City v. County All-Star Basketball Games Fun for Former Competitors
by Mackenzie White
The annual City vs. County Roundball Classic All Star basketball games were held Thursday evening at Tuscarora. The night was full of fun and skills as both senior boys and girls took the court for their last high school basketball game of their career.
The city teams consisted of boys and girls from Frederick High, Tuscarora, TJ, and St. John’s Catholic Prep. The county side was represented by players from Linganore, Oakdale, Brunswick, Catoctin, Middletown, Walkersville, and Urbana.
For the girls, City gained a quick lead in the beginning and continued their lead throughout the entire game. Senior guard from Frederick High School Andrea Mwando hit some big three pointers and finished with 12 points. Leading the county offense, senior shooter Regan Lohr from Urbana finished with seven.
The girls final score ended with City 61 and County 36. Although it was quite the blowout, both teams were able to enjoy the game and play with girls they usually see as opponents.
Senior forward Christine McKee from Urbana said, “It was fun playing in the all star game because I got to play with some of the girls that I played AAU with for the past two years, so it was like one last game with them. It was sad realizing that this was the last time I’m going to be wearing my Urbana jersey though, But it makes me excited for next season since I’m going to be playing in college.”
For others, that’s not the case. Senior shooting guard Paige Tarleton is attending Appalachian State University in North Carolina, but not to play.
Tarleton said, “Basketball has been a big part of my life ever since I was a little girl. It’s going to be weird not having it from here on out, but I enjoy all of the memories and friendships that I’ve gotten from it this far. The all-star game was fun because it was our one last hoorah. I got to guard a good friend of mine, Ali Penn, which made it more enjoyable. The girls were really great and I’m glad I got to play with them even though we didn’t win.”
Each year one boy and one girl from the league are presented with the Joe Baker Sportsmanship Award. This is given to a player who demonstrates respect and good sportsmanship throughout the season. They receive a plaque and a check for $100. The award this year for the males was presented to Clay Smith from Middletown, and for females, Regan Lohr from Urbana.
Lohr said, “I was so surprised when I received this award, but it’s one of the biggest honors. It showed me that hard work always pays off both on and off the court, but being a good sport and supporting your teammates and competitors is also extremely important and doesn’t go unnoticed.”
On the boys side of things, it was a much tighter game. Both teams fought to the very end and after a very close over-time, City took the lead 84 to 83.
Rhashad Johnson from Tuscarora was named MVP and had 15 points. For county, Linganore’s Jack Staub also racked up 15.
Along with an intense game for the boys, there was also an intense dunk contest. This year’s winner was Isaiah Tillman from Tuscarora, who slammed a dunk after throwing it off the backboard to himself.
The night was eventful and the gym was packed, leaving a lasting experience for everyone who participated.