The mantra most often heard by basketball teams during post-season play is “one more game together.”
For Mt. Carmel seniors gathered this weekend for all-star games at Wabash Valley College, this will really be it.
Top tri-state talent at the junior high and high school level has been lined up for games at Spencer Sports Center. Tonight the junior high all-stars take to the court at Spencer Sports Center for 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys) games.
Saturday, the high school stars take over. Admission is $5, $3.50 for students.
The girls game will feature one last time together for the Lady Aces triumvirate of Tyra Buss, Alex Rosignol and Reagan Keepes, who won 112 games in four years at the Hilltop.
“We’re looking forward to a great night of basketball with the three seniors from Mt. Carmel being able to play in front of the hometown fans,” said WVC women’s coach and Athletic Director Zach Loll, who co-organized the event along with men’s coach Mike Carpenter.
Tonight, the boys junior high game will bring players from as far away as Nashville together. The featured attraction will be 6-foot-4 eighth-grader Jackson Marcotte, who set scoring records at Allendale, including a single-game mark of 57 points.
The much publicized matchup of Buss, the two-time Illinois Ms. Basketball who scored 4,897 points during her prep career, and Maura Meunsterman, the two-time state champion and Indiana Ms. Basketball runnerup from Evansville Mater Dei, may or may not happen. Meunsterman is on the Mater
Dei softball team which is scheduled to play Saturday. Both are headed to Indiana University in the fall.
The last time Buss played in an all-star game at WVC was in 2010 following her eighth-grade year. “It’s kind of nice to see her come full-circle playing here as a senior,” Loll said.
Other notables on the girls roster are: Breah Keim of Marshall, who split with matchups against Buss last season, Josie Zerrusen of Effingham, and Valerie Abendroth, MacKenzie Small and Hayley Carmean from Big 8 Conference foe Vincennes Lincoln.
Fans can also get an advance look at four WVC recruits, who will rejoin Loll in the fall: Olivia Hunt and Aubrey Carter of Castle, Nikki Muestreman of Evansville Central and Sidney Heldt of Wood Memorial.
The game format will be flexible, according to Loll. “We’re going to play two halfs of somewhere between 20-30 minutes running time depending on how many players we have on teams.”
It will not be an Illinois vs. Indiana matchup per se, as previous all-star games have been, but groups of players with teams will stay together on the same all-star squad.
The boys game will feature four seniors from Mt. Carmel: C.J. Diel, Caleb Kline, Riley Raber and Austin Thompson. Reece Metcalf was listed on an original roster but has since withdrawn. Joining them from the are will be Colton Alldredge of Grayville, Riley Spencer of Paris and Brandon Wolfe, the
career scoring leader at Casey-Westfield.
Big 8 rival Princeton will have four players on the roster: Kinzer Havill, Tyler Holder, Kreig McRoberts and Michael Kermode. Perry Farrow of Evansville Bosse, who led the city in scoring, will play along with Rend Lake-signee Kourtlandt Martin of Evansville Central.
Two players from Union Co., Ky., Zach Chaykowsky and Jashaud Fleming will give the boys game a true tri-state flavor.
Four players from Mt. Carmel Middle School will join Marcotte in tonight’s junior high boys game: Dawson Brown, Blake Golden, Evan Kieffer and Brayden Stipp.
Six players are coming from Marion and three from Centralia, in addition to four from Nashville.
In the girls junior high game, Paige Hocking and Morgan York will be there from St. Mary’s, as will the Junior Lady Aces’ Kylie Applebey and Haley McGuire.
Concession stands at Spencer will be open for all games.