NBL-SCL senior all-star basketball game set for Saturday

By ERIC WITTMERSHAUS
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The third annual YSN365.com/Schools Plus NBL vs. SCL senior all-star basketball games are set to tip off Saturday evening at Santa Rosa High School.

The doubleheader will feature a girls game and boys game between the top graduated seniors from the North Bay League and Sonoma County League.

The girls game begins at 6 p.m., and the boys game follows at about 7:30.

The North Bay League won both of last year’s contests, but this year’s Sonoma County League boys team is stacked with four seniors from the Windsor team that reached the NCS Division 2 championship game in March.

League co-champ Analy has two players on the roster, which will be coached by Analy’s Brett Page and incoming Windsor coach Travis Taylor, who led Healdsburg last year.

The NBL boys, coached by Montgomery’s Tom Fitchie and Brian Long, are balanced, with Rancho Cotate’s three players being the largest contingent from any one school.

On the girls side, the Sonoma County League team will be coached by Casa Grande’s Dan Sack. Sack will have three players from the Gauchos’ starting five that reached the NCS Division 2 girls championship game.

Leading the North Bay League will be Santa Rosa’s Steve Chisholm. Chisholm will have one more chance to coach recently graduated senior Hannah Sourek. The Panthers’ star missed the NCS playoffs after a late-season injury.

Jason Lea, who organized the event with the sponsorship of several local businesses, said the game is one seniors look forward to every year.

“(For) some of these kids, it’ll be the last time they play basketball,” Lea said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children younger than 12 get in free. Money raised goes to benefit Schools Plus, a nonprofit that has raised nearly $4 million for elementary, middle and high school sports, arts and music programs in the Santa Rosa City School District since 1991.

NBL-SCL CHALLENGE ROSTERS

NBL boys
Chris Cavalin, Cardinal Newman
Brian Johnson, Maria Carrillo
Brian McCammon, Montgomery
Skyler Ramos, Piner
Lawrence Whitt, Piner
Nick DeSoto, Rancho Cotate
Ricky Garcia, Rancho Cotate
Vinh Phan, Rancho Cotate
Nolan Chavez, Santa Rosa
Mike Starkey, Ukiah

SCL boys
Nate Benjamin, Analy
Jalen Gilbert, Analy
Matt Dassel, Casa Grande
Scott Mayer, Casa Grande
Chase Stafford, Casa Grande
Kyle Brinson, El Molino
Gene Troung, Sonoma Valley
Tanner Giddings, Windsor
Christian McAlvain, Windsor
Kameron Keich, Windsor
Kameron Richardson, Windsor

NBL girls
Elisa Vargas, Cardinal Newman
Harlet Cruz, Elsie Allen
Madison Sowards, Maria Carrillo
Victoria Diab, Montgomery
Michelle Mejia, Rancho Cotate
Kendra Newton, Santa Rosa
Anitra Romelli, Santa Rosa
Hannah Sourek, Santa Rosa
Sarina Goforth, Ukiah
Kylee Wright, Ukiah

SCL girls
Kelly Benck, Analy
Adri Fernandez, Analy
Tricia Klebe, Analy
Gretchen Harrigan, Casa Grande
Stephanie Sack, Casa Grande
Desi Zidan, Casa Grande
Carly Graves, El Molino
Shayna Levine, El Molino
Cassidy Jourdan, Healdsburg
Jenna Ross, Petaluma
Jordan Shyne, Petaluma
Annie Studdert, Sonoma Valley
Jersey Witous, Sonoma Valley
Ashton Beth, Windsor