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Courtney Brown Jr., Chloe Stoehr represent East Ridge at High School Championships

Courtney Brown Jr. participated in the slam dunk contest on Friday, April 5 as East Ridge High School hosted the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Chloe Stoehr participated in the girls 3-point contest on Friday, April 5 as East Ridge High School hosted the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

It was a memorable afternoon for East Ridge's Courtney Brown Jr. and Chloe Stoehr on Friday.

"This is a chance of a lifetime," Stoehr said. "I'm just glad to be a part of this event. It was so much fun."

That once-in-a-lifetime event was the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. It took place at East Ridge High School on Friday, April 5, and was aired on CBS this past Sunday to a national audience.

Brown Jr. and Stoehr were selected to participate in the events and represent the hometown school. Brown Jr. participated in the slam dunk contest, while Stoehr shot in the 3-point contest with a handful of girls.

"This is a moment I'll never forget in my lifetime," Brown Jr. said. "The crowd was amazing and it was special to represent East Ridge on this type of stage."

After the boys 3-point contest, Stoehr took the court and her strategy was to work fast and try her best. She had practiced the last couple of weeks for this day and was excited to be in front of her friends and fellow classmates.

The first round of shots had its ups and downs as Stoehr scored fewer than 10 points. The goal for her next round was to improve that score.

In the second round, she improved the score to 13 points and she drained the final moneyball shot to close out her day. She didn't advance to the final round, but she was happy to be a part of the day and get the support from the crowd.

"This moment ranks on the top for my career here at East Ridge," Stoehr said. "It was fun listening to the cheers from the crowd and meeting some of the best athletes nationally in high school."

Brown Jr. had to wait for both genders to finish up the 3-point contests. The slam dunk contest was the final event of the day and Brown Jr. was excited to showcase his talent to the home crowd.

He came up last in the lineup and when his name was called, the gym erupted in cheers. His classmates were chanting "Courtney" as he grabbed the ball and went towards the basketball hoop.

In the first round, Brown Jr. wasn't able to complete his dunk in the time allotted and he received a score in mid-10s. The second round required a little more help as Brown Jr. requested former teammate Zach Zebrowski to throw the ball off the side of the backboard for a dunk.

He wasn't able to convert the dunk and received another mid-10s score out of 40, but he had the time of his life during Friday afternoon.

"I was hoping to convert on one of the dunks, but it was fun to get to know some other high school players," Brown Jr. said. "It's a chance of a lifetime and I'm glad to have been a part of it."

Brown Jr. and Stoehr will be graduating this upcoming spring, but this moment on Friday afternoon will stay with them for a lifetime.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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