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2014 Salish & Kootenai All-Stars did well in basketball classic

By Rhonda Burke

DENVER, CO ó We had another successful trip to the 2014 All West Native American Basketball Classic, on March 27 - 30. As in previous years, the group of Salish and Kootenai A-stars, coaches and chaperones represented the Flathead Reservation very well.

Students are riveted to the College Prep information at Red Rock College sponsored by the Mark Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation and the All West Native American Youth Association. (Rhonda Burke photo) Students are riveted to the College Prep information at Red Rock College sponsored by the Mark Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation and the All West Native American Youth Association. (Rhonda Burke photo)

Artwork Winner
This year there were three entries for the art contest. By earning majority votes from The SKHA Board of Commissioners, SKHA staff and The 2014 All-star Coaches, Willie Pierre won $50, his artwork used for this years team apparel, a pullover and most importantly, bragging rights.

Congratulations to Willie.

College Prep Visits
The first order of business on the agenda, in Denver, was the visit to the American Indian College Fund for education on available scholarships and a little bit of competitive, fun activities.

The AICF is an organization that helps Native American students with support through scholarships and funding toward higher education. For more information visit wwww.collegefund.org

This year, The All West Native American Youth Association and co-sponsor Mark Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation, added a mandatory College Prep meeting for players to attend.

The meeting included information and resources to start building a scholarship

Profile from your freshman year to your senior year.

For more information visit www.markulmerschrolarship.org

Back row: Coach Juan Perez, Malia Hamel, Becca Whitesell, Violet Pablo, Courtney Charlo, Emilie Charlo, Morgan Malatare and Coach Silas Perez; front row: Tyra Michel, Casadi Wunderlich, Angela North Piegan, and Whitney Malatare. (Rhonda Burke photo) Back row: Coach Juan Perez, Malia Hamel, Becca Whitesell, Violet Pablo, Courtney Charlo, Emilie Charlo, Morgan Malatare and Coach Silas Perez; front row: Tyra Michel, Casadi Wunderlich, Angela North Piegan, and Whitney Malatare. (Rhonda Burke photo)

All West Native American Basketball Classic
Salish Kootenai Girls

The All West Native American Basketball Classic drew in a total of 79 Teams. 32 girls teams and 47 boys teams made the trek to Denver.

In pool play, the girls were seeded #2 in the Silver Bracket along with 15 other teams. In tournament play, they beat The Lady Sparks, South Dakota Lady Sioux and The SWO Fighting Sioux before making it to the championship game against The Lady Hoop Warriors.

The Salish Kootenai All-star girls played a great championship game and fought hard but came up only a few points short of the win, taking 2nd Place.

Whitney Malatare, Team #1 All-star and Morgan Malatare, Team #2 All-star. (Rhonda Burke photo) Whitney Malatare, Team #1 All-star and Morgan Malatare, Team #2 All-star. (Rhonda Burke photo)

Three of The girls brought home additional awards. Whitney Malatare was chosen for The 2014 Team #1 A-stars and her sister, Morgan Malatare, was selected to The 2014 Team #2 A-stars. The Ms. Hustle award went to Violet Pablo.

All of the girls played hard and did an excellent job respectfully representing The Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

If you happen to see any of The 2014 Salish & Kootenai All-star girls, be sure to shake their hand and congratulate them.

Left to right: Stuart Grant, Coach Bible, Cedric Earthboy, Aaron Ahenakew, Dashane Hewankorn, Aaron Perry, PJ Haynes, Jeremiah North Piegan, Alex Quequesah, Andrew Curley, Dennis Ahenakew and Coach Malatare. (Rhonda Burke photo) Left to right: Stuart Grant, Coach Bible, Cedric Earthboy, Aaron Ahenakew, Dashane Hewankorn, Aaron Perry, PJ Haynes, Jeremiah North Piegan, Alex Quequesah, Andrew Curley, Dennis Ahenakew and Coach Malatare. (Rhonda Burke photo)

Salish Kootenai Boys
The Salish and Kootenai All-s1ar Boys worked hard and dominated pool play to make the Gold Bracket along with 23 other Teams.

In Their first game of tournament play, The boys came head on against the Gold Bracket Champions, team Cheyenne Arapaho I and were short for the W.

Although the boys didnít bring any hardware home, they represented the Salish and Kootenai Tribes very well.

If you see any of them, shake their hand and Thank Them for their respectful representation.

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