Walla Walla Thirty-six teams claimed division championships during the closing session of the 19th annual Peach Basket Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament that wrapped up Sunday afternoon in downtown Walla Walla.
In all, the tournament featured some 295 teams, according to director Scott Adams. The participating groups braved court temperatures that rose as high as 140 degrees, tournament volunteer Sean McKillip said.
Among the weekend's highlights was another Men's Open title for Hand Down, Man Down - a foursome led by Curtis Carlson. The team - which also included Dean Colbray, Kris Groce, and Shawn Brooks - has now claimed three consecutive Peach Basket Classic crowns in the Men's Open category.
"We've been playing together for three years," said Carlson, who starred at Mac-Hi, Walla Walla Community College, and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. "We've been to our fair share of tournaments (three this year) and able to win them all."
Spokane Hoops emerged victorious among fourth-grade boys teams. Bryson Metz, son of former Peach Basket star and ex-WWCC product Matt Metz, helped lead the way with game-winning baskets in three victories including the championship game.
On the women's side, former Wa-Hi and Whitman forward Anna Forge joined ex-Missionary teammate Rebecca Sexton, Kelsey McKinnis and Jocelyn Riordan to win the Open division's top prize.
As the event wound down on Sunday, Adams expressed his satisfaction with the two-day extravaganza.
"Considering the move, it's gone really well," said Adams, who shared the event's directing duties with Pat McConn the previous two years. "When it's over, we'll survey to see what we can do better.
"The volunteers were tremendous," Adams said. "The Y staff helped out a lot. The court monitors did a tremendous job. Overall, it's been a really good week. I was a little nervous going into it, but I'm feeling pretty good right now."
2012 Peach Basket Classic
Corporate Challenge - Corps of Engineers (John Reynolds, Andrew Dankl-Ibanez, Jordan Fink, Jeff Lyon).
Men's Open - Hand Down, Man Down (Curtis Carlson, Dean Colbray, Kris Groce, Shawn Brooks).
Women's Open - #trending (Kelsey McKinnis, Jocelyn Riordan, Rebecca Sexton, Anna Forge).
Co-Ed Adult - Sun Down (Sierra High Eagle, Eugene Heavy Runner, Tisha Phillips, Coty Rueben).
Co-Ed High School - All Skill, No Talent (Tara Bremer, Brenda Garcia, Randy Isadore, Grant Porter).
Family - Jose's Fab Four (Josh Perez, A.J. Andrade, Adrian Andrade, Zach Mendoza).
Six feet and over (30 and over) - Aarrow Plumbing (Tobias Swank, Efren Hernandez, David Rich, Julio Tapia).
Six feet and over (22-30) - GRCC (Casey McKeown, Justin Sipe, Barrett Henderson, Justin McKay).
Six feet and over (up to 21) - Run Kano (Cody Wilmoth, Zach En'wezoh, Jordan En'wezoh, Jon Wilson).
Six feet and under competitive (30 and over) - Jeev's Team (Joe Wilkins, Jeff Bennett, Matt Hamlin, Brad Packer).
Six feet and under competitive (21 and under) - Gametime (Jaime Vasquez, Joe Ramirez, R.J. Soliz, Ben Villa).
Six feet and under recreational (30 and over) - Rec Ballers (Alx Flores, Denito Flores, Tim Craven, Eric Whitemarsh).
Six feet and under (22-30) - Gold's Gym All-Stars (Tyler Farrington, Jake Muyco, Jordan Hallman, Tucker Urdahl).
Six feet and under recreational (21 and under) - Bucketz (Martin Heredia, Bret Barnes, Joel Rogel, Zac Sumerlin).
11th and 12th Grade Girls - Balling Beezy's (Cameron Roeuche, Courtney Nelson, Ashley Lormier, Britney Pringle).
Ninth and 10th Grade Girls - Main Event (Selena Rubalcava, Sierra Perez, Tiana Perez, Liddy Valle).
Eighth Grade Girls - Prosser Venom (Hannah Lind, Emmalyne Schutt, Rosie Flores, Emma Anaya).
Seventh Grade Girls - Hoop Stars (Tarryn Hart, Stella Bueno, Dallas Borrego, Jade Garza).
Sixth Grade Girls - Rock Stars (Marissa Cortes, Marin Bender, Madison Stallcop, Kayla Lind).
Fifth Grade Girls - Wild Hounds (Ejah Rivera, Aliyah Martin, Alexis Lara, Madison Candanoza).
Fourth Grade Girls - Batman Ballerz (Delaney Pink, Teila Allen, Tia Allen, Talia von Oelhoffen).
Third Grade Girls - Three Rivers Hoopsters (Tateum Curtis, Alexes Stein, Taleya Maiden, Maya Williams).
Second Grade Girls - Girls Rock (Kayana Corpuz, Gwendolyn Dawes, Mia Lewis).
12th Grade Boys - Team Flight (Joseph Burns, Eric Espain, Alonso Ortiz, Quincy George).
11th Grade Boys - Lower Valleys (Mason Schutt, Cody Fernandez, Isaiah Ruiz, Trino Flores).
10th Grade Boys - Irrigon Swish (A.J. Timpy, Anthony Landeros, Adrian Romero, Fredy Vera).
Ninth Grade Boys - Big 4 (Aaron Caudill, Jaret Mendoza, Ryan Bickler, Brent Gorrebeeck).
Eighth Grade Boys competitive - GHOGH (Justin Olivares, Isiah Groce, Isiah Brimmer, Caden Smith).
Eighth Grade Boys recreational - Cookies n Cream (Nico Valle, Chance Flores, Xavier Rambo, Brock Palmer).
Seventh Grade Boys competitive - River Hawks (Nicholas Hopkins, Austin Penny, Jase Edwards, Kashon Tate).
Seventh Grade Boys recreational - Street Ballerz (Matthew Eckhardt, Jonathan Hinkle, Patrick Wicks, Trystin Seavert).
Sixth Grade Boys - Greystangs (Treyton Parrish, Jake Wells, Will Weinmunn, Daniel Fitzgerald).
Fifth Grade Boys - The Halfas (Tyson Salinas, Bryan Strom, Bryce Strom, Hugo Carmona).
Fourth Grade Boys - Spokane Hoops (Bryson Metz, Eric Weaver, Sam Wenkheimer, Mason Packer).
Third Grade Boys - P-Town (Greyson Sams, Justice Hart, Jack Persinger, Anthony Medrano).
First and Second Grade Boys recreational - The Destroyers (Jake Hisaw, Daniel Coram, Christopher Norris, Drew Coleman).