CANCELLED: Simpson University to Host Lions Club 25th All-Star Basketball Games

3/13/20 update: Due to coronavirus concerns, the All-Star games scheduled for March 29 are cancelled.

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REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 25th annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, March 29. The university is located at 2211 College View Drive.

Athletes from throughout far Northern California will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Girls play at 4 p.m.; boys play at 6. Admission is a $7 donation, and children under 8 are free.

Half-time of each game will include a 3-point shootout among parents of team members. Proceeds from food sales will go to Special Olympics Northern California.

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club began the tournament in 1996 as a way to promote sports and activity for youth in the community.

This year, the boys and girls, who are divided into two teams each—North and South—will be coached by Bill Elliott from Foothill High School, Todd Dwyer from Redding Christian School, Mark Stephens from University Preparatory School, and Scott Alexander from Redding Christian School.

“Both games promise an exciting afternoon of top-notch high-school basketball,” said Lions Club member Guy Piche, one of the volunteers who organizes the event. “Both the girls and boys teams are filled with talented stars from all over the North State.”

Area high school athletic directors and coaches nominate players for the All-Star teams. A Lions Club committee sorts through the nominations and works with the volunteer coaches to form the teams.

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Team members and their high schools are as follows:

Girls North (Coach Mark Stephens, U-Prep)
Ava Jackson, Shasta
Hailey Mena, Lassen
Melissa Mitchell, Foothill
Kaitlyn Hamilton, Trinity
Hayden Toney, Foothill
McKenzie Cassingham, Central Valley
Caitlyn Crosby, Lassen
Julia Crawford, Yreka
Meghan Weinrich, Willows
Allison Kandra, Tulelake
Hanna Parisio, Willows
Brooke Lafferty, Modoc
Julianna Flores, Shasta
Halliday Hubbard, Etna

Girls South (Coach Scott Alexander, Redding Christian)
Kylie Tiran, Burney
Tylia Lamar, Orland
Mianna Saechao, Enterprise
Sadie Alexander, Redding Christian
Jamie Kuchle, Mercy
Courtney Jones, Redding Christian
Faith Carmer, West Valley
Natalie Osborne, Fall River
Allisa Terras, Enterprise
Marissa Leighton, Fall River
Elizabeth Carlos, Mercy
Madison Steele, West Valley
Maci Clement, Red Bluff
Sammie Wunner, Redding Christian

Boys North (Coach Bill Elliott, Foothill)
Dojah Alido, Central Valley
Jivarqua Jordan Foster, Weed
Josiah Palumbo, Foothill
Yamir Moyan, Big Valley
James Lloyd, Modoc
Keelan Hahn, Happy Camp
Bekdoo Lewis, Foothill
Jackson May, Mount Shasta
Luke Lindsay, Foothill
Armal Dhinsa, Shasta
Grant Lane, Weed
J.T. Beasley, Shasta
Neal Growdon, Lassen
Simon Turner, Shasta
Ramon Strandberg, Dunsmuir

Boys South (Coach Todd Dwyer, Redding Christian)
Christian Teague, Anderson
Tyler Vickery, Redding Christian
Kobe Fuller, Enterprise
Marcus Francescut, West Valley
Logan Hanes, U-Prep
Brady Long, Corning
Justin Hinkston, Red Bluff
Jackson Black, Redding Christian
Tairin Daum, Burney
Ty Isaksen, Los Molinos
Tim Westlund, Fall River
Jermaine Mondaine, Enterprise
Will Caster, Hayfork
Trevor Jones, U-Prep
Jarom Oiler, Fall River


The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which has more than 45 members, supports numerous north state programs and organizations, including vision care, student speaking contests, swim and soccer clubs, YMCA, Flag Day programs, Sober Graduation, Turtle Bay programs, Special Needs Camp, Ronald McDonald Foundation for burn victims, youth literacy, youth violence prevention, diabetes camp, ministries feeding the homeless, Think Pink, Redding police K-9 unit, Christmas and Easter programs, and more.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s athletic department offers intercollegiate programs in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, and golf; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s baseball and wrestling. New athletic programs this year include track and field, swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, women’s wrestling, and bass fishing. For more information about Simpson University, visit