Spring Fling Basketball this weekend

April 1, 2014 

The 13th Annual Yosemite Spring Fling Basketball Tournament will be held in Oakhurst this weekend featuring nearly 30 fifth-grade through high school varsity girl teams from throughout the state.

Sponsored by the Yosemite Youth Basketball Association (YYBA), teams will compete at Yosemite High School and Oak Creek Intermediate in five age divisions. More than 50 basketball games will be played beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday and concluding with the championship games Sunday afternoon.

In addition to teams from the Central Valley, the Bay Area and southern California, Yosemite (Oakhurst) will compete in the 6th grade, 7th grade and Varsity divisions.

Bernie McGoldrick, a former YHS graduate and local attorney with McGoldrick & McGoldrick in Oakhurst, will coach Yosemite's 7th grade team.

YHS senior Sierra Dominici, will coach Yosemite's 6th grade team. Dominici was named the North Sequoia League's MVP this past season after leading the Badgers to the second round of the CIF Central Section championships. Coincidentally, Dominici was also named MVP of her 8th grade team during the 9th Annual Spring Fling Tournament in 2010.

Yosemite's varsity team, following tradition, will be coached by graduating seniors from the Badger team.

YYBA president Rick Slayton is excited about hosting this year's tournament.

"Time has flown by — it's been such a pleasure to watch our young athletes compete over the years and grow into such great adults," Slayton said.

YYBA coach and co-director of the tournament, Jeff Nichols is equally enthusiastic.

"It's satisfying to see that so many young players who have played in this tournament the past 12 years, have gone on to college and continued their basketball careers," Nichols said. "I'm very proud to be a part of their success."

"We simply could not image back in 2001 when we organized our first Spring Fling Tournament that we would still be hosting tournaments 13 years later," Slayton said. "We are truly blessed to have the generous support we get from our schools, administrators, parents, community and dedicated coaches and volunteers to make this tournament possible."

Details: Jeff Nichols, (559) 760-0931.

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