|All-star games to feature area’s best on the hardwood|
By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Sportswriter
ANTWERP – With the high school basketball season over and the college scene wrapping up, there will be one last opportunity to catch some good basketball this Saturday at Antwerp High School. The inaugural SportOne All-Star Basketball Classic will hit the floor on Saturday, April 5 with several players from the area making taking their last bow on the court.
The girls’ game will pit players from Paulding and Van Wert counties against the girls from Adams County, Ind. and the surrounding Fort Wayne area. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.
The boys’ game will begin at approximately 8 p.m. following the 3-point contest. As a part of the evening’s entertainment, a dunk contest held at half time of the boys’ game. Admission to the double-header all-star game is $5.
The boys’ team from Indiana will feature 6-foot-11 Steve McElvene from New Haven. McElvene has signed to play college basketball for Archie Miller at the University of Dayton. The Flyers advanced to the Elite Eight this year by knocking off Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford. Joining McElvene will be teammate Lowell Griggs, a 6-foot-4 forward who helped lead New Haven to a 19-4 record.
The Hoosier team will be coached by Aaron McClure from Adams Central. McClure just completed his 13th year of coaching and sports an overall record of 128-153 with two sectional titles.
Indiana’s opponent is a mix of talent from the three Paulding County schools along with Lincolnview and Crestview from Van Wert County. Van Wert High School will not be participating due to prior comments, but will have representation in the girls' game.
Division IV state champions, the Crestview Knights, will be well represented with three players including Division IV Co-Player of the Year for Ohio Damien Helm. The 6-foot-5 forward was also named Northwest Conference Player of the Year. In the state title match up that saw the Knights demolish Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 71-44, Helm, who averaged 15.2 points a contest, countered with 20 points to lead the champions. Helm will attend IPFW and play baseball.
Two other Knights will be playing Saturday night including Tysen Bolenbaugh and Cam Etzler. Bolenbaugh, a Second Team selection in the NWC, collected 18 points in the finale at Columbus. Etzler, the 6-foot-0 point guard for Crestview, finished with five points in their win over Aquinas. The Second Team all-NWC selection will attended Division III Anderson (Ind.) and play for the Ravens.
Paulding High School will be represented with shooting guard Kyle Kauser, a Second Team all-NWC representative, center Guy Harder, and point guard Quentin Vance. Kauser was also selected Third Team Associated Press Northwest District. The 6-foot-5 Harder plans to continue his basketball career at NAIA school Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.
Wayne Trace, who was defeated by Crestview in their tournament run at Bowling Green, will have Colby Speice and Devin Wenzlick playing in the classic on Saturday. Both Raiders were GMC Honorable Mention with Speice being named Paulding County Player of the Year.
In what will most likely be their final game on their home court, both Derek Smalley and Kaden Brumett will represent the Archers. Smalley, a First Team all-Paulding County and First Team Green Meadows Conference selection, will attend Defiance College and is looking to continue his baseball career.
Rounding out the Ohio team is First Team All-NWC Kyle Williams from Lincolnview. The Ohio squad will be coached by Antwerp’s T.J. Hammer, who guided the Archers to a 14-10 season in his first year at the helm for the blue and white.
The Ohio girls’ team will have six players from Paulding County.
Three players from Wayne Trace will include Paulding County Player of the Year Lauren Speice, who was also selected First Team all-GMC, and teammate Brenda Feasby who was GMC Honorable Mention. Sylvia Young will be the tallest player at 6-foot-4 for the Ohio Stars.
Paulding’s Sierra McCullough and Abby Pease, both NWC Honorable Mention players, will be playing for their head coach Lindsey Shultz while Antwerp’s Kaiya Jemison will be the lone Lady Archer. Other players will include Lincolnview’s Christine Steman, and from Van Wert, point guard Cheyenna Handy and Kaitlyn Hall.
The group of girls on the other side of the state line will be coached by New Haven’s Shawn Shearer and will be led by 6-foot Dzejna Ahmetovic from South Adams, who averaged nearly 14 points per contest, and Abby Busse with an 11-point average.
Other players for the Indiana squad will come from Eastside, South Adams, New Haven, Leo, Belmont and Adams Central.
Sponsoring the all-star classic is SportONE who developed the region’s first and most comprehensive sports medicine program in 1990. One part of their program is providing local schools diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services. Antwerp is one of the schools that has partnered with SportONE and is appreciative for their support throughout the year and for their added support towards the success of the all star games.
All-Star Rosters for April 5
Ohio Girls All-Stars
Head coach: Lindsey Shultz, Paulding
Christine Steman F 5’4” Lincolnview
Sylvia Young C 6’4” Wayne Trace
Lauren Speice F, C 5’10” Wayne Trace
Brenda Feasby G 5’6” Wayne Trace
Kalya Jemison F, G 5’5” Antwerp
Sierra McCullough G 5’9” Paulding
Cheyenna Handy PG 5’6” Van Wert
Kaitlyn Hall F 5’0” Van Wert
Abby Pease F 5’7” Paulding
Ohio Boys All-Stars
Head Coach: TJ Hammer, Antwerp
Guy Harder C 6’5” Paulding
Kyle Kauser G 5’10” Paulding
Kyle Williams G 5’10” Lincolnview
Derek Smalley G 6’1” Antwerp
Kaden Brumett G 6’0” Antwerp
Can Etzler PG 6’0” Crestview
Damien Helm F 6’4” Crestview
Colby Speice G 6’3” Wayne Trace
Devin Wenzlick C 6’3” Wayne Trace
Quentin Vance PG 5’8” Paulding
Tyson Bolenbaugh C 6’5” Crestview
Indiana Girls All-Stars
Head coach: Shawn Shearer, New Haven
Haley Fox F 5’8” New Haven
Hannah Hope F 5’9” New Haven
Toby Carman F 5’8” Leo
Abby Busse Adams Central
Briona Case Adams Central
Dzejna Ahmetovic C 6’0” South Adams
Alyssa Bluhm PG 5’9” South Adams
Courtney Scherer G 5’7” Bellmont
Leah Ward F 5’7” Eastside
Indiana Boys All-Stars
Head coach: Aaron McClure, Adams Central
Seth Derickson F 6’1” Heritage
Steve McElvene C 6’11” New Haven
Lowell Griggs F 6’4” New Haven
Nick Baumer F 6’3” Adams Central
Hayden Black G 6’1” Adams Central
Blade Kable F 6’5” Adams Central
Cal Clouser F 6’1” South Adams
Kadis Renier G 5’9” Eastside
T. J. Campbell G 5’7” Churubusco
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