Panama City, FL---Area hoops fans get a rare treat Saturday, as some of the best talent in the Panhandle converges on the Harrison Field House on the Gulf Coast campus for some all star basketball.
The Panama City News Herald's parent company hosting the annual Halifax All Star Classic, two games, girls first then the guys.
The teams made up of players from the East, or the counties served by the News Herald, against the teams from the West, served by it's sister paper the Northwest Florida Daily News.
To say the least, all the players involved well deserving of "All-Star" status, but the boys squad on the east is a particulary impressive list.
Bay's Ryan Norwood, Kiki Williamson and Jai Jencks of Rutherford, DJ Roulhac and Jerrod Blount of Cottondale, Ty Baker and Austin Williams of Malone, Marquis White of Graceville.
One of the East's boy's team coaches, Graceville's Matt Anderson, has some thoughts for fans thinking about coming to watch Saturday.
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*CG talkhead Matt Anderson
East All-Star Team Coach
¶"They're gonna get a treat if they'll come on out and watch. I mean we've got some of the best big guys in the area, some of the best point guards in the area. We've got shooters, we've got dunkers, we've got everything you need. I mean we're going to try and win the game but it's gonna be fun to watch and you won't regret coming out to see this game."
Holmes star Chris Walker was on the original East roster but because he was invited to play in two national all star games, the rules prevent him playing in a third.
Mosley's Alexis Ware and Arnold's JoJo Booker lead the East girls team. The girls game tips off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the boys at 1. Ted will have the highlights for you Saturday night at 6 and 10. Below are the entire rosters of the four All-Star teams.
Rosters for the East and West boys and girls basketball teams for the ninth annual Halifax All-Star Classic to be played at Gulf Coast State College April 6:
Ty Baker, F, Malone
Jerodd Blount, G/F, Cottondale
Keyman Borders, G, Marianna
Austin Boyd, F/C, Bethlehem
Herbie Harrell, G, Bozeman
Jai Jencks, F/C, Rutherford
Ryan Norwood, G, Bay
D.J. Roulhac, G, Cottondale
Chris Walker, C, Holmes County*
Marquis White, G, Graceville
Austin Williams, G, Malone
Kiki Williamson, G, Rutherford
Raheem Wright, F, Wewahitchka
*Thirteen players were chosen, as one was needed as a replacement for Walker, who is expected to play in two higher profile all-star games before and after the Halifax Classic, which would exhaust his exhibition eligibility.
Coaches: Matt Anderson, Graceville; Steve Welch, Malone
Jasmine Belser, G, Chipley
JoJo Booker, F, Arnold
JoJo Carlson, G/F, Ponce de Leon
Aaliyah Coleman, C, Chipley
Segovia Goodin, F/C, Mosley
Ashley Harper, G, Ponce de Leon
Anissa Martin, C, Bay
Mikayla Moore, G, Holmes County
Jessica Smith, G/F, Wewahitchka
Rakeia Sorey, G, Chipley
Alexis Ware, F, Mosley
Khadejah Ward, G, Cottondale
Coach: Heather Hingson, Chipley
Tommy Calloway, G, Laurel Hill
Tyrone Culbreth, G/F, Fort Walton Beach
Drew Davis, G, Fort Walton Beach
Roman Donofro, G, Crestview
Dustin Geoghagen, G, Paxton
Nicholas Haynes, F, Niceville
Darien Moore, G, South Walton
DeShun Tucker, G/F, Walton
Dylan Williams, F, Choctawhatchee
Coach: Andy Thigpen, Choctawhatchee
Cassidy Anderson, F, Baker
Brittany Brown, G, Choctawhatchee
Lauren Day, F/C, Choctawhatchee
Eve Heffron, F, South Walton
Morgan Kennedy, G, South Walton
Canisaya Matthews, G, Choctawhatchee
Shadia Mitry, G, Freeport
Taliah Moore, F, Walton
Rachel Mosley, F, Rocky Bayou Christian
Kerrie York, F, Crestview
Coach: Don Brown, Choctawhatchee