All-star games support good causes

By Jeff Kurowski | May 8, 2015

Athletes from diocesan Catholic high schools to participate

The 36th annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) all-star games are scheduled for June 19 (girls) and June 20 (boys) at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. North and South squads from all five divisions will compete. More importantly, the event raises funds for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund). Last year’s games raised $106,000.

Top players from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Green Bay have regularly participated in the all-star games, and this year is no exception. Jamie Spanbauer of Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh will play for the Division 4 South girls squad. Spanbauer, who is also a standout soccer player for the Lady Knights, was the Trailways-North Conference Player of the Year in basketball this past season. She averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Matt Kinderman of Xavier will play for the Division 3 North boys in the WBCA all-star games. He earned second team all Eastern Valley Conference honors for the second consecutive season. Kinderman helped lead the Hawks to the WIAA Division 3 state championship game. He is also a football and track standout, earning all-conference honors on the gridiron and winning gold at as part of Xavier’s 2014 state champion 4 x 100 meter relay team.

The all-stars are collecting donations for the MACC Fund. To donate or for more information about the all-star games, go to http://www.wisbca.org/

Football All-Star Games

Kinderman, a wide receiver, and Xavier teammate Tom Johnson, a defensive end/linebacker, will represent the North Large team in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-star games, July 18 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. Greg Mueller, a defensive end from Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, and Zach Weiher, a linebacker from Lourdes Academy, will play for the North Small squad. The football games raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. For donation information, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/childrenswi/2015-wfca-all-star-football-game

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