All-Star Game Provides One Last Hurrah

By ERIC X. VICCARO

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Both Valle Catholic High School boys’ basketball player Carter Hoog and Ste. Genevieve girls’ hoopster Sydney Bumgardaner received more accolades recently.

The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association named Carter Hoog to the all-state boys’ squad in Class 2.

“It’s much deserved, in my opinion,” Valle Catholic head coach Tyler Search said. “He has worked hard to improve over the last few years, and it’s great to see it pay off for him.”

Hoog, now the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer, was part of an elite group of players, which also included Crystal City’s Donovan Tullock. Hoog and Tullock put on a show at Valle Catholic during the Class 2 playoffs.

The MBCA also named Bumgardaner as an academic all-state selection.

To be named for the academic all-state squad, the athlete must be a senior in academic standing and has one or more of the following verified minimum scores: ACT score of 27 or above, SAT score of 1,920 or above and qualify with a grade-point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

And basketball season isn’t quite over yet.

This Saturday, Ste. Genevieve’s Maci Reynolds and Bumgardaner will compete in the Mineral Area Activities Association versus Jefferson County Activities Association all-star girls’ game at Mineral Area College in Park Hills.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Robert Sechrest Field House on the MAC campus.

Following the girls’ game, Ste. Genevieve’s Logan Trollinger and Hoog will represent the MAAA in the boys’ contest — which will start at roughly 7 p.m.

Teams were chosen by area coaches.

The games are a production of Dig Deep Basketball, under the direction of event organizer Stephon Martinez.

“It’s all about bringing the great talent from our area together under one roof,” Martinez said in a recent radio interview with MyMoInfo.com.

Both the boys’ and girls’ all-star games will feature 10-minute quarters, giving plenty of time for the players to shine on the court.

There also will be several youth games throughout the day.