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West helps North win in Hoops, South swept in both basketball and football

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Marshall University freshman Jarrod West, who has been practicing in the summer program of Herd Coach Danny D’Antoni for two weeks, was in top form in Friday night’s high school All-Star game. West stole a ball and then hit a fallaway three-point shot with three seconds left in the South Charleston Community Center to lift the North to a 108-105 victory over the South in the 2017 West Virginia Athletics Directors Association North-South All-Star Classic.

West, who led Clarksburg Notre Dame to the Class A title in March, got the ball with about 20 seconds left before dribbling the clock down for his dramatic jumper over former Woodrow Wilson High School standout Isaiah Francis. West’s North teammates stormed the floor as time ran off the clock before the South could get a timeout called.

Prior to playing at the SCCC in the final prep event of his career, the recent Notre Dame High School graduate spent the last two weeks at Marshall. The winner of the Bill Evans Award as the state’s top high school boy’s Player of the Year award is furthering his basketball career and education in Huntington, and the last two weeks have provided West a glimpse of what it’ll be like playing for the Thundering Herd. “It’s been two weeks of practice, weights, open gym and class, so we’ve been getting after it,” West told Greg Carey of the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram on Friday. “It’s a different animal, but I’m enjoying it.”

West, who’s taking summer classes online, has already moved into his residence hall at Marshall and has an idea of what it’s in store for him in the future. “It is definitely daunting, especially those first few days and that first week. We were getting after it. Tired legs and a tired body, but we had to push through. I’ve definitely made the adjustment. But you kind of get more time than what you’d think, especially later in the day, because we knock all our stuff out in the mornings. You have access to the gym all the time.”

West set the pace for the North squad in the first half, scoring 13-of-his-20 points in the game in the opening quarters. The South’s Luke Frampton, the former Poca High standout who is on his way to Davidson College, pumped in 17 for the South in the opening 20 minutes of play. The South trailed by 10, 40-30 with just over seven minutes left in the first half but Frampton led the South to a 29-17 run to half to push the edge to the South, leading at the half, 59-57.

The second half saw the game go back and forth for the lead, but neither team was able to hold it long. The South led by 10 at one point thanks to the play of DeAundra Murphy, from Huntington St. Joseph Central Catholic HS, but were unable to put the North away.

Ravenswood Red Devil player Riley Heatherington, headed to the University of Charleston, hit several long-range jumpers for the North. Heatherington’s biggest play came with 1:15 remaining in the contest when he drove to the basket for a layup, drew the foul on the bucket, and then made the free throw to give North a 105-104 edge. The South would tie it with a free throw from Murphy before West’s late game heroics.

The win was the first for the North in the last six meetings. West was awarded MVP honors for the North while Murphy, who finished with 25 points, received the MVP award for the South. West also had seven rebounds and five assists.

Justin Lee (Fairmont Senior) had 13 points and Austin Upton (Philip Barbour) 10 points for the North while Frampton finished with 19 points and John Dawson (Huntington High) had 20 points for the South. In the skills competition before the game, Upton won the free throw shooting contest, Seth Brown of Greenbrier East finished on top of the 3-point competition and Frampton won the dunk contest.

The win by the North on Friday night was the first of two for the players from northern West Virginia. After basketball earned a 3-point win in hoops, the gridiron Bears of the North also got a 3-point win over the South Cardinals the next night.

WV 2017 N-S Football

The North wins the All-Star Football Game, 10-7, thanks to stuffing the South’s running game with only 18 yards on 28 carries. (courtesy WVMetroNews.com)

On Saturday night at the University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field, the North Bears defeated the South Cardinals 10-7 in the 64th annual WCHS-TV 8 Fox 11 West Virginia North-South Football Classic in Charleston. St. Marys’ quarterback Will Billeter scored the Bears’ lone touchdown on a 67-yard run in the second quarter on a 99-yard drive (in two plays) following a South punt of 62-yards by Nicholas County punter Tate Mayes. Spring Mills’ kicker Miguel Pereira also added a 31-yard field goal in the first half for the North on a 15-play, 56-yard drive by the team in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.

On Saturday night at the University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field, the North Bears defeated the South Cardinals, 10-7, in the in Charleston. St. Marys’ quarterback Will Billeter scored the Bears’ lone touchdown on a 67-yard run in the second quarter, part of a 2-play, 99-yard drive following a South punt of 62-yards by Nicholas County punter and quarterback Tate Mayes, giving the North a 10-0 lead. Spring Mills’ kicker Miguel Pereira also added a 31-yard field goal in the first half for the North on a 15-play, 56-yard drive by the team in the first quarter for an initial 3-0 lead for the Bears.

It was the first back-to-back win for the North since 2004-05, as the North also won an entertaining but close 42-35 game in the 2016 North-South Game. It was the first North sweep of basketball and football since 2009.

The South’s lone score came on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bluefield’s Cody Fuller to Nicholas County’s Carter Serbert-Sweeney to cut the score to 10-7 late in the second quarter. In the second half, the Cardinals had missed field goals from the 15-yard line (a 32-yard attempt, blocked by Wheeling Park’s Zack Torbett) and 4-yard line (a 21-yard attempt) in the third quarter by Cabell Midland Knights kicker Matt Molina. Neither team scored in the second half as it turned out.

Isaiah Utt, from University High School in Morgantown, won MVP honors for the North by finishing with eight tackles total, including four tackles for no gain or a loss and added a sack. The North defense held the South to just 18 yards rushing on 28 carries (225 total yards of total offense) and East Hardy defensive end Ricky Robinson nearly matched Utt on the North defense with seven tackles in his final scholastic action before heading to Shepherd University this fall. The North held the South in the first quarter to minus-9 yards offensively.

WV 2017 N-S Football team pictures

The North Bears players wait in their blue jerseys while the red-clad Cardinals of the South take a team photo at WV State University during the week leading up to the 64th annual WCHS-TV 8 Fox 11 West Virginia North-South Football Classic. (Photo courtesy WV N-S Football Classic Facebook page)

South receiver Darnell Brooks, of Charleston’s George Washington, had a big game in his hometown catching the ball, earning South MVP honors (six catches for 79 yards) including a long of 36-yards from quarterback Fuller, who also hit Sebert-Sweeney for the only score by the Cardinals. But the third quarter summed up the South’s frustration, as they ran 22 plays to just six for the North, but could not dent the Bears goal line. Nathaniel Frazier of Lewis County recovered a fumble with seven minutes to play to stop the South’s final last chance.

For the Cardinals, Fuller hit 7-of-15 passing for 91 yards, while Tate Mays hit 8-of-11 for 134 yards. Brooks did not return to the game after a second-quarter hit to his helmet on an incomplete pass.

The North had only three first downs in the second half and was 0-for-4 passing in the third and fourth quarters. Latrell Warr, of Musselman, led the North with 17 carries for 69 yards and helped the North to pick up those three first downs in the game’s final minutes after Frazier’s fumble recovery.

In addition to the football on Saturday night, Charlie Maynard, Executive Secretary of the West Virginia Schools Athletic Coaches Association, honored the organization’s Coaches of the Year at halftime of the North-South Football game.

  • This year’s honorees:
    Football – Jon Carpenter, Capital
    Soccer – Marshall Hoff, Winfield
    Volleyball – Missy Smith, George Washington
    Boys Basketball – Joe Schmidle, University
    Girls Basketball – Corey Hines, Fairmont Senior
    Wrestling – Brian Miluk, Greenbrier East
    Softball – Mike Bone, Fayetteville
    Baseball – Robert Shields, Bridgeport
    Middle School – Jason Stewart, Eastern Greenbrier

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).