YMCA 'Season 1' Concludes With Walnut Creek, Waukee, South Suburban Basketball Tourney

The YMCA Bball tourney is a fun day filled with good basketball and even better sportsmanship from our young athletes of character!

After eight weeks of honing their skills and building character through teamwork, YMCA basketball teams had the option of playing in our YMCA tournament. We combined teams from our Walnut Creek Y with teams from the Waukee and South Suburban branches and ended up with 42 teams.

We had five divisions - 3rd/4th grade boys; girls, 5th/6th grade boys; girls and 7th grade boys. Every team got to play at least two games and in true YMCA fashion, more than winning was celebrated.

In each division, played at five different sites throughout the area, five players were recognized with the Sportsmanship Award for a total of 25 great young athletes of character.

These players were observed interacting positively with teammates, coaches, referees and even opponents. Players were seen helping the opposition off the floor, high-fiving and encouraging their begginner-level teammates and even admitting to a referee that he touched the ball last. These players were given a plaque in post-game ceremonies where winning and losing teams could feel good and appreciate what is most important in sports.

It was a fun-filled day of competition across the association and we saw a lot of good basketball! Here are some of the outcomes:

3rd/4th Grade Boys

Champions - Walnut Creek Heat

3rd/4th Grade Girls

Champions - Waukee Bulldogs

5th/6th Grade Boys

Champions - Walnut Creek Bulldogs

5th/6th Grade Girls

Champions - Walnut Creek Starz

7th Grade Boys

Champions - Walnut Creek Lions

Sportsmanship Award Winners (to name a few):

Jack Wilkinson - Wolverines

Charley Dunham - Tornados

Rowan Forsythe

Dylan Wolfe - Warriors (pictured)

Nathan Sweers - Huskies

Bryan Joos - Hawkeyes

Eddie Schulte - Panthers

Colt Palmer - Hawks

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B.A. Morelli February 16, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Congratulations to all of the winners. The league sounds like a great opportunity for these kids.
Derek Hannah February 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Thanks! We sure hope so!


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