Seniors will take final curtain call
June 12, 2008 · Updated 2:56 PM
Theres still one more chance for the areas best high school seniors to lace up their basketball shoes and show off their skills on the court.
Its time for Sports Beyonds second-annual West Sound Senior All-Star basketball games .
Theres some great kids, and theres been a good response to it, said event founder Rick Walker. Every year it gets more recognition and gets bigger.
The girls get the festivities going Tuesday in the Olympic College Bremer Student Center Gym with the hot shot and 3-point shooting competition at 5:30 p.m., followed by their game at 6.
The boys contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. with tipoff at 7:30. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, seniors and kids under 6.
The boys game, at least on paper, looks like another high-scoring affair in which the only local notable not participating is Bremerton phenom Marvin Williams, who is slated to play in the McDonalds All-American Game (March 31 in Oklahoma City) and the EA Sports Roundball Classic (March 24 in Chicago.)
NCAA rules state college-bound players are limited to only two all-star games a year if they want to remain eligible.
Even without Williams, there are plenty of marquee players left to go around.
Theres a lot of height and Im sure well see some dunks the younger crowd wants to see, said Walker, noting theres more talent on both boys teams. And theres good shooters outside where a lot of guys that can hit the ball from 3-point range.
At practice on Tuesday night, even some of the players couldnt believe all the talent on the floor.
Its going to be different, point guard Chester Thomas said. When I throw up the ball there could be three guys jumping for it at the basket. Im used to just throwing it to Brendan (Campbell).
Playing on the Puget Sound team, Thomas (5.6 assists per game) not only will have Campbell (14.3 points per game) to throw to, but also CKs Brice Brooks (18.3), Bainbridges Schuyler Boone (14.6), Gig Harbors Baseline Bill Forelli and Port Angeles Scott Helpenstell (15.4).
Itll be up to the sizeable Cascade front court of South Kitsap tandem Jacob Beitinger and Adam Bennett and Sheltons Bill Richardson, who all come in at about 6 foot 8 inches tall, to stop the Sounds inside game.
The Cascades have the edge in the backcourt with Kings Wests Jesse Reeves (13.4 ppg, 5.1 assists), Bremertons Phil Houston, Klahowyas Ryan McElwee (15.6 ppg, 5.6 rebounds) and North Kitsaps Garrett McKinstry (11.4 ppg, 3.5 assists.)
The girls game is equally intriguing as the Puget Sound Teams roster has Bainbridges dynamic duo of Alice Russell and Morgan Zajonc who combined for 42 points in their teams fourth-place clinching win in the state Class 3A title. Gig Harbors Leslie Rodriguez comes in with a 12.4 ppg average and teammate Kelli Milham brings her 10.1 rebounding average.
Look for Milham to bang around on the inside with Cascades Loni Tostenrude from South Kitsap. Tostenrude led all West Sounders in rebounds at 10.5 a game as well as a averaging 12.9 points.
The Cascades also have scoring threats in Kings Wests Taryn Hanley (15.2 ppg) SKs Leah Bradley (11.2) and Port Angeles Trish Buckingham (13.1).
This year should just be as competitive as last year because theres some scorers out there, Olympic College womens coach Rick Peters said. Im anxious to see what happens because there also are some good defenders.
Due to player availability, organizer Rick Walker said the final rosters wont be set until right before game time. Heres how they were planned out as of Thursday.
Phil Houston Bremerton
Ben Dyer Kings West
Ryan McElwee Klahowya
Cody Fisher Klahowya
Garrett McKinstry North Kitsap
Dustin Hannafious North Mason
Nate Rosa North Mason
Kyle Turner Peninsula
Bill Richardson Shelton
Colby Brewer Shelton
Jacob Beitinger South Kitsap
Adam Bennett South Kitsap
Coach Peter Stewart, Peninsula College
Puget Sound Team
Mark Korsak Bainbridge
Schuyler Boone Bainbridge
Brice Brooks Central Kitsap
Sam Weller Central Kitsap
Jeff Acres Central Kitsap
Bill Forelli Gig Harbor
Chester Thomas Olympic
Jeff Shaw Olympic
Brendan Campbell Olympic
Scott Helpenstell Port Angeles
Brady Marunde Sequim
James Brabant Sequim
Matt Finitzer Sequim
Coach Billy Landram, Olympic College
Taryn Hanley Kings West
Sunny OBrien Kings West
Betsie Parker Kings West
Amanda Hart Kings West
Loni Tostenrude South Kitsap
Jamie McLean South Kitsap
Leah Bradley South Kitsap
Aimee Carroll Central Kitsap
Sarah Bussell Port Angeles
Trish Buckingham Port Angeles
Shakira Dixon Olympic
Lindsay Neste Olympic
Coach Julie Stewart, Peninsula College
Puget Sound Team
Alice Russell Bainbridge
Morgan Zajonc Bainbridge
Haley Wiggins Bainbridge
Michelle Pegues Bremerton
Latonya Grettenberger Bremerton
Leslie Rodriguez Gig Harbor
Kelli Milham Gig Harbor
Becky Larsen Gig Harbor
Brenda Stice North Kitsap
Vanessa Sinclair North Mason
Christina Vernon Shelton
Shannon Bolender Shelton
Coach Rick Peters, Olympic College