Four girls from Lynden could find only super hero men’s uniforms to use, but they might as well have been dressed as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Black Widow and Ms. Marvel.
After all, one of them provided last-minute suspense to open the tournament and the other three also flew to the ball defensively throughout to win the high school girls’ division of the 17th annual Curt Maberry Memorial 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament on the streets of downtown Lynden on Saturday, July 18.
Lynden’s Elisa Kooiman, Olivia Bonsen, Emily Holt and Lauren Zwiers won on the 25-minute time limit, 11-6, on the unforgiving cement of Front Street against a spunky team from rival Ferndale consisting of Gabrielle Edison, Mariah Gonzalez, Darrien Camarillo and Skylar Robison.
Tournament director Jerry Blankers, who founded what has become a Lynden tradition as part of the Northwest Raspberry Festival, said his multitude of volunteers provided heroic efforts.
“We had 214 teams in all, a tournament record,” Blankers said. “It really was a great tournament. We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers and sponsors.”
The tournament also likely set a record for sweat, since it was played in the mid-80s.
Kooiman, a rising junior, helped the Lions earn state trophies for third- and sixth-place in her first two seasons.
“These are my favorite two days of the summer,” said Kooiman, whose title was her fifth consecutive in the Lynden 3-On-3 event. “And this was the first time I’ve gotten to play with Olivia since we were in fourth grade.”
The girls said they couldn’t find any uniforms for super heroines at a local store, so they settled for Superman (Kooiman), Captain America (Bonsen), The Amazing Spider-Man (Holt) and The Avengers (Zwiers).
Using her best spider-sense, Holt said she arrived one minute before the first game Friday night, having “bussed in from a leadership camp at Mount Olympus.”
“This team has the best team chemistry I’ve been a part of,” Holt said, as the other girls nodded their heads in agreement following a 5-0 tournament showing.
In the high school boys’ division, Ferndale’s rugged No Blood, No Foul played up to their nickname while turning back 20-20 Black with a 20-15 decision as Austin Honeycutt scored the winning basket on a typical turnaround jumper.
Honeycutt and Ferndale teammates John Weg, Kylar Lagerwey and Garett Holmes, in their third year together, claimed their third 3-On-3 title. They won at Bellingham earlier this summer and at Arlington last year, but this year their first time in the Lynden event.
The 20-20 Black team, consisting of Squalicum’s Darious Powell, Noah Westerhoff and Creighton Kaui and Sehome’s Marcus Montag, rallied nicely from a 16-7 deficit to pull within 19-15 until Honeycutt foiled their comeback.
Honeycutt, also an outstanding football defensive end, said he isn’t sure which sport he will play in college.
“I think we can make a run for a state berth,” said the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Honeycutt, feeling sure the Golden Eagles can improve on their 1-2 Class 3A Northwest District showing.
Weg was also encouraged.
“We played tough, we played strong and we took it to them,” Weg said of going 5-0 in the tourney.
In the competitive men’s division, former Western Washington University and Bellingham Slam player Drew Ready scored on a rebound to provide the final point of the Foster Group All-Stars’ 20-18 win over the Tune Squad.
Austin Bragg, another standout from Western, along with 31-year-old former Squalicum player David Seversen and Jeremy Juarez, all played well for Foster. They had to in order to beat three teammates at Whatcom Community College -- Isaac Reimer, Daulton Lootens and Taylor Bahr -- along with former Bellingham and WCC player Jared Wells.
Shots beyond a green line were worth two points; shorter baskets counted for one.
Seversen, a 2002 Squalicum graduate, was a three-year starter for the Storm and showed he can still hoop it up with the best of them.
“This was my first time at Lynden,” Seversen said. “I wanted to win another tournament after we won at Bellingham (earlier this summer).”
Seversen laughed when it was pointed out the three e’s in his name could stand for excellent.
“Now I’ll never hear the end of that!” said a friend.
Seversen, however, is not without 3-on-3 experience, having competed in the world-renowned Spokane event for six consecutive years, including on two teams the past three tournaments.
Will the Foster All-Stars return?
“Sure,” Seversen said with a grin. “Got to defend our title now.”
CURT MABERRY MEMORIAL 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Third grade: Blue Crew 5, Nooksack 3
Fourth grade: Lynden 2024 13, WECU 9
Fifth grade: BBA 18, WECU Iron Lyncs 15
Sixth grade: Don’t Know Jack 14, Blacktop Elite 11
Seventh grade: Smokie’s 20, Lynden Enfield 18
Eighth grade: D Black 18, 20-20 12
Ninth grade: Green Release 20, White Men Can Jump 6
High school: No Blood, No Foul 20, 20-20 Black 15
Competitive men: Foster Group All-Stars 20, Tune Squad 18
Rec men: RVW Trucking 20, Make It Drizzle 16
Third grade: Sparks 7, Turn It Up 2
Fourth grade: Code Red 11, Fabulous Four 5
Fifth grade: Valley Girlers 12, Lady Lyncs 8
Sixth grade: Beastie Ballers 11, Twin Towers 6
Seventh grade: Lyncs Lightning 14, Whatcom United 9
Eighth grade: Cloud 9 18, JLE Splash Sisters 11
Ninth grade: Mount Baker 13, Fantastic Four 8
High school: BIL Lynden 11, Brick Squad 6