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Athletes participate in VC, Chick-fil-A All Star High School Basketball Games

March 29, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Members of the Victoria College & Chick-fil-A All-Star High School Basketball Girls maroon team are, from left: Callie Carruth, of El Campo; Jaccarri Hights, of Yoakum; Desiree Garza, of Yoakum; Jacy Pawelek, of St. Paul; Sydney Morris, of Goliad; Silvey Estrada, of Victoria West; Lauren Rodriguez, of Victoria West; Brittany Wallace, of Bloomington; and Brittany Church, of Faith Academy.

Thirty-eight high school students temporarily took off their respective team jerseys Monday and joined new teams in the sixth annual Victoria College and Chick-fil-A All-Star High School Basketball games.

Based on team season records and stats, 49 area seniors were nominated by their respective coaches to take part in the event.

Josh Moore, VC women's basketball and volleyball coach, along with VC coaches Allison Peters and Jesse Ortega, selected 38 players from the pool of 49 nominees.

Athletes were assigned to a white team or maroon team, and each group was led by a VC coach. Moore said the high school players spent an hour practicing prior to the games, learning to work as a team.

"These athletes are at their elite level and played a lot of basketball in high school," Moore said. "This gives them the ability to work well with other players."

The girls white team won 63-57 over the maroon team, and the boys white team won 87-75 against the maroon team.

"This is an opportunity to highlight some local players and showcase their talents," Moore said. "It's gotten bigger and bigger each year."

More than 200 people attended this year's games.

Amanise Coleman, of Shiner, was named Most Valuable Player of the girls' teams while Dravian Duncan, of Goliad, was named MVP of the boys' teams.

Prior to the games, half the players went on a VC campus tour and scavenger hunt while the other half practiced. Then, the teams switched.

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