MOUNT VERNON — If Sunday’s practice is any indication, there’s going to be a lot of fireworks at this year’s Mount Vernon News All-Star Senior Showcase.
Following practice before the 34th edition of the basketball event — slated to take place today at Mount Vernon High School — several of the boys broke out into an impromptu slamdunk contest.
No winner was declared. Didn’t really need one. It was all for fun.
Tonight, the fun starts at 6 p.m. with the girls game, followed by a three-point shooting contest and the boys all-star game at 8.
The recent addition of Luke Holmes will add to the high amount of scoring likely to take place. The Utica senior was fourth in the area with 13.3 points per game.
Holmes will join Redskin teammates Spencer Kendall and Seth Kirkendall on the Senior-Stars team. The Senior-Stars will also feature a group of Danville players: Bryce Staats, Chris Severns, Austin Hazen and Mason Wears. The team is rounded out by East Knox’s David Judson and Chase Henthorn.
All-Area Boys Coach of the Year Doug Selvey will lead the Senior-Stars.
Their opponents, the All-Stars, will feature Fredericktown’s Curtis Carpenter; Highland’s Shawn Beltz, Justin Deckling and Colton Stanley; Centerburg’s Zac Holsopple and Jared Borton; and Mount Vernon’s Seth Badger and Duke Cunningham. Mount Vernon’s Eric Ashbrook was named to the team, but won’t play due to injury.
The coach of the All-Stars is Fredericktown’s Mark DeLaney.
The girls Senior-Stars team will feature Utica’s Kelly Overton, Lareese Marston and Janae Wright; Highland’s Shelby Santille; Danville’s Megan Sharp; and Centerburg’s Stacy Fielding, Lindsey Daniels and Mikaela Weldy. Highland’s Heather Thacker won’t play due to injury.
The team will be coached by Utica’s Terry Logue.
The All-Stars team will have on its roster East Knox’s Ashley Fowler, Kali Krownapple, Bridget Dennis and Danielle Totten; Fredericktown’s Courtney Jackson, Kayla Casto and Hope Huvler; and Mount Vernon’s Hannah King. The All-Stars will be coached by East Knox’s Jeremy Hubbard.
In all, 13 players participating in this year’s Showcase were named All-Central District.
Tickets are $5 at the entrance, $3 for students. All proceeds from the games go to the participating schools’ booster clubs.
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