The annual Shriners Football Classic kicks off Saturday at Bentley University at 4 p.m. featuring 100 of the top players in the state. The game benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children and has raised more than $100,000 in the past 35 years. Tickets are $15.
The 100 players represent 71 high schools across Eastern Massachusetts.
The North will be led by retiring BB&N coach John Papas and will include Reading’s Drew Belcher, Bishop Fenwick’s Nick Bona, Central Catholic’s Cody Demers, and Milton Academy’s Drew Jacobs.
The South coach is Hingham’s Paul Killinger. Xaverian’s Shayne Kaminski, Latin Academy’s Kyle Dance, Plymouth South’s Dylan Oxsen, and Wellesley’s John Fadule lead the South team.
Sunday marks the start of the annual Agganis All-Star Games. Agganis week has grown to 10 All-Star games starting with softball and baseball Sunday at Fraser Field in Lynn and leading up to the 53d annual football game at Manning Field in Lynn Thursday at 7 p.m.
A memorial gathering is being planned this summer for Bob McCarthy, the former Brighton High football and baseball coach and Harvard assistant football coach who died last week at age 79 in Raleigh, N.C. A graduate of Boston English and Notre Dame, he was formerly commander of the Weymouth Naval Base helicopter squadron. For information contact Billy Allen at 617-543-9207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Dracut’s Karina Shepard was named the Gatorade girls’ track athlete of the year. The Stanford-bound Shepard was the state champion in the 800.Globe correspondent Hannah Becket contributed. Bob Holmes can be reached at email@example.com