The Northwest Blazers Orange girls basketball team won the championship at the End of the Trail tournament at Oregon City, Ore.
The Blazers advanced out of their 32-team tournament, topping the Spokane Sandpipers Black, which won their 32-team bracket, in the semifinals. The Blazers defeated Tree of Hope out of Seattle in the final.
The Spokane Stars Blue finished fifth in their 32-team bracket.
The Blazers’ team members include: Chandler Smith, Brittany McPhee, Jordan McPhee, Pele Gianotti, Aubrey Ward El, Sira Toure, Jocelyn Adams, Nike McClure, and Ashley Bolston. Brittany McPhee was named Tournament most valuable player. Smith, Gianotti, and Ward El were selected to the all-tournament team. The Blazers are coached by Steve Klees, Kayla Soliday and Bryce McPhee.
The Blazers head to Nashville, Tenn., on July 22 to attempt to defend the national title they won last year. After that, they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Adidas Nationals.
• The Sandpipers went on to Boston where they went 7-0 to win the Northeast Live Shootout. They beat Connecticut Attack by 17 points in the title game.
The Sandpipers team members include: Ashley Wood, Lauren Weir, Ona Harrington, Delany Junkermier, Ashlyn Lewey, Laura Stockton, Otiona Gildon, Hannah Caudill and Brittany Johnson. They’re coached by Kerry Pickett, John Stockton and Mark Bowman.
“It’s the first time the girls made the final four at Oregon City,” Pickett said. “We’ve beaten everybody but the Blazers so far.”
• The Spokane Stars Blue went on to the Summer Magic tourney in Seattle where they went 4-1 and just missed the finals.
• The Northwest Blazers Heat 16 and under team finished 5-1 and won the consolation bracket in their All-Star division at Oregon City. Heat menbers include: Sue Winger, Coreen Labish, Emily Drake, Breanne Knishka, Mikayla Ferenz, Kate Ferenz, Jessica Shill, Lynzee Wilson, Henne Hearn and Issy Hadden.
The Blazers are headed to Nashville, Tennessee on July 22 to defend the title they won in 2012, and to Atlanta, Georgia July 27 to play in Adidas Nationals.
• The Spokane Stars Blue and Sandpipers Black will co-host the Spokane Summer Heat 3 two-day tournament next week, beginning Tuesday at The Warehouse.
Like the other tournaments the teams play in, Summer Heat 3 is an NCAA-sanctioned event allowing college coaches to attend.
The Sandpipers and Stars will be in the six-team Elite division. Ten other teams will play in the All-Star division.
Admission is $7 for a one-day pass and $12 for two days.
Derek Bayley of Rathdrum continues to play well on a whirlwind summer schedule that seemingly gets busier and busier with each stop.
Bayley shot two under par (72-70) last week at the Idaho Big ‘I’ Insurance national qualifier at the Shadow Valley Golf Course in Boise.
He finished second behind Josh Gliege of Eagle, who shot six under.
By placing second, Bayley qualified for the National Big ‘I’ tournament Aug. 5-8 at Pinehurst, N.C.
Bayley’s runner-up finish also solidified his leading position for the Idaho Hogan Cup team. He’ll join Idaho at the Hogan Cup tournament Aug. 10-11 at Riverside Country Club in Portland.