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Talented Lettermen Back for Barnesville

By KIM NORTH

For the News-Register

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville returns four lettermen from last winter as Johnny Hines enters his second campaign on the hardwood. Even better news is that all of those returnees earned some type of honor from District 12.

“Our seniors are our leaders. They all have been around each other for years in various sports and they just get it,” Hines said of Colton Hines, Jeremy Hunkler and Kason Powell. “They are hard working, determined and a whole lot of fun to be around.”

The fourth returner is sophomore Asa Geilinger.

The Shamrocks have good numbers this winter, with 22 players in the program.

Only one junior dots the roster, while there are seven sophomores and 11 freshmen.

“We have a host of talented young freshmen and sophomores that will be battling night-in and night-out for some minutes, as well,” Hines continued.

“The competition amongst these young men every night is what a coach hopes for.

“We lost several close games last year and hope to shore up some late-game miscues.”

Powell was a first-team District 12 performer last season as well as second team all-Eastern District.

“Kason is returning as our leading scorer at 15 points a game and was a leading rebounder for us,” Hines said.”He could reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career.

“Colton returns as our leading rebounder with Kason at four a game,” Coach Hines said of his son, who was also a first-team District 12 and honorable mention all-Eastern District last year.

“He also led us in assists, steals and his 81-percent from the free throw line was tops on the team.

“Jeremy is back as the glue-guy,” Hines emphasized of his honorable mention District 12 standout.

“He does a lot for us. He is a do-what-it-takes teammate. Every team needs a kid like him.”

Geilinger brings the Shamrocks some size in the post.

He was a District 12 honorable mention selection last winter.

“Asa had a great freshman campaign, the coach said.

“He suffered a season-ending ankle injury but rehabbed over the summer and returns as a bigger, stronger and more versatile version of what he was last year.”

The lone junior is Logan Dodd.

“Logan came on strong late in the season last year and continued to carry it over into the summer,” Coach Hines noted.

Another sophomore that Hines is high on is Taison Starr.

“This kid is a spark. He provides great energy and brings a level of toughness to our team,” the coach allowed.

Other sophomores are Luke Detling, Jason Castello, Jack Phillips, Ben Holskey and Ayden Vanhorn.

Freshmen include Cam Carpenter, Salvador Almarez, Casey Carpenter, Braedon Willis, Bryson Eddy, Caleb Powell, Kole Carpenter, Devin Crumbaker, Isiaih Meyers, Shepherd Richie and Maguire Clouse.

The Shamrocks lost five players to graduation. They are Evan Hudson, Haiden Skinner, Jake Edwards, Nova Pavell and Tanner Messenger. Hudson earned all-OVAC honorable mention.

Hines is assisted by Jeff Hunkler, Shane Stephens and Jamie Carpenter.

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