Zarycki named to all-star game

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, March 20, 2019

EDWARDSBURG — Kaitlyn Zarycki, a senior at Edwardsburg High School, has been selected to play in the eighth annual McDonald’s Michiana High School All-Star games to he hosted by Bethel College in Mishawaka Tuesday.

Zarycki, who led Edwardsburg to the Division 2 regional semifinals and set the Edwardsburg career scoring record, is one of 24 girls selected to compete in the game, which will be played at 5 p.m. in the Wiekamp Athletics Center on the campus of Bethel College.

Zarycki is the lone player from Michigan on the roster.

A total of 19 boys, all from Indiana, were selected to play in the boys game, which will be he played at 7:15 p.m. at the Wiekamp Athletics Center.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for students. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.

“This continues to be a great opportunity for the Michiana community to see some of the best high school basketball players in our area,” said Jay Okayama, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “The Games also give high school athletes the opportunity to give back and be a part of Ronald McDonald House Charities and their efforts to provide a special place to comfort parents and families of critically ill or injured children from our area communities.”

The players from both teams will tour the 15,000-square foot, 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House located in the Skyway Building, which is connected to Beacon Children’s Hospital.

They will also visit the children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Ryan Ehm, men’s junior varsity coach at Bethel College, will coach the boys basketball game with the assistance of Drew Schauss, men’s assistant coach at Bethel.

Mark Gardner, interim women’s basketball coach at Bethel College, will coach the girls game.

He will be assisted by Aimee Litka, women’s head coach at Holy Cross College.

“The past seven events were a tremendous success,” said Ryne Lightfoot, head coach of the Bethel men’s basketball team. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase the terrific high school talent we have in the Michiana area, and it also provides these students with an opportunity to give back to our community.”