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Deaf prep basketball teams hit Tucson for tourney

The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind's girls basketball team competes at the Western States Basketball Classic. The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind's girls basketball team competes at the Western States Basketball Classic.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson’s Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind is hosting the 2016 Western States Basketball Tournament this weekend. 

Six boys teams and four girls teams from schools for the Deaf in British Columbia, Oregon, Phoenix, Tucson, Utah and Washington are participating.

WSBC began in 1977 and was hosted by the California School for the Deaf Fremont with only a boys tournament. New Mexico School for the Deaf was the first tournament champion. The tournament has had rotating hosts since. ASDB has hosted the tournament in 1985, 1993, 2003, 2013 and again 2016. 

ASDB boys were tournament champions in 2013. ASDB girls have been tournament champions in 1980, 1984, 2008 and are defending champions from 2015! ASDB girls lost the 2014 championship game by 1 point to rival Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. 

Laura Edwards is head coach for ASDB's boys team. She has 25 years experience as head coach for the ASDB girls. Due to unforeseen circumstances she assumed the role as boys head coach a few months ago. She is also assistant coach for the girls.   

Lani Murashige, ASDB girls head coach is an ASDB alumnus and a player on the 2008 Championship team.   

Deaf referees from around the country came in to Tucson for this tournament. All timers and score keepers are also Deaf. In other words, a true Deaf tournament. 

The tournament wraps up with the championship games on Saturday afternoon.

Copyright 2016 Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. All rights reserved.

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