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OC to host the best in girls basketball

The Pioneers' summer cage tourneys start this weekend

OREGON CITY - Girls basketball heaven returns to Oregon City next weekend, as the Pioneers host the first of their popular End of the Oregon Trail summer girls basketball tournaments.

This Friday through Sunday the Pioneers host the high school and jayvee tournaments in the Oregon City High School old and new gymnasiums, at Clackamas Community College, and at Gardiner and Ogden middle schools.

Sixty-four high school varsity teams will vie in the high school varsity tournament, including Southridge, Oregon City, three of the top four teams from the state of Washington, and the state champion from Idaho. Oregon City and Southridge won the two divisions of the tournament last year, and they went on to play for the Oregon Class 4A state championship last winter.

The title game of the tournament will be played Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Action continues June 30 through July 3 with the 60-team Oregon City Shoot-out high school open division and Class of 2009, 2010 and 2011 youth all-star tournaments. Most of the participants in the high-school division of this tournament will come from club teams, although Oregon City, Southridge and Jesuit all plan to enter next year's school teams. Bracket championship games are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Monday, July 3, at Clackamas Community College.

The End of the Oregon Trail showcase high school all-star tournament returns to the Oregon City area July 6-9, with 192 of the top high school all-star teams in the United States and Canada scheduled to compete.

'It's considered the top high school girls summer tournament in the country,' said Carl Tinsley, director of the End of the Oregon Trail tournaments. 'We anticipate over 400 college scouts. It's considered the biggest tourist attraction for Clackamas County, as far as filling motels and restaurants.'

The all-star division bracket championship games will be played at 2 p.m. and at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, in the main gymnasium at Oregon City High School.

For tournament game-schedule information, check out the website at ocbasketball.com, and click on 'summer tournament info.'