GHS Athletes Selected for McDonald’s All-Star Basketball Game


SOUTH BEND, IN (March 4, 2016) – The fifth annual McDonald’s® Michiana High School All-Star Basketball Games will be held Tuesday, March 29, at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. McDonald’s Restaurants of Northern Indiana and Bethel College Athletics are teaming up again this year to bring this family event showcasing local high school talent in the northern Indiana and southwest Michigan area.
Both games will be played in the Wiekamp Athletics Center on the campus of Bethel College. The girls game will begin at 5 p.m. and the boys game will begin at 7:15 p.m.  Tickets for the Games will be sold at the door: $5 for adults, $2 for students and children 12 and under are free.
Monday, March 28, the girls and boys teams will tour the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Children’s Hospital as well as visit the children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
“This a great opportunity for Michiana community to see some of the best high school basketball players in our area,” said David Sparks, chair of the event. “It’s also an opportunity for these high school athletes to be a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities® and the organization’s efforts to provide a special place to comfort the parents and families of critically ill or injured children from our area communities.

“The past four events were a tremendous success,” said Mike Lightfoot, head coach of the Bethel men’s basketball team. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase the terrific high school talent we have in the Michiana area, and it also provides these students with an opportunity to give back to our community.”

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Children’s Hospital provides the comforts of home to families of hospitalized children. For these families, the Family Room is a place to step away for a little while, grab a shower, hot meal or some much needed rest. Families draw support from each other, and from the caring volunteers who help them through a truly difficult time in their lives.

Honorary coaches for this year’s all-stars are Chuck Freeby and Bob Nagle. Freeby is currently anchor for LeSEA’s international news, The Harvest Show, and also calls play-by-play on the high school football and basketball “Game of the Week” and various college sports’ events. Freeby pioneered WNDU’s prep sports coverage and was an award-winning sports anchor/reporter for the station for 17 years.

Nagle has been a fixture on the Michiana sports scene for 38 years. Currently sports marketing director at LeSEA Broadcasting and WHME-TV, he serves as the voice of Notre Dame women’s basketball and also works with Notre Dame baseball. He previously was radio and TV sports director for WSBT where he began his career in 1977. Nagle was inducted into the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Coaching the boys teams will be Ryan Binkley, men’s junior varsity head basketball coach at Bethel College, and Alex Daniel, men’s assistant basketball coach at Bethel College.

The boys teams roster includes:

Name                                      High School  

Josh Anders                            Plymouth

Damezi Anderson                   Riley

Brady Bechtel                         Goshen

Braden Burke                          Lakeshore (MI)

Derek Dotlich                          Winamac

Nick Felke                               Plymouth

DX Fox                                    Northwood

Bryant Givens                         Washington

ShanQuan Hemphill               Michigan City

Reontre Lawrence                  Riley

Braxton Linville                       Northwood

Mark Madden                         S. B. St. Joe

Paul Marandet                        Warsaw

Kyle Mangus                           Warsaw

Vincent Miranda                      Northwood

Dante Razzano                       Edwardsburg

Peyton Staples                        Mishawaka*

Matt Trewhella                        Penn

* Injured

The coaches for the girls teams are Kevin Brandy and Eric Wodrich of Hoosier Premier and Aubrey MInix, assistant women’s varsity basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Bethel College.

The girls teams roster includes:

Name                                      High School  

Mykayla Baylor                       Clay

Micaela Box                            Bremen

Tahya Bruce                           Goshen

Cam Buhr                               Penn

Claire Carlton                          Penn

Lindsey Chrise                        Penn

Brooke Ditto                            Mattawhan

Kysre Gondrezick                   Benton Harbor

Lauren Grewe                         Mishawaka

Nicole Konieczny                    S.B. St. Joe

Kyleigh Kubik                          Oregon Davis

Olivia Love                              Goshen

Kaitie Marenyi                         Penn

Hannah Mauch                       S.B. St. Joe

Brooke McKinley                    Northridge

Lexi Minix                                Oregon Davis

Becca Schermerhorn             West Noble

Anne Secrest                          Tippy Valley

Daly Sullivan                           S.B. St. Joe

Elyse Zimmerman                  Niles