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Boswell Lauded by McDonald’s

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford MHS senior basketball player Preston Boswell receives his McDonald’s All-American Honors before the game with the River Pilots. Awarding the plaque is area McDonald’s owner Nelson Hachem. Head Coach Dave Tallman; Boswell’s mother, Lisa; and father, John look on.

McDonald’s recently announced its list of 755 high school seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Games.

Preston Boswell from Magnolia High School in New Martinsville is among this year’s nominees, an elite collection of the finest basketball players in the nation.

Nelson Hachem, local McDonald’s restaurant owner/operator, recognized Boswell as a local nominee at a presentation Saturday, Feb. 6. The presentation was made at the MHS game right before the basketball game with the River Pilots.

“The McDonald’s All-American Games have long been the top showcase of national basketball talent. The nomination of Boswell is a testament to his hard work on the team this year,” Hachem said.

“I’m proud to be able to recognize him today.”

The 39th Annual Boys Game will tip off on Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 39th Annual Girls Game will precede the boys game, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Magnolia Blue Eagles Hold-Off River Pilots, 68-59

Playing in their third game in three nights, the Blue Eagles couldn’t put their cross-river rivals, the River Pilots, away until late in the fourth period to win, 68-59, in boys’ basketball action Feb. 6 inside a jam-packed MHS HammerDome.

The Eagles looked like they were going to dispose of the Pilots early in the first period as the Eagles’ Preston Boswell scored the game’s first six points.

However, the Pilots had different ideas and made the Eagles work pretty hard to get a victory, staying right with the OVAC Class AAA top seed. The Pilots were down only 16-15 after one period of action.

Both teams scored 18 points in the second quarter of play, with Boswell netting 18 of Magnolia’s 34 points. Lukas Isaly sank 13 of the Pilots’ 33 points in what was a barn-burner. Brandon Smith helped out with a trio of baskets from beyond the arc for the Pilots, while Mitch Winters and Kyle Ritz evenly divided a dozen for Magnolia.

The third period was a carbon copy of the first two periods with the Eagles owning a 46-42 advantage with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

The same scenario continued for the biggest part of the final period, but it was down to a Boswell and Isaly show down the stretch as Boswell would tally nine of the teams 22 points. Isaly netted 10 of the Pilots 15 points, for a 68-59 Magnolia victory.

Before the game, Boswell was presented with a plaque acknowleding him as a McDonald’s All-American candidate. In the second half, Boswell was awarded a plaque by Coach Tallman in honor of Boswell surpassing the great Lou Mott (Pine Grove High School) as the Wetzel County top career-scorer of all-time.

Boswell finished with a game-high 34 points, including a pair of bonus bombs, while Winters and Ritz added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Derrick Blain added seven points, while Zach Haught dropped in three points.

Isaly paced the Pilots with 25 points, while Smith netted all nine points from beyond the arc. Isaac Curtis two 3-pointers, while Parker Caretti also scored six points.