We can be proud of our 7A boys team (10-14) as they had their best effort this weekend at the Edina cake-eater Classic going 3-1 and finishing in 2nd Place. They got a signature victory in a hard fought semi-final against the highly ranked and very athletic Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities Spartans, 35-34. The winning three-point shot was made by Joey Sorenson with :02 seconds left, but this was a total team effort as they went 15-22 from the free throw line and held the Spartans to 34 points on the game. The Spartans had previously won their three weekend games by 30+ points each and averaged 70+ points in those games. The hard nosed team defense on display and never quit attitude kept this game close most of the second half. The team represented our organization well and this game attracted spectators from other courts until the wild finish. The determination and hard work displayed made us all proud to be Panthers!
In the championship game Minnetonka got out to a 11-2 start and never looked back in winning the championship 36-22. However, the team never quit in this game either as they played hard to the end and outscored Minnetonka 12-6 in the second half.
This team played gave it their best effort every game this weekend regardless of the scoreboard and that effort paid off with four games of solid basketball and a new t-shirt compliments of the Edina Basketball Association. They are truly worthy of this recognition as they give it their best effort regardless of the opponent each game.
The Spring Lake Park Panthers Basketball Club (SLPPBC) is a non-profit organization that provides youth in the Spring Lake Park School District #16 attendance area the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of basketball at a competitive level. Our focus is on teaching basketball fundamentals, promoting team play, improving individual skills and having fun in order to promote a life-long enjoyment of the game of basketball.
Panther youth basketball is organized in three tiers: Rec League and Traveling, which are run by SLPPBC and School Basketball, which is run by District #16.