CLINTON – One of the most total prosperous vacation basketball seasons in Clinton record arrived to an stop very last weekend with all four Clinton Youth Basketball groups reaching the Central Mass. Youth Basketball League (CMYBL) playoffs and one particular staff taking a championship household.
The sixth-grade boys’ staff, coached by Kate McNamara, Andy Nawrocki and John Boisoneau, defeated Harvard, 48-45, to gain the Division 2 championship.
The CMBYL is the largest travel basketball group in the place, with girls’ and boys’ divisions comprised of groups from Clinton, Nashoba, Oakmont, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg, Gardner, Hudson and Wachusett, among other folks. The league ran at a reduced level very last calendar year due to the pandemic and did not have official playoffs.
For the initial time at any time, Clinton entered a girls’ staff into the CMYBL. Coached by Clinton Higher junior varsity mentor Jeff LeBlanc and Jay Laganelli, the sixth-grade staff concluded the common season with an 8-2 document and defeated Gardner in round 1 of the playoffs ahead of getting rid of to Littleton, 26-20, in a semifinal.
The seventh-grade boys’ group, which two a long time in the past was the undefeated Division 2 winner, moved up to Division 1 and finished 7-4. After defeating Hudson in round 1, the crew misplaced, 44-41, to Wachusett in a semifinal. The staff was coached by Brian Zancewicz and Tom Flanagan and assisted by Clinton Gaels varsity participant Davis Lunn.
The eighth-grade boys acquired the quantity 5 seed in the event and took a playoff decline versus Lunenburg. Former Clinton Higher standouts Matt Champagne and Dan Thompson coached the staff.
Travel play available a special improvement possibility, in accordance to CYB officers, who thanked the Clinton Public Educational facilities and the janitorial staff for delivering safe and clean up fitness centers for all the youthful gamers.
“Travel was a nice supplement to our recreational programs,” claimed Tom Flanagan, CYB board member. “It’s a great prospect for our kids to see where by they are ideal now in comparison to groups and gamers they could see as the continue on to engage in in center faculty and substantial faculty.
“We ended up specially joyful for the achievements of our girls’ application,” Flanagan extra. “We’re functioning intently with the Clinton Superior College coaches and we’re all totally invested in rebuilding the girls’ application at CHS and you really just cannot do that without a good feeder program that sends young children to the following amounts of basketball with sound expertise and a enthusiasm to get much better.
“The total vacation season was a large success. We had some remarkable volunteers and households that sacrificed to get their children to methods and game titles. Our household games at CHS usually introduced a wonderful, energetic crowd and that allows in building a exciting experience for the youngsters. Each and every child in our method, not at all surprisingly, was a normal Clinton athlete – just place their total hearts into each instant they experienced in the gym and it led to some on-courtroom achievement.”