Tuesday May 31st, 2016 12:02AM

North Georgia all-star basketball game set for Friday at GHS

By Katie B. Davis Sports Director
All athletes, whether at the high school or college level, want to end their careers on a high note; and for most that means with a win.

The unfortunate thing about athletics, on both the high school and college levels, is that few players get to end their careers on that high note.

More times than not, seniors walk off the court, gridiron, pitch, hardwood or field never to put on a uniform again or play their respective sports competitively.

That is why former Hall County basketball standouts Mario Mays (Gainesville) and Adrian Penland (West Hall) are giving area seniors a chance to play one more game.

Beginning with the girls game at 6 p.m. Friday at Gainesville High School--the boys game will immediately follow--the North Georgia All-Star Classic will commence.

Gainesville High School girls coach Brenda Hill-Gilmore and Flowery Branch High School girls coach Hazel Hall will coach the girls, with standouts from Rabun County, Jefferson and Gainesville, among others, dotting the roster. Duke Mullis and Todd Cottrell, the boys coaches from Flowery Branch and Gainesville respectively, will coach the boys, which consists of players from Gainesville to Walnut Grove to Lakeview Academy and East Hall High School.

"We wanted to give the kids an opportunity to be recognized with a game," said Mays, who coached alongside Seth Vining at Lakeview Academy for a number of years before becoming Doug Lipscomb's assistant at Wheeler High School.

"There have always been all-area teams or all-region teams chosen, but there hasn't been a game."

Mays and Penland are hoping the North Georgia All-Star Classic will become an annual event, one where the coaches pick a senior to represent their respective school in a game.

"We want this end-of-the-year game to be motivation for the players like any recognition is," Mays said. "Next year we'll be a little more on the ball about it because we think the area kids deserve this kind of recognition."

Mays is also hoping the game will draw the attention of college coaches, further motivating players to one day be in the North Georgia All-Star Classic.

"College coaches are content with getting what they need from the Metro (Atlanta area)," Mays said. "That's frankly all we here about is the Metro. But there's enough talent in North Georgia to be getting the attention of at least Division II and Juco (junior college) coaches and we want to sort of showcase these North Georgia players to those coaches.

"We want the coaches to come looking for diamonds in the rough."

Ticket prices for Friday night's game are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Tyler McBroom, Flowery Branch
Austin Pearson, Lakeview
TD Teasley, East Hall
Chris Orr, East Hall
Preston Smith, North Hall
Lance White, Gainesville
Javez Warren, Gainesville
Matt Hollis, Johnson
Ty Odem, Johnson
Rico Jones, West Hall

Andrew London, White County
Patrick Burn, Habersham Central
Kevin Ellison, Habersham Central
Morgan Demilio, Walnut Grove
Nick Peters, Walnut Grove
Chris Peters, Walnut Grove
Dillon Bleckley, Rabun County

Taylor Swoszowski, North Hall
McKenna Rushton, North Hall
Mary Kate Rushton, North Hall
Tiffany Hamilton, North Hall
Sarah Paschall, North Hall
Hunter Pugh, Gainesville
Rebecca Webster, Gainesville
Kynika Coleman, Gainesville
Keke Harris, Gainesville
Cara Chilton, Flowery Branch

Skylar Evanson, Jefferson
Taylor Freeman, White County
Bessie Pearson, Walnut Grove
Krista Dixon, Rabun County
Rabun Wright, Rabun County
Megan Deloach, White County
Saboyce Shelton, Apalachee
Kayla Patrick, East Jackson
© Copyright 2016
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 3 years ago )
Top 10 sports stories of the year: 2012 one for the history books
2012 has been all things to all people in the sports world. The last 12 months have run the gamut of emotions and given fans and spectators much to awe, rue and everything in between.
2:33PM ( 3 years ago )
College Football Hall to break ground in Atlanta
Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
2:15PM ( 3 years ago )
Boys basketball: Dawson County storms to Battle of States crown, 13-0 mark
The Dawson boys basketball team extended their perfect start to the season to 13-0 -- their best opening in over 40 years -- on Saturday, claiming the Battle of the States tournament title in the process, 62-22 over Murphy, N.C., in Hiawassee.
11:17PM ( 3 years ago )
Girls basketball: Chestatee stumbles to losses in tournament play
The Chestatee girls basketball team dropped a 50-47 decision to Allatoona on Saturday at the Allatoona Christmas Tournament in Acworth.
8:19PM ( 3 years ago )
High School Sports
Column: NFL version of 3-card monte: the Super Bowl Scam
The NFL has its own version of three-card monte...
By The Associated Press
11:54PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Mallex Smith's 3-run triple powers Braves past Giants, 5-3
Mike Foltynewicz is showing he can be more than just a fastball pitcher — and that he can be part of the Braves' long-term rotation.
By The Associated Press
11:51PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Baylor hires former Wake coach Grobe to replace Briles
Baylor has hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe to replace Art Briles and lead its football program through a tumultuous time
6:14PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Source: Baylor will hire former Wake coach Grobe
A person involved in the decision tells The Associated Press that Baylor will hire former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe to lead its football program this season
4:38PM ( 7 hours ago )
Truex seeking bigger things after Charlotte romp
Truex says his dominating win at the Coca-Cola 600 is just the tip of what team can achieve
12:09PM ( 11 hours ago )