Games to be played in both Warm Springs and Madras gyms
There will be a lot of basketball being played this weekend between the Warm Springs Community Center and the Madras High School gym.
The Chasan Walker Memorial basketball tournament will begin Friday, and the 16-team double elimination tournament culminates Sunday at MHS for the championship game.
Walker, a 2001 MHS graduate, was one of the school's most prolific assist men. Walker registered 217 assists during his high school career, which is tied for third-most since 1993, when the school started to track statistics.
He was named the Tri-Valley Conference player of the year in 2001 and led the White Buffalos to an appearance in the 3A state tournament. He died in 2012.
Teams in the tournament are allowed to have two nonNative American players on the roster, but otherwise all players are Native.
The tournament will have awards for the top three teams, along with an MVP, 10 all-tournament team spots and a special award called the "CW" award.
Action will start at the MHS gym at 10 a.m. on Friday with the Young Gunz taking on the NW Warriors. First-round action at MHS will run until the final game of the day, which is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
First-round games in Warm Springs will begin at noon, with the Weekend Warriors taking on the WS Studs. The final game of the day there is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
There will also be loser's bracket games Friday evening, two in each gym, held after all the first-round action is over.
Admission prices for the tournament are $3 for students (ages 6-18) and $5 for adults, which is an all-day ticket. Kids under 5 years old are free of charge.