The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

April 11, 2014

Class A, AA stars ready to showcase at Brown Classic

BECKLEY — The first game of tonight’s Scott Brown EIN Classic is more of a main course than an appetizer.

The Jan-Care Class AA All-Stars and the C. Adam Toney Class A All-Stars will take to Dave Barksdale Court tonight at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center at 4 p.m. to showcase their skill.

There will be plenty of chances for fireworks as both squads are loaded to the brim with talent.

“It means a whole lot to be out there with those who had a great season,” Logan Pomeroy of Meadow Bridge said. “There are those who deserve to be here and showcase what they’ve got. It’s a true honor to be out here with this talent.”

Pomeroy is just one member of a talented Class A team that features many All-State selections as well as a slew of state champions.

“It’s going to be cool to play with some former champions,” Midland Trail’s Rickie Carter said. “Javonne (Staunton-Bailey) got one as a freshman at Oak Hill. The guys from Charleston Catholic. It’s going to be 10 playmakers against 10 playmakers.”

Pomeroy and Carter join Staunton-Bailey, Garrett McCarty and Nick George of Charleston Catholic, Cal Cistaro of Notre Dame, Raeshawn Breckenridge of Valley, Thomas Baisden of Tug Valley and Tristan Haught and Zach Chisler of Clay-Battelle on the Dan Burd coached C. Adam Toney Class A All-Stars.

“This is exciting for me something more relaxed and fun,” Burd, who coached Greater Beckley Christian to two straight state tournament appearances, said. “I think we have a pretty good team. We have great perimeter shooters and everyone can handle the ball.”

Burd was relishing the opportunity to coach a group of players who gave his Crusaders fits this season, specifically Baisden, McCarty and George.

The GBC coach, who just finished his third season, had a little fun with McCarty during the team’s practice session Friday night.

“McCarty missed some shots (in practice),” Burd said. “I said ‘You don’t seem to miss against us!’ It’s a lot of fun coaching these guys.”

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Class A will need all the firepower it can muster when it steps on the floor against the Jan-Care Class AA team.

Coached by Bluefield’s Buster Large, the Class AA All-Stars feature a trio of Beavers (Bluefield’s Anthony Eades, Lykel Collier and Michael Yost), a pair of Renegades (Westside’s Corey Bowles and Jordan Browning), a Warrior ( Wyoming East’s Taron Ayers), a Bobcat (Summers County’s Terry Smith), a Raider (Liberty’s Richard Hairston), a Panther (PikeView’s Zach Meadows) and a Red Devil (Ravenswood’s Jake Martin).

“I’m glad to play with a great AA team,” Bowles said. “We’re going to go against a talented A team. It’s going to be nice.”

One of the more interesting pairings of the practice was when Smith and Ayers were on the floor together. The duo formerly played together at Summers County before Ayers transferred to Wyoming East in December.

“It brought back some old times,” Smith said with a smile. “Makes me think what could have been, but it’s always good playing with a former teammate.”

Ayers said that he and Smith may have a trick of two up their sleeves.

“We’ve still got a couple of our moves we had at Summers County,” the 2012 Register-Herald Player of the Year said. “We expect to put on a show for the crowd.”

Perhaps the player with the biggest possible impact on the game could be the one with the biggest presence on the floor in 6-7 Zach Meadows.

Meadows is hoping to use his size to his advantage over the smaller Class A squad.

“It’s going to give me an advantage,” He said. “But they can all jump. It’s an honor to be out there with them. I want to show them that I can play and that I’m among the top players in this class.”

The possible lineups for Large could provide a lot of fun for the Class AA All-Stars. The ever humble Browning of Westside doesn’t care who he’s out there with, he just wants to play.

“I’m getting ti play in the All-Star (game) and playing with all these people instead of against them is an honor,” he said. “It’s special to play with all of them.”

No one seemed more excited than Large.

“It’s great getting to coach these players, because I’ve been coaching against them enough this year,” he said. “Now it’s time for the fans to enjoy a good all-star game and let these kids get to know each other. That’s what it’s all about.”

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