The Oregon Stars continued their successful spring by adding a tournament championship! The Stars went 4-0 with an average margin of victory of nearly 25 points. The Stars defeated Roots 16U team (71-25), revenged their loss from a couple weeks ago against Deep III (72-41), knocked off Elite 24 Volt (67-49) and beat the Eastern Washington Heat in the Championship Game (63-62).
The Stars found themselves trailing by one with 6 seconds left and had to go the length of the court. Connor Fohn inbounded to Seth Erickson who drove the length of the court and dumped it off to Brayden Massey who was clearly fouled with .2 seconds remaining on the clock. The junior from South Medford calmly knocked down both free throws to give the Stars the one point victory!
The Stars, now 16-8 on the season, don’t get much time off as they are back on the court this weekend in the Double Pump Northwest Tournament in Salem. The Stars will play two pool play games before moving into a bracketed 16 team tournament.
Carson Reid and Southern Oregon University Head Coach Brian McDermott.
Carson Reid, from Roseburg High School, is the latest Oregon Star to sign with the Southern Oregon University Raiders. Reid will join former Star and Roseburg High standout, Tim Weber, this fall in Ashland. Carson is a high caliber student and an exceptional young man!
“I am extremely excited for Carson to join the Raider family. Carson is a great player and an even better person. He is a competitor who will work hard to keep the Raiders on the national map. He will be a great addition to the Southern Oregon University campus,” said Brant Minor, Stars Director and Assistant Coach at Southern Oregon.
The Oregon Stars had a successful weekend in Salem for the NW Champions League Tournament. The Stars opened up pool play with a 78-66 victory over the Vancouver (WA) Grizzlies. In their second pool play game, the Stars handled ECBA White, 78-56, moving the Stars into the highest bracket.
The first round of the 8 team bracket featured a match up of two of the top teams in Oregon. The Stars beat PacWest Eugene 70-65 in a hard fought game. PacWest features four international players who live at the United States Basketball Academy located outside of Eugene. The victory set up a semi-final match up against the NW Panthers. The Panthers jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but the Stars battled back and won 74-72! Seth Erickson hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to secure the victory, giving the Stars a shot at the championship. In the final, five games in 24 hours caught up to the Stars who were beat by the Emerald City Basketball Academy Pioneers. The Stars are now 12-8 on the season.
The tournament wrapped up the four weekend NW Champions League that included stops in Salem, Boise and Tacoma. The Stars are back in action next week in the Northwest Hoops tournament in Hillsboro, OR.
This weekend in Bellevue, the Stars were placed in the top pool of the NW Premier Showcase. The Stars played their two pool play games on the main court at Bellevue College. The Stars were up 8 in the second half of their opening game against Drive, before the team from Vancouver, BC, stormed back to beat the Stars 75-66. Drive, featuring a number of Division one recruits, practices at the old NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies practice facility.
In their second game of pool play, with a spot in the top bracket on the line, the Oregon Stars knocked off Eastern Washington Elite 54-46. This placed the Stars in the top bracket against Total Package Blue who went 2-0 in their pool play games. The Stars came out with the victory, 60-55, moving them into the final four of the tournament and matching them against FOH Seattle.
The semi final games of the NW Premier Showcase took place on Sunday morning. On the main court Drive played Boise Flite’s 2014 team and the Stars played FOH on the side court at the College. The Stars were down as many as 14 in the second half, but battled back and fell just short, 62-58.
The Oregon Stars matched up against some of the top teams in the Northwest and showed they are one of the elite teams in the region this year! The Stars, now 7-4 on the season, head to Tacoma next weekend for the final weekend of the NW Champions League.
The Oregon Stars continued their 2014 season with a weekend trip to Boise, Idaho for an exhibition game and three NW Champions League games. The Stars played Friday night after an 8 hour drive and were beat by Boise Flight’s Senior team. On Saturday morning, the Stars dropped a hard fought game to Utah Prospects 73-69. Saturday afternoon the Stars defeated EBC from Seattle, 67-53. On Sunday, at 8 am, the Stars finished up the weekend by knocking off Cache Valley Elite by 10. The Stars move to 5-2 on the season. Great weekend for the Oregon Stars!
The Oregon Stars won their first three games of the Northwest Champions League in Salem, OR. The Stars defeated Idaho Hoop Dreams, Emerald City Spokane and Boise Flight! Great start to the 2014 season!
The 2013 Oregon Stars had a great showing on this years Oregon All-League teams!
Cameron Lyon – North Valley High School – Player of the Year 4A Skyline Conference
Mark Winans – South Medford High School – First Team 6A Special District 1
Micah Johnson – Grants Pass High School – First Team 6A Special District 1
Connor Lane – Crater High School – First Team 6A Special District 1
Brendin Quinn – Thurston High School – First Team 6A Special District 2
Carson Cook – 1st Team All League
Carson Cook – Thurston High School – First Team 6A Special District 2
Brayden Massey – South Medford High School – 2nd Team 6A Special District 1
Erik Johnson – South Umpqua High School – First Team 4A Far West League
Zach Malvar – Wilsonville High School – Second Team 5A Northwest Oregon Conference
Austin Jones – Creswell High School -
Ty Roane – North Bend High School -
Matt Woods – North Bend High School -
Jake Miles – Marshfield High School – First Team 4A Far West League
Mark Winans, who has played for the Stars for the last two seasons, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Colorado School of Mines, a NCAA Division II school located in Golden, Colorado. The Diggers are currently ranked in the top 15 for Division II schools and is also one of the best academic schools in the country. Mark, who has a 4.0 at South Medford High School, will join the team in the fall of 2014.
Pryor Orser, head coach of the Colorado School of Mines speaks very highly of Mark. “Mark is the consummate program guy. He has a super-high motor who redefines toughness and competitiveness. I had the privilege of coach his father and Mark is a clone of Charlie’s toughness and work ethic, and is a flat-out winner. He is a good combo guard who can make shots and sees the floor well. Defending is also very important to Mark, which translates well to our program.”
Click the link below to read the School of Mines article on the signing of Mark.
The Stars had a tremendous 2013 season, highlighted by a 2nd place finish in the Silver/Premier bracket of the Fab 48 in Las Vegas! The 17U Stars team won their first 7 games before dropping the Championship game to the Chicago Flyers.
For the first time, the Stars had three teams participating in the Fab 48 in Las Vegas the last weekend in July. All three teams (two 17U & a 15U team) had positive showings in the largest basketball tournament in the country.
Joe Kiser will join the Oregon Stars coaching staff in 2013 as coach of the 15U team. Kiser was an All-state player in 2002 at Stayton High School where he played for Jamie McCarty. After high school, Kiser played at Chemeketa Community College where he helped his team win the Southwest Conference title and finished fourth at the NWAACC championships. At the age of 20, Kiser flipped from a player to coach and returned to work at Stayton. In 2007 Kiser joined B.J Dobrkosky’s staff at Sprague High School and coached the J.V team for three years.
In 2010 Kiser became the head coach at Regis High School. In his three years he has led his teams to an overall conference record of 35-7. At Regis he has coached his teams to two conference titles and a third place finish in state. He received coach of the year honors in the Tri-River Conference for the last two seasons. During the summer Kiser coaches at Camp Cascade, founded by legendary Oregon high school coach Barry Adams. Kiser credits his success to the great coaches he has played and coached under including George Libbon and David Abderhalden. “I’ve been lucky enough to learn from coaches like Jamie McCarty, Coach Libbon, Abderhalden and Dobrkosky. These coaches have equipped me with tools to become a successful coach and teach kids to play the game the right way.”
The Stars are excited about the addition of a passionate young coach like Joe Kiser. He will bring energy and a winning attitude to the 2013 Stars!