District 112 Trio

Chaska's Kaylee Van Eps, left, and Mallory Heyer, right, pose for a picture with Chanhassen's Callin Hake, middle, at the USA Basketball U16 Juniors team trials May 23-27 in Colorado Springs. They were among 156 participants from across the country.

Mallory Heyer reached the final 68 players at the 2019 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials May 23-27 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Heyer, a freshman at Chaska High School, was among the 156 athletes taking part in the tryout.

"Very thankful for this opportunity to compete with the best at the U16 trials! Thanks USA Basketball and best of luck to the team!" Heyer said on Twitter.

Of the 156 athletes, 33 were invited by USA Basketball, with an additional 123 accepted as applicant athletes. Among that second group were Heyer, sophomore Kaylee Van Eps and eighth grader Kennedy Sanders of Chaska, and freshman Callin Hake of Chanhassen.

Sanders remained in Minnesota to play for the Chaska lacrosse team, while Hake was unable to participate in much of the event due to sickness.

"Thank you (USA Basketball) for an amazing experience at the USA U16 trials! Such a great opportunity to compete against the best, and to learn form the best coaches! Good luck to the remaining girls!" Hake said on Twitter.

Van Eps reached the final 98 with Heyer in the final 68. Center Sophia Hart of Farmington made the final 42 with Maya Nnaji of Hopkins, a camp invitee, among the 18 finalists staying in Colorado Springs for a spot on the 12-member team.

"Thank you (USA Basketball) for an amazing experience at the USA U16 Trials. I learned a lot and really appreciate the opportunity. Good luck to the rest of the girls!" Van Eps said on Twitter.

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