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Basketball stars Alston and Howard competing for youth Olympic spots

By izzy Published: June 10, 2010

Colorado Springs, Colo.  -  Thirty-six athletes are participating in the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship/Youth Olympic Games Team Trials this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., including 10 who helped USA Basketball capture gold at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City.

The 36 athletes will battle for one of 12 roster spots on the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team or one of four positions on the 2010 USA Youth Olympic Games Team.

"I know the entire coaching staff is excited to start trials," said Barbara Nelson, USA U17 and Wingate University head coach.

"I'm definitely excited," said Kathy Richey-Walton, USA Youth Olympic Games and Southwest Dekalb High School head coach. "I think in these three days we are going to get a good idea of the talent we have, what they are capable of doing and trying to figure out the best personnel to be successful in the Youth Olympic Games 3-on-3 format."

Two area girls on the  trials roster are Ameryst Alston  from Canton McKinley and Malina Howard of Twinsburg. The 2010 USA Women's U17 World Championship and Youth Olympic Games teams will be announced on the morning of June 11 and will remain in Colorado Springs for training through June 15.

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