Seniors from throughout the south central Kansas area were in Pratt Sunday afternoon, playing basketball and taking a long, hard look at the facilities at Pratt Community College.


Of course, they were also there to have fun, play basketball in a relaxed mood and make friends along the way.


Seniors from throughout the south central Kansas area were in Pratt Sunday afternoon, playing basketball and taking a long, hard look at the facilities at Pratt Community College.

Of course, they were also there to have fun, play basketball in a relaxed mood and make friends along the way.

The South Central Kansas All-Star Classic featured 46 players from around the area, many from smaller schools that don’t see many opportunities to play in all-star events. Several of the players are also primary recruits by the basketball programs at PCC, giving coaches the chance to show parents and whoever else the facilities on campus.

“It’s a great event for us,” said women’s assistant basketball coach Patrick Harrison. “It gets more kids on campus that can really see what the college is about and what our program is all about. Getting to play in the Beaverdome is a great experience, especially with the chance to play against high-caliber players.”

Men’s head coach Trevor Rolfs agreed, noting that both sides get something good out of events like these.

“You get to play with other elite players, and a lot of times develop friendships,” he said.
”I still have friends today that I never knew in high school that I met at events like this. So hopefully we created some lasting memories and most importantly I hope they had a good time.

“On the other side, it’s nice to get all these kids on our campus and showcase our facilities and get their parents and friends on our campus. It’s a great recruiting tool for our programs and the college as a whole.”

The games themselves offered each player the chance to play plenty of minutes with their new teammates, with 24-minute halves that produced big scores. In the girl’s game, the Gray Team beat the Black Team 100-86, while the boy’s Black Team beat the Gray Team 122-96.

Pratt senior Matt Swank, who has PCC on his list of college possibilities, got the chance to play with several of his friends from the AAU circuit. He also participated in the 3-point contest, but was having an off shooting day, finishing with five points in the all-star game.

“It’s just fun to play against guys that I usually see during the summer,” he said. “It was fun just to pass the ball and mess around a bit. I didn’t shoot very well, but that’s part of the game.  I just wanted to find the guys who were shooting well. A lot of the guys I knew, but some of them I’ve never seen before, so that was fun too.”

Harrison said he sees the event as a good way for students to end their high school career and begin preparing for college.

“It’s a great way for kids to boost their confidence as they prepare for the following year in college,” he said.

For Rolfs, this is just step one as he prepares for the home stretch in terms of recruiting.

“Each year we try and make it a little bit better and have a good time,” he said. “Then when it’s all over, a big sigh of relief and on with the recruiting. Several of the kids that played today, we’re hammering on hard with other schools to get to come here.”

The event also featured a dunk contest for the guys as well as a 3-point contest for both groups. Jade Herl of Goodland was the overall 3-point winner, while Di-onti Craig of Wichita South won the dunk contest. John Clarke of Ness City and Gunnar Phelan were co-MVPs of the Boy’s Black Team, while Macksville’s Kyle Bunker was named MVP of the Gray Team. On the girl’s side, Winfield’s Hayli Jo Smith was named MVP of the Black Team while Ali Brewster of Argonia and Hillary McKinney of Weskan were named co-MVPs of the Gray Team.

 

SCK All-Star Classic

BOYS BOX

Black Team 122, Gray Team 96

 

Gray Team – Zach Minnis 1 (1) 2-2 7, Brandon Blakeslee 0 (1) 0-0 3, Derek Racette 1 (3) 0-0 11, McCaulley Kluesner 0 (2) 0-0 6, Tanner Newell 1 (1) 0-0 5, Derek Bevan 2 0-0 4, Kyle Bunker 6 3-8 15, Trey Vargas 3 0-0 6, Ryan Bieberle 1 0-0 2, Ben Gooch 2 (4) 2-2 18, Di-onti Craig 3 2-6 8, Chris Sponsel 5 1-2 11. Totals 25 (12) 10-20 96.

 

Black Team – John Clarke 5 (1) 2-2 15, Gunner Phelan 8 0-0 16, Mike Hlavaty 3 0-0 6, Taylor Siemsen 1 0-0 2, Matt Swank 1 1-3 3, Austin Love 6 (2) 1-2 19, Michael Harris 3 (1) 0-0 9, Dylon Molz 2 0-0 4, Sean Osler 4 (2) 0-2 14, Jay Bradley 3 (2) 2-2 14, Dylan Hawkins 6 2-2 14, Luke Ropp 3 0-0 6. Totals 45 (8) 8-15 122.

 

Girls

Gray Team 100, Black Team 86

 

Gray Team – Ali Brewster 7 3-3 17, Brooke Dickey 3 0-0 6, Devery Alexander 0 (1) 3-6 6, Vanessa Kresin 3 3-4 9, Lexi Hardiek 1 (2) 0-0 8, Brooke Boatwright 3 (1) 1-2 10, Ashton Stansbury 4 4-4 12, Hillary McKinney 6 (1) 2-4 17, Hannah Mehl 3 1-1 7, Chelsea Goble 3 0-0 6, Kelsey Strobel 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 (5) 17-19 100.

 

Black Team – Cheyenne Eisenhour 2 1-4 5, Jade Herl 1 (2) 0-0 8, Kinsey Phelan 2 0-0 4, Megan Honas 6 3-5 15, Kassy Ptacek 1 4-9 6, Megan Wood 0 (1) 0-0 3, Erin Merklein 2 (2) 1-2 11, Dakota Greathouse 2 6-10 10, Lori Dauer 2 0-4 4, Carissa Chelemedos 2 0-2 4, Hayli Jo Smith 1 (1) 11-12 16. Totals 21 (6) 26-48 86.