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Nike N7 Baseball Camp

gallery-01January 21, a nice overcast day, youth ages 11-14 gathered at the Salt River Recreation Building to participate in the very first Nike N7 Baseball Camp. They received their Native American–inspired Nike N7 T-shirts, then boarded a charter bus that took them over to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Featuring Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and special guest Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the camp gave youth an opportunity to learn what the pros learn each day as Major League Baseball players.

2012 New Year’s Men’s Basketball Tournament

gallery-02Twelve teams participated in the 2012 New Year’s Men’s Basketball Tournament, held January 14 at the Pi-Copa Gym. The competition started at 10 a.m. and ended at 6:30 that evening.
In the championship game, two Salt River teams, the Salt River Warriors and the Salt River Beeliners, faced each other on the court. The Beeliners seemed to have the upper hand throughout most of the game, but then the Warriors saw an opening and were able to take advantage of it. They started outscoring the Beeliners every chance they got as the clock ticked down to minutes, then to seconds. The Salt River Warriors were the tournament champions, winning 56-47.

Salt River High School Hosts Wrestling Invitational

gallery-01Sixteen teams traveled to Salt River High School, with one team coming from Durango, Colorado, to take part in the wrestling program’s first invitational tournament on January 13 and 14. The list of high school wrestling teams participating in the event was impressive (see sidebar). Blaine Hillis, Eugene Lewis and Jesus Salazar were representing Salt River and finished the tournament with a combined 9 wins and 8 losses in their individual matches. Unfortunately, Lewis was injured after his third match of the tournament, against Cactus Shadows; although the neck injury was not serious, he is out indefinitely.

Salt River Basketball Programs Fall to Fountain Hills

gallery-01Salt River High School junior varsity and varsity basketball teams played host to Fountain Hills High School on January 24. All four of the squads fell to the Falcons, but the varsity girls team came down to the very last possession, which the Eagles were unsuccessful at and ended the game down 43-41. The Lady Eagles took their first lead of the game after Joy Manuel went to the basket and was fouled by Natalie Stilwell. She was sent to the line and hit 1-of-2 free throws to take the 4-3 lead. Salt River hit their next three shots. Briana Kewanwytewa sank a three-point shot to improve their 7-3 lead. Rachel Cooper finished her lay-up and then on their next possession she hit a turn-around jump shot and led 11-3. The Eagles played tough defense and Celia Padilla-Hicks battled for a loose ball with 52 seconds left in the first quarter. She passed the ball to Kishan Cooper, who found Kierstan Timmons, who found Leann Watchman, who gave the ball back to Padilla-Hicks who put the shot away. At the end of the first quarter, Salt River led 13-6.