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Valley 'Dawgs' come from behind to claim basketball championship
The Sno Valley Dawgs, a group of elementary-age basketball players from the Valley, went up against tough competition and won their division championship this winter.
The Dawgs are made up of a core of eight boys who have played together for three years, plus two from Fall City who played baseball, lacrosse and flag football together.
Undefeated last year, the team moved up to the Olympic Division, which has WIAA rules: backcourt press, double teaming, and zone defenses. The boys went from a no steal/backcourt defense league last year to a full-on real basketball league. It was a big shock, but they worked hard to catch up after tough losses, coming together as a team.
Pictured are, from left, back row, Coach Rocky Kirwin, Issac Edson, Cole Mitchell, Hayden Kirwin, Jake Jimenez, Jake Jimenez, Cam Ferreri, Max Madani, coach Chris Mitchell; front row, coach Chris Sheeks, Andrew Sheeks, Brayden Holt, Drew Warford and Jack Gardner.