Hesston College to host third annual all-star basketball game

Area students make the cut

Forty high school girls and boys have been invited to play basketball in the third annual inter-league all-star games Saturday at Yost Center on the Hesston College campus. The event is sponsored by the college and its men's and women's basketball programs.

As in past years, Hesston College men's basketball coach Tim Swartzendruber and women's basketball coach Joel Kauffman are coordinating the event, which will pit senior all-stars from the Mid-Central Activities Association (MCAA) against all-stars from the Heart of America (HOA) League.

The girls contest begins at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:45 p.m.

All-star girls invited from MCAA include Amy Neufeld, Hillsboro. Coaches are Dwight Roper, Haven and Bill Maddy, Ellinwood High School.

They will face the HOA invitees, who include Emily Burch and Jasa Wuthrich, Remington.

Invitations were sent to 10 MCAA all-star boys, including Gavin Serene, Hillsboro; and Calvin Jeffrey, Marion. Coaching the MCAA all-stars will be Mitch Fiegel, Wichita Collegiate and Darrell Knoll, Hillsboro High School.

Taking them on will be all-stars invited from the HOA League, who include Nathan Ensz, Goessel; and Duane Unruh, Peabody. These all-stars will be coached by Lewis Wiebe, Berean Academy and Tim Dolloff, Bennington High School.

"This has become a great event for the area schools and Hesston College," Swartzendruber said. "We are pleased to host these games and offer these young people an opportunity to showcase their skills. The fact it is a league-against-league game has added interest for all persons in this area.

"We want this to be a fun evening for the players and the fans," Swartzendruber added. "For each individual, it will be a reward for a good career. Collectively, it will be an opportunity for players to play together as a league all-star team."

Tickets, priced at $6 for adults and $4 for students, will be available at the door.

For more information, call Coach Swartzendruber at 620-327-8210, or Coach Kauffman at 620-327-8279. Their e-mail addresses are and