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 newsherald.com/sports/halifax-all-star-classic and PanhandleVarsity.com and in print editions March 9. Teams from the West also are expected to be revealed at this time.
Halifax Media Group and its two Florida daily newspapers, The News Herald and the Northwest Florida Daily News, again are lead sponsors along with GCSC. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anaconda Sports and Baden Sports are again supplying MVP game balls and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is the sports medicine source for the event.
Any individual or business with a desire to sponsor the event may contact GCSC Athletic Marketing Representative Teresa Beaver at 850-769-1551 ext. 2813 or Milner, News Herald Writer Jason Shoot (firstname.lastname@example.org; 850-747-5067) and Executive Sports Editor Pat McCann (email@example.com; 850-747-5068). The event accepts any and all levels of sponsorships, from monetary support to in-kind donations.