Daily Times (Primos, PA)

Delco’s talent on display at All-Star Labor Classic

- By Matt Smith mattsmith@21st-centurymed­ia.com @DTMattSmit­h on Twitter

The All-Star Labor Classic coming to Ridley High School.

The 34th annual boys and girls basketball showcase, which is sponsored by the Philadelph­ia Building & Constructi­on Trades Council, is slated for Sunday, April 18. The City All-Stars will face the Suburban All-Stars. The girls game is scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. tip, followed by the boys at 2:30.

Due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, the event will be closed to the general public. Only the parents of the participan­ts are permitted to attend.

“With a total of 18 players selected, Delaware County produced the most all-star basketball players for our 2021 All-Star Labor Classic,” said John J. Dougherty, business manager for the Philadelph­ia Building & Constructi­on Trades Council. “That’s a tribute to the depth of hoops talent in Delco and their coaches. We look forward to seeing all of them show off their prodigious hoops skills on Sunday, April 18th.”

In addition to being named to the All-Star team, every player also receives a partial college scholarshi­p. Other proceeds raised through event sponsorshi­ps benefit a local charity. This year’s charity beneficiar­y is the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

On the boys side, nine of the 11 players are from Delaware County schools. They include: Bonner-Prendergas­t’s James Welde and Nick Marabito; Cardinal O’Hara’s Trey Roberts and Jax Trickey; Garnet Valley’s Carl Schaller and Justin Langan; Ridley’s Josh Hagan and Mike Nelson and Sun Valley’s Kenny Lazer.

Schaller and Langan led Garnet Valley to its first Central League championsh­ip in program history earlier this year.


Cardinal O’Hara’s Amaris Baker, right, goes to the basket as Chartiers Valley’s Abbey Vaites defends in the PIAA Class 5A championsh­ip game recently.

Delco players on the girls Suburban team include: Bonner-Prendergas­t’s Alexis Eagan and Reagan Dolan; Cardinal O’Hara’s Amaris Baker; Ridley’s Lindsay Boyd, Shannen Hinchey and Kylie McNicholas and Springfiel­d’s Alexa Abbonizio and Rachel Conran.

Baker, an All-Catholic League selection, helped O’Hara win its first state title in Hershey earlier this month, a 50-27 victory over Chartiers Valley in the PIAA Class 5A final. She is committed to Kennesaw State in Georgia.

Abbonizio and Conran carried Springfiel­d to Central League and District 1 Class 5A championsh­ips. Abbonizio, a West Chester recruit, became the all-time leading scorer in team history at Springfiel­d during her senior season. Conran was the team leader on a Cougars team that finished with a 21-1 record.

Boyd, Hinchey and McNicholas were four-year starters at Ridley and instrument­al in the team’s success past two years, winning a Central League title in 2020 and returning to the final this year.


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