Clinton Youth Basketball teams showed their stuff in playoffs with 1 title

The sixth-grade boys’ team was coached by Kate McNamara, Andy Nawrocki and John Boisoneau. Players(with a fan) included (from left) Sam Pupecki, Aidan Ball, LJ Boisoneau (seated) Jake McNamara, Grady O’Malley, Drew Nawrocki and Dom Braga.

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.

The girls’ team was (front row, from left) Sophia Alvarado, Ellie Frisch, McKenzie LeBlanc and Peyton Felice; and (standing from left) Coach Jason Laganelli, Aniyjha Morales, Lucy Moran, Eva Laganelli, Juliet Spencer, Scarlett Veracka, Faith Kimoni and coach Jeff LeBlanc.

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 team was coached by Brian Zancewicz and Tom Flanagan and assisted by Clinton Gaels varsity player Davis Lunn. Team members included (from left) Marshal Zancewicz, Nic Notaro, Owen Flanagan, Grady Frisch, Zachary Mckenzie, Jaden Ogando, Braydan Huban, Paul Larsen, David Wilson, Ryan Fernandez. Not pictured: Adriel Augustin.

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. 

Former Clinton High standouts Matt Champagne and Dan Thompson coached the team. The team included (from left): Ben Lahey, Tyler Vanasse, Jaden Braga, Conner Poynton, Brendan Silvio, Jordan Martorano and Cullen Hastings. Not pictured: Delwin Ramos, Deven Charest, Luke Tuttle and Andres Delossantos.

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.

By Harriet