High school basketball players in VillageSoup’s geographical coverage, which includes from the Midcoast to Mount Desert Island to the greater Augusta area, are well represented among the student-athletes selected to participate in the 24th annual Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games on Saturday, March 10 in the Newman Gymnasium at Husson University.

Among the athletes chosen include three who are being considered for the state’s highest high school hoop award, namely Miss Maine Basketball. Medomak Valley’s Alanna Vose, Hall-Dale’s Carylanne Wolfington and Cony’s Amelia (Mia) Diplock are semifinalists for that honor.

The student-athletes in VillageSoup’s coverage area who are McDonald’s all stars include:

A/B East girls — Medomak Valley’s Vose; Cony’s Diplock and Gardiner’s Jenna Moore. The coaches are Cony’s Karen Magnusson and Gardiner’s Mike Gray

A/B East boys — Camden Hills’ Adam Carlsen, Gardiner’s Aaron Toman, Winslow’s Justin Murray and Mount Desert Island’s Jayson Burke. One of the coaches is Waterville’s Jason Briggs.

C/D West girls — Hall-Dale’s Wolfington.

C/D West boys — Hall-Dale’s Brad Shepard and Austin Bechard and Winthrop’s Tyler Foster.

Additionally, among the girls who will participate in the McDonald’s foul-shooting contest is Meryl Bond of Erskine Academy. Bond won the Central region.

The game-day program for March 10 will feature head-to-head competition between top players in the state’s A/B and C/D boys and girls divisions.

The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) announced A/B East and C/D East player selections Feb. 22 in Bangor and Portland. Players representing 62 high schools from across the state have been honored with selection. The all stars were selected based on ballot returns on a statewide high school basketball coaches’ vote conducted by the MABC in January.

The semifinalists for Mr. Maine and Miss Maine Basketball also were announced Feb. 22. The award, the state’s highest basketball honor, recognizes the players’ performances on the court, as well as their contribution to their teams and to Maine basketball.

Besides Vose, Diplock and Wolfington, the other nine Miss Maine Basketball semfinalists are: Alexa Coulombe, Catherine McAuley; Ella Ramonas, Deering; Amanda Hotham, Fort Fairfield; Adrianna Newton, Leavitt; Amanda Johnson, Skowhegan; Selena Lorrey, Traip Academy; and Megan Gribbin, Windham.

The 10 Mr. Maine Basketball semiinalists are: Patrick Stewart, Bangor; Bobby Cote, Biddeford; Cole Libby, Bonny Eagle; Louie Distasio, Cheverus; Cody St. Germain, Dirigo; Christian McCue, Hampden Academy; Jordan Hersom, Leavitt; Cam Sennick, Mount Blue; Josh Britten, Yarmouth; and Liam Langaas, York.

The six finalists — three girls and three boys — for Mr. and Miss Basketball will be announced after the high school basketball state tournaments are complete.

All-star players, all-star coaches, members of the All-State Academic teams, regional foul-shooting champions, Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, the MABC Contributor Award honoree, and Mr. and Miss Basketball will be recognized at an awards banquet on Friday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Husson University.

The March 10 game day schedule includes:

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. — State foul-shooting championships.

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. — Girls C/D game.

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Three-point shooting competition.

11:00 to 12:15 p.m. — Girls A/B game.

12:15 to 1:00 p.m. — Awards presentations.

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. — Boys A/B game.

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. — Slam dunk competition.

3:00 to 4:15 p.m. — Boys C/D game.

Game day tickets may be purchased at the door and are good for all four games. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information, go online to mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org.

The 2012 All-Star Games marks McDonald’s 24th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Maine. Last year’s all-star weekend raised more than $15,000 for the Charities.

RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $1.8 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities. More information is available at rmhcmaine.org.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.