Event Coordinator Tim Massey said, “We have finalized the rosters for the Sixth Annual North Arkansas All Star Basketball Classic and it will definitely be one of the best in our history. Nine All State players and six All State Tournament players, including the 1A State Boys MVP, have committed to play in the NABC, including many who have or will commit to playing next year at the next level.”
Also, four of the area’s best coaches have been selected to coach in the games including Dion Hargrove of Perryville and Shane Davis of Greers Ferry Westside for the boy’s game and Christi Rolland of Pangburn and Kodi Speers of Perryville for the girl’s game. Hargrove guided Perryville to the Elite Eight this year and won the Class 1A boy’s state championship at Viola in 2002. Davis has amassed 132 wins at Greers Ferry Westside in six years and has earned one state tournament berth. Rolland has won 437 games in her career and took Pangburn to the Final Four in 2017 as well as a 30-6 mark this season. Speers has taken Perryville to one state tournament appearance in her two years at the school. Massey said, “We are excited to have coaches of this caliber for this event and we love to bring in players and coaches from throughout north Arkansas to help showcase the talent level in the area. This is going to be a must-see event for all basketball fans of this area. This is a stellar group of graduating seniors in both boys and girls and both games will be highly competitive. We will play five quarters to make sure all players get an ample amount of playing time. The slam dunk contest and the three point contest will be very entertaining as well. We have great players and great coaches and we want to give area seniors the opportunity to perform before fans of their home area one last time before they move on to college. High school basketball is very special for the fans of north Arkansas and we are pleased at how this event has grown since its inception six years ago. We are very excited that KSAR 92.3 will once again broadcast the event and this will only enhance the significance of the games for the players and fans.”
The following All State and All State Tournament players have committed to the Classic: Boys – Class 1A MVP Carson Petrucelli, Wyatt Spires, and Brooks Tipton from the Class 1A State Champion Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds, Colten Youngblood of Harrison, Sagan Godwin of Mammoth Spring, and Jared Cheney from Melbourne, Monroe Carr of Armorel, Chandler Roland of Perryville, and Garrison Branscum of Perryville. Girls – Kaylea Walling of Salem, Kyndal Hardy of Class 1A State Runner-up Mount Vernon-Enola, Cheyenne Shelton of Class 3A State Runner-up Mountain View, Kacey Smith of Maynard, Tori Hayes of Perryville, and Tylar Vernon of Pangburn. Other boys participants include Ethan Mohlke and Rory Bell of Class 1A State Runner-up Izard County, Brendan Sneathern of Calico Rock, Logan Jewell of Salem, Colby Morgan and Landon Edwards of Melbourne, Cole Taylor and Brandon Koch of Cave City, Matt Price and Brayden Matty of Highland, Hunter Stallings of Sloan-Hendrix, Landon Martin of Cotter, Tyson Durham of Hillcrest, Clay Marlar, Daniel Marlar, Chaylun Dennis, and Zane Smith of Tuckerman, Drake Henderson of Perryville, Alex Moses and Jacob Ferguson of Trumann, Spencer Graddy of Valley Springs, Kirk Brashears and Jordan Wilson of Rector, Earl Dunton and Graham Averitt of Ridgefield Christian, Dawson Gardner and Joe Paul Freeland of Greers Ferry Westside, and Matt Wyatt of Armorel. Other girls participants include Harley Thomason, Abby Brashear, and Kaitlyn Tullis of Izard County, Quincy Humphries of Salem, Macey Decker of Mountain View, Megan Hiles and Kallie Fry of Calico Rock, Katelynn Miller, Kali Koelling, Ragan Burris, and Marty Jines of Highland, Alexa Wooten and Hannia Garay of Cotter, Abby Vance and Caylea Johnson of Sloan-Hendrix, Brylee Graddy and Callie Ray of Valley Springs, Kylee Huggins of Pangburn, Lana Milton of Heber Springs, Brooklyn Schmelter of Perryville, Gracey Acre of Guy-Perkins, and Taylor McFarland of Yellville.