Sixth-seventh grade AAU boys tournament a success

Last weekend’s first annual Colville Blazer’s Boy’s Youth Basketball Tournament at Colville Junior High and Colville High School was a big success, according to organizers.
The sixth-grade division (Colville, Deer Park, Chewelah and Northwest Christian) was won by Colville on Sunday afternoon. The local squad downed Deer Park 32-26.
Chewelah finished third and NWC was fourth.
At the same time at CHS, the Colville seventh-grade entry was beating the Riverside eight-grade team for the tournament title, 52-45.
The seventh-grade field included host Colville, Riverside eighth-grade, Okanogan and Freeman.

Well-run tourney

In the seventh-grade division, Okanogan was third and Freeman finished fourth.
One of the tournament organizers, Jim Marshall (who also coaches the Colville sixth-graders), was pleased with the way the tournament ran in its fledgling year.
“We want to make the tournament bigger and better…more grade levels and boy’s and girl’s divisions next year,” Marshall said.
The tournament was underwritten by the Jeff Weeman Memorial Foundation.
Shirts were sponsored by Country Chevrolet and Marshall Forestry. Ray Clark (Clark’s All-Sports) sponsored the four leather basketballs that went to the Skills Competition winners. Clark’s also sponsored the first place plaques.
The Do-It Center/Colville Hardware sponsored trophies for second place. The Jeff Weeman Memorial Foundation underwrote third place medallions.
A handful of CHS students (Tristan Lewis, Austin Floener, Griffen Riggear, Nessa Canomey and Cora Pitts worked the tournament Saturday and Sunday for Community Service hours.
Skyler Dumas (Monumental Chiropractic—see story elsewhere in this edition) ran the Saturday evening Skills Competition.
Barb Weeman of the Jeff Weeman Foundation was pleased with the way the first tournament transpired.

Support businesses locally

“It was a very good first tournament,” Mrs. Weeman said. “We are looking forward to enlarging the tournament. We really appreciate the support from our sponsors and from the people who helped make sure the tournament was a success.
“Our primary goal in organizing this tournament was to help our community—bring some teams to town and have them stay in our motels and eat at our restaurants. We want this tournament to help our local businesses.”