It’s off to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this week for the Logan-based West Virginia Dream AAU seventh and eighth grade basketball teams.
Both squads will be competing the NTBA National Tournament, beginning on Thursday.
More than 40 teams are scheduled to take part in each of the divisions.
The Dream seventh-grade team enters the tournament with a 27-5 record, while the eighth-grade team sports a mark of 29-7.
Both teams have won several tournament events this season.
“We have a great group of kids who want to work to get better with each practice we have and game we play,” Dream coach Mike Tothe said. “This year, we have played our eighth grade team up in the high school divisions in a few tourneys and had success. Both teams bring a little bit of everything to the table. We have shooters, ball handling and we play hard defensively. These kids have gave up a lot of their time dating back to March when we started until now to become better basketball players. The future is bright for these young ladies and they are a great bunch to be a part of.”
Dream team members include: Makayla May, Gracie Brumfield, Gracie Jones, Ashton Conn, Carly McComas, Ali Williamson, Olivia Dalton, Peyton Ilderton, Emma Elkins, Jace Litton, Allie Farmer, Raegan Quick and Jill Tothe.
The team is also coached by Robert Ilderton.
“Our area has been hit pretty hard lately with job losses and basketball gives us a sense of escape at times,” Coach Tothe said. “Many of these kids have the potential to play basketball in college and our goal is to provide the opportunity to allow them to get better and hopefully earn that college scholarship. The group would like to thank all those businesses, sponsors and fans for all of their support to help make this season both successful and possible.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).