Optimist all-star rosters heavy with Roseville-area players
Granite Bay, Oakmont and Woodcreek will make up nearly half of the North boys roster for Saturday’s annual all-star basketball games at Center High School.
Sponsored by the Evening Optimist Club of Sacramento, the girls game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at Center, 3111 Center Court Lane, in Antelope.
The North boys team will be coached by Jason Sitterud, who guided Granite Bay to a share of the Sierra Foothill League championship with Woodcreek. Jon Davis, on his way to Cal Poly, will be joined by teammates Robert Duncan and Jacob Keys on the North squad.
Also playing for the North are seniors Devin Murphy and John Peska of Woodcreek, which advanced to the CIF Northern California Regional Division II championship game for the second year in a row; Oakmont star center John Adenrele, who will play for UC Davis next season; and John Winters of Antelope.
Playing for the North girls team is Woodcreek senior Joleen Chanco. She’ll be joined by Timberwolves coach Raymond Beck, who’s assisting head coach Mike Takayama of Del Oro.
Other North players include Maddie Campbell, Belle Obert and Crystal Sewell of NorCal Division II finalist Del Oro and Taylor Hawkins of Antelope.
OPTIMIST ALL-STAR BASKETBALL ROSTERS
North: John Winters, Antelope; Chad Haysbert, Center; Daniel Smith, Center; Chase Mosier, Colfax; Devin Wallner, Christian Brothers; Alex Powell, Del Campo; Elijah Hudson, Encina; Jon Davis, Granite Bay; Robert Duncan, Granite Bay; Jacob Keys, Granite Bay; John Adenrele, Oakmont; Devin Murphy, Woodcreek; John Peska, Woodcreek. Head coach: Jason Sitterud, Granite Bay. Assistant coach: Rich Sondhi.
South: Vic West Jr., Burbank; Brian Simmons, Capital Christian; Darien McLaurin, Cosumnes Oaks; Daniel Smith, El Dorado; Richard Olpin, Folsom; Chuks Iroegbu, Franklin; Josh Dela Cruz, Galt; Darrell Polee Jr., Global Youth; Willie Stallworth, Grant; Alex Dimanno, Jesuit; Christian Carvin, Laguna Creek; Alex Rossi, Mesa Verde; Brandon Ogle, Monterey Trail; Robert Garrett, Sacramento. Head coach: Robert Fong, Kennedy. Assistant coaches: J.T. Roberts, Jason Thomas, Joe Mugartegui.
North: Taylor Hawkins, Antelope; Lindsey Harter, Bear River; Kelly Logue, Bella Vista; Leah Parrish, Bella Vista; Jordie Smith, Bradshaw Christian; Kenya Stark, Center; Michelle Walker, Colfax; Maddie Campbell, Del Oro; Belle Obert, Del Oro; Crystal Sewell, Del Oro; Laurel Donnenwirth, El Camino; Sariah Loudon, Rio Linda; Joleen Chanco, Woodcreek. Head coach: Mike Takayama, Del Oro. Assistant coaches: Raymond Beck, Woodcreek, Bill Baxter, El Camino.
South: Brea Faulk, Capital Christian; Malika Wilkins, Davis; Khaliyn Wilkins, Davis; Sarah Mackey, El Dorado; Kiana Davis, Grant; Laurene Hearn, Grant; Lauren Engbritson, McClatchy; Carly Bettencourt, Oak Ridge; Dakota McLarnan, Oak Ridge; Fantasia Hilliard, Sacramento; Bre’ana Williams, Sacramento; Beth Balbierz, St. Francis; Briana Charles, St. Francis; Jolise Limcaco, St. Francis; Keiyana Cribbs-Pierson, Valley; Amara Wainwright, Vista del Lago. Head coach: Michelle Massari, Sacramento. Assistant coaches: Aswan Wainwright, Steve White, Aaron Williams.