By Kyle Lovern
The 2nd Annual Consol Energy WV-KY Senior All-Star game is coming up on Saturday, April 19, at Mingo Central High School and Mountain State Coach Mark Hatcher has recruited some of the state’s best talent.
The state’s Player of the Year, Jon Elmore of George Washington High School, is on the team. Elmore finished the season averaging 31.4 points per game, the state’s highest scoring average since 2011.
Elmore is headed to VMI next season to play with his brother Ot. Their father Gay Elmore, who was also a standout a few years back, also played at VMI.
Hatcher also has Class AAA All-staters Arick Nicks of Huntington High and Henry Sorsaia of Hurricane. Huntington won the state championship this year beating Hurricane in the finals. These two players are part of the reason why their respective teams made it to the finals in AAA.
Hatcher also has a couple of his own Logan Wildcat standouts in Worm Street and Zack Miller, along with local standouts Thomas Baisden of Tug Valley and Julius Hatcher of Mingo Central. (Alex Lee of Mingo Central declined the offer to play.)
Throw in Wade Martin of Point Pleasant and Nick George of Charleston Catholic, and the West Virginia squad should be able to score a lot of points in this all-star contest.
All of the West Virginia players were all-state selections of on the honorable mention lists.
Kentucky, coached by Shelby Valley’s Jim Hicks, has also put together a great looking roster, including 6’11” Cody Belter, who played for Hicks at SVHS. Hicks has some top-notch players from Sweet 16 runner-up Scott County and several others from the Bluegrass State.
The girl’s game, which is also loaded with top-notch talent, will tip-off at 6 p.m. Then there will be a 3-point and dunk contest, followed by the boy’s game which will start at approximately 8:15 p.m.
There will be some Buddy League all-star games during the afternoon prior to the high school games.
A huge crowd is expected to turn out for the event. They are sure to see one heckuva show when it comes to home-grown high school basketball talent.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)