At least three all-star basketball games are scheduled to be played in the area in the coming weeks.
On Friday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena, the Hoops for Hope charity game is slated to be played. The game, scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip, will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.
Two teams of past Logan players will play in the exhibition game. There will also be alumni cheerleaders.
The game is being dedicated to Logan High School freshman student and football player Skyler Miller who is being treated for leukemia.
The funds raised at the game will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Miller’s name.
According to Logan basketball coach Mark Hatcher, an impressive list of former Wildcats are set to take part in the game.
“We have a pretty good amount of good ex-players who are playing in the Hoops for Hope charity game,” Hatcher said.
Some of those who have signed up to play include: Noah Cottrill; Paul Williamson; Jonathan Bevins; C.B. Green; Zach Green; Mike Stone; Trevor Andrews; Stevie Browning; Josh Funk; Ryan Haught; Pat Robinette; Alex Sabo; and Brantz O’Briant.
On April 27, Hatcher is planning to host “Skyler’s Senior Showcase,” a senior all-star game, also set to be played at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
All money raised from the event will go to the Logan County Hope organization, which will assist Skyler Miller and other area children and families going through times of need.
“On the weekend of March 23, 2013, I learned that Skyler Miller was diagnosed with leukemia,” Hatcher said. “Skyler Miller is a football standout and also plays basketball. His brother Zack is a junior and is the second-leading scorer of my team. Skyler’s diagnosis has really rocked our community and it inspired me to create an event to which I would gladly appreciate and welcome your help.”
Hatcher said a roster of state senior basketball players is being assembled for the game.
On May 4, Mingo Central High School is set to host another all-star basketball game pitting senior players from Kentucky against those from West Virginia.
There will be an all-star boys’ game and a girls’ game.
The girls’ contest will be held first, followed by a dunk contest and 3-point competition. The boys’ game will then close out the evening.
Rosters are currently being filled for both squads.
Frankie Smith, current coach for Sheldon Clark High School (Ky.), will coach the Kentucky boys’ team. Clay Campbell of Pike Central (Ky.) has been named head coach of the Kentucky girls’ team.
Nick Cabell of Scott is the West Virginia boys’ coach. David Hanshaw and Julius Hatcher of Mingo Central are the coaches of the WV girls.
Mingo Central boys’ coach Brad Napier, a former Logan assistant, is one of the game directors.