On Monday, three Rain City High School Boys Travel Team athletes were selected to the US National Team. Stanford-bound senior Marco Stanchi earned a spot on the Youth National Team for the second straight year. Freshman Jake Gordon earned a spot on the Cadet National Team after earning a spot on the Development National Team last year. Freshman AJ Rossman joined Gordon on the Cadet National Team.
The trio’s selection ended a four month tryout process that began in late November. The boys were selected after displaying their skills in two regional ODP Camp tryouts, a national ODP tournament, and a national selection camp (NTSC) that was held last weekend in Southern California. On Monday, 20 players per age group were then selected to one of three teams based on age: Development (born in 2001 or later), Cadet (born in 1999/2000) and Youth (born in 1997/1998).
Stanchi, Gordon and Rossman will participate in three training sessions throughout the spring and summer. In early July, 13 of the 20 athletes per squad will be selected to travel and compete in international tournaments. The Cadet Travel Team will compete in Europe at the UANA Games, which is held every two years.
2015 marks the second straight year that Rain City has placed three athletes on the US National Team. Over the past two years, the Pacific Northwest has earned seven selections to the boys US National Team. Six of those selections have been Rain City athletes.
Congratulations to Marco, Jake and AJ!