HS notes: Prairie’s all-star; King’s Way Christian has new AD

Walling represents Southwest Washington; Knights hire Butterworth

Brooke Walling, the most valuable player from the Class 3A state girls basketball tournament last month, is on the roster for another high school game.

Walling, a senior from Prairie, is scheduled to play Saturday in the Northwest Shootout at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore.

The event features some of the top seniors from Washington taking on Oregon’s all-stars in girls and boys basketball games. The girls game is 4 p.m. The boys will be at 6 p.m.

Shaw Anderson of Kelso is in on the roster for the Washington boys team.

Walling was voted the co-player of the year in the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League her senior season. She then helped Prairie to the state title, earning MVP status for the tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Walling has signed to play college basketball at Fresno State.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $10 for adults and free for students.

King’s Way hires new AD:

Brad Butterworth, best known recently in Clark County for his work through Shoot 360 and the person who runs the Les Schwab Tires Roundball Shootout, has been hired as the athletic director at King’s Way Christian.

The school announced the move this week.

“King’s Way is passionate about their mission and have developed a staff that reflect that mission,” Butterworth said in an email released to school employees. “I’m looking forward to working alongside a staff that is called to pursue the best version of itself day in and day out.”

He noted it is humbling and exciting to be part of the Knights.

“I can’t wait for me and my family to play a role in projecting the mission of KWCS through the medium of athletics,” he said.

Shoot 360, which has helped develop Clark County basketball players through the years at its facility in Vancouver, is also a growing national brand. Butterworth said it will be difficult to leave the company, noting that all who have coached at Shoot 360 “will forever be important to me and my family.”

Prior to his work at Shoot 360, Butterworth coached basketball at the high school and collegiate levels.

Butterworth also has been running the Roundball Shootout, which features the best senior basketball players from Southwest Washington in boys and girls all-star games.

The 2019 event was played a few weeks ago — at King’s Way Christian.

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