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Record set in smiles

The lights went out briefly. We were short one shirt, and the scores didn't provide a lot of drama for the final few minutes.

Otherwise, the 2014 SVM All-Star Classic delivered tons of the most important statistic – smiles.

Very early in the boys game, Dalton Shaner drove to the lane, around seemingly everyone on the Telegraph squad, and finished with a nifty layup.

Almost instantly, the ball skipped up the court and into the hands of Newman's John Payan.

The Comet graduate, who just a few short months ago shot some deep bombs over yours truly at Kilgour Park, drained a 3 over a defender's hand.

Payan tossed three fingers in the air and laughed all the way down to the other end.

That's the spirit of the All-Star Classic. The best players in the area getting a chance to show their very best. It's a memory many will carry for a long time.

Just ask Tim Trosper. He was the MVP in the 1984 game – the very first Classic – and the game still strikes a chord with him.

He talked to our reporter Brian Weidman on Thursday night, as he attended the boys game.

He brought up memories of breaking a backboard in Amboy during practice, and playing in front of a full crowd at Lancaster Gym.

The memories were unique to that very first game, and that's what makes this event unique.

Every year, we try to find a way to add a new wrinkle.

This year, the game was at Musgrove Fieldhouse in Sterling.

Gazette boys coach Tony Dunlap was excited to get a chance to coach in the old fieldhouse, stating that he loved the history the building seemed to have.

For some like Zach Rehmert, Kaitlyn Bauer, Kayleen Terrock and Kiarra Harris, it was a chance to play on their home court one last time.

For coach Julie Schroeder, it was a chance to coach for a final time.

Rehmert also played in a game that his father, Larry, refeered for the first – and probably only – time.

We had a shoot-off for our girls 3-point champion (Mary Alice Oswalt), and a dunk competition that resembled an NHL playoff game by going to 3 OTs.

And when it was over, we said farewell to a good group of seniors that carried the mantle of the SVM All-Star Classic very well.

Hopefully, a few will show up next year to watch their former teammates play in the 2015 Classic.

I've already taken a peek ahead to see the possible names that will fill those four rosters.

They look pretty good, and I can't wait to watch it.

Mark your calendar, probably for the third Thursday in June 2015. It's going to be classic.

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