Area prep stars shine in all-star shootout
Area seniors from West Virginia basketball teams made impressive showings in the second Consol Energy West Virginia-Kentucky Senior All-Star game held April 26 at Mingo Central High School in Red Jacket, W.Va.
In the boys game, Kentucky prevailed in a shootout, 115-109. Brandon Holton of Dixie Heights led the Bluegrass squad with 26 points. Tony Martin and Trent Gilbert of state runner-up Scott County totaled 19 and 18 points, respectively. Holton was Kentucky's game MVP.
Huntington Prep's Josh Perkins led the Mountain State stars with a game-high 36 points. The 6-foot-1 guard had six 3-pointers, two monster dunks, nine assists and three steals and was voted West Virginia game MVP. George Washington's Jon Elmore, the West Virginia Player of the Year, drained five treys on the way to 29 points. Arick Nicks of Class AAA champion Huntington High had 18 points.
In the girls game, coach Shannon Lewis, who's directed Huntington St. Joe to six straight West Virginia Class A titles, watched his Mountain State seniors roll to an 88-63 win over a short-handed Kentucky squad. Kentucky had just five players in uniform as several dropped out late.
University's Mariah Callen led West Virginia with 18 points and was named game MVP for her state. Cabell Midland's Sierra Jordan hit for 14 points. Ali Whitman of Scott added 12 and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. St. Joe's Asia Petitte had five points and Rachel Lee two. Nan White fired home a game-high 24 points to lead Kentucky. She was game MVP.
In the skills competition, Chris Hudson of Hazard, Ky., won the dunk contest. Callen won the 3-point contest for girls and and Gilbert topped the boys shooters.
University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells and assistant Randy Casey were in attendance. WVU Tech had coaches present, too. Consol Energy will continue as the sponsor next spring. Thanks to Kyle Lovern of the Williamson Daily News for the information.
TWO BIG MEETS: The Arthur Lydiard Classic is this Friday at South Point High School. The Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays is Friday at Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.
In the latest RunWV Power Rankings, Parkersburg is No. 1 in Class AAA boys. Rod O'Donnell, former track and cross country coach at Marshall University, is the first-year coach for the Big Reds.
On Friday, Fairland's girls and Minford's boys won the titles in the Riverside Physical Therapy Dragons Invitational at Fairland. Chesapeake's Taylor Martin won the 100, 200, 400 and long jump for 40 points.
RECORD RUN: Cecil Fletcher, son of former Marshall football player Cecil Fletcher, won the 100 in record time in the Chesapeake Middle School Invitational on Monday. He zipped down the track in 11.3 seconds. He also won the 200 (24.6) and 400 (55.98) for high-point honors with 30.
MORE BASKETBALL: South Point guard Brandon Barnes and Fairland center Terra Stapleton played in the Ohio High School Basketball Association's All-Star Games on Sunday at Ohio Dominican. Stapleton, the 6-4 Michigan recruit, played in the between Division III and IV teams. The 6-2 Barnes, South Point's all-time leading scorer, played in the boys Division III vs. IV contest.