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GAME OF THE WEEK: Six Rivers All-Star Basketball Classic
SRW girls All-Stars
After years of competing against one another, Belmont's Brook Knebel (#22) will become teammates with Benton's Payton Bastian (#24) as the Six Rivers West All-Stars face the Six Rivers East All-Stars in a charity basketball game at Juda High School on Friday, June 24. The girls' game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys' game will follow at 8 p.m. In between the games will be a 3-point shooting contest.

GAME OF THE WEEK (June 23–29)

PREP BASKETBALL: Six Rivers All-Star Basketball Classic, Friday, June 24 at Juda High School, Girls at 6 p.m.; Boys at 8 p.m.

     JUDA – The 11th annual Six Rivers All-Star Basketball Classic will be held at Juda High School on Friday, June 24, with the girls’ game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game to follow at approximately 8 p.m.

     There will also be a special 3-point shooting contest held in between the games.

All proceeds from the free-will admission and other fund-raising efforts during the night go directly to the Madison Children’s Hospital in support of their events. Coaches, game personnel, referees and other participants donated their time to this event.

     The Six Rivers All-Star Classic was held for the first time in 2006 as the result of a dream and hard work by retired Black Hawk boys’ basketball coach Jerry Mortimer, who designed the event and directed it until 2010. To date, the games have generated nearly $15,000 in donations.

     The All-Star Classic features the top senior players from the Six Rivers Conference Western Division going head-to-head against the standouts from the Eastern Division in a game consisting of two 20-minute halves.

     Cassville head coach Martin Kirschbaum leads this year’s West All-Star girls’ team against the East All-Stars who will be led by Barneveld head coach Doug Pickarts.

     Area players scheduled to suit up for the West include Belmont’s Brook Knebel and Benton’s Montanna Burmeister and Payton Bastian. Joining them on the team will be Cassville’s Andrea Okey, Potosi’s Maddie Hawes, Taylor Bloyer and Calie Gibson, and River Ridge’s Bridgette Myers, Sierra Schier and Amber Patterson.

     Members of the East All-Stars include Black Hawk’s Aleigha Sigafus and Brooke Moore along with Pecatonica’s Samantha Erickson and Samantha Mabin, Barneveld’s Kelsee Fargo and Mattie Schave, and Albany’s Sydnee Woyak and Marley Malkow.

     The boys’ All-Star game pits Cassville head coach Jacob Bernetzke’s West squad against Argyle head coach Justin Jensn’s East team.

     Belmont’s Lane Kamps will lead the West team, which also includes Benton’s Tyler Hilby, Cassville’s Dylan Johll, Colton Reynolds and Jared Kartman, Potosi’s Nate Friederick and Tyler Udelhoven; and River Ridge’s Preston Clark.

     Black Hawk’s Jacob Quinn and Chase Stietz will guide the East All-Stars along with Argyle’s Riley Ostby and Kyle Emberson, Pecatonica’s Brooks Chandler and Dalton James, Albany’s Tyler Dahl and Cole Trapp, Barneveld’s Bryce Arneson, Monticello’s Logan Marty, and Juda’s Peter Bouc.

     In the 10 years of the event, the West holds a 7–3 advantage over the East in the girls’ All-Star game, while the East boys hold 7–3 all-time record over the West All-Stars.

Last year, the leagues split the games with the East girls prevailing by a score of 67–58 and the West boys winning 78–69.

     In the second annual 3-Point Challenge, the East out-gunned the West, 150–135, in overtime to win the contest for the second straight year. 


PREP BASEBALL: Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic, Friday-Saturday, June 24–25, at UW–Oshkosh.

     Seventy-two of the best prep baseball players from around the state will gather in Oshkosh this weekend for the 33rd annual Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic. The state was split into four regions with 18 all-stars selected to the North, South, East and West All-Star teams. Each team will play the other in the three-game round-robin event with two games Friday and four more on Saturday.

     Ithaca’s Jacob Huebsch, who just led the Bulldogs to the WIAA Division 4 state title a week ago, along with Riverdale’s Elijah Cannon (SWAL Player of the Year), Hillsboro’s Tommy Crandall (Scenic Bluffs Player of the Year) and Pecatonica’s Brooks Chandler (Six Rivers East Player of the Year) will represent the area playing for the South team, that will be coached by Big Foot’s Steve Bochat, Madison West’s Ben Greiber and Rio’s Quentin Travis.