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Prep Basketball: Senior All-Star Games Coming March 6, With a New Twist

The Southwest Washington Senior All-Star Games are coming back this year, as scheduled, shortly after the final prep basketball games of the year.

This time around, though, there’s a new wrinkle in the boys game.

The top players from the Evergreen 2A Conference will make up one team, while the stars of the local 2B ranks will make up the other.

The 19th edition of Centralia College’s annual games are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, just three days after the conclusion of the state basketball tournaments. The girls game tips off at 6 p.m. with the boys game scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The “big schools versus small schools” wrinkle should add a bit more competitive flair to the boys game.

The 2A squad, coached by W.F. West’s Chris White, features EvCo MVP CJ Geathers of Tumwater, Centralia’s Australian point guard Ben Janssan and forward Tyler Ashmore, Bearcats Jordan Thomas, Bailey Cooper and Brandon White, Rochester’s Stephen Robinson, and Black Hills’ Garrett Glenn, Joe Crumley and Kaena Walker. The team includes all six senior members of the EvCo All-League first team (Glenn, Ashmore, Janssan, Cooper, Thomas and White).

The 2B team, with Winlock coach Nick Bamer at the helm, will be led by Morton-White Pass star and Central Washington University signee Matt Poquette. He’ll be joined by Napavine’s Jordan Purvis and Peyton Stanley, Adna guard Cody Young and forward Conner Weed, Toledo’s Reece Wallace and Junior Arroyo, Toutle Lake’s Nate Hoff and Cam Swanson, and Willapa Valley forward Ryon Ashley. That crew includes the Central 2B League’s MVP (Poquette) and all four senior first-team picks (Young, Wallace, Purvis and Hoff), as well as three second-team picks (Arroyo, Stanley and Swanson).

The game will, as always, feature a halftime 3-point contest and an MVP award will be presented at the end of the game.

Rosters for the girls game are still being finalized, though that game, too, will feature the top local senior talent, with a 3-point shootout at halftime and an MVP award.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students with an ASB card, $2 for seniors and military, and $12 for families. Children under 10 get in free.

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