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TJC-bound Russell set for all-star game

By Jimmy Carter
June 8, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Reid Russell graduated from Longview High on May 31, but the Lobos' standout third baseman isn't quite done with his high school career.

Russell is set to play in the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game tonight at 7 at Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie. Russell will suit up for the East team in a game showcasing some of the region's top talent.

"It's really exciting," Russell said. "It's going to be fun to represent our school well."

Russell hit .362 and led the Lobos with eight home runs and 36 RBIs as a senior, playing a key role in Longview making its first area round playoff appearance since 2007.

He will continue his playing career at Tyler Junior College, which begins classes Aug. 24. But there's a chance he will get to play in another prestigious all-star game before heading down I-20 in a few months.

He was selected as an alternate for the North team in the 4A-5A THSBCA all-star game, providing him the opportunity to play if a member of the team is injured or declines their invitation. The game will be played at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Russell joins a short list of Lobos who have been recognized for the THSBCA all-star game, including Baltimore Orioles rising star Chris Davis, who played in the game in 2004.

"It's crazy really," Russell said. "I never thought this would happen. It's like a dream come true really. To be mentioned with Chris Davis is incredible. I keep up with him pretty much every day. He's leading the major leagues in home runs now."

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