Fantastic Five Set For All-Star Action

Wawasee standout KiLee Knafel is one of five area players scheduled to play Monday night in the McDonald's Michiana All-Star game at Bethel College (Photo by Mike Deak)

Wawasee standout KiLee Knafel is one of five area players scheduled to play Monday night in the McDonald’s Michiana All-Star games at Bethel College (Photo by Mike Deak)

MISHAWAKA – A handful of area senior standouts on the hardwood are scheduled to play Monday evening in All-Star action at Bethel College.

Five local players, a trio of young ladies and a pair of young men, are slated to compete in the McDonald’s Michiana All-Star basketball games in the Wiekamp Center.

Selected as teammates for the Gray team for the inaugural girls contest are the Warsaw duo of seniors Lindsay Baker and Jennifer Walker-Crawford, along with Wawasee senior KiLee Knafel.

Baker and Walker-Crawford helped lead coach Michelle Harter’s Tigers to a 24-2 mark during the 2012-13 campaign, including conference, sectional and regional championships. Baker, a guard, has signed to play at the University of Toledo, while forward Walker-Crawford is headed to Kentucky Wesleyan University.

Knafel, a high-scoring guard, poured in 24.3 points-per-game this season for coach Kem Zolman’s Warrior squad. The IUSB recruit finished second in school history in career scoring with 1,651 ¬†points.

The boys contest, which is in its second year, is slated to have Warsaw’s Jared Bloom and Triton’s Clay Yeo as teammates for the Red team.

Bloom, a guard, averaged 17.7 ppg. his senior season in pacing coach Doug Ogle’s team to a Class 4-A sectional title.

Yeo, a 6-6 guard, led Triton to a 20-6 season and a Class 1-A state runner-up finish on Saturday. The Valparaiso University recruit averaged 26 ppg. this season and finished his prep career as the all-time leading boys basketball scorer in Marshall County history with 1,992 points.

The girls game is slated to tip-off at 5 p.m. Monday night with the boys game to follow.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and will be available at the door at the Wiekamp Center on Monday evening.




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