Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST)

The Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST) was first held in 1962 with four Portland-area schools (St. Paul-Sherwood, Trinity-Oregon City, Trinity-Portland, and Martin Luther-Portland). This first gathering involved a boys’ basketball tournament. A few years later a volleyball competition was added for the girls. As word of the tournament spread, schools from out of the Portland area (Idaho, Montana, northern California, Southern Oregon, and Washington) began traveling by train or bus to participate in the LEST Luther Hall was transformed from a classroom building to a dormitory for visiting teams. Over the years additional activities and competitions (now including 15 individual and/or team events) were added. Concordia University is proud to host over 1000 participants from as many as 21 Lutheran elementary schools from around the Pacific Northwest.