Rosters for the Kiwanis Central Coast All-Star Basketball Spectacular were announced Wednesday.
The 20th annual event will be held for high school senior boys and girls Sunday at Santa Maria High’s Wilson Gym and will pit North (San Luis Obispo County) squads against South (northern Santa Barbara County) counterparts. The girls game will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the boys game at 5 p.m.
The North boys squad is comprised of Arroyo Grande’s Derick Beasley, Michael Escobedo and Matt McAustin, Atascadero’s Matt O’Connell, Mission Prep’s Kevin Laird, Nipomo’s Jonathan Fisher and Jeff McNeil, Paso Robles’ Lonnie Watson, San Luis Obispo’s Joe Agbo and Josh James, and Templeton’s Jordan Hattar and Dakota Oropeza.
The South boys team features Cabrillo’s David Terrones and Righetti’s Nick Sauer, the MVPs of the Los Padres and PAC 7 leagues, respectively.
On the girls side, the North will feature Arroyo Grande’s Christina Combs and Jenna Sverchek, Atascadero’s Raven Taylor, Mission Prep’s Stephanie DaRosa and Ally Kersthold, Morro Bay’s Aria Johnson, Casey Peterson and Ciara Ramos, Nipomo’s Cami Castillo, Paso Robles’ Chelsea Merrill and Kati Sheldon, and San Luis Obispo’s Hannah Kenny and Kelsey O’Hagan.
The South girls roster includes Righetti’s Molly Schlemer, a 6-foot-5 Cal Poly signee, as well as St. Joseph’s Analise Riezebos, the LPL co-MVP. Taylor earned PAC 7 MVP honors.
The exhibition, which costs $6 for adults and $3 for students and children, will also feature 3-point and slam dunk contests at halftimes of the games.
Atascadero 12, Paso Robles 7
The Greyhounds (3-4) pounded out 16 hits, posting five runs in each of the first two innings on their way to tying the PAC 7-opening series 1-1.
“Hitting-wise, I think we’re starting to find our groove,” Atascadero coach Dan Butz said.
Atascadero’s Bryce Cherry was 3 for 4 with three RBI, blasting his first home run of the season. Scott Kaul also was 3 for 4, while teammates Spencer Ruggles and Mitchell Angeloni added 2-for-3 performances.
Jake Cuen picked up the win, striking out seven batters and giving up one hit through four innings.
The Bearcats (4-3), who got back into it with a five-run fifth inning, got a 2-for-4 showing from sophomore Elias Stokes that included three RBI.
San Luis Obispo 17, Pioneer Valley 2
The Tigers (3-3, 2-0 PAC 7) collected 19 hits, including five doubles.
“We executed really well,” San Luis Obispo assistant coach Aaron Levin said. “The guys came out with good energy and kept it through the entire game.”
David Murillo was 3 for 3 with four RBI for San Luis Obispo, while Dylan Candaele and Conor Mulvaney each added two hits.On the mound, John Breneman scattered six hits, striking out four batters, and allowed one run through six innings to earn the win.
Nipomo 16, Righetti 12
Jeff McNeil came on to pitch in relief for the Titans (5-1, 2-0 PAC 7) in the second inning and went the rest of the way, striking out eight batters, walking two and giving up seven hits while picking up the win.
McNeil, a Cal State Northridge signee who ordinarily plays shortstop, added a 2-for-5 outing at the plate.
Ryan McNeil had a team-best four hits for Nipomo, while Robbie Cruz and Ben Kennedy were both 3 for 4. Cruz drove in four runs.
Washington Union 10, Mission Prep 3
Mission Prep’s Matt Howell relieved Clay Mead after two innings, giving up one hit and two walks. Art Lane had a team-high three hits with a double and an RBI for the Royals (1-5).