June 18, 2003 11:00 pm
TAKING A MOMENT: Wallowa coach Greg Oveson talks strategy with Huntington All-Star Katrina King. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).
TAKING A MOMENT: Wallowa coach Greg Oveson talks strategy with Huntington All-Star Katrina King. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).

By Gary Fletcher

Observer Staff Writer

WALLOWA — The senior girls East team of the Oregon All-Star Basketball Series has been practicing this week in Union and Wallowa counties.

They play the West team at 5 p.m. Friday at Western Baptist College in Salem, and at 1 p.m. Sunday at George Fox University in Newberg.

Dick Royes and Greg Oveson are the co-coaches of these senior girls. Oveson coached his Wallowa's girls team to a third-place trophy at the state tournament this year.

The East team's first practice was in Imbler, Royes' hometown. Royes coached the Cove girls to the state championship this spring.

Royes and Oveson's teams had an exciting rivalry this year. They split two league games as Wallowa handed Cove its only league loss, but Cove beat Wallowa in the playoffs for the district tournament title. Cove and Wallowa came within one game of playing each other a fourth time. If Wallowa had won its state semifinal game against Damascus Christian, the two Old Oregon League teams would have played for the state championship.

It wasn't all hard work for the girls. In between practices, Royes loaded up his 25-foot Catalina sailboat, and took the girls sailing on Wallowa Lake.

Because they had such a good time, it was decided to conduct the remaining practices in Wallowa, where the girls could access the lake daily between morning and evening practices.

Each girl had to raise $125 for promotional ads in her hometown and pay her expenses.

Among the girls on the team that was selected by a board of high school coaches are Lisa Scheele, 18, of Cove. She averaged around 20 points a game and was the 1A player of the year for the state. Scheele's teammate, Kelcie Robinson, 18, is also on the team.

Other players include:

Rachael Stockton, 18, point guard, captain, and MVP of the Mitchell Loggers who averaged 20 points per game; Miranda Bennett, 18, Long Creek Mountaineers guard who averaged 17 points per game; Jennifer Dale, 18, team captain and MVP of the Arlington Honkers. As a freshman, Dale practiced with the boys team.

Kayla Cole, 18, the MVP and team captain of the Monument Tigers. Cole averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game and was selected for the all league first team.

Angela Anderson, 17, was the Condon Blue Devils team captain.

Emily McKenzie, 18, was MVP and team captain of the Jordan Valley Mustangs.

Lily Herrera, 18, was MVP of the Wheeler County Falcons. Herrera averaged 20 points per game.

Katrina King, 17, Huntington, played on the boys team as a sophomore. King average 13 points per game.

Rachael Fischer, 18, was the Spray Eagles MVP for two years. Fischer averaged 22 points per game and was selected for the tri-county all-league team. Fischer's father, Garey, is the boys and the girls coach.