Simpson University to Host Lions Club All-Star Basketball Games

For Immediate Release


Media contact: Jim Reimer,, or 530-605-5661

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 23rd annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, April 15. The university is located at 2211 College View Drive.

Sixty-one athletes from throughout far Northern California will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Girls play at 4 p.m.; boys play at 6. Admission is a $6 donation, and children under 8 are free.

Half-time of each game will include a 3-point shootout among parents of team members. Proceeds from food sales will go to Special Olympics Northern California.

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club began the tournament in 1996 as a way to promote sports and activity for youth in the community.

This year, the 30 boys and 31 girls, who are divided into two teams each—North and South—will be coached by Josh Hamilton from Trinity High School, Kurt Wilkens from Corning High School, Mark Stephans from University Preparatory School, and Nathan Emerson from Central Valley High School.

“Both games promise an exciting afternoon of top-notch high-school basketball,” said Lions Club member Guy Piche, one of the volunteers who organizes the event. “Both the girls and boys teams are filled with talented stars from all over the North State.”

Area high school athletic directors and coaches nominate players for the All-Star teams. A Lions Club committee sorts through the nominations and works with the volunteer coaches to form the teams.

Team members and their high schools are as follows:

Girls North (Coach Nathan Emerson, Central Valley)
Gabriela Gonzalez, Tulelake
Hannah Apple, Central Valley
Jaycie Sundstrom, Central Valley
Dara Gawman, Trinity
Grace Woods, Shasta
Samantha Flores, Tulelake
Terra Crawford, Yreka
Cate Walton, Shasta
Alex McIntosh, Trinity
Mattea Wilson, Modoc
Breana Buker, Etna
Savanna Reynolds, Weed
Ashley Cox, Yreka
Caitlin Bennett, Etna
Daniella Macias, Butte Valley

Girls South (Coach Mark Stephens, U-Prep)
Livi Lindsey, Redding Christian
Joelyn Stirton, West Valley
Lauren Anspach, U-Prep
Madison Offield, Happy Camp
Yaneesa Velasquez, Orland
Jaycie Provence, Redding Christian
Elter Bright, Corning
Madison Hampton, Lassen
Emily Stone, Happy Camp
Aly Burke, Enterprise
Mary Phan, Enterprise
Rachel Rogers, Los Molinos
Thalia Stephens, Orland
Cameron Douglas, West Valley
Justyse Cooper, Enterprise
Madison Corder, Fall River

Boys North (Coach Josh Hamilton, Trinity High)
Harley Williams, Weed
Brian Harper, Trinity
Glen Alvarez, Tulelake
Tanner Bidwell, Big Valley
Tanner Smith, Modoc
Simer Singh, Shasta
Anthony Gore, Mount Shasta
Thurman Knowles, Foothill
Josh Theofanides, Etna
Marcus Williamson, Trinity
Jonny Cruz, Foothill
Levi Voorhees, Shasta
Truman Skoy, Shasta
Weston Boese, Tulelake
Anthony Peppars, Modoc

Boys South (Coach Kurt Wilkens, Corning)
Haydon Maderios, Redding Christian
Alex Russell, Los Molinos
Zac Thompson, Fall River
Brayden Hutchens, Red Bluff
Phillip Dinius, Redding Christian
Andrew Mills, U-Prep
Brandon Strobel, Hayfork
Austin Mishoe, Corning
Robee Knoch, Fall River
Noah Zoppi, Corning
Brandon Hoag, Corning
Chris Phipps, Burney
Corey Busta, Corning
Tyler Hafner, Enterprise
Will Dobson, Enterprise




The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which has more than 45 members, supports numerous north state programs and organizations, including vision care, student speaking contests, swim and soccer clubs, YMCA, Flag Day programs, Sober Graduation, Turtle Bay programs, Special Needs Camp, Ronald McDonald Foundation for burn victims, youth literacy, youth violence prevention, diabetes camp, ministries feeding the homeless, Think Pink, Redding police K-9 unit, Christmas and Easter programs, and more.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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