Making Friends and Making Baskets at the 7th Annual Tri-State Middle School Basketball Tournament
Competing in the 7th Annual Tri-State Middle School Basketball Tournament meant more to Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) students than testing their athletic skills on the court.
"The best part of the tournament was making friends from other schools," said KDES eighth grader Wendy Brehm."We got to know each other during meals and break times when the other teams were playing. It was thrilling; we had a lot of fun. We learned about teamwork from watching how the other teams played—the spirit of the competition made us draw closer together as a team."
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center hosted girls and boys basketball teams from New Jersey, Maryland, and the District of Columbia from February 22-23. The teams competing in this year’s tournament were: the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf (MKSD) and the Lake Drive School, in New Jersey; the Maryland School for the Deaf-Columbia (MSD); and KDES.
"Because we had so many games to play, we played half-court," said KDES eighth grader Kerie Scury-Burns. "The action was intense. We were excited and nervous while we played, but once the game was over there were no awkward moments. We hugged the other team players."
The KDES girls team won the championship round 20-8 against MKSD. MSD took third and fourth place, respectively. The KDES girls team also won the Layup, Free Throw, and Around the World competitions, and the MKSD girls team took home the award for Sportsmanship. “I was surprised at the awards ceremony to find out our girls team won all the competitions and honored to be recognized with my teammate, Mary Ann Gardner, as a Star Player in the tournament,” said Scury-Burns.
The Lake Drive boys team played a heated game against MSD, tipping to win the championship round 29-26. KDES and MKSD placed third and fourth, respectively. The KDES boys team won the Layup and Around the World competitions and the Lake Drive boys team won the Free Throw competition. The Lake Drive boys team also brought back the award for Sportsmanship.
"The tournament was a big success. All the kids had a great time. We were proud of our [KDES] Wildcats, but all the teams played with great heart," said Clerc Center athletic specialist Nanette Virnig.
Congratulations to all the players and schools on an outstanding competition!