ShareThis Page

Northern region stars DiNardo, Williams and Thorpe to play in Roundball Classic

Jerry Clark
| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.