Present and future to clash at BC Girls All-Star game

Although the Provincial Championships are all done and dusted, there is still one more premier event left on the high school basketball calendar. The annual BC Girls All-Star Game tips off tonight, and will feature the top talent from both the AAA and AA levels in the 2017-18 season in two different games.

“We started the Lower Mainland vs. Fraser Valley all-star game last year, [after] we had previously done a province wide one” said Argyle head coach Anthony Beyrouti, who will be one of the coaches at the event. “Paul Langford came up with the idea and in year one it was a big success.”

The first game at 5:30 pm is the Futures Game, with the top non-senior players from both the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley zones square up. The Fraser Valley future roster is loaded with top players from the AAA tournament, as they will also have the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in Sophia Wisotzki and six players from both the First Team and Second Team All-Stars. Meanwhile, the Lower Mainland team will be able to call upon some of the top players from the AA tournament, as Most Outstanding Defensive Player Surprise Munie from Britannia First Team All-Star Jessica Clarke, and Gemma Cutler from Saint Thomas Aquinas will both play for them.

“Their commitment to the game has really set the bar high at their high school” saint Saint Thomas Aquinas head coach John Prescott on his two standout player. “The results of their dedicated hours are evident in both their improvement and their recognition at local and provincial championship tournament.”

The Grade 12 All-Star game will be played after the Futures Game at 7:15 pm. For the Lower Mainland, they will have at their disposal the likes of Sarah Forgie from New Westminster, and Second Team All-Star Lucy Guan of Britannia. For the Fraser Valley, they will have one of the top rebounds and First Team-All Star in Natalie Rathler as well as Abby Zawada, who are both going to the University of Fraser Valley next season. Fraser Valley will also have Sienna Lenz and Emma Kramer, who will both take the floor together for the first time before they head off to SFU next fall.

For the participants, it gives them a chance to go against players they have only played against over the course of the season.

“I think playing with different kids from different teams and clubs that they never really get to play with” said Beyrouti on what makes this game unique. “Maybe someone a player has thought was pretty good is now on their team and just seeing how they approach the game is cool for them.”

Both games will be played at Saint Thomas More on Tuesday, April 3rd. Last year’s games both went down to the wire, and had a crowd of over 500 people. A similar amount is expected this time which should make the atmosphere amazing.

Future’s Roster

Lower Mainland

Camie Ward - Argyle, Grade 11

Emma Stewart-Barnett - Saint Thomas More, Grade 11

Gemma Cutler - Saint Thomas Aquinas, Grade 10

Jalynne Huynh - Burnaby Central, Grade 11

Janel Tantengco - Killarney

Jenna Tobias - Whistler, Grade 11

Jessica Clarke - Saint Thomas Aquinas, Grade 11

Julia Strigl - Handsworth, Grade 11

Kanon Iwachi - New West, Grade 11

Kara Moscovitz - Hugh Boyd, Grade 11

Liz Kennedy - McMath, Grade 10

Pietra Kamstra - Whistler, Grade 11

Surprise Munie - Britannia, Grade 10

Yvonna Acimovic - Lord Byng

Fraser Valley

Nikki Cabuco - Charles Best, Grade 11

Jayden Gill - Robert Bateman, Grade 11

Makenna Gardner - Langley Christian Secondary, Grade 10

Kyla Smith - MEI

Jessica Parker - Riverside, Grade 11

Sammy Shields - Riverside, Grade 9

Jessica Wisotzki - Walnut Grove, Grade 11

Tavia Rowell - Walnut Grove, Grade 11

Marin Lenz - Abbotsford Senior, Grade 10

Faith Dut - Semiahmoo, Grade 11

Izzy Forsyth - Semiahmoo, Grade 9

Grace Killins - Centennial, Grade 11

Tana Pankratz - Yale, Grade 11

Emily Instant - Heritage Woods, Grade 11

Deanna Tuchscherer - G.W. Graham, Grade 11

Aliza Dueck - G.W. Graham, Grade 11

Jenna Dick - Brookswood, Grade 11

Sophia Kramer - Sullivan Heights, Grade 10

Grade 12 Roster