a final game. It's hopefully a chance to stay in Texas.  Mabank's Alben Gashi is an exchange student from Kosovo. Albin, a senior, says he's honored by his all-star selection.

"It's a privilege to play on this All-Star team, especially for me since I've only been here for one year," Albin said. "It's a great opportunity."

Albin hopes to stay in America, and play college ball. The All-Star game gives him one more chance to catch a coach's eye.

"Our season ended in the second game of the playoffs," he explains, "so I think this is a great opportunity to show my game."

Saturday night, it'll be one more game for Albin, and he hopes it won't be his final one.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., April 12, 2008.  The Girls game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. with the Boys game following at 7:00 p.m.  Ticket prices are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under the age of 10.

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