Rising stars will represent state at Gold Coast competition
BRIANNA Bailey and Jared Blanchard are Rockhampton's latest Queensland representatives after starring at the Queensland championships at the Gold Coast.
The pair earned selection in the Queensland under-18 girls and boys team following their performance for Rockhampton at the five-day state championships, which finished on Sunday.
Competing in division one, Blanchard (pictured) steered the Rockhampton Rockets boys to a fourth place finish after helping them start their 2014 campaign with four straight wins.
The Rockhampton Cyclones girls also claimed fourth place in division two after winning four of their five matches at the tournament.
Blanchard finished the tournament averaging 17.4 points, after scoring 26 points on two occasions during the tournament.
Along with Bailey and Blanchard, Damon Christensen, Trevor Corrigan, Zac Smith, Leon Christensen, Nick Magnussen, Malachi Shanahan, Kaitlyn Hill and Sarai Power all earned selection in the Queensland North Emerging team.
The Rockets upstaged 2011 Queensland champions Ipswich 85-68 on day one, before recording wins over Mackay Meteors, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane Capitals Gold.
Their first loss came against eventual champions Southern Districts Spartans in their final fixture match of the tournament.
The Cyclones started their championships in similar fashion, winning their opening match, eventually ending in the bronze medal play-off.