By Mark Carpenter
Once again, the bell has tolled on another great basketball season in southern Ohio and once again, the final highlight for the senior athletes of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference will be the 31st Annual C-103 Senior All-Star Game, coming this Friday night. The venue has changed as this year’s games will be held at North Adams High School, with the girls action beginning at 6 p.m.
The staff of C-103 are consistent supporters of SHAC basketball, broadcasting more games than any local stations and annually putting together the All-Star Game as a way to say thank you to the fans, teams, coaches, and especially the senior athletes from the SHAC.
As is usual at the All-Star Game, there are many side activities going on other than the two basketball games. Some of the best shooters in the league will compete in the Hot Shot competition, which closely resembles the NBA’s Three-Point Shootout. At halftime of the boys game, the popular Slam Dunk competition will be held, where one of the favorites might be West Union’s own Jeffrey Franklin. There will be a Split the Pot drawing where someone will go home with a lot more cash in their pocket than they came with, the C-103 Money Grab, and there will be two basketballs signed by the All-Star teams auctioned off.
Perhaps the most important event of the evening is the awarding of the C-103 Scholarships to at least eight deserving senior athletes from the SHAC. The station has generously given graduating senior athletes thousands of dollars of scholarship money through the years.
The seniors chosen to participate in the game had an informal practice and pizza party last week and were split up into teams for the game.
Here are the girls squads for Friday night’s action:
White Team: Aimee Boudreau Eastern), Maddi Bornstein (Eastern), Heather Cox (Fairfield), Alex Carson (Fayetteville), Claire Carson (Fayetteville), Sarah Rosselott (Lynchburg), Rainelle Casey (Manchester), Jaylynd Boyd (Manchester), Taylor Gast (North Adams), Sara Dinsmore (North Adams), Jaden Royal (Ripley), Kelci Bowling (Ripley), and Natasha Barr (West Union).
Red Team: Alexx Davis (Eastern), Shelby Smithson (Fairfield), Makayla Rosselot (Fayetteville), Megan Eyre (Fayetteville), Hannah Rideout (Manchester), Haylee Adams (Manchester), Mikayla Jodrey (North Adams), Brittany Stout (North Adams), Sidney Pell (Peebles), Baylee Wallace (Peebles), Brooke Justice (Peebles), Marci Schneider (West Union), Amber Gorman (Whiteoak), and Morgan Campbell (Whiteoak).
The boys squads for Friday night are as follows:
White Team: Curtis Burns (Eastern), Layne Pickerill (Eastern), Gage Montgomery (Fairfield), Cody Bennett (Fairfield), Trevor Koch (Fayetteville), Ryan Inman (Lynchburg), Tyler Brummett (Manchester), Timmy Jones (Manchester), Hank Sparks (North Adams), Brady Johnson (Peebles), Ryan Brown (Peebles), A.J. Frost (West Union), and Tyler Wiliams (Whiteoak).
Red Team: John Stivers (Eastern), Riley Prine (Eastern), Joey Wilson (Fairfield), Blake Hildebrant (Fairfield), Ryan Bates (Fairfield), Gage Waits (Lynchburg), Devin Gardner (North Adams), Blake Bradley (North Adams), Andrew Inskeep (Ripley), Bryce Hill (Ripley), Bobby Welch (West Union), Jeffrey Franklin (West Union), Justin Emery (Whiteoak), and Jason Jones (Whiteoak).
The senior cheerleaders for the All-Star Game include: Alexx Davis, Paige Inlow, Katelyn Irwin, Allison Gast, and Alyssa Sherman, all from Eastern, Briana Evans, Allyna Hagen, and Tarah Mongold from Fairfield, Brittany Balon from Lynchburg, Tiffany Ricketts, Haylee Adams, Faith Sutton, and Sierra Farley from Manchester, Courtnee Clark from North Adams, Aly Puckett and Rachel Laxton from Peebles, Kari Spires from Ripley, Sara Baldwin, Mackenzie Harover, Haylee Pell, Erin Sininger, Kelsea Silvia, and Jerica Estle from West Union, and Katie Mowrey and Hannah Walker from Whiteoak.