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All-Stars cap their high school basketball careers with a competitive game full of laughs

Summit vs. Stark County exhibition "was a good opportunity to just seal the deal," Alyssa Ziehler says.

BARBERTON, Ohio — Wednesday was a good night for star gazing in Barberton.

For one last time, some of the best senior girls basketball players from Summit and Stark counties took the floor when they played in the Magic City Kiwanis Summit vs. Stark Senior All-Star Game. 

The game featured 15 players who learned earlier in the week that they had earned All-Ohio honors, including first-teamers Bailey Shutsa of Norton and Jenna Smith of Garrettsville Garfield.

It ended up being more competitive than most All-Star games, with Stark defeating Summit 55-49, while Meredith Randulic of Massillon Perry (Stark) and Alyssa Ziehler of Green (Summit) took home MVP honors for each team.

“It’s a lifetime experience,” Ziehler said. “Getting together at the end of the season and being able to play with girls from all over the area that you have seen play is so much fun.”

The team from Stark County included multiple players from the Federal League, including league player of the year Breezie Williams from GlenOak. 

Also playing were first-team all-conference players Randulic, Emma Dretke of Jackson plus second-team all-conference honorees in Perry’s Mia Guscoff, GlenOak’s Kylie Dyrlund and North Canton Hoover’s Angela Roshak.

Instead of fighting one another in league play (or in the postseason), the girls had a chance to play as a team and enjoyed it.

“It was a lot of fun getting to play with girls you have gone up against the past couple of years and beat each other up,” Randulic said. “And now we get to play together.”