Hoop D’Ville Dreams
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The basketball action at the Sayre Park courts was so freaky fast on Saturday that even the Jimmy John’s delivery guy stopped his appointed rounds to take in a few of the hotly contested games.
Actually, tournament director Mike Picore’s annual Hoop D’Ville tournament has morphed into much more than just a basketball competition. For the first time, a week long youth basketball camp and a charity golf tournament were added to what is now a full week of Hoop D’Ville activities.
The youth camp, which was filled to capacity with local boys and girls, is the brainchild of former Glenwood Springs High School standout Cassandra Irving. Her ultimate goal in working with the kids is to get them back out on the courts at Sayre and teach them more than just basketball.
“The main thing is to get the youth of the area back into the game on the outdoor courts,” stated Irving, who played basketball collegiately at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. “We want to raise the bar for Western Slope basketball by getting these kids involved in the game at an early age. We had a waiting list to get into the camp this year, and we plan on doing it again next summer.”
Irving’s assistant at the camp, Barb Carmichael, a 1994 GSHS graduate who also played at Brigham Young University, likes the camp’s emphasis on the development of the person as well as the player.
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“What Cassandra has done is make an all-around camp with character development, physical fitness, and also nutrition. We hope these lessons are the lasting impressions the kids take away from the week with us,” Carmichael said.
In conjunction with what Irving and Carmichael have done, tournament founder Mike Picore will use the proceeds from all of this year’s Hoop D’Ville activities to help pay for work on the aging basketball courts at Sayre Park, especially areas that present a hazard to players on the edges of the asphalt. Picore is encouraging any local businesses who would like to make a donation to this effort to contact him.
The focal point of Saturday at Sayre, however, was adult basketball. There was plenty to go around.
The Hyenas, a team made up of former players from Glenwood, Rifle, Basalt, and a not-so-ordinary throw in from Denver, came away with late-afternoon bragging rights and won their sixth tournament title.
John Doose, Jason Rand, Dorian McClelland, Michael Palmer, Aaron Jewell, and Marvin Augustin went undefeated on the day, topping the Fightin’ Whities in the championship game by a count of 30-18. The Fightin’ Whities, who had to fight their way to the title game via the consolation bracket, were made up of Chris Hoffmeister, Ryan Parker, Jared Picore, Caleb Koski, Nick Eckmann, and Pablo Calderon.
The day’s best played and most competitive game came early on, as the Hyenas were pushed to the limit by a team called Tune Squad. The Tune Squad (Nathan Terrin, Trenton Brown, Tommy Powers, Darik Brown, Dennis Terzic) had the score knotted at 20-20 as both teams began to search for oxygen, but finding a solution to stopping Hyena big man Marvin Augustin was a puzzle they just couldn’t solve.
Augustin scored inside without much resistance and grabbed rebounds like a kid in a candy store in pushing his team to the hard fought 30-25 victory.
Following the contest he had just dominated, Augustin insisted it was a team win.
“The guys on this team are together. We have a very good dynamic,” said Augustin, who played at Jacksonville University. “Everyone has a high basketball I.Q.”
And the Hyenas have another Hoop D’Ville title to add to their growing collection.
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It may be by a technicality, but the Valley Valkyries 7s rugby club were the de facto champions of their hosted tournament Saturday.