North state prep coaches have chosen Joe Spini of Mount Shasta and Randi Salado of Chico as the coaches for the annual Chico Breakfast Lions Club George Hibdon high school all-star softball game scheduled for June 2 in Chico.

North coach Spini and South coach Salado will pick 18-member rosters in mid-May from nominations made by coaches in their areas. Nominees will be this year's graduating seniors.

A portion of proceeds from both games will be forwarded to Lions District 4C1's sponsorship of summer camps at Lake McCumber for diabetic children.

Spini, a Mount Shasta High School graduate, started coaching at his alma mater in 2009-10. His team was 26-5-1 overall and 12-2 in league that year. Last year, after the Bears won their third consecutive league championship with a 10-0 record and went 15-7 overall, Spini was named Shasta Cascade League Coach of the Year.

Spini is active in many Mt. Shasta area sports booster groups and has been involved in youth sports since 2002. He started the first softball field in his hometown and coached the Siskiyou Stampede (south Siskiyou County), North Valley Rapids (Redding), and the Siskiyou Heat (Yreka) softball teams.

Salado, a teacher at Marsh Junior High in Chico, is in her second year of coaching Chico High School's varsity softball team. She was a junior varsity coach for six years. Last season she coached the Panthers to their first section championship. She also has been the high school's golf coach for five years and mentored a first-time section championship team in 2010, giving her a pair of section titles in the same 2010-2011 school year.

The George Hibdon all-star game memorializes a former Chico school principal who was a past Breakfast Lions Club president, twice the club's Lion of the Year, and had 55 years of perfect attendance at club meetings. He died in 2009.

The game is scheduled for June 2 at 6 p.m. on a softball field in the Hooker Oak recreation complex in Chico. It will be followed the next day at noon in the same complex by the club’s annual Bob Busch Classic high school all-star baseball game. North and South baseball coaches will be announced later this month.

Both games were rained out in 2011. The South leads the softball series 4-1.

The North region stretches from Red Bluff to the Oregon border; the South from south of Red Bluff to the Yuba City-Marysville area.

Information for this article was provided by Bob Pentzer of the Chico Breakfast Lions Club. He can be contacted at: 893-0507 or Bobkay@sbcglobal.net.