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Delaware's best senior basketball players to showcase skills for charity

The high school all-star basketball game benefiting Best Buddies Delaware will take place Saturday in Newark.
The high school all-star basketball game benefiting Best Buddies Delaware will take place Saturday in Newark.
Best Buddies Delaware

So you’ve got your basketball jones going because the high school season ended last weekend, and now you’re looking at nine months before the next scholastic campaign. Not to worry. There is one last day of high school hoops, and it takes place this Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

The Best Buddies Blue-Gold Delaware High School All-Star Basketball Games will take place March 15 at the Bob. A full day of activities is scheduled, highlighted by the best senior boys and girls on the hardcourt. Proceeds benefit Best Buddies Delaware, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The players have been busy all week. Practices were held Tuesday at Sanford School for the Blue (north) and at Wesley College for the Gold (south). Gov. Markell proclaimed today Best Buddies/Blue-Gold Basketball Day. Participants had lunch with attorney general Beau Biden and met with legislators and Gov. Markell. A banquet will be held Thursday night at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The doors to the Carpenter Center open Saturday’s at 12:30 p.m. The girls’ game will tip at 1:30 p.m., and a reception will be held in the Blue-Gold Club. At 3 p.m., Elena Delle Donne will be inducted into the Blue-Gold Hall of Fame, followed by a game between several Philadelphia Eagles and local celebrities and sponsors. Eagles scheduled to appear include Brandon Boykin, Connor Barwin and Todd Herremans. The boys’ game begins at 4 p.m. and includes a halftime dunk contest.

Tickets are $10. Students can get in for $8. Blocks of 10 tickets or more also cost $8 each. For more information, visit the Best Buddies website.

Rosters

Boys’ game

GOLD ROSTER

Matt Pinkett, Middletown

Zaire Jacobs-Beazer, St. Georges

Tikeace Harris, Milford

Jason Parker, Milford

Kevin Larkin, Sussex Tech

Jon Warren, Cape Henlopen

Tyreik Burton, Cape Henlopen

Ricky Rayford, Woodbridge

Kenny Hopkins, Laurel

Jaevon Holland, Indian River

Collin Moore, Caesar Rodney

Raekwon DeShields, Sussex Tech

Shyheim Ayres, Sussex Central

Alex Kemp, Caesar Rodney

Shekeim Yarbray, Dover

Coach: Freeman Williams, Caesar Rodney

BLUE ROSTER

Jahsun Greer, Newark

Dashaun Holland, Mt. Pleasant

Anthony Mosley, Sanford

Todd Hughes, Sanford

Peter Smith, Tower Hill

Brian O'Neill, Sallies

Tyler Burns, Archmere

Jorge Rodriguez, McKean

Nick Papa, St. Mark’s

Joe Cooper, Concord

Tyler Lewis, Del. Military

Patrick Harris, Wilm. Charter

Ben Bentil, St. Andrew's (Won't be playing)

Matt Peel, Hodgson

Kyle Coleman, Glasgow

Bryair Joyner, Dickinson

Coach: Dick Rago, St. Elizabeth

Girls’ game

GOLD ROSTER

Deviney Johnson, Laurel

Elizabeth Mills, Delmar

Alexis Prillaman, Caesar Rodney

Ellie Sutton, Cape Henlopen

Alyson Davis, Smyrna

Taylor Price, Smyrna

Alexus Stroud. Smyrna

Mylieris Vasquez, Milford

Diamond turner, Milford

Monshea Murray, Seaford

Jade Purnell, Seaford

Sarah Hillman, Polytech

Gabrielle Cubbage, Lake Forest

Amber Cale, Appoquinimink

Janee Dennis, St. Andrews

Coach: Rachel Woodall, Smyrna

BLUE ROSTER

Jasalyn Davis-Denkins, William Penn

Erin Dodds, Tatnall

Meghan Doogan, Concord

Ashlynne Foley, Delaware Military Academy

Morgan Grubb, Conrad

Sabrina Hackendorn, St. Elizabeth

Laura Hurff, Ursuline Academy

Alison Lewis, Sanford

Rachel Liszkiewicz, Padua

Emma Matthews, Padua

Amanda Olsen, Archmere

Kate Payne, Archmere

Macy Robinson, St. Elizabeth

Claudia Seemans, St. Mark’s

Mia Wynn, Hodgson

Coach: Marcus Thompson, Sanford