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2021-22 State Tournament Reps - Washington

Our State Committee is pleased to announce its 2019-20 State Tournament Reps.  You'll find our Reps in the gym attending State Qualifier tournaments to award golden ticket State invites to the top finishing teams.  You can't miss them wearing their bright orange #SeeYouAtState tshirts.  Please say "hello"!

Allison Raniere
Allison has a sports-focused upbringing in Tucson, Arizona. She played soccer at Eastern Washington University,  graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Outside of her State Rep duties, she works as a medical assistant in the dermatology field and is working on getting certified as a Physician’s Assistant. A lifelong sports fanatic, Allison spends her free time as a youth soccer coach, and as a volunteer for the Washington State Special Olympics.

Jovone Robinson
Jovone started playing sports at a young age, and never stopped. He was a standout athlete in basketball and track through high school, and for the past decade, coached youth basketball, soccer, and flag football teams. He has deep family roots in the Tricities area and there is a local school named after his grandmother called Virgie Robinson Elementary School. Outside of his State Rep duties, Jovone’s hobbies include hiking, fishing, camping, and cooking.  

Brandon Reynolds
Brandon comes from Wenatchee Washington and is the youngest of 5 siblings. Brandon has an AA general studies degree from Tacoma Community College where he played baseball. He went to Arizona Christian University on a baseball scholarship and tore his labrum and decided to transfer to Arizona State University to finish his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. 

He played basketball from age 9-16 with some AAU and freshman and JV basketball in high school. He is an avid fan of college basketball and NBA. Currently, Brandon is a sales rep for Techtronic Industries. Some of his hobbies include fishing, pickup basketball, hiking spending time with his family and hi fiance and their dog Daisy.  One fun fact about Brandon is he hit 2 game winners on JV during his sophomore year of high school!

Stephen Machado
Stephen was born in Lubbock, Texas but grew up in Pendleton, Oregon for most of his life. He graduated from high school in 2017 and then proceeded to graduate with a degree in Biology in hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.  Stephen began playing basketball in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport. He played all 4 years of high school and his senior year Stephen and his team took 4th place in the 5A OSAA tournament. Outside his role as a State Rep, he enjoy playing video games, pickup basketball games and bowling. 

Simon Makhuli 
Simon was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks. He was the president of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) during his senior year in high school. He played organized basketball from 8-16 years old. Simon still loves to play pick up games when he is able. He is an essential worker at Trader Joe's and an artist/musician. Simon did his first art exhibit last year in Beacon Hill, and is currently a part of the Beacon Hill Artist Guild. One fun fact about Simon is that he lived in South Africa in 2010 during the soccer World Cup. 

Josh Gasseling
Josh was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. He graduated from Davis High School and then received his AA degree at YVC. He then obtained his degree in Law and Justice at Central Washington University with a minor in Psychology as well. Josh played basketball his whole life until he graduated high school. He realized he didn't have Division I size and lost desire to play the game at a level that was not the highest available. He still loves the game and enjoys playing for fun. He is a Lakers fan because of Kobe, RIP. Josh likes to workout and listen to music. He was recently hired at Fred Meyer in the apparel section. Like most people, he spends entirely too much time watching random youtube videos! 

Rachel Keedy
Rachel grew up in a small farming town in Eastern Washington where the coolest thing to wear to school was Nike and Jordan. Ball was life for her from the start…not only a culture and a hobby, but her first love as well. Rachel now resides in Spokane aka “Hooptown USA”. She started playing basketball at the age of 6 on an AAU team.  From then, she played a few other sports, but her favorite was always basketball.  Ball. Shoot. Hoop. Repeat. This included sports camps in the summertime, open gym, and tons of pick-up games. Rachel remembered watching her school’s high school girls team go to state and win 3rd when she was in 7th grade. In 8th grade she was fortunate enough to be on the team when they won 3rd again. The following year, her team won 2nd in State for the 1b District Championship. She was never the best, but she knew she could always get better. Track and Field was a huge part of Rachel’s high school sports career. She ran track to keep in shape for basketball. She looked at track like a chore, but she worked hard and was very fast. She was awarded as a District 7 Northeast 1b member of the 2012 all league girls’ track team at 15 years old. She continued to place in regionals as a freshman and got a spot at state even though due to an unfortunate circumstance was not able to attend. She continued to play basketball every year and as for track she earned a scholarship to a private college in Goshen, Indiana along with academic and music scholarships. She approached the basketball coach who had no more scholarships to give but told Rachel that if she returned for the next season in 2016, she would have a walk-on scholarship. Instead of playing ball in 2015, she got a job on campus as a statistician and watched and recorded stats for all the home basketball games that season. She left college to take care of her father in 2016 and has been in Washington state since then. Her time now includes (beside basketball of course) being a wedding DJ, hosting trivia, maintaining her nursing assistant credentials, being a brand ambassador, continuing college, and balancing a very active social life. 

Steven Jones
Steven graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in human health and performance. He was born in Chicago, Illinois but moved to Lake Charles, LA around the age of 6. Steven has played basketball pretty much his whole life. He played high school basketball at Barbe High where he earned All-State honors his junior and senior years along with All-Southwest. During college he refereed the intramural state tournament for four years. Steven also helped staff summer basketball camps where he attended college for four years. 

Kelsey Wason
Kelsey grew up in a tiny town called Toutle located in Washington state. Her school was 2B (VERY small). She grew up playing sports year round, including basketball, volleyball, softball, and track. Kelsey went to college at WSU (Go Cougs!), where she obtained her degree in Zoology. Kelsey has played basketball basically her entire life. She started YMCA ball as early as 3rd grade, then moved up to tournament basketball for six years, middle/high school ball, then played sports sporadically throughout college intramural sports. Kelsey currently works as a veterinary assistant at a vet hospital in Lynden, Washington. When she is not at work, she is mainly spending time with her fiance and two pets, Lionel and Cosmo. 

Forrest Salgado
Forrest was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and received his bachelor of science in Sports Science from Washington State University and his masters in Sports and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University. In the past he's worked in Issaquah Parks and Recreation for the basketball program as a referee, coach and a site and operations supervisor. His day job is working as the Recreation and Athletics Coordinator for Western State Hospital, providing therapy through sports, fitness and outdoor activities. Some of Forrest's hobbies consist of hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, seeing live music and traveling abroad. He is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan! 

Gillian Block
Gillian was born in Los Angeles, California and played basketball for most of her life. She played high school varsity basketball and club AU basketball to play in tournaments overseas and nationally. Gillian attends the University of Washington majoring in Medical Anthropology with an emphasis on Kinesiology. Gillian played year round basketball at local recreational facilities and parks from age 3 until she started high school. She also started playing club level basketball in elementary school and continued until the end of high school where she participated in scorekeeping and admissions when her team hosted tournaments. When Gillian is not playing basketball or attending school, she enjoys cheering on her school sports teams, working out, maintaining a social life and hanging out with friends, cooking, thrifting or watching basketball. Gillian has played on the Staples Center court before a pro game and her first basketball coach was Ice Cube. 

Daniel Mirelez
Daniel was born in Toppenish, WA and raised in Granger and Longview, WA. He played AAU basketball from from 2nd to 7th grade and played all four years for R.A. Long High School where he graduated from in 2005. Daniel is heavily committed to the game. He continued playing for King, Cowlitz and Clark County area elite adult tournament teams and was a City League All Star from 2009 to 2013. Outside of basketball, Daniel works maintenance at the Ponderosa Senior Assisted living in Yakima, loves getting a good workout in, is a Las Vegas Raiders fan and loves watching and playing football as well. Spending time with his wife and four children is his favorite thing to do and a fun fact about him is he used to live with an NBA player when the Sonics were in Seattle. 


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