MOUNT VERNON — In last year’s Mount Vernon News All-Star Senior Showcase, Mount Vernon’s Alexa Skal set a new game record with 43 points in the girls’ game. Will records fall in this year’s Showcase?
The 39th annual Showcase will take place on Tuesday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena with the top 13 senior leaders in area scoring participating in the boys’ game. Nine of the top-scoring girls are slated for the 6 p.m. tip off, so who knows what records may fall this year.
Skyler Durbin of Danville, the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference and Division IV Central District Player of the Year, will headline one of the teams. He led the area with 21.4 points and 3.9 assists during the regular season. He will be teamed with fellow Blue Devil Trey Fritz (10.1 ppg) and four players from KMAC champion Northmor, Brock Pletcher (15.5 ppg), Demetrius Johnson (14.7), Kyle Kegley (12.0 ppg) and Tyler Kegley (11.4 ppg). Highland will by represented by Kaleb Phillips (11.9 ppg) and Chris Branham (11.2 ppg), and by single players from East Knox and Fredericktown, Greg Schultz and Xavier Stallard (11.2 ppg), respectively.
Division I Central District finalist Mount Vernon be represented by four of its starters, Collin Barteau (11.2 ppg), District semifinal hero Kaden Daniels (11.0 ppg), Jeffrey Rucker (9.1 ppg) and Tyler Bills (8.6 ppg). Their participation, however, is dependent on the outcome of Saturday’s District final game against Reynoldsburg, as they would be unavailable to play if the Jackets win the game.
Mount Gilead will have two joining the Mount Vernon players, Jason Bolha, the area’s second-leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, and Seth Young (10.3 ppg). KMAC First Teamer Garrett Wagner of Cardington (15.7 ppg), Northridge’s Jeremy Butt (15.1 ppg), Utica’s Brad Potes (14.3 ppg) and Johnstown’s Carson Carter (8.0 ppg) will complete the roster.
Two members of KMAC girls’ champion Cardington will lead a squad which includes members of the top three teams in the conference standings. Sage Brannon, the KMAC Player of the Year and the area’s second-leading scorer (16.3 ppg) and leading passer (4.6 assists per game), will be joined by fellow Pirates Kyndall Spires (11.9 ppg). Second-place Centerburg will have three on the team, Cierra Joiner (15.3 ppg), Sidney Fields (8.9 ppg) and Olivia Vance (2.0 apg, 2.0 steals per game); and third-place Danville will be represented by Lauren Mickley (14.9 ppg), Sydnee Wears (9.5 ppg) and Taylor Duncan (2.0 apg, 2.1 spg). Lauren Davis of Fredericktown and Kaylie Crouch of East Knox round out the roster.
Their opponent will include three starters from Mount Vernon: Peyton McCord, the only senior to average a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.6 rebounds a game, Maggie Nussbaum (11.7 ppg) and Jada Kennerly (2.1 apg, 1.6 spg). Utica has four on the roster, Emily Keener (6.2 ppg), Ashley Green (18 3-pointers), Griffin Adams and Tatum Minton (10.1 ppg, 4.6 apg), although Minton will not play because of injury. Erica Sardinha (11.6 ppg) and Kenzie Fuller (5.3 rpg, 1.7 spg) will play for Highland, and Northmor and Northridge will have one player apiece, Christianna Boggs (8.5 ppg) and Caylee Lindsay, respectively.
No boys from Centerburg will participate, and Johnstown and Mount Gilead girls had no seniors on their rosters.
Senior cheerleaders have also been invited to particpate and will be coached by MVNU cheer staff. Those wishing to participate need to attend practice Sunday at 6 p.m. at Ariel Arena.
Game time for the girls its 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. for the boys. Gates at Ariel Arena open at 5 p.m. A three-point shootout will take place in between games.
Parking is available in the rear (east side) of Ariel Arena. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. All profits from ticket sales are distributed to athletic departments of participating schools.