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Mon, Oct. 19

High Altitude Hoops finishes second in Las Vegas
Team plays eight games in three days, finishing with a 3-1 record

The Flagstaff AAU High Altitude Hoops team is (back row from left) Maurice Walton, Justus Rambo, Brett Morrow, Kaleb Hagerman, Mitch Thompson, Kaleb Sandoval, and Coach Matt Poirier. Front row seated is (from left) AJ Brain, Nick Christopher, Bridger Hershey, Kyle Erickson, and Chance Begay. Submitted photo

The Flagstaff AAU High Altitude Hoops team is (back row from left) Maurice Walton, Justus Rambo, Brett Morrow, Kaleb Hagerman, Mitch Thompson, Kaleb Sandoval, and Coach Matt Poirier. Front row seated is (from left) AJ Brain, Nick Christopher, Bridger Hershey, Kyle Erickson, and Chance Begay. Submitted photo

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Flagstaff High Altitude Hoops team finished second in the eighth grade division at the AAU Las Vegas Classic Jam On It basketball tournament July 27-29.

Although only playing together since April, the team managed to win a smaller tournament in Las Vegas in May called the Game Time Classic. The confidence they built in May brought them back to Las Vegas in July to test themselves against even more teams and tougher competition.

The High Altitude Hoops team played eight games in three days finishing with a 3-1 record in the eighth grade division, good for second place, and a 2-2 record in the ninth grade division.

"We played in the higher division as well," said Matt Poirier, head coach. "We played in the ninth grade division to get more games, more experience, and to play against better competition."

Poirier added that the team is also very involved in other activities besides basketball; they do volunteer work, community service, and team building. For example, the High Altitude Hoops team is volunteering at the Flagstaff Art in the Park for kids this summer.

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