The top 59 boys’ and girls’ basketball seniors from South Central Illinois will be playing in the 19th Annual Carlinville Rotary Club All-Star Basketball Classic, presented by Prairie Farms Diary and CNB Bank & Trust on Sunday, March 26th at Carlinville High School.
A total of 20 high schools will be represented in the event that includes 30 girls and 29 boys.
Players on the girls’ West squad are Kendal Conway and Shelby Seiler of Auburn; Mae Bandelow, Caroline Peters, Edin Copelin and Brooklyn Hermes of South County; Emily Schoen and Jenna Clark of Gillespie; Kylie Kinser of Greenfield/Northwestern; Paige Henson, Ella Stumpf, Sophie Pohlman and Lauren Walker of Carrollton; Haris Legendre of Staunton and Olivia Thoroman of North Mac. Blaine Hartwick of Carrollton will coach the West All-Star team.
Players on the girls’ East team are Morgan Langheim of Pawnee; Anna Forbes of Vandalia; Charlee Stearns and Lilly Funneman of Greenville; Layne Ruppert and Alex Frailey of Hillsboro; Avery Pope of Lincolnwood; Audrey Sabol, Hailey Engelman, Natalie Engelman and Emma Sneddon of Nokomis; Gianna Pop of Kincaid/Edinburg; Anna Beyers, Chloe Ashcraft and Aryn Alde of Pana. Nokomis coach Brandon Engelman will coach the East All-Stars.
The West boys’ squad includes Nathan Barth, Jackson Kern and Kellen Davis of Auburn; Thad Bergschneider of South County; Kam Link and Bryan Jubelt of Gillespie; Ryenn Hart of Carlinville; Grant Burch of Bunker Hill; Kaiden Brecken and Bobby Heath of Carrollton; Hank Bouillon, Lane Gage and Collin Robinson of Southwestern; Reese Scott of North Greene and Mick Downs of North Mac. Southwestern’s Jason Darr will coach the West All-Stars.
Representing the boys’ East team are Clayton Bishop of Litchfield; Cody Ellis of Pawnee; Reid Well and Preston Nestrick of Vandalia; Landen Moss of Greenville; Will Christian of Hillsboro; Braden Whalen and Zake Guzman of Lincolnwood; Elijah Aumann, Ryan Eisenbarth and Nolan Himes of Nokomis; Arjan Epperson of Mulberry Grove; Devon Peebles and Max Lynch of Pana. Dan DeWerff of Nokomis will coach the East All-Star team.
Each game will be played in four 10-minute quarters. The CNB Bank & Trust 3-Point Shootout for the girls will begin at 3 pm., followed by the girls’ All-Star game at 3:30 pm. The CNB Bank & Trust 3-Point Shootout for the boys will be held between games, starting at 5:30 pm., with the boys’ All-Star game to follow at 6:00 pm.
The Prairie Farms Dairy 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.
The East defeated the West 140-90 last year, but the West leads the all-time series 12-6 in the boys’ event. The first boys’ game was played in 2003. In the girls’ game last year, the East held off the West 69-61 and extend their lead in the all-time series to 12-5. The first girls’ game was played in 2004.
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 $7 with children 6 and under admitted free. The Carlinville Rotary Club will provide concessions with a variety of food and drinks.