Coastal Bend College Blue vs. White game called ‘best for the ages’

 Coastal Bend College’s Blue vs. White 2010 Senior All-Star Basketball showed the best of South Texas athletes. Two teams, comprised of area high school basketball players, went head to head in a matchup of equal skill and talent.

 “This was more than we could have asked for,” said Bucky Hartman, head men’s basketball coach at Coastal Bend College. “Both teams were evenly matched and it was tied at 94 with about 3:30 left in the game until the Blue squad made a run towards the end.”

 The final score was 114 to 104, in favor of Blue Team.

 Hartman invited players from high schools around the Coastal Bend to compete on two 15-man teams. The games were played using NJCAA rules and regulations.

 Israel Garcia from Cotulla High School earned 30 points and led all players in scoring. He was named Blue Team MVP. Blue Team high scorers were: Colton Clay, Edna High School, 24 points; Josiah Ramsey, Natallia High School, 15 points; and Milton Jenkins, Edna High School, 10 points.

 Braden Neskora from Moulton High School (22 points) and Corey Wilson from Waelder High School in Victoria (20 points) were named White Team Co-MVPs. Jordan Huber, Orange Grove High School, 15 points, was recognized as a high scorer for the White Team.

 “All players showed great sportsmanship and effort. It was a battle for the ages,” Hartman said.

Area high school coaches led the teams. Blue Team coaches were Bobby Craig from Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi and Sean Armstrong from Karnes City High School. White Team coaches were Jeff Huber from Orange Grove High School and Jarvin Hall from Waelder High School.

 “I would like to thank the coaches for their help with practices and the game, Hartman said. “It’s nice to see coaches that compete during the regular season come together post-season for the benefit of the athletes.”

 Those who competed on the Blue Team included Caleb Gips from Yorktown High School; Cody Clayton from Yorktown High School; Joe Jefferson from Pettus High School; Ryder Weilbacher from Poth High School; A.K. Williams from Navarro High School in Seguin; Steve Finch from Nixon-Smiley High School; Tyler Korus from Jourdanton High School; Hayden Otwell from Goliad High School; Travis Nelson from Tuloso-Midway High School; Scott Stracener from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi; and Grant Wilson from Tuloso-Midway High School.

 Those who competed on the White Team included Wade Kelso from Austwell-Tivoli High School; Ricky Rivera from Taft High School; Corey Nava from Banquete High School; Conner McCarn from Skidmore-Tynan High School; Noe Cuevas from Taft High School; Mark Corbero from Santa Rosa High School; Dairo Mendoza from Santa Rosa High School; A.J. Gaoma from Bishop High School; Matt Rosas from Falfurrias High School; Josh Harrison from Sinton High School; Nate Velasco from Gregory-Portland High School; Jesse Zuniga from Miller High School in Corpus Christi; and Chris Wade from Rockport High School.

 For additional information about Coastal Bend College Men’s Basketball, contact Bucky Hartman at whartman@coastalbend.edu or (361) 354-2350.

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