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Smith Center Hosting All-Star Basketball Game March 22nd

The Smith Center Recreation Commission will be hosting the 4th Annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball game on Saturday, March 22, at the Smith Center High School gym.

The games will feature senior all stars from the Mid-Continent League against a team of all stars from a 14-county area in North Central Kansas.

The girls game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. with the boys game set for 6:00.

There will also be 3-point contests at halftime of each game.

The Mid-Continent league girls roster includes Shania Wilkison, Phillipsburg; Brooke Ottley, Kenzie Hemmert & Laura Dennis, Oakley; Addie Zeman, Trego; Kaleigh Soneson, Ellis; Maegan Gosselin, Hill City; Johnnye Ruder & Bailey Ambrosier, Norton; and Colbie Decker, Smith Center. Coaches are George Rossi, Norton, and Ron Wolf, Plainville.

North Central Kansas girls are Jordan Christensen, Golden Plains; Courtney Freed, Pike Valley; Gabi Spresser & Kristina Farber, Hoxie; Taylor Noel, Jessica Princ & Caitlyn Miller, Osborne; Kellan Niewald, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Brooke Hammond, Northern Valley; and Megan James, Concordia. The coaches will be Parker Christensen, Golden Plains, and Michael Walhmeier, Concordia.

The Mid-Continent league boys team features Kody Molzahn & Taylor Zabel, Smith Center; Reed Stephens, Stockton; Logan Frederking & Hadley Gillum, Plainville; Austin Baalman & Darius Herl, Oakley; Shane Jones, Hill City; Trey Ellis, Phillipsburg; and Jordan Gottschalk, Thomas More Prep. Joe Burgardt of Smith Center and Tom Stephens, Stockton, will be the coaches.

The North Central Kansas boys squad includes Grant Holmes, Concordia; Josh Meyer, Linn; Payton Vetter, Beloit; Jordan Baird, Northern Valley; Connor Eilert & Luke Eilert, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Kade Spresser & Chase Kennedy, Hoxie; Tristan Schwarz, Golden Plains; and Justin Underwood, Lakeside. Coaches include Aaron Dardis, Hoxie, and Lance Bergmann, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton.

A few of the players invited were unable to participate due to prior commitments, but Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes said there was plenty of talent available to play.

“We have assembled some of the top high school basketball talent in the state for this event, and we are really excited about it,” said Hughes. “We are trying to make this an exciting and fun event for the players, and think the fans will enjoy the evening as well. Anyone who enjoys basketball will truly want to see this event.”

Admission for the event will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 to 12, and children 4 & under are free.

This event is sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.