Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 22, 2012
Local hoopsters will play for 3A All-Stars

Two local high school basketball players will compete Saturday for the 3A All-Stars against the 4A All-Stars at noon at Taylorsville High School. Tooele’s Becca Smaellie and Stansbury’s Kendal Levine were selected to play in the event by the Utah Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

“Becca has been a true all-star to our team. She has a great work ethic and has been one of the most coachable players I have coached,” said Tooele coach Kris Ashby. “She is a player that is not easily distracted by outside influences. She is one who shows up, goes to work and puts forth her best effort. She had a rough year last year health-wise and has really come back and performed well this year despite her adversity. Above all that she is well respected be her teammates.”

Stansbury coach Kenzie Newton had similar praise for Levine. “Kendal is a hard worker and a fierce competitor. I love her leadership skills and hope to see her achieve her goal of playing at the next level. She has made great strides and developed into a great ball player,” Newton said.

Levine, who played point guard, averaged 11 points per game this year with a high of 21 against Spanish Fork. She also led the team in steals and helped her squad reach the 3A state tournament.

Smaellie, who played inside, averaged 10 points per game and four rebounds.

Stansbury finished Region 11 play with a 6-6 record while Tooele ended the season with a 5-7 mark. The two teams split their games this season.

Other 3A All-Stars include Tessa Bradford, Juab; Kobe Farrer, Juab; Miranda Averett, Carbon; Kelsey Henry, Morgan; Arlynn Robinson, Wasatch; Tana Henrie, Delta; Rachel Scoggins, Carbon; Taylor Hughes, Ben Lomond; Shawnie Owen, Bear River; and Sydney Richards, Judge. At 10 a.m. the 5A North All- Stars will take on the 5A South All-Stars and at 2 p.m. the 1A All- Stars will face the 2A All-Stars.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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