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Category: Basketball


Dorsey gives Washington the thumbs up, commits to Huskies’ basketball team

By Meg Wochnick

From the first day of Donaven Dorsey’s basketball recruiting chronicle that dates back to his early high school years at Timberline, the Washington Huskies sought after the Blazers’ highlight-real guard.

Coach Lorenzo Romar also was visible at many of Timberline’s games last winter, eyeing on arguably one of the state’s must-have recruits for the Class of 2014.

Both were big factors for the-now 6-foot-7 senior-to-be’s commitment to the hometown Huskies.

Late Monday afternoon, Dorsey, a combo guard who has grown into a small forward stature, gave a verbal commitment to play for UW, choosing the program

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Shelton brothers lose in Elite Division semifinals at Spokane’s Hoopfest

In a matchup of the past two Elite Division men’s winners, defending champion Douglass Properties defeated Mamma’s Boys – made up of the Shelton siblings of Lincoln High School – 20-12, in the Spokane 3-on-3 Hoopfest semifinals at Nike Center Court in Spokane.

Nik Raivio sank a long 2-pointer (regular field goals are worth 1; 3-pointers are worth 2) to end the game Sunday afternoon. Douglass Properties are made up of former Gonzaga standouts Josh Heytvelt and David Pendergraft, and Raivio, who played at the University of Portland.

The Sheltons – Aaron, Aubrey (varsity boys’ basketball coach for the Abes),

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Thomas returns home to host three-day youth basketball camp in South Tacoma

Once again, Isaiah Thomas is making the summer-camp rounds.

And he clearly has one favorite spot – home.

Staring Monday, the former Curtis High School and University of Washington standout now with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings will host the Isaiah Thomas Youth Skills Academy at the Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club.

“I love these camps, especially my Tacoma camp,” Thomas said. “It’s made me feel … so blessed to give back to the community of Tacoma. The smiles on the kids’ faces are priceless.”

Thomas debuted the three-day camp in Tacoma last summer. After it was over, the

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Rorie leaving Lincoln to play basketball for Montverde Academy in Florida

By his former coach’s admission, point guard Ahmaad Rorie is moving up to bigger challenges – in basketball and in life.

The two-time News Tribune All-Area first team guard, including player of the year in 2011-12, announced Tuesday he is leaving Lincoln High School to attend prestigious Montverde Academy in Florida.

Montverde, located 25 miles outside Orlando, finished last season as the top-ranked high school boys’ basketball program in the country by USA Today and

“The coaches from Findlay Prep (Nev.) and Montverde has been talking to him the last couple months,” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said. “The

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Top juniors in Washington expected to play in this weekend’s WIBCA/WIAA Basketball Showcase

Think ahead – to the 2014 class.

College coaches will surely be in the area come this weekend for the 11th annual WIBCA/WIAA Basketball Showcase at Bellevue Community College.

There will be 16 teams (160 players total) representing Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Olympia featuring some of the best boys’ basketball talent for next year’s class.

Some of the locals playing include Curtis High’s Dom Jordan, Lincoln High’s Latravion Satterwhite, Lakes High’s Cedric Williams, and Cedar Park Christian’s Evan Scholten.

Tournament games start Saturday at 10 a.m. and run all the way through 7 p.m. Games will

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Successful Spokane coach Sheridan dies from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Forgot to pass this along over the weekend, but one of the most successful Washington high school coaches in any sport – Linda Sheridan, of Shadle Park High School – died in Spokane on Saturday of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sheridan led that school to seven state titles – five in volleyball and a pair in girls’ basketball.

Here is Chris Derrick’s story in the Spokesman-Review.


Washington boys’ bid for last-second win thwarted at the 18th Northwest Shootout

PORTLAND – It is advertised as a goodwill all-star basketball game between the best high school seniors from Washington and Oregon – a showcase of Northwest talent.

And the 18th Northwest Shootout ended up being a scratch-claw-and-grab affair for a victory.

Twice, the Washington boys’ squad was down big – and both times they came back. But their chance to win at the buzzer on Dominic Robinson’s corner 3-pointer was deflected, and Oregon snapped a five-game losing streak with a 113-111 victory at the Chiles Center on Saturday night.

Calvin Hermanson, a 6-foot-6 guard from Lake Oswego High School who

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Oregon girls snap losing streak with rout of Washington, 99-70, in Northwest Shootout

A 12-0 run midway through the second half turned this all-star game into a rout, and the Oregon girls snapped its five-game skid to the Washington girls at the Northwest Shootout with an easy 99-70 victory at the Chiles Center in Portland on Saturday night.

Johanna Paine led Oregon with 20 points. Jordan Reynolds, who is headed to Tennessee, added 19 points and six assists.

Time and time again, Reynolds, of Central Catholic, and Oregon City point guard Montana Walters got deep into the lane, leading to easy baskets and big runs.

In fact, Reynolds had the play of the

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