Mt. Pleasant, Frazier seniors to play in Roundball Classic
When Mt. Pleasant’s Alexa Szelong and Frazier’s Cassidy Guiser walked off the court at the end of the 2014-15 high school basketball season, both seniors figured it would be the last time they played hoops at the scholastic level.
They were wrong.
On April 18, Szelong and Guiser will each get the opportunity to represent their school one more time as they take part in the annual Roundball Classic at Geneva College.
Szelong will compete for the WPIAL Class AAA All-Star team, which will take on some of the best players in Quad-A. Game time is 4 p.m.
Guiser is part of the Class AA All-Star team, which will take on some of the top talent in Class A, plus some of the best players from the City League, District 6 and District 10. Game time is 2 p.m.
“It’s a real honor to be selected, and it gives me a chance to play basketball one more time, which I thought I never would,” Guiser said.
Guiser is a three-sport athlete at Frazier, thriving not only in basketball, but in track and volleyball as well. She plans to attend college and hopes to run track and play volleyball at the collegiate level. As a four-year starter with the Frazier basketball team, Guiser scored more than 900 points and helped the Commodores reach the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. This past season, Guiser helped the Commodores finish with a 13-9 record, which included a 56-53 preliminary-round playoff victory over Apollo-Ridge.
In the midst of the high school track season, Guiser, who is one of Frazier’s top sprinters, noted it hasn’t been easy finding time to get on the court to prepare for the Roundball Classic. Still, the opportunity to represent her school in an all-star setting is something she isn’t going to pass up.
“There are a lot of great athletes that could have been picked and it shows that even though we are a small school, we have athletes that can compete with bigger schools,” Guiser said. “I have a few friends on some of the teams, and I’m looking forward to playing with them and having some fun.”
Szelong will attend West Virginia Wesleyan, where she will play basketball and study biology. She, too, is thrilled to play in one more high school game.
“I’m really excited about being selected, and it’s a great way to end my high school playing career,” Szelong said. “I really wasn’t thinking about it, and it was a nice surprise.”
As a four-year starter with the Vikings, she racked up 1,366 points and helped the Vikings reach the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. During her senior season, Mt. Pleasant finished 15-8.
“It means a lot to be able to play one last game,” Szelong said. “Even though I won’t be with my teammates, I’m still representing my team.”
Laurel Highlands’ Tyler Eadie and Uniontown’s Joe Campbell also were selected for the Roundball Classic. Eadie will play on the East squad in the All-East vs. All-West game at 8:30 p.m. April 17. Campbell will play for the Class AAA all-stars in a match-up against Quad-A players at 8 p.m. April 18.
Prior to the games, the players will get together for scrimmages Wednesday at Geneva College. A recognition dinner will be held Thursday at Pittsburgh Marriott North. Susie McConnell-Serio will be the featured speaker.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at email@example.com.