Northern region stars DiNardo, Williams and Thorpe to play in Roundball Classic
The 2013 Roundball Classic boys all-star game selected its rosters, and Seneca Valley's Easton Bazzoli, Pine-Richland's Tim Williams, Shaler's Geno Thorpe and Vincentian's Tony DiNardo were named to their respective classes' teams. Vincentian's George Yokitis will coach the Class A team.
Bazzoli, a 6-foot-5 forward for the Seneca Valley Raiders, led the team to the Class AAAA final four and into the PIAA bracket.
“It is exciting to be a part of it,” Bazzoli said. “It will be a lot of fun to play with these guys — I have played against most of them already.
“I am just really excited to go out and play one more high school game before I hang it up for college.”
Bazzoli recently signed to play basketball at Ceaderville University in Ohio.
“It is awesome to be a part of this,” DiNardo said. “I know a bunch of former Vincentian players got to play in this game, but this is really a team award. I couldn't have done this without them. I am excited to have one more game with Coach Yokitis.”
Yokitis said DiNardo deserved the nod, because it shows people recognized what he accomplished this season.
“He led us in everything but scoring, and he was second in that,” Yokitis said. “He deserves this, and it is mostly special since I get to coach him one more time and experience this with him.
“It will be nice to get to be around some of the other players we play against. There are a lot of great kids, and I am looking forward to that, too.”
Williams said he was disappointed in how the season turned out for the Rams, but said the Roundball Classic is a highlight for him.
“I think it helped (me make the team) to play in such a tough section,” Williams said. “The final four in Quad A were all from this section. We were able to beat one of those teams, and that helped us gain some recognition.”
Williams said he is excited to play with and against the top players in Classes AAAA and AAA.
“I know a lot of these guys from the section and AAU basketball,” Williams said. “I just want to go out and show I can play.”
Williams said he wants to continue his basketball career, and is happy to get this opportunity, especially considering he only has played for five years.
“I will go on and play in some summer tournaments, but I want to go out in this game and play well,” he said.
Class A will play Class AA at 6 p.m. on April 20, at 6 p.m., followed by the Class AAA versus Class AAAA at 8 p.m. The games will be played at Geneva College. A recognition dinner will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott North at 7 p.m. on April 18 and preceded by a scrimmage game at 6 p.m. on April 17. The public is invited to these events.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or email@example.com.