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coach among Alaska hoops teams in Outside tourneys FAIRBANKS Keenan Hollister spent last summer fishing and playing golf. The streams and greens, though, couldn't hide his desire to revive the Alaska Flight traveling boys basketball team. The Flight's 18 high school aged players from around the state have been practicing this week at Monroe Catholic and Lathrop high schools to prepare for a pair of upcoming tournaments in Las Vegas. The Flight, with an ages 16 and younger team and a 17U squad, competes in the Big Foot Hoops Las Vegas Live on July 17 21 and the Big Foot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 24 28. Each Big Foot event features more than 200 teams, including some with players expected to play at the NCAA Division I level. College coaches will be scouting games and among the head coaches expected to ttend are Mick Durham from the Alaska Nanooks and Rusty Osborne from Alaska Anchorage. Flight guard Tyler Wells is returning to the tournaments after playing in last summer with Monroe Catholic, which went on to win its second straight Class 3A boys state title this past March. "I think if you play hard and play your best, you'll make your team better. If you're doing that, you're going to get looked at, too (by college coaches)," said Wells, who's heading nike quotes into his senior year at Monroe Catholic. Wells is among eight Flight players from the Interior, and Hollister also is the head girls varsity coach at North Pole High School. Hollister helped form the Flight in 2010, and in its inaugural year, it played in two tournaments in Anaheim, Calif. A year later, it was hitting baskets in two tournaments in Anaheim and Las Vegas. Guard Jhayde Zamora, who's entering his senior season at West Anchorage, is the only player this year who was part of the original Flight. "I was a little freshman, 14 years old, and I was intimidated," the 5 foot 8 Zamora said. "So I learned a lot. I've tried to better myself to get exposure to college coaches." The Flight and its head coach took a timeout last summer. Hollister said the break arose because he started recruiting late and other boys summer traveling teams popped up around the state. "I decided that I also needed the summer off, so I spent more time on the golf course and fishing," Hollister said after Thursday's practice on the Coach T Court at Lathrop. "There wasn't a shortage of teams going out, especially at our age groups." There were changes this year for Hollister and the boys summer basketball landscape in Alaska. Hollister missed the Flight and Anchorage based Team 907, which is led by Dimond girls head coach Jim Young, became a collection of players who were freshmen in 2012 13. Team 907's roster includes West Valley guard Daniel . "Rather than doing an all ages group with a bunch of talent players, he dropped his team down and picked up all talented freshmen," Hollister said, "and he's planning on doing it for the next three years." Young, though, told Hollister there were older players who wanted to try out for Team 907, so Young steered them toward the Flight. "It kind of worked out with him and I collaborating and putting together two really strong teams," Hollister said. The Flight hope to make a strong showing at the Las Vegas tournaments, which teams get three pool play games in each and, based on their records, advance to bracket play. "When we get to bracket, we want to go as deep as we can in it," Hollister said. "The more games we play, the more opportunities for them to play in front of college coaches, and against great competition and with great teammates from around the state.", a first team All Mid Alaska Conference selection as a freshman, is scheduled to start at point guard for Team 907 in two tournaments in Las Vegas. The squad has been training this week in Las Vegas at the Impact Basketball Academy. First and second year NBA players as well as college players and college coaches have trained at the facility. Team 907 is entered in the Big Foots Hoops Las Vegas Live and will remain in Nevada's largest city for the Adidas Super 64 Tournament on July 24 28. Lady Hoops Four Alaska Lady Hoops teams are among 349 entries in Chicago for the Nike National Invitational, which ends today. Lathrop sophomore center Ruthy Hebard and North Pole senior guard Alex Foster are part of the unbeaten Lady Hoops 17U squad. The Alaskans opened Wednesday with wins of 57 50 over the Rush 17U White and 50 16 against the Wisconsin Impact 2014 Tandez. The team improved to 4 can u wash nike shoes in the washer 0 Thursday with a 65 39 romp of the Illinois Lady Speed 17U and a 47 31 win over the Kingdom Hoops Red. Lathrop freshman guard/forward Alexis Shipman is part of the Lady Hoops 15U, which is 1 3 in Chicago. The group split Wednesday with a 40 34 win over the Bulls Elite Crimson nike shoes zoom pegasus 33 and a 35 21 loss to Wisconsin Rap 15U. The team lost Thursday to the Boston Sharks (47 30) and the OTCYBC Shot Callers (40 38). The Lady Hoops 14U also 1 3 in the Windy City. It started Wednesday with a split, losing 44 18 to AD Rock and winning 48 42 over the Rockford Heat 2016. The 14U Alaskans lost both games Thursday, falling 43 25 to Rush 14U and 50 26 to the Illinois Defenders 14U Black.