KENNEWICK, Wash. — After a long hiatus, SWX Right Now brought back its All-Star Classic. In this year’s inauguration a few local faces joined a plethora of basketball stars from the Tri-Cities and Yakima.
On the girls team, Pendleton senior Kalan McGlothan and Hermiston senior Maddy Juul made up part of the Tri-Cities’ 15-player roster. They were pitted against Yakima — which had the Greater Columbia 1A Player of the Year, Yakima Tribal’s Nayah Mills, and two-time Central Washington Athletic Conference POY, Marissa Cortes of Prosser.
Both McGlothan and Juul received the invitation via their coaches, who warned they wouldn’t be able to play if either team made it to state. But after both the Buckaroos and Bulldogs were knocked out of the first round, the former rivals welcomed the chance to wear the same colors and play alongside each other.
“We’re rivals on the court, but friends off,” Juul said during the game when the two starters got a break on the bench.
Due to the stacked rosters, each quarter lasted 10 minutes to allow more playing time. McGlothan and Juul combined for 16:20 minutes of play and six points Saturday at Kamiakin High School.
Both eastern Oregon players started alongside Ali Martineau of Col-Burbank, River View’s Aaliyah Andreason and the No. 2 all-time scorer in the Mid Columbia Conference, Alicia Oatis of Kennewick.
There were only a handful of seniors on the roster that was mostly made up of juniors and featured some young standouts, including Tri-Cities Prep 6-foot freshman Talia von Oelhoffen, who finished the season averaging 29.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
For the boys, Hermiston’s Ryne Andreason joined the Tri-Cities team. The junior netted eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 12:58 minutes of play.
Andreason is the only local player who will be returning to the court next season, and with Hermiston’s move to the WIAA the All-Star Classic was a good scouting opportunity for Andreason and the fellow Bulldogs in attendance.
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