Dartis, Royster, Cannon play last high school game

Dartis, Royster, Cannon play last high school game

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Dartis, Royster, Cannon play last high school game

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Newark senior Kym Royster drives to the net during the Division I state semifinal loss to Lakota West 53-50.

Newark senior Kym Royster drives to the net during the Division I state semifinal loss to Lakota West 53-50.

NEWARK – Many might not think of it that way, but it will truly be the end of an era Sunday at Capital University when a pair of Newark record-breakers play their final high school game.

The Wildcats’ all-time leading boys scorer Jordan Dartis will play for the South in the Division I-II North-South All-Star Game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Preceding that, Newark all-time leading girls scorer Kym Royster will play for the South at 1:45 in the Division I-II game.

Joining Royster on that team will be four-year Johnstown star Paige Cannon, and they will be teammates again. They played together in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, coached by Newark’s J.R. Shumate, and scored eight points each as Ohio beat Kentucky 90-80. Newark’s Ali Cartnal also played and scored three points and Newark Catholic’s Ashleigh Parkinson had two.

The South will be coached by Johnstown’s Carl Dufford and Andy Fishman of Division I state champion Lakota West, which edged Newark in the state semifinals. Newark Catholic’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Jill Blacksten, was selected to play but is not able to due to a knee injury.

“It’s very, very special,” Dufford said. “I found out in November that I would be coaching, and I was hoping that Paige would be selected. It’s more important for her than for me.”

Newark senior Jordan Dartis cuts down the net after the Wildcats beat Tri-Valley for their first district title in seven years.

Newark senior Jordan Dartis cuts down the net after the Wildcats beat Tri-Valley for their first district title in seven years.

Dartis scored 10 points for Ohio in its loss to Kentucky, landing two 3-pointers.

“It was fun,” Dartis said. “I was able to play with four or five of my AAU teammates. Practice was fun, too.”

Among his South teammates Sunday will be Zanesville’s Malik Bocook, Nick Bapst of Grove City, Ohio State-bound quarterback Joe Burrow of Athens, and Delaware’s Khali Iverson.

“I’m really looking forward to the game, before and after,” Ohio University-bound Dartis said. “It’s sad that it’s my last game, but it’s on to the next chapter of my life. After the game, it’s back to business.”

Dufford coached Cannon and Johnstown’s two other seniors since they were in eighth grade.

“Paige has kind of flown under the radar because she’s been so unselfish,” he said of the Duquesne-bound Cannon. “This year, we needed her to step up and score, and she did that. Duquesne has been very supportive of her. They encouraged her to play soccer.

“She’s just starting to come into her own. She’s at the gym tonight practicing.”

Several players will be reunited from the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, including Ohio Division I Co-Players of the Year Royster and Lauren Cannatell of Lakota West. Royster is headed to Indiana, while Cannatelli will attend Dayton. Meredith Miller of Hillard Bradley, which lost to Newark in the regional finals, also is on the team.

Cannon showed off her game at the Ohio-Kentucky event. She won the 1-on-1 tourney, beating Miss Kentucky for the title.

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