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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Tommy Kromka was at Geneva College in 2010 to watch his older brother, Mike, take to the court at the annual Roundball Classic all-star basketball game.

“I kept thinking, ‘These guys are really good. There's no way I could play in this game,'” he said.

But hard work and determination paid off for Kromka, and he finds himself a part of the very all-star event he thought he wouldn't be good enough to make.

Gateway again will be well represented at this year's Roundball Classic, set for April 12 at Geneva College.

Kromka and senior Jada Epps will carry on a Gators tradition at the Roundball as they follow recent Gateway participants such as Mike Kromka, Devon Cottrell, Tyler Scott, Anna Coutsoumbis and D.J. Boyce.

“It's great to know I made a lot of progress in my high school career,” Kromka said.

There will be a quad- rupleheader of all-star basketball on April 12.

A girls game between WPIAL Class A/District 10 stars and stars from WPIAL AA and the City League will be at 2 p.m.

Epps will be a part of the WPIAL Quad-A squad that will face a group of stars from WPIAL AAA and District 10 at 4 p.m.

Section foes will be teammates, as Epps will be on the same side as Plum's Krista Pietropola and Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias.

The first boys all-star game will be at 6 p.m. and will pit WPIAL AAA/District 10 against stars from WPIAL AA.

A group of stars from WPIAL Class A, the City League and the Kiski School will take on Kromka and the WPIAL Quad-A squad at 8 p.m.

Kromka will team with section rivals Matt Renzi from Franklin Regional, William Gadson from McKeesport, Matt D'Amico and Brian Papich from Fox Chapel and Austin Dedert from Plum.

Others on the boys Quad-A team include Anthony Richards, Drew Allen and Malik Hooker from New Castle; Collin Luther from Hampton; Zach Bryan from Norwin; and David Haus from North Allegheny.

Roundball Classic activities get started on April 9 with showcase scrimmages and continue with a recognition dinner on April 10.

“The girls games promise to be the most competitive ever,” said Allen Deep, director of the Roundball Classic.

“The girls games will feature no less than 10 committed Division I athletes. The boys squads are loaded with WPIAL talent, as there are no less than 10 Division I athletes.

Tickets for the Roundball Classic games are $8 each and will be available only at the door.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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