Upshur County Summer Basketball League hosts 2022 season opener

Storm Workman drives to the basket for CP Imagery ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

TENNERTON — After months of fundraising, planning, organizing, and putting out the word, League Director Mitchell Shaw has grown the Upshur County Summer Basketball League to feature fourteen teams in the 2022 season. Teams were divided into two seven-team divisions, with (Division 1 or Division A) which consists of teams representing High Point Construction, KBAM Builders, Pre-Played Media, Sam’s Pizza, Strategy IT and Ralph’s Furniture, while Division 2 or Division B will consist of teams representing Appalachian Mineral, Blades & Fades, CEC, CP Imagery, Dairy Queen, On Point Athletics and TKS Contracting. As in prior Summers, games will be played at the Upshur County Recreational Park’s outdoor basketball court, located behind the Buckhannon-Upshur High School athletic field.  

Shaw, with strong support from head referee Mike Martin, local sponsors: CP Imagery, Grazer’s Market, Salon Meraki, Endo Solutions, Klie Law Offices, Foster’s Marketing Group, Bacteria Busters Pro, Jenkins Subaru, W & W Quick Pit, Harris Wamsley Enterprise, Sealcoat Concepts LLC. and Almost Heaven Rustic Designs, as well as support from Weston’s Pine View Buildings of Weston, who plans on constructing an equipment building for the league; is guiding his expanding league into a new era, attempting to stream games with the help of the Strategy IT team, as well as cater to the growing crowds that attend the games, securing vendors, like a Traveling Dawgz hot dog cart and Sweet-A-Licious ice cream truck, but is still working on getting more vendors, as well as an overall league sponsor.  

After months of preparation, UCSBL’s long anticipated 2022 season kicked off its biggest season yet this past Monday, June 27 with three games. Among the changes this Summer, will impact the on-court play, as games will feature the “Elam Ending,” was largely popularized by the #TBT $1-million-dollar tournament, which ensures that every game will end on a game-winner.  

The On Point Athletics team got their season off to a strong start as the UCSBL’s first day, earning wins in both games of their opening day doubleheader. In game one, On Point beat CP Imagery by a score of 59-49 behind excellent games from Ryan and Lamar Hurst, who each poured in 15 points apiece, with Josh Trent joined them in double figures with 12 points of his own. While the CP Imagery team couldn’t quite get it going offensively as a collective unit in this one, Tom Wood did lead all scorers with 19 points with Storm Workman joining him in double figures by chipping in 10 points. 

In game two of their opening day doubleheader, the On Point Athletics beat the American Mineral team by a score of 80-55. The Hursts provided their typical scoring punch with 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the On Point team was paced by efficient scoring outings from Trent and Mitchell Price who poured in 13 points apiece. The American Mineral team, paced by a trio of Keefe Kiser, Ben Riley, and Skyler Carlton; dropped their first game of the Summer against very stern competition. Kiser led the team in scoring, netting 12 points in the loss, while Riley scored 9 and Carlton scored 8. 

In the third and final game on Monday, the KBAM Builders team edged out the Strategy IT in the closest opening day game, by a score of 73-64. The trio of Jaydn Stewart, Garrett Hamrick, and Nate Smarr led the KBAM Builders to the close win. Stewart led the trio by scoring 21 points, while Hamrick scored 19, and Smarr scored 15. In spite of the loss, Cordell Nicola led all scorers on day one, netting 30 points for the Strategy IT team, with Zach Dean scoring 12 points and Emily Stoller chipping in 8 points. 

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