Rock Valley College hosted the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge in Rockford on Saturday, showcasing the region's best high school basketball seniors as they prepare to graduate.
The NIC-10 and All-Area teams were selected by members of the media and RVC athletic coaches. All-Area squads were comprised of Big Northern and NUIC players, with the girls tipping off ahead of the boys game.
The All-Area girls team defeated their NIC-10 counterparts, 72-64. The NIC-10 jumped out to a 26-14 lead before the BNC-NUIC unit roared back to take a double digit lead and pull away. Lutheran's Ashlei Lopez was named game MVP.
The NIC-10 boys ran past their All-Area opponents in a high-scoring affair, 121-100. Harlem's Allen White III earned game MVP.