Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Roundball Game Attracting Local Talent

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Roundball Game Attracting Local Talent

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The Roundball Classic is back.

No, the high school all-star basketball game that was played at the then Civic Arena and sponsored by the Post-Gazette's Dapper Dan Club and attracted the top national players and the most high- profile college coaches won't be played at Mellon Arena. It won't have a national flavor, either. But the name has returned to Western Pennsylvania.

"The rights to the 'Roundball Classic' name were owned by Sonny Vaccaro, but he gave it up and we were able to get it and register it," Allen Deep said.

Deep is the director of sales and marketing for the Roundball Classic sponsored by the State Farm agents of Western Pennsylvania. The games -- there are boys' and girls' contests -- will be played Saturday at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse in Beaver Falls. The girls' game will be at 7 p.m. with the boys' contest at 9.

This is not the first year for the all-star affair. Last year, the event was billed as the State Farm Roundball Classic and filled in the gap when the Rising Stars game, played for a number of years at New Castle High School, folded.

Deep, John Rorick and Geneva College coach Jeff Santarsiero hurriedly put last year's Roundball Classic together. This year, with 12 months to work out details and scout players, they believe they have put together the premier game for WPIAL athletes.

Judging by the players and coaches participating in the two games, they might be right.

"We don't have that many guys who are going Division I because, frankly, there just weren't a lot out there," said Deep, who lives in the Riverside School District outside Ellwood City. "But we've got some good players, and we have most of the girls who are going Division I from around here."

Some of the girls expected to play are Oakland Catholic's trio of Brianne O'Rourke (Penn State), Eve Pyle (Miami, Ohio) and Sarah Bucar (West Virginia), North Catholic's Rachel Frederick (Ohio), Bethel Park's Danielle Gratton (Illinois), Pine-Richland's Annie Zopf (Fordham), Mars' Taryn Adamski (St. Francis, Pa.), Moon's Liz Martin (Seton Hill), Carlynton's Toni Roscoe (Youngstown State) and Montour's Haley Gaidosh (U. …

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