April 6, 2013
PDT Sports Writer
Several of the area’s top seniors will take part in the 22nd annual Russell Athletic Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game Apr. 13 at Thomas More College.
The Ohio Boys roster will include Minford’s Austin McBee and the Ironton duo of Zac Carter and Trey Fletcher. All three are still undecided on their future career plans. Ironton head coach Mark LaFon will serve as one of the assistants.
For the Ohio Girls, West’s Tori Leader is the lone area representative. Leader has verbally committed to NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican and will sign with the Panthers when the upcoming National Signing Day arrives.
Last year, Portsmouth’s Dion McKinley, Waverly’s Jake Kretzer and Chesapeake’s Austin McMaster all participated for the Ohio squad. Alums of this game include former Wheelersburg star Drew Spradlin, Clay alum Cam Thoroughman and South Webster product Nick Aldridge. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson have also participated in the event.
The night before the event — nicknamed “The Battle at the Border” — the Slam Jam Festival will take place. Starting at 7 p.m., fans can attend for free and watch events such as one-on-one, three-on-three, 3-point shooting and the slam dunk contest. Times for the games have yet to be announced.
For the first 11 years of the event, the games were held at Shawnee State. In 2003, the first game at Thomas More took place in order to take care of the growing accommodations associated with the event.
In the 22 years of the tournament, six former players have went on to play in the NBA.
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