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05-30-2011, 03:03 PM
Please remember about Wednesday evening.

Region vs. Metro
Jack Blair Memorial
Girl's ALL-STAR Basketball Classic

Lake City High School, CDA, ID

Wednesday June 1, 2011 at 7:30

I recommend that you arrive early and look for some past stars that you haven't seen in years.

05-30-2011, 06:46 PM
There will be future Zags on the floor, and potential recruits as well. Both Shaniqua Nilles and Shelby Cheslek are scheduled to play for the Region squad. Also playing for the Region girls will be Jamie Weisner of Clarkston. I know Coach Graves has been looking at her, among others. The coaches for the game will be Gabe Medrano, Becca Moore and Jamie Stewart, all of North Central, for Metro, and Dale Poffenroth of Coeur d' Alene and Sean Spenser of Lapwai for the Region team.The rosters for the two teams are as follows;

Devyn Galland (Lewis & Clark), Haley Sieverding (Ferris), Chelsea Chandler (Shadle Park), Lindsay Stockton (Gonzaga Prep), Amy Thornton (University), Taylor Ingebritsen (Mead), Tia Presley (Gonzaga Prep), Riley Holsinger (North Central), Hayley Hendricksen (Lewis & Clark), Tara VanWeerdhuizen (North Central), Aleisha Hathaway (Shadle Park), Brooke Gallaway (Central Valley) and Nakia Arquette (Lewis & Clark).

Natawnee Spencer (Lapwai), Sydney Butler (Lake City), Chelsea Waters (Lewiston), Mackenzie Taylor (Freeman), Caelyn Orlandi (Coeur d' Alene), Kyeli Parker (Coeur d' Alene), Tanis Fuller (Lewiston), Jamie Weisner (Clarkston), Shaniqua Nilles (West Valley), Cassie Thompson (Timberlake), Shelby Cheslek (Pullman) and Carli Rosenthal (Coeur d' Alene).

Should be an entertaining contest. Last year, Katelan Redmon and Heather Bowman were there to hand out awards. I assume they, or other graduates of the game, will be in attendance to do the same this year.

05-31-2011, 06:49 AM
Sounds like a great event. I'd love to hear updates as the tournament progresses.

05-31-2011, 09:08 PM
From Greg Lee for the SR (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/may/31/blair-game-includes-top-area-girls-basketball-play/):
The annual Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game always features the top talent in the Inland Northwest.

The 18th edition presents a first. Five players are headed to the West Coast Conference.

Hayley Hendricksen of Lewis and Clark and Carli Rosenthal of Coeur d’Alene will be teammates at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and Shelby Cheslek of Pullman and Shaniqua Nilles of West Valley are staying much closer to home at Gonzaga University. Cassie Thompson of Timberlake in Spirit Lake, Idaho, is going to Portland.

Rosenthal, Nilles, Cheslek and Thompson will play together on the Region team while Hendricksen will be part of the Metro team, a collection of the top players from the Greater Spokane League. The teams face off Wednesday at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene with tip off at 7:30.

The five future WCC players are looking forward to playing together one last time. Four of them have played on AAU teams together in recent years.

“This is a really strong recruiting class in this game,” the 6-foot-5 Cheslek said of the WCC players. “Even though we’re not playing in the Pac-10, we’ll bring a lot to our future schools.”
Nilles and Cheslek were both four-year starters in high school where they waged a competitive but friendly rivalry in the Great Northern League. They look forward to building an even tighter bond at GU.

“Her aggressiveness will help at Gonzaga,” Cheslek said of the 6-0 Nilles, who will play either on the wing or at power forward. “She’s a really good shooter and she’s aggressive under the basket.”

Nilles knows Cheslek will make an impact at GU.

“She’s a great player, but more importantly she’s a great person with a great personality,” Nilles said of Cheslek. “She’s a very quick learner and willing to work hard. She has a good midrange jumper and good moves around the basket. She’s going to be doing big things in the WCC.”

The players agreed that the all-star game could be one of the more tightly contested games in series history. Both teams are full of talented players who won’t back down.

06-01-2011, 11:38 AM
Will be there, wouldnt miss it.