OLD WASHINGTON – It was a sweep for the West in the annual Pepsi/District 12 Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Buckeye Trail High School, with the girls rolling to a 98-69 victory over their East counterparts while the West boys finished things off with a 110-98 triumph in the nightcap.
In the girls' game, the West All-Stars – coached by Cambridge's Dan Linscott and West Muskingum's Jack Van Reeth – took control from the outset by racing to a 15-5 lead in the first five minutes en route to a 43-29 halftime advantage. The West built the lead to 64-40 by the mid-point of the second half and cruised to the 29-point victory.
Game MVP honors went to Fort Frye's Kortney Booth, who tallied 18 points – knocking down five three-point goals – and had eight rebounds for the West.
Also turning in MVP-worthy performances were Kristyn Heagen of John Glenn, also with 18 points and eight boards; Amanda Dobbins of West Muskingum with 17 points and eight rebounds; and Tamikka Snoddy of Cambridge with 14 tallies and 10 caroms.
Kaylie Butler of Maysville also reached double figures for the West with 12 counters.
The East team – coached by Monroe Central's Troy Baker – had three girls reach double-digits, with Savannah Burke of Beallsville scoring 19 points; Hannah Nelson of Buckeye Trail with 13 points; and Chelsey Keylor of Barnesville with 10. Monroe Central's Taylor Jorris collected six rebounds for the East while Mallory Hoff of Frontier had five.
The West connected on 35-of-69 field goal attempts including 10 “threes” compared to a 21-of-61 effort with five “triples” by the East. The West had a 50-35 rebounding edge and overcame 22 turnovers, three more than the East.
In the boys' game, the East – coached by Martins Ferry's Jeff Sabatino and Shenandoah's Dan Schwieterman – stayed within reach throughout, but couldn't get over the top. The West led 22-14 mid-way through the first half and 55-46 at halftime and while the East
closed the gap t two 12 minutes into the second half, the West had too much firepower and claimed a 12-point win.
Zanesville High's Cedric Harris put on a dazzling 28-point performance for the West and was easily the game's MVP. Zanesville teammate Andre Harris checked in with 17 points, including a trio of crowd-pleasing dunks, and seven rebounds; Brady Bowman of Morgan
scored 12 points; Scott Williams of Philo tallied 11; Zach Blankenship of Sheridan collected 10 points and 10 rebounds; Aaron Shumaker of Tri-Valley had eight points and 10 caroms; and Adam Bice of Tri-Valley added eight points and nine rebounds.
For the East, Zach Hammond of River and Derek Edwards of Martins Ferry shared team honors with 19 points each, Hammond also getting six rebounds and Edwards five. Jared Andes of Shadyside finished with 10 points and 10 boards; Chaz Lindsey of Bridgeport had 10 points and seven caroms; and Caleb Schwieterman of Shenandoah added nine points and four rebounds. Buckeye Trail's Brock Davis chipped in five points
and five boards.
The West – coached by Maysville's Jesse Rupe – put up 102 shots, knocking down 45 including 11 three-pointers while the East connected on 32-of-93 field goal tries, also nailing 11 “treys”. The East had a narrow 61-60 rebounding edge and was charted with 16 turnovers to 13 for the West.
A host of special awards were presented throughout the evening, including the first District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductees Ed Johnston, former District 12 secretary/treasure and game director; the late Richard L. (Dick) Potts, long-time coach at River High; and the late Charles (Hank) Morus, long-time coach at
“Coach of the Year” honorees included: Girls – Marty Bice of Tri-Valley (D-I), Dan Linscott of Cambridge and Jack Van Reeth of West Muskingum (D-II), Troy Baker of Monroe Central (D-III), and “Bubba” Kapral of St. John Central (D-IV); Boys – Scott Aronhalt of Zanesville (D-I), Jesse Rupe of Maysville (D-II), Kim Clifford of St. Clairsville (D-III) and Ed Andes of Shadyside (D-IV).
“Assistant Coach of the Year” awards included Ben Kennedy of Tri-Valley was the girls' winner while Tom Boehm of Cambridge and Dave Easterling of Shenandoah shared the boys' honor. “Official of the Year” was presented to Terry Reiter of Belpre.
“Player of the Year” recipients included: Girls – Hanna Luburg of Tri-
Valley (D-I), Kristyn Heagen of John Glenn and Tamikka Snoddy of
Cambridge (D-II), Aleisha Guiler of Monroe Central and Hannah Nelson
of Buckeye Trail (D-III) and Savannah Burke of Beallsville (D-IV);
Boys – Logan Aronhalt of Zanesville (D-I), Eastin Lewellen of
Maysville and Josh Osborn of West Muskingum (D-II), Derek Thompson of
Fort Frye (D-III) and Zach Hammond of River (D-IV).
Scholarship recipients included Tony Sabatino of Martins Ferry, Caleb
Schwieterman of Shenandoah, Jared Andes of Shadyside, Kyle Yoho of
Monroe Central, and Abby and Aaron Miller of Maysville.
Winner of the girls' three-point shootout with 13 “triples” in one
minute was Fort Frye's Booth while Zanesville's Andre Harris claimed
the boys' slam dunk title.