The Smith Center Recreation Commission will be hosting the 4th Annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball game on Saturday, March 22, at the Smith Center High School gym.
The games will feature senior all stars from the Mid-Continent League against a team of all stars from a 14-county area in North Central Kansas.
The girls game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. with the boys game set for 6:00.
There will also be 3-point contests at halftime of each game.
The Mid-Continent league girls roster includes Shania Wilkison, Phillipsburg; Brooke Ottley, Kenzie Hemmert & Laura Dennis, Oakley; Addie Zeman, Trego; Kaleigh Soneson, Ellis; Maegan Gosselin, Hill City; Johnnye Ruder & Bailey Ambrosier, Norton; and Colbie Decker, Smith Center. Coaches are George Rossi, Norton, and Ron Wolf, Plainville.
North Central Kansas girls are Jordan Christensen, Golden Plains; Courtney Freed, Pike Valley; Gabi Spresser & Kristina Farber, Hoxie; Taylor Noel, Jessica Princ & Caitlyn Miller, Osborne; Kellan Niewald, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Brooke Hammond, Northern Valley; and Megan James, Concordia. The coaches will be Parker Christensen, Golden Plains, and Michael Walhmeier, Concordia.
The Mid-Continent league boys team features Kody Molzahn & Taylor Zabel, Smith Center; Reed Stephens, Stockton; Logan Frederking & Hadley Gillum, Plainville; Austin Baalman & Darius Herl, Oakley; Shane Jones, Hill City; Trey Ellis, Phillipsburg; and Jordan Gottschalk, Thomas More Prep. Joe Burgardt of Smith Center and Tom Stephens, Stockton, will be the coaches.
The North Central Kansas boys squad includes Grant Holmes, Concordia; Josh Meyer, Linn; Payton Vetter, Beloit; Jordan Baird, Northern Valley; Connor Eilert & Luke Eilert, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Kade Spresser & Chase Kennedy, Hoxie; Tristan Schwarz, Golden Plains; and Justin Underwood, Lakeside. Coaches include Aaron Dardis, Hoxie, and Lance Bergmann, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton.
A few of the players invited were unable to participate due to prior commitments, but Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes said there was plenty of talent available to play.
“We have assembled some of the top high school basketball talent in the state for this event, and we are really excited about it,” said Hughes. “We are trying to make this an exciting and fun event for the players, and think the fans will enjoy the evening as well. Anyone who enjoys basketball will truly want to see this event.”
Admission for the event will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 to 12, and children 4 & under are free.
This event is sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.