Courtesy photo from Tori Allen

Courtesy photo from Tori Allen

Local athlete to play overseas

Tori Allen, a senior at Renton High School, has been playing basketball since she was in fifth grade.

She just completed her final season with the Indians and come July, she will be traveling to Germany to play a handful of games with NBC Basketball Camp from Auburn.

For the past few years, Allen has been a part of the NBC camp in Auburn — which includes an overnight camp along with summer camp programs.

The team going to Germany will practice together for a few days, Allen said, before traveling. The players will stay with host families while abroad, she said.

Players on the NBC team come from across the country, Allen said she believes she is the only player from Washington state.

Following graduation from Renton High, Allen said she plans to attend Highline College where she will continue playing basketball.

Aside from basketball, Allen also picked up softball her freshman year of high school.

“I wanted to try something new,” she said.

And she is now in her fourth year playing for the Indians.

Allen said she is considering playing softball at Highline as well.

Choosing to attend Highline was helped by the fact that Allen already knows the basketball coach there.

Thinking ahead even further, Allen said she would like to stay in state at a four-year university once she leaves Highline.

She said the University of Washington is her dream school but she has as her eyes on Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.

Apart from playing basketball, Allen said she is also taking the steps to be a referee.

She said training starts this month and hopes to start by being a referee for a recreation league.

A worry she has when it comes to reffing a game is fans.

“I don’t want to get yelled at,” she said.

And to come full circle, Allen has her sights on coaching, too.

“I want to coach younger players,” she said. “It would be nice to grow a good team.”

Career goals for Allen off the court include an athletic trainer, a doctor or a surgeon.

She said people have also told her she would make a great teacher, so she is also considering that as a possible career field.

Contact editor Sarah Brenden by phone at 425-336-4959 or by email at sbrenden@rentonreporter.com.

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