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Pioneers 'unofficial' NW champions

OC girls beat the top teams from Washington and Idaho, and they capture the EOT River City Classic crown


by: SUBMITTED - Playing against the top high school teams in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Oregon Citys top team, Oregon City Black, won first place in the large school division of the recent End Of The Trail River City Classic Girls Basketball Tournament. Vying for the Pioneers were: (front, from left) NDea Flye, Jordan Kelly and Lucy Kleiner; and (standing) Anastasya Youmans, Kayla Hyppolite, Katie Kammerer, Cierra Walker, Taylor Knighton, Taylor Shaw, Meaghan Preston and Jadwyn Parrish.Anyone who thinks that defending Class 6A state champion Oregon City will not be a state title contender in high school girls basketball again next season had better think again.

The Pioneers, who return all but four players from last year’s state championship team, demonstrated June 20-22 that they may be the team to beat in 2015, as they captured first place in a talent-filled field at the End Of The Trail River City Classic.

The tournament, held in Oregon City, features the top high school girls teams in the Northwest, and graduates are not permitted to play.

Oregon City defeated Central Valley of Spokane, Washington, 64-60 in the tournament overall championship game, after dispatching with Gonzaga Prep out of Spokane 73-65 in the “Diamond Bracket” final. In other games, the Pioneers defeated South Anchorage Alaska 96-34, Boise out of Idaho 63-40, Canby 74-36 and Inglemoor, Washington, 78-41.

“This makes us unofficial Northwest champions,” said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. “The top teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho were here. It was a tough, tough tournament. Gonzaga Prep was state champion in Washington. They’ve got eight kids back and they’re favored to win again. Central Valley’s also tough. They’ve got a couple of freshman who are big-time players.”

Guelsdorf noted that one of Gonzaga Prep’s top players is Laura Stockton, the daughter of retired professional and “Dream Team” Olympian John Stockton. John Stockton was coach of the Gonzaga team.

Oregon City 5-9 junior point guard Cierra Walker was named the tournament MVP and Pioneers Taylor Shaw (5-10 junior post), Katie Kammerer (5-11 junior post/wing) and N’Dea Flye (5-9 sophomore point guard) were named tournament all-stars.

Walker hit seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points in the win over Inglemoor, and she averaged 21.4 points for the tournament.

Shaw hauled down 71 rebounds for the Pioneers’ six tournament games.

Kammerer averaged 10 points and five rebounds and she hit a 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining to seal the win over Gonzaga.

Flye had 17 points, six steals and eight rebounds in the Gonzaga game, and she defended against Stockton.

Rounding out the Pioneer roster were: seniors-to-be Anastasya Youmans (5-10 post), Lucy Kleiner (5-8 wing) and Meaghan Preston (5-10 post); juniors-to-be Kayla Hyppolite (5-9 point guard/wing), Taylor Knighton (5-9 post) and Jordan Kelly (5-7 wing); and sophomore-to-be Jadwyn Parrish (5-9 wing).

Hyppolite is a transfer from Glencoe, where she was a starting point guard as a sophomore; Youmans is a transfer from Las Vegas.

The Pioneers will face some even tougher competition over the Fourth of July weekend, when their high school team goes up against many of the nation’s top club teams at the End Of The Trail All-Star Tournament. The 270-team tournament runs Saturday, July 5, through July 8 in gymnasiums throughout the local area. Oregon City is in the National Division Diamond Bracket, and the Pioneers will play Cal Swish SD Saturday at 9 a.m. in the opening round.

To access tournament brackets, go to the website at www.eotbasketball.com.



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