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Local Athletes Compete in Marietta Basketball Shootout

By Staff | Jun 24, 2015

Photo Provided Paden City’s Luke Cooper scores against Barnesville.

Marietta College held it’s annual varsity and junior varsity high school basketball shootout on Friday June 12, at Marietta College. This is an annual event which draws some of the better teams from Ohio and West Virginia.

Participating in this years event were two teams from the local area who have been invited for the past several years. The Paden City Wildcats and the River Local Pilots both showed up ready to play and by the looks of things they may both be teams to reckon with in the 2015-16 season.

Paden City which lost four seniors from to graduation played short handed all day, as a couple of their returning players had other commitments. They still hung tough throughout the days tournament and manage to stay close in most games, plus come away with a couple nice wins.

Despite playing much larger schools and being shorthanded the cats handed a nice Barnesville club an11 point defeat. Some new faces will be seen this coming year but with the team staying busy in league play and tournaments look for some good basketball come November.

Luke Cooper, who last week put up some big numbers at the Steubenville shootout, was once again on his game. Hayden Hizer played a nice floor game and Arron Heasley played tough getting some big hustle rebounds and drilling the long ball. P.C. has good size, speed and shooting. Deven Price played some good ball and hit a couple nice 3s.

River, put on a good display of basketball as Mark Romick’s club hung tough with two of the better teams in the tournament (Columbus Whitehall and Athens). River has one of the premier guards coming back in the fall, in Luke Isley. Isley is a three sport standout and played good basketball all day Saturday.

The Pilots played short-handed all day with only seven players and four of them sophmores. Against Columbus, the game went down to the wire with River taking the defeat by six. In their final game of the day dropped a tough one point loss to Athens, after leading by seven with a minute to play. Drew Dietz a sophomore, who also starts on the football team, played tough ball all day beating around on the boards and scoring a few baskets. Cody Hupp and Michael Collins also hustled and played good floor games.

During the day river ended up 2-2. Romick said when he gets the whole club together, he feels they will be able to compete against anyone on their schedule.