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Area prep hoops teams to compete River City Classic at Marietta College

Photo by Jordan Holland Warren’s Dylan Place, left, handles the ball as Marietta’s Tyler Kytta defends during a high school boys basketball game earlier this season in Vincent.

Marietta College will be the place to be for high school hoops fans Friday and Saturday.

The annual River City Classic will be taking place in Ban Johnson Arena with several area basketball teams scheduled for action. The first game is slated for 1 p.m. Friday and the final game will take place around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s slate kicks off with the Warren girls taking on River at 1. The Amy Colgrove-coached Warriors are off to a hot 6-1 start this season and will look to leave the BanJo with two wins this weekend as they’re also set to take on Carlynton at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Olivia Alloway, Molly Grayson, Abbie Smith, Sommer Saboley, Caspen Ford, Savannah Banks, Millie Ryan, Alexis Frazee, Elizabeth Burdiss and Sophie Cochran all have played a pivotal role in the Warriors’ strong beginning to the season.

The Wood County Christian boys enter the River City Classic with a 3-7 record. The Wildcats of head coach Dan Morris are scheduled to face Crooksville at 2:45 p.m. Friday and Marietta High’s junior varsity squad at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Garrett Napier, Trey Davis, Camden Huck, Tucker Dougherty and Ryder Davis form Wood County Christian’s starting lineup while Jesse Woomer, Michael Cline, Max Crum, Ben Weekley and Joel Christman all could see time off the bench.

Photo by Mike Morrison Warren’s Olivia Alloway brings the ball up the court during a high school girls basketball game against Marietta earlier this season in Vincent.

On the girls side, Wood County Christian will open Saturday’s action at 10 a.m. against St. John’s Central Academy. The Wildcats are an even 3-3 coming into the classic. Stella Dunn’s 27 points led Wood County Christian in its most recent win over Morgantown Christian. Sarah Michael, Katie Michael, Alexis Shutts, Sidney Strause, Joyce McSherry, Sophie Daugherty and Lacey Dimit also contribute for coach A.G. Harris’ squad.

Dan Liedtke’s Fort Frye girls take on Carlynton at 6:15 p.m. Friday and then Fairland at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Cadets, off to a 6-1 start this season, have challenged themselves on the schedule, having already played three West Virginia Class AAA teams in Parkersburg South, Wheeling Park and George Washington. Hannah Archer has had the hot hand lately for Fort Frye, but Lexie Huck, Liv Schneider, Kiersten Kesselring and Kenzie Dalton all are capable of having big games as well.

The game that will draw the most attention is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday when the Fort Frye Cadets take on Barnesville. A battle of undefeated Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 3A teams, the 5-0 Cadets will look to stop Shamrocks star Luke Powell. Powell, a West Liberty recruit, is scoring points in bunches this season for 7-0 Barnesville. The Cadets have impressive victories over Warren, Wheeling Central and Parkersburg South so far. Nic Hart put up 35 points against the Maroon Knights, but he’s far from Fort Frye’s only threat. Kelton Fogle, Zane Wallace and Brady Schilling all have come up big for head coach Eric Henniger.

After dealing with adversity right before the season started, the Warren boys have played admirably through seven games. Having lost point guard Seth Dennis for the season due to an injury, head coach Blane Maddox’s squad has adapted well. The Warriors are 4-3, most recently defeating Gallia Academy 58-35. Brandon Simoniette has led the way in scoring most games, but Kurt Taylor, Jake Baumgard, Joel Chevalier, Dylan Place, Evan Byrd, Isaac Colgrove and Brayden Sallee all have stepped up as well. Warren’s only game of the weekend will be at 6:15 p.m. Saturday against Crooksville.

The Marietta High boys have shaken off an 0-4 start to the season with back-to-back wins over Cambridge and Zanesville. J.D. Secrest’s squad has been led by Tony Munos and Jackson Graham. While the Munos-Graham duo do the bulk of the scoring, Mark Duckworth, Ryan Mannix, Adam Coil and Adrian Avendano also have played key roles for the Tigers. Marietta will close out the River City Classic action both nights, playing Harrison Central at 8 p.m. Friday and River at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Brady Schilling, left, makes a move with the ball during a high school boys basketball game against Shenandoah earlier this season in Beverly.

The only game not featuring an area team will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday when the South Charleston and Fairland girls square off.

Jordan Holland can be reached at jholland@mariettatimes.com.

River City Classic Schedule

at Ban Johnson Arena

Friday, Dec. 27

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Liv Schneider puts up a shot during a high school girls basketball game against Shenandoah earlier this season in Beverly.

1 p.m – Warren vs River (Girls)

2:45 p.m. – Crooksville vs Wood County Christian (Boys)

4:30 p.m. – South Charleston vs Fairland (Girls)

6:15 p.m. – Fort Frye vs Carlynton (Girls)

8 p.m. – Marietta vs Harrison Central (Boys)

Saturday, Dec. 28

10 a.m. – St. John’s Central Academy vs Wood County Christian (Girls)

11:30 a.m. – Wood County Christian vs Marietta JV (Boys)

1 p.m. – Fairland vs Fort Frye (Girls)

2:45 p.m. – Carlynton vs Warren (Girls)

4:30 p.m. – Barnesville vs Fort Frye (Boys)

6:15 p.m. – Warren vs Crooksville (Boys)

8 p.m. – Marietta vs River (Boys)

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