With 6,110 teams participating in this year’s Hoopfest, there can only be one winner in each of the 459 brackets. Here are a few of them:
Men’s Open JBL Elite Division presented by Huppin’s
Spokane Club: An unlikely Hoopfest champion that was ranked #4 in pre Hoopfest standings; a collection of four talented former college players. Bryan Rabas, a prolific outside-shooter and scorer for Eastern Oregon University. Garrett Strocsher, an all-star at Wenatchee Valley before moving onto the NAIA level. Matt Brunell, a great player for Eastern Washington before moving onto Europe to play at the professional level. Curtis Carlson, the 2007 NWAACC Most Valuable Player at Walla Walla Community College, and who was also named an All-Conference selection at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. These four men put on a great run upsetting teams on their way to being crown this year’s Men’s Open Elite Champions!
Men’s 6’ & Under JBL Elite Division presented by Huppin’s
Desert Horse: There are a few constants when it comes to Hoopfest – it’s the last weekend of June, there are thousands of players and Desert Horse did well … real well. Back again this year, with J.R. Camel, a 42 year old; Preston Wynne, who has been playing professionally since his phenomenal career at Vanguard University, where he led Vanguard to an NAIA national title and Michael Jackson, an excellent versatile player, who can post-up and shoot the ball equally well. This Desert Horse team had an absolutley outstanding performance this year and are now our 2016 three-peat, Men’s 6′ & Under Elite Champions of Hoopfest!
Women’s JBL Elite Division presented by Huppin’s
Mambas: Similar to the Men’s Open Elite Championship, we knew a new champion would be crowned in the Women’s Division in 2016, after WCC Babes lost in the semifinals to Mambas, and then again to Every Blessed Day. Congratulations to Mambas, who took home the Championship! In one of the most exciting games of the weekend, this quartet of former Eastern Washington Eagles, earned their bragging rights. The team was comprised of Aburey Ashenfelter, Carrie Ojeda, Chene Cooper and Tayler Flemming. It was surely a team effort coming back from a 16-10 deficit in the Championship Game, with a free throw to take the crown.
Co-Ed JBL Elite Division presented by Huppin’s
BAMM: Taking home the Co-Ed Hoopfest Championship this year is team BAMM. All four players on this team have played college ball. The Dorrs brothers traveled to Spokane from Arizona, while the Ryans (brother and sister) came from Southern California. Both Dorrs brothers are 6’4″, Matt Dorr moved from SCC to the University of San Diego, where he was a key member of the team. Mike Dorr, was a three point specialist at Carroll College in Helena, Mt. Andrew Ryan is the tallest on the team at 6’5″ and was a constant deep threat at Campbell University. His sister Brianne Ryan played nearby at Eastern Washington, where she was an All-Big Sky performer. Once again, congratulations to this year’s 2016 Co-Ed Elite Division Champions, BAMM!
High School Elite Male Varsity Champions
Cuff team: Comprised of local Gonzaga Prep standouts, Quinn Sestero, Sam Lockett, Shane Eugenio and Kea Vargas stole the show Hoopfest weekend. This foursome also took 3rd in the Washington State Tournament this past year. Congrats boys!
Wendy’s Free Throw Challenge
Congrats to Jovan with 9 perfect free throws, hope you enjoy your new Xbox One!
Slam Dunk Contest
Congratulations to Kevin Kemp for winning the crown at this year’s Hoopfest Slam Dunk Contest.