The time has come to bring the best of the best together for one game. The 4th Annual Area All-Star Classic is going down this Saturday! We caught up with Nat Jackson to tell us more about this Saturday and what we can expect.
Offthemag: What can we look forward to this year? Any surprises?
Nat: There’s a lot of talent this year. Top to bottom on the boys and girls side this could be the most talent we’ve had. We also stepped up the giveaways. One of our sponsors 99.3 The Vibe will have a pair of tickets to a Future concert and a pair for Chance The Rapper. A few people will be leaving the building with those.
OTM: What makes this year different than the last 3 years?
Nat: Each class of All-Stars brings something unique to the table. The playing styles and skill set change each year as each class battles to be the ‘best class’ yet. There is never a lack of competitive edge or excitement and I believe that is why some of our fans come back every single year.
OTM: In your opinion, how can each year get bigger and better?
Nat: This event is the only one of it’s kind in the area that exist to celebrate local talent. The community gets excited when you create opportunities for hardworking student athletes to be recognized. This game for some is the last time they will ever put on a basketball jersey and show off for hometown fans. For others it’s one last opportunity to have a college coach make them an offer. Last year we had 2 athletes leave the gym with offers from college coaches who were in attendance. This game is about fun and opportunity. Each year this event has grown and gotten better because the people really get behind these student athletes and want to see them do well. We also have great media partners like you here at Official The Magazine, 99.3 the Vibe and this year we’ve added a television broadcasting partner in CVTV which is really exciting.
OTM: How and where can people buy tickets for the event?
Nat: Tickets will be available at the door, and I encourage you to get there early to claim a seat. Last year we almost ran out of seats! It’s my hope that one day we’ll have to use a bigger facility to showcase all the talent around here.
OTM: What’s one word to describe this year’s event?
Nat: I don’t have a word for the event itself, but I can say after spending time with these kids they all seem to be one thing… Driven.
Home team: Olivia Gaither (Colonial Forge), Emily Conroe (Fairfax Home School), Cheyenne Suomataia- Teo (Mountain View), Tasi Cheathem (Massaponax), Jamara Campbell (King George), LaChaunda Patterson (Chancellor), DaNikque Marshall (Louisa), Hope Leuterio (Culpeper), Morgan Conner (James Monroe).
Coaches: Neil Lyburn (KG), Tony Majors (Culpeper), Nick Shreck (Louisa).
Away team: Camille Downs (CF), Kaylah Henderson (Paul VI), Sabrina Jones (Massaponax), Mallory Cunningham (Mass), Alexia Wilson (Colonial Beach), Amber Jones (CB), Gabby Michalik (Courtland), Ciera Fox (Fredericksburg Academy), Alexis Brown (Caroline), Juliet Whitman (JM).
Coaches: Ramon Hounshell (Mass), Keith Dickerson (CB).
Home team: E.J. Jenkins (Chan), Kam Hill (Riverbend), Khari Jefferson (JM), D.J. Lardge (Stafford), Sawyer Bills (Spotsylvania), Devon Edelin (KG), Bryce Webb (Rb), Corion Window (North Stafford), Jordan Dupee (Staf), Eric Ford (Cul).
Coaches: Carlos Evans (JM), Rob Reich (Chan).
Away team: Jordan Shaw (Mass), Ceeja Beckett (FA), Jason Brown (Chan), Sultan Hameen (Rb), James Shellington (CF), Brandon Hayes (Courtland), Jonathan Bonny (NS), Dawson Sims (NS), Connor Pugh (Mass), Landon Carter (Mass).
Coaches: Darren Berkley (Mass), Stephen Hibberd (NS).