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S. Tahoe Shootout hosts welcome West Coast teams

The South Tahoe Basketball Club will find out how deep it is this weekend.

The 23rd annual South Tahoe Shootout hosts will welcome 15 big-time West Coast high school programs to town and then try to play the final day of the three-day tournament without three regulars.

Some of the high-caliber programs “Catching Air in the High Country” will be Jesuit of Sacramento, Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Judge Memorial of Utah, Woodbridge of Irvine, St. Augustine of San Diego and Beaverton of Oregon.



“It’s a great challenge for our team, and it should help us raise our level of play,” said South Tahoe coach Tom Orlich. “Intensity is real high, all the teams are well-coached and there’s an abundance of talent. It’s a great match, and it should really help the players and teams elevate their standards for next year.”

South Tahoe opens with Castro Valley at 5 p.m. Friday and concludes the Friday night session with Judge Memorial at 8:45.




On Saturday, South Tahoe plays Oak Ridge, Calif., at 10:15 a.m. and Oceanview of Huntington Beach, Calif., at 12:30 p.m.

On Sunday, South Tahoe will play Bishop O’Dowd at 9:30 a.m., Beaverton at 1:15 p.m. and Jesuit at 3:30 p.m. minus John Giannoni, Matt Williams and Bob Larmore. The three, who will be seniors at South Tahoe High in the fall, will attend the All-Star Camp in Los Angeles.

Next week, South Tahoe will compete in the prestigious Adidas Big Time tournament in Las Vegas.

“The team we have coming back for next year can beat anybody. We have all the pieces: the guards, a big man inside, a good power forward, athletic swing men and a good bench,” Orlich said. “We’re bringing the team along very slowly. We’re trying to work together and build chemistry, so it will all come together next year.”

Admission is $2 for high school students and adults, while children are admitted free.


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