Laguna duo reunites for All-Star basketball game

Dalke, Kesler of the Breakers to play for South in Orange County All-Star basketball game for seniors.

April 11, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

Jake Dalke and Cole Kesler will step onto the court one final time Saturday as high school teammates.

The two seniors, key players in the Laguna Beach boys' basketball program, are among 15 players who make up the South roster for the 2013 Orange Coast Optimist Orange County North/South High School Basketball Games.

The All-Star games, for senior players, will be played for the 48th time. The girls' game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7 p.m., both at Concordia University in Irvine.

"I think it's really well-deserving for both of them to have the honor of playing in this game," Laguna Beach boys' basketball Coach Bret Fleming said. "Both Jake and Cole had great, four-year careers at Laguna and this is a great way for both of them to cap their careers."

Dalke averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and four assists per game, and was named to the first team on the 2013 All-Orange Coast League team. He was the league's Co-MVP a year ago with Kesler, and has been an all-league first-team pick each year in his four-year varsity career.


Kesler was this year's league MVP. He averaged 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, four assists and two steals per game, and made 52 three-point shots. A three-year all-league player, last month he was named to the 2013 All CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA Basketball Team.

Kesler this year led Laguna in scoring, assists and steals, and he and Dalke helped lead the Breakers to another undefeated league championship, a trip to the second round of the Division 4AA playoffs, and an overall record of 22-7.

Dalke and Kesler, along with their families, and Fleming, attended the All-Star banquet Wednesday in Westminster. Tustin's Ringo Bossenmeyer (boys), and Westminster's Dick Katz (girls), were named Orange County Coaches of the Year.

"I think Jake is kind of multi-dimensional and brings a lot to the [South] team," Fleming said. "He's athletic, mixes its up on the boards and likes to pass and get other people involved on offense. Cole is solid, and can run the point real well. I think both are great fits for the South."

Rich Boyce, who completed his 13th year as head coach at Edison in February, leads the South.

Boyce took a young Edison team to the CIF Southern Section Division 1A playoffs this year. The Chargers tied for second place in the Sunset League, were ranked No. 13 heading into postseason play, and won a first-round playoff game before being eliminated in the second round by fourth-ranked Crescenta Valley.

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