Hoops Fest 22
When: Wednesday, March 22 at Gar-Field High School
Admission: $10 (no presale)
Start time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Charity recipient: Battlefield junior Kojo Bonsu
1. HANNA OLIVER
No one individual has ever won more than two Hoops Fest titles, but Hanna Oliver is in position to change that.
The Woodbridge High School senior guard won back-to-back 3-point championships as a freshman and sophomore. The UVa-Wise bound Oliver averaged 2.9 3-pointers this season (82 total in 28 games).
Among her top challengers will be Hylton freshman Josie Rodas (area-high 3.0 3’s a game) and Stonewall senior Megan Callahan (2.6 3’s a game). The only other two-time champions are Christ Chapel graduate Stephen Brown (3-point), Forest Park graduate Whitney French (girls 3-point), Potomac graduate Donald Vaughn (dunk) and Stonewall Jackson graduate JR Washington (dunk)
2. BRANDON EDMOND
Edmond won the boys 3-point title in 2015 as a sophomore. The John Paul the Great senior enters Hoops Fest 22 as the favorite after averaging 3.1 a game (91 total 3’s in 29 games). Edmond will be pushed by a packed field, including Christ Chapel’s Jordan White (2.8 3’s a game), Brentsville’s Ethan Sides (2.2 a game) and Forest Park’s Justin Solomon (2.1 a game).
3. ADA STANLEY
The Brentsville High School senior and Conference 28 player of the year teamed with Ryan Rivenburg to win the 2015 two-ball title. Stanley is back for one more shot as she partners with Bailey Hutchens.
4. JAMES WEST IV
The Freedom High School senior is another returning champion. West won the boys 3-point title as a freshman in 2014. This season, West will pair up with Elizabeth Gladden in two-ball.
The Bobcats swept the boys and girls 3-point titles and the two-ball title last season. Defending champion Ahlia Moone is back in the girls 3-point shootout and defending champion Brayden Gault returns in the two-ball competition with new partner Danielle Harrington.
By the numbers
The number of Hoops Fest participants who have scored over 1,000 points in their prep career (Ada Stanley, Brayden Gault, Hanna Oliver, James West IV, Brandon Edmond)
The number of times a Potomac player as won the Hoops Fest slam-dunk title
The amount of money raised by Hoops Fest in 21 years to help families in Prince William County