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Avery head basketball coach Missy Lyons will coach the Blue squad at this year’s Blue/White
All-Star Basketball Classic.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-01-30 16:49:16
Last modified: 2013-01-30 16:49:16

Lyons to coach in Blue/White All-Star Classic

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Coaches have been announced for the annual Blue-White All-Star basketball games on Friday, March 22, at Roberson High School in Skyland.

Avery’s Missy Lyons (Blue) and Cherokee’s Chris Mintz (White) were selected for the girls game, while North Buncombe’s Joey Bryson (Blue) and Franklin’s Jesse Pinkston (White) will head up the boys teams.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Lyons said following the announcement. “Since about my third season as coach, we’ve had players be part of the Blue/White game every season, and it’s exciting to see them play and my peers coach. I’ve taken my players to several of the practices in previous years, so I’m looking forward to it.” 

Lyons has led her Lady Vikings basketball teams to four sectional championship appearances and a pair of regional tournament appearances during her tenure as Avery head coach, including an undefeated conference regular season record and championship in 2011-12. She has been twice named Western Highlands Conference Coach of the Year and also has a conference tournament title to her credit.

Lyons joins Jimmy Tilley and Art Williamson as the only Vikings head coaches to serve as head coach in a Blue/White All-Star Game in the past two decades.

Lyons has won more than 170 games in her 11-year coaching career. She will match wits with a familiar foe in Mintz, who spent several seasons as head coach at Western Highlands Conference foe Polk County before accepting the position of head basketball coach at Cherokee.

The Blue-White games are exhibitions between Western North Carolina seniors and benefit local children with developmental disabilities. The boys’ game is in its 61st year, while this will be the 37th year for the girls.

The girls’ contest will be played at 7 pm., while the boys’ contest tips off at 9 p.m.Tickets will be available at the door for a cost of $10 for adults and $8 for students.