Thursday, October 25, 2007
Ryan, Jones go to Best of Best
By BARRY BURLESON
Simone Ryan and Rachel Jones recently had the opportunity of a lifetime – traveling to Villanova University, Penn., for the Blue Chip Basketball Best of the Best showcase.
The two H.W. Byers Lady Lions participated in the prestigious event September 28. There were 50 athletes from across the country, divided into five teams for two games each.
“My trip to Philadelphia was one of enjoyment,” Ryan said. “I had the opportunity to meet some excellent players and the competition was high.
“I went to Philadelphia with one mindset, and that was to play my game. Although my team full of guards did not win a game, I learned to step my game up and meet the challenges bestowed upon me. But overall, the exerience was great and fun.”
Jones said, “It was one of the greatest experiences that I have encountered. There were over 115 scouts at this program. Girls from all over the nation attended this showcase as well. I was a little nervous. I later calmed my nerves and things began to work out just fine.”
Ryan and Jones are coached by Jason Thompson.
Ryan has also been named to the list of Top 40 seniors in Mississippi by The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, while Jones has been selected in the list of Top 20 underclassmen in the state.
Special thanks goes to the following individuals and businesses helping to sponsor the trip to Villanova – Gary Hannah, Don Randolph, R.C. Anderson, H.W. Byers Booster Club, Serenity Funeral Home, Brittenum Funeral Home, Flick’s Amoco, Homestead Mortgage, Stateline Citgo, Carlisle’s Big Star, The Antique Shop, A-1 Small Engines, Chuck Thomas and Eddie Dixon.
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