Singleton, Curry & Pickett earn Hampton Inn & Suites Sportsmanship Awards

SALEM, OR - Saturday, August 3, 2019 - At an event that prides itself in being first-class in every way, winnin a Hampton Inn & Suites Salem Sportsmanship Award is like a badge of honor of sorts.

On Saturday's opening day of Hoopla XXI 3x3 play, three participants earned sportsmanship awards:  Caleb Singleton, Royshad Curry, and Mason Pickett.

Congratulations and way to go, Caleb, Royshad and Mason!

Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney Sets Records

SALEM, OR - Friday, Augst 7, 2019 - The Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney set an all-time team participation record, with registrations up 38% over one year ago.

"What a turnout, and what night," said Hoopla Tournament Director Jason Unruh. "It's become the event we imagined it could be.  Fun, exciting, growing.  All of it was great."


2019 Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney Results

Adult Men
10 - Action Services (Howard Harris, Joe Workman, Dylan Young)
04 - Lost Brothers (Jordan Sampson, Brett Harris, Pharaoh Williams)
Adult-HS Women
12 - Allen's Angels (Madison Allen, Katelyn Rossback, Bailey Allen)
09 - Stretch & Light Weight (Ariel Tobiasson , Kenna Coleman, Brookelyn Worst , Kenna Coleman)
17U Boys
12 - Bum Squad (Carson Molan, Jasper Phipps)
11 - Preheating on 3 Burners (Jadon Mansur, Josh Mansur, Grant Dunn)
15U Boys
20 - Team Dolly (Dallon Morgan, Logan Smith)
13 - Koolaid Jammers (Toby Fleming, David Smith)
13U Boys
16 - Next (Nate Stephenson, Tristan Bautista, Blake Garza)
06 - Don't Know (Landon Knox, Romyl Luster)
13U Girls
08 - Coastbusters (Alexis Polovitch, Alyvia Smart) 
07 - Limited Edition (Makayla Ford, Karsen Anderson, Adriana Mendoza)
11U Boys
13 - Ballerz (Jack Holestine, Ryan Guardiola, Bryce May)
09 - Jelly Donuts (Jack Lapray, Mason Torcato)

What a Blast! Awesome Turnout at Hoopla Free Kids Clinic

SALEM, OR- Friday, August 2, 2019 - What a blast!

The Hoopla Free Kids Clinic presented by Drs. Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy & Clark was AMAZING this morning. A couple hundred boys and girls braved the elements and worked on the fundamentals of the game of basketball this morning under the instruction of Brandon Lemon and his team from the awesome Salem Family YMCA, former HS coach and Cascade Sports Camp guru BJ Dobrkowsky, and Hoopla staffers. A great time was had by all!

Special thanks again to Drs. Howerton, Hopkin, Kennedy & Clark - their sponsorship makes it all possible for all these kids to enjoy this event absolutely free of cost.

Legendary Referee Millard Bates Given Hoopla Lifetime Achievement Award

SALEM, OR - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Legendary referee Millard Bates was honored tonight at the Hoopla XXI Tip-Off Men's Invitational 2x2 Tourney with the event's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hoopla Tournament Director Jason Unruh, who was taught by Mr. Bates in the 7th grade, complimented him as a person of huge impact on thousands of lives in Salem and beyond. At 89, Mr. Bates is entering his 69th year as a referee.

In response to the honor, Mr. Bates, in his own inimitable and modest style, said of officiating, "I'd rather referee than have an ice cream."

Well-done, Mr. Bates! Thank you for all you do and have contributed to Hoopla and others over the years.


Cory Davis & James Green win Men's Invitational 2x2 Tourney

SALEM, OR - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Cory Davis and James Green, the 2-seeds, won the Hoopla Tip Off Party's 2x2 Men's Invitational.

Davis and Green defeated Caleb Singleton and Paul Hafford, 11-6.  Singleton and Hafford battled their way through the consolation bracket, then defeated Davis and Green before falling to the champions in the final game.

"What a tourney," said Jason Unruh, Hoopla tournament director. "Some great athletes and such fundamental basketball.  At times, I thought I was watching a European Olympic qualifier, so much movement and fine passing."

Legendary referee Millard Bates, 89 years old, was honored mid-way through the tournament with the first ever Hoopla Lifetime Achievement Award.  Bates, entering his 69th year of officiating, proceeded to participate in refereeing the tournament.

Registration Deadline for Kona Ice 2x2 Friday Tourney Extended to Midnight Thursday, 8/1

SALEM, OR - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - The registration deadline for the highly-popular Kona Ice Friday 2x2 Tourney has been extended to midnight on Thursday, August 1.

Rosters of 2 or 3 players compete in a 2x2 tourney in 10 different divisions. Priced to sell at only $39/team, this event is a great way to get "warmed up" on-site Friday before the big 3x3 festivities at Hoopla XXI on the weekend.

Registrations for this event are already up 26% over the all-time record...  Don't miss out on all the fun, sign up today at

Kona Ice 2x2 Friday Tourney Divisions

Adult Men

Adult Women

17U Boys

17U Girls

15U Boys

15U Girls

13U Boys

13U Girls

11U Boys

11U Girls

Last way to get into Hoopla XXI: Fill-In Openings Available Now

SALEM, OR - Monday, July 22, 2019 - There is only one way left to play in Hoopla XXI - while team registration has closed officially, Hoopla does need "fill-in" teams in the following divisions... these spots are limited and available only until they are filled, and it is first-come, first-serve that way. Here you go, the LAST REMAINING available spots in Hoopla XXI:

(List updated 7/25)
1 - A) Men's Open
1 - B) Women's Open
1 - C) Men's D2
1 - D) Men's D3
1 - F) Men's 6'0-and-under D1
1 - I) Women's D2
2 - K) Co-Ed Rec
2 - L) Family Competitive
1 - M) Family Rec 
1 - R) 17U Boys Rec
1 - S/T) 17U Girls
1 - AB) 15U Girls Rec
1 - AC) 14U Boys Competitive
1 - AD) 14U Boys Rec
1 - AI) 13U Girls Competitive
1 - AJ) 13U Girls Rec
1 - AK) 12U Boys Competitive
1 - AP) 11U Boys Rec
1 - AR) 11U Girls Rec
1 - AS) 10U Boys
1 - AV) 9U Girls
1 - AW) 8U Boys
To grab one of these spots, go to and register your team ASAP!

Lodging Needs? Hoopla Partners Hampton Inn & Suites and La Quinta are the Places to Stay!

SALEM (OR) - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - For Hoopla participants, families, and fans, Hoopla XXI has arranged special lodging prices at two prominent area hotels for 2019.  Hoopla endorses both the Hampton Inn & Suites Salem and La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham as the preferred lodging options for all Hoopla patrons.

"The Hampton Inn & Suites Salem is one of the most impressive lodging options I have ever seen," said Hoopla Tournament Director Jason Unruh.  "Many place talk about customer service, the folks at the Hampton live it.  It's a joy to stay there.  It is clean, the people are amazing, and they welcome Hoopla folks and embrace the event.  It's a Hoopla community there during our weekend.  It's an awesome option.

"At the same time, we are excited to have La Quinta involved for the first time this year.  Like Hampton, it is close to the event and very convenient, and it is another well-run, terrific place for a family to stay. We look forward to partnering with La Quinta into the future, becaue they are another tremendous outfit.

"What is really exciting is the special rates and deals both places are offering Hoopla folks.  These are great opportunities for our patrons."

Rooms, while they last, can be booked on this website via the link: .