The Mother Lode Extravaganza adds a twist to the traditional all-star basketball format, favoring competitiveness over geography when selecting its squads.
That means former teammates will play against each other, rather than with each other.
"The kids enjoy the chance to play against each other. It adds a little extra to the games," said Columbia College coach Nate Rien, who is coordinating the event. "A few years ago, Golden Valley had three or four really good guys, and it would have been a rout with them all on one team. We split up the teams to get them as competitive as possible, while also creating fun matchups."
Interesting matchups in the early game include Summerville's 6-foot-7-inch Dakotah Richter going against Dalton Lyons — after the two led the Bears to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs — and Modesto Christian point guard Daniel Lemburg facing Crusaders shooting guard Adam Watts.
The large-school game boasts a fun matchup with Downey shooting guard Booker Hinton on the "dark" team and the Knights' Brett Butler — one of the area's top defenders — on the "light."
The small-school game tips off at 5 p.m. and the large-school game at 7. Both are at Columbia College. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
The event boasts seven of The Bee's All-Stanislaus District selections: Denair's Mason Wooten and Mariposa's Tim Oswald in the small-school game and Downey's Joe Napoleon, Ceres' Brett Sayad, Merced's Jarrett Sparks, Modesto's Josh Jones and Pitman's Austin Keaton in the large-school game. Rosters are on Page C-5.
STREAK BUSTERS — Hughson's Bailey Tucker scored on two breakaways Tuesday, and that was enough to beat Ripon 2-1, snapping the Indians' 19-game Trans-Valley League winning streak. The Indians reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship before falling to Hilmar last season and have one of the region's best in Renae McFadden (13 goals), but they were held in check by Hughson's back line.
A HITTING MACHINE — No one in the section is swinging a better bat than Orestimba shortstop Juliana Santos. Her .647 batting average is the best in the section by 25 points, and she also is tops with six homers, 33 RBIs and a 1.025 slugging percentage.
Santos, who's headed to LSU on scholarship, had six RBIs against St. Mary's and a two-homer game against Modesto Christian. She has struck out once this season — in the first inning on a 3-2 pitch from East Union ace Erin Arevalo in the NorCal Classic.
STAT-WORTHY — Buhach Colony's Dylan Floro (67) and Pitman's Nathan Gonzalez (53) are 1-2 in the section in strikeouts. ... Turlock Christian's Eli Davis is second with five homers, and East Union players Wade Morten and Teddy Anderson are among those tied for third with four apiece. ... Pitman's Ian Fregosi is third with 28 RBIs. ... Three Stanislaus District pitchers — Floro and Davis' duo of Tim McCoy and Jake Cisco — are tied for the section lead with five victories apiece. ...
Turlock Christian freshman Stephanie Huber is second in the section with a .622 batting average and fourth with 24 RBIs. ... Ceres' Mike Johnson shares the section lead with 21 stolen bases. ... Hilmar pitcher Courtney Ramos is third with 151 strikeouts.
Bee staff writer Richard T. Estrada can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2300.