Five of eight Eastern Washington Elite boys teams won bracket championships, three of them going unbeaten, in the Kingwood Classic boys basketball tournament in Houston.
EWE Red capped a 5-0 run to the U17 Platinum bracket championship with a 65-62 win over FYN All-Stars of Houston. EWE Blue (5-0) defeated the Katy (Texas) Raptors 58-45 for the U15 Platinum title. EWE Built4Ball (5-0) won the U14 Platinum 73-59 over Elevate (New Orleans).
EWE White (4-1), coached by Ryan Peplinski, triumphed 66-46 in the U16 Gold bracket and EWE Gold (3-2), coached by C.J. Johnson, won the U15 Silver bracket 57-48 over Texas Heat.
EWE U17 Red area players: Zach Fleming (Ferris), Colby Gennett (Post Falls), Kyle Karstetter (Moses Lake), Cole Omlin (Ferris), Tyson Rogalette (Mead), Jayce Simmons (Central Valley). Coaches: Jim Psomas and Jamie Nilles.
EWE U15 Blue area players: Trayce Atkins (Mt. Spokane), Dylan Darling (Central Valley), Kaz Melzer (Gonzaga Prep), AJ Newcomb (Mt. Spokane), Aiden Prado (Mead), Luke Russell (Mead), Jayden Stevens (G-Prep), Coach: Mike Hamilton.
EWE U14 Built4Ball area players: Jackson Floyd (Chase), Nathan Hocking (Chase), Zach Johnson (Canfield), Sherrell McCullum Jr. (Salk), Jamil Miller (Salk), Kolton Mitchell (Woodland), Boen Phelps (Freeman), Kruz Wheeler (Chase). Coaches: Ryan Floyd and Vince Grippi.
• Spokane-based Northwest Blazers girls select basketball teams collected a lot of hardware in different age brackets at two recent national NCAA-certified events.
In the Adidas Gauntlet-Dallas/Heart of Texas National Showcase, NW Blazers Sparks’ 15U team won its division, finishing 5-0 against teams from Georgia, Texas and California, and Blazers Orange went 5-0 to win its 17U Platinum division.
17U Blazers Sun finished 4-0 in the Adidas Gauntlet Gold Division.
15U Blazers’ Sparks area players: Mckenna Reggear, Colville; Alicia Suggs, Mead. Coach: Nars Martinez.
17U Blazers Orange area players: Jayda Noble, Mt. Spokane; Maisie Burnham, Liberty; Ashlyn Wallace, Clarkston. Coach: Steve Klees.
The Orange, Sparks and Sun were among six Blazers teams that compiled a 25-5 record in the Arizona Elite Spring Classic that drew 100 teams from across the country
Blazers Orange went 6-0 and won the 17U National Division. Two Blazers teams, Fierce and Sparks, played each other in a 15U division championship game. Fierce won 58-49 to cap a 5-0 tournament. Sparks finished 4-1.
Sun finished 4-1 in the 17U Regional bracket.
Blazers Heat went 4-1 in the 17U Regional bracket, losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion by three points, and Blazers Fire was 2-2 in the 17U Gauntlet bracket.
Heat area players: Niveya Henley, Mt. Spokane; CarolAnn Edwards, University. Fire area player: Olivia Moore, Mead.
In the 12-team AA Legion National division, in games reported through Thursday, Colville was 2-0, North Idaho Lakers Post 1-0, Ferris Saxons 3-2 and Deer Park Stags 2-2. In the 10-team AA American in games reported through Wednesday, Gonzaga Prep Bullpups and University Titans were 2-0, Mt. Spokane Wild 1-0 and West Valley 1-1.
• In the 12-team A Legion National, in games reported through Wednesday, Deer Park and Lewis and Clark were 2-0, Colville was 1-0 with Moscow Blue Devils 2-1. In the nine-team A American in games reported through Tuesday, West Kootenay was 4-0, Prairie Cardinals 3-0, Mt. Spokane Wild 2-1 and University Titans and Newport both 1-1.
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