The Sumner High boys returned from San Diego with a championship in hand.
The Spartans made their first appearance in the big Surf ’n’ Slam tourney – a Southern California staple since the early 1990s – and went undefeated in the six-team “Sun” division.
Aside from the team title, a pair of Sumner players received individual honors. The Spartans’ Dawson Cutright was named Most Valuable Player of the Sun division and teammate Kristian Lewis made the division’s six-player all-star team.
Sumner’s division title didn’t come easy, as three of the team’s victories came by a total margin of eight points.
The Spartans opened with a 62-57 victory over California’s Livermore High, a contest in which Cutright tallied 17 points and Lewis added a dozen. The second day of competition saw Sumner paired against another Washington squad, the Life Christian crew. Sumner advanced to the division finale by downing the Tacoma team 53-50, paced by 15 points from Austin Avey.
Playing for the Sun championship, Sumner took top honors by defeating a Pennsylvania team, Central Bucks East High School, by a slim 47-46 margin. The Spartans were paced by Hashwinder Singh’s 13 points.