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Past champion Wallen relishes her time on the blacktop in Redding’s 3-on-3 Tournament

Riley Wallen has played in a Northern Section Division III girls basketball final. The Foothill product scored more than 500 points in her high school career.

Riley Wallen (third from left) poses with her 3-on-3 teammates after winning their age group in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Redding 3 on 3 basketball)

Riley Wallen has played in a Northern Section Division III girls basketball final. The Foothill product scored more than 500 points in her high school career.

But the 5-foot 6-inch Wallen still ranks her time playing in the Redding 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament as some of her favorite on the hardwood…or blacktop, in this case.

“You’re playing with friends and it’s usually super competitive,” she said. “It’s usually hot and the rims are shifty, but the memories and bonds are what it’s about.”

Wallen played five straight years – from fourth grade through eighth – winning twice with her core team that included Gus Urricelqui and Jenny Rhyne.

“I think I’m going to pull something together this year and play again,” Wallen said.

Elevate Camps, a non-profit, is teaming with us at Shasta County Sports as a title sponsor and Lithia Chevrolet to put on the two-day event on June 1-2.

Shasta County Sports coverage means more exposure with professional-like coverage with photos, videos and results posted for everyone to see, but fellow title sponsor Lithia Chevrolet of Redding is offering a chance to win some prizes that will make the contestants on the Price Is Right blush. You’ll just have to keep an eye out to find out what prizes are available in the coming days.

Wallen (middle) poses with her past 3 on 3 basketball team. (Contributed photo)

MORE INFO: Redding 3 on 3 website

For Wallen, the chance to team up with old friends and perhaps some Foothill teammates sounds too good to pass up.

“Me and Jenna Wallace have talked about putting a team together,” she said. “I would love to. I miss basketball so much. It would be great to have one last hoorah before everyone moves on.”

SEE MORE: Registration Form

Wallen, who plans to attend Shasta College and perhaps play for the Knights, said 3-on-3 isn’t always about winning, but occasionally about beating that team that gives you fits.

“Winning is nice. Winning is fun,” she said. “But sometimes there’s a team you’ve battled forever … and I’d rather beat that team than win the tournament.”

She remembers a year when that happened.

“We had back-to-back games and played so hard in the first game to beat that one team that we didn’t have anything left for the second game,” she said, adding “it was worth it.”

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 29

Registration is $175 for a team of 3-5 players until May 20, then the price jumps to $200 before closing sign-ups May 29. Divisions are set by age year from 8/9 to 10-18, adding a 35+ division as well as competitive divisions for adults: top flight male and female and both male over 6-feet and under 6-feet.

A portion of the proceeds go towards helping send kids entering middle school to Elevate Camp’s outdoor summer camp at Lassen Pines. The camp is under-resourced, Alexander said, and this is a chance to send local kids who have never experienced a week-long camp before.

Other sponsors supporting the non-profit’s community-focused mission include WaterWorks Park, Mt. Shasta Spring Water, Welch Enterprises, Kona Ice, Oasis Fun Center, Backyard Escapes Pools and Landscape, Clayton’s Towing, Alexander Creative, Danny Day All-State Insurance, Dan Metz Real Estate Broker, the Jeantet Team of Coldwell Banker C&C Properties and KRCR-TV.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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