SCHUYLKILL - The Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC) crowned its girls and boys basketball champions for their four age groups on March 25-26 at Schuylkill Elementary School.
The girls basketball games were played on March 25.
In the Little Sisters contest, the Lynx edged the Sparks, 8-4. In the Big Sisters game, the Fever stopped the Comets, 27-21.
The Lynx were the top-seeded girls team while the Sparks were No. 3. Ayianna Wilson scored four points for the Lynx while Kristen Ray and Anna Martelucci each had two points. Wilson also had a number of steals in the fray. The Lynx also featured a lot of height underneath the basket with Julianna Dise.
Dayah Dopwell scored all four points for the Sparks on a field goal and two free throws in the final stanza. Neither side scored during the first period.
Other members of the Lynx were Gianna Thaxton, Nicole Thompson, Kaitlin Billhime, Kelsey O’Shea and Kayla Thomas.
The rest of the Sparks roster included Katie Leonard, Jennica Dopwell, Tiana Hunter, Emma Tommon, Katie Shannon, Mya Hunter, Eryn Gasser, Hannah Schrek and Sophia Washington.
In the Big Sisters game, the Comets were the No. 1 seed after defeating the No. 2 Fever twice during the regular season in a pair of one-point ballgames.
But in this encounter, the Fever took a 6-4 lead after the opening period. They made it 12-10 after two quarters and then 22-14 after three.
Maddie Koury topped the Fever with 10 points, including one 3-point field goal. Haley Livingston had five points with one field goal and three foul shots. Olivia LeClaire finished with four points while Maddie Wisen, Riley Bauer, Brooke Greenawald and Allison Iyoob each had two.
Other members of the squad included McKenzie Curtis, Bridgett Phelan, Ashley Boddo and Alex Craig.
Lexa Fisher tallied a game-high 13 points for the Comets with 11 of them coming during the second half. Samantha Brown tallied three while Summer Walker and Kendall Brown had two apiece and Lindsay Van Schalkwyk had one.
Other Comets players included Hannah Syrek, Phoebe Foerster, Cora Brown and Marlee Brown.
Proceeds from both night’s games went to the Pannella family in support of referee Steve’s battle to fight cancer. A Beef & Beer night is planned for April 5 at the Kimberton Fire Company to help support the cause. That has already been sold out. Another fundraiser is set for April 1 in connection with O’Grady’s Restaurant, where a portion of the money will go to the Pannella family.
The boys championship games were played on March 26.
In the Little Brothers contest, the No. 1-seeded Wildcats defeated the No. 2-ranked Redmen, 40-12. In the Big Brothers game, the top-seeded 76ers beat the third-seeded Knicks, 47-42.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-2 lead after one quarter and rolled from there. Guard Justin Geiger poured in 20 points to pace the Wildcats. He netted 10 markers during the opening quarter. Dylan Pannella, one of Steve Pannella’s sons, added eight points with six of them coming in the final period.
Joshua Little chipped in with six points while Nico Nattle, Hugh Trexler and Luciano Cappelli had two points each. Other members of the undefeated Wildcats were Luca Butera, Jake Geiger and Patrick Field.
Nate Moffatt completed his 39th year of coaching the Wildcats after starting at the helm of the same team way back in 1976. The Wildcats have recorded numerous championships during his tenure.
Anderson McMahon scored 10 of the Redmen’s 12 points while James Potuznik had the other two. The Redmen, coached by Anwar Abernathy, played shorthanded since they were minus two of their starting players in point guard Zach Bruni (ill with fever) and Colin Thomas (surgery).
Other squad members included Max Davis, Joseph Moffa, Mitchell Morris and Fisher McCausland.
In the Big Brothers clash, the 76ers got 15 points from Noah Baker in downing the Knicks to complete an unbeaten season. J.T. Sinnott scored eight points, Darrell Branch seven, Dylan Tezak six, Kyler Lewis six and Derek Monastra five. Sinnott tallied six of his counters during the final period while Baker had five.
The 76ers held a 13-9 lead after the opening stanza with Baker scoring six points and Branch five. Other 76ers players were Evan Mia, Damian McNeil, Markiy Grasty, Dylan New and Jonathan Loftis.
The 76ers were coached by former St. Pius X High School and college standout Matt King.
Guard Colton Brown led the way for the Knicks with 15 points, including three 3-point field goals. Brown scored seven points in the first period, including one trey. Guard Kyle “K.J.” Quinn finished with six points on a pair of 3-pointers during the final session.
Louis Flora, Colin Bowdish, Nakia Beasley and Connor McShain each scored four points for the Knicks while Matthew Geiser and Gabriel Puleo had two apiece and Francis Jacketti one.
Other team members included Juan Browne and Jacob Baugher.
The Knicks were coached by Kyle Quinn, a former guard for the Phoenixville Phantoms.
Commissioners Rob Spitz and Jean Schanzenbach directed the league during this difficult winter season with so much snow and bad weather creating numerous game and practice schedule changes.