Southwest sending 12 to 1A/2A all-star showdowns
One thing is for sure, southwestern Alaska has its share of basketball talent. Maybe way more than its share.
Just days after helping guide the Bristol Bay Lady Angels to the 2017 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 2A state championship, Rylie Lyon and Anna Hansen will showcase the talent from Southwest Alaska by highlighting a large list of area seniors invited to participate in the upcoming Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches' Senior All-Star Games. In all, 12 Southwest players received invitations to the event, which is scheduled for April 15 at Grace Christian School in Anchorage.
Lyon and Hansen highlight a talented cast of girls set to represent Southwest Alaska. Lyon, the Class 2A Player of the Year, and Hanson helped the Lady Angels roll to a 27-1 record this season.
Joining Lyon and Hansen in the 1A/2A all-star class will be King Cove standout McKenna Gould and Sand Point star Madison Thompson.
King Cove and Sand Point both advanced to the Class 1A state tournament this season.
The Southwest stars will also be joined by several others of the state's small-school stars, including Class 1A Player of the Year Kiah Charlie.
Charlie led Scammon Bay to its second straight state 1A title in March.
Also making the squad was Manokotak's Shayla Gloko.
The girls' all-star game will be played at 2:15 p.m.
Southwest Alaska will be well represented in the boys' 1A/2A all-star clash. A total of seven area players were named to the team, including two from Bristol Bay and Dillingham.
Austin King and Peter Geffe will represent Bristol Bay. The two helped Bristol Bay to the Southwestern Conference runner-up honors and a berth in the 2A state tournament.
Caden Seamton and Kameron Bartman will represent Dillingham.
Also selected to the squad was Unalaska senior Carter Price, King Cove's Ian Samuelson and Sand Point's Colton Mack.
The 1A boys' game will start at 4 p.m.
The Class 3A/4A all-star games will be played 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., respectively.