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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Martin and Williams chosen for BACF

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  • PARKERSBURG – A pair of basketball standouts from Jackson County will be competing this Saturday night in the annual BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) Basketball Classic inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center on the Parkersburg South High School campus.
    (The late Rod Oldham was a legendary wrestling coach at Parkersburg South, who graduated from Ripley High School).
    Ravenswood’s Jake Martin will compete for the West Virginia all-star team against a squad from Ohio. Ripley’s Sara Williams will suit up for the West Virginia girls team set to face off with a crew from the Buckeye State.
    Martin’s teammates are Parkersburg High’s Levi Hayes, Parkersburg South’s Logan Lawrentz and Dylon Rippeto, Payton Sturm, Joe Padden and Jake Ullman from Parkersburg Catholic,
    Colby Brode of St. Marys, Wood County Christian’s Patrick Goff, Kalob Bell from Wirt County, Austin Cunningham of Gilmer County, Doddridge County’s Ashton Hinzman and the Point Pleasant trio of Alex Somerville, Wade Martin and Evan Potter.
    Point Pleasant’s Josh Williams is the head coach of West Virginia, which has a commanding 11-1 edge in the series.
    The Ohio boys team will be guided by Mark Romick of River High School. Players on the Buckeye State team hail from Fort Frye, Belpre, Waterford, Marietta, Nelsonville-York, Southern, Frontier, River, Meadowbrook, Monroe Central, Cambridge, Vinton County and Buckeye Local.
    Williams’ team will be led by Gilmer County head coach Amy Chapman. The West Virginia squad will include Kendra Walker and Mikeala Britton of St. Marys, Julie Bishop of Gilmer County, Miriam Smith of Wirt County, Sierra Riffle of Doddridge County, Sophie Kinnard of Tyler Consolidated, Kelly Jo Harrison from George Washington, Brittany Gould from Sissonville and Huntington St. Joseph’s Asia Pettite and Rachel Lee.
    The girls series is dead even at 6-6.
    The girls game tips off at 5 p.m. while the boys matchup will get going at 7 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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