B.A. Sports event assembles area dream teams

Friday, April 4, 2008

Imagine a lineup with 6-foot-6 Spencer Goodman, 6-5 Alex King and 6-8 Ryan Willen. Or one with guards Jay Simmons, Jake Leet and Ty Williams.

Those will be among the combinations possible Saturday in the large-school boys basketball all-star game at the B.A. Sports All-Star Extravaganza.

The Bess Activity Center on the campus of Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff will be the site for the four all-star games. A volleyball game and skills contest will take place 7 p.m. tonight and three all-star basketball games are scheduled for Saturday. The girls will play at 10 a.m., the small-school boys will play at 11:15 a.m., and the large-school boys will play at 1:45 p.m. Skills contests will take place between the boys games.

Saturday evening's awards gala, set for 5 p.m. at the Palace of Praise, will feature St. Louis Cardinals hall of famer Lou Brock as the speaker.

The all-star games split up players and coaches in Southeast Missouri. In the large-school boys game, Jackson coach Darrin Scott will have just one of his three all-star seniors, Goodman, who recently committed to North Dakota; along with all-stater Willen from Class 4 state champion Notre Dame and Scott City's King. Anthony Watts and Shane Nolen of Cape Central are other local players on the Red team.

Scott will coach against two other players he has mentored throughout their high school careers — Leet and Hunter Grantham. In addition, the Dark Green team will include Simmons of Scott City, Williams and Mark Himmelberg from Notre Dame, and Jajuan Bell from Central.

Paul Hale of Notre Dame will be among the coaches for the team.



Team 1 (Sponsor: Noranda Aluminum; Jersey: Black)

Desiree Arnzen, Leopold; Cassie Seiler, Leopold; Rachel Beydler, Sikeston; Jessica Abner, Bell City; Cassie Woolverton, Gideon; Chelsea Olson. Jackson; Adrienne D?Amico, Clearwater; Laura Watson, Holcomb; Jenny Eubank, Bernie; Marie Marquis, Bloomfield; Briana Johnson, Twin Rivers.

Coaches: Erin Hoffman, Bell City; Sandy Davis, Leopold; Tara Stroup, Notre Dame.

Team 2 (Agxplore International; Caribbean blue)

Brittany Licare, Scott City; Amber Mirth, Bernie; Katie Scholl, Cape Central; Rachel Spears, Bell City; Lindsey Wilson, Gideon; Ashlea Soemo, Jackson; Kaylee Blue, Twin Rivers; Martika Davis, Sikeston; Jenny Lathum, Bell City; Liz Martin, Perryville.

Coaches: Maille Gannon, Jackson; Carol Woolverton, Gideon; Gentry Early, Holcomb.

Girls basketball

Team 1 (Country Wide Insurance; Black)

Hailee Deckard, Naylor; Leola Hubbard, Caruthersville; Sarah Keys, Delta; Stefanie Ferguson, Poplar Bluff; Phoebe Guinan, South Iron; Kellye Penn, Portageville; Kaylee Blue, Twin Rivers; Amanda Hendrickson, Meadow Heights; Kassie Walker, Arcadia Valley; Jaysa Blackwell, Doniphan; Kayla Cissell, Kelly; Whitney VanWinkle, Van Buren.

Coaches: Kirk Chronister, Poplar Bluff; Diane Myers, Greenville; Lonny Sheldon, Fredericktown.

Team 2 (New Wave Communications; Kiwi lime green)

Courtney Kemp, Fredericktown; Kyisha Ricks, Caruthersville; Sara Blattel, Delta; Aereill Davis, Poplar Bluff; Kelci Keith, Jackson; Sara Woodgeard, Greenville; Briana Johnson, Twin Rivers; Loren Goggin, Arcadia Valley; Rachel Roberts, Ellington; Chelsea Swindle, Doniphan; Brianna Johnson, Scott County Central.

Coaches: Randy White, Delta; Eric Ellerbrook, Portageville; Chad Allen, Dexter.

Small-school boys basketball

Team 1 (Mid-Continent Nail; Navy)

Nick Niemczyk, Bell City; Caleb Johnson, Scott County Central; William Cooper, Hayti; Phillip Gross, Bell City; Chase Rhodes, Delta; Kody Campbell, Oran; Josh Rollet, St. Vincent; Max Wieser, Saxony Lutheran; Matt Allison, Puxico; Maurichio Clay, South Pemiscot; Colton Bailey, Zalma; Andy Hendrix, Chaffee.

Coaches: Brad Botsch, Bernie; Dusty Dinkins, South Iron; Ron Cookson, Scott County Central.

Team 2 (Manac; Heather gray)

Jordan Boone, Gideon; D.D. Gillespie, Scott County Central; David Prater, South Iron; Marty Dames, Bell City; Silas Dill, Bernie; Kyle Williamson, Bloomfield; Jeremy Patty, Neelyville; David Crain, Puxico; Ethan Watkins, Bell City; Brandon Tucker, Van Buren; Kyle White, Risco; Jordan Baggett, Campbell.

Coaches: Phillip Taylor, Hayti; Josh Dowdy, Puxico; Brian Brandtner, Bell City.

Large-school boys basketball

Team 1 (Lambert?s Caf?; Dark green)

Brian Parham, Charleston; Hunter Grantham, Jackson; Jay Simmons, Scott City; Nick Perkins, Malden; Charles Wilson, Doniphan; Ty Williams, Notre Dame; Mark Himmelberg, Notre Dame; Brandon Washington, Sikeston; Tony Jones, East Prairie; Jordan Chaligoj, Poplar Bluff; Jajuan Bell, Cape Central; Jake Leet, Jackson.

Coaches: Paul Hale, Notre Dame; Lamont Frazier, Poplar Bluff; Jason Andrews, Doniphan.

Team 2 (Allen Christian; Red)

Leonard Burton, Malden; Alex King, Scott City; Spencer Goodman, Jackson; Kevin Hart, Dexter; Chandler Wilson, Doniphan; Ryan Willen, Notre Dame; Matt Ritch, Sikeston; Tyler Collins, Doniphan; Dylan Stockton, Twin Rivers; Lance Price, New Madrid County Central; Anthony Watts, Cape Central; Shane Nolen, Cape Central.

Coaches: Darrin Scott, Jackson; Gregg Holifield, Sikeston; Travis Day, New Madrid County Central.


The Wednesday edition of the Southeast Missourian listed two players from Perryville named to the Jefferson County Conference large schools first team (Kendra Schilli and Ava Johnson) in addition to Most Valuable Player honors for Schilli. A media outlet contacted in Jefferson County said the complete team had not been made available to it by a member school, which reportedly had misplaced the information.

Perryville had three other players honored and coach Vicki Lohmann was selected the coach of the year for the large-schools division. Alicia Kueker earned second-team honors, while Nicole Gremaud and Alyssa Bauwens were named to the honorable mention list, according to a list of league honors provided by Lohmann.

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