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Metro team aims to turn tide against Region at Jack Blair game

Gonzaga Prep basketball standouts and good friends Otiona Gildon and Laura Stockton have played in a lot of games together in their four-year prep careers.

They’ve been part of nearly 100 victories and two state championships.

But they’re 0-2 together in the annual Jack Blair Memorial game.

They hope to rectify that when they play a third time for the Metro against the Region when the 22nd edition plays out June 1 at University High School.

The all-Greater Spokane League first and second teams and a couple of honorable-mention selections comprise the Metro team. The Region team is made up of most of the best players outside of the GSL and from North Idaho.

Joining Stockton and Gildon on the Metro are G-Prep teammate Oona Harrington; Shyla Carr of Shadle Park; Michaela Kay and Riley Lupfer of Lewis and Clark; Brooke Bailey and Emma Kennedy of U-Hi; Sue Winger of Mead; and Madison Hovren and Lexie and Lacie Hull of Central Valley. CV coach Freddie Rehkow and Tyrone Hoard, who resigned recently at Rogers, will co-coach.

Players named to the Region team are Rachel Bozlee of Northwest Christian; Hailey Higashi of St. George’s; Zoe Moser and Savannah Chadwick of Colton; Jessie and Jamie Loera of Moses Lake; Melody Kempton and Shayna Allert of Post Falls; Clarissa Smith of Lake City; Erin Higbie of West Valley; Hannah Burland of East Valley; and Emily Drake of Pullman. Marc Allert of Post Falls and Clark Vining of Colton will co-coach.

Metro has dominated the series overall, winning the first 17 games. But Region has won three of the last four games.

This could be the most difficult challenge for a Region team.

“This is the most talented Metro team, top to bottom, we’ve had in the 22 years of the game,” Ron Adams, the game’s director, said.

Adams pointed out that 11 of the 12 Metro players will play or eventually play in college.

“Give me another Metro roster that has this much (NCAA) Division I or Division II talent. You won’t find one,” Adams said.

In all, 16 area schools are represented in the game either by player or by coach.

Moments after he was asked to coach, Rehkow reached out to Hoard.

“I wanted him to have a chance to coach the top level talent we have in this league as his last high school game,” Rehkow said. “That way he’d get to experience what many of us do on a weekly basis (during the season). I can’t begin to tell you how much respect I have for Tyrone.”

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