TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur senior guard Dawson Lilly will compete in the fourth annual Shenandoah Valley All-Star game this Sunday at Harrisonburg (Va.) High School.
The event is to give seniors one more chance to suit up but to also showcase their talents to college scouts and head coaches.
Over 70 seniors will take part in the three-game event.
The girls all-star game will be played at 1 p.m. while two boys all-star games will take place, one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 4 p.m.
Lilly will play in the 4 p.m. contest.
He is one of three West Virginia players invited to the event with the other two being Mussleman’s Kane Settles and Nas Jackson.
“It’s an honor to be selected to play in this event,” remarked Lilly. “I think it means the most to me that I will be able to play in my school jersey and represent Buckhannon-Upshur one more time.”
Lilly will be on Team Bergey and will be joined by teammates Chris Rogers (Blue Ridge), Jarrod Patton (Central), Collin Wigley (East Rockingham), Dalton Jefferson (East Rockingham), Zach Hatter (Eastern Mennonite), Christian Velker (Harrisonburg), Josh Lichit (Harrisonburg), Kasey Draper (Northside), Angel Pacheo-Ortiz (Spotswood) and Kaleb Strawderman (Spotswood).
The coaches will be retired Spotswood coach Jimmy Kramer and coach Carey Keyes from East Rockingham.
Lilly wrapped his career at Buckhannon-Upshur leading the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game despite missing the first five games of the season with a leg injury.
He led the team in free-throw shooting at 73.6 percent and added 3.3 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game.
He had a career-high 39 points against Spring Mills on Feb. 16.
“I am really proud of Dawson getting selected to this All-Star Team and to have the opportunity to represent Buckhannon-Upshur,” remarked his head coach Travis Foster. “Any award or honor that Dawson gets he totally deserves. You couldn’t ask for a harder worker on and off the court. His commitment and love for the game is at a level that most don’t understand. He is a great kid in the classroom and a true role model of work ethic through his actions on and off the court. He makes no excuses day-in and day-out no matter what the situation is.
“Just being around him makes you a better person. I am honored that I had the opportunity to coach him. I look forward to seeing him grow as a player and as a person. He truly is a great kid all around.”
Admission for the event is $5 for adults, $2 for high school students and free for children under the age of 12 and high school coaches.