By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer
CANTON: Team Summit emerged victorious over Team Stark in girls and boys senior all-star basketball games Wednesday night.
Jordan Korinek and Shannon Jack of St. Vincent-St. Mary led the Summit girls to a 71-65 win, and Streetsboro’s Daniel Sapp and Kenmore’s O’Shay Vinson led the Summit boys to a 118-110 triumph in the 26th annual William Heichel Memorial Plain Rotary All-Star Classic at Malone University’s Osborne Hall.
Sapp had 31 points and 23 rebounds in the boys game, which was the nightcap. Vinson totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds.
“It feels great to come out here, play my game and have fun with these guys,” said Sapp, a California University of Pennsylvania recruit. “I didn’t really know I had a game going like that. I just got into a groove.”
Korinek scored 19 points and Jack added 17 points in the girls game. Both players grabbed eight rebounds. Jack scored nine points in a row in the third quarter.
“This was my last time playing with Jordan and we have been playing together for four years,” said Jack, a Slippery Rock recruit. “This was a special night. It being my last high school game is a memory in itself.”
Korinek, a Kent State recruit, smiled when she reflected on her time playing with Jack.
“The past four years we have each been a big part of each other’s lives,” Korinek said. “It is definitely hard to end this chapter, but we are excited to move on.”
North Canton Hoover’s Marquia Turner led Stark’s girls with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals.
“It was a physical game, but that is what it good and what made it fun,” Jack said. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. It was competitive and a good game.”
Wadsworth’s Peyton Booth, a New Hampshire recruit, had eight points and five rebounds for Summit.
“It’s great to come out with a win and it was so much fun to play with all these talented girls on both teams,” Booth said. “Intense games are always a lot more fun.”
Archbishop Hoban’s Amanda Beebe added eight points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists for Summit and Wadsworth’s Hannah Centea scored seven points.
“It was really interesting playing with them [Korinek and Jack], and also with [Norton’s] Brooke Robinson, her team beat us in the playoffs. It was so fun to pass the ball and play with them. These girls are all amazing. It is so fun to play with these all these great players. This is the best feeling ever to play my final game in an all-star game, I am so happy to be representing Hoban in such a positive light.”
Wadsworth’s Andrew Booth, who coached the Summit Team, said the intensity of the final quarter resembled a playoff game.
“For me, it had a special meaning because No. 1, I got coach my daughter one more time, and No. 2, this is the gym floor I played in at Malone,” Booth said. “This was a very cool experience for me. To get the win in a very competitive game was extra special.”
Hoover’s Kaylee Stroemple (14 points) and Julie Worley (12 points) also reached double figures for the Stark girls along with Canton Timken’s Alahna Singleton (10 points).
Lake’s Alex Belinsky led the Stark boys with 20 points and Canton McKinley’s Paul Ortiz added 19 points.
Other Summit boys in double figures were: Wadsworth’s Kyle Prunty (15 points), Archbishop Hoban’s Christian Waite (13 points), Ellet’s Dionte Williams (11 points) and Cuyahoga Falls’ Jay Slone (10 points and eight rebounds).
Norton’s Justin Blanks scored nine points for Summit and Cuyahoga Falls’ Josh Ricker scored the opening seven points of the game.
“I take away the enjoyment of watching the kids play basketball in an all-star game,” said Norton’s Rod Swartz, who led the Summit boys. “This is their last game in a high school uniform. Sometimes they don’t always understand what that means and appreciate that, but they will appreciate this when they get older. High school is one of the greatest experiences.”
Other Stark boys in double figures were: Alliance’s J.J. Kukura (18 points), Jackson’s Kyle Mottice 17 points), Hoover’s Nick Evans (11 points) and Massillon’s Terrance Block (10 points).
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