Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thompson, Jenkins, Gulledge selected for state all-star game
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Jason Thompson is going down I-55 in July to the state’s top basketball all-star game, and he’s taking a couple of Marshall County players with him.
Thompson, who has led H.W. Byers to back-to-back Class 2A state championships, will be the head coach for the North girls in the game, featuring players statewide from all classifications. It is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Playing in the July 11 girls North/South contest at Mississippi College will be Kenyotta Jenkins of Potts Camp and Brionne Gulledge of Byers.
“For anyone to be selected, player or coach, it’s a unique honor,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of great coaches and players in the state. I’m overwhelmed by being selected.
“It’s a rare thing for Marshall County to have one player, male or female, in the game. This year we have two. That’s a big thing for our county.”
Thompson said he and Jenkins and Gullege will arrive in Clinton on Thursday, July 9. There will be a few practices prior to the all-star game, plus an event on Friday night, July 10, which will include a slam dunk contest, three-point shooting competition and more.
The girls North versus South contest is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, followed by the boys matchup.
Coach Thompson will be assisted by Cassie Farris of Biggersville High School.
Admission is $5.
The rosters for both games follow.
Girls North – Calmetta Greyer, Broad Street; Jameika Hoskins, Aberdeen; Jenisha Jackson, North Panola; Amber Jackson, Tupelo; Kenyotta Jenkins, Potts Camp; Chasity Kearney, South Panola; Breanna Lewis, Greenville; Candiace McIntosh, Houlka; Ericka Robinson, Clinton; Jasbriell Swain, Horn Lake; Brionne Gulledge, H.W. Byers; and Antonekia Williams, Clinton.
Girls South – Janairrika Bland, Raymond; Keosha Bradley, Natchez; Jasmine Bradley, Pass Christian; Kelcia Bufkin, Scott Central; Brianna Edwards, Ocean Springs; Arnissa Galloway, East Marion; Kierra Gilmore, McAdams; Norianna Haynes, NE Lauderdale; Chadisty Hickman, Kemper County; Valencia McFarland, Raymond; Niesha Pierce, Harrison Central and Nitesha Pierce, Harrison Central.
Boys North – Jordan Cornelius, Lanier; Jalen Courtney, Provine; DeMarso Cox, Yazoo City; Ife Eke, Northwest Rankin; Desmond Haymon, Williams-Sullivan; Kelsey Howard, Vicksburg; Jeverik Nelson, Callaway; Dundrecous Nelson, Murrah; Rashad Perkins, Starkville; Jeffery Simmons, Greenwood; Edward Townsel, Starkville; and Ramone Wesley, East Side
Boys South – T.J. Amos, Richton; Antonnio Benton, Oak Grove; Reshad Bickham, Jim Hill; Dwayne Bingham, Newton; Jeremiah Dunnings, Biloxi; Trency Jackson, Wingfield; Caleb Jett, Brandon; Marcus McGee, Brookhaven; Kevin Nixon, Heidelburg; Keeslee Stewart, Hinds AHS; Andre Stringer, Forest Hill; Michael Young, McLaurin.
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