Final Farewell

CHARLESTON – Tom Gutshall’s basketball coaching career is not quite over.

Gutshall, who announced his retirement after Tucker County’s loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the Class A state tournament, will serve as a coach in the West Virginia North-South All-Star Classic June 20 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Gutshall, along with Washington’s Don Bullett, will guide the North team.

The South squad also will be guided by a coach who announced his retirement at season’s end – Charleston Catholic’s Bill McClanahan. He will be share the coaching duties with Greenbrier East’s Jim Justice.

“I’m honored they selected me to coach in the game,” Gutshall said. “Retiring from coaching was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’m going to miss the players, and the competition as well.”

Under Gutshall, Tucker County emerged as one of the premier programs in the state. During his 30-plus years at the helm, the Mountain Lions had just three losing seasons and advanced to the state tournament on 20 occasions. He recorded his 500th coaching victory earlier this season.

Gutshall will be joined in the Classic by one of his players, Ian Nichols.

The rest of the North roster includes Lewis County’s Johnnie Riley, Washington’s Dominique Newman and Kendell Smith, Preston’s Jimmy Galusky, Point Pleasant’s Wade Martin, Hedgesville’s C.J. Burkes, Notre Dame’s Cal Cistaro, Parkersburg South’s Logan Lawrentz, Mussleman’s Trevon Wesco, Wheeling Central’s David Park, Ravenswood’s Jacob Martin, Roane County’s Jacob Neal and Magnolia’s Zach Willhoite.

The South squad is comprised of Woodrow Wilson’s Donte Nabors, Greenbrier East’s Rondale Watson and Obi Romeo, Charleston Catholic’s Garret McCarty and Nick George, Logan’s Brynden Street, George Washington’s Jon Elmore, Wyoming East’s Austin Canada, Westside’s Corey Bowles, Bluefield’s Anthony Eades, Hurricane’s Henry Sorsaia, South Charleston’s Anthony Billings and Princeton’s Zen Clements.

The South leads the all-time series 25-6 and won last year’s game, 92-81.