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PHONE 871-4217 NIT FEATURES CHILLS & SPILLS The fifth annual Navajo Invita tional basketball tournament opened with plenty of thrills and chills plus close games at the Navajo Civic Center, Window Rock, Arizona, on Wednesday, February 20. This annual sports event was formerly the Holiday tournament which has now grown into the most colorful and the biggest independent basketball tournament on any Indian Reservation. Sixteen teams representing top independent league from towns surrounding the Navajo Reserva tion along with Indian teams from several tribes have participated in this tournament. This year a Girls’ division tournament has been included where we find the Window Rock Tribettes, recent winners of the Holiday Invitational tournament against the Shiprock Bankerettes for the Championship. The Shiprock Bankerettes coached by Harold M. Curtis with a record of 13 wins and 3 lost de feated the Window Rock Tribettes to take the title in the girls’ divi sion. In the Mens' division we find the three time winners of the Navajo Invitational tournament, the Win dow Rock Lodgers edged out the Navajo hm team for the champion ship. Navajo Inn received the sec ond place trophy, Chinle third and Gallup Dorm, fourth. Dan Showalter Jr., a member of the Window Rock Lodgers team, dropped in 20 free throws in 20 H te U m * t T & 1 , Jf; % if I" I V Ji yV-% fe * g t Jf'C,* j *"* W. J 4k ALL-TOURNEY FIRST TEAM, left to right; Jack Jackson--Navajo Inn Howard Draper—Navajo Inn Larry Smith--Window Rock Lodgers and Donald Kee—Gallup Dorm Vikings, These players receive individual awards due to their efforts during the Navajo Invitational tournament. h | »i n SHIPROCK BANKERETTES, Winners of the Girls* division in the Annual Navajo Invitational Basketball tournament-held at the Navajo Civic Center Feb. 20 21 22 £ 23. KNEELING left to right; Emma Lou Begay Sharon Goodluck Barbara Yellowhorse and Cecelia Nelson, Standing left to right; Manager—Harold M. Curtis Lena McCabe Helen V. Yazzie June Curley, Georgia Johnson Anna belle Charley and Ruby Kearns. THE NAVAJO TIMES March 7, 1963 attempts to take the men’s free throw title. Runnerup was Ramon La Rosa of the Ganado El Faso team, with 18 out of 20. Marie Dennison, a member of the Gallup FILS Termites dumped in 8 out of 15 attempts to win the girls* free throw contest. The All-Tourney First Team went to the following individuals: Larry Smith; The Window Rock Lodgers, Donald Kee; Gallup Dorm Vikings, Howard Draper; Navajo Inn, Mike Smith; Leupp Indepen dent, and Jack Jackson; Navajo Inn. Larry Smith also received the “Most Valuable Player*’ award. The All-Tourney First Team in the Girls’ Division went to the fol lowing: Georgia Johnson; Shiprock Bankerettes, Ruth Damon; Window Rock Tribettes, Ruth Willis; Catho lic Indian Center Falcons, Virginia Largo; St. Michaels Diamonds. Deanna Hickman; Lodgerettes, and Mary Showalter; Lodgerettes. Georgia Johnson received the “Most Valuable Flayer” award. She is a member of the Shiprock Bankerettes. The All-Tourney Second Team in the Men’s division includes: Dick McKee n - Window Rock Supply, Thomas Raymond-Totah Bandits. Douglas Williams-Window Rock Supply. Gordon S hep a rd-Chinle Teachers, and Edward Tso-Gallup Dorm Vikings. The All-T ourney Second Team from the Girl's division are as follows: Alice Wauneka-Window Rock Tribettes, Sonya Stewart- Lodgerettes, Susie Denetdeel- Jayhawks, Carol Nez-Gallup PHS and Bertha Curtis-Window Rock Tribettes. An attractive Award Program was held at the conclusion of the WINDOW' ROCK LODGERS pose for a brief picture during the Navajo Invitational tourney held at the Navajo Civic Center Feb. 20-23. The Lodgers won the Championship in the mens’ division by' defeating runnerup Navajo Inn. Championship game on Saturday night. Many different groups and individual awards were made to teams placing in the tournament and to outstanding individual play ers. Another outstanding attraction to the tournament was the appear ance of the Traditional Queen of the 1962 Navajo Tribal Fair. Miss Emma Joe of Shiprock, New Mexico is of the Ashihi (Salt)Clan. Shehas attended Aztec High School. Miss Joe made the presentation of tro phies to outstanding teams and JLrJfiifW RUNNER-UP TEAM, The Navajo Inn participated in the Navajo Invita tional tourney and held a slight lead until they were defeated by the Window Rock Lodgers. Players include left to right; ! loward Draper Robert Billy James Miles Tommy Conley and jack Jackson. Back row: Nelson Bennett Bert Sandoval and Tommy Arviso. Subscribe To The Navajo Times «P^ 4 ay ' ‘ HAROLD HERNASY member of the Tuba City Bluejays takes time out to enter the free throw contest in the men’s division. Hernasy made 13 out of 20 attempts. players. Miss Rowena Yazzie, the 1962 Modern Queen of the Navajo Tribal Fair was unable to attend the tour nament due to her studies in the State of Kentucky. However, the Athletic Committee has bestowed the Honorary Award to her parents. This annual tournament has been proven to be a success which was only possible with the participation of such donors, of the individuals and firms listed in the tournament journal. ,1 HOPI um WA CUWN, MUZ, -] I" THI HEART OF HOPE EAHO ■ "KEAMS CANYON” | W MOTEL I m With Adjocaat ■ f TEADIN6 POST, CAFE. SERVICE STATION 1 | Keasonable Rates ■ < ... i* GEORGIA JOHNSON member of the Champions Shiprock Banker ettes displays her talents at the free throw line making 8 out of 15 at tempts. The overall record for the Bankerettes is 13 wins and 3 losses. Event taking place at the 1963 Na vajo Invitational tourney at the Navajo Civic Center from Feb. 20- 23. \j 0 4 m< DAN SHOWALTER JR. Winner of the free-throw contest, making 20 out of 20 attempts in the Navajo Invitational tournament held at the* Navajo Civic Center Feb. 20., 21, 22 £ 23. He is a member of the Window Rock Lodgers which took first place during the tournament.