ILWACO — Summer basketball is coming to local schools, which will host a series of tournaments starting Friday, June 14.

The Battle at the Beach girls’ tournament June 14-16 will draw over 20 teams, with a similar-sized boys event June 21-23 with games at Ilwaco High School, Ilwaco Middle School, Long Beach Elementary School and Naselle High School.

For the second straight year, Ilwaco will also host part of the BNB (Bed and Breakfast) basketball camp. Soap Lake is the other host of the camp. The girls BNB games will be held at IHS, IMS, Long Beach Elementary and Ocean Park Elementary from June 17 to 20. The Ilwaco boys team will be at the BNB camp in Soap Lake at that same time. The following week, June 24-27, the boys BNB camp will move to Ilwaco, while the girls go to Soap Lake. Each local BNB camp will likely bring in more than 40 teams.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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