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January 14, 2013

DISHING THE WEEKLY DIME: Here we are, the PG’s best so far ...

ASHLAND — I’m not exactly sure why I do this to myself.

It’s basically the equivalent of Lindsay Lohan getting out of the house. We’re just setting ourselves up for disaster and negative attention.

Just kidding. The Point Guard unveils his All-Stars every year because, what is harmful about giving a little extra credit where it’s due?

With just a few weeks before the conversation turns to the postseason, let’s look back on the first half of the season and what individuals crack the elite list of the PG’s All-Stars.

Now, keep in mind that only a dozen players are selected for each the boys’ and girls’ teams, and since there are 16 16th Region schools, not every school can possibly be represented.

Just because it was such an extra tough task to contain the number to 12 this particular season, I’ve tacked on three spots labeled “alternates” to go along with the five starters and seven reserves on each roster.

This is really just for the readers’ pure entertainment. And some bonus recognition for the outstanding student-athletes in our area.

“The Dime” this week are the five boys’ and five girls’ starters on the PG’s 2012-13 All-Stars.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

All-Star Dime

BOYS

PG Darion Burns (Fleming County) — Although he missed a handful of games due to a stress fracture in his foot, the Panthers’ point guard has made his expected impact this season by being the driving force for the favorite to win the region. It’s hard to believe he’s just a junior.

SG Kyle Skaggs (Russell) — Skaggs has steadily improved throughout his career, but he’s gone above and beyond what he had to do coming into this season. Skaggs’ ability to get to the foul line is second to none in the region, which is one of the many reasons he’s leading the state in scoring at close to 27 points per game.

SF Kyle Brown (West Carter) — With the mass exodus of muscle mass from last year, the 6-foot-2 senior has had to step into a hodge-podge role. He’s put it all on his own shoulders to do everything he possibly can to keep the Comets afloat. His 23 points per game are impressive, but not nearly as remarkable as his 9.5 rebounds per contest.

PF Dikembe Dixson (Ashland) — If I’m assembling this team a week ago, Dixson might have been a reserve. But his recent 27-point performance against Mason County showed why the 6-6 sophomore has a bright future as a Tomcat. When he becomes consistent in all facets of the game, watch out.

C Kyle Stewart (East Carter) — Often overlooked, Stewart has been a key piece to the Raiders for some time now. While he draws plenty of attention, his skills kind of sneak up on opponents at times.

Reserves: Troy Steward (Fleming County), Brett Ruckel (Lewis County), Austin Hunt (Boyd County), Brandon Lowe (Boyd County), Logan Nickell (Elliott County), Jordan Perry (Morgan County), Nick Miller (Ashland).

Alternates: Brady Saunders (Fleming County), Tyler Thacker (Rowan County), Jacob Porter (Russell).

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