WENATCHEE, WA — The 4th Annual Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament is being held this weekend on Worthen Street adjacent to Pybus Market in Wenatchee. And with the hot temperatures and brilliant sunshine, the “Sunburn” part of it is living up to its name.
With temperatures in the 90’s and hardly a breath of wind, 77-teams assembled to sweat and strain on the blacktop for half-court fun. Teams from all over North Central Washington battled players from throughout the northwest in 3-on-3 basketball. NCWLIFE Channel’s Eric Granstrom caught up with some of the participants.
The Cashmere Bulldogs 10-year old team consisted of Aidan, Cole, Brody and Ryker. They were 3-and-oh when Eric spoke with them. Team spokesman Aidan said of the tournament, “it’s awesome. We’re trailing through all the teams!” When asked about being a Bulldog, Brody said, “it’s about being feisty, you have heart…you’re a Bulldog!”
Event organizer JD Taylor of Elite Hoop Effects spent countless hours Friday night with a spartan crew putting up the backboards and getting the street ready for play Saturday. While he admitted to being exhausted, he still had a broad smile on his face. “I’m tired, I’m hot, I’m sunburned, but I’m having a good time tough! I’m having a blast watching this all go down. It’s all worth it. It’s worth every penny, every second, amount of energy and creative ideas that we have,” said Taylor.
The previous three Sunburn Classics were held at the Town Toyota Center. Taylor says he’s happy to move it next to Pybus Market. “This is definitely the place to be. We’ve been building this for three years and now in our fourth year. 3-on-3’s are meant to be played in the street. So we built it where we needed to build it and now, look what it’s doing. Pybus Market is having a blast. Even the Farmers Market, those guys are probably running out of everything.”
Taylor and tournament organizers were hoping for an increase to 125 to 150 teams this year but he said with moving it to the street, he’s happy. “We’re really happy with our turnout this year. We’re right exactly where we were last year. We wanted to make sure it ran well, with the move. We’ll get bigger when we get the foundational pieces put in.”
So between the Farmers Market and Pybus Market and the Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament, that area of Worthen Street in downtown Wenatchee was the place to be this weekend. For tournament results, go on-line to www.sunburnclassic3on3.com.