Three Huntington Heroes Named All-Stars

The American Indoor Football Association released its North and South divisional All-Stars. Each roster consists of 30 AIFA starters and ten honorable mention players. The teams were voted on by AIFA head coaches, and each coach was asked to vote for the best players from within their own division. They were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.

Despite the successful season only three Heroes were selected to this year's all-star team, but two of those are former Marshall University football standouts. Running back Donte Newsome, offensive lineman Nate McPeek, and defensive back Connie Brown, who played at UNLV, were the Heroes selected to the 2007 AIFA all-star team.

Newsome, who plays running back for the Heroes, leads the AIFA in rushing in 2007. McPeek returned to the offensive line in 2007, where he was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection for the Herd. He served as the Heroes the special teams coach in 2006 and returned to the field this season to anchor one of the top offensive lines in the league.

Brown has turned into a leader in the Heroes secondary, recording 25 tackles, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. "These are great selections and great players," said Garry McPeek, head coach of the Huntington Heroes. "I don't want to take anything away from them, but how do you have an all-star game without Jamus Martin? Kevin Washington, Daveoin Smith, I could go on and on about our defensive players. Jamus Martin leads the North in sacks and doesn't even make honorable mention. Luke Salmons has been the best center in this league for two years. This whole selection is a joke and I'm embrassed for the AIFA and it's administration. They have some people on that roster who are not in the league anymore or are not dressing for games."

The Heroes finished 10-5, losing to Canton in the first round of the playoffs, but landed just the three players on the roster. Teams like Pittsburgh and Carolina, both of whom are right at .500 this season, landed more while the River Rats of Pittsburgh, who were beaten twice by the Heroes, landed five on the all-star team. 7-7 Carolina had eight players named to the All-Star roster. The 1-13 Erie Freeze even had more players than the Heroes, with four "Mr. Freezes" making the roster for the annual post-season contest.

Each all-star player has been invited to Florence, South Carolina to receive recognition at the 2007 AIFA Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 21 then they will play in the 2007 AIFA All-Star Game on June 22. In addition, each AIFA All-Star has the opportunity to workout in a combine on that Thursday for scouts and coaches from the National Football League, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. Players from the two teams that will also play for the championship game in Florence on June 23 will not participate in the All-Star game.


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