FOURTEEN area basketball players have been selected to play in the 2020 Roundball Classic at Geneva College’s Metheny Field House, Beaver Falls, on Saturday, April 25.
The question remains whether the games will be played, postponed or canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hickory High Coach Chris Mele will lead the District 10 boys’ team against the 1A/City League/Prep team coached by Vincentian Academy’s Tim Tyree. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
District 10’s roster includes: Erie First Christian’s Dee Lebrikas; Farrell’s Eric Hopson; Grove City’s Danny Timko and Kade Persinger; Hickory’s Donald Whitehead, Jaylen Jarvie andIsaiah Jarzab; Kennedy Catholic’s Ike Herster; Lakeview’s Brett Beith; McDowell’s William Jeffress and Jaden Jefferson; Sharon’s Mike Calloway and Merquan Peterson; Sharpsville’s Brayden Fry, and West Middlesex’s Gabe Mild.
The Class 1A/City/Prep players are: Allderdice’s Rob Jones, Blake Haber and Antonio Henderson; Brashear’s Cheron Collington; Cornell’s Zaier Harrison, Kaden Divito and Isaiah Langston; First Love Academy’s Isaiah Wilson, Jett Roesing and D.J. Gordon; Kiski School’s Xavier Lyons and Stephen Watson; Nazareth Prep’s Will Taylor; Obama Academy’s Sean Snead; Richland’s Caleb Burke, and Vincentian Academy’s Ethan Embleton.
• Another game that night is WPIAL Class 5A against 6A. The 5A team will be coached by Laurel Highlands’ Rick Hauger, while Butler’s Matt Clement will coach the 6A team.
• The girls game tips at 4 p.m. Farrell’s Kyra Crosby, West Middlesex’s Makennah White and Mercyhurst Prep’s Emily Thompson are the players representing District 10. They will play on the Class 5A/D-10 Team, coached by Chartiers Valley’s Tim McConnell. Their teammates are: Armstrong’s Jaylen Callipare; Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell; Gateway’s Lexi Jackson; Lincoln Park Performing Arts’ Taylor Smith and Riley Arrigo; Mars’ Bella Pelaia; Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long; Thomas Jefferson’s Alyssa DeAngelo and Delaney Ranallo; Trinity’s Riley DeRubbo; Uniontown’s Mya Murray, and Woodland Hills Joi Burleigh.
They will play a Class 6A/City team coached by Ellen Guillard of Allderdice. Players are: Allderdice’s Emma Waite and Brooklyn Jones; Baldwin’s Jenna Lutz; Bethel Park’s Lauren Mullen and Maddie Dziezgowski; Butler’s Jordan Kaufman; Connellsville’s Sara Aumer; Hempfield’s Sarah Liberatore; Mount Lebanon’s Patrice Smith; North Allegheny’s Katerina Balouris; Norwin’s Jayla Wehner and Olivia Gribble; Portersville Christian School’s Julia Mangiapane; Seneca Valley’s Madelyn Karchut; Shaler’s Emily Cavacini, and Westinghouse’s Dajanae Glover.
• Brookfield High senior Becca Litz will continue her education and basketball career at Thiel College.
Litz averaged 5 ppg., 10.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game this past season. She missed some time with a knee injury.
Litz scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the season-opener against Pymatuning Valley, then had 10 points before sustaining the injury in a game against Lisbon. Litz was named 2nd Team All-AAC. Brookfield finished 9-14.
The Lady Warriors had an impressive run in the Division IV playoffs (Massillon Regional/Orwell District).
They were seeded 11th and beat No. 6 seed Fairport Harding (53-33) and 3rd seed Andrews Osborne Academy (47-41) before losing to 2nd-seeded Cornerstone Christian (63-31) in the district semifinals.
Cornerstone Christian (22-5) ended up winning the district title to advance to Columbus.
They were scheduled to play Fort Loramie (26-0) in the state semifinals before the COVID-19 outbreak shut down the sports world.
ROB MALSOM is a sports writer for The Herald.