Cross and Stearns do well in all-star basketball games

Kade Cross and Allie Stearns capped their high school careers with outstanding performances in the East-West All-Star Basketball games held June 25 at Fresno City College, playing for the East teams.

The format of the City-County All-Star game changed this season with the large schools in a North-South contest and the smaller schools with East-West boundaries.

Cross is only the second YHS basketball player to be selected in the past 10 years for the boys all-star game (Larry Ramirez in 2007) while Stearns joins a long list of Yosemite girls basketball players in being selected.

Both were the leading scorers/rebounders on their Badger teams this past season and both led their East All-Star teams to double digit victories.

The boys East team beat West 90-71 behind the 21 points and nine rebounds from Kingsburg’s Kingsley Togioka. Sierra’s Clay Ford scored 19, Selma’s Preet Bains 17, and Orosi’s Issac Lua 13.

Cross scored nine points in the game. He was a three-year varsity performer at YHS, is the all-time Badger leader in rebounds and became only the third Badger boys basketball player to join the exclusive 1,000 Point Club.

Washington Union’s Trae Ellsberry scored 21, and Tranquillity’s Noel Iniguez added 15 points for the West team.

The girls East team beat the West 63-37. Orosi’s Cassidy Rodrigues and Isabele Irene Jimenez combined for 39 points.

Stearns sparked the West team in the first half by scoring 11 points including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. She added two assists and three defensive rebounds.

Cross will attend California State University, Fresno, in the fall and will not play basketball, deciding to concentrate on his studies. Stearns is considering her options to play college basketball.

Staff Report