VIDEO: Miller’s John Romagnoli talks about why he wanted to bring back this All-Star game.
Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnolli has been working on bringing back the All-Star basketball games, previously sponsored by the Daily Bulletin.
He wanted to to have it again for the first time since 2009 last year but the plans weren’t quite in place and he didn’t want to have it just to have it if it couldn’t be a top-notch event.
Well it will make a long-awaited return a week from Sunday, April 19th at Miller High School.
The teams were honored with a breakfast/lunch today at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. They’ll practice next week.
There is representation from schools as far East as Banning and as far West as Covina Charter Oak and some from the High Desert. So those chosen are in select company. There will be 13 players on each of the two boys teams and girls teams so everyone will get to play.
There is representation from smaller schools such as Ontario Christian too. It’;s always nice to include those as well. There is emphasis on grades and character too not just playing ability.
The cross section of players also means student-athletes will get to play with and get to know others they might not have crossed paths with.
The Ajalee Lauder and Marcel Burke awards are being brought back. Those awards/scholarships are in memory of two young players who left this world way too early.
Lauder’s mother Bethel Trice, the girls coach at Jurupa Hills, will coach one of the girls teams – nice touch.
There are a lot of all-star games out there. But Romagnoli is setting this one up as something special. He has done a great job of that and the best is yet to come.
Boost Mobile has stepped up as a sponsor, as has IE Sports Net.
We’ll be posting updated rosters for the teams next week.