Hoopfest - Coverage of Spokane's annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament from The Spokesman-Review

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  • March19

    Area roundup: Shock assigned DB Andre Jones

    The Spokane Shock have been assigned defensive back Andre Jones for the upcoming season, it was announced Wednesday. Jones has played in the AFL for the past four years. He played for the L.A. Kiss and Pittsburgh Power last season.
  • June30

    Change is the one constant these days

    A GRIP ON SPORTS College basketball is a year-around sport these days. There is the regular season, March Madness, recruiting and, this time of year, transfer season. Read on.
  • June29

    Team of mostly ex-NAU players tops one with ex-Zags at Hoopfest

    The magic of McCarthey Athletic Center got lost on the way to Riverfront Park as a team of mostly former Northern Arizona players beat two former Gonzaga players for the Hoopfest men’s elite championship on Sunday.
  • There are a lot of sore people downtown today

    A GRIP ON SPORTS I can tell you right now, though I could have told you last night as well: Even just watching Hoopfest is something you should train for. Read on.
  • Downtown businesses have adapted to Hoopfest after decades of practice

    Like most major events, Hoopfest owes its silver-plated success to good luck, persistence and the good fortune of following a bona fide example – in its case, Bloomsday – say people who’ve nurtured Spokane’s 3-on-3 annual downtown hoops avalanche. Hoopfest’s two founders asked Terry Kelly for help to get the city’s first-ever basketball tournament off to a good start 24 years ago. Kelly, a Gonzaga Prep and Washington State University hoops star, had doubts. Spokane and North Idaho just didn’t have enough dedicated players and fans to make Hoopfest a success, he told them.
  • Man needing kidney donation seeks assist at Hoopfest

    The odds of a complete stranger being a compatible kidney donor to someone are one in 100,000. So somewhere in the crowd of 225,000 Hoopfest players, volunteers and spectators in downtown Spokane this weekend are two matches for Jim Filzen.
  • Perfect day to play some street ball

    Some 6,859 teams stormed 458 courts Saturday as the 25th installment of the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament engulfed downtown Spokane. Many of the 26,810 Hoopfest players weren’t much bigger than the ball. Others had crossover dribbles that long since qualified for AARP.
  • John Blanchette: Final 58 Hoopfest participants have heart and soles to play every year

    The miracle isn’t that Hoopfest took root in the cracks of downtown Spokane’s asphalt and grew into this mighty oak of participatory zeal. There is a flood of new kids on the block every year to see that the tournament is always well-irrigated, so there’s no mystery why it’s lasted 25 happy years. The mystery is how Dave Nelson has.
  • June28

    Twenty-five years of memories

    A GRIP ON SPORTS Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending...
  • Hoopfest preparation takes volunteers, police, and some patience

    The Hoopfest three-on-three basketball tournament is expected to draw nearly 7,000 teams and 27,000 players to downtown Spokane. Here are a few snapshots of Friday’s preparations. Crowds hinder setup
  • June27

    Cops, rain delays, big prizes and other Hoopfest stories

    The streets are ready. Players, fans, vendors and support staff descended on Downtown Spokane for the summer's biggest event: Hoopfest.
  • When it comes to rooting for the U.S., everyone is all-in

    A GRIP ON SPORTS It was kind of odd last night, while watching the NBA draft, to be interrupted with a World Cup discussion. But I guess that's where we are right now. Read on.
  • Sparse sunshine to kick off Hoopfest

    For the second year in a row, Hoopfest could be a shower fest. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for clouds and a chance of showers today and Saturday.
  • Cami Bradley headlines Hoopfest concert

    The show almost didn’t go on. Hoopfest organizers planned a free outdoor community concert Thursday to kick off the 25th annual Hoopfest tournament but spent much of the day watching the rain pour down and checking the weather forecast.
  • Vestal: Refurbished, revitalized park should be busy all the time

    A question for Hoopfest weekend: Shouldn’t we have more events, big and small, in and around Riverfront Park? A group of local citizens who developed a master plan for the park think so. “In time,” they argued in a summary of the plan, “the goal should be to have events happening in the Park all the time.”
  • 1990

    Two weeks before the first Hoopfest, co-founder Rick Betts had reason to wonder if it would be the last. All of 40 teams had sent in entries. At that rate, each would have its own basket. If Hoopfest seems like an organizational miracle now, it wasn’t necessarily then. Soon Betts discovered the problem: the phone number listed on the entry form for prospective players to call for more information was an office at Special Olympics, the tournament’s charity beneficiary. And when it wouldn’t stop ringing, the guy at the desk simply stopped answering.
  • 1993

    The biggest character ever to grace Hoopfest? It’s no contest. When he turned up for Hoopfest 1993, Ron Reis stood 7-feet-2 and weighed 350 pounds. He’d played basketball – and well – at Santa Clara and overseas in Portugal and Holland, but was already embarking on a new vocation:
  • Fly by

    Hoopfest turns 25 this week. But don’t bother with a cake. Unless you can rustle up half a million candles from the bottom of your kitchen junk drawer.
  • 1998

    Ted McFaul hoisted his last hook shot in Hoopfest just a few weeks before his 80th birthday, though it was more of a ceremonial appearance, like Arnold Palmer teeing it up as an honorary starter at the Masters. But he could really play in his prime. Like, say, at 73.
  • 2000

    Who doesn’t show after entering is as much a part of the Hoopfest story as who does. Especially in the case of Isaac Burton, who in 1999 was sentenced to jail and probation for his role in a point-shaving conspiracy while at Arizona State. The next year, he was supposed to be a key man on a Los Angeles team that was part of Hoopfest’s big-city ringer outreach of that era. But he didn’t make his plane. Making him the only known player to shave an entire tournament.