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Who to watch for at 3-on-3: The Legends

The Redding 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Redding Civic Auditorium is a true North State spectacle. From the youngsters to the “old(er)” players, the 3-on-3 marks the passing of not just generations, but the passing of the torch.

Tyler Green, playing for Montana State University Billings last winter, is a “Legend” to watch for out on the Redding 3-on-3 blacktop this weekend. The Enterprise High grad is a two-time Northern Section MVP. (Photo credit: MSUB athletics)

The Redding 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Redding Civic Auditorium is a true North State spectacle. From the youngsters to the “old(er)” players, the 3-on-3 marks the passing of not just generations, but the passing of the torch.

In the lead to the this weekend’s tournament, Shasta County Sports — a sponsor of the tournament — is taking a look at three groups of players to keep an eye on. We’re calling them “The Legends,” “The Present” and “The Future.”

“The Legends” are guys and gals who’ve cut their teeth playing 3-on-3 over the years. Not only 3-on-3 veterans, these players have starred in high school, and perhaps college, and continue to bring their A-game to the June courts at 3-on-3.

“The Present” looks at those players currently making a name for themselves on the high school hardwood of the Northern Section. These are the prep players who fill the stories, rankings and photo galleries of Shasta County Sports on a nightly basis.

“The Future,” well, those are the kids who have shown they have game and working on moving up the ladder. These are the boys and girls whose names you’ll start hearing in the next few years.

The Legends

Paola Mancasola: The first of three boys to come through the high school ranks — two at Central Valley and one at American Christian — set the bar pretty high for the other three. He was a Northern Section MVP and an all-state player. A 2008 graduate of CV, he eventually would hoop it up for Shasta College, University of San Diego and UC Davis.

Tabytha Wampler: Playing on Team Throwback, Wampler is sure to be a force on the court like she was for West Valley. The 2008 grad put up 15 and 9 as a senior, which led the way for the 6-foot-1 forward to play for NCAA Division I New Mexico State.

Sophia Altemus: Averaged 15 points in her senior year of 2016-17 at U-Prep and now plays at Southern Oregon University. Altemus averaged 5.6 points for the Raiders as a sophomore.

Taylor Angley-Holman: Playing on Jamie’s Crew. Angley-Holman was a three-sport athlete at Enterprise, played baseball at Shasta College and American River before heading to Oklahoma’s Christian Brothers University. Angley-Holman is now an assistant to Kele Fitzhugh for the Shasta College men’s basketball team.

Joseph Bosetti: Playing on Holcomb Recruits. The Red Bluff standout dropped 21 a night in his 2014-15 senior season for the Spartans. Played two years at Simpson University before transferring to Cal State Monterey Bay, where he redshirted.

Chris Combs: The Enterprise varsity football coach played for the Hornets back in the 1990s. He’s since coached hoops at U-Prep and at Enterprise before settling in as the varsity coach on the gridiron. The oldest person on this list — don’t let the age fool you, he still has plenty athletic ability.

Justyse Cooper: Playing on Team Redwood Sole in women’s top flight. Cooper played high school ball at Enterprise and averaged a 12 and 12 double-double in her senior year (2017-18). She averaged 12 points and nearly nine boards as a freshman for the Knights this season, earning all-Golden Valley Conference honors.

Jace Fry: Playing on Airballerz. Fry played for the Northern Section title winning Foothill team in 2014-15 where he averaged 17 points as a senior and was an MVP finalist that season.

Tyler Green: Playing on Team Dynamic. The Enterprise graduate was a two-time Northern Section MVP, scoring 18 per night as a senior. After playing at Humboldt State, Green transferred to Montana State at Billings. He averaged 15.1 points per game last season, led the team with 94 3-pointers and in 3-point field goal percentage (42.3 percent).

Ryan Schmitz: The 2011 Foothill grad was a sharpshooter in his own right. He buried 82 shots from downtown his senior campaign, helping the Cougars to the section title. He went on to play basketball for New England College.

Thurman Knowles: The three-year varsity standout for Foothill graduated in 2018 and redshirted this past year for NCAA D-II Colorado School of Mines following a Record Searchlight MVP season as a senior where he put up 16/6/4 on a nightly basis.

Kilee Hannan: Playing on Team Redwood Sole in women’s top flight. The Anderson standout averaged nearly 19 points her senior season for the Cubs in 2015-16. She excelled for the Knights in 2017-18, averaging 13.5 as a sophomore. There aren’t many who can match her toughness as a point guard.

Carlos Mancasola: When Mancasola played for Central Valley High, there wasn’t a shot he didn’t like and his range was anything inside half-court. Good news for him is it’s a half-court game. Mancasola’s pure-shooting stroke was poetic and he could take it to the hole as well, which is why he eventually played for D-I UC Davis.

Kelsie Jurin: A 2,000-point scorer for U-Prep, Jurin averaged 20 per game in her 2014-15 senior season. She also played at Simpson University.

Ravien Lawson: Playing on Golden Girls. Graduated in 2010, Lawson averaged 17-plus in her sophomore, junior and senior years at Enterprise. She played at Shasta College and was an assistant at Enterprise.

Rikki Sherman: Playing on Team Redwood Sole in women’s top flight. The sharpshooter from Foothill averaged nine per night. She also played for the Knights and hit 26 3s two years ago.

Blake Trent: Playing on Team Dynamic. The Foothill standout dropped 10 per night for Bill Elliott’s squad in his senior season. Trent matriculated to Shasta College and is now playing for Todd Franklin at Simpson, where he averaged 15 per night last winter.

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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