iHoops Skills Challenge Champions Crowned

The 2010 iHoops Skills Challenge wrapped up on May 14 in Orlando, Fla., with the crowning of six young players as Skills Challenge champions.

The competition took place at Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Center at South Econ Community Park, and involved 18 players ages 9-14. Of those 18, a champion was crowned in each of six divisions.

Two of the six champions came from the Cleveland Cavaliers market, while one each came from the markets of the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics.

Here is a quick rundown of each of the six winners. To view more images from the Skills Challenge final, visit iHoops.com's photo gallery of the event.

9/10 Girls

Tia Karras was crowned champion in the 9/10 Girls division. Karras, from Bellbrook, Ohio, represented the Cleveland Cavaliers and competed through the Huber Heights YMCA.

The 10-year old is a big LeBron James fan and participates in soccer, volleyball, swimming and triathlon when she's not playing basketball.

11/12 Girls

Madison Walter of Frankenmuth, Mich., won the 11/12 Girls division. A 6th grader in the Detroit Pistons market, Walter is a Kobe Bryant fan who enjoys soccer and softball in addition to basketball.

The 12-year-old Walter competed through the City of Frankenmuth Parks & Recreation department.

13/14 Girls

The champion in the 13/14 Girls division was Margaret O'Connor of Middletown, R.I.

O'Connor, 14, is an eighth grader at St. Philomena School. Competing through the Newport Recreation department, she represented the Boston Celtics market at the Skills Challenge. She runs cross country and plays softball in addition to her basketball skills.

9/10 Boys

Kyle Cochran of Redding, Calif., was the 9/10 Boys division champion. A 3rd-grader at Columbia Elementary School, the 9-year old Cochran competed through Redding Recreation in the Sacramento Kings market.

Cochran, who also plays baseball, lists Kobe Bryant as his favorite player.

11/12 Boys

Tyus Ferguson was crowned national champion in the 11/12 Boys division of the Skills Challenge.

The 12-year-old Ferguson is from Groveport, Ohio, in the Cleveland Cavaliers market. He is a 6th grader at Groveport Middle School South and competed in the Skills Challenge through Barnett Recreation Center.

13/14 Boys

The 13/14 Boys division champion was Nick Martinka of Phoenix, Ariz.

The freshman at Sandra Day O'Connor High School competed through Elite Sports Training, Inc. He represented the Phoenix Suns market and lists Steve Nash as his favorite player.

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