Published: 02/28/2022 17:51:15
A whopping 18 local high school basketball players will represent the Gazette area in the 2022 Western Massachusetts High School All-Star Games later this month.
The event, sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is scheduled for Friday, March 25 on the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams at the Springfield Hall of Fame.
Colin Earle and Andrew Ciaglo from Hopkins Academy, Jacob Cancel from Northampton, Liam Quinn from South Hadley, Nate Sajdak from Belchertown, Brandon Wishart from Granby, Nate Breault and Michael Ward, Jael Cabrera from Holyoke and Isa Castro-McCauley, Zayd Sadiq and Evan Stewart of Amherst were all selected. participate in the boys competition.
Players selected to compete on the girls’ side in Springfield include Yamaya Perez and Kleriz Matos from Holyoke, Kaitlyn Mackin from Frontier, Avery Klingensmith from Belchertown, Olivia Marion from South Hadley and Delaney MacPhetres from Amherst.
Three games in total will feature 60 players from across the Western Mass, showcasing the best seniors in high school basketball.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate the best high school basketball players Western Massachusetts has to offer with our 11th annual All-Star Celebration,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO. of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. output. “We invite residents of Western Mass. to come out and support these outstanding student-athletes as they perform to represent their communities.”
Organizing the players into classes from the last PVIAC tournaments that concluded over the weekend, the players will be divided into six teams: two teams of girls, two teams of boys of class C and D players and two teams of boys from Class A and B players. Only senior graduates are eligible for the All-Star Games.
The first game of the evening will feature the men’s Class C and D teams at 5:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ game at 7 p.m. The final game of the evening will feature the Class A and B men’s teams at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the Hall of Fame box office the night of the event and will be valid for all three games that night (adults: $10, students $5).