Now they've got a chance to be on the same team.
Chapmanville Regional High School's Dingess and Logan High School's Baisden will team up this Saturday night in the annual North-South All-Star Football Game at Charleston's Laidley Field.
Dingess, a wide receiver/defensive back and also a long snapper, played a key role in the Tigers' 8-4 playoff season of 2007. Chapmanville beat Keyser 18-14 in the Class AA playoff opener before falling 41-18 at Bluefield in the quarterfinals.
Baisden, a running back/linebacker for Logan High School, helped lead the Wildcats to a 6-5 season in which it fell 55-40 in the first round of the Double-A playoffs to Berkeley Springs at Martinsburg.
Dingess said he's looking forward to playing on the same team as Baisden. The two could hook up again a second time on July 26 at Matewan in the annual Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl which pits the best senior players from southern West Virginia against the top senior gridders from eastern Kentucky.
"That will be interesting," Dingess said of teaming with Baisden. "He got me in my first three years but in my senior year I got him but we're cool."
Dingess said he's honored to be picked for the game.
"It's the most prestigious game in the state," he said. "I'll be excited to play. You've got that and the Hatfield-McCoy bowl coming up. You can't get any better than the North-South game."
The annual North-South game pits the South Cardinals and the North Bears against each other in the battle between the state's top senior players.
Even though it's an all-star game, Dingess said you still want to win.
"You want to win. That's the main thing," Dingess said.
Dingess said he's still undecided about his college choice.
"I got offered from West Virginia State and Glenville State but they both don't offer nursing which is what I want to major in," he said. "I'm still looking for a college that fits me both academically and athletically. I'm keeping my options going."
The South All-Stars will be coached by Steve Stoffel Sr. of Herbert Hoover High School.
The North will be coached by Jim Rogers of Cameron.
WVU recruit and Hunt Award winner Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg and Kennedy Award Winner Jordan Roberts of Scott reportedly declined an invitation to play in the North-South. Jenkins' teammate and Kennedy runner-up Matt Lindamood also reportedly declined to play.