MEL-SCAC all-star basketball games to have local flavor

By From page B7 | April 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — From the players to the coaches to the gymnasium, this year’s Monticello Empire League-Solano County Athletic Conference All-Star basketball games will have a local feel.

The games, to be played on Thursday, will be at Fairfield High’s Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium with the MEL squads being led by Rodriguez High girls coach Lou Collier and boys coach Nate Rankin, while the SCAC teams will be led by Vanden girls coach Allison Johnson and boys coach Micheal Holloway.

The girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m., the boys game for 7:30 p.m., with the SCAC teams wearing light home uniforms, the MEL wearing their dark road uniforms.

Suiting up for the SCAC girls are Vanden’s Alex Bader and Aleseana Whitney, and Fairfield’s Lia Williams and Ebony Hughes. Joining them will be Benicia’s Keylai Broughton and Faithe Pangelinan, and Bethel’s Ananeé Rankins and Anaiya Raiford.

The MEL girls team will feature Armijo’s Tiffini Mestas and Jada Williams, and Rodriguez’s Daraja Carroll and Janessa Boling. They will be joined by Napa’s Miranda Holman and Kellie Williams, Vacaville’s Allie Krohn and Capriana Christian, and Vintage’s Julia Grimm and Kellie Decius.

Player of the Year DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes of Fairfield heads up the SCAC boys team and he’s joined by fellow Falcons Javon Adams and Sean Gray as well as Vanden’s Damondre Wilson. The squad also has American Canyon’s Josh Williams and Malik Beachum, Benicia’s Derek Johnstone and James Hyde, Bethel’s Marc Williams and Malcom Daniels, and Vallejo’s Devin Bracy and Jason Dickson.

The MEL boys also have their Player of the Year in Rodriguez’s Rishod Abraham, with Mustangs Tim Moore Jr. and Keanu Williams also there as well Armijo’s Bryce Lumpkins and Tyree Carrie. The squad also has Vacaville’s Sam Gabbard and Chance Pippin, Wood’s Darius Washington and Cameron Moore, Napa’s Ryan Imhoff and Vintage’s Andrew Newman and Michael Sedgley.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.

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