For the basketball talent here in Adams County, the postseason accolades have been rolling in from many directions and last Wednesday, a group of county seniors were awarded the honor of participating in the annual District 14 All-Star Games. This year’s games were held at Beaver Eastern High School and featured the talents of seven young people from the county.
For the girls game, the two teams were divided into North-South squads and six of the players on the South squad hailed from here in Adams County.For a game with a group of players who had never played together before, the contest turned out to be a tight one with the South squad rallying late to tie the score at 49, but the North Squad scored the game’s final five points to grab a 54-49 win.
Peebles’s Sidney Pell led the South team and all scorers in the game with 14 points, including a quartet of three-point goals. Also scoring for the South team were North Adams’ Taylor Gast with 5 (including a trey), Peebles’s Baylee Wallace with 4, Manchester’s Hannah Rideout with 3, and North Adams’ Mikayla Jodrey with 2. Rainelle Casey of Manchester also participated for the South squad but did not break into the scoring column.
In the boys game, only one county player was on the roster, with North Adams’ Hank Sparks being a member of the North team. Sparks was joined by three players from regional semi-finalist Fairfield, Gage Montgomery, Joey Wilson, and Blake Hildebrant. (No final score on the boys game was available.)
Another highlight of the evening was the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association from District 14 handing out their annual awards and the big awards were dominated by Peebles high School. Receiving a plaque for being honored as Division IV Players of the Year were Sidney Pell and Beau Justice, and a plaque for Division IV Coach of the Year went to Peebles head man Josh Arey.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.