By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Nov. 27, 2013 — The Heart of the Parks basketball event will take place at East Carter High School this weekend with several marquee matchups. It will be the final tune-up before the regular season begins on Dec. 2.
The event tips off at 11 a.m. with defending 16th Region Champion Ashland as they host 61st District Champion Fleming County. The Kittens were 25-7 a year ago and return several starters from last season. The Lady Panthers, meanwhile were 19-11 last season and have the majority of their players back for this season.
The host Raiders take the stage at 12:45 p.m. when the boys take on Huntington High School. Coach Brandon Baker’s group is looking to build off a solid showing from the Jack Fultz Classic when the Highlanders make it to Grayson. Huntington High School was 18-8 overall and ranked 12th in West Virginia a year ago.
The Lady Raiders will follow the boys at 2:30 p.m. as they welcome in the five-time, West Virginia Class A State champion, Huntington St. Joe. The Irish were 25-1 last season and ran through the Class A State tournament last season.
East Carter will have their last preseason matchup before starting the season Dec. 3 at Elliott County.
The West Carter Comets take the floor at 4:15 p.m. when the girls play bath County.
The Lady Comets played well in the Jack Fultz Classic this past Saturday and look to sharpen their skills against the Lady Cats. Coach Troy Lee Thomas’s bunch was 15-11 a year ago and narrowly missed out on the 16th Region Tournament.
Bath also has a blue-chip recruit, sophomore Sarah Price, who has already received several Division I offers.
In the nightcap, West Carter’s boys will battle Spring Valley, W.Va.
The Comets are looking to get better after last weekend’s matchup in the Jack Fultz Classic. This will be the final scrimmage before opening the season at Rowan County Dec. 2.
The Timberwolves were 6-19 a season ago.