Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BASEBALL - NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR GAME ; Double Play: Hoover's Justice Caps Busy All-Star Weekend

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BASEBALL - NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR GAME ; Double Play: Hoover's Justice Caps Busy All-Star Weekend

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Playing in an all-star game is one of the ultimate feelings for an athlete.

For Herbert Hoover's Matthew Justice, he got to play in two all- star games this weekend. Justice played in the North-South All- Star Classic in basketball on Friday night and followed that up with an appearance in the baseball event on Sunday.

The North defeated the South 10-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Nitro High School and held on to win 10-9 in the second game to complete the sweep.

"This weekend has been pretty awesome, Justice said. "It is unexplainable to play in two all-star games. The only two sports I play and I get to play in them? It is pretty cool.

Justice singled in the second game and scored two runs. He started in the basketball game, made the first basket, and won the free-throw contest in the hoops skills events, only missing two of 30 free throws.

"When I won the free-throw competition, that is my favorite moment of the weekend, Justice said. "I hit 28 of 30. I couldn't believe it.

Justice is proud of his accomplishments at Hoover, which included being the leading scorer on the basketball team in two seasons, his sophomore and senior years. He went over 1,000 points for his career and was a third-team all-state selection this past season.

On the baseball team, Justice played on the Hoover team that won the Class AA title his freshman season. He earned second-team all- state honors his junior season and will continue his career collegiately at Glenville State.

"That was a great memory when I went over 1,000 career points, Justice said. "No one has thought of Hoover being a basketball school. We wanted to prove them wrong and we worked really hard to get where we were. We finished better than the last couple years.

"Baseball was amazing, especially winning the state championship and my freshman and sophomore years playing with Corey Bird and Tristan Fields. …

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