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Blackhawks win Warm Springs hoop event


   A collection of players with Jefferson County roots won the third annual Slam and Jam men's basketball tournament played April 11, 12 and 13 at the Warm Springs Community Wellness Center.
   A 62-59 win over Portland Basketball.com netted the Blackhawks their championship victory.
   The event was held to raise funds for Warms Springs' high school seniors who will graduate this June. It will let the seniors take a post-graduation trip to Southern California.
   Other top finishers in the event included the Yakama Nation team from near Yakima, Wash. Coached by Phil Rigdon, that team took fourth.
   Chi-Natives, a team out of Chiloquin, captured third in the tournament, under the coaching of John "Dooners" Miller.
   Earning all-star sweatshirts for their play were: Phil Rigdon and Bryan Rice of the Yakama Nation; Derek Kimbol and Steve Watah from Chi-Natives; Vern Cropper and Don Thompson of Portland Basketball.com plus Cody Eckman and Lamar from the Blackhawks. The champions also boasted the Most Valuable Player in someone listed simply as Gabe in the tournament's press release.