All-Star hoops returns to Thumb Dome
SANDUSKY — The Second Annual Thumb Sportswriters Association All-Thumb All-Star Basketball Game is scheduled for Friday, June 26 at Sandusky High School. Last year’s games came down to the wire in bothcontests,with the girl’s game being decided in the final seconds in dramatic fashion.
Once again the games will feature the best seniors from the TSA coverage area, broken into East and West squads. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the girls game, followed by the boys game. The crowd pleasing, popular dunk contest and three-point contest are slated to return as well.
“Again, Sandusky High School and Athletic Director, Al DeMott have been very gracious letting us use their facilities,” said Paul Adams, Sports Editor of the Huron Daily Tribune and founding member of the Thumb Sportswriters Association.
There is a nominal admission fee to the event, with proceeds going to the Thumb Sportswriters Association, to help with its yearly costs.
“One thing we do want to remind fans is that only seniors are eligible to play in the game,” Adams said. “That’s an MHSAA rule, not ours.”
Among the local players scheduled to appear in the games are Sandusky graduates Jacob Lasecki, Keegan Nelson and Brooke Krueger along with Deckerville’s Jenna Genoff and Keegan Bowerman. Joining Lasecki on the guy’s East squad is Marlette’s Connor Thomas.
The Sandusky trio helped lead their respective teams to district championships this past season, one of the most successful athletic seasons Sandusky has experienced in several years.
“This is a great chance to showcase the senior talent from the area,” said Dave Fredrick, sportswriter for the Tribune Recorder Leader. “With each year, the event continues to grow with interest amongst areas hoops fans. Last year, we had a great turnout of fans who were treated to some pretty exciting games.” Those involved with the TSA have gone to great lengths to make this happen. The kids love one more chance to lace up the sneakers and take to the hardwood.”
Participants in this year’s game include: Girls East All Stars Skye Willer and Lorin Gierman of Brown City, Katelyn Frostic of CPS, Megan Guitar from Cros-Lex, Jenna Genoff from Deckerville, Emily Pawlowski and Jamie Weber of Harbor Beach, Cassidy MacGuire and Jenna Boyl of Kingston, Jenny Weiss from North Huron, who will represent Port Hope for the final time, Brooke Krueger and Keegan Nelson of Sandusky and Coach Jay Green of Kingston.
Girls West All Stars include Emily Wagner Akron-Fairgrove, Sarah Butch Bad Axe, Melissa Cockerill Caro, Alliah Riddle Cass City, Brittany Hatfield EPBP, Hailey Murray Millington, Courtney Southgate Owen-Gage, Reyna Frost Reese, Hanna Drake Ubly and the USA trio of Sam Ewald, Morgan Thomas and Bre Dinsmoore, along with coach Lindsay Bitzer, also of USA
Boys East All Stars Jeffrey Randolph and Austin Hoff of Brown City, Wyatt Hooper CPS, Kaleb Mendoza Cros-Lex, Keegan Bowerman, Deckerville Josh Schelke and Dalton Okie of Harbor Beach, Aaron VanHorn Kingston, Connor Thomas Marlette, Kyle and Cody Abrego of Peck, Jacob Lasecki from Sandusky and coaching the squad will be Peck’s Jeremy Abrego.
West All Stars are Jared Brown and Derek Geiger of Bad Axe, Tanner Tysick and Bailey Krueger of Caro, Austin LeVan and Tyler Riley of Millington, Curtis Garza North Branch, Austin Rice North Huron, Jared Schrader of Reese, Ubly’s Kurt Kubacki, Blake Ruppal and DeAundre Callahan of Vassar along with their coach, Chuck Fabbro.
Information for this article was provided by Dave Fredrick of the Tribune Recorder Leader and Paul Adams, Huron Daily Tribune Sports Editor.