George Washington all-state guard and Division I basketball recruit Luke Eddy will participate in Saturday's inaugural Consol Energy West Virginia-Kentucky All-Star Game at Mingo Central High School.The girls game is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by skills competitions and the boys game at approximately 7:30. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $4 for students.Eddy, who is headed to Elon (N.C.), is joined on the West Virginia boys squad by Herbert Hoover's Cody Morris, as well as Matt Dolan of Scott, Mackenzie Martin of Chapmanville and two players from national power Huntington Prep - Carlos Arroyo and Williams Otor Gabriel (see rosters, Page 2B).The West Virginia coach is Nick Cabell of Scott.
Four players from Belfry and three from Boyd County are listed on the Kentucky roster, with the top scorer being Ethan Rowe of Pikeville (22.0 points per game). Six-foot-five Tony Messer, bound for Eastern Kentucky to play football, is one of the Belfry players.In the girls game, four players each from Mingo Central and Chapmanville head the West Virginia roster, along with Morgan Spolarich of 2012 Class AA state champion Westside.Three players on the preliminary Kentucky girls roster averaged more than 20 ppg last season - Taylor Porter of Lawrence County (24.7), Katelyn Newsome of Sheldon Clark (21.6) and Kelly Akers of Piarist (21.6). Porter, a Division I recruit headed to Murray State, has given a tentative OK that she will play in the game.
The girls game will be followed by 3-point shootouts for both girls and boys, then a boys slam-dunk contest.nn
MU BASEBALL: Gray Stafford and Alfredo Brito laced three hits apiece to lead Marshall past Eastern Kentucky 7-4 Wednesday afternoon in a nonconference matchup in Chillicother, Ohio.Stafford doubled in a pair of runs while Brito doubled and knocked in a run for the Thundering Herd (18-26). Alex Thackston earned the win for Marshall, allowing two runs on five hits in 52/3 innings.nn
SENIOR GOLF: Morgantown's John Kingora turned in the low round of the day and won the Senior Division with a 4-over par 75 Wednesday in the West Virginia Senior Series event at The Pines Country Club in Morgantown.Cross Lanes' Tom Spriggs turned in a 6-over 77 to take the Silver Division while Charleston's Allen Bailes posted an 11-over 82 to win the Gold Division. The Senior Series hits the Northern Panhandle at Williams Country Club in Weirton on May 6 and Highland Springs Golf Club on May 7. Online registration is still available through Friday on the West Virginia Golf Association website.