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Lewis and Clark junior Jacinta Buckley scored 17 points and helped the Metro all-stars hold off the Region all-stars 87-80 in the 25th annual Jack Blair Memorial Classic.
It was a special season for girls basketball in the area and even though it’s almost June, it comes to a close today.
Melody Kempton is more than a year away from continuing her basketball playing career at Gonzaga University.
Ron Adams is nearing the end of his involvement in the Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game, which turns 24 years old in early June.
Every year, the Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game features players with resumes chock full of athletic and academic feats. Spokane Stars director Ron Adams founded the game for two reasons: First, it was to honor the late Central Valley girls coach he had worked with, and two, it was to showcase the richness of girls talent in the area.
Some of the turnovers in the 19th annual Jack Blair Memorial Classic girls basketball game can be chalked up to rust and some carelessness. Most of them, though, were a product of a physical, well-played game by both the Metro and the Region.
Some of the turnovers in the 19th annual Jack Blair Memorial Classic girls basketball game can be chalked up to rust and some carelessness. Most of them, though, were a product of a physical, well-played game by both the Metro and the Region. Central Valley’s Brooke Gallaway hit a free throw with 5 seconds left to lift the Metro to an 80-79 victory Monday at University High School.
As high school all-star basketball games go, the Jack Blair Memorial Classic has stood the test of time. It’s 19 years old and features most of the top girls players from the area. That will be the case again June 4 when the Region takes on the Metro at University. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
The annual Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game always features the top talent in the Inland Northwest.
Jazmine Redmon’s coaches at Mead will miss everything athletic about the three-sport standout. Talk to the coaches for a couple of minutes, though, and they’ll spend more time talking about Redmon the person and not Redmon the athlete.
Jazmine Redmon’s coaches at Mead will miss everything athletic about the three-sport standout. Talk to the coaches for a couple of minutes, though, and they’ll spend more time talking about Redmon the person and not Redmon the athlete. Take Mead girls track coach Dori Robertson. The Panthers were preparing for a meet that eventually would be snowed out and there Redmon was jumping up and down trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue. “She’s the leader of our team, she’s the heart of our team, she’s the goofball of our team,” Robertson said. Redmon’s athletic feats this year speak for themselves. She was in a class by herself: GSL defensive MVP in soccer, GLS MVP in basketball for a second straight year and a first-team all-league pick in track after helping Mead to a state championship. She will conclude her spectacular high school career tonight when the Metro takes on the Region in the 17th annual Jack Blair Memorial game at University High. Tipoff is at 7:30. The Region team broke through last year, winning for the first time in the series. Redmon, who will continue playing at Gonzaga University, is determined to keep the Region, which is favored, from beginning a winning streak of its own.
The Region finally broke through Monday. Winless in the first 15 games against the Metro in the Jack Blair Memorial Girls Basketball Classic, the Region not only ended the drought but did so in impressive fashion, leading from start to finish in a 92-74 runaway at Lake City High School.