Times Sports Editor
If you happen to be looking for one last high school basketball fix in the Wabash Valley, look no further then South Vermillion High School this evening as the FS The Magazine All-Star Saturday tips off with a skills competition at 4 p.m.
The girls' all-star game will start at 6 p.m. with the finals of the boys' 3-point competition at halftime. The finals of the slam dunk contest will be between games with the girls' 3-point finals to take place at halftime of the boys' game.
The third FS The Magazine All-Star game, which is presented by ESPN Sports Radio, WTHI TV10, Pacesetter Sports and First Financial Bank, will give fans a chance to see some of their favorite hoopsters from area high schools.
Northview and Clay City High Schools will be represented in the games as 11 different schools will have players in the boys' game and nine schools have players in the girls' game.
Two of the most successful four-year basketball careers in the history of Clay City High School concluded with a third straight trip to the regional this winter. Carmela Roeschlein and Brielle Drelick inked their names into the record books at Clay City during careers that spanned more than 90 games apiece and resulted in three consecutive sectional championships. The Eels won 57 games over that four-year span and the postseason titles were the school's first in girls' basketball.
Roeschlein finished her career with over 1,500 points and she averaged 16.3 ppg. over her four years with the Eels. In her senior season, Roeschlein averaged 19 ppg. over 26 contests and she knocked down 71 3-pointers at better than a 40-percent clip. The Eels' point guard also had 90 steals this season and averaged three assists per game. In her final game at Clay City, Roeschlein had 30 points and hit 7-of-14 3-pointers against Southwestern (Shelbyville).
Drelick was another pivotal part of the Clay City attack over a career that saw her score 1,226 points and average just under 14 ppg. during her four years. This season, Drelick posted a career-high average of 16.6 ppg. and close to six rebounds a game. At the free throw line, Drelick hit 77-percent of her free throws this season and averaged better than three steals per contest.
The Northview Knights will be represented in the boys' all-star game by senior Dillon Reynolds.
The point guard was the Knights' leading scorer this season at 13.1 ppg. and made 47 percent of his shots. Reynolds was a 44-percent shooter from 3-pointer range, hitting 30-of-68. He was a key factor in all parts of Northview's games as he averaged 4.1 rebounds a game and 2.5 assists as well. He had season-highs of 24 points in a game twice this year.
The Clay City boys' basketball team captured its first sectional title since the 2008-09 season this year and capped off a 15-9 campaign with a trip to the regional against Hauser.
Ben Denker and Brylan Jones were leading factors in the team's success, combining for nearly half of the squad's points per game.
Denker set the tone for the Eels this season as the primary point guard and produced 11.3 ppg. and better than three assists per contest. He knocked down 50 3-pointers this year.
Jones provided the Eels with a physical presence in the post that could not only rebound, but score in bunches as well. He tallied 12.7 ppg. during his senior year and grabbed 6.3 rpg. and hit 55-percent of his two-point shots.
Drelick and Roeschlein will play on the "South" team along with players from Sullivan, Terre Haute South and Marshall, Ill. On the "North" team will be players from Riverton Parke, South Vermillion, Rockville, West Vigo and Terre Haute North.
In the boys' game, Reynolds, Jones and Denker will play alongside athletes from North Central, Sullivan, Terre Haute South and Marshall, Ill. On the "North" squad will be players from Riverton Parke, Rockville, Terre Haute North, South Vermillion and West Vigo.
Doors open at 4 p.m. this evening with admission set at $5.
FS The Magazine All-Star Rosters
* - Selected but unable to attend
Boys' North Team
|Cody Vauters||Riverton Parke|
|Aaron Hill||Riverton Parke|
|Matt O'Leary||T.H. North|
|Ross Sponsler||T.H. North|
|Jordan Houser||West Vigo|
|Cody Thornton||West Vigo|
|Dustin Gilbert||West Vigo|
|Josh Cary||Paris, Ill.*|
|Robert Hodgson||Paris, Ill.*|
|Coach: Joe Boehler||West Vigo|
Boys South Team
|Aaron Bellgraph||North Central|
|Jermaine Smith||T.H. South|
|Lucas Steward||T.H. South|
|Jacob Duncan||Marshall, Ill.|
|Logan Cannady||Marshall, Ill.|
|Ben Denker||Clay City|
|Brylan Jones||Clay City|
|Coach: Jeff Moore||Sullivan|
Girls North Team
|Sarah Burnham||Riverton Parke|
|Sheldan Falls||Riverton Parke|
|Elizabeth Dickey||Riverton Parke|
|Leslie Cates||Paris, Ill.*|
|Morgan Seeley||T.H. North|
|Brooklyn Waters||West Vigo|
|Erin Barton||West Vigo|
|Mikaela Silcock||West Vigo|
|Coach: Josh Douglas||Riverton Parke|
Girls South Team
|Brielle Drelick||Clay City|
|Carmela Roeschlein||Clay City|
|Hannah Lee||T.H. South|
|Kaylee Ellis||T.H. South|
|Dallas Butts||T.H. South|
|Alexis Thompson||Marshall, Ill.|
|Emily Bishop||Marshall, Ill.|
|Erika Kuhn||Marshall, Ill.|
|Coach: Julie Meeks||Sullivan|