The Versailles Republican
June 25, 2009
First Annual Indiana Class
Basketball All-Star Classic is held
Gary Franklin, Sports
A pleasant opportunity to once again view some of this
year's standout basketball talent from each of the four
classes of IHSAA basketball availed itself through the
First Annual Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic
event chaired by Kent Benson and held at the New Castle
Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 20.
Among the area's local Class 1A & 2A female athletes
invited were: Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles Valorie Wagner and
Kristen Hicks, Southwestern Hanover Lady Rebel Sarah Roth
(unable to attend) and filling her spot, Alison Soliday
of the Waldron Lady Mohawks. with Lady Mohawk Head Coach
Brad Gossett leading the state teams charge assisted by
Coach Terry Minix of Oregon Davis.
Class 1A and 2A male area representatives included Class
1A State Champion Jac-Cen-Del Eagle teammates Matt Gehl
and Tim Arnett along with 2A Lawrenceburg Tiger Jim Faehr
and Switzerland County Pacer Kyle Green. Invited but unable
to attend was 3A Batesville Bulldog Colt Ryan.
Players played for free, unlike many all-star events where
players must pay an entry fee to show off their talents.
Also, profits from the event were to be split between
the United Fund of Henry County (which includes 19 different
agencies) with matching funds to be in the Henry Co. five
school districts to help needy families buy books.
Game tickets were $5/game or $20 for the day, with vendor
booths available on the fieldhouse concourse for $100
each. Two of the booth purchasers were the Milan Museum
and the Cryspus Attucks Memorbilia Museum.
The classic goal, "To give Indiana a more complete
view of Indiana's high school graduating seniors to the
KFC sponsored a 3 point contest for the boys and girls
desiring to participate and a split the pot was offered
during each of the four game venues.