As of Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing boys traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys from the third-through-eighth grades.
In assembling these squads, team organizer Bob Townsend, is holding a tryout session Sunday, Oct 12, at The Dalles Middle School.
From 2 to 3 p.m., athletes in the second and third grades will hit the hardwood.
Once that tryout is complete, basketball players representing the fifth and sixth grades are scheduled to duke it out from 3 to 4 p.m.
After that, the seventh and eighth grade standouts will wrap up the day with a workout phase.
If any player is unable to make it on the 12th, they should contact Townsend in order to make alternate plans.
The actual number of teams and coinciding roster breakdowns will be based on participation and skill level.
Townsend has a goal to improve the overall basketball skillset in the gorge and is mindful of other ongoing programs in the hoops landscape.
“Our travel teams are designed to avoid conflict with the Parks and Recreation Basketball League and Junior High Basketball,” the coach said. “Our intent is to supplement the basketball provided by the Parks and Rec and the Middle School with a more competitive atmosphere.”
Once the teams are selected, the CG Academy will practice with each team one day a week, with another practice prior to tournament weekends.
There are plans to play in four tournaments from November through early March.
Cost varies depending on the number of participants, and the number of tournaments entered, but should range between $75 and $125.
“We had a very successful first year last year, and I hope to build on that,” Townsend said.
For additional news and notes, interested parties can call 541-980-8952.