Barnes family makes basketball family affair

Published 2:01 am Thursday, March 5, 2009

GROVE CITY — In the Barnes’ household, basketball is NOT a religion. But it is a lifestyle.

First, there is guard Bryce Barnes who is a senior at Central Crossing High School.

Then there is Blake, a sophomore who starts along side of his brother.

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And not far behind is Blake, a seventh grade student for the Brookpark Junior High School team.

And, of course, there is dad, Chris Barnes, the former Ironton Fighting Tigers All-Ohio guard who served a stint as the head coach before heading for Central Crossing.

Bryce finished the season with a 20.7 points per game scoring average this season to go with 3.2 assist per game. He was first team All-Ohio Central Conference this season and as a sophomore. He was second team All-OCC as a freshman.

He missed all-league honors as a junior due to an injury that kept him from playing the entire season.

Bryce — who has signed with West Virginia Wesleyan — and has 1,188 career points. In three seasons he has a 19.2 scoring average and set the freshman single game scoring record with 40 points.

Besides basketball, Bryce is a 3.91 student and a member of the National Honor Society.

Blake Barnes is a two-year varsity letterman who averaged 7.4 points per game this season and 3.5 assists. He is also an honor student, as is brother Brandon who leads his seventh grade team in scoring.