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Southside guard selected to play in All-state basketball game

Southside High guard Chris Thomas will play in the All-State basketball game this summer.

The junior was the only Dallas County player picked for the North-South All-Star game, which will be played July 19 in Montgomery.

The 5-foot-10 Thomas averaged 11 points a game and had two triple-doubles as the Panthers reached the Class 3A Southwest Regional finals. For the last two years, he’s made The Selma Times-Journal All Dallas County basketball team.

“It’s a great honor and great opportunity to play in the north vs south game, I appreciate being picked,” Thomas said.

Southside coach Darrell Walker said he’s glad that Thomas is getting the accolades.

“This is a testament of all the hard work he puts in everyday,” Thomas said. “We at Southside ask a lot out of Chris, and he produces everytime. He is a great athlete, but an even greater kid.  I gave him the nickname “Red Nose” after a breed of pitbulls because he is relentless on the basketball court.”

Thomas is also an outstanding quarterback, making the Selma Times-Journal football  team.

Thomas accounted for over 3,500 yards of total offense and 35 touchdowns as the Panthers made the Class 3A state playoffs.

“He is a very hard worker, he has that it factor, not afraid of the moment and is a winner,” Panthers football coach Charles Moody said.