8th Grade All-Stars — Bottom row, second from the left, representing Richmond School is No. 1, Parker Langslet. In the top row, far right, representing Diamond View is No. 34, Josh Mack. Photos submitted

Local basketball players play in All-Star game

The 9th annual Northern Section Junior High All-Star game took place Sunday, March 12, at Chico Junior High School. This was a highlight of the North Section’s best junior high basketball players, and five players from Lassen County were selected to play.

Representing the 8th grade division and playing for the North were Parker Langslet from Richmond School and Josh Mack from Diamond View School. In the 7th grade division and playing for the North wer Tucker Whitworth from Richmond School, Landon Kirack from Diamond View School and Andrew Alcaraz from Johnstonville School. Landon Kirack was awarded the MVP trophy for the 7th grade division.

These games featured the top 60 players representing 37 schools. The teams were divided into North and South squads, North representing schools from Red Bluff north to the Oregon border, South squad representing school south of Red Bluff to Arbuckle.

According to tournament director, Scott Kelly, being one of the best means that your player can play basketball but also fits the following criteria as outlined to all coaches.

“Players should not only possess above average basketball skill and IQ but also be coachable and exhibit respect for the game, teammates, opponents, coaches and officials,” Kelly said. “We take these criteria very seriously and appreciate the selection process honoring players that exhibit these traits.”

 

7th Grade All-Stars — Front row, second from left, representing Johnstonville School is No. 5, Andrew Alcaraz. Fifth from the left, front row, representing Richmond School is No. 21, Tucker Whitworth. In the back row, third from the right, representing Diamond View School is No. 11, Landon Kirack.