East-West brings in the top all-stars


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Logan’s Jeremiah Spears works out during practice this week for Saturday night’s East-West All-Star Classic at Mingo Central.


West Coach Joey Fields with QB Ryan Miller of Logan.


Ryan Miller (3) goes in formation during practice.


Chapmanville’s Zac Casto (6) and other West All-Stars take to the field for practice.


Zac Casto runs down field.


The 2015 East All-Star team.


NEWTOWN — After 18 years of feuding along the border, the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl came to an end a couple of years ago.

Kentucky reportedly no longer wanted to take part in the annual high school all-star game, pitting the top graduated seniors from West Virginia against those from across the Tug in the Bluegrass State.

Senior Bowl Game Director and founder Yogi Kinder then came up with an idea.

And out of that idea came the East-West All-Star Classic.

The inaugural game was played last year as the West won 35-0 over the East at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.

A new tradition was born.

“We always enjoyed the Hatfield-McCoy Bowl in the past,” said West All-Star head coach Joey Fields, a Mingo Central assistant coach. “Last year’s East-West game was fantastic as far as being there and watching the game. There were good players from both sides from good schools that had won a lot of games. It’s fun seeing these guys play together. They’ve went against each other for four years with many of the players from the Cardinal Conference.”

The West will be made up of graduated senior players primarily from Mingo, Logan, Wayne and Boone counties with a smattering of others from the Charleston and Greater Kanawha Valley.

The East is comprised by graduated senior players from Man High School, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer and Raleigh counties, including gridders from tradition rich Bluefield and Beckley Woodrow Wilson high schools.

“The East has some good speed,” Fields said. “Coach Larry Cook is a very good coach. He led his team to the semifinals last year. He’ll have them ready to go. He’s a spread offense guy, so we will have to be ready to play.”

The East is coached by Larry Cook of Westside High School.

Fields said Cook might throw in some wrinkles with some possible trick plays.

“Coach Cook is actually known for that,” Fields said. “We’ll be ready for it and we might also have a little something up our sleeves, too. Why not? Let’s have a little fun.”

This is it

For many of the East-West players this is the final time they will play football.

“This is it for a lot of them,” Fields said. “The reason that I am excited about coaching in this game this year is that this is Year Four of Mingo Central. This is the first class that went all four years with Mingo Central. These guys were very successful. We had the number one scoring offense in the state in Double-A. We went to the second round and went 10-2. I enjoyed being around these guys and I wanted to coach these guys one more time. For a lot of them, this is their last chance to play.”

Game sponsor

The Jeff Simpkins Law Office in Williamson is the title sponsor for this year’s East-West game, replacing Cliffs Natural Resources.

Mingo Central coach Yogi Kinder is the Game Director.

“Coach Kinder does a fantastic job with this game and Jeff Simpkins Law Office has been absolutely fantastic with helping us with anything that we need,” Fields said. “He’s been very hands on.”

Harless Stadium

Mingo Central’s Buck Harless is the perfect showcase for the East-West game, Fields said. Sitting atop a flattened reclamed coal mine site, the stadium seats around 4,000 fans.

Fields said the facility is probably the best high school stadium in the state.

“I think we do,” Fields said. “Our stadium is probably the third-best in the state with one and two being West Virginia and Marshall. Third would be Mingo Central. It’s good for the fans and the players seem really excited about it. We’re excited to get going.”

Coaching Staff

Josh Sammons, Terry Jo Harrison, Jake Staton and Garth Simpkins — all of Mingo Central — are Coach Fields’ West All-Star assistant coaches.

“I’ve got a good coaching staff,” Fields said. “All of the guys know our terminology. They know what we want to do. Coach Sammons is our Defensive Coordinator. Terry Joe Harrison is another coach that will help. Jacob Staton will be another coach that will help us.”

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West All-Star Roster

Johnathan Burke, Capital

Kahil Chase, Capital

Rashad Cunningham, Capital

Bob Perry, Wayne

Mason Hodge, Wayne

Nate Adkins, Wayne

Tucker Watts, Wayne

Colin Kelly, Wayne

Tyler Harrison, Wayne

Zach Holt, Mingo Central

Tyler Harrison, Mingo Central

Ethan Jones, Mingo Central

Chance Lester, Mingo Central

Chase Justice, Mingo Central

Clay Ellis, Mingo Central

Houston Hill, Sissonville

Tyler Shaffer, Sissonville

Austin Baisden, Tug Valley

Daulton Spaulding, Tug Valley

Luke Hall, Ripley

Zac Acord, Logan

Jeremiah Spears, Logan

Ryan Miller, Logan

Zac Casto, Chapmanville

Michael Hall, Chapmanville

Austin Kirk, Chapmanville

John McClure, Scott

Bo Jeffrey, Scott

Elijah Price, Scott

Coaches: Joey Fields, Josh Sammons, Terry Jo Harrison, Jake Staton and Garth Simpkins

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East All-Star Roster

Bryce Robinson, Westside

Thomas Aliff, Westside

Tristan Jones, Wyoming East

Aaron Griffith, Wyoming East

Nik Walker, Wyoming East

Jacob Dulcie, Wyoming East

Hunter Simmons, Wyoming East

Steven Cook, Wyoming East

Jordan Masterson, Bluefield

Chris Blankenship, Beckley

Ron Blanks Jr., Beckley

Marcus Mickey, Beckley

Brandon Hansford, Beckley

Caleb Adkins, Man

Gage Harvey, Man

Neil Mullins, Man

Mikle Scott Rowe, Man

Bryce Goff, Man

Jordan Wilson, Riverview

Marlin Marrs, Mt. View

Timothy Nowlin, Mt. View

Andrew Hazzard, Mt. View

Chris Burks, Mt. View

Shane McDonald, Beckley

Malik Craighead, Bluefield

Coaches: Larry Cook, JoBuck Cook, Caleb Brown, Jerad Cook

Logan’s Jeremiah Spears works out during practice this week for Saturday night’s East-West All-Star Classic at Mingo Central.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Friday-East-West-Jeremiah-Spears-in-drill-CMYK.jpgLogan’s Jeremiah Spears works out during practice this week for Saturday night’s East-West All-Star Classic at Mingo Central.

West Coach Joey Fields with QB Ryan Miller of Logan.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Friday-East-West-Joey-Fields3-CMYK.jpgWest Coach Joey Fields with QB Ryan Miller of Logan.

Ryan Miller (3) goes in formation during practice.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Friday-East-West-Ryan-Miller-goes-in-formation-CMYK.jpgRyan Miller (3) goes in formation during practice.

Chapmanville’s Zac Casto (6) and other West All-Stars take to the field for practice.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Friday-East-West-Zac-Casto-enters-field-CMYK.jpgChapmanville’s Zac Casto (6) and other West All-Stars take to the field for practice.

Zac Casto runs down field.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Friday-East-West-Zac-Casto-runs-CMYK.jpgZac Casto runs down field.

The 2015 East All-Star team.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_East-All-Star-team-CMYK.jpgThe 2015 East All-Star team.

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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