Mountain B Boys Basketball Wins Title (Mountain B Boys Basketball)
Posted March 6
The sixth grade boys basketball team had an amazing season, finishing 9-1 overall and winning the PAL league title. This Mountain B team is the first in school history to win the league championship. They worked very hard to learn their offense and inbound plays and were extremely smart on the defensive end. They started off the season a step ahead of all their opponents because of this hard work. The team was blessed with great point guards in Harrison Tanaka, Eric Scheel and Max Morris These three tenacious players set the pace for the team with their ball handling skills and exceptional defensive play. The two guards were played by Keyon Talieh and Aiden Mone. Our outside shooter was Jack Wohlgemuth and our south paw was Michael Vaden. Ethan Hill, Lewis Smith and Chris Vartanian were towers down low. They could defend, shoot 2-foot jumpers and rebounded very well. Jack Clary and Andrew Moore were forces at the four spot. They could battle anyone for rebounds or loose balls. The team’s Most Valuable Player award would have to go to Alex Smith. Alex helped the team with his drive to compete and desire to do his best during each and every game.
The first four games of the season, the Tartans won by 15 or more points. Then, they headed to St. John’s for a battle that saw the Tartans win by just 5 points. This was the beginning of the flu plague. As a result, the team lost 6 of its 13 players for more than a week. Still, this determined squad of boys was able to beat a very tough St. Edward’s team, with 3 of our starters missing. The next contest was probably the most exciting of all the games this season. Playing with only 7 members, the Tartans hosted an improved St. Anne’s squad. The game went back and forth and eventually finished tied at the end of regulation. After a 6 point run by the Tartans, St. Anne’s fought their way back to go up one with 8 seconds remaining in the over-time period. After a missed free throw by St. Anne’s, Chris Vartanian pulled down a rebound and dribbled, coast to coast, to put up a shot that banked in at the buzzer to get the win.! Two games later, the Tartan squad, finally at full strength again, met a very determines Serra Catholic who was determined to give the Tartans their first loss. With numerous second chance opportunities, the team fell short by one point, to hand them their only loss of the season. The final game of the season was against St. Mary’s, who only had two losses during the season. A win for the Tartans would crown them outright league champions. The game was well played, both teams giving all they had. The Tartans were up by two and had to play great defense during the last two minutes of the game. With this great defense they did not allow St. Mary’s to score another basket and held on to the win.
Congratulations to all thirteen of these talented boys for their terrific season and outstanding achievement.« Back to previous page