No game again this year, but here are the 65 players named Ronald McDonald House all-stars

James Johnson
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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

Meet the girls team | boys team

"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 richdibble1@gmail.com 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. 

2021 Girls Ronald McDonald House all-stars

Pittsford Mendon's Lexi Green is the AGR girl's basketball player of the year.

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).

Bishop Kearney Marianna Freeman guards Penfield Emma Blumenstock.  Bishop Kearney hosted Penfield in their Class AA Championship basketball game on March 12, 2021. Penfield won 54-51.

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). 

2021 Boys Ronald McDonald House all-stars

Pittsford Mendon's Jacob Shadders  is the AGR boy's basketball player of the year.

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)

East's Darren Blocker, Jr. gets the dunk and the foul on McQuaid's Jordan Brongo during their game Monday, March, 1, 2021 at McQuaid Jesuit High School.

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).