KENNEWICK -- Thirty-two community college basketball teams -- 16 men, 16 women -- take over Toyota Center for four days beginning Saturday in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships.
This is the 11th consecutive year the tournament has been held in Kennewick, and there's more.
"This is the first of a three-year deal here," said Charlie Warner of the NWAACC.
Warner said that each team is helping with a charity this year.
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"We're running a food drive with Second Harvest," he said.
Teams hope to bring in a combined total of 1,500 cans of food. There also will be bins at Toyota Center for fans to donate canned food.
The defending champions from last year's tournaments -- Peninsula for the men, and Yakima Valley for the women -- are back. But they're not the favorites.
Clark and Whatcom both finished tied atop the final NWAACC men's coaches poll, while Columbia Basin is the top seed entering the women's tourney.
The tournaments begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, not exactly a great time to be playing basketball for some athletes.
Jeff Reinland, head coach for the Walla Walla men, gets that call when his team opens against Tacoma.
"This is my 13th trip to the tournament, and I have never had to do that," Reinland said. "The last three days, we have been practicing at 6:15 in the morning. We're just trying to get our guys used to getting out of bed. We're going at 6:15 because they've got class at 8:30."
Reinland is not excited about it.
"I gotta say it's not great," he said. "But the other team has to do it, too."
Both four-day passes and single-day tickets for the tournaments are available at Toyota Center's box office.
Four-day pass prices are: $31 for adults; $25 for students, military and seniors; and $18 for ages 7-12. Single-day prices are: $11 for adults; $7 for students, military and seniors; and $5 for ages 7-12.
Children ages 6 and under receive free admission.
Men: Game 5, Tacoma vs. Walla Walla, 8 a.m.; Game 1, Peninsula vs. Clackamas, 10 a.m.; Game 4, Chemeketa vs. Bellevue, noon; Game 6, Mt. Hood vs. Shoreline, 2 p.m.; Game 2, Spokane vs. South Puget Sound, 4 p.m.; Game 3, Clark vs. Yakima Valley, 6 p.m.; Game 7, Whatcom vs. Southwestern Oregon, 8 p.m.; Game 8, Big Bend vs. Lower Columbia, 10 p.m.
Women: Game 5, Bellevue vs. Clackamas, 8 a.m.; Game 1, Clark vs. Yakima Valley, 10 a.m.; Game 4, Walla Walla vs. Pierce, noon; Game 6, Columbia Basin vs. Tacoma, 2 p.m.; Game 2, Lane vs. Peninsula, 4 p.m.; Game 3, Skagit Valley vs. Umpqua, 6 p.m.; Game 7, Centralia vs. Blue Mountain, 8 p.m.; Game 8, Chemeketa vs. Whatcom, 10 p.m.
Here's a quick look at the men's tournament:
Finished second in North with 22-5 record. ... Jeremy Eggers is head coach. ... Leader is soph G Jonathan Humphrie (Seattle Prep), who is North's MVP and all-defensive player. Averages 17.5 points. ... Keaton Hayenga (Eastlake), the North freshman of the year and second-team North all-star, averages 8.3 rebounds. ... Soph Rex Nelson (Blanchet) is also a second-team North all-star, while Andrew Squiers (Redmond) was North all-defensive.
Big Bend Vikings
Coach Mark Poth's team finished second in the East at 21-4. ... Soph G Blake Skidmore (Mud Lake, Idaho) was co-MVP of East. He's the fourth-leading scorer in the entire NWAACC at 23.1 points. ... Soph PG Antonio Snow (Las Vegas) was also a first-team All-East and All-East defensive team selection. ... Moses Lake grad Josh Loera (11.2 points) sees plenty of playing time at point guard. ... Loera (fourth with 72), Snow (fifth with 70) and Skidmore (10th with 62) are all among the top 10 in NWAACC steals. Team is No. 1 in steals, with 14.2 a game. ... Team is ranked fifth in scoring at 88.4 points.
Storm was second in South with 19-7 record. ... Team is coached by Dave Abderhalden. ... Top player is G Gavin Kauffman (Sweet Home, Ore.), who averages 15.7 points and is first-team All-South. He was also South Freshman of the Year. ... Soph G Deshawn Byrd (Las Vegas) is all-defensive for South. ... Trevor Phillips, a 6-8 freshman from Hermiston, is the team's second-leading scorer at 15.1 points. ... Second-highest scoring team at 95.3 points a game. ... Team averages 16.4 assists.
Coach Clif Wegner's Cougars finished third in South at 16-10. ... G Taylor Dunn (Mountain View) and G Paul Walter (Skyline-Vancouver) are first-team South all-stars. Dunn averages 21.8 points, Walter at 14.0. ... F Brett Ball (Hillsboro, Ore.) is a second-team all-star, with 10.0 rebounds and 13.1 points. ... F Andre Dickson (Madison-Portland) was South all-defensive with 66 steals.
Along with Whatcom, finished tied atop final coaches poll. ... West coach of the year Mike Arnold led Penguins to West title and 25-2 record. ... Six-foot-8 F Austin Bragg (Mark Morris) and G Derek Owens (Tempe, Ariz.) are first-team West stars. Owens averages 5.0 assists. ... Bragg (14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds) is also West all-defensive, while 6-10 C Blake Bowen (Skyview-Vancouver) was second team all-star on West. ... Penguins No. 2 in rebounds at 44.5 and assists at 17.8.
Lower Columbia Red Devils
Jim Roffler's Red Devils placed third in the West at 15-11. ... Best player is F Aaron Alston (Hesperia, Calif.). He is a first-team West all-star and the co-freshman of the year (16.2 points.
Mt. Hood Saints
South coach of the year Geoff Gibor led his team to the region title with a 21-7 record. ... Spencer Clayton, a 6-9 F out of Camas, is the South MVP (13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds). ... G Marcus Moore (Las Vegas) is a second-team all-star and the South defensive player of the year. ... PG Drew Johnson (Gresham, Ore.) is an all-defensive player, and he averages 5.3 assists. ... Team is No. 4 in assists at 16.6, fifth in rebounds at 44.0.
Defending champions coached by Lance Von Vogt finished second in the North with a 23-4 record. ... C DeShaun Freeman (Los Angeles) and G J.T. Terrell (North Carolina) are first-team all-stars for the North. Terrell leads the team in scoring at 25.0 points, while Freeman is the top rebounder at 8.5... Freeman (15.7 points) is also the defensive player of the year. ... G Sam Waller (Chino, Calif.) averages 5.1 assists; G Tyler Funk (Orange County, Calif.) is at 4.5. ... Team ranked fourth in scoring at 89.5.
Coach Greg Turcott's Dolphins finished fourth in the North at 16-11. ... F Joe Bodman (Post Falls, Idaho) and PG Avery Scharer (Garfield-Seattle) are both second-team North all-stars. ... Bodman (14.2 points) is second in NWAACC rebounding at 10.8 a game. ... Scharer (16.4 points) leads the NWAACC with 9.8 assists. ... Top-scoring team in NWAACC at 103.2 points, tops in assists at 19.1, and tops in rebounds at 54.5. Second in steals at 12.8.
South Puget Sound Clippers
Only team in tournament with a losing record at 12-14, team was fourth in West. ... Best player is 6-7 F Anye Turner (Black Hills). In the West, he was a first-team all-star (14.5 points), co-Freshman of the Year, and the defensive player of the year. ... He's the top rebounder in the NWAACC at 11.6 a game. ... G Scott Ewing (Georgia) averages 14.0 points. ... Team ranks third in steals at 11.0.
Southwestern Oregon Lakers
Coach Trevor Hoppe's team finished fourth in the South at 15-12. ... Top player is G Joseph Moquino (Albuquerque, N.M.), who was first-team All-South (19.5 points) and on the all-defensive team (63 steals). ... G Marcus Monroe (Hawaii) is a second-team South all-star (14.2 points).
Ranked No. 3 in final coaches poll, Clint Hull's team was the East champion at 23-4. ... Hull was named East coach of the year. ... Best player is G Preston Wynne (Wellpinit), named East co-MVP (22.2 points) and defensive player of the year (73 steals). ... F Marlowe Brim (Kent-Meridian) is a second-team East all-star.
Coach Carl Howell's team comes in ranked No. 4. ... Finished second in the West with a 22-5 mark. ... G/F Mark McLaughlin (Inglemoor) was West's MVP. He not only led the NWAACC in scoring at 28.4 points per game, that was also the best among all junior college players in the nation. ... G Nate Walker (Foss) was first-team All-West and all-defensive, averaging 14.4 points. ... G Dominique Williams (Curtis) averages 13.6 points.
Walla Walla Warriors
Coach Jeff Reinland's Warriors finished third in the East with a 19-8 record. ... Standout is Richland High grad Dylan Radliff, a 6-0 freshman guard who is a first-team All-East player. He is also the East's freshman of the year. Radliff (15.4 points) ranks ninth in the NWAACC with 4.3 assists. ... G Mac Stannard (Moscow, Idaho) is a second-team East all-star and all-defensive team player. He averages 12.8 points. ... G/F Michael Crane (Glenns Ferry, Idaho) was also East all-defensive. ... Wa-Hi grad Colton Arias also plays for the Warriors.
Finished tied with Clark atop final coaches poll, placing first in North with 23-3 mark. ... Chris Scrimsher was named North head coach of the year. ... G Evan Coulter (Burlington-Edison) and G Pat Voeut (Squalicum) are both first-team North selections. Coulter averages 17.2 points; Voeut is at 13.8 points. ... G Derek Dickerson (Squalicum) is a second-team pick with 15.8 points, while G Will Perry (Central Kitsap) was all-defensive. ... Grandview grad Daniel Nielsen is also on the team. ... Team is third in scoring at 89.9 points, second in rebounding at 44.5.
Yakima Valley Yaks
Yaks finished fourth in the East with 16-10 record. ... Coach is Ray Funk. ... Team has six players from Las Vegas area. One of them, 6-7 F Amir Royal, is team's top player, averaging 17.4 points and was named first-team All-East. ... G Debrail Henton (Modesto, Calif.) is a second-team All-East pick and averages 14.8 points. ... Yaks average 10.8 steals a game.
Saturday: Women's capsules