By SCOTT COTTOS
Providing proof that hard work does pay off, three girls who played in Sunday’s 45th annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters East-West All-Star Basketball Games rallied back from torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
St. Wendelin’s Cailin Reineck and Elmwood’s Jaela Kynard from the West and Old Fort’s Peyton Miller from the East enjoyed fine senior seasons.
And extra credit points go to Reineck, who tore the ACL in her left knee in her sophomore year and retore it in her junior season — forcing her to watch from the bench as the Mohawks advanced to two consecutive Division IV state tournaments — but returned for her senior year and missed only her team’s first four games.
On Sunday, while her West squad dropped a 77-62 decision, Reineck connected on three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 16 points.
In the boys game, the West scored all six points in a one-minute overtime and claimed a 127-121 victory.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m glad I’m where I am today,” Reineck said of rehabilitating her way back for a second time. “(The All-Star game) was a good experience. I loved playing with all the girls. It was a good time and I’m glad that I was involved in it.”
Among her West teammates was her cousin Gabby Gregg, a senior at Fostoria High School.
“I give her props,” Gregg said of Reineck coming back from the two surgeries. “I couldn’t do it. She’s a hard worker. She wanted to get back. She pushed herself to get back as early as she could both times. Unfortunately, she tore it again, but she came back stronger than ever.”
The East girls built a 44-27 halftime and held a 58-29 advantage with 14:43 left in the game before the West stormed back and cut the margin to 63-57 when Carey’s Noel Orians hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with 4:53 to go.
The East, however, scored the next six points before recording the victory. Old Fort’s Alli Adelsperger led the East with 13 points, and Tiffin Columbian’s Jada Reaves, Hopewell-Loudon’s Alexis Feindel and Bellevue’s Lauren Turner each scored 11.
St. Wendelin’s Hailee Burns followed teammate Reineck with eight points for the West.
A dunk by Van Buren’s Ryan Turner followed baskets by Black Knights teammate Braxton Fasone and Elmwood’s Nate Uzelac as the West boys pitched a shutout in overtime after it rallied from a 106-92 deficit in the last 7:59 of regulation.
The East went ahead 121-116 before Uzelac’s basket from close range with 1:03 to go ended up forcing the extra period.
Upper Sandusky’s Eli Kinley led the West, which knocked down 25 three-balls, with 16 points. Fasone and Elmwood’s Tayte Lentz scored 15 apiece, with Carey’s Garrett Summit tossing in 12, Turner notching 11 and Fostoria’s Jayden Stanton adding 10.
“It was fun,” said Stanton, who like Gregg, gained one last game on their home court. “You see a lot of players around, and I thought this was a really good graduating class. It was fun to just play with everybody.”
Columbian’s Ro Durham led the East with 22 points, followed by Old Fort’s Hootie Cleveland with 16, Columbian’s Daniel Bupp with 14, Fremont Ross’ Brandon Trolio and Bellevue’s Owen Hartley with 13 apiece and Tiffin Calvert’s Alex Keller with 12.
Durham won the slam dunk contest, while the 3-point shooting champions were Fostoria’s Armand Cousin and Arcadia’s Haley Kieffer.
Sandusky’s Jayrese Williams repeated as boys player of the year in awards presented by the Fostoria Athletic Boosters. Other boys award winners were Upper Sandusky, team of the year; Liberty-Benton’s Ben Gerken, coach of the year; and Bellevue’s Trey Ruhlman, super sophomore.
New Riegel’s Brianna Gillig was named the girls player of the year. Other girls honors went to Old Fort as team of the year; Upper Sandusky’s Brent Fahle as coach of the year; and Columbian’s Abby Dryfuse as super sophomore.
Dundore 0-0–0, Trusty 3-0–9, Reaves 4-0–11, Adelsperger 6-0–13, Rothert 1-0–2, Strayer 1-0–2, Miller 3-0–7, Barbee 2-0–4, Arbogast 2-0–5, Feindel 4-2–11, Ward 1-0–2, Turner 5-0–11, Sherman 0-0–0, Teeple 0-0–2. TOTALS: 32 2-4 — 77.
Kynard 3-0–6, Gregg 3-0–7, Boyer 2-0–6, Ware 1-0–2, Kieffer 1-0–2, Powell 2-0–5, Burns 3-0–8, Orians 2-0–5, Taylor 1-0–3, Reineck 6-0–16, Carey 1-0–2. TOTALS: 25 0-0–62.
halftime: East, 44-29.
3-Point GOALS: East 10 (Reaves & Trusty 3, Adelsperger, Miller, Arbogast, Feindel & Turner 1; West 11 (Reineck 3, Burns & Boyer 2, Powell, Orians & Taylor 1.)
Cleveland 6-2–16, Kille 1-0–2, Druckenmiller 3-0–7, Flood 1-0–2, Diehm 1-0–2, Ardner 3-0–6, Bupp 5-0–14, Durham 11-0–22, Trolio 6-0–13, Gomez 3-0–7, Sadler 1-0–3, Bell 1-0–2, Hartley 6-0–13. TOTALS: 56 2-4 — 121.
Summit 6-0–12, Pessell 2-0–4, Kinley 6-0–16, Uzelac 2-0–4, Fasone 6-0–15, Whetsel 3-0–6, Stanton 3-1–10, Cousin 1-0–3, Smith 3-0–9, Lentz 5-0–15, Turner 4-0–11, Brian 2-0–5, Schetter 4-0–8, Frankart 3-0–8. TOTALS: 50 0-1 — 127.
HALFTIME: East, 68-61.
3-Point GOALS: East 11 (Bupp 4, Cleveland 2, Druckenmiller, Trolio, Gomez, Sadler & Hartley 1); West 25 (Lentz & Kinley 4; Fasone, Stanton, Smith & Turner 3, Frankart 2, Whetsel, Cousin & Brian 1).