By Mark Kitchin
The Morris-Sussex Senior All-Star game will be played on Wednesday, March 23rd at Hopatcong High School in a 7 p.m. start in was confirmed on Sunday.
The lineup is still being decided but area standouts Mendham’s Tore Vicarisi and Hopatcong’s Matt Tobin are expected to attend what amounts to their last varsity high school contest.
Vicarisi was selected Most Valuable Player of the Morris County Tournament when he helped the Minutemen to their fourth consecutive tournament title. The last Morris County team active in state play lost to Plainfield despite Vicarisi’s 41-point, 12-rebound performance.
It would be a surprise if Tobin didn’t attend considering the game is being played on his home court. Tobin easily outdistanced former Sparta standout Chris Jent in his effort to be the highest scoring player in Sussex County history. Tobin finished his career with 2,350 points including a 30-point effort in the team’s final game, a loss to Elmwood Park in the second round of state play.
The lineups will probably not be determined until next week when Roxbury coach Jon Deeb can get the players in for a practice. It is hoped that Roxbury standout Eric Mangiro, West Morris’ James D’Angelo and Delbarton’s Dean Brierley all 1,000-point scorers will also compete. Playing in the All-Star game is voluntary and many athletes have prior commitments and play spring sports.
Last year, Morris dominated play with a 133-98 triumph over Sussex. Jefferson’s Gavin McCarney was the MVP in his final varsity basketball contest. McCarney scored 26 points including six 3-pointers.