The Camas Heat won six games over two days to capture the sixth grade division of “Hoops on the River.”
It was the third year in a row for the local team to win its division. After defeating Scan Basketball, of Portland, 11 to 8 in the semifinals, the Heat beat West Basketball, of Vancouver 10 to 7.
“I love representing Camas at these tournaments,” Tanner Fogle said after the championship game. “We wear the Camas red with pride.
“Three-peat baby!” he added. “Three-on-three basketball is my favorite thing about summer.”
Overall, the Camas Heat outlasted 15 teams in the sixth grade division to claim the championship. In addition to Fogle, the team consists of Logan Miller, Alex Glikbarg and Zach Leonard. Leonard, of Portland, filled in for Bryan Nguyen, who was not available for the weekend tournament at Vancouver Landing.
The Camas Heat is coached by Jeremy Fogle.
“The boys played outstanding team basketball and beat some very physical and talented teams from all over the region,” he said.
The Camas boys will enter the sixth grade at Skyridge Middle School in September. They have improved their three-on-three tournament record to 43 wins and one loss. The Camas Heat’s fall basketball season will begin in late October.
Additional Hoops on the River tournament winners included: Rainen 3’s (third and fourth grade boys), Competitive Edge (fifth grade boys), Bring It (sixth grade girls), All in One (seventh grade boys), Legit (seventh grade girls), Ball Playerz Blue (eighth grade boys), Longview Crushers (eighth grade girls), Reunion PHK (ninth and 10th grade boys), Alligators, (ninth and 10th grade girls) and Team Savage (11th and 12th grade boys.
Other winning teams included Hang Time (women), 143 (co-ed), Bench Play (men up to 6 feet), Du Rag (men 6 feet and over), Portland Energy (elite women), Ultra Swag (elite men up to six feet) and Hand Down, Man Down (elite men 6 feet and over).
More than 200 teams participated in Hoops on the River. It is a fund raiser for Share, which has a mission of helping the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing and education.
Jessica Lightheart, community relations director of Share, said the tournament proceeds amount should be determined later this week.
For more information about the tournament, call 750-4436 or visit www.sharevancouver.org/events/hoops-on-the-river.