Slam Dunk for Locals on McDonald's All-American Team

Symone Roberts keep sinking honors like she does free throws.  We've known the New Britain stand-out will play for Providence next year.  She just scored her 2,000th point for New Britain. 

And now, she's one of 20 Connecticut athletes in the running to be a McDonald's All-American, a coveted position at the top of the high schooler heap.

On Thursday, the french friers released the list of 2,500 nominees for the 24 spots on the boys team and the 24 spots on the girls team.  Twenty of those are from Connecticut.

Boys 2009 Nominees

  • Anthony  Ireland (Crosby High School, Waterbury)
  • Daryl McCoy (Hartford Public High School, Hartford)
  • Jeremy Moore (Hillhouse High School, New Haven)
  • Dan Jennings (St. Thomas More Preparatory School, Oakdale)
  • Anthony Simmons (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
  • Matthew Edwards (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
  • Pierce Edwards (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
  • Jordan Williams (Torrington High School, Torrington)
  • Adrian Satchell (Windsor High School, Windsor)
  • Steven Samuels (Windsor High School, Windsor)

Girls 2009 Nominees

  • Lindsay Horbatuck (Avon High School, Avon)
  • Carly Thibault (East Lyme High School, East Lyme)
  • Anisha Wilson (Hill Regional Career Magnet School, New Haven)
  • Bianca Simmons (Mercy High School, Middletown)
  • Rachel Roberts (Mercy High School, Middletown)
  • Nikkia Smith (Montville High School, Montville)
  • Symone Roberts (New Britain High School, New Britain)
  • Molly Yardley (Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, Milford)
  • Chantel Alford (Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven)
  • Amie Toner (Windham High School, Willimantic)

And like everything else these days, the McDonald's All American program is hitting the net, so to speak.  Their blog promises the latest news and analysis, and their Facebook group will likely have some lively discussion as well.

A selection committee will seat the two teams on time for the big game April 1. 

Proceeds through the 32-year history of the game have gone to local Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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