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SYSK: Jamie Stensland keeps basketball tourney running


More than 650 athletes hit the courts at Waverly-Shell Rock High School for a youth basketball tournament.

The Go-Hawks Youth Basketball Club organizes five tournaments each year - three for boys and two for girls.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 62 teams from across the state play 93 games on six courts.

"I think it's fun. We get to play in this nice facility," Ben Krutzfeldt, 11, said.

An integral part of making sure the tournaments run smoothly is Jamie Stensland. She started with the program when her daughter was in third grade.

"My daughter's a freshman in college, so it's been about ten years since I've been involved with youth basketball," Jamie Stensland said.

Stensland said she loves the game of basketball, so it was only natural for her to help out with the club and the tournaments.

"She's a very well-organized person. without her, we couldn't put this tournament on," Paul Wright with Go-Hawks Youth Basketball Club said. "She gets all the scheduling done, takes care of all the money from the teams, she gets it together to make this a success."

Stensland said besides enjoying the sport, she loves watching the youth learn about basketball.

"They're not only learning basketball, they're having a good time with friends and learning team work. Also, having fun in a positive environment," Stensland said.

But, of course, Stensland said she's not alone in making these youth tournaments a success. It takes a couple hundred volunteers to keep the games going and the baskets swishing.

Money raised through the Go-Hawk Youth Basketball Club goes back into the community.

Beside a love of basketball, Jamie Stensland also loves running. She's completed 25 marathons across the country.

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