For the first time ever, the Fort Lee Girls Recreation Basketball League will be hosting an All-Star game in each of its three divisions. All games will take place on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School Gym.
The players were drafted onto either the Orange team or the Black team by the division selected coaches.
"I have been wanting to have an All-Star game for years, but with 25 teams, trying to find an open night during the season was difficult," League President Michael Klein said. "This year, I changed some things around and, with the help of Ralph DiMeglio, we made it happen."
The 3rd and 4th grade All-Star team coaches are David Sarnoff and Shawn Arnone for Team Black and David Samson and Danny Ojeda for Team Orange.
The 5th and 6th grade team All-Star coaches for Team Black are Rey "Drive By" Diaz and Bruno Esposito and for Team Orange are Ralph Diaz and Gerry Glass.
Frank McKenna, Greg Yee and Billy Broderick will coach Team Black and Mario Mattessich, Eddie Aversa, and Emma Diaz will coach Team Orange on the 7th and 8th grade level.
"Individual player introductions will give each girl the chance to be recognized on an All-Star Level wearing our specially designed All-Star t-shirt," Klein said.
PostcardsRus, owned by Coach Mark Kleinfeld, donated banners to promote the event. The concession stand will have snacks for sale with all proceeds benefiting the 6th grade dance.
"Now that we will have our first All-Star game under our belts, I am hoping this will become a yearly event," Klein said.
Tip off times for each game are:
3rd and 4th: 6:30 pm
5th and 6th: 7:30 pm
7th and 8th: 8:25 pm