Tucson Youth Sports

Tucson Spartans win a championship in USJN Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS — The Tucson Spartans U17 team comprised of girls basketball players from mostly Tucson High, Marana, Walden Grove and Sahuaro defeated New Mexico Sparks 47-43 today in a championship game of the USJN Las Vegas Invitational.

The Spartans, led by two incoming freshmen Nohema Romo (Buena) and Alyssa Brown (Sahuaro), won the game that involved teams from Pool G (Tucson Spartans) and Pool H (New Mexico Sparks) at Canyon Springs High School.

Spartans coach Carlos Dehuelbes indicated that among the standouts for his team this weekend in Las Vegas were Romo, Brown, junior Kyla Stembridge from Tucson and senior Angelica Chavez from Tucson.

Dehuelbes communicated to me that Romo, a 5’1″ guard, was “the girl that played big for us all week.” Romo is a home school student in Sierra Vista who will play for Buena’s varsity team in 2017-18 despite being a freshman.

Brown, 5’11”, has some Arizona hoops lineage in her blood. Her great grandfather, Gene Moore, played basketball for the Wildcats in the 1971-72 season.

The Spartans’ U17 team next plays in the USJN Summer Final West July 27-29 in Los Angeles.

The Tucson Spartans 17U Black team that won its pool title in the Las Vegas Invitational. Players standing left to right: No. 3 Blossom Gonzales (Baboquivari), No. 11 Keelie George (Marana), No. 23 Alyssa Brown (Sahuaro), No. 45 Rachel Obedin (Tucson), No. 14 Kyla Stembridge (Tucson). Kneeling left to right: No. 12 Julie Ferlan, No. 30 Ana Ferlan (Walden Grove), No. 20 Angelica Chavez (Tucson), No. 10 Tessa Falcone, No. 5 Nohema Romo, No. 2 Ahidali Dehuelbes (Spartans photo)

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