All-star events in high school sports are about fun and allowing former rivals to play together for a change.
But Saturday’s West Charleston Lions Club Charity All-Star Football Game is about much more.
Officials hope to raise $41,000 for charities to commemorate the 41st year of the event, said John Klumbach, co-chairman of the game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bishop Gorman High School.
“At the blind center with captains and coaches, we discussed how it’s so much bigger than a football game or everyone in the room,” Klumbach said.
Proceeds from the game will go to charities including Blind Center of Nevada, Lions Burn Care Center at University Medical Center, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Lions Camp Dat-So-La-Lee, a weeklong recreational summer camp for children of families in need.
Klumbach said last year’s event raised about $34,000 for charities.
Liberty’s Rich Muraco will coach the Sunrise Region seniors, and Gorman’s Tony Sanchez will coach the Sunset.
RECENT DECISIONS — Spring Valley wrestler Ray Waters capped his 54-0 senior year by signing with Arizona State. The 160-pound Class 4A state champion posted 44 pins as a senior.
Seniors who signed with Division II schools include Silverado boys basketball shooting guard Ruben Jackson (Colorado School of Mines) and Centennial girls volleyball outside hitter Lacy Miyahira (Brigham Young-Hawaii).
Juniors who committed include Centennial softball pitcher/infielder Taylor Huntly (Providence) and Arbor View girls soccer midfielder Amberly Halstead (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
Maiscei Grier, a 2011 Sierra Vista graduate and former Rutgers basketball commit, signed with Division II Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.).
Gorman senior point guard Gio Guzman, a former Florida International commit, signed with NAIA Northwest Christian University (Ore.).
2A HONORS — Class 2A Southern League baseball coaches voted Needles senior pitcher Matt McAndrews the league’s Most Valuable Player, and The Meadows’ Frank DeSantis took Coach of the Year.
TRACK HONORS — The Southern Nevada Track and Cross Country Coaches Association voted Liberty’s David Butler (boys) and Coronado’s Nic Bolken (girls) its Sunrise Region Coaches of the Year, and Centennial coach Roy Sessions (boys and girls) took the Sunset honors.
Boulder City’s Alex Kazel (boys) and Steve Roe (girls) were named Class 3A Southern League Coaches of the Year.
Spring Mountain’s Ali Asad (boys) and Beatty’s Connie Adcox (girls) were named 2A/1A Southern League Coaches of the Year.