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Kennett boy basketball team slated to open play at Hall of Fame Classic in Rector Friday

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Staff Photo by Dustin Ward
The Kennett varsity boys basketball team celebrates its one-point win against Pine Bluff, Ark., Saturday at the Riverbend Classic in New Madrid, Mo. Kennett will take on Valley View, Ark., Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Classic in Rector, Ark.
10 varsity basketball games are slated to take place this weekend at the third annual Hall of Fame Classic at Rector, Ark., High School.

Two boys and two girls games will take place Friday, Nov. 30. The Rector girls will take on the Naylor, Mo., girls Friday at 4 p.m.; the Valley View, Ark., boys will take on the Kennett boys Friday at 5:30 p.m.; the Morrilton, Ark., girls will play the Greene County Tech, Ark., girls Friday at 7 p.m.; and the Rector boys will play the Trumann, Ark., boys Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Three boys and three girls games will take place Saturday, Dec. 1. The Kennett boys will play the Crowley's Ridge Academy, Ark., boys Saturday at noon; the Greene County Tech girls will play the Naylor girls Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; the Trumann boys will play the Dyer County, Tenn., boys Saturday at 3 p.m.; the Morrilton girls will play the Briarcrest Academy, Tenn., girls Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; the Rector girls will play the Dyer County girls Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the Rector boys will play the Sikeston, Mo., boys Saturday at 8 p.m. A Hall of Fame inductee presentation will take place Saturday at 5:50 p.m.

View information on teams participating in the Hall of Fame Classic below (Note: All information on teams was included in a press released provided by the tournament staff):

Boys Teams

Dyer County, Tenn. - record for 2011-12 was 30-2; losses were in the championship of the Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. Tournament and to Arlington, Tenn., by two points in the Tennessee Regional Tournament; key player Robert Hubbs has signed to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee; graduated seven seniors, three of which received full scholarships; coached by Derek McCord.

Sikeston, Mo. - record for 2011-12 was 23-5; won Class 4 district tournament and advanced to state quarterfinals; ranked No. 5 in the final poll; key player is Vashawn Ruffin, who averaged 14.1 points per game last season; coached by Gregg Holifield.

Rector, Ark. - record for 2011-12 was 25-11; regional runner-up and state semi-finalist; key players are guard Dillon Shelton and 6'4 Mitchell Weber; coached by Matt Mills.

Kennett, Mo. - record for 2011-12 was 19-9; key players: Kevonte Mitchell 6'4, led team in scoring; Antonio Primer 6'4 led team in rebounding; guard Antavies Drake; coached by Jim Vaughan.

Trumann, Ark. - record for 2011-12 was 21-10; NEA Upper Division runner-up; Kell Classic runner-up; key player Nathan Maxwell, 6'5 forward; coached by Skip Dulaney.

Valley View, Ark. - record for 2011-12 was 20-10; all starters graduated; young team; coached by Jason Manchester.

Crowley's Ridge Academy - record for 2011-12 was 16-17; finished second place in their conference and second in the district; key players; Johnathan Carlile and Luke Ellis; coached by Royce McMillon.

Girls Teams

Rector, Ark. - record for 2011-12 was 24-8; NEA Tourney Champions; Key player is Kendal Gunn, 5'10 forward, coached by Matt Dean.

Greene County Tech, Ark. - record for 2011-12 was 24-5; graduated six seniors and young team this season; coached by Trey Harding.

Briarcrest Christian Academy (Memphis) - record for 2011-12 was 24-6; Tennessee state semi-finalist; key player, Jasmine Cincore; coached by Lee Andrew Smith.

Morrilton, Ark - record for 2011-12 was 8-15; key players; KT. Davis, 6'2 and Rebekah McCoy guard; coached by Carin McNabb.

Naylor, Mo. - record for 2011-12 (not available); key players :Shayna Tharp and Andrea Sullivan; coached by Gene Deckard

Dyer County, Tenn. - record for 2011-12 was 15-17; graduated seven seniors; young team with one senior Brook Davis at 5'8; coached by Derek McCord.

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