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Summer League Action Heats Up

By Staff | Jul 27, 2016

Photo by Ed Parsons Tyler’s Quentin Richmond goes up for two against the defense of Paden City’s Aaron Heasley in Sistersville summer league action.

The weather may be hot but for local basketball players and fans, it’s part of what makes summer basketball leagues great. Sistersville has one of the nicest leagues around. Two evenings a week you can find players , young and old, hitting the courts for some heated action.

This past Thursday was one of those hot and muggy evenings with temperatures in the low 90’s and high humidity. That didn’t stop the diehards as the competition for the top spot is just a couple weeks away. The league started up in May and will finish in early August. Two and a half months of good quality basketball gives all involved a chance to work on their game; plus the high school players get to stay sharp and experience older and tougher competition.

Eight teams compete in the league with the junior varsity and varsity teams from TCHS taking up two of those slots. Players from Paden City and Magnolia and Middlebourne help make up the league.

Several businesses in the area support the league as sponsors. One such business that has always been a big help with community events was Koolaids Family Pizza which recently closed. Its goodwill to the community and fine food will surely be missed.

Leading scorers in the league are Dylan Romine for the White team, Emry Smith, the Red team, Jeremy Morgan, the Grey team, Robby Wise, the Blue team, Griffin Phillips, the Black team, Mark Wilson, the Silver team, Justin Cooper, the Orange team and Aaron Heasley, the Green team. This is based on the number of games played.

Some of the high school players are performing very well and picking up some mental toughness skills that comes with playing older and more experienced athletes. Thursday’s games were fun to watch as some of the older players mixed it up a little with the younger guys. There was a little pushing and shoving, but nothing that isn’t normal in any summer league when the older guys are trying to stay in shape and the younger ones are frustrated with the skills of the old men.

The high school teams have competed very well which should help them as they are nearing another school year. Several of the boys have improved and seem to be better passers and ball handlers.

Lots of three-balls were fired up with many spot on. Learning to box out, rebound and take it to the bucket is what you get in these type leagues. Anyone who wants to be a basketball player should never pass up an opportunity to play in the summer leagues.