03/30/03 All-Stars have plenty of fun

Seniors' last game benefits Ronald McDonald House

By James Johnson

Democrat and Chronicle

(March 30, 2003) — The All-Stars entertained with dunks, no-look passes and good long-range shooting.

But the player who stole the show at the Ronald McDonald House Greater Rochester High School All-Star Basketball Games was a lean left-hander not listed on any of the rosters.

Caledonia resident Greg Grattan, 13, was at the Rochester Institute of Technology with his father, Randy, to watch one of the high school seniors play on Saturday.

Grattan became a crowd-pleaser, too, when he won $500 for a 3-point shot made during a contest sponsored by 98 WPXY-FM.

With one chance at the money, Grattan, a member of a CYO team, bounced the ball and let his shot fly from the top of the 3-point arc.

“I was shaking really bad,” Grattan said. “I took a deep breath and was stunned when it went in.

“I’ll probably put (the money) in my bank account.”

The MVPs of the games will put their trophies in special places.

“Playing in Waterloo I don’t get much exposure,” said All-Greater Rochester guard Dan Mueller. “Playing with and against guys like (McQuaid’s) Tyler Relph is very exciting.

“The games were unbelievable. It was a lot different because there’s so many good players. There’s not just one main scorer.”

Mueller was the boys Gold team MVP after he scored 18 points, all on a game-record six 3-pointers during a 98-86 win. Six members of his family watched from the bleachers.

Batavia’s Phil Santiago, another member of the Gold team, made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.

While Santiago and Mueller showed that they were shooters, Greece Athena’s Darquinn Johnson played tough near the basket. Johnson, a muscular 6-foot-4 forward, scored 19 points and was the Red team MVP.

“These are a good group of guys to play with,” Johnson said. “I like competition and they bring a lot of talent to the court.

“It makes your game a little stronger.”

Canandaigua’s Megan Krebbeks and Nazareth’s Meghan Dahlman, a two-time AGR player of the year, led the Gold girls to a 72-44 romp.

Dahlman scored 15 points. Krebbeks had 17 points and seven rebounds, statistics that top her season averages of 12 points and four rebounds.

“I even made a 3-pointer,” Krebbeks said. “I never make those, that was like the third one all year. The majority were definitely close-range shots.

“We don’t grow them too tall at Canandaigua Academy. If you’re 5-9 or 5-10, you’re pretty much a forward.”

Krebbeks plans to play next season at the University of Rochester, which played in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

“I’m definitely looking forward to that,” Krebbeks said. “They obviously had a great season. Hopefully, I can contribute.”

On Saturday, it was OK for Krebbeks and the rest of the All-Stars to have fun in their final high school games.

At the same time, they helped raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Families can stay at the McDonald House while their children receive medical treatment at local hospitals.

“I didn’t know that much about the game or the McDonald House,” said Fairport guard Sabrina Boykin, who toured Rochester’s McDonald House with other players.

“You never really think about that stuff but when you come across it, you see that it’s stuff that we need. It’s a bunch of good people who put this together.”

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