5 locals headed to BACF Classic


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant senior Bradley Gibbs (23) releases a shot attempt over a pair of Winfield defenders during a December 17, 2015, boys basketball contest in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The 15th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Basketball Classic will be held Friday, March 25, at Parkersburg South High School in Wood County.

The girls contest is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow at 7:30 p.m. The boys will participate in a slam dunk and three-point contest during halftime of the girls game, while the ladies will have a free throw contest and three-point shootout during halftime of the boys contest.

Tickets are $5 apiece and the doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Four local athletes and one coach will be part of the 15th annual event, including at least one player from Gallia, Meigs and Mason counties.

Second-year Meigs boys basketball coach Ed Fry has been chosen to lead the Ohio team, which also features a pair of Ohio Valley Publishing area participants.

Meigs senior and All-Ohio selection Kaileb Sheets will be part of the 15-man Ohio squad, as will River Valley senior Tyler Twyman — a 1,000-point career scorer.

Bryce Guthrie of Trimble and Jordan Albright of Vinton County will serve as the captains for the Ohio boys team.

Senior Bradley Gibbs will represent Point Pleasant on the 15-man West Virginia roster, which will be coached by Wirt County’s Tim Murray.

Preston Boswell of Magnolia and Garrett Gilkeson of Parkersburg South are serving as co-captains for the Mountain State squad.

West Virginia owns a 12-2 all-time lead in the BACF Boys Basketball Classic series.

Gallia Academy senior Jordan Walker will be the lone area representative in the girls contest as part of the 15-strong Ohio squad.

Waterford’s Jerry Close will be coaching the Buckeye State team, which has Waterford senior and All-Ohio selection Dani Drayer serving as captain.

The West Virginia team will be coached by both Scott Stephens and Ed Davis of Parkersburg South. The Patriots also have a pair of co-captains for the Mountain state squad in Katelyn Byrd and Anna Hayton.

Both states have seven wins apiece in the previous BACF Girls Basketball Classic contests.

The Ohio and West Virginia rosters for the 2016 BACF Basketball Classic — both boys and girls — are listed below.

Ohio Girls Roster

Dani Drayer, Waterford; Alexis Enochs, Fort Frye; Lake Figel, Caldwell; Jalen Hale, Vinton County; Kaitlyn Hurd, Nelsonville-York; Karisa Lang, Fort Frye; Hannah Lawrentz, Belpre; Jenna Maston, Frontier; Hannah Miller, Cambridge; Regan Porter, Waterford; Michaela Puckett, Vinton County; Erin Roush, Waterford; Jon Jon Smith, Cambridge; Mariah Starkey, Waterford; Jordan Walker, Gallia Academy.

West Virginia Girls Roster

Grace Berisford, Magnolia; Katelyn Byrd, Parkersburg South; Melissa Cieslewski, Williamstown; Mykalyn Fallon, Parkersburg South; Ashley Hall, St. Marys; Breaunna Haynes, Parkersburg South; Anna Hayton, Parkersburg South; Tatiana Huff, Ritchie County; Madison Jones, Sissonville; Brooke Kurucz, Parkersburg; Hannah Lord, Wood County Christian; Heather Lord, Wood County Christian; Taylor Love, Ravenswood; Reily Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic; Carlie Wilson, Parkersburg South.

Ohio Boys Roster

Jordan Albright, Vinton County; Mason Edgell, Morgan; Troy Francis, Caldwell; Dusty Graham, Monroe Central; Bryce Guthrie, Trimble; Seth Hall, Warren; Justice Jenkins, Trimble; Carter Kiefer, Fort Frye; Josh Lewis, Cambridge; Marcus Mayle, Morgan; Damon Metheny, Frontier; Tavian Miller, Belpre; Kaileb Sheets, Meigs; Kohl Taylor, Cambridge; Tyler Twyman, River Valley.

West Virginia Boys Roster

Riley Allen, Williamstown; Cody Boggs, Parkersburg South; Preston Boswell, Magnolia; Bradley Gibbs, Point Pleasant; Garrett Gilkeson, Parkersburg South; Jordan Hockman, Parkersburg South; Anthony Johnson, St. Marys; Drew Lett, Doddridge; Brendan Miller, St. Marys; Andrew Myers, Parkersburg South; Tristan Nichols, Wirt County; Luke Smith, Wirt County; Landon Travis, Williamstown; Dylan Ward, Parkersburg South; Mitch Winters, Magnolia.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Point Pleasant senior Bradley Gibbs (23) releases a shot attempt over a pair of Winfield defenders during a December 17, 2015, boys basketball contest in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_3.18-PP-Gibbs.jpgPoint Pleasant senior Bradley Gibbs (23) releases a shot attempt over a pair of Winfield defenders during a December 17, 2015, boys basketball contest in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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