Athletes compete in annual basketball all-star series
The 2019 OACA Basketball All-Star Series took place over the weekend, providing one last opportunity for the state's top senior basketball players to don their jerseys and represent their schools.
Taking place on Friday and Saturday, the event featured several local athletes taking part in the 4A/3A/2A series, which was held at three venues around the Willamette Valley.
The boys series opened Friday at Northwest Christian University in Eugene featured North Marion's Jared Hauser, along with head coach Tully Wagner on the East All-Stars, Woodburn's R.J. Veliz and Kennedy's Rocco Carley were among the West All-Stars.
The girls series took place at West Salem High School and featured North Marion's Mar Verastegui and Kennedy's Kalyssa Kleinschmit on the West All-Star team.
"It's an awesome opportunity," Hauser said heading into the weekend. "Being able to play with guys who we have competed against, it's a whole different story. Being able to sit down with the guys and get to know them is cool."
Hauser's biggest moment of the event came Friday night when he scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the final three minutes to lead the East team to an 80-74 victory over the West.
"You think you've coached your last game with your seniors, and with four of my seniors I have, but I get to coach him for two more games and that's really awesome," Wagner said before the game.
Veliz scored 13 in the loss, while Carley had six for the West.
Verastegui and Kleinschmit swept the competition, going 2-0 to help the West All-Stars claim the tournament championship at this year's event.