Dozens of outstanding hoops players meet to compete on the basketball courts at North Seattle Community College (North) on December 16, 17 and 18 when North’s Athletic Department hosts the 2011 NWAACC Northern Region Men’s Basketball Crossover. Eight teams, including the Seattle Community Colleges (SCC) STORM team, will go head to head in the 2011 Crossover Tournament, dubbed The Battle in Seattle,this year.
The action begins Friday, Dec 16 at 2 p.m. and it all takes place on the courts of North’s Wellness Center. Four basketball games will be played on Friday afternoon and evening including an 8 p.m. matchup between SCC’s STORM and the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks from Winchester, OR.
Players from 35 community colleges across Washington and Oregon belong to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). The eleven-game Crossover Tournament includes two teams from each of the four regions of the NWAACC -- North, South, East and West.
Carianya Napoli, Director of Athletics and Wellness Center Programs at North explains, “The Crossover Tournament for basketball is held every December in each region [of the NWAACC]. We are excited to showcase our facility and host teams in our league that we may not otherwise be able to compete against.”
Because the Riverhawks are in the South Region and STORM is in the North Region of the NWAACC, they would not normally be competitors during regular season play. In addition to SCC’s STORM and Umpqua’s Riverhawks, the six other teams meeting to compete at the tournament are:
- Bellevue College Bulldogs, representing the North Region, from Bellevue, WA
- Clackamas Community College Cougars, representing the South Region, from Oregon City, OR
- Green River Community College Gators, representing the West Region, from Auburn, WA
- Pierce College Raiders, representing the West Region, from Puyallup, WA
- Walla Walla Community College Warriors, representing the East Region, from Walla Walla, WA
- Yakima Community College Yaks, representing the East Region, from Yakima, WA
The Crossover Tournament continues over the weekend with competition between the winners of Friday’s games, as well as between the losers of Friday’s match-ups. There are four games on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the final three games of the competition (starting at 10 a.m.) complete each team’s quest to claim the title of First Place in the 2011 NWAACC Northern Region Men’s Basketball Crossover Tournament.
In this tournament, STORM fans should pay special attention to two players. AJ Maw, who plays guard and wears #31, is a 6’ 2” sophomore from Lake Stevens. Maw is a current leading overall scorer in our league and our region. Ricardo Maxwell, a 5’ 10” sophomore guard from Ohio who wears #4, is a current leader in overall scoring, assists and rebounds for the STORM men.
Admission for all tournament games, as well as regular STORM
games during the season, is free for all Seattle Community Colleges’ students, staff and faculty (show your current ID card please). For more information about the NWAACC or any of the visiting teams, please visit the NWAACC website at www.nwaacc.org. For more information about the STORM team and players, please go to https://northseattle.edu/storm.