The 6th Annual Dr. Al Hambrick all-star basketball game was played at Austin College’s Hughey Gymnasium on April 20, and players from both Van Alstyne and Howe participated in the event.
On the boy’s side, Panther stars Grant Hendricks and Sam Polk played for the East team.
For the ladies, Morgan Bailey, Katy Courtney and Baleigh Hudman from Howe and Van Alstyne’s Hunter Offill played for the West all-stars, which were coached by Howe’s Derek Lands and David “Ish” Kaniatobe.
This game was the final coaching assignment together for Lands and Kaniatobe as Coach “K” will retire at the end of the current school year.
Apparently the dividing line between east and west fell somewhere between the Offill house and the home of Sierra Motley, as the Van Alstyne senior star played for the East All-Stars.
The Texas House of Representatives obviously was involved in drawing the boundary lines.
The West all-stars came away with the win, 52-47, and Bailey was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the game.