Girls basketball: Five local players earn McDonald's All American nod
Oregon City's Kaari Guelsdorf and Kylie Guelsdorf, Clackamas' Ciara James and Bri Phiakhamngon, and La Salle Prep's Taycee Wedin were among the 16 high school senior girls' basketball players from Oregon nominated for a chance to play in the annual McDonald's All-American Game on March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
More than 700 of the top male and female players from across the country earned nominations. The All-American Game selection committee is scheduled to announce final rosters Tuesday.
This year, players form 45 states and the District of Columbia were nominated by their high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald's All-American Games selection committee. High school players from Texas received the most nominations (89), followed by California (48) and Florida (40).
Other Oregon nominees for the girls' game are Salem Academy's Sydney Brown and Aimee Smith, Faith Bible Christian School's Katie Fajer and Sarah Fajer, Brookings-Harbor's Abby Farmer, Southridge's Maggie Freeman and Natalie Hoff, Rainier's Desiree Hansen, North Medford's Rylee Karick, West Linn's Lexie Pritchard and Sheldon's Macie Reinen.
Nominees from Oregon for the boys' game are Tualatin's Alexis Angeles, Jefferson's Shalil Chatman and Kamaka Hepa, West Linn's Keishon Dawkins, South Eugene's Jay Elmore, Beaverton Jake Estep, West Salem's Kyle Greely, Crescent Valley's Tariq Harris, Corvallis' Dyshawn Hobson, Grant's Samore Keton, Dayton's Tanner Lewis, Mountain View's Matt Van Tassell, Sprague's Teagan Quitoriano and Vernonia's Clay Sullivan.
"The nominees list represents the most talented boys and girls in high school basketball, not only within their communities, but representing the best in the country," selection committee chairman Morgan Wooten said. "There has always been a strong basketball fan base in Atlanta and returning for this year's Games bring a new energy for our athletes as they look to the future."
The 17th McDonald's All American Girls Game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. (PST) on March 28 and will be televised live on ESPN2. The 41st McDonald's All American Boys Game follows at 4 p.m. on ESPN.