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Welcome back to Phil for the Game, your glimpse into the sports communities of Boone and Lincoln Counties.

As we wind down another prep basketball regular season and transition into spring sports (with a little bit of COVID-induced overlap) I wanted to recognize a couple of prep athletes for exceptional play on the field and the hardwood.

Sherman High’s Caraline Nelson has put together an exception prep career for the Class A Lady Tide. On March 31, she scored career point 1,000.

Caraline isn’t just a sharp-shooter from the perimeter, In watching her play throughout her career, it is my belief that it is her preference to attack the basket off of dribble-drives and it is my favorite element of her game — the ability to create her own shot.

Congrats to Caraline, the Lady Tide and Coach Terri Dawn Williams on a stellar career. She joins eight other Lady Tide players in accomplishing the milestone.

The North-South All-Star Football Classic will kick-off at 1 p.m. on June 19 at South Charleston High School’s Black Eagle Stadium. The game is set to be televised live on WCHS-TV with Ripley High and Marietta College’s own former gridder Mark Martin in the booth.

Lincoln County High’s standout OL/DL Nathan Baker was selected for his stellar play at the line of scrimmage.

In a shortened season of 8 games in 2020, Baker made 40 tackles with three for a loss.

I want to congratulate Baker on a fine prep career playing for coach Bradley Likens. Until next week, be well, neighbors.

2021 North-South Football roster:

2021 North Bears

  • Christian Dove, East Hardy
  • Keon Padmore-Johnson, Spring Mills
  • Baine Cogar, Braxton County
  • Naieem Kearney, Martinsburg
  • Garrett Conaway, North Marion
  • Bryson Lucas, Robert C Byrd
  • Chase Henson, Spring Mills
  • Hayden Moore, Bridgeport
  • Anthony Smith, Martinsburg
  • Brock Robinette, Frankfort
  • TT Brooks, University
  • Sam Schuler, Parkersburg South
  • Dante Ramirez, Elkins
  • Brennan Boron, St. Marys
  • Dalton Flowers, John Marshall
  • Shaheed Jackson, Wheeling Park
  • Jansen Moreland, Frankfort
  • Sayveon Biafore, Liberty Harrison
  • Kevon Warren, Martinsburg
  • Devin Gaines, Parkersburg South
  • Marshall Hobbs, Lewis County
  • Stevie Mitchell, Wheeling Park
  • Gavin Root, Keyser
  • Deondre Crudup, Morgantown
  • Justin Rinehart, Musselman
  • Jett Cogar, Braxton County
  • DJ Devinney, Doddridge County
  • Justin Waybright, Parkersburg
  • John Olako, Wheeling Park
  • Ethan Northcraft, Musselman
  • Kyler O’Conner, Oak Glen
  • Gabe Hendershot, Parkersburg South
  • Devin Hill, Bridgeport
  • Aiden Green, Fairmont
  • Jordan Brueck, Weir
  • Payton Hawkins, Lincoln

2021 South Cardinals

  • Nate Baker, Greenbrier East
  • Caleb Jantuah, Richwood
  • Dylan Griffith, Sissonville
  • Josiah Honaker, Princeton
  • Quentin Wilson, Greenbrier East
  • Keandre Sarver, Summers County
  • Ethan Parsons, Princeton
  • Jaydyn Johnson, Cabell Midland
  • Isaac Atkins, Liberty Raleigh
  • Tyrone Washington, Hurricane
  • Jace Collucci, Woodrow Wilson
  • Amir Powell, Princeton
  • Daylin Goad, Mingo Central
  • Shawn Pennington, Liberty Raleigh
  • Eli Selvey, Oak Hill
  • Chris Crowder, Capital
  • Zane Brumfield, Spring Valley
  • Colby Piner, Greenbrier East
  • Caleb Bower, Wyoming East
  • Isa Scales, Mingo Central
  • Kadin Hall, Ripley
  • Erick Grimmett, Man
  • Dillon Taylor, Poca
  • John Covert, Winfield
  • Jakob Caudill, Cabell Midland
  • Hunter Burns, South Charleston
  • Josh Reilley, Wyoming East
  • Nathan Baker, Lincoln County
  • Quenton Joyner, Ripley
  • Chris Hudson, Capital
  • Stevie Carpenter, Sissonville
  • Matt Moore, Ripley
  • Andrew Vickers, St. Albans
  • Brayden Rollyson, Herbert Hoover
  • Ryan Duff, Point Pleasant
  • Trey Chapman, Herbert Hoover

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry or at 304-307-2401.

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