Willamette Valley Basketball Academy: Welcome

Friday, March 29
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WVBA spring skill workouts will begin this coming Monday, April 1 from 6:30-8pm at the Lane Community College gym.  We will have twelve workouts between April 1st and May 16th.  A complete list of workouts can be found on the news page at the left hand menu.  Workouts are included in the spring and summer team fees, for other girls 7th grade-high school the cost is $165 for all twelve sessions or $85 for six sessions.  Individual session $20.  If you need any further information text to 541-521-6729 or send an email to :  speedcats1@aol.com.
 These workouts will concentrate on individual development and stress shooting, ball handling, footwork, variety of offensive movements and defense.  These sessions will prepare a player for the upcoming spring and summer seasons plus additional prepare them for the winter high school season.
The WVBA's semi-annual summer tournament has been scheduled for July 26-28, 2013.   There will be at least two divisions, all-star and elite.  Additional information along with registration pages will be available online soon.  The tournament entry fee is the most reasonable in the Northwest at $595. This tournament will be NCAA Certified and allow all NCAA & NAIA coaches to attend.  It also has been in the past a viable alternative to Oregon, Washington and Idaho coaches to cut down on summer expenses.  No need to travel to Southern California after a long month.  We will have a large contingent of college coaches in attendance. Go to left menu at top and click on 2013 Emerald City Summer Classic for more details.


Morris, Foust & Paschal Lead Mazama
to 4A State Title; Wright Helps Willamette Win 5A State Title 
Megan Morris scored 13 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds and was selected 1st team All-Tournament to help Mazama HS win their first 4A State Girls basketball title.  Morris was helped by WVBA Selects Black teammate Karena Foust who scored 9 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds.  Also playing in the game WVBA Selects Silver player Mercedez Paschall and former WVBA Selects player Hannah Reynolds who was also selected to the 1st team All-Tournament squad.  Congratulations girls!
Carmen Wright, WVBA Selects Silver player whose high school career has been troubled by two knee injuries helped Willamette HS upset # 1 Springfield HS in the 5A State title game.  Wright's team defeated several former WVBA Selects players, Tennessee bound Mercedes Russell, Niki Duncan, Ashley Richey and Chloe Cummins. Congratulations Carmen!
Two WVBA Selects Black players from last summer's team have been selected as TV station KMTR's prep athletes of the week this month.  January 10th selection was Sheldon senior Leah Nicklason and January 17th's selection was Springfield senior Niki Duncan.  I've posted links below so you can see the video footage about these great student athletes!  Congratulations Leah & Niki!!!!
Leah Nicklason
Lane Stars Earn Honors
Kersey Wilcox and Megan Shields, both former WVBA Selects, earned some special honors over the holiday weekend for the undefeated Lane CC Titans.  Kersey Wilcox (Mountain View HS/Lane CC) was named MVP of the Chemeketa Holiday Classic in Salem.  Kersey averaged 18.4 pts , 9.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 steals for the tournament.  She was also today named NWAACC Player of the Week for her performance.  Megan Shields (Sherwood HS/Lane CC) was also named All-Tournament, as she had another outstanding performance including in the semi-final win against Columbia Basin College.  She had triple-double, 17 pts, 10 rebounds and a school record 11 blocks.  Megan on holds career records for blocks in individual game, single season and career, even though she has 18 more games in her sophomore season.  This was the fourth consecutive pre-season tournament that Megan has earned All-Tournament or MVP honors this season.
 Prep Holiday Schedule
Beginning Thursday, December 27th a ton of current and former WVBA Selects will be in action in Holiday tournaments here a rundown. . . . . Leah Nicklason, Hannah Rodrigues, Ashley Land, Sarah Hall & Mariah Moore (Sheldon HS) face South Salem at the Nike Interstate Shootout in Lake Oswego, also in the Nike Interstate Shootout, Niki Duncan, Mercedes Russell (Springfield HS) face Norcross (GA.) , Carmen Wright (Willamette HS) faces Westview. . . .  At the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Shelby Snook (Roseburg HS) faces Bend HS, Kayla Bice (Grants Pass HS) faces Mountain View HS, Raja Char (Summit HS) faces the Dalles-Wahtonka. . . . In Coos Bay at the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Invitational, Taylor GeDeros (Coquille HS) faces Siuslaw HS, Bri Stubbs and Bailey Garber (North Eugene HS) face North Bend HS. . . . Mady Hanna (Warrenton HS) faces Astoria HS in the Vince Dulcich Classic at Astoria HS. . . . In Medford at the Southern Oregon Subaru Christmas Classic, Megan Morris, Karena Foust, Hannah Reynolds and Mercedes Paschal (Mazama HS) face Dayton HS. . . . At the Santiam Tournament, Savannah Mast, Bella Mast and Dani Baker (North Douglas HS) face Salem Academy. . . . . In Portland, Maikala Hiddleston (McKenzie HS) face City Christian HS at the 1A Hoops Classic. . . . . Lastly, at the St. Paul Classic, Abi Wynn and Kiana Brown (Triangle Lake HS) face 1A # 1 Condon-Wheeler.
WVBA College Update:
Here's another update of former WVBA College Players:  Former longtime WVBA player Chloe Stiles (Sheldon HS) has been added to the roster of the University of Oregon, Congrats Chloe!  The Ducks down to eight healthy players added two walkons, Chloe is one of them!. . . . . Megan Shields (Sherwood HS) had 19 pts & 9 rebs, and was named MVP of the Pierce Holiday Tourament, in Lane CC's 72-68 win over Clackamas CC in the championship game, Kersey Wilcox (Mountain View HS) had 16 pts was also named All-Tournament team, Tori Mahaffie (Willamette HS) had 11 pts & 9 reb for Lane CC. . . . . Reed Levings (Cottage Grove HS/Lane CC) had 13 pts for Univ of Nebraska Kearney in their 79-62 win over Lincoln Univ. . . . .Ellen Ferrenburg (North Eugene HS), now starting for NW Nazarene had 7 pts & 4 reb. in their 71-54 win over Carroll College. . . . . Theresa Brown (Sheldon HS/Lane CC) had 19 pts and 6 reb for #14 ranked The Masters College in their 74-62 win over William Jessup College. . . . .Maddie Kiplinger (South Eugene HS/Oregon St.) had 13 pts in Linn-Benton's 69-45 loss to Lower Columbia College. 
WVBA College Update:
Here's an update of former WVBA Selects stars playing college basketball this season:  Ashley Smith (Willamette HS/Idaho St./Lane CC) scored 6 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds in Univ. of Pacific's win over Santa Clara Univ. last night . . . . . Ellen Ferrenburg (N. Eugene HS) scored the last 5 pts for Northwest Nazarene Univ. in it's 65-62 win over College of Idaho, she had a 10 rebounds in the game . . . . . Susan Smith (Churchill HS/Lane CC) is redshirting this season for William Penn Univ. (IA.) with a foot injury  . . . . . Megan Shields (Sherwood HS) had 15 pts and 12 rebs to lead Lane CC to the championship of the Everett CC Women's Classic over Everett CC 88-69.  Jordan Wilcox (Mt. View HS) had 15 pts, Kersey Wilcox (Mt.View HS) had 10 pts, Courtney Walchli (Hermiston HS) 7 pts , Felli Rodriquez (Springfield HS) 4 pts and Halley Winter (N. Eugene HS) played for Lane . . . . . Hanna Mack (Marist HS) had 2 reb in Eastern Washington Univ.'s 68-50 win over Univ. of Portland . . . . . Reed Levings (Cottage Grove HS/Lane CC) scored 7 pts and grabbed 4 rebs in Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney to a 67-57 win over San Francisco St. . . . . Theresa Brown (Sheldon HS/Master's College) had 6 pts and 6 rebs in the Master's College (CA.) 68-47 win over Cal State San Marcos . . . . . Tami Brown (Sheldon HS/Oregon St./The Master's College) had 10 pts and 7 rebs in Northwest Christian Univ's 68-63 loss to Montana Western, Taya Harbick (McKenzie HS) and Sami Pitts (Marist HS) also played in the game for the Beacons . . . . . Dorian Perkey (Cottage Grove HS/Linn Benton CC) had 12 pts & 3 rebs in New Hope Christian College's 78-73 win over Hope International, Kyrsha Witherspoon (Sheldon HS) had 3 pts in the game also . . . . . Maddie Kiplinger (South Eugene HS) had 13 pts & 4 steals and Jensyn Short had 7 pts and 6 rebs in Linn-Benton CC's 56-51 win over Tacoma CC.
Sheldon HS Pair Commit
Former 2-yr WVBA Selects Silver teammates & Sheldon HS teammates, Hannah Rodrigues and Ashley Land have committed for the 2013-2014 college season.  Rodrigues has committed to Division II power Seattle Pacific University and Land has committed to NAIA Division I power Vanguard University (CA.).  These two, along with Mercedes Russell make three early commitments from Coach Kenya Wilkins' WVBA Selects Silver team from 2010-2011.  This is the second season in a row that we have had early signees in the November signing period.  Congrats Hannah & Ashley!!!  As I tweeted last week, after the Russell commitment, we'd have more early commitments and hopefully we'll have one or two more!
Russell Chooses Tennessee
 Mercedes Russell, former WVBA Selects star and two-time Oregon 5A Player of the Year chose University of Tennessee to play her collegiate basketball.  Russell, also a two-time USA National team star and the #1 ranked player in the class of 2013 by ESPN, had whittled her choices to University of Louisville and University of Tennessee but chose the Volunteers in the end.  Russell played for Coach Kenya Wilkins' WVBA Selects Silver team during her freshman and sophomore years.  Good Luck Mercedes we're all proud of your accomplishments!!
This will mark the second consecutive season a former WVBA Selects player will sign in the early signing period.  Last season, Hanna Mack (Eastern Washington Univ.) and Ellen Ferrenburg (Northwest Nazarene Univ.) signed early.  A couple additional signings could happen next month for Selects players.
The WVBA's semi-annual summer tournament has been scheduled for July 26-28, 2013.   There will be at least two divisions, all-star and elite.  Additional information along with registration pages will be available online soon.  This tournament will be NCAA Certified and allow all NCAA & NAIA coaches to attend.  It also has been in the past a viable alternative to Oregon, Washington and Idaho coaches to cut down on summer expenses.  No need to travel to Southern California after a long month.  We will have a large contingent of college coaches in attendance.

Former WVBA Star Helps Lead USA to
FIBA World U-17 Championship
Mercedes Russell (Springfield HS), who played two seasons with Coach Wilkins WVBA Selects Silver team, scored 8 pts and pulled down 4 rebounds in the US U-17 National team's 75-62 win.  Russell was also a member of last year's U-16 World Championship team.  Russell, ranked #1 in the ESPN Class of 2013 rankings will return to Springfield HS to try and lead her team to a third consecutive OSAA Class 5A state title.  Congratulations on another great showing in the World Championships!
Graduates Begin Collegiate Careers
The 2012 WVBA high school graduates will begin their collegiate careers this month and next at the following colleges and universities:
Hannah Mack, Eastern Washington U. (DI)
Ellen Ferrenburg, Northwest Nazarene U. (DII)
Alisen Hinton, Linfield College (DIII)
Tori Mahaffie, Lane CC (Juco)
Kaylee Peck , Oregon Tech (NAIA) volleyball
Karissa Harbick, Oregon Tech (NAIA DII)
Kelsey Hill, Eastern Oregon U. (NAIA DII)
Taya Harbick, Northwest Christian U. (NAIA DII)
 Sami Pitts, Northwest Christian U. (NAIA DII)
Kyrsha Witherspoon, New Hope Christian College (NCCAA)

  Additionally, the following former WVBA players will be continuing their collegiate sports careers at these colleges and universities:

NCAA Division I

Ashley Smith  (Willamette HS/Lane CC), Univ. of Pacific, Sr. 
Makenzie Kerins (South Eugene HS), Loyola Marymount,  Jr.
Taylor Ward  (Oregon City HS), Columbia Univ., Jr.
Elise Nelson  (Thurston HS), Utah St., So.
Chloe Stiles (Sheldon HS), Univ. of Oregon, Fr.
NCAA Division II
Reed Levings (Cottage Grove HS/Lane CC), Univ. of Neb-Kearney, Jr.
Hanna Curtius  (South Medford HS), Chaminade Univ., Fr.
NCAA Division III

Sam Potter  (Sunset HS), Pacific Lutheran Univ., Jr.
NAIA Division I
Theresa Brown  (Sheldon HS/Lane CC), The Master's College, Sr.
Kelli Rice  (Thurston HS), Lewis Clark St., So.
NAIA Division II
Tess Bennett  (Sutherlin HS), Corban College, Sr.
Aly Bruns  (Willamette HS), Northwest Christian Univ., Sr.
Katie Collins (Willamette HS), Northwest Christian Univ., Sr.
Molly Doran  (Crescent Valley HS), Southern Oregon Univ., Sr.
Tami Brown (Sheldon HS/Oregon St./Master's College), Northwest Christian U., So.
Dorian Perkey (Cottage Grove HS/Linn-Benton CC), New Life Christian, Jr.
Aleena Cesaro (Cascade Christian HS/Vanguard U.), Warner Pacific U., Fr.
Susan Smith  (Churchill HS/Lane CC), William Penn Univ., Sr.
MaKenzie Ficek  (North Eugene HS/Lane CC), William Penn Univ., Jr. 

Jr. College
Felicia Rodriguez  (Springfield HS), Lane CC, So.
Jensyn Short  (Cottage Grove HS), Linn-Benton CC, So.
Courtney Walchli  (Hermiston HS), Lane CC, So.
Megan Shields  (Sherwood HS), Lane CC, So.
Kersey Wilcox  (Mountain View HS), Lane CC, So.
Jordan Wilcox  (Mountain View HS), Lane CC, So.
Taylor Mills  (Oregon City HS), San Diego Mesa, So.
Maddie Kiplinger (South Eugene HS), Linn-Benton CC, Fr.
Halley Winter (North Eugene HS), Lane CC, Fr.
Tori Wilkinson (Willamette HS), Clackamas CC, Fr.