High School Basketball

Area’s best will hit the court 1 last time this weekend

Richland’s Riley Sorn (5) lays the ball up over Kamiakin’s Payton Flynn (left) and Garrett Paxton (11) during a game earlier this season in Kennewick. Sorn and Paxton will be teammates in Saturday’s SWX All-Star Classic, which pits 15 of the top Tri-City area players against 15 of the best from around Yakima. The boys game will tip off 6 p.m., following the girls game at 4 p.m. Both will be at Kamiakin High School, and will be televised on SWX.
Richland’s Riley Sorn (5) lays the ball up over Kamiakin’s Payton Flynn (left) and Garrett Paxton (11) during a game earlier this season in Kennewick. Sorn and Paxton will be teammates in Saturday’s SWX All-Star Classic, which pits 15 of the top Tri-City area players against 15 of the best from around Yakima. The boys game will tip off 6 p.m., following the girls game at 4 p.m. Both will be at Kamiakin High School, and will be televised on SWX. Herald file

Imagine Garrett Paxton lobbing in the rock to Riley Sorn for a two-handed flush to answer a 25-foot 3-pointer by Gonzaga-commit Brock Ravet. Or Oumou Toure and Talia von Oelhoffen trying to beat Marissa Cortes and Britnee Guerrero (players of the year in their respective conferences) on the give-and-go.

Scenes like that will be common fare Saturday when 60 of the top boys and girls high school basketball players from the Tri-Cities and Yakima regions get together for the SWX All-Star Classic at Kamiakin High School.

With teams divided between Yakima and Tri-City affiliations, the girls all-star game will tip off at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 6 p.m. All the action will be televised on SWX.

The game is a revival of the Media Classic started in 1994 by the Tri-City Herald and Yakima Herald-Republic, which was last played in 2015.

Both rosters are star-studded, expected to feature: Richland’s Sorn (MCC Player of the Year and two-time Defensive POTY); A.C. Davis senior Alexzander Delgado (Big 9 POTY); Davis senior Collin Kelley (Big 9 Defensive POTY); Kamiakin’s Toure (two-time MCC Girls POTY); Chiawana’s Alyssa Agundis (MCC Girls Defensive POTY); Selah’s Elijah Pepper (CWAC POTY); Prosser’s Cortes (CWAC Girls POTY); River View’s Aaliyah Anderson (SCAC East Girls POTY); Naches Valley’s Kobe Kohls (SCAC West POTY); Zillah’s Samantha Bowman (SCAC West Girls POTY); Kittitas-Thorp’s Ravet (EWAC POTY); and Tri-Cities Prep’s von Oelhoffen and Mabton’s Guerrero (EWAC Girls Players of the Year).

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Kamiakin’s Oumou Toure (24) passes after scrambling to the floor for a loose ball during the Braves state regional win over Seattle Prep in Kennewick. The two-time MCC Player of the Year, Toure will be one of the leaders of the Tri-City girls team in Saturday’s SWX All-Star Classic at Kamiakin High School. Noelle Haro-Gomez Herald file

The teams will also have a wealth of all-conference talent from the local leagues. Each 15-player squad will be coached by current or former Columbia Basin or Yakima Valley coaches.

Tickets for the doubleheader cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Proceeds from the event go to the Kamiakin dance team and the Tri-Cities YMCA.

2018 SWX All-Star Classic Rosters

TRI-CITY GIRLS

Coach: Zach Wilde (current CBC women’s head coach). Players (Number, name, school): 1, Macey Morales, Chiawana; 2, Alyssa Agundis, Chiawana; 4, Ali Martineau, Columbia-Burbank; 10, Bella Gutierrez, Pasco; 12, Nicole Gall, Richland; 20, Aaliyah Anderson, River View; 21, Maddy Juul, Hermiston; 22, Alexa Hazel, Kamiakin; 23, Clare Eubanks, Chiawana; 25, Heather Hawkins, Connell; 24, Oumou Toure, Kamiakin; 32, MeiLani McBee, Kennewick; 34, Kalan McGlothan, Pendleton; 44, Talia von Oelhoffen, Tri-Cities Prep; 45, Alicia Oatis, Kennewick.

YAKIMA GIRLS

Coach: Adam Strom (current YVC women’s head coach). Players: 1, Nayha Mills, Yakama Tribal; 2, Imani Brown, Davis; 3, Abbie Myers, Zillah; 4, Britnee Guerrero, Mabton; 7, Lexi Skyles, Sunnyside; 10, Drew Billups, Davis; 12, Marissa Cortes, Prosser; 20, Ashley Anderson, White Swan; 21, Callie Delp, Zillah; 22, Kylie Wilkey, Selah; 23, Samantha Bowman, Zillah; 24, Chehalis Aleck, Wapato; 34, Nicole Rasmussen, West Valley; 35, Ashlee Maldonado, Sunnyside; 41, Janealle Sutterlict, Wapato.

TRI-CITY BOYS

Coach: Aaric Wrenn (former CBC men’s assistant coach). Players: 0, Austin Penny, Chiawana; 1, Ryne Andreason, Hermiston; 2, Kobe Singleton, Tri-Cities Prep; 3, Taylor Hamada, Walla Walla; 4, Tyler Greene, Walla Walla; 5, Ryan Wagar, Richland; 10, Diego Gutierrez, Pasco; 11, Garrett Paxton, Kamiakin; 12, Matthew Kroner, Chiawana; 14, Connor Woodward, Hanford; 20, Corbin Christensen, Royal; 21, Champ Grayson, Kamiakin; 24, Silas Chase, Connell; 30, Stefan Geist, Tri-Cities Prep; 52, Riley Sorn, Richland.

YAKIMA BOYS

Coach: Jordan Dutton and Ray Navarro III (former YVC men’s assistant coaches). Players: 00, Collin Kelley, Davis; 1, Alexzander Delgado, Davis; 2, Trey Sanchez, Sunnyside; 3, Art Palacios, Sunnyside; 4, Zak Donato, Selah; 5, Isaiah Perez, Toppenish; 10, Kieran Kershaw, La Salle; 13, Kobe Kohls, Naches Valley; 14, Dallin Cluff, West Valley; 21, Antonio Salinas, Zillah; 23, Efrain Araujo, Eisenhower; 30, Gabe Esqueda, Grandview; 32, Brock Ravet, Kittitas; 40, Elijah Pepper, Selah; 51, Luke Wagenaar, Sunnyside Christian.

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