Wellsville’s Emily Costello (front row, second from left) and Marley Adams (behind Costello) were named to the Greater Rochester Ronald McDonald House All-Star Basketball game this Saturday at Rush-Henrietta.
By JOHN ANDERSON
HENRIETTA — The high school basketball season is not quite over for some of the top players in Section V, and they get a chance to not only wear their school colors one last time, but play in front of a large crowd for a great cause.
The Greater Rochester Ronald McDonald All-Star Basketball Game has raised over $350,000 for families to stay at the house while they have a child being treated at Golisano’s Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial.
The girls game is at 1 p.m. and the boys play at 3 p.m. at Rush-Henrietta Senior High School. The cost is $5 and tickets are available from the players or at the door.
Wellsville seniors Marley Adams and Emily Costello, who led the Lions to the Section V championship game, are on the Gold team coached by Todd Julien of Pittsford Mendon and Rick Krzewinski of Byron-Bergen.
Fillmore’s Emma Cole and Genesee Valley/Belfast’s Alicia Borden will play against them on the Red Team, coached by Kara Ingalls of Mercy and Michael Strait of Dundee-Bradford.
Torann Wolfer of Fillmore and Zoey Lee of Andover/Whitesville were selected as all-star cheerleaders.
It is the first time the game has been held in two years because of the pandemic.
“It’s so exciting to be back after not having a game the last two years,” said Rich Dibble, the game chairman. “We were all set to have the 2020 games and had to shut it down. And of course last year we didn’t have the games.
“However, both years, we went through and nominated seniors who deserved to be Ronald McDonald House All-Stars, made a book and distributed them to the media. But we didn’t have the practices, the banquet and the games which everyone loves,” Dibble added.
That has all changed.
“This is our first banquet in three years and we are so excited,” Dibble said of the Wednesday night banquet. “We love watching these young, student-athletes play. This is your one last chance to play in your school uniform and play for something bigger than yourself. They should be proud to be selected, and hopefully have a great time and put on a show for the fans on Saturday.”
Dibble said there are so many great stories around the cause. Jim and Karen Insley, formerly of Wellsville, currently of Delevan, are the keynote speakers at the banquet. Jim Insley was a Section V coach of the year and Section V champion coach. His family used the house in 2000 and 2001 when their son, Bryce was sick.
“It’s a home away from home for families who have sick children and the need is pretty high at the Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Dibble said. “Basketball officials Carlo and Patti Lorenzetti were the first family to ever use this house. Their daughter, fortunately went on to get healthy and is a nurse and giving back to the Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. We have so many over the years who have volunteered at the game and wound up using the house. A lot of people from out of town need the house when faced with a crisis and they have a comforting place to stay.”
There are up-to-the-minute updates on Twitter at @Roc_RM_AllStars
Here are the girls’ rosters and more photos: