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2017 Summer Select League Pre Season Primer

Catch Spokane presents, East Central Community Center Hosts… The Select Summer Basketball League. (Click for league site)

Initially created for home for the summer college players so they can have a highly competitive league in which to play during July and August. In this league players are not only given teams that will be as equally matched as possible but they will be exposed to new relationships in order to guide signing or transferring schools and prolonging collegiate careers and who knows possibly professional realities. “Networking is a large part of success in life and why not give the local basketball players the same tools in their possible field of work?” says Catch Spokane Director and East Central Community Center Athletic and Recreation Director. The league boasts players from the high school potential recruits up to current “over-seas” professional players. These higher level players are said to be part of the growing process for the younger players and to help them succeed playing against bigger, stronger, more experienced men. “Sometimes its frustrating to the kids but they are constantly reminded of how much it will help them later on, even by us”, quoted a referee that helps with the league’s vision.

Players also get a chance to be involved in the league by supporting the process of all that goes into managing a league like this. In these leagues players have access to game stats on a mobile app and website through Wooter, access to full game videos on the Catch Spokane You Tube channel as well as the ability to view any pictures or videos that are individually uploaded by players and fans, through the Wooter app and league website.

Matt Pigg is an example of a player that is as dependable and reliable for his team on the court, scoring and rebounding as he is to the organization keeping stats and cleaning up after games. Matt also helps run the score clock and video camera, in order to play games with minimum or no fees. That is part of the culture at East Central Community Center, everybody is involved and part of the rising of the new direction of the community center.

Community partners like Numerica Credit Union, All Star Sports Photography, Protein Puck, Wooter, and Moca Creations have been great additions to this year’s league sponsorship lineup. They are helping with the custom uniforms players will get to wear, action photos of games, and the ability for the league to branch out and connect players with resources to better the experience of a typical basketball league. These partners have also made it possible so the “struggling college student” can afford to play in a very detailed and professionally ran league with the sponsorships allowing the current college players to only pay half price!

Now lets talk about the teams and their players a little bit. The East Central Gold team was put together by Spokane networking giant and basketball giant, Andre Ervin. Andre has put together a team that he says is highly versatile and defensive minded. Players attached to this system include “superman” Brady Bagby who is from West Valley High School, Spokane CC, and then played 2 years at Lewis/Clark State College. Brady was Co-MVP of the Recruit League final we had during the Spring and is one of the most competitive players in the city who can do it all. They also have four players 6′-5″ or taller and six of the eight players have played up to atleast the college level. Matt Pigg, Dan Anderson, Daniel G, Matt Garcia, Jesse Hendersen, John Focht, and John Lynch round out the team.

Former Rogers High School stand out and Montana St-Northern college hooper Jesse Vaughan has put together a solid group for the Numerica CU team. This squad has size, shooting, and youth. Of the eight players including- Joseph Bodman (Regis University), Alfie Miller (Montans St-Northern) Will Stensgar(NW Indian College), Zach Nelson(Shoreline CC), Alex Allison(Shoreline CC), and Tre Boyd, they have 7 with college experience and will be a tough team to beat as they also have alot of time playing together at various schools.


The Catch Spokane All Stars will be running out a team headlined by Matt Brunell who is a local gone pro success story. His main role, other than being a force in the paint, is to help these younger players develop and provide a steady source of professionalism… and jokes. This exciting and stacked squad will have Levi Taylor- LC Tiger, SCC /NWACC MVP, David Kielian- a super shooter from Othello, Jacob Vargas- solid big man from the Tri Cities who played at SCC with Levi and is on his way to Walla Walla U, Denzel Brantley- Rogers HS and eventual college player still looking for his shot at a roster, Ryan Ricks- former NW Christian state B champ who will be headed to Northwest U in Kirkland, Austin Dill from University HS and currently playing at William Jessup U in CA. This train is going to be conducted by the ultra competitive point guard Ahbrae Harvey who played 2 seasons at SCC but most impressively with the ES Elite squad that has been dominating Spokane basketball leagues for years.

A NO NAME team partially put together by Everett CC bound Markieth Brown, University HS coaches, and league organizers will be another tough out with large amounts of shooting and youth. Josh Hager former U High player and current Walla Walla U sharp shooter, Ray Erwin who was once an East Central elite 3v3 league 4 time champion who played at Greys Harbor, plays anywhere anytime. Himo Bajramovic who is a recent graduate of Lewis and Clark and is looking for his chance to play at the next level. An East Valley High School duo, both headed to Blue Mountain CC next season, Jeremiah Hillard and Treyshaun Bracey, bring some more young legs and scoring punch. Post players Kenny Chandler and Lucas Evans give them some size to defend and even more athleticism, both known for their dunking ability. This team will be fun to watch as they take on the “experienced” teams.

Following that up with another young team of current college players and post high school hoopers is the squad from Medical Lake (mostly). Jaelon Stith, two-time All League performer from Medical Lake and most recently Skagit Valley CC brings with him fellow Cardinals- Donte Brown (Big Bend CC), Cole Soliday, Kevin Broadnax, Ethan Mendoza, Tyler H.   Cheney stud Jamiel Worthem and former West Valley guard and current Wenatchee Valley CC player Austin Yoakum, who is predicted to bring down the house with some serious jams, make up the roster. We should see some fireworks from this crew.


Another former pro (and Hoopfest Elite Champion) Bryan Rabas brings in a tough bunch with a combination of experience, versatility, and scoring. Just pick your poison with Integrity Spokane. Corey Allen(Former Hoopfest Elite Champion), Craig Hanson (Current Hoopfest Elite Champion), Anthony Brown(Shadle Park and Eastern Oregon throw back baller), Robert “Big Shot Rob” Lipman (NW Christian and Big Bend CC), the SCC players turned coaches duo of Eric Holbrook and Taylor Peterson, along with another long range 3 point shooter Zach Renner. This team will have nights where they will hit 20 NBA three pointers, watch out.

The Ballaholics which is a name known in the area as a group of all league players from Whitworth University.  They will definitely be vying for the title of Summer Select League Champs. Ross Nakamura who was an all league guard recently, has brought in teammates Dustin McConnel, Colton McGargar, and current EWU Asst Mens coach David Riley. Joining this dangerous foursome is Spokane’s perennial hoop league MVP and former Everett CC baller Dominique McClendon from ES Elite. This is going to be fun to see how he will blend all the same scoring, grit, hustle, shooting, toughness, and all around play he possesses, in with this group of already very accomplished and just purely good ball players. I cannot forget to mention do all and anything players like Mack Larkin, Kevin Bond, and Jacob Evans who give them a very, very solid team.

Lastly we have an always competitive team worthy of a spot in the Final put together by former University Titan and Spokane Community College shooting machine Jared Miller. Players for the ALL STAR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY team includes former Zags- Rem Bakamus and Mike Hart. Fellow Titans- Cameron Chase, Zech Martin, Zach Bruce(EWU football),and Seth Morgan along with Caleb Spencer and Tanner Brill.


Games start Thursday June 29th.

6pm game- Numerica vs Catch Spokane

7pm game- East Central Gold vs Ballaholics

8pm game- Medical Lake vs Integrity Spokane

9pm game- No Name vs All Star Sports Photo

So follow along on WOOTER – “Summer Select League”  for schedules and stats and be sure to check the games in person for free at East Central Community Center. Follow Catch Spokane Sports on the various social media channels as well as Catch Spokane You Tube.

Recruiting AH-HA #44

Another reason that you may get by-passed by college coaches is the lack of community service. All things being equal, grades & game, then the one who has the right attitude and character, gets the roster spot and scholarship. Community service is how a college coach judges your character, because after all he really does not know who you are. There is a reason why  professional players like NBA and WNBA are doing it, it looks good and its good for the soul.

Did you know that we offer lots of community service opportunities?  Even better for the athlete is that we have a lot of sports and recreation volunteer projects that can be fulfilled by the potential recruits and used on college resumes.  Let us know if you would be interested in helping the community.




Volleyball- Ferris @ Mt Spokane Sept 22, 2015

bailey ricardAs the sun was setting on the outside of Mt Spokane high school, the ball was being thoroughly thrashed over the net on the inside.  The Wildcats took care of the visiting Saxons in three straight but not without a contested battle of spikes and digs!  Adrienne Dotson helped keep the slow starting Saxons down in the first set delivering 6 straight serves, which was a theme for her this night.  She had 4 straight in the second set and 6 again in the final set along with only 2 errors the entire game.  She showed an all around accurate game which was actually overshadowed by her two extremely powerful teammates, Bailey Ricard and Miahna Waters.   Ricard is obviously a top-notch player in the GSL and delivers a very fluid and powerful hammer when given the pass to kill.  Shes very experienced and well traveled in her ever-expanding career.     Waters, only a sophomore is slightly similar in delivery but more of a high flyer at the point of contact.  They both possess precise timing and force to destroy the opponents net defense.  They are very fun to watch and its intriguing to see where they will end up in the years to come.

Ferris is not without great players, they did start a little scattered as a team and had trouble making up the difference in the first set.  After that however they played much better and were kept at attention by their leader Shaelyn Pearson.  I must say that most teams possess a player who stands out in one or two categories, but Shaelyn is a different beast who seems to shine in every aspect on the court.  She is the vocal leader and coach on the floor, she is the Saxons top setter, she is given many opportunities to hit and she flies all over the court making athletic plays after play.  I was very impressed with her court presence and overall spunk.  Haley Carl was another game changer for the Saxons as an experienced senior who can smash with the best of them.  Her serve stood out as a smooth compact stroke that breaks just over the net with force.  She too is a player with good ball control and court recognition who showed she can get it done from the back line if need be.   Annika Briggs, Taylor Rider, and Summer Reid are all underclassmen with potential and will help them to victories this season at least.


GSL Football- G Prep vs Mead

Two of the city’s top football programs showed plenty of  highlight worthy plays and feature individual performances.  After 3 quarters of a tightly fought game, the Bull-pups finally rolled past the Panthers 30-7, showing superior size and speed all over the field.

It was apparent early on that Gonzaga had a little bit more of everything but penalties seemed to keep the game close.   In the first quarter a defensive facemask on a 4th and long stop resulted in a first down and another chance for Mead.  On the very next play Mead QB Thomas Dammarell, a junior, scat for a nifty touchdown run, weaving through defenders and outracing them to the one and only Panther score.  They had two personal fouls both on either 3rd or 4th down to extend Panther drives.  Later in the game, they had a beautiful touchdown run nullified by a penalty.  Needless to say, as a fan watching with no bias, it made for a much more entertaining game to watch.

Gonzaga Prep will no doubt fix the little things as its early in the season but that’s not the only thing that stood out.  Offensively they have several players worth mentioning and I cannot start any other place than with multi sport superstar sophomore Devin Culp.  Who in the first quarter made a great highlight grab jumping over a defender and finishing the play at the one yard line leading to a score.  He continued to make nice plays throughout.  His biggest play was made right before halftime when he  caught a ball, turned, and flew down the sideline out racing the fastest panther to a 60+ yard TD!  It was impressive to see such a large player fly like that…. Hes so big out there, looks like HOF’er Shannon Sharpe!  Another shining star on offense was running back Mason Plese, who is a flash when he gets a lane to accelerate.  He carried the offense following that big offensive line.    Defensively, linebacker Taj Hoard was everywhere.  He shows such great recognition of the plays and makes tackles at any point.  Tonight he forced a fumble and should have gotten the defensive game ball for sure.  One more player to mention is Evan Weaver who is an absolute beast!  This kid ( 6-4 250 hardly the make up of a “kid”)  plays defensive end and at times looked unblockable.  Not only is Weaver in on a lot of plays noticeably chasing down speedy quarterbacks and running backs, he gets dirty on the offensive side of the ball as well.  As a running back on numerous plays, he stomped through the line of scrimmage using his size and speed to be an unhealthy tackle.

Mead was not devoid of showtime athletes.  Let me start with the quarterback Thomas Dammarell.  TD plays with a sort of calmness and has a playmaking ability that will benefit Mead in plenty of games this season and next.  His most impressive play on this night was a designed roll-out to the right side that turned into an escape from GP defensive pressure.  Right before he looked like he was out of time and field, he threw back slightly across his body to a wide open receiver who was amidst a slew of players running wild downfield, he made the catch and got the first down on 3rd and long.  This was a very clutch throw by Dammarell.  Brady Anderson is a solid athlete.  He showed good hands on offense and on defense seemed to be mentioned a lot by the game announcer.  The play that I feel like deserves mentioning is a fourth and goal play where he darted inside and took out the previously mentioned Weaver, making the stop to turn the ball over to his offensive unit.  Beau Skinner was a physical corner who seemed to love the big hits, he made a few pops!  EJ Blade, when in at running back showed some nice patience where he waited for blocking and ran to the lane nicely.  He has good acceleration and I expected a breakout run.  Sam Brown who wasn’t used as much as I thought he would be on offense, did show big time playmaker ability on special teams and defense.  He was the fastest player on the field and made it shown on many occasions.  His biggest play of the game came on a 2nd quarter pass play where he darting into the passing lane, defending a post route, sneakily snagging the INT.  It was a very surprising and smooth finish to the play and G Preps drive.

I look forward to seeing more of these athletes show their skills on Thursday and Friday nights in Spokane!


Here is a look at the GSL Baseball Leaders thru April 2 from available teams.


Cal Webb (LC)- 18

Brayden Olson(Rogers)-  15

Tyler Bailey (MtSpo)-  14

Alex Jacob(NC)-  14

David Mickey (GPrep)-  12

Cooper Smith (MtSpo)-  12

Zach Day (Rogers)-  12

Jayden Nguyen (SP)-  11

Jordan Summers (LC)-  11

Cole Beamer (LC)-  11

Tyler Hojnacki (LC)-11



Zach Day (Rogers)-  6

Matt Pulliam (Mt Spo)-  6

Alek Jacob (NC)- 6

Tyler Bailey (Mt Spo)-  5

Jordan Rathbone (GPrep)-  5

Ryan Gross (GPrep)-  5

Jackson Axtell (CV)-  4

Cooper Smith (Mt Spo)-  4

Jack Machtolf (GPrep)-  4

Brayden Olson (Rogers)-  4

Kyle Shuey (MtSpo)-  4



Ryan Gross (GPrep)-  2

Kyle Shuey (MtSpo)-  1

Jordan Rathbone (GPrep)-  1

Riley Robinett (MtSpo)-  1

Colton Peh (CV)- 1

Jack Machtolf (GPrep)-  1

Billy Parada (MtSpo)-  1

Zach Day (Rogers)-  1

Matt Pulliam (MtSpo)-  1

Bryce Zimmerer (MtSpo)-  1

HS Hoops All Star Saturday Night 2015

ALLSTARSIGNThe first High School basketball All Star Saturday night showed the skills of 23 players from 14 area schools including- 4 from Deer Park, 3 from Rogers, 3 from Northwest Christian, 2 from LC, 2 from Wellpinit, U High, North Central, Newport, Lakeside, Mt Spokane, Springdale, Medical Lake, East Valley, and St George’s!

The gym at East Central Community Center proved to be the perfect venue for the event as the spectators filled in the bleachers to watch the Girls Shooting Stars competition.  Michaela Kay, senior guard from LC who has previously committed to play at Portland State got it started and did not disappoint, setting the bar high with a score of 96.  Scores were determined from a combination of made shots and the “94fifty” sensor ball PartchnKayand app, which measures the shooters arc, rotation, and shot release speed to CHEERdetermine the best “pure shooter” in the bunch.  Six girls competed including Jael and Damaris Guske, freshmen sharp shooting sisters from Deer Park, Jocelyn Cook-Cox from Lakeside who was the NE-A League MVP leading Lakeside girls, boasting All-State honors and finishing third in the competition.  The finals came down to Courtney Gray from Northwest Christian who finished her senior year as a first team All League selection, getting hot and pushing our champion Kaiti Pannell of University in the final round.  Pannell had a streak of 7 in a row from the top of the key that contributed to a top score of 120 paving the way for the first ever Girls Shooting Star.PanneellChamp


On the boys side we had nine competitors firing away for the rights to become the inaugural Shooting Star.  John Lynch of Springdale, sniper Carter Countryman of Deer Park, soph leadng scorer Cedric Bowen and freshmen Brandon Flett of Wellpinit, top dogs Ryan Ricks and David Olds of NW Christian, Isiah Wynecoop and Denzel Brantley of the 3A state qualifying team from Rogers, and our eventual Champion John Lyon who made the trip down from Newport.  SHOOTINGSTAR FINALSThis competition was very tight until the round of ten shots from the top of the key where 6 players were in the hunt for the final championship round.  Carter Countryman, Ryan Ricks, and Isaih Wynecoop, unfortunately had their lowest score from this spot eliminating them and Denzel Brantley scored a 108 which was not enough to overcome the eventual finalists.  David Olds shot a 118 making 8 of ten and John Lyon also matching his 8 of 10 but had a slightly higher shooting score of 121, which is the highest of the competition.  John Lyon kept his stroke going in the last frame hitting 7/10 scoring 112 for the trophy.RYANRICKS

The final event was the boys one on one competition being best described as a modified version of “cut throat”.  Each possession started with an offensive player receiving a pass outside of the three-point line from the  game official and a new defensive player rotating in after each possession.  If the offense score they received 2 or 3 points depending on where the shot was from.  If the defense made a stop, they received 1 or 2 points depending on the play (defensive rebound was 1 point, a steal block/rebound, or charge taken were all worth 2 points).  allStar lineupThe eight players were given a maximum amount of offensive possessions (10) and a minimum amount (3) in the first round.  Felix Tsai of St Georges started the rotation versus Rogers defensive specialist Tate Dunbar.  Tsai made a shot fake dribble, step back and nailed the games first three-pointer!  Nate Guske of Deer Park who averaged 19 points a game for an all NE-A first team spot was in next rotating in on defense against Tsai and made the stop, he then proceeded to the top of the key to receive the pass to go against the next defender who was East FLETTSHOOTINGValley’s super athlete Dante Clayton.  Clayton made the stop pitting him against Kyle Griffiths of MT Spokane.  Clayton scored bringing on the next defender Julian Welge of LC, known to be the Tigers best one on one player.  Clayton was bogged down and Welge won the possession.  Next up was North Central’s leader and point guard Riley Smith to take on Welge’s offensive game but quickly made a stop and a three ball against his defender Jaelon Stith the 2nd teamer from Medical LakeRileyvsTateAt the end of the 1st round Felix Tsai and Riley Smith both had 15 points, Tate Dunbar had 13 and Jaelon Stith came on late with 9 graduating to the finals round.  Felix Tsai won the first possession and scored on his first three tries totally 7 points and getting a much-needed lead as the players were in full go mode by now. Tsai scored on 6 of his 10 possessions again maxing out on offense, while Smith scored 3 of 6 for a total of 9 points.  Tate Dunbar scored on 3 of 5 Felixscoringpossessions totaling 8. The biggest player at 6-3, Stith used his size to score more efficiently sensing that the prizes were on the line and finished the last round with 11, second behind Tsia.  The Dragon from St George’s dominated the games with all kinds of up fakes, crossovers, and CP3 jitter bug quickness for 15 points to become Catch Spokane’s First All Star Saturday Night One on One Champion!

Overall it was a good event with a decent turnout,  competitive players, and amazing volunteers!  We look forward to some changes for next year and hope to see you back next Spring for the second Catch Spokane High School All Star Saturday Night! felix1v1champ



Spokane Area Girls Basketball – High Scorers 2014/15

fireOn this list are the top scorers in the area.  These  girls were consistently lights out!

Christine Denny- Liberty– 38 points

Madison Hovren- CV–  34 points

Riley Lupfer- LC/ Madison Hovren-CV- 33 points

Christine Denny-Liberty/ Madison Hovren-CV- 32 points

Oti Gildon- G Prep/ Madison Hovren- CV/ Christine Denny- Liberty- 31 points

Christine Denny- Liberty- 30 points

Hannah Burland- EV/ Maddie Johnson- Reardan/ Hailey Higashi-St Georges– 29 points

Madison Hovren-CV/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Maddie Johnson-Reardan- 28 points

Megan Lee-Colville/ Hannah Burland-EV/Christine Denny-Liberty/ Hailey Higashi-St Georges- 27 points

Shyla Carr-ShadleCece Bergquist-St Georges/ Meika Heath-Davenport/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Hailey Higashi-StG- 26 points

Madelynne Flaig- Liberty/ Issabelle Miller- Freeman/ Hannah Burland- EV/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Cece Bergquist- StG- 25 points

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