Three McDowell High seniors have been selected to play in the Annual Blue-White Basketball All-Star Games at Enka High School Saturday, March 17.
Titans Skyler McKinney and Kevin Silver and Lady Titan Hayley Creasman were named to the Blue rosters this week.
The annual games, sponsored by the Rhododendron Civitan Club, showcase some of the best senior players in the mountains and raise money for the special needs programs in the 17 western N.C. counties the club serves. This marks the 66th year for the boys’ game and the 42nd year for the girls’ game.
McKinney and Silver were both All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selections after helping lead the Titans to a 21-7 season.
McKinney, a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 14.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals per contest while shooting 45 percent from the field. McKinney posted 19 double-doubles, including 12 in a row during a remarkable stretch in December and January. He also rang up two triple-doubles, both in wins over Watauga. Sixteen times, McKinney had double-doubles in points and rebounds to go with five or more assists.
He finished his three-year varsity career with 1,004 points, 660 rebounds, 308 assists and 129 steals. McKinney was a two-time all-conference pick.
Silver, a 6-foot senior point guard, led the Titans in scoring at 17 points per game, and in steals with 1.7 per contest. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. Silver shot a team-best 39.5 percent from 3-point range, going 87-of-220 for the year.
Silver, who, throughout his career displayed a penchant for knocking down big shots, was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a junior. He finished his three-year varsity career with 860 points and 167 3-pointers.
Creasman, a 5-foot-9 senior forward/guard, finished second in scoring with 8.7 points per game for the 16-11 Lady Titans. Creasman also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.9 steals. She shot a team-best 84 percent from the free throw line.
Joining McKinney and Silver on the Blue team will be familiar foe Zyrion Wilkins of R-S Central. The Titans and Hilltoppers played three times this year. The rest of the roster includes Hayden Branton of Mountain Heritage, Deacon Heath of Avery, Sam Rennard of T.C. Roberson, Jace Dover and Isaiah Pruett of A.C. Reynolds, David Houser of East Henderson and D.J. Garnett of Owen. The team is coached by Reynolds’ Ryan Stevens.
The White team includes Tye Mintz and Holden Straughn of Cherokee, Lane Kervin and Jarred Swanger of Tuscola, Deland Thomas of Rosman, Tommy Brennan of Smoky Mountain, Will Norris of Pisgah, Zion Walker of Asheville, Josh Walton of Enka and Zach De La Cruz of Franklin. Smoky Mountain’s Adam Phillips is the White coach.
Creasman is joined on the Blue girls team by Charmee Miller and Kendra Rose of East Rutherford, Aliyah Whiteside of R-S Central, Cierra Chandler of Mountain Heritage, Morgan Buchanan of Mitchell, Kendall Marlowe of Owen, Hannah Jennings of Madison and Autumn Owen of Polk. Darius Fuller of R-S Central is the Blue coach.
The White girls team comprises Erin Teesateskie and Sierra Wachacha of Robbinsville, Faith Robinson and Kourtney Krege of Tuscola, Aaliyah McCollum and Shay Tisho of Smoky Mountain, Shelby Wolf of Cherokee, Jessica Becker of Murphy, Heidi Shope of Franklin and Madison Lloyd of Highlands. Tuscola’s Ann Gardner will coach the White team.
The girls’ game tips off at 6 with the boys to follow at 8. There will be a dunk contest at halftime of the girls’ game and a 3-point shootout at halftime of the boys’ game. Advance tickets are available at https://www.bluewhiteallstar.com/.
Note: In addition to being named to the Blue-White Game, McKinney was also a third-team All-District selection by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released earlier this week.