By ANDY WOLF
for the courier
FOSTORIA — Carey’s Hannah Draper launched a deep but unsuccessful 3-pointer as time expired and the East girls team survived 67-65 over the West in the 42nd annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star basketball games Sunday at Fostoria High School.
In the boys game, the East, led by Riverdale’s Lee Holderman with 17 points, defeated the West 114-61.
Hopewell-Loudon’s Courtney Burns led the East girls with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
“It’s fun playing with all the top seniors from the area,” Burns said. “I was just going to have fun.”
The East team led 35-28 at halftime as Abbi Hasselbach of Fremont Ross scored seven points in the opening half.
Findlay’s Sarah Thomas and Zoe Swisher led the West with eight points and seven points in the half, respectively.
Thomas and Swisher each finished with a team-best 11 points for the West.
The West made a second-half run, getting consecutive scores from New Riegel’s Taylor Kirian to tie the game 46-46 with 12 minutes remaining.
Hopewell-Loudon’s Aleta Daniel came up with a clutch 3-pointer to give the East a 66-61 lead with 2 minutes left.
“You get to know the players once you play them, so it’s fun playing with them instead going against them,” Daniel said. “Obviously, every team wants to win. At first we were playing for fun, but once it got down to two, we started playing the game.”
Kirian was able to cut the score to 66-65 with 1:20 remaining, but the West was unable to score again.
Woodmore’s Grace Weirich finished with 13 points for the East, while New Riegel’s Lauren Ladd scored nine points in the first half and ended up with 10 points in the game for the West.
“It’s easy to connect with everyone because we’re all so experienced,” Ladd said. “In some way, it brings us all together and helps us gain friendships.”
Draper won the girls 3-point contest.
In the boys game, the East sprinted out of the gates with a 14-3 lead in the opening minutes and built a 59-16 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the half.
Holderman — who attended school in the city when his mother, Maryann, who now coaches Riverdale’s girls team, was the Fostoria High coach — scored 14 in his first half, including four 3-pointers.
Fremont Ross’ Jack Gedeon scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, helping the East take a 69-22 lead at halftime.
Findlay’s Braden Miller had a pair of 3-pointers to lead the West with eight points in the first half. Miller finished with a team-high 14 points.
The East continued its offensive fireworks by outscoring the West 45-39 in the second half.
Tiffin Calvert’s Michael Bennett totaled 14 points and Gibsonburg’s Andrew Cantrell scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to support the East. Casey Gose of Genoa supplied the East with 10 points.
St. Wendelin’s Gabe Walters totaled 11 points for the West, while Fostoria’s Hunter Abell had nine.
“It was definitely enjoyable to come out one last time in my senior year,” Abell said. “It’s a fun and positive experience to end the season on that note.”
Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold, who will play football at Ohio Dominican, had a dunk late in the game for the West.
“I had a good time playing with the guys from others schools and being able to play one more game,” he said.
Bennett won the slam dunk contest and Cantrell won the boys 3-point shooting contest.
Between the two games, the Fostoria Athletic Boosters named Kristen Curtis of Elmwood as girls player of the year and Arcadia’s Randy Baker as girls coach of the year.
Van Buren’s Lexi Hassan earned the super sophomore award for the girls, while New Riegel was named girls team of the year.
Gibsonburg’s Jordan Kreglow was named boys player of the year, while his Golden Bears were named team of the year.
Carey’s C.J. Kin was coach of the year for the boys and North Baltimore’s Chad Wright was named super sophomore.
Allie Wank (Woodmore) 4-0–8, Shania Kiser (Fremont Ross) 1-0–2, Gracie Weirich (Woodmore) 5-2–13, Courtney Burns (Hopewell-Loudon) 6-0–14, Rebecca Kirian (Arcadia) 2-0–4, Whitney Overmyer (Fremont Ross) 2-0–4, Kate Brickner (Tiffin Calvert) 1-2–4, Hope Brickner (Hopewell-Loudon) 1-0–3, Aleta Daniel (Hopewell-Loudon) 2-0–5, Paige Smith (Tiffin Columbian) 1-0–2, 1-0–2, Abbi Hasselbach (Fremont Ross) 3-1–8. TOTALS: 28 5 — 67.
Taylor Kirian (New Riegel) 4-0–8, Morgan Mowry (Lakota) 0-0–0, Zoe Swisher (Findlay) 5-0–11, Courtney Emmitt (Elmwood) 2-0–4, Jacey Hardesty (Findlay) 0-0–0, Kristen Curtis (Elwmood) 4-0–8, Sarah Thomas (Findlay) 4-0–11, Mette Pederson (Fostoria) 0-0–0, Hannah Draper (Carey) 2-4–9, Edy Mowrey (St. Wendelin) 0-0–0, Taylor Williams (St. Wendelin) Lauren Ladd (New Riegel) 3-3–10, Ali Rymer (Carey) 2-0–4. TOTALS: 26 7 — 65.
HALFTIME: East, 35-28
3-Point GOALS: East 6 (Burns 2, Hasselbach, H. Brickner, Weirich, Daniel); West 6 (Thomas 3, Ladd, Swisher, Draper).
Jack Gedeon (Fremont Ross) 7-2–16, Casey Gose (Genoa) 4-0–10, Andrew Cantrell 4-0–12, Michael Bennett (Tiffin Calvert) 7-0–14, Jarvis Jones (Fremont Ross) 4-0–8, Tyler Ernsthausen (Gibsonburg) 2-2–6, Lee Holderman (Riverdale) 6-0–17, Dylan Jagodzinski (Fremont Ross) 1-2–4, Josh Flint (Tiffin Columbian) 2-2–6, Isaiah Moore (Tiffin Columbian) 4-0–9, Josh Kirkpatrick (Lakota) 1-0–2, Colin Timmons (Lakota) 1-0–2, Logan Brauer (Margaretta) 1-0–3, Adam Copley (Gibsonburg) 0-0–0, Grant Adams (Genoa) 1-0–3. TOTALS: 45 8–114.
Braden Miller (Findlay) 6-0–14, Gabe Walters (St. Wendelin) 4-3–11, Drew Stennett (Fostoria) 1-0–2, Tony Mauricio (Fostoria) 1-0–2, Matthew Holsinger (Carey) 2-0–5, Nick Root (St. Wendelin) 2-0–5, Aaron Arnold (Elmwood) 1-3–5, Hunter Abell (Fostoria) 4-0–9, Sebastian Baxter (Elmwood) 0-0–0, Laine Wentling (Carey) 0-0–0, Michael Clark 2-0–5, Brady Rutter 0-0–0, Jacob Frost (North Baltimore) 0-0–0. TOTALS: 24 6–61.
halftime: East, 69-22
3-Point GOALS: East 13 (Cantrell, Holderman 4, Gose 2, Moore, Brauer, Adams); West 6 (Miller 2, Holsinger, Abell, Root, Clark).
EDITOR’s NOTE: This a corrected version of this story.