Tigers and Blue Birds Top Teams

The winning teams of the annual St. Agnes basketball tournament, the Gray Tigers and Blue Birds, gather with coaches following championship games Sunday afternoon at the Holy Rosary Parish Center. The event was one of the first at St. Agnes Academy to open Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 19-26.

28 Take Part In The Event

A pair of competitive championship games culminated an exciting afternoon Sunday as the 25th annual St. Agnes basketball tournament was hosted at the Parish Center. When the dust cleared it was the Gray Tigers downing the Blue Bulldogs by two points in the boys’ division and the Blue Birds besting the Gray Wolves by two points in overtime to claim the title for the girls.

It was a great afternoon to kick off Catholic Schools Week for the Crusaders, said St. Agnes teacher and coach Mark Glesinger.

Twenty-eight future all stars competed in the event. It concluded a three-week basketball camp put on by Glesinger.

Taking first place for the boys were the Gray Tigers: Coy Childers, Gavin Mann, Emerson Trumble, and Cisco Cody. Coaching the Tigers were Delaney Childers and Kenna Montes. Finishing second were the Blue Bulldogs coached by Keaton Mann. Team members for the Bulldogs were: Tatum Devlin, Wyatt Stabnow, Braden Myers, and Jackson Devlin. Also taking part were the White Crusaders whose coaches were Kail Finkel and Garrett Myers. Playing for the Crusaders were: Jett Childers, Luke Jelinek, Blake Engelhaupt, and Joe Collins. Rounding the boys’ field were the Red Knights whose members were Tripp Johnson, Mason Conyers, and Trey Carter. Coaching the Knights were Macy Brooks and Bailey Shannon.

The winner of the girls’ division was the Blue Birds: Hannah Benzel, Mika Brown, and Aubrey Shrewsbury. Their coach was Matthias Benzel. Taking second were the Gray Wolves, coached by Norah Beck, Jozlin Dexter, and Alexis Libsack. Playing for the Wolves were Kaitlyn Shannon, Dawsyn Higgins, and Stella Beck. Also competing were the Black Snakes whose coaches were Nico Olvera and Isaac Baker. Team members for the Snakes were Maslin Breen, Reese Armstrong, Nyah Montes, and Olivia Krejci. Also competing were the White Pandas whose member were Peyton Baker, Aubrey Dudden, and Amora Gonzalez. The coach for the Pandas was Joe Steele.

"Some really exciting and close games,” Glesinger commented. “The kids give it all they had. Thanks goes to all who competed and to the older kids who helped in putting the tournament together."

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