The top 58 boys and girls basketball seniors from South Central Illinois will be playing in the 17th Annual Carlinville Rotary Club All-Star Basketball Classic, presented by Country Financial on Sunday, March 24, at Carlinville High School.
A total of 24 high schools will be represented in the event that includes 28 girls and 30 boys. The All-Star Classic is sponsored by Country Financial representatives in Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery and Sangamon counties.
Players on the girls West squad are Rachel Olroyd and Paityn Tieman of Carlinville; Savannah Bruhn, Abby Scanzoni and Rebecca Caldieraro of Staunton/Mt. Olive; Marley Mullink, Grace Cox and Hannah Krumwiede of Carrollton; Rylee Jarman of Gillespie; Molly Novack and Bailey Weible of Southwestern; Madilyn Gilmore and Madison McClenning of North Greene; and Caitlyn Braker of South County. Kyle McBrain of Staunton/Mt. Olive will coach the West All-Stars.
Players on the girls East team are Sammi Matoush, Aubry Rupert, Kylie Meier and Jade Scroggins of Hillsboro; Nancy Fritzsche, Ally Cantrill and Madison Gerdes of Greenville; Shania Schoonover and Maddie Ashcraft of Pana; Avery Kern and Paige Langheim of Pawnee/Lincolnwood; Emily Cesaretti and Jorgia Crowe of Nokomis; and Katie Tanner of Auburn. Kolin Dothager of Greenville will coach the East All-Stars.
Officials for the girls' game are Mike Hemberger of Auburn, George Rudis of Springfield and Bob West of Springfield.
Representing the boys West team are Jarret Easterday and Will Walton of Carlinville; Gabe Jones and Nathan Walker of Carrollton; Kurt Hall of Jersey Community; Lucas Sievers and Dylan Hemann of Staunton; Jacob Weidner of Bunker Hill; Dylan Pohlman of Greenfield/Northwestern; Justin Lawson and Carter Hoesman of North Greene; E.J. Kahl and Ryne Hanslow of Southwestern; Dominik Taylor of Gillespie and Eddie Lara of Roxana. Carrollton's Matt Goetten will coach the West All-Stars.
The East boys squad includes Sam Mount of North Mac; Sam Painter of Litchfield; Blake Morrison and Blake Barth of Vandalia; Jordan Gregg, Keaton Pruett and Landon Carroll of Hillsboro; Chad Stearns and Brock Nelson of Greenville; Quintin Kosowski of Mt. Olive; Jack Armstrong and Jared Beyers of Pana; Trevor Wright and Isaiah Bruder of Nokomis; and Dade Pitchford of Lincolnwood/Morrisonville. Drew Logan of Litchfield will coach the East All-Stars.
Officials for the boys game are Louis Lang of Coffeen, Chris Kester of Greenville and Carl Shreve of Vandalia.
Each game will be played in four ten minute quarters. The Country Financial 3-Point Shootout for the girls will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the girls’ All-Star game at 4:30 p.m. The Country Financial 3-Point Shootout for the boys will be held between games, starting at 6:30 p.m., with the boys All-Star game to follow at 7:00 p.m. A slam dunk contest will be held at halftime of the boys’ game.
At halftime of each game, the Carlinville Rotary Club will present the “Coach of the Year” awards. An MVP award will also be given following each game.
In the girls’ game last year, the East held off the West 67-55 as MVP Katryel Clark of Auburn scored 14 points for the East All-Stars. Kassidy Walters of Greenfield/Northwestern hit five treys and led all scorers with 21 points for the West squad.
The East now leads the West 10-5 in overall series. The first girls' game was played in 2004.
In the boys’ game last year, the West team built a 36-10 lead early, but had to hold off a furious rally by the East All-Stars to win 100-96. Brothers Jonah Hopper and Joshua Hopper of North Greene became the first co-MVPs in All-Star history as Joshua scored 16 points and Jonah had 15 points to lead the West team. Kaiden White of Hillsboro led all scorers with 20 points for the East side.
The West now leads the all-time series over the East 12-4. The first boys' game was played in 2003.
All proceeds from the day’s events will go to the Carlinville Rotary Club to help with community projects throughout the year. Admission to the Carlinville Rotary All-Star Basketball Classic is $6, with children six and under admitted free.
The Carlinville Rotary Club will provide concessions with hot pizza by the slice, popcorn, and candy along with Gatorade, soda and bottled water.