Some of the top high-school basketball players in the state will be showcased in a series of boys and girls all-state games Saturday.
The 33rd annual boys event, sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, is at KeyArena, while the girls games are at Jefferson High School near Federal Way. Both are sponsored in part by Comcast, which will televise the games as part of its "On Demand" package next week.
Venoy Overton of Franklin and Terrell Smith of Federal Way headline the Class 4A boys team that will play the 3A all-stars at noon. The 3A squad features Steven Gray and Coby Gibler of Bainbridge as well as O'Dea's Jamelle McMillan and Bellevue's Luke Sikma.
The first boys game pits 1B against 2B players at 9 a.m., followed at 10:30 by the 1A stars against the 2A team.
The $15 all-day pass also includes entrance to the Sonics game Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors at 7 p.m. Tickets are only available on-line at www.theFinalScore.TV. Purchases can be made by clicking on "Lynden Celebrates."
The three girls all-state games, in their fourth year at Jefferson, feature a West vs. East format. The 1B/2B contest is at 1 p.m., followed by the 1A/2A game at 3 p.m. The 3A/4A stars square off at 5 p.m. The West team includes Courtney Vandersloot from Kentwood of Covington, Mackenzie Argens of Roosevelt and Brittany Eskridge from Jackson of Mill Creek.
Advance tickets are available at Jefferson for $5. Game-day tickets are $7, with a $2 discount for students with ASB cards. Elementary students are admitted free.
NW Shootout April 1
Some of the top prep basketball players from Washington and Oregon face each other in the 14th annual Les Schwab Northwest Shootout on April 1 at the Chiles Center in Portland. The girls play at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
Three major-college recruits from Chief Sealth in West Seattle lead the Washington girls team. Nia Jackson, Regina Rogers and Christina Nzekwe are the Sealth girls expected to play. Also on the roster are Kentwood's Vandersloot, Auburn Riverside's Stephanie Wilber and Stanwood's Rachelle Kloke.
Among the Washington boys are Marysville-Pilchuck's Nathan Lozeau, Bainbridge's Gray and Gibler, Federal Way's Smith, Franklin's Overton and Bellevue's Sikma.
Oregon has won 10 of 14 boys games, and seven of 13 girls contests. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats, $7 for general admission and $5 for students.