Players of the Mount Vernon High School girls’ basketball teams Christian and La Conner will be able to don their school uniforms multiple times – and face a field filled with some of the state’s best small school teams.
The Hurricanes and Braves kick off Wednesday at Summer State, an eight-team tournament that will take place over three days at Mount Vernon Christian School.
Hosted by the Washington State Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association, the tournament is not sanctioned by the Washington Interschool Association, but has received permission from that governing body for the players wear their school uniforms.
The tournament will have other characteristics of a tough postseason tournament, from trophies to a team of all tournaments.
Each participating team is Class 2B, with the exception of Mount Vernon Christian, who is 1B.
“The seniors have more games to play which is a good thing,” said La Conner coach Scott Novak.
He said he was impressed with the teams at the tournament, including Warden, who placed sixth in the State 1A tournament last year, and Wahkiakum, who was La Conner’s opponent last year in class 2B semi-final.
âIn terms of having the best teams out there, the top three teams (2G) are there – no ifs and buts,â Novak said.
Mount Vernon Christian coach Jeff Droog helped create the tournament as a way for players to get more games after a season shortened by COVID.
He said he was excited for the players, especially seniors like Hurricanes star Kailey Faber.
âA lot of coaches were thinking about thatâ¦ how to focus on the careers of these kids. They’ve served their teams and their communities so well,â said Droog.
Wednesday’s matches will take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. La Conner will play Toledo at 2 p.m. and Mount Vernon Christian will face Tri-Cities Prep at 6 p.m.
Matches will be at the same times on Thursday, and four more games will be played on Friday, with start times an hour earlier, including the 7 p.m. league game.
Tickets will be sold for $ 5 starting 10 minutes before each game. Payment must be made in cash only, and due to COVID regulations, the gymnasium will be emptied between matches. Spectators must pay $ 5 for each game they attend.
Droog said the costs were borne by sponsors such as Baden and BSN Sports.
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Kailey Faber of Mount Vernon Christian and Kylie Clark of Concrete have been recognized by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association as Athletes of the Week.
Faber scored 123 points in 10 games to help the Hurricanes break a 9-1 record during that span. She was one of 12 athletes recognized for the Week 16 awards.
Clark, who was among the Week 17 winners, scored 63 points in three games to cap his Lions career. She set a school record with seven 3-pointers in a win over Darrington and rose to 14 of 16 from the free throw line against Coupeville.