The Yakama Nation's agreement to buy central Washington's professional basketball team has hit a snag, as some tribal members upset about...

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TOPPENISH — The Yakama Nation’s agreement to buy central Washington’s professional basketball team has hit a snag, as some tribal members upset about the deal have begun discussing ways to kill it.


If the tribe opts out of the agreement, it would mark the second time in three weeks that a deal to buy the Yakima Sun Kings has unraveled.


Last Thursday, a news release announcing the tribe’s purchase of the Continental Basketball Association Team was released prematurely. That left some tribal members wondering how the transaction was handled and whether the purchase was a solid business venture for the tribe.


The tribe may still be able to opt out of the purchase, tribal member Delores George said. A group of tribal members plans to hire an attorney and will discuss the matter in a meeting tomorrow.


Meanwhile, a petition has been circulating calling for the removal of the Tribal Council, tribal member Julian Pinkham said. Only 25 signatures are needed to start the recall process.


The Tribal Council violated tribal law when it decided without membership approval to purchase the Sun Kings, said tribal member Clifford Cassaseka.


Some tribal members fear the purchase already is a done deal, he said.


“Either way, if we get a recall or not, we’re stuck with it,” Cassaseka said. “It’s a heck of a thing to inherit.”


Notes


• Washington State linebacker Will Derting has been named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award presented to the college defensive player of the year. Derting also is on the Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy watch lists.


Jeff Lutz, a former All-American gymnast at Oklahoma, has been hired as a full-time assistant coach of the Washington gymnastics team.


Sarah Keeler, a former UW player and student assistant, was hired as an assistant coach on Portland’s women’s basketball staff.


Paul Mach, a Seattle Pacific track and field standout, Nathan Carlson, a Saint Martin’s cross-country runner, Whitman tennis player Brad Changstrom and Frank Prince, Puget Sound track athlete, have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.


• Junior Brian Lynch, a 6-foot guard from the University of Montana, has transferred to play basketball at Seattle Pacific.


• Rainier Beach will compete against nine other regional champions at La Salle University in Philadelphia Friday through Sunday for the And 1 high-school boys basketball national title. Behind Tremaine Meneese’s 33 points and 11 rebounds, Rainier Beach beat Jefferson of Portland 89-75 on June 12 at Seattle University for the West II region title.


Compiled from reports by The Associated Press, college sports-information departments and other sources.