For a day, hip hopping hoopsters are the kings of Kingston

Now 13 years old, Kingston's annual basketball hoopfest attracted more than 70 teams.

KINGSTON — Down the hall they came: six kids, of various ages, heights, and ability, each dribbling a basketball.

The youngest of the six was using two hands, batting the ball down towards the floor then catching it wearily as it came back up.

Any other day of the year and this would be an unusual sight. But during the Kingston Hip Hop Hoop Shoot last Saturday, Kingston Junior High filled with hoopsters of all ages, waiting for games, driving to the hoop, and dribbling, dribbling, dribbling.

When they weren’t dribbling, the kids were coming up for more creative uses for a basketball. One younger player rolled a ball bowling-style down a hallway while waiting for a game.

But mostly the event was about playing. More than 70 teams from third grade to high school hit the court to prove their mettle against similarly-aged competition.

Tyler Seth, a sixth-grader from Poulsbo with the Cal All-Stars, a canny veteran of two previous Hoop Shoots, assessed this year’s tournament: “This year it’s funner,” he said. “I’m enjoying it more.”

Seth said the enjoyment he was getting out of the Hoop Shoot and the fact that he was headed to the championship game was merely coincidental.

Instead, Seth said, the fun came out of playing with — and against — his friends from around the county.

His teammates agreed.

“I like it, because I get to play with all my friends,” said Kyle McCown, another sixth-grader.

“I like playing a lot,” said Jack Clearman, another Cal All-Star. “This year I know more people, so I see more of my friends here.”

The Hoop Shoot, which draws kids from all over the Olympic Peninsula, is in its thirteenth year. It was started by some bored young teenagers who wanted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help fill a long summer weekend — Kingston’s Cy Wyse was also instrumental in getting the event started. Eventually it grew and moved from the Kingston Marina parking lot, where it began, to Kingston Junior High. The twice-yearly event became once a year — and became one of the events local kids look forward to.

I’ve been playing (in the Hoop Shoot) since third grade,” said Miranda Ejde, now an eighth-grader. Ejde’s Poulsbo NK team had just played a tough game against NK Dream.

“I just love playing basketball so much,” she remarked.

Ejde said there is a distinct advantage to being neighbors and friends with your opponents: “You know all their weaknesses and strengths,” she said.

The day kicked off with several competitions, including hot spot and three-point competitions. Then the games got underway. Each game was 15 minutes long, and there were as many as six games going on at one time.

That still left plenty of time and space for highlights: a few older players stopped to appreciate the a fourth-grade team whose players employed quick crossovers, no-look passes, and bunny hops into the lane to bust past their opponents.

One such move — a head-bobbing no-look pass — drew appreciative catcalls from the older observers.

The name of the younger team was the Gig Harbor Hot Sauce, proving that at the Kingston Hip Hop Hoop Shoot, you can be creative off the court as well.

More in Sports

NK's Angel Chavez (8), a junior forward, and Jackson Reeves (12) rush back to defend to keep Clover Park from scoring a breakaway goal. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK wins in soccer, softball

North Kitsap is still alive in the District 2/3 2A boys soccer… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

The free fishing derby put on by the Lions Club is Saturday in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Free fishing derby Saturday in Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is hosting a “Hooked on Fish Derby”… Continue reading

Colton Bower of NK dives safely back to first base after hitting a single in the first inning. Zach Duffy of BHS applies the tag. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald
NK falls to league-leading Bainbridge

You can bet the North Kitsap Viking outfielders are going to be… Continue reading

.
NK baseball team keeps winning

North Kitsap The Vikings beat Columbia River in baseball 10-7 and Ridegefield… Continue reading

Kingston goalie Carter Krantz jumps up to make a save under crowded conditions against Olympic. Krantz and the Bucs shut out the visitors 1-0. Krantz’s booming kicks also were a powerful offensive weapon for the Bucs, keeping Olympic on the defensive side of the field. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston’s defense blanks Olympic in soccer

Kingston has a strong defense, and it needed every bit of it… Continue reading

Kaden Schaefer of Kingston signs a letter of intent to play college soccer, while brother Zander, 5, looks on with admiration. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Buc scores college soccer scholarship

Once Kaden Schaefer got to high school, he started to think maybe… Continue reading

Ian ‘J.R.’ Ritche
Outdoor prep sports spring into action

The Bainbridge Spartan baseball team returns one of the top pitchers in… Continue reading

Owen Scheer tees off for Bainbridge in a match at Kingston. Steve Powell/Bainbridge Island Review Photos
BI, Kingston split golf matches

Bainbridge In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Viet Tran of Kingston follows through on his second shot after missing the numerous sand trips off the tee on Hole 1 at White Horse Golf Club. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston splits golf matches against Bainbridge

Kingston In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Junior captain Elise Walters was the medalist for Bainbridge in the match against Sequim. Lucy Rector/Courtesy Photos
Defending champs start year with win over Sequim

The Olympic League defending champion Spartans started off the season last week… Continue reading

Cade Orness had 7 assists in the game for third place.
NK boys place 3rd at state

Now that’s more like the Vikings North Kitsap fans know and love.… Continue reading