Ninth annual Tribune/Star-News boys/girls All-Star Classic takes shape for Saturday night at Damien High School

The ninth annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls senior all-star game will be held at Damien High School on Saturday. The girls game is at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6. There will be a 3-point contest for the boys and girls teams. Wilson’s coach Jason Rochwerg and Covina’s Will Bissman will coach the boys and Covina’s Nick Masi will coach the girls.

All-Time Series
Boys: Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Star-News leads series, 5-3.

Star-News team update: From half-court passes and no-look passes to crisp, deep three-pointers, Monrovia High School’s Gina Henderson showed during Wednesday’s practice with the Star-News All-Stars why it’s ready to extend its lead over the Tribune All-Stars.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
One thing was abundantly clear when the Tribune All-Star boys basketball team held its first practice Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s 9th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic – size will not be an issue.

Anchored down low by 6-foot-7 Damien High School forward Chris Reyes and 6-foot-9 South Hillls center Korey Serna, the Tribune figures to be quite a load for the Star-News to handle.

The question Saturday night is whether the Tribune can get any guard play to compliment the size edge. The answer depends on whether a solid group that includes several sharpshooters will be on fire Saturday night. The game is at Damien at 6 p.m. The girls game is 4 p.m.

“Having those big guys down low will definitely be an advantage for our shooters,” said Wilson coach Jason Rochwerg, who will partner with Covina’s Will Bissman to coach the team. “I always believe that basketball should be played inside out.”

If the first practice was any indicator, the Tribune’s outside game should be there on Saturday night. During Tuesday’s scrimmage multiple guards sank 3-pointers, giving both Rochwerg and Bissman confidence to let their team fire at will.

“We were trying to just let these kids get out and scrimmage a little bit and try to teach them a real simple transition offense, and boy, these kids can shoot,” Rochwerg said. “We didn’t have too many misses from outside.

“All of these kids can pretty much fill it.”

Roster changes

Because of prior commitments and other reasons, the Tribune team had to make several roster adjustments. Added to the team are Azusa’s Jordan Blackburn, Wilson’s Ryan Del Rosario, Bonita’s Matt Adamo and Covina’s Edgardo Campos. Glendora’s Kyle Gordon and Damien’s Clayton White will not play due to a prior commitment in Las Vegas. Workman guard Ricardo Soto has moved back to Mexico.

3-point contest participants set

Representing the Tribune team in the 3-point shooting contest at halftime of the boys game will be Los Altos’ Vance Valencia, Covina’s Nino Harrell and Glendora’s Wesley Burke. The Tribune girls team will be represented by San Dimas’ Taylor Jackson, St. Lucy’s Savannah Selby and Bishop Amat’s Kaysee Tayag.

Coach: Will Bissman, Covina
Coach: Jason Rochwerg, Wilson
Chris Reyes, Damien
Wesley Burke, Glendora
Treavon Francis, Northview
Kyle Maloof, Claremont
Derrick Mar, Rowland
Garrett Horine, Bonita
Taylor Olvera, Bishop Amat
Brandon Croom, Walnut
Vance Valencia, Los Altos
Corey Serna, South Hills
Nino Harrell, Covina
Bryce Kato, Wilson
Jordan Blackburn, Azusa
Ryan Del Rosario, Wilson
Matt Adamo, Bonita
Edgardo Campos, Covina

Coach: Nick Masi, Covina
Ashli Baddorf, Covina
Marissa Clark, Covina
Kaysee Tayag, Bishop Amat
Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch
Tyvette White, Diamond Rach
Brianna Kennedy, Bonita
Taylor Jackson, San Dimas
Jaimie Hou, Wilson
Savannah Selby, St. Lucys
Evelyn Herrera, Workman
Natalie Iam, West Covina
Merrissa Suarez, Charter Oak
Alice Lao, Rowland
Yasmine Wilson, Duarte
Michelle Trieu, Arroyo


COACH: Tim Tucker, Pasadena
Blake Hamilton, Pasadena, Sr.
John Haywood, Pasadena, Sr.
Dion Nelson, Muir, Sr.
Jessy Cantinol, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Vince De Guzman, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Ali Jabalameli, South Pasadena, Sr.
Javon Shields, South Pasadena, Sr.
Darrell Dansby, La Canada, Sr.
Taylor Lagace, Arcadia, Sr.
Robby Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
Jeffrey Radzwill, Arcadia, Sr.
PJ Dunn, Maranatha, Sr.
Garren Llorens, Maranatha, Sr.
Jeff Briegel, La Salle, Sr.
Jordan Hill, La Salle, Sr.

COACHES: Hon Trieu, Keppel and Kim Weber, Pasadena Poly
Shaela Flynn, Muir, Sr.
Tahniya Sweatt, Muir, Sr.
Brandi Dubose, Muir, Sr.
Michelle Miller, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Gina Henderson, Monrovia, Sr.
Domynyque Johnson, Monrovia, Sr.
Kaela Barnes, Monrovia, Sr.
Kelsey Nakamura, South Pasadena, Sr.
Sydney Zarate, La Canada, Sr.
Kristin Leung, San Marino, Sr.
Megan Rutherford, Pasadena, Senior
Sandra Gao, Keppel, Sr.
Lana Haddad, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Sr.
Carrie Morris, Mayfield, Sr.
Devanie Davis, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.

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