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GOSHEN – The balance in the local boys high school basketball scene will be on display later this summer in the annual Fifth/Sixth Region vs. Seventh/Eighth Region All-Star game at Bellarmine University.
The game brings together some of the metro area’s best talent including North Oldham’s Dale Tingle, Oldham County’s Eric Dunlap and South Oldham’s Drew Kraemer.
NOHS head coach Danny Edelen will serve as co-coach of the Seventh/Eighth Region stars with Manual coach Jimmy Just.
“The three guys from our county are all deserving,” Edelen said. “There are going to be really good players in the game.”
There will be a girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m. July 19. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Kentucky Coaches Association Catastrophic Insurance Fund.
The 5-foot-10 Dunlap, a two-time all-region pick and contender for player of the year in the regionaveraged 14 points and four assists a game for OCHS this year.
Kraemer, an explosive 6-foot guard, averaged 14 points a game for a surprising SOHS team that posted an 18-14 record and reached the regional tourney.
Tingle and Edelen helped NOHS to the district title and regional tourney with a 20-9 record.
The 6-foot-5 Tingle emerged as a force inside late in the year after recovering from a hand injury averaging eight points and six rebounds a game.
Tingle’s inside game will be needed on a guard dominated lineup from both regions.
Also playing for the Eighth Region are Anderson County’s 6-foot-3 C.J. Penny, the leading contender for regional player of the year this season after averaging 19 points a game last season.
Owen County’s Collin Gamble, a 6-foot guard and one of the region’s top perimeter shooters, will also play.
Gallatin County’s Trent Maddox, a 6-foot-3 guard was on the roster, but will miss the game due to a knee injury.
Edelen can select another player from the region. He said he will likely do so from a list of players who were nominated by the region’s coaches.
Leading the Seventh Region is another player with local ties in DuPont Manual’s Jacob Jenkins, who played middle school ball at South Oldham.
The 6-foot-4 Jenkins is a leading contender for Mr. Basketball after averaging 17 points a game for the Crimson and leading them to the Louisville Invitational Tournament championship.
Jenkins has drawn the interest of several Big 10 schools. He will be joined by three ultra-quick 5-foot-9 guards in Atherton’s Troy Rutherford, Ballard’s Wesley Cox and Waggener’s Dayvon Sloane.
They will face a tough Fifth/Sixth Region team led by 6-foot-4 Ridge Wilson of Louisville Central.
The 225-pound WIlson is also one of the top football prospects in the Southeast as a linebacker/tight end Central’s state championship team and the sone of former University of Louisville basketball All-American Rick Wilson.
Another top player from the Sixth is 6-foot-4 shooting guard Cameron Clemons of Doss who has emerged as a Division I prospect this summer.
The Fifth Region will bring Adair County’s 6-foot-8 Darrin Ballou, one of the state’s top big men along with Adair point guard Nick Fudge.
Guard Jordan Hickman of Bardstown and Chase Cox, another top guard from Taylor County are also scheduled to play.
“From a personal standpoint I am pretty excited especially knowing Coach Forrest (OCHS coach Gary Forrest) helped me get this,” Edelen said. “He’s been involved with the game for a long time and is a mentor to me. It’s good knowing he respected the coaching job our staff and players did with the program last year.”
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