Annual Hoop Shoot brings 41 teams to Superior

Print Article

  • PLAINS PLAYED St. Regis in the third- and fourth-grade division on Saturday morning during the annual Superior Hoop Shoot. The youth basketball tournament is focused on B and C schools.

  • 1

    DURING THE St. Regis girls’ game against Trout Creek, Shylah Dalka goes in for a layup in fifth- and sixth-grade division play during the annual Superior Hoop Shoot.

  • 2

    CLARK FORK Mountain Cat Chandon Vulles makes a basket against Frenchtown during the Superior Hoop Shoot in the seventh- and eighth-grade division held last weekend. (Kathleen Woodford photos/Mineral Independent)

  • 3

    THOMPSON FALLS’ Aubrey Baxter dribbles past a Libby player as #3 Addi Pardee blocks another in the fifth- and sixth-grade division during the Superior Hoop Shoot held on March 30 and 31 in Superior. (Kathleen Woodford photos/Mineral Independent)

  • 4

    TROUT CREEK’S Gabi Hunnum goes in for a layup against a St. Regis player in the fifth- and sixth-grade division during the Superior Hoop Shoot last weekend. Forty-one teams from the Northwest signed up for the tournament.

  • PLAINS PLAYED St. Regis in the third- and fourth-grade division on Saturday morning during the annual Superior Hoop Shoot. The youth basketball tournament is focused on B and C schools.

  • 1

    DURING THE St. Regis girls’ game against Trout Creek, Shylah Dalka goes in for a layup in fifth- and sixth-grade division play during the annual Superior Hoop Shoot.

  • 2

    CLARK FORK Mountain Cat Chandon Vulles makes a basket against Frenchtown during the Superior Hoop Shoot in the seventh- and eighth-grade division held last weekend. (Kathleen Woodford photos/Mineral Independent)

  • 3

    THOMPSON FALLS’ Aubrey Baxter dribbles past a Libby player as #3 Addi Pardee blocks another in the fifth- and sixth-grade division during the Superior Hoop Shoot held on March 30 and 31 in Superior. (Kathleen Woodford photos/Mineral Independent)

  • 4

    TROUT CREEK’S Gabi Hunnum goes in for a layup against a St. Regis player in the fifth- and sixth-grade division during the Superior Hoop Shoot last weekend. Forty-one teams from the Northwest signed up for the tournament.

Nearly 400 people descended on Superior Schools last weekend to participate in the Annual Superior Hoop Shoot. A basketball competition for grades third through eight comprised of three divisions: third and fourth; fifth and sixth; seventh and eighth.

The Clark Fork Mountain Cats third- and fourth-grader divisions were reigning champions after two days of play. Both the boys’ and girls’ won in that division. The Mountain Cat boys also won the championship game in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. The fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ winners’ bracket went to Ronan.

The Ronan seventh- and eighth-grade boys also won top honors, while the Florence girls won in the seventh- and eighth-grade division.

The teams played the championship games on Sunday evening with single elimination games held all day. Saturday, March 30, each team played two games with two courts in the high school gym and one in the elementary gym.

The tournament was started by Superior teacher Jeff Schultz five years ago, and this is the largest pool of teams he’s had to-date. Teams came from all over the region, including Plains, Thompson Falls, Frenchtown, Browning, Wallace (Idaho), Charlo, Ronan, and of course, Mineral County.

Schultz started it because as a coach for youth teams, there weren’t any tournaments for the smaller teams, “I was tired of taking my players to larger schools to play against,” he said. This tournament is focused on B and C schools, though it is open to larger schools.

“It’s also a great tournament for the community. It brings hundreds of people to town for the weekend which helps motels, restaurants and stores,” Schultz said. He is also thankful for the support he gets from Superior School’s administration.

Superior and Alberton high school basketball girls help run the tournament. It’s a way for the schools’ co-op, the Mountain Cats, to earn money for summer basketball camps, including a week at Gonzaga University. The girls work concessions, sell T-shirts and help with other details it takes to run the tournament. This year for the first time Resa Briscoe and Connie Dove, the cooks for Alberton School, helped with concessions as well.

Also included in the tournament crew are Schultz’s mother Ev, who is Superior’s administrative assistant, and his father, Jim. Jeff, his folks, and many of the Superior basketball players were running on adrenaline during the tournament weekend. They had just stepped off the plane from a week in Italy as part of Jeff’s World History class he taught all year.

“It will be a rough weekend, but it will be worth it,” he said last week before the trip.

Print Article

Read More Sports

St. Regis boys and girls bounce back

January 15, 2020 at 11:21 am | Daily Inter Lake When you’ve fallen off a horse, they say, the best thing to do is get back in the saddle and ride. That prescription worked just fine for the St. Regis boys and girls basketball teams Friday night a...

Comments

Read More

Clark Fork girls basketball routs Victor and Noxon

January 15, 2020 at 11:20 am | Daily Inter Lake The Lady Mountain Cats are on the prowl. After squaring their basketball season record at 3-3 last weekend, the young Cats grabbed a pair of lopsided wins this past Friday and Saturday. On Saturday...

Comments

Read More

Green leads Mountain Cats at Cut Bank Invite

January 15, 2020 at 11:20 am | Daily Inter Lake The big two came through for the Clark Fork wrestling team last weekend, helping them to a fifth place finish in the 29-team Cut Bank Booster Invitational. The Mountain Cats’ Trey Green improved his...

Comments

Read More

Lady Hawks rout Mission, 67-44

January 15, 2020 at 11:18 am | Clark Fork Valley Press The Thompson Falls Lady Hawks defeated the visiting Mission Lady Bulldogs, 67-44, last Thursday. Early on in the game Thompson Falls took the lead, with Mission barely hanging on for the ride. By...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 826-3402
105 W. Lynch
P.O. Box 667
Plains, MT 59859

©2020 Clark Fork Valley Press | Mineral Independent Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X