Chris Sheldon to coach in state All-Star Game

Western Reserve's coach to lead Division III-IV North team.
Mike Greco
Apr 17, 2014

It will be a unique experience for Chris Sheldon later this month.

The Western Reserve basketball coach is scheduled to lead the boys’ Division III-IV North squad in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association state North-South All-Star Game.

There are three other games scheduled for April 27 at Ohio Dominican University.

The Division III-IV game is slated to start at 3:45 p.m.

The girls’ Division III-IV contest opens the day at noon, followed by the  girls’ Division I-II at 1:45.

The boys’ Division I-II game closes the day at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s a tremendous honor,’’ Sheldon said.

He was selected by the state coaches association.

The coach’s team had to have reached the district final the year before (Western did so in 2013) and longevity plays a factor.

Sheldon just completed his 12th season with the Roughriders and has a 195-74 overall mark.

Since taking over the helm in the 2002-03 season, Western has captured six FC crowns.

Sheldon’s will coach the North team with his brother, David, who leads Colonel Crawford.

“That makes it extra special,’’ Chris Sheldon said. “We’re both excited about the opportunity.’’

Their father, Rob, a long-time coach at Wynford, also coached in the game before.

“It’s pretty nice and something we’ve been fortunate to do,’’ Chris Sheldon said.

One of Dave Sheldon’s players, Connor McCreary, is on the North roster.

The Eagles reached the Division III district final this season.

“I’ve probably seen six or seven of them play,’’ Sheldon said. “That makes it much more enjoyable.’’

Hunter Perry, of Old Fort, is on the roster. Sheldon has coached Malvern’s Trey Tucci at camps.

In addition, Martyce Kimbrough, of Division III state Lima Central Catholic, is scheduled to participate.

He tallied 22 points in the state title game against Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

And Peyton Aldridge led Levittsburg LaBrae to the state tournament in 2013.

A practice is scheduled for April 26, then the game is the following day.

“In all-star games, you don’t want to complicate things,’’ Sheldon said. “You let the talent take over. I hope they get to enjoy the experience as much as we do.
“You substitute five players at a time until there’s five minutes left,’’ he added. “These kids have worked hard. It’s about them being able to showcase their skills.’’

In addition, Vermilion’s Cameron Kuhn is slated to play in the Division I-II game for the North team.