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State Tourney Reps

Wisconsin State Reps attend official State Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade and to answer any questions from coaches and families.  Please say "hello" when you see them!

Ryan Kelly
Ryan was born in Milwaukee, WI and has a double major in Marketing and Human Resources from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin. Ryan has 12 years of playing experience and has been a fan of all levels his entire life.  Outside of his role as a State Rep, Ryan is a marketing tech for the Milwaukee Brewers and he enjoys playing sports and traveling. Ryan is also an assistant high school baseball coach!

James Allen
James comes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is the eldest of 11 siblings. James has a B.A. in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA), and Master's of Science in Management (MSM) from Cardinal Stritch University.

He began playing organized basketball when he was in the eighth grade. Although baseball was his first love, he quickly came to love and appreciate the game of basketball. As a student athlete he played both soccer and basketball all 4 years for the Badger State Patriots. In his Senior Year he was among South Eastern Wisconsin’s top boys basketball scoring leaders which included the likes of Tony Romo!

Like any ambitious basketball player, he had hopes of playing at the collegiate level. However, an unfortunate accident prevented him from pursuing those ambitions. Years of Osgood-Schlatter Disease and a tibial plateau fracture caused him to rethink his future. To give back to the community and stay close to the game he loves, he’s been able to be involved with basketball through coaching. He’s coached for the Greenfield Girls Basketball Club, Wisconsin Shooters AAU Club and currently, Wisconsin Focus Basketball Club.

Currently, James is a North American sales rep for Waves Audio. Some of his hobbies include cycling, DJing, recording and making music, spending time with his family and traveling. One fun fact about James is he’s the batting practice DJ for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bennet Schmitz 
Bennet graduated High School in Cashton, WI and then graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota with a degree in Sports Management. He played basketball in high school and has always enjoyed watching as many college games as possible. Outside of being a State Rep, he is an Assistant Football and Assistant Track Coach at Greenfield High School. When he is not working, he enjoys watching sports and rooting for the Brewers. In the summer he spends time at his family cabin in northern Wisconsin and also loves visiting different national parks around the country. 

Tori Salaba
Tori grew up in a small town in Minnesota, about 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities. She attended St. Olaf College where she played lacrosse and sang in choir. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and is now in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tori started playing basketball at a young age and continued throughout high school. She also began coaching when she was a sophomore in college, where she has coached 8h grade and high school level. This year, she is the assistant varsity coach at Madison Country Day School and she enjoys watching basketball and loves to play pick-up. Outside of her role as a state rep, she loves being outside, watching and playing sports with friends, listening to music and going to her cabin. Tori also loves spending time with her husky puppy, Aspen. 

Ian Tuck
Ian was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin and attended UW-Milwaukee. He graduated in 2022 with a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies and a minor in Film Studies. Ian played basketball from the time he was about 8 years old and continued to play in college in intramurals and recreational leagues. As a fan, his best moments were spent at the Fiserv Forum for game 6 of the NBA finals and watching the Bucks win. He is also a UNC basketball fan, so watching them beat Coach K at home in the Final Four is also one of his favorite moments. Outside of basketball, Ian is a restaurant server at Gordy's in Fontana, Wisconsin and also a tennis coach at Elkhorn Area High School. His hobbies include, playing tennis and going to the movies. 

Carlos Manns
Carlos has a Degree in Teachers Education for disabilities. He played basketball at Milwaukee Messmer and then transferred to Milwaukee Vincent where he played Upstate for the Gold Ball! He then attended Lane College and Gambling where he tore his ACL and finished his education at Sheboygan College. He is currently a manager and at one of the best hotels in Wisconsin and  helps train and coach boys basketball. His hobbies include playing basketball, pool and taking time to develop the younger generation. 

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