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  • Local standouts prep for all-star game

  • Fort Osage boys basketball coach Josh Wilson and Blue Springs girls coach Mark Spigarelli, two of the most successful Eastern Jackson County coaches this past season, will have one last go-round with their top players.

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  • Fort Osage boys basketball coach Josh Wilson and Blue Springs girls coach Mark Spigarelli, two of the most successful Eastern Jackson County coaches this past season, will have one last go-round with their top players.
    They are serving on the staff of the Missouri-Kansas All-Star Game that takes place Friday at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan.
    Spigarellli's Missouri girls team kicks off the big night of prep basketball action at 6 p.m., followed by Wilson's boys at 8.
    Wilson’s first-team all-state senior, D’Vante Mosby, was named to the Missouri roster.
    “One more chance to coach D'Vante,” Wilson said. “When D'Vante was a freshman, there were some other good, young kids on the team and we knew we had a chance for this past season to be successful.
    “They're the reason I'm coaching this team. We had a great season.”
    Mosby, Austin Regier and Zach Adams led the Indians to their first conference championship since 1970 and second district title in a row. They also won their first sectional game in program history.
    Wilson has some familiar faces on his staff as the former William Jewell College basketball standout recruited former Cardinals Chad Jones (Smithville), Chad Wright (St. Pius X) and John Vickers (William Chrisman).
    “We're having a blast,” Wilson said. “It's great to work with good friends on the staff and the best players in the area. I'm really enjoying Justin Pitts, from (Blue Springs) South. He can play – what a great player.”
    Pitts, who was also a first-team all-state selection, is excited about one more prep game.
    “I'm not sure where I'm playing in college, and I'm sad that the high school season is over,” Pitts said, “so I'm really looking forward to the all-star game. There are a lot of great players on both the Missouri and Kansas teams. It should be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to playing with D'Vante, too. He and Fort had a great season, just like us.”
    Spigarelli is accustomed to great success as his Wildcats reached the final four for the fifth year in a row. After falling in the championship four straight years, Blue Springs finished third this season.
    He is coaching Wildcats Lizzy Wendell and Karyla Middlebrook, two Division I signees who are finalists for the DiRenna Award given to the top female and male players in Kansas City.
    “I'm a little bit biased,” Spigarelli joked, “but Lizzy and Karyla are two of the best players on our team. It's great to coach one more game with them.”
    Wendell, who has signed to play basketball at Drake University, is thrilled to team up with her good friend and teammate for one more game.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Spigs is our coach and I'm playing with Karyla, it's great,” Wendell said. “The best thing about all-star games is that you get to meet so many new players. It's fun to play with the all the players you played against all those years.”
    Middlebrook has signed to play at Texas Tech.
    Truman’s Lane Titus and Lee’s Summit North’s Tyler Anderson join Pitts and Mosby on the boys roster while Truman’s Ashley Guenther and William Chrisman’s Nieka Wheeler made the girls squad.
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
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