A Hermiston basketball team won a state championship earlier this month at the Oregon Middle School State Basketball Championships in Bend and Redmond March 3-5.
The tournament hosts teams from all over the state, separating the gold and silver divisions based largely on the size of the high schools into which the qualifying teams will feed.
Hermiston Storm is comprised of 6th and 7th graders from Sandstone and Armand Larive Middle Schools in Hermiston, Clara Brownell Middle School in Umatilla, and Echo Middle School. The Storm dominated the competition in the gold bracket, beating teams from Canby, South Eugene, Sherwood, and West Linn. In the championship game, Hermiston defeated West Linn in a 33-29 nailbiter.
The Storm are a Hermiston Basketball Club team, and placed second in the same division last season.