Ohio-Kentucky classic features local players, coach

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

When the stars come out, look for a local constellation.

Three local players and a coach will be part of the annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Basketball Game to be held Saturday at St. Thomas More College.

Ironton will have senior guard Dennis Gagai on the Ohio boy’s team while Sara Hacker will play for the girls all-star team.

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A first team All-Ohio selection, Gagai was the Division III southeast district Player of the Year. He averaged nearly 22 points a game and was the school’s all-time leading scorere.

Hacker, a four-year starter and two-time All-Ohio selection, scored more than 1,000 points and average nearly 13 points a game this past season as the Lady Tigers came within one game of a second straight Final Four appearance.

Chesapeake’s P.J. Rase, who is headed for Ohio Dominican, has a roster spot with the boys.

The 6-2 senior guard averaged 17 points a game, scored more than 1,000 career points and shot 53 percent from the field and 93 percent from the foul line.

Coaching the Ohio girls’ team will by Ironton head coach Amy Hughes.

In four seasons at Ironton, Hughes has won four sectional titles, two districts, one regional and has a Final Four appearance while posting a 80-15 record.

The girls’ game is at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas More which is located in Crestview Hills, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.

Other players from the Tri-State area will play in the game as well.

South Webster’s All-Ohio tandem of guard Brigham Waginger and center Nick Aldridge will play for the Ohio stars.

Waginger, the district co-Player of the Year, helped the Jeeps to the Division IV state championship after moving this season to South Webster following three seasons at Ironton.

Aldridge, a 6-7 senior, is headed for Western Carolina after helped the Jeeps to two Final Four appearances in the past three seasons.

Oak Hill senior guard Keisa Davis, a 5-8 senior, will play for the Ohio stars along with Porstmouth Clay senior guard Katie Duduit.

Kayla Faulkner, who helped Rose Hill Christian to the girls state tournament, will play for the Kentucky girls.

Other notable players scheduled to play in the boys game include West Virginia signee Cam Thoroughman of Portsmouth Clay, Xavier recruits Adrian Graves of Cincinnati Hughes and Steve Pogue of Cin. Oak Hills and Nate Davis of Bellaire who signed to play football at Ball State.

The Ohio girls team will have Pickerington’s Stephanie Stephens who has signed with Cincinnati, Marion Local’s Maria Moeller who will play at Ohio State and Ohio signee Jennifer Bushby of Gahanna Lincoln.

Kentucky boys’ will have Johnathan Uchendu who will play at Purdue and A.J. Slaughter who signed with Western Kentucky.

The girls team features Kentucky recruits Arnikka Brown of Christian County and Brittany Edelen of Washington County.

Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door on a first come basis. The all-star banquet will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the college cafeteria. Tickets are $12 with limited seating. Contact coach Randy Ward at (606) 932-3443 for reservations.

Fans attending the game should take the Northern Kentucky Turkeyfoot Road Exit off the 275 bypass around Cincinnati.