Fort Vancouver to present inaugural basketball tourney

Trappers will join Evergreen as Clark County tournament hosts

High school basketball fans won’t have to travel too far to watch a lot of games this week.

Sure, many of the Clark County teams are out of the region, finding competition in other states, but Fort Vancouver and Evergreen have plenty of action on their home courts.

The Fort Vancouver Invitational, in its first year, is the only tournament in Clark County to feature boys and girls basketball.

Eight boys teams will play a three-day tournament beginning Thursday, while four girls teams are set to play a two-day tourney starting on Friday.

Meanwhile, at Evergreen, there are 16 girls teams. While not a traditional tournament, the teams will play three games in three days. Opponents are pre-determined the first two days, with the third day to be determined based on the results of the first two days.

Evergreen has had a girls basketball showcase for a few years now. The boys and girls tourney at Fort Vancouver is new.

Mountain View will join host Fort Vancouver as Clark County representatives in the boys bracket. Coming to town are Burlington-Edison, Kentlake, North Creek, Parkrose, Shelton and Wilson.

The girls tournament will feature Fort Vancouver, Aberdeen, Evergreen of Seattle, and Parkrose.

Organizers did a special thing here with the girls tournament, by the way. Those four programs have struggled in recent years. In fact, a year ago, they combined to win one game. One of these teams will win two games this week. Two more teams are assured of at least one win.

The tournament also is a bargain. It costs $5 per day.

Mountain View will open the boys tournament with a 2 p.m. tip-off Thursday against Parkrose. Fort Vancouver will play the final game of the day, 8 p.m., against Kentlake.

Times for the boys games Friday and Saturday are determined by the bracket.

The Fort Vancouver girls will play Evergreen of Seattle at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Back at Evergreen, Hudson’s Bay, Columbia River, La Center, Union, and Skyview will join the Plainsmen as Clark County representatives. Games start at 10 a.m. each day, with the last game of each night scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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