WEST UNION – An opportunity put on by the radio station C103 gave seniors from the Southern Hills Athletic Conference one last time to shine.
The popular radio station in Southern Ohio put on their annual All Star Games for boys and girls seniors in the SHAC, as well as a 3-point contest, a dunk contest, other contests awarding prizes including auctions and awarding $10,000 in scholarships to 10 different seniors in the conference.
The girls got the night started with their All-Star game that featured several coverage area players including players from Peebles (Baylee Justice, Matti Nichols and McKinlee Ryan), West Union (Haley and Kaley Daniels and Sianna Mills) on the White Team.
On the Red Team from the coverage area was players from Eastern (Maggie Fultz, Whitney Broughton, Allison Day and Mikayla Farris), Manchester (Alyssa Hoskins and CJ Hobbs).
Coaches from the area included Billie Jo Justice from Peebles on the White Team and for the Red Team was Eastern’s Kevin Pickerill and Manchester’s Vohn Hoop.
The White Team ended up prevailing with a 59-45 victory as Fairfield’s Grace Shope was the key player in the contest with 12 points.
A 3-point contest followed with the girls and boys as Shope claimed the girls title while West Union’s Eli Fuller won the boys contest. The two went head-to-head from there where Fuller owned the night from long range.
After an auction of two basketballs given away signed by the boy and girl seniors along with a cheerleaders megaphone, also signed by all the senior cheerleaders the senior cheerleaders from each respective school put on a routine prior to the boys contest.
The White Team featuring coverage area players from Ripley (Brian Dunn, Ryan Harney) Manchester (Jamie Combs) Peebles (Bostin Robinson, Blake Smalley, Blake Hawes) West Union (Eli Fuller) took a 38-25 halftime lead over the Red Team before the Red came storming back for a 82-78 victory in overtime.
West Union’s Greg Himes and Ripley’s Rex Woodward helped coach the White Team.
The Red team featured coverage area players from Manchester (Gage Lucas, Tanner Utterback, Ethan Pennywitt), Eastern (TJ Stivers, Dare Minton, Garyn Purdy), Ripley (Josiah Staggs), West Union (Garrett Vogler, Elijah McCarty) and Peebles (Tanner Arey).
Peebles’ Josh Arey and Eastern’s Rob Beucler coached the girls team.
Lynchburg-Clay’s Eric McLaughlin was the highlight reel player in the first half of play as he knocked down several 3-pointers to go with a two-handed dunk.
The dunk was just a warmup for the show he put on in the dunk contest as he showcased his springs with a windmill dunk, a dunk off a ball from the backboard, and a nice two-handed double pump throwdown. After sealing the deal, he almost took the roof off the Dragons Lair in West Union after sealing the deal, throwing the ball up, taking it off a bounce and putting it through his legs, but couldn’t quite get the grip to get the ball through the rim. McLaughlin beat out North Adams’ Jacob Call.
Prior to the fun of the contest, C103 President/General Manager Don Bowles announced the 10 scholarship award winners. The 10 recipients who all earned high GPA’s and were a big part of their community and school were: Cassidy Staggs (Eastern), Bryant Lung (North Adams), Blake Adams (Fairfield), Tanner Arey (Peebles), Lakyn Hupp (North Adams), Matthew Mangus (Fairfield), Avery Harper (North Adams), Elijah McCarty (West Union), Whitney Broughton (Eastern) and Matthew Seas (Peebles).
The night pretty much put an end to the basketball careers for the majority of the players, putting on their teams colors one last time, but it was a fun night to be had that served a lot of purpose and gave out $10,000 in scholarship money.