South Tahoe High hosts 41-team girls basketball jamboree
Beaverton High School’s girls basketball team is back in town to defend its title for an unprecedented third consecutive time in the 18th annual Girls Basketball Jamboree in South Shore today.
“We’ve got a good team. We have most all of our players … and we’re playing pretty well,” said coach Sean Coste, who is in his seventh year with the Beaverton, Ore., team and his 15th year coaching basketball.
Although Beaverton only has two returning starters from last year, Ashley Brown and Stephanie Scott, the team has eight or nine girls that could start.
“I don’t know if we’ve been dominating, but we’ve won the games,” Coste said of Beaverton’s back-to-back championships in the 41-team jamboree, which draws teams from California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Utah. “We just have had two really good teams … They have good chemistry.”
Santa Ynes, from Santa Barbara, Calif., has won the tournament three times, but never three times in a row. They return this year and play San Marin at 9:40 a.m. at the Kahle Gym today.
New head coach Chris Proctor will take a host team from South Tahoe into the tournament. The Vikings will play their first game today at the Kahle Gym at 4:30 p.m. against Saint Patrick’s and then again at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Gym at South Tahoe High against South Side. The Vikings have never won the tournament.
Coach Proctor said he told the girls to work as hard as they can so they can go into the rest of their summer on a good note, no matter how they finish in the tournament.
After a long fund-raising campaign, cleaning up after various camps, and working in the community, Proctor said he is concerned the team may get burned out.
As well, this tournament doesn’t hold the same attraction as a “vacation tournament” that may stimulate the visiting teams.
At the same time, “it’s important to demonstrate pride in their gym and show other people they work hard as a team,” he said.
Overall, however, he is pleased with their effort so far.
Beaverton starts tournament play today against Berean Christian at the Gold Gym at South Tahoe High at 8 a.m.
“For us, it’s a lot of fun to come to. It’s a long trip. We go down to the beach a lot, rent jet skis, go exploring, get to know each other and have a lot of late nights,” Coste said.
The tournament is organized by Les Wright, who also organizes the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
He started the tournament 18 years ago when he coached at South Tahoe.
Part of the proceeds of the event go back to the school.
For more information about the tournament, see http://www.tahoebasketball.com.