Fort Cherry senior Nate Bellhy, already slated to play in the Roundball Classic at Geneva College, has dropped out of the annual Washington-Greene Senior All-Star Basketball Games, which take place Friday night at Trinity High School.
The games are normally played at Washington High School but the venue was moved this year because of construction at Wash High.
Bellhy was definitely the headline player slated for the local game. The future member of the Division II Seton Hill men's basketball team is FC's career scoring leader with nearly 1,600 career points. He's a 6-6 forward who can run the point and owns excellent range on his jumper. He's averaged over 27 ppg combined the past two seasons.
Bellhy was slated to be part of the West Team, which will be coached by Trinity head coach Joe Dunn and assistants Stan Noszka and Steve Polansky. (Anyone else remember that the Hillers and Ringgold finished tied for third in Section 5-AAA to Montour and South Fayette? Not too shabby.)
Rosters are being redrawn but players committed to the game are Trinity's Matt Friewald, Brad Martin and Michael Cleveland, Avella's Cameron Geresti and Neil Gossett, Washington's Zach Barnes and Julien Anderson, Ringgold's Colin McCormick and California's Jalen Holder and John Tyler. Barnes, who will play football at West Liberty State, was a three-year starter for the Prexies, while McCormick evolved into one of the area's top players this season.
Beth-Center's Lucas Deithorn, Fort Cherry's Rich Williamson and Bentworth's John Barker are also part of the all-star festivities.
A pair of Canon-McMillan seniors - Dylan Berger and Justin Robinson - were originally part of the East Team, which is coached by Bentworth head coach Bob Kennedy and assistant Bill Minerd. Berger is a 6-8 center who averaged 18 ppg as a senior, and Robinson played the best basketball of his lengthy varsity career the second half of this season.
Would have been nice to see Bellhy, Trinity's Josh Valentic and Burgettstown's Tyler Pavan included, but I imagine Valentic is being invited to the majority of all-star games in Western Pennsylvania and Pavan is a dedicated baseball player.
Still, this looks like one of the deeper fields for this game I've seen in recent years and it's nice to see more representation from the Mon Valley. Tyler, Diethorn and Barker were all big-time scorers for their respective teams.