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RMG 7th Grade Black to play King James Tournament
This weekend, our RMG 7th grade black team is headed to Akron, OH to play in the King James Shooting Stars Classic, one of the preeminent basketball tournaments in the country. With over 90 teams from all over the country in the 13u division alone, the competition should be as good as any we've seen in AAU.
The 7th graders have performed well this year, playing with and beating some of the best teams in the state of Illinois. Their performance is all the more impressive being that the squad is comprised entirely of players from Winnetka and Kenilworth.
Robbie Abuls, Ben Connelly, Ryan Haak, Alex Kaplan, Matt Kaskey, Patrick Kelley, Mikey Mangan, Ben Muldoon, Charlie Schoder and coach Omar Mance are hoping to make some waves in Ohio this weekend. Hopefully they can secure a few wins, and then the Bulls can beat the Cavs on Sunday when they return.
We'll update you on their results soon!
Good luck 7th Graders!
For those that haven't heard, Coach Rashid Smith suffered a major injury this week in rupturing his patellar tendon on Monday evening. Unfortunately he will be out of the gym for a while after he undergoes surgery some time next week.
A big thanks to Glen Clarke who was present when the injury occurred and has helped immensely with the situation. Let's all hope for a full and rapid recovery for Rashid.
RMG AAU Teams Participate in State Qualifier
This past weekend, several of our RMG AAU teams competed in the State Tournament held in Zion, IL. Many of the best teams and players in Illinois came out to participate and our guys got some great experience.
Our RMG 3rd Graders played great. In the first game of the tournament they lost a hard fought affiar to the eventual tournament winner. But they bounced back with two exciting wins, one in an overtime thriller and another in a hard fought game that our guys pulled out in the end with a 10 point victory. With two wins on Saturday, they made it to the second day of the tournament and were one of the last 5 teams standing. Great job to all!
The RMG 4th Graders also played great against some tough competition. Though they were short handed for most of the tournament, they gave the eventual tournament winner and one of the best teams in the state all they could handle in a game on Saturday afternoon. We couldn't have been more proud of the effort.
Our RMG 5th grade Black team played in an extremely tough pool on Saturday going 1-2. Having to overcome some obstacles (like a coach who almost didn't make the opening tip off in their second game) they played hard and displayed great heart.
The RMG 9th Grade Black team also played in the State Tournament in Algonquin. They played great on Saturday winning all their games and going
3-0. They lost a very close game in the single elimination tournament on Sunday.
Overall, it was an exciting weekend. We got to play some of the best teams and players in the state and experience one of the most competitive tournaments around!
Our 7th Grade Black team is attending the King James Tournament (hosted by Lebron) in Akron, OH. Look out for a blog about that soon!
RMG 5th Grade Black Takes Tournament Title
This past weekend was an exciting one for our RMG Travel Teams. Our 9th, 10th and 11th Grade squads all played against some good competition in Chicago and Deerfield. 7th Grade Black also played in some great games against some of the best teams in the state in Deerfield and Barrington, finishing with a 2-1 record.
Making the trek to Pleasant Praire, WI were our 5th Black, 5th White, 6th, 7th White, 7th Blue and 8th Grade Teams. 5th Black had a great tournament going undefeated and taking first place in their division. The 8th Grade team also played very well, losing in the championship but earning second place. Great job and thanks to everyone who participated!
This weekend, April 17 and 18th, is the State Tournament for several of our teams. 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade Black and 9th Grade Black will all be playing in Zion, IL. Check back here next week to see how everyone did.