• Geoff Cowles/News Luke Tilmant, 8, celebrates after hitting a buzzer beater during Upward league player evaluations at First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon resident Quintin Dye, 8, dribbles during an Upward basketball evaluation on Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene.
  • Geoff Cowles/News

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MOUNT VERNON — The line stretched down the hallway. Nervous kids, excited parents and restless toddlers.

Over 200 youngsters from kindergarten through the 10th grade streamed into the gymnasium at First Church of the Nazarene on Coshocton Road this past weekend to register and show off their basketball skills.

All of these kids are set to play in the Upward League when games get underway in January. On Saturday, and again on Monday, league volunteers evaluated each player — a process that took more than eight hours.

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Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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