More than 60 seniors from the Wyoming Valley Conference, including six from Tunkhannock, will play the final basketball game of their high school careers in the 50th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic on April 5.
Representing Tunkhannock will be Tyler Faux, Avery Billings, and Nick Reposa. They will play for their coach, Spencer Lunger, who will be behind the bench on Team Beggs/Lunger.
For Lady Tigers, Rebecca Avery, Abby Ritz, and Annaliese Verbeek will suit up for Team Healey.
The girls game begins at 6:30 with the boys starting at 8. Both games are at Holy Redeemer.
The three Wilkes-Barre city schools will be recognized for a final time on the hardcourt. Next season, Coughlin, GAR and Meyers will play as the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack. Coaches from the schools will lead teams in the Classic.
In addition, it will be a night to remember the game’s namesake, Dr. Moses, and Walter Allabaugh, who was the driving force behind the game. Both died in 2018.
At halftime of each game, the popular 3-point shootout will be held. Preliminary rounds and semifinals for the shootout are set for 6 p.m. April 1 at the Coughlin High School gym. All players selected to the game are requested to attend for jersey distribution and team photos.
Rosters were selected by the WVC coaches, and the game is co-sponsored by The Citizens’ Voice and the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association.
Proceeds from ad sales, program sales, tickets and donations benefit seriously ill children in the Wyoming Valley and charitable groups.
The WVAA started the senior classic in 1969 and it was an outgrowth from the Dream Games of the 1960s, which featured all-star teams from what was then the four area high school leagues. Those leagues were made redundant by the state-mandated school jointures and led to an expanded Wyoming Valley Conference.
A girls game was added in the 1980s as the popularity of the girls’ game increased.
Information on program ads can be obtained by contacting Neil Corbett at 570-331-4412 or any other committee member.
TEAM BEGGS / LUNGER
Tyler Faux, Tunkhannock; Avery Billings, Tunkhannock; Nick Reposa, Tunkhannock; Zach Evans, Berwick; Sevion Leak, Pittston Area; Matt Marchetti, MMI Prep; Dan Weidl, Wyoming Area; Evan Materna, Hanover Area; Justin Kopko, Hanover Area; Nate Kreitzer, Nanticoke Area; Trahjan Krupinski, Nanticoke Area; Dylan Szychowski, Nanticoke Area; Sean Murphy, Crestwood; Mike Palmiero, Crestwood; Frank Casarella, Crestwood; Camden Boris, Crestwood; CJ Cercone, Lake-Lehman; Dimitri Gnall, Wyoming Seminary; Nick Ganter, Wyoming Seminary.
Coaches: Spencer Lunger, Tunkhannock, John Beggs, Nanticoke Area.
Rebecca Avery, Tunkhannock; Abby Ritz, Tunkhannock; Annaliese Verbeek, Tunkhannock; Emily O’Brien, Pittston Area; Krista Maurizi, Pittston Area; Sarah Kuderka, Holy Redeemer; Julia Andrejko, Holy Redeemer; Sara Whitesell, Hanover Area; Andi Blaski, Valley West; Nicole Boutanos, Valley West; Virginia Yurchak, Hazleton Area; Diane Garnett, Hazleton Area; Samantha Kern, Dallas; Riley Magin, Crestwood; Bella Termini, Crestwood.
Coaches: Kathy Healey, Pittston Area; Mark Casper, Pittston Area; Joe Chacke, Pittston Area.