Greenville grads to compete in all-star hoops game


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:47 am on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Greenville’s Chris Mickey goes up for a shot during a game this past season. Mickey is one of four Yellow Jackets playing in the Champions of Character High School All-star game on Thursday at Cornerstone University.

GREENVILLE — Four Greenville High School basketball players will have the opportunity to play in a high school all-star game.

The recent graduates will take part in the Champions of Character All-star Basketball games on Thursday at Cornerstone University.

The Champions of Character include two games. On Wednesday a college all-star game will take place featuring the top senior college basketball players from the greater Grand Rapids area. On Thursday, the high school all-star game will feature the top seniors from O-K Conference schools who were nominated by organizers, local high school and college coaches and a media panel.

Both nights will include girls (5:30 p.m.) and boys (7:30 p.m.) games. The cost is just $5 per person or a $15 maximum for a family.

On the boys side, Chris Mickey, Austin Somerfield and Torrey Davis will all compete. Mackenzy Nichols will compete for the girls. Greenville varsity coach Mark Haist will coach the East team in the boys game.

“It should be a pretty fun atmosphere,” Haist said. “It will probably be like most all-star games, a lot of offense and not much defense. I think our kids athleticism will really show off in a setting like that.”

Haist will coach the East team along with rival coach Trevor Chalmers of Northview.

“I’m excited to coach,” Haist said. “It was an honor when they asked. It will be a fun atmosphere to get to coach those three guys on the court again.”

Not only do these games feature some of the best basketball players around the area, but they are players that are of good character.

“After an initial list was decided on, coaches were asked if the kids were of good character and lead by example,” Haist said. “That was criteria, as well, for the kids that were picked.”

The players will participate in a luncheon with a guest speaker at Thousand Oaks Golf Club prior to a walk through and the games at Mol Arena on Cornerstone’s campus.

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