By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
Jiselle Thomas will headline the assemblage of talent during the fourth annual Shelby Rotary NCO Girls Basketball All-Star Classic Sunday in the Shelby High School gymnasium.
Thomas, of Norwalk, was recently tabbed the Associated Press Division II Player of the Year and averaged 24 points a game for the regional-qualifying Truckers.
Also among the 44 players who will play in either the senior or underclass game are Shelby’s Kennadie Goth, Maddi Fidler, Jackie Garrett and Bailey Walter.
The Underclass Showcase Game, which tips off at 4 p.m., features freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The Senior All-Star Game will begin at approximately 6 p.m.
This year more than 80 girls, who received District 6 honors, were nominated to play. Then 44 players (22 for each game) were drafted to play.
“This is an excellent opportunity for these young ladies to celebrate their high school careers and play with the best in our district,” said All-Star Classic co-director Natalie Lantz.
Halftime and between game entertainment will include a dunk contest featuring District 6 boys, a three-point shooting contest with District 6 girls and a skills competition which pairs a girl and a boy from District 6 in a shooting, dribbling and passing relay.
Rosters for the four teams are as follows:
Jiselle Thomas, Norwalk; Kennadie Goth, Shelby; Megan Siesel, Seneca East; Lauren Luhasko, Norwalk St. Paul; Gretchen Harris, Wynford; Ashley Painley, Norwalk St. Paul; Allie Mayer, Mansfield Christian; Alexis Burkhart, Colonel Crawford; Adrienne Rodriguez, Norwalk; Autumn Scodova, Mansfield St. Peter’s; Katie Kennedy, Ashland. Coach is J.R. Wilson of Mansfield Christian.
Sydney Holderman, Riverdale; Emily Yeager, Ontario; Erin Sherman, Sandusky; Jackie Garrett, Shelby; Jenna Strayer, Bellevue; Isabelle Biglin, Buckeye Central; Chelsey Trusty, Mohawk; Caroline Blunk, Mansfield St. Peter’s; Maddi Fidler, Shelby; Ashley Gwirtz, Colonel Crawford; Haley Green, Buckeye Central. Coach is Greg Moore of Buckeye Central.
Sydney Kin, Carey, Miranda Wammes, Fremont St. Joseph; Courtney Pifher, Buckeye Central; Maddie Brisendine, Tiffin Columbian; Cassidy Crawford, Willard; Brianna Gillig, New Riegel; Cora Wyers, Western Reserve; Lexie Wright, Riverdale; Olivia Howard, Sandusky Perkins; Kaelyn Harkness, Norwalk; Bailey Walter, Shelby. The coach is Amy Taylor-Sheldon of Wynford.
Abigail Fogle, Upper Sandusky; Adrienne Wehring, Fremont St. Joseph; NaShail Shelby, Ontario; Sydney Cavanaugh, Mansfield St. Peter’s; Andrea Robson, Western Reserve; Talayzha Catching, Mansfield Senior; Megan Hensel, Upper Sandusky; Marina Adachi, Seneca East; Peyton Vogel, Bellevue; Jacqueline Baith, Crestview; Casey Santoro, Bellevue. The coach is Brock Manlet of Norwalk.
Participants in the three-point competition will be Holderman, Strayer, Thomas, Trusty, Yeager, Harkness, Fogle, Kin, Shelby and Robson. Fogle is the defending champion of the three-point event.
Contestants in the skills competition are Sherman, Garrett, Adachi, Santoro and Catching. Garrett paired with Lexington’s Joey Zahn to claim the skill event last season. Boys for the skills competition and dunk contest will be announced Sunday.
The event has been made possible by many generous local sponsors, led by the title sponsorship of the Shelby Rotary Club.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Fans can receive $2 off their admission by donating a gently used or new children’s book to the Rotary’s Big Red Book Shelf.
LAST YEAR’S MVP
Renee Stimpert of Crestview was the Most Valuable Player in last year’s senior game after scoring 19 points.
Tonight Stimpert and her Ashland University teammates will play for the NCAA Division II championship against Virginia Union in Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University.
The Lady Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the country and sport a record of 36-0. Virginia Union is rated 18th nationally and is 28-4 on the season.
The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on local cable channel 322 (CBS Sports Network).