Senior basketball all-star games due Saturday


Some of the top high school basketball players on the Twin Harbors are expected to compete in the inaugural Senior Showdown All-Star Games on Saturday at Aberdeen’s Sam Benn Gym.

Hosted by Grays Harbor College and organized by GHC athletic director Tyler Gaston, Saturday’s event is expected to be the launching point of an annual series to showcase some of the top high school basketball talent on the Twin Harbors.

Twin Harbors all-star teams will face their counterparts from the South Sound (Tacoma-Olympia) area. The girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the boys contest at 8.

Admission to the doubleheader is $5.

Players, incidentally, will be issued Grays Harbor College uniforms. They will not be allowed to wear their high school jerseys.

While conflicts with spring sports and other activities have thinned the rosters on both sides, the following seniors are tentatively expected to compete:

GIRLS

Twin Harbors

Chelsy Stewart, Hoquiam; Kayla Pacheco, Elma; Miranda McDonald, Elma; Mackinzie Malizia, Montesano; Courtney Hagain, Raymond; Dramika Skaar, Taholah; Laura James, Taholah; Wakeena DeLaCruz, North Beach.

South Sound

Anushka Maldonado, Yelm; Tessa Matthews, Yelm; Sydney Swofford, Bellarmine; Taylor Talen, Gig Harbor; McKenzie Devore, Yelm; Katherine Franks, Olympia; Layce Groening, Tumwater; Catriece Baker, River Ridge; Ionna Price, Tumwater.

BOYS

Twin Harbors

Ronnie Espedal, Hoquiam; Zack Ball, Aberdeen; Layne Bruner, Montesano; Matthew Jensen, Montesano; David Sandstrom, Hoquiam; Carte Bisbee, Raymond; Andrew Hamilton, Raymond; Ronnie Tadios-Tahkeal, Taholah; David Rockett, Willapa Valley; Justin Curleybear, Taholah; Kurt Bambauer, Ocosta.

South Sound

Brendan Leonard, Olympia; Keenan Williams, River Ridge; Alex Johnson, Olympia; Michael Champlin, Olympia; Michael Naipo, Olympia; Jacob Burgess, Black Hills; Elijah Sanders, Timberline; Jared Eidenmuller, Capital.