By: PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer
March 21, 2013
GILBERT - The annual Pepsi Twin Rivers Classic basketball game featuring seniors from southern West Virginia will be held at the Harless Center in Gilbert on Saturday.
The girl’s game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.; while the boy’s game will tipoff around 8 p.m. Several of the area’s top players are scheduled to suit up for both squads. High school seniors from several counties will be participating. They include Mingo, Logan, Wayne, McDowell, Wyoming, Mercer and Raleigh.
Garland “Rabbit” Thompson, coach of the Tug Valley Panthers and Brad Napier, coach of Mingo Central, are coaching the squad from Mingo-Logan-Wayne. Thompson just won his second straight state title at Tug Valley this past weekend in Charleston. Napier just completed his first year as head coach for the Miners.
Tug Valley girl’s coach Okey Smith and Mingo Central girl’s coach David Hanshaw are expected to coach the girl’s squad featuring local players. Smith’s Lady Panthers won the Class A sectional, while Hanshaw took over as head coach of the Lady Miners this past season.
The coaches of the other squads featuring players from Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer and possibly Raleigh Counties had not been announced at press time.
Players from schools as far away as Spring Valley down to Bluefield have been invited to play.
Harvey Stacy and Walt Hatfield of the Twin Rivers Officials Board are the chairmen for this year’s all-star game.
“We are still in the process of getting our rosters together,” Stacy said Thursday.
Several players have committed to the Twin Rivers Classic.
Some student athletes are playing baseball or softball, or some have committed to playing in other all-star games. There are certain NCAA rules that only allow players to play in a couple of these types of exhibition all-star games.
“We expect several small college coaches to attend,” Stacy said.
A packed house for the all-star game is expected at the Gilbert recreational facility, according to Stacy.