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All-star games to feature area’s best on the hardwood
Written by Progress   
Monday, March 31, 2014 1:45 PM

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


Last Updated on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:44 PM