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Phoenix standout to compete in Singapore

Phoenix all-state girls basketball player Sarah Prewitt will play inSingapore later this month for a touring United States high school all-starteam.

The team will play a series of games and tournaments July 18-27 in Singapore.It will then travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to conclude the tour July28-Aug. 2.

Prewitt, 17, a 6-foot post player who will be a senior this fall at Phoenix,will join players from Oregon and Washington on the all-star team.

The team, called Sports Ambassadors from the U.S., will be coached byColton High's Vic Thompson.

The mission statement of the Sports Ambassadors is: When thereis no opportunity to preach the gospel through traditional means, sportsevangelism has opened the door to the hearts and lives of thousands of people.

Christian players have been able to penetrate into unreached worldsof those who have never heard of Christ. These people will come to the game,but they will never darken the door of a church. It is in the context ofthe athletic arena that these people will will hear the good news of salvation.

With that philosophy in mind, the Sports Ambassadors will play in indoorarenas for tournaments and in three-on-three pick-up games in the streetsof Singapore to reach more people.

The purpose, according to Prewitt, is to allow people to see good basketballand to receive the message of faith.

We will do a lot of ministry work in addition to playing basketball,says Prewitt. I'm looking forward to learning a new culture and seeinghow the people live over there.

I don't care whether it's a tournament or a three-on-three game.I'm looking forward to playing against good competition and meeting thesepeople and getting to know them.

The U.S. players will stay with host families during the trip.

Other members of the team are Heather Doud of Santiam Christian Highof Corvallis; Melissa Martin of Santiam Christian; Kristy Riggs of ColtonHigh; Becky Thompson of Colton; and Jannell Wendle of Lewis & ClarkHigh of Spokane, Wash.

Thompson expects to select several more players for the team prior toa two-day camp next week at West Linn High.

Prewitt made the team during a tryout camp last summer at George FoxCollege. Players selected early had one year to raise funds for the trip.

My church (St. Mark's of Phoenix) helped me raise most of my money,says Prewitt. I'm grateful for all of those people. They are helpingme make a trip that is going to give me a good experience in working withpeople and learning a new culture.

She knows what she will discuss with her audience.

I plan to talk to them about the gifts and blessings God has givenme, says Prewitt.

A third-team Class 3A all-state selection, Prewitt is expected to playa post position for Sports Ambassadors.

My goal is to get better in all areas on this trip due to the competition,she says. My main goal for next year is to get Player of the Yearfor our conference (Skyline) and for us to win another conference championship.

Prewitt averaged 15.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the 1996-97season to lead the Pirates in both categories.

She was named a first-team Skyline Conference all-star.

She was voted most valuable player by her teammates.

Entering her senior year at Phoenix, Prewitt has a 4.0 grade-point average.

She was junior class co-president, a member of Natural Helpers and amember of the Pirate Scroll newspaper staff. She will be co-editor of thenewspaper as a senior.