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BACF Basketball Classic tonight

Girls game begins at 5:30 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. at Parkersburg South

March 20, 2008

PARKERSBURG — The seventh annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis (BACF) Basketball Classic will tip off at 5:30 p.m. today in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center at Parkersburg South High School.

The two games — girls at 5:30 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. — will match high school seniors from West Virginia and Ohio.

The West Virginia girls team is headed by three Parkersburg South cagers playing the final home game of their high school careers this evening. Ali Morris, Kayla Ayers and Kara Longwell were all members of the Patriots’ hoop squads that captured two of the last three West Virginia Class AAA state championships.

Also on the Mountain State squad are Parkersburg Catholic’s Teresa Tokodi, just named captain of the Class A girls all-state team, and her Crusaderette teammate Andrea Tracewell.

The Ohio girls have two representatives each from Belpre, Marietta, Warren and Frontier, while the Ohio boys contingent sports three Warren seniors — Craig Call, Cory Hooper and Tyler Horner — and two from Federal Hocking, Cory Vales and Kory Williams.

The West Virginia boys team will also feature three South players in Andy Morris, Blaize Scott and Drew Shaffer, along with two of the stars — high-scoring Dusty Mullins and point guard Ben Wise — from Ravenswood’s recent run to the Class AA state-championship game.

The evening will also include other activities. At halftime of the girls game, the boys’ dunk and 3-point competitions will take place while at halftime of the boys game, the girls’ 3-point and hot-shot competitions will be held.

In addition, following the girls’ game, members of Jump Company USA will perform and prior to the boys’ game, the Parkersburg South choir and Holly Booth of Newport, Ohio will perform the BACF song, written and composed by Travis Flores, entitled ‘‘Take Another Breath.’’ Then the national anthem will be sung by the South choir prior to tip-off of the boys game.

Over the past 14 years, the BACF has raised more than $300,000 for the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research into finding a cure for this inherited, chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

Tickets for tonight’s games will be sold for $5 each at the doors, which open at 4:30 p.m.


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