2 days of basketball headline Tri-Ute Games

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Girls' games took place at the Ignacio Junior High School gym.
Competitors watch for a rebound.
Dozens of volunteer coaches, referees and helpers supported the games.
The Tri-Ute Games encourages teamwork both within each tribe and among all Ute tribal members.
In boys' basketball, four Southern Ute, seven Ute Mountain Ute and three Northern Ute teams competed.
Young Southern Ute athletes take a water break.
The SunUte Community Center hosted boys' basketball games.
More than 100 members of each of the three Ute tribes participated in this year's games.
A young player dribbles up the court.
A young player chases a loose ball.
Teams played a round-robin tournament rather than elimination, highlighting the Tri-Ute Games' focus on friendship.
Friendship and participation, not competition, are the hallmarks of the Tri-Ute Games.
In girls' basketball, three Southern Ute, four Ute Mountain Ute and three Northern Ute teams competed.
Teams were divided into age brackets: 9-to-11, 12-to-15 and 16-to-18.
Each athlete wore a jersey representing his or her tribe: blue for Southern Ute, red for Northern Ute and yellow for Ute Mountain Ute.
Basketball was equally popular among girls and boys.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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Basketball remained the Tri-Ute Games’ flagship sport in 2013. Over July 23 and 24, dozens of young athletes from the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Northern Ute tribes faced off in the SunUte Community Center and Ignacio Junior High School gyms in Ignacio. On the first day, participants represented their own tribes in tribe-on-tribe matchups; on the second, teams were determined by draw to mix up the kids and encourage building new friendships.

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