The Spokane Stars Elite girls basketball team won a tournament and placed second in another in recent weekends.
The Stars captured the championship at the MSMN national tournament in Seattle July 10-13 while finishing runner-up in the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon City, Ore., July 6-9.
At Oregon City, the Stars went 7-1. They captured their pool with wins over San Diego Sol (58-10), Alaska (44-26), Colorado Hoopsters (58-32) and YEA of Seattle (47-38). The Stars lost to the Minnesota Stars 61-55 in the title game of their pool, but advanced into bracket play because the Minnesota team had to leave the tournament early.
The Stars defeated the Cal Swish Black 54-47 in the semifinals before falling 58-36 to West Coast Premier, Nike’s top team in the nation, in the title game. The Stars defeated West Coast Premier 54-47 in a practice game earlier in the tourney.
Stars guard Jordan Loera of Moses Lake was named most valuable player of the Gold Bracket and post Carli Rosenthal of Coeur d’Alene and wing Shaniqua Nilles of West Valley were named to their pool’s first team.
At Seattle, the Stars defeated Club Shock of Washington 79-19, Hoop Dreams of Boise 76-19 and lost to West Coast Extreme of Los Angeles 48-47 before advancing out of pool play by beating Hoop Dreams again 69-17.
The Stars then defeated Sagebrush out of the Tri-Cities 52-48, Northwest Bluez of Oregon 64-32 and Wiggens Basketball Club of San Diego 47-32 before topping Tree of Hope out of Seattle in overtime in the title game.
It was the Stars’ sixth title out of the last seven years at the Seattle tourney. The Stars, who have two tournaments remaining, improved to 35-2 overall.
“I’m pleasantly surprised that they won the (Seattle) tournament,” Stars coach Ron Adams said. “They had to beat the two best teams in back-to-back games after playing three games the day before. The adversity they had to come through to win was amazing. The major thing is they shared the ball.”
Other Stars players include Kylie Huerta of Kentwood, Lexie Zappone of Lakeside, Brooke Litalien of Post Falls, Aleisha Hathaway of Shadle Park, Mackenzie Taylor of Freeman, Hayley Hendricksen of Lewis and Clark, Taylor Ingebritsen of Mead, Brooke Gallaway of Central Valley (injured) and Shelby Cheslek of Pullman (injured).
• The Shooting Starz, with players from Northeast Washington, placed 10th at the AAU Girls 11U National Championships in Franklin, Tenn., held June 27 through July 3.
Playing eight games in five days, the Shooting Starz had wins against Boston Showstoppers 47-42, Georgia St. Pius Lions Gold 45-35, pre-tournament favorite Texas Ice 72-69 (OT), Virginia Triple Threat 40-35 and Tennessee Elite 41-40.
Team members are Erin Johnson, Kettle Falls; Jill Townsend, Okanogan; Peyton Oules, Brewster; Jocelyn Moore, Spokane; Jordyn Boesel, Okanogan; Alexi Romero, Omak; Janice Romero, Omak; and Keanna Egbert, Coulee. The team is coached by Bryan Boesel of Okanogan.
Sierra Bezdicek of Colbert, Wash., finished tied for 18th in the Girls 13-14 age bracket at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in La Jolla, Calif., on July 13-16. Bezdicek posted scores of 80-76-72 to shoot a 12-over 228 on the Sycuan Resort-Oak Glen Course.
Sydney Kersten of Spokane – competing in the Girls 15-17 age bracket – missed the cut, shooting scores of 78-84-80 on the first three days of play at North Course at Torrey Pines.
The Spokane Storm qualified for the 2011 Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City after finishing second in the Northwest Region 15 16-U A Fast Pitch Championships during the weekend at Franklin Park.
The Storm, in its third game in a four-hour period, lost 14-3 to the Southern Oregon Comets in the title game. The Comets, from Medford, had knocked the Storm into the losers’ bracket 8-0 in the winners’ bracket final. The Storm then knocked off Oregon Reign 4-3 to get another shot at the Comets.
As regional champion, the Comets (6-0) qualified for the 2010 USA/ASA 16-U A national tournament Aug. 2-8 in College Station, Texas. The Storm (4-2) and third-place Reign (5-2) from Eugene, along with the other teams in the 22-team regional, are eligible for the 2010 ASA 16-U A Western National that same week in Fresno, Calif.
Northwest American Athletics of Spokane tied for fifth with a 2-2 record, Spokane Stealth (1-3) tied for ninth, Spokane Scream (2-2) tied for 13th, and Washington Spirit of Connell (1-2) and Coeur d’Alene Crush (1-3) were in a six-way tie for 17th.
Spokane will be the site of the ASA 12-U A Western National tournament Aug. 2-8. Officials expect in the neighborhood of 50 teams, including several from the Spokane-North Idaho area.
Track and field
Johnathon Murray of Athol, Idaho, finished third in the discus throw with a mark of 147 feet, 10 inches at the USA Track & Field Regional Junior Olympics held in Seattle this past weekend. Murray’s performance qualified him for the National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Calif., later this month.
Murray – who will be a senior at Coeur d’Alene High School in the fall – represents his club, Hammer Idaho, in these competitions. He also finished fifth in the shot put at 41’ ¼” and seventh in the hammer at 119 feet.