Via rosters, HOF inductees released
Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.
The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.
In addition, the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 2018 inductees to be honored at the Via All-Star Banquet on March 28. The Hall of Fame was established in 1978 and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to high school basketball in the Lehigh Valley. A complete listing of inductees can be found at www.ViaNet.org.
The Via All-Star Basketball Classic is presented by Service Electric TV2 Sports, and the banquet’s keynote speaker, Herschel Walker, is presented by the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. Other key sponsorships include: BB&T, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Northampton Community College and Reichenbach Fuel.
This year’s hall of fame inductees include Emmaus girls basketball head coach Kelsey Gallagher, a 2008 graduate of East Stroudsburg South High School; Rich Baker, a 1999 Stroudsburg graduate who is also a former head coach at his alma mater; Marc Holum, a 2000 graduate of Saucon Valley High School; Rich Fatzinger, who coached both boys and girls basketball at Parkland High School and the boys team at Central Catholic High School; and the Central Catholic Class of 1984, which won a Class 3A boys state championship.
Via Super Saturday is at Northampton Community College on March 31, 2018. Games begin at 10:30 a.m. Four boys and four girls all-star teams will match up for four games throughout the day.
Emmaus’ Briana Hart and Ciara Wippel will play on the South team in the Via game under Hornet head coach Kelsey Gallagher.
In the Via boys game, Emmaus senior Josh Artis will represent the Hornets on the South team.
The North all-stars will face their counterparts from the South at 10:30 (girls) and 12 p.m. (boys. After the 1:30 p.m. Special Olympics Shoot Out, the West will face the East with a girls game slates for 2 p.m. and a boys game at 3:30 p.m. Games will utilize a running clock with 20-minute halves as well as shot clocks and a college three-point line.
Here are this year’s Via All-Star Teams:
Head coach: Nadia Gauronsky, Pleasant Valley
Meghan Barone (Bangor), Angie Byra (Stroudsburg), Masani Francis (Pleasant Valley), Tamia Hines (Stroudsburg), Mikaela Miller (Pleasant Valley), Briann Ohland (Bangor), Brianna Peterson (East Stroudsburg North), Jameka Pilgrim (Pocono Mountain West), Hope Williams (East Stroudsburg South)
Head coach: Brad Pensyl, Pocono Mountain West
Colin Brady (Stroudsburg), Greg Eck (East Stroudsburg South), Travis Elmore (Pocono Mountain West), Royce Frazier (Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg), Jahi Hamilton (Pleasant Valley), Isaiah Howard (Pleasant Valley), Saveon Jackson (Stroudsburg), Tony Jones (Bangor), Lee Mosley (Pocono Mountain West), Devante Nelson (East Stroudsburg North), Elias Scott (Pocono Mountain East), Saber Singleton (Bangor), Colin Stivala (Pleasant Valley)
Head coach: Kelsey Gallagher, Emmaus
Keon Andrews (Allen), Avery Bennett (Southern Lehigh), Hope Brown (Bethlehem Catholic), Briana Hart (Emmaus), Helen Kreshchollek (Saucon Valley), Sarah McGee (Salisbury), Amanda Mobley (Southern Lehigh), Morgan Orloski (Bethlehem Catholic), Natalie Rhine (Bethlehem Catholic), Isis Russel (Allen), Kaylynn Stoble (Dieruff), Ciarra Wippel (Emmaus)
Head coach: Ray Barbosa, Bethlehem Catholic
Josh Artis (Emmaus), Logan Blondell (Southern Lehigh), Ammadeus Cannon (Liberty), Deandre Gardner (Bethlehem Catholic), Malik Gordon (Allen), Bless Jones (Allen), Jasiah Lopez (Allen), Will Melson (Dieruff), Maurice Moore (Lincoln Leadership Academy), Jack Reichenbach (Salisbury), CJ Richardson (Dieruff), Alex Serrano (Liberty), Ryan Young (Bethlehem Catholic)
Head coach: Joe Berezwick, Lehighton
Aubrey Blasiak (Lehighton), Kenzie Bradley (Catasauqua), Julia Buchman (Parkland), Margaux Eripret (Central Catholic), Skylynn Faust (Lehighton), Linnaea Leister (Palmerton), Leighanna Lister (Northwestern), Jillian Olewine (Northern Lehigh), Kayla Reed (Central Catholic), Gabby Sevrain (Northwestern), Jessica Williamson (Northwestern), Alix Buskirk (Whitehall)
Head coach: Coy Stampone, Northampton
Jake Bartholomew (Parkland), Caine Carpenter (Lehighton), Gio Colon (Northern Lehigh), Aidan Ellwood (Northampton), Isaiah Graves (Catasauqua), Kevin Kern (Central Catholic), Dat Lambert (Central Catholic), Jacob Lisicky (Whitehall), Michael Ruisch (Parkland), Jay Vaughn (Central Catholic), Cory Weisenberger (Northampton), Ryan Yacone (Palmerton)
Head coach: Dean Reiman, Freedom
Olivia Brandt (Notre Dame-Green Pond), Leanna Deegan (Easton), Juliann Duignam (Nazareth), Natalie Galle (Notre Dame-Green Pond), Kyra Jefferson (Freedom), Caroline Joseph (Moravian Academy), Carissa Norder (Freedom), Jah’nel Oliver (Easton), Ally Quinn (Wilson), Hailey Silfies (Freedom), Kyla Smith (Easton), Gabby Vega (Wilson)
Head coach: Ben Childs, Easton
Dylan Arnold (Freedom), Jahan Dotson (Nazareth), Vigan Gashi (Wilson), Jayshawn Grant (Phillipsburg), Jake Herres (Easton), Chalie Hohl (Notre Dame-Green Pond), TJ Lilly (Pen Argyl), Chris Mann (Phillipsburg), Qofi Quainoo (Moravian Academy), Maihan Ramin (Nazareth), Peter Rivera (Wilson), Mason Wickman (Nazareth)