The annual Northwest Raspberry Festival returned to Lynden last weekend and with it, basketball players of all ages participated in the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 tournament.
The youngest children, in kindergarten through second grade, tipped off the tournament Friday in the Rookie Razz division, and the older divisions followed in the afternoon.
Most teams had matching T-shirts and some even went the extra mile and had custom uniforms made for the two-day tournament as parents and athletes lined the multiple blocks of Front Street, closed to vehicle traffic for the event.
The basketball tournament was incorporated in the festival’s second year around 30 years ago. A little more than 200 teams competed in the tournament in its first year back since 2019.
Outside of the basketball tournament, vendors and exhibits were set up along Front Street.
Aubrey Basart (11) throws up a shot while competing in the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament along Front Street. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News) Carter Hill of team Triple Threat leaps up for a shot. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News) Kids wait on a sidewalk for their turn to compete in the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
Coach of third grade team Shooting Stars, Emily Heystek cheers as her team scores a basket. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
The festival's namesake raspberries were available by the carton along Front Street. (Andy Bronson)