No game again this year, but here are the 65 players named Ronald McDonald House all-stars
For years, the end of a normal high school basketball season in Section V would include the Ronald McDonald House all-star games.
But the last two seasons were unusual, thanks to the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.
For the second year in a row, the girls and boys Ronald McDonald House All-Star Basketball Games were canceled. Organizers of the games that benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester made the decision to recognize senior year class members selected to play anyway, by announcing the rosters of players and coaches.
Coaches in the 14 leagues in Section V choose the 65 players.
"Players deserved the honor, so we felt it was important to continue this tradition of naming the teams and coaches," Ronald McDonald House All-Star Basketball Games chairperson Rich Dibble said in a statement.
The 2021 games would have been the 36th edition of the local high school all-star events, which in the past included a slam dunk and a 3-point shooting contest. A banquet is held a night or two before the games.
Cheerleaders in the high school senior class usually are a part of the all-star games, but concerns about the spread of coronavirus led to the sport's season to be moved and take place at later dates in 2021.
Game organizers said the games have raised more than $400,000 since 1986. Ronald McDonald Houses are places where families can stay, instead of hotels, while visiting children under long-term care at hospitals. Rochester's McDonald House is at 333 Westmoreland Drive.
Proceeds from the sale of game programs and donations are still being collected for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to order a program that includes bios of all the players at a cost of $3.
"Our goal is $5,000," Dibble said. "Our sponsors are still being helpful and supportive. They are supportive of what we are trying to do (raise money for the local Ronald McDonald House)."
Donations to Rochester's Ronald McDonald House Charities can be directly made at http://www.rmhcrochester.org/get-involved/donate/
"You can make a donation in a player's name (or point out the all-star game as the catalyst for the gift)," Dibble said.
Chanel Alexander (Aquinas), Savannah Ambuski (Canisteo-Greenwood), Shariona Blocker (East High), Serene Calderon (Pembroke), Aliyah Cole (Bolivar-Richburg), Joddi Decker (Penn Yan), Lucia D'Arpino (Prattsburgh/Avoca), Haley Emmick (Penfield), Emma Fletcher (South Seneca), Marianna Freeman (Bishop Kearney), Lexi Green (Pittsford Mendon), Miriam Ibezim (Gates Chili), Hannah LaPlant (Dansville).
Kelsie Neidemaier (Andover), Eva Norris (North-Rose Wolcott), Taylor Norris (Bishop Kearney), Diamond Pickett (East High), Mackenzie Reigle (Batavia), Jaden Sciotti (Hornell), Hannah Selke (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Logan Shaulis (South Seneca), Brynn Walczak (Elba), Cara Walker (Midlakes), Anya Watkins (Webster Schroeder), Katie Whitaker (Mercy), Isabella Wilbur (Red Creek), Saniaa Wilson (Bishop Kearney), Bryn Wormley (Batavia), Arayana Young (Dansville), Zoe Zutes (East Rochester).
Coaches: Mike Bree (Waterloo), Mark Florack (East Rochester), Marty Heim (Batavia), Lester York (Canisteo-Greenwood).
Darren Blocker Jr. (East High), James Crowder (Avoca-Prattsburgh), Camden Chance (Clyde-Savannah), Ethain Clarke-DeSouza (School of the Arts), Nathan Dillenbeck (Lyndonville), Zach Gilebarto (Batavia), Ayden Goll (Attica), Michael John Grover (Perry), Wesley Henderson (Aquinas), Nick Houck (South Seneca), Luke Insley (Webster Schroeder), Kris Johnson (Avoca-Prattsburgh), Cameron Loucks (Scio)
Devon Martin (Geneva), Maurice McKinney Jr. (Leadership Academy), Alex Minnehan (Livonia), Tyler Reynolds (Wayne), Keenan Robertson (Irondequoit), Hayden Rust (Fillmore), Jacob Shadders (Pittsford Mendon), Justin Smith Jr. (Lyons), Patrick Uebelacker (Spencerport), AJ Tomlinson (Rochester Academy Charter School), Keith Warren Jr. (McQuaid), Steven Webster (Dundee), Adam Williams (Gates Chili), Connor Williams (Victor), Adam Wright (Geneseo).
Coaches: Lee Dillenbeck (Lyndonville), Bill Thomson (Wayne), Jeff LaFave (Gates Chili), Dean Schott (Lyons).