The locally based NWCO Steam Basketball Program completed a tremendous spring and summer season at the Fort Wayne AYBT Midwest Nationals from July 15-18 as both the 5th and 7th grade teams enjoyed success!
The seventh grade group went 6-0 in pool play to qualify for the gold tournament. The Steam seventh grade won three more games to claim the Midwest National Championship with a record of 9-0. Overall, the group finished 23-1 in AYBT play this summer. The team played up four times, suffering its only loss (by two points) to an older team. Earlier in the spring the team also claimed the AYBA State Title and gained an invite to next year’s national tournament in Hershey, Penn.
Team members include: Jake Siesel (Seneca East), Jordyn Jury (Hopewell-Loudon), Mitch Myers (Marion City), Harley Day and Carson Smith (North Union), Brian Collier (Grandview Hts), Braxton Reed (Pleasant), Ty Landon and Cayman Spires (Cardington), Evan Young and Mason Vent (Upper Sandusky), and Danny Shaffer (Lexington). The team is coached by Mike Myers, Tim Shaffer, and Roger Jury.
The NWCO Steam 5th grade boys’ basketball team had a fine showing in late spring and summer basketball, also. The team also participated in the Ft. Wayne Midwest Nationals from July 15-18. They went 2-4 in pool play before competing in the bronze tournament to win the event, going 3-0 that day!
Team members include Bryce Burns (Tiffin), Amare Pedraza (Marion City), Ried Jury (Hopewell-Loudon), Brayden Boyd and Luke Strine of River Valley, Will Heisler and Grant Welsch (Jonathan Alder), Garrett Fitzpatrick (Highland), Alec Gordon (Ridgedale) and Mason Studer (Colonel Crawford). The team is coached by Mike Myers, Brad Burns, and Roger Jury.
The Steam Teams competed successfully in many spring tournaments around the state as well. A highlight of the season was claiming all titles, grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, at the Best of the Best AYBA Shootout at Tiffin University in May. In addition to the schools already mentioned, there are also players from Galion, Ontario, and Willard.
The NWCO Steam Program is expanding to both boys and girls teams in grades 3-4 to 8-9 for spring/summer 2016. The program runs drills throughout the year and plays in both fall and winter leagues as well. If anyone has interest in drills, leagues, etc., contact the Steam Program via director Roger Jury at 740-244-9236 or Steambasketball@yahoo.com. You can also check out the website at http://rjrj2007.wix.com/steam-basketball and Facebook at NWCO Steam
Fort Wayne Midwest National 3-point Contest
Also, Ried Jury (5th) and Evan Young (7th) competed in the Midwest National 3-point contest! Jury finished fifth (second last year) while Young was the top seventh grade three-point shooter this year. Young, of Upper Sandusky, took first at his grade level in the national event, drilling 13 threes in one minute. Evan was recognized with a special award as well as earning the opportunity to complete against all grade winners 4-7, both boys and girls.