Community notebook: Hoops on the River returns to Esther Short Park

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



More than 200 teams are expected to participate in the Hoops on the River three-on-three basketball tournament, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

Registration closed Aug. 7 for the tournament, which will feature competition for youth and adult teams in a variety of ability and age divisions. Play is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. both days, with all championship play scheduled for Sunday.

In the Elite Division, $2,000 in prize money will be on the line.

There will be two featured courts, one sponsored by Les Schwab Tires and the other by the Portland Trail Blazers. Those courts will be near the clock tower on the southeast corner of the park.

A total of 23 courts will be used. In addition to the 3-on-3 games, the event will feature a slam dunk contest on a 9-foot hoop and a 3-point shooting contest.

A team representing Shoot 360 of Vancouver won the elite division last year. Shoot 360 has several teams entered in the tournament this year.

According to event organizer Eric Anderson, individuals looking for a team can show up at the tournament on Saturday morning to see if there are teams that need substitute players.

Hoops on the River is a fundraising event that benefits One Team Kids Foundation. To learn more, visit

Vancouver woman wins Cosmo 7K

Amy Campbell of Vancouver won the fourth edition of the women-only Cosmo 7K run on Saturday.

The 33-year-old was the first of 853 women to complete the 4.35-mile course, covering the 7-kilometer distance in 29 minutes and 28 seconds.

Five of the first 10 finishers were from Clark County, including Debbie Krebs of Vancouver who was the first runner 40 or older to finish. Krebs, 57, was seventh overall in 32:01. This year the race started and ended at the Fort Vancouver National Site artillery barracks.

The run and walk raised funds for the Pink Lemonade Project, which supports breast cancer patients.

A portion of the money raised will go to the Fort Vancouver Trust.

Staged by Vancouver’s Energy Event, the Vancouver Cosmo 7K is one of five Cosmo races on the 2015 Energy Events Calendar. A Cosmo 7K was staged in Los Angeles in April. The others will be in Bend, Ore., on Sept. 19, in Seattle on Oct. 10 and in San Diego on Oct. 23. The next race on the Energy Events calendar is the Sept. 12 Gateway to the Gorge Half Marathon, which starts and finishes in Troutdale, Ore.

Golfer Tibbits 2nd overall at Hogan Cup

Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver finished second individually and helped a team representing Oregon Junior Golf place second in the Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches that concluded on Sunday at Riverside Golf and Country Club in Portland.

Tibbits shot the individual low score of the tournament on Sunday, a 3-under-par 69. He finished even par for the 36-hole tournament. Brian Humphreys of Washougal was on the Oregon team with Tibbits.

The team from Hawaii won the team championship, and Christian James from Las Vegas, playing for Nevada, was the individual medalist at 1-under par.

Young runner wins CCRC race

Matthew Young, 18, of Woodland was the official winner of the Clark County Running Club Leverich Park 5K on Aug. 5. His time of 17 minutes and 5 seconds was 25 seconds faster than runner-up Nathan Patterson.

Jenna Melanson of La Center was the first female to finish. She was ninth overall with a time of 19:47.

A total of 118 runners finished the race. The summer series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a 5-kilometer run along the Columbia River that starts and ends at Marine Park. Cost to participate is $2.

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