Mike Bires: Stephon Hall's recruitment heating up big timeBeaver County Times, Pa. — Mike Bires Beaver County Times, Pa.
March 26-- Mar. 26--News, notes and anecdotes from the high school sports scene:
Stephon Hall's stock continues to rise. He's a red-hot commodity on football's recruiting front.
Hall, a slot back/safety at Central Valley, played so well last season as a junior that he's now the top college football prospect in the Beaver County Times' coverage area for the Class of 2021.
On March 18, he got an offer from Wake Forest. The next day he got an offer from Syracuse.
On March 20 he got an offer from Army, and on Monday he got an offer from Boston College.
That's 12 offers in all at this point, including one he received from Pitt last fall on the day the Warriors left for Hershey for the PIAA Class 3A championship game.
"The film doesn't lie," CV coach Mark Lyons said of the recruiting interest in Hall, who, at this time, projects as a safety at the next level.
"His junior year, he strung together a series of games where he was so noticeable. You can have all the measurables you want. But at the end of the day, it's how you produce on the field. His production on game day really showed. So the bottom line is this: the film doesn't lie."
Stephon Hall is the younger brother of Central Valley senior Jawon Hall, a wide receiver who'll start his college career at Lackawanna, a junior college in Scranton.
According to 247sports.com, Stephon Hall is the 28th best prospect in Pennsylvania's class of 2021.
The only other Beaver County area player on 247sports.com's top 48 is Beaver Falls running back/linebacker Josh Hough at No. 33. Hough has offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Toledo and Coastal Carolina.
Central Valley quarterback Ameer Dudley, the Beaver County Times' 2019 Football Player of the Year, is another local prospect with multiple major-college offers. He's received offers from Air Force, William & Mary, Central Michigan, Lehigh and Bethune-Cookman.
Week Zero update
Last year, 15 of the 19 football teams in the BCT coverage area played Week Zero games. But this year, it will be 12 teams playing that optional game allowed by the WPIAL instead of a second scrimmage in late August.
Not playing Week Zero for various reasons are Aliquippa, Ambridge, Cornell, Ellwood City, Riverside, Rochester and West Allegheny.
Here are Week Zero games that will be played by local teams: Blackhawk at Beaver Falls; Beaver at Quaker Valley; Knoch at Central Valley; Freedom at South Side; Hopewell at North Catholic; Western Beaver at New Brighton; Seneca Valley at Moon; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart vs. Perry : Western Pa. vs. Everyone Showcase at Woodland Hills.
Those games will be played the weekend of Aug. 28-29.
Roundball Classic postponed
Add the annual Roundball Classic to the list of sporting events postponed due to coronavirus.
The Roundball, a series of all-star games featuring most of the best boys and girls seniors in western Pennsylvania, is always played in late April at Geneva College. This year's Roundball was scheduled for April 24-25.
But now Roundball director Allen Deep has postponed the games until late May or mid June.
"I'm willing to go up to mid June," Deep said. "We just can't put a date on it right now. We are going under the same guidelines as the PIAA. Whatever their decisions are, that's how we're going to base our decisions."
On Monday, in its latest coronavirus update, the PIAA announced that the start of spring sports is postponed until April 13 while the possible re-start of the winter championships will continue to be on hold. No date has been determined to re-start any sports activities at this time.
If and when the Roundball Classic will be held, there will be seven games over the weekend.
On the rosters for the various games are 33 players -- 20 boys, 13 girls -- from the BCT circulation area.
Beaver County's all-time top 20
One day next week, I'm hoping to wrap up a four-part series on the top 20 basketball players ever from Beaver County. It's a monumental task but I'm going to give it a try.
It'll only be a top 20 for boys/men. Criteria for choosing the top 20 will include entire careers from high school, college and professional levels with an emphasis on high school performance.
This is basically my personal top 20 based on my 40-plus years as a BCT sports writer. But I am also reaching out to several basketball experts -- former players, coaches and even fans -- for their input.
I'm also welcoming suggestions from our readers. If anyone wishes to make a suggestion, please reach out by email at email@example.com
Obviously, there have been so many outstanding basketball players from Beaver County over the years. They all can't fit into anyone's top 20. But I'll do my best to put together a list that's representative of the county's all-time greats.
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