All-star game in Beckley is cancelled

Mark Martin
Ripley's Ty Johnson, No. 1, shoots and scores over cross-county rivals, the Ravenswood Red Devils, during a regular season game at the Pit.

Ripley’s Ty Johnson was hoping to get a sneak peak into his new basketball home the next few years.

But with another all-star sports event being cancelled due to COVID-19 that won’t happen.

The annual Little General Scott Brown Memorial All-Star Basketball Classic, which had been rescheduled for July 18, will not be played.

The Classic, featuring some of the top senior basketball players in West Virginia, had been originally slated for April 18.

It was set to be played at the Raleigh County Convention Center.

Johnson, a standout for the Ripley High program of head coach Luke Parsons, is going to be playing his college basketball at WVU-Tech, which uses the RCCC as its home venue.

The talented Johnson was to have suited up for the Class AAA squad that was going to be going up against an all-star crew of Class AA and Class A players.

His teammates would have been Kaden Metheny and K.J. McClurg of University, Richard Law of Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo, Malaki Syliva of Parkersburg South, C.J. Meredith of Spring Valley, Rodney Toler of St. Albans, Parkersburg’s Sam Potts, Austin Dearing of Hurricane, Gus Eddy of GW and Capital’s Karrington Hill.

Joe Schmidle of University was picked as the AAA team head coach.

The AA-A stars were going to be guided by Bluefield’s Buster Large. His team would have featured Shady Spring’s standouts Tommy Williams and Luke LeRose, Greater Beckley’s Elijah Edwards, Thadd Jordan and Isaiah Hairston, Braeden Crews of Bluefield, Obinna Anochili-Killen, Andrew Shull and Philip Mullins of Chapmanville, David Early of Logan, Bridgeport’s Nick Stalnaker and Braxton County’s Jadyn Stewart.