SOUTH CHARLESTON – One of the great rivalries on the West Virginia high school sports landscape is Ravenswood versus Ripley.
Unfortunately, the two didn’t meet in boys basketball this past season.
Had they faced off in their annual two meetings that prior to this season had taken place for years and years, fans would have been treated to a game featuring a pair of the state’s top players.
Both Ravenswood’s Riley Heatherington and Ripley’s Jamison Hunt earned First Team All-State honors.
While Heatherington and Hunt didn’t get to meet up at all in their final seasons of high school basketball, they will finally get to do so on Friday evening at the South Charleston Community Center.
Heatherington and Hunt will be showcasing their talents in the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association North-South All-Star Basketball Classic.
While Jackson Countians are typically on the same team in all-star events such as this one, that won’t be the case in 2017.
Heatherington will play for the North with Hunt manning a spot on the South roster.
An interesting twist will have the two wearing colors of their rival school. Instead of donning Ravenswood red, Heatherington will be in the North blue. After four years in the Viking blue, Hunt will be in the South red.
Heatherington was a Class A First Team All-State pick after being a Class AA First Teamer in 2016.
The talented Heatherington, who will play college ball at the University of Charleston, was instrumental in helping Ravenswood reach the Class A state title game. In addition to First Team All-State honors, he was named the Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year. He averaged 20 points and close to 10 rebounds a game this past season
Hunt, who appears headed to West Virginia State, was the heart and soul of Ripley Viking basketball this past season. With the loss of twin towers Luke Layhew (who graduated and played at West Virginia Wesleyan where he earned Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year honors) and Chase Johnson (who transferred to Huntington Prep and is now headed to the University of Florida), Hunt took the Vikings on his back during his fourth and final season as a starter.
His 23.3 points per game average led the highly-competitive Mountain State Athletic Conference.
Heatherington’s team will be coached by Musselman’s Derek Basile and Tom Wamsley of Tygarts Valley. Hunt will play for Bluefield’s Buster Large and Valley Fayette’s Joe McCoy.
Heatherington’s North teammates are Jarrod West of Clarksburg Notre Dame (the team to defeat Ravenswood in the state championship game), Bobby Foggin of Parkersburg South, Gilmer County’s Trey Shuff, Austin Upton of Philip Barbour, Dylan Irvin of Valley Wetzel, Caleb Riggleman of Tygarts Valley, Justin Lee of Fairmont Senior, Cam Stephens of Musselman, Parkersburg’s Karson Snyder, Zane Cogan of Spring Mills, Thomas Hogan of Lewis County and Union’s Clayton Burdock.
Besides Hunt, the South squad will consist of Poca’s Luke Frampton, Tolsia’s Colten Jude, Hunter Neil of Chapmanville, Isaiah Francis of Beckley, Valley Fayette’s Dondre Davis, South Charleston’s Tamon Scruggs, Leondre Rogers of Capital, Greenbrier East’s Seth Brown, Tyler Haga of Independence, Chandler Stacy of Spring Valley, John Dawson of Huntington, Ryan Davis of Bluefield and DeAundra Murphy of St. Joe.
Skills competition will begin the evening at 6 p.m.
The game tips off at 7:30.
It is a game allowing Riley Heatherington and Jamison Hunt to be on the basketball court at the same time.
Something they missed out on in their last seasons at Ravenswood and Ripley.