An area basketball coach is in Europe preparing for a world championship tournament. Mid-Prairie Boys Basketball Head Coach Don Showalter is coaching the Team USA under 17 team. Showalter says the team is in Lithuania right now for a scrimmage against the Lithuanian team and a team from Russia, before they head to the World Champships in Germany. Showalter says he coached Team USA last summer when they won the Americas Championship, which included teams from North America, Central America, and South America. Winning that qualified them for the World Championship tournament in Germany this summer. Showalter says nine of the twelve kids played on the team he coached in the Americas tournament . The team finished a training camp last week in Texas before going to Europe.
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