Mason, Tuel to lead East girls all-star team

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

Jon Mason and Kimberly Tuel are newcomers to area coaching and the Halifax All-Star Classic.

They will lead the East girls basketball team together in the 10th annual game April 5 at Gulf Coast State College’s Billy Harrison Field House. The contest tips off at 11 a.m. and is followed by the boys at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and students ages 6-17 and children 5 and younger get in free.

Both coaches took first-year positions at their respective schools this season, Mason at Mosley and Tuel with Chipley. Mason is the second Mosley coach to sit on the bench for the East and first since Steve Canfield in 2012. Tuel is the fourth coach from Chipley to head the East, which is selected from a pool of senior players in The News Herald’s eight-county coverage area.

Tuel led Chipley on a return trip to the Class 1A state championship game. The Tigers finished as runners-up for the second straight season after falling to Paxton 39-34 in the title game. Tuel led Chipley to the deep run and a 25-6 record with a team featuring only one senior.

That was the same number as Mason’s team, with sophomores and juniors logging the majority of the minutes. Mosley finished 17-9 and fell to Rutherford in the District 1-5A semifinal.

The East, 2-7 in the series against the West, features three early selections in Rutherford’s Marsheba Addison, Malone’s Curteeona Brelove and Ponce de Leon’s Hannah Howell. These three joined early East boys representatives Chai Baker (Malone), Alex Brown (Vernon), Nat Dixon (Mosley) and Khaliel Spearman (Rutherford).

Complete 12-player East rosters will be announced March 8 at and and in print editions March 9. Teams from the West also are expected to be revealed at this time.

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