2 locals compete in North-South games

By Paul Boggs - [email protected]

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A pair of Mason County standout athletes, in their respective sports, competed this past weekend in the annual West Virginia North-South all-star games.

On Saturday night, at Laidley Field in Charleston, Point Pleasant lineman Alec Stanley was a member of the South squad in the WCHS-TV FOX 11 North-South Football Classic.

On Sunday, at Nitro High School, Wahama’s Mason Hicks was a member of the South team for the North-South state baseball tilts.

Just two weeks earlier, Hicks completed his high school career as the complete game winning pitcher in Wahama’s Class A state championship victory over Wheeling Central.

Stanley and Hicks were the only Mason County representatives to participate in the weekend events.

In the football game, the North snapped a seven-game losing streak to the South by winning 42-35 — the most combined points scored in the North-South’s history.

The South still leads the all-time series by a count of 40-23-3.

Juwan Jones-Wright of Robert C. Byrd rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns, including the tiebreaking score with 6:10 remaining.

North linebacker Phillip Keller of Jefferson stopped South running back C.J. Perkins shy of a first down on 4th-and-1 at the North 25-yard-line with only 50 seconds to play.

Perkins rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, threw a 33-yard pass, and had two receptions for 27 yards.

The two highest-scoring games prior to Saturday night were 15 years ago (41-31 North win in 2001) and only two years back (46-26 South win in 2014).

This marked the third consecutive contest in which a Point Pleasant player has been chosen to play in the prestigious North-South Classic.

Last year, Point Pleasant quarterback Aden Yates and defensive end Jon Peterson played in the game.

Two years ago, Chase Walton represented the Big Blacks as a running back — the same Saturday night that Wahama’s Kane Roush racked up the Rat Thom Award, which is given to the “Top South Cardinals Player”.

This year, that winner was Druw Bowen of George Washington, who caught seven passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

[email protected]