Team's Northwest tour brings sisters back home
by: Jaime Valdez Shoni Schimmel, left, and her sister Jude, both former Franklin High basketball stars, pose Friday with Kaylee Fragua in front of Nixyaawii Community School Gym on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation in Pendleton. The Schimmels and the Louisville Cardinals basketball team are on a 10-day tour of the Pacific Northwest.

PENDLETON - Friday was a day unlike anything Oregon has ever seen. Former Franklin High basketball stars Shoni and Jude Schimmel returned to the land of their childhood, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, along with their Louisville women's basketball teammates.

Shoni, a sophomore at Louisville, and Jude, an incoming freshman, led the Cardinals through several events on the reservation throughout the day.

The team started off with a two-hour practice at Blue Mountain Community College. More than 100 people showed up to watch.

Then, several hundred children attended a Health and Wellness camp at the Nixyaawii Community School gym.

Afterward, the Louisville team visited the Nixyaawii Governance Center, where they met members of the tribe's board of trustees.

The Cards then took a long tour of the Tribal Center and Museum.

After a brief break to shower and change clothes, the girls went to the Wildhorse Resort and Casino, where they signed autographs for dozens of fans.

The Louisville team plans to go horseback riding Saturday morning before leaving the reservation to travel to Vancouver, British Columbia for a week.

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