March 25, 2013
11 girls scholarship signees to play in Optimist All-Star game

Many of the area's top graduating seniors will compete in the 36th annual Evening Optimist boys and girls all-star basketball games Saturday at Center High School in Antelope.

Eleven college scholarship signees have been invited to play in the 4 p.m. girls game.

Among those scheduled to play for the South Team, coached by Christian Brothers' Ron Gully, are Kennedy's Lynette Johnson (Utah State), Pleasant Grove's Dejza James (Arizona), Sacramento's Allie Green (Pepperdine), River City's Katie King (CSU Northridge), Oak Ridge's Haley Anderson (UC San Diego), Christian Brothers' Ana Burch (Stanislaus State) and Bradshaw Christian's Ashlee Jones (Nevada).

Scholarship players representing the North Team, coached by Rocklin's Rob Ferraro, are Antelope's Tyler Ellis (New Mexico State), Del Oro's Stephanie Geyer (Army) and Brianna Ruiz (Washington), and El Camino's Courtney Brignac (Chico State).

Among those selected to compete in the 6 p.m. boys game for the South Team are Metro Conference co-MVPs David Straughter of Burbank and Aaron Cameron of Sacramento; and Ryan Manning and Antonio Lewis from four-time Sac-Joaquin Section D-I champion Sheldon. The South Team will be coached by Sheldon's Joey Rollings.

Gabe Bealer and Isaiah Ellis from two-time D-II section champion Antelope and Sacramento State signee Eric Stuteville of Casa Roble will lead the North Team, coached by Casey Cutts of Rocklin.

Tickets, sold at the door, cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for students and $3 for those 12 and younger.

Here are the teams:

NORTH - Gabe Bealer, Isaiah Ellis, Antelope; Justin Beskeen, Bear River; Tyler Berkness, Ahmad Smith, Bella Vista; Eric Stuteville, Casa Roble; Will Buell, Colfax; Semir Cahtarevic, Del Campo; Trevor Pistochini, Del Oro; Anthony Williams, Foothill; Anthony Pedersen, Granite Bay; De'Sean Parsons, Grant; Isaiah Piniero, Placer; Drew Ardissone, Devin Moss, Rocklin. Head coach: Casey Cutts, Rocklin. Assistants: Terry Tangney, J.J. Barnette, Rocklin.

SOUTH - David Straughter, Burbank; Troy Owens, Cordova; Ben Walls, Florin; Edwin Olympio, Folsom; Victor Rustin, Franklin; Jose Chacon, River City; Joseph Barnes, Aaron Cameron, James Hadnot, Sacramento; Antonio Lewis, Ryan Manning, Sheldon; Mike Meserole, Luberty Ranch. Coach: Joey Rollings, Sheldon; Assistants: Michael Bradley, Rich Viano-Nitschke, Rich Manning, Sheldon.

NORTH - Tyler Ellis, Antelope; Teryn Jackson, Bella Vista; Dieja Smith, Center; Stephanie Geyer, Brianna Ruiz, Del Oro; Courtney Brignac, El Camino; Quashonna Johnson, Encina; Miakah McCauley, Foothill; Nicole Lierly, Nevada Union; Kerry McCullough, Placer; Elizabeth Moulton, Rio Americano; Lydia Summers, Rocklin; Mary-Clare Bosco, Sacramento Country Day; Aliya Davis, Woodcreek. Coach: Rob Ferraro, Rocklin. Assistants: Pete Winter, Tori Johnson, Rocklin.

SOUTH - Briana Barnes, Ashlee Jones, Bradshaw Christian; Ana Burch, Niel Valmores, Christian Brothers; Daijah Joe-Smith, Florin; Lynette Johnson, Dalayna Tyler-Scott, Kennedy; Haley Anderson, Oak Ridge; Dejza James, Avonna Lee, Pleasant Grove; Kaitlin King, River City; Allie Green, Sacramento; Rachel Frank, St. Francis; Kimee Mueller, Union Mine. Coach: Ron Gully, Christian Brothers. Assistant: Jamie King, River City.

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