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Castle Boys HS Teams Start Seasons with Chips
March 25, 2015
This past weekend, seven Castle Athletics teams invaded New Jersey to participate in the March Showdown at Ramapo College. The tournament was the kickoff for six of the teams, including the three Boys High School aged teams. And, all three came away with tournament championships.
The 17U team, led by Jeffrey Otchere, Mousa Ndiaye and Michael Laster, roared through the competition. Coach Ghandhi Martin was impressed by the early season play, remarking “it was a total team effort and the transition game led to tremendous opportunities.”
The 16U team started slowly but came to life, rolling to three victories. Coach Marcus Matthews praised the team style and noted how Malachi DeSousa jump started the team with 28 points in their first game. He noted that the “boys really enjoy playing together and you can see how they will jell in the weeks to come.”
The 15U team completed the trifecta by sweeping through the competition. Coach Bill Coston said after the tournament that there “were many positives on the court, especially the play of Jarell Ware. His athleticism and defensive style got the entire team energized.” Coach Bill also loved how the team matured game-to-game and the effort to find the open man improved throughout the day.
Castle also had its girls teams on display at the tournament, with three of the teams starting their season. Each team played well and improved as the day wore on. There is no doubt that there is great play ahead for the teams.
At the Spring Jr. Jam Fest in Neptune, New Jersey, Castle’s 14U and 13U boys teams played. Although wins were tough to come by, each did very well, impressing the coaches and supporters.
This week, four boys and three girls teams head to Saratoga to play in the UA Zero Gravity Thoroughbred Classic.
Castle Starts the Spring Season and Picks Up a Chip
March 16, 2015
The Castle middle school-aged teams started their Spring season at the March Madness tournament at Ramapo College this past weekend, with the Boys 13U team coming home with a championship. The team was led by Brian Moore who averaged 14 points a game. Coach Richie Parker was thrilled with the result. "We have just come together as a team, with relatively few practices. It was exciting to see the boys play so hard and so well together at this early stage."
The Boys 11U team did very well also, sweeping two games to get into the finals, but going down by 4 there. The Boys 12U team narrowly lost two games while the Boys 14U team worked out the kinks in their first game and ran over Riverside Church in their second game.
The Girls 12U team also got underway, suffering two very close losses. Even so, Coach Jeffries was satisfied. "Tryouts just ended and we are integrating new players into our system. Things take time but we all stayed positive."
Teams continue play this weekend at the Hoop Group Spring Jr. Jam Fest and the March Showdown tournaments.
Emilee Christopher to Coach 8th Grade Girls
February 15, 2015
Castle Athletics announced today that Emilee Christopher has joined the Castle family to coach its 7th/8th grade girls' team. After playing her AAU ball with the Garner Flames of North Carolina, Emilee played her collegiate career at North Carolina A&T. Following graduation, Coach Christopher continued her education at Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management. She has brought it all to New York and contributed her expertise to the Charter School system, and coaching the Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School Team. Brian Rosen, President of Castle noted that, "Emilee provides the leadership that we have been looking for on the girls side. Her playing experience and coaching girls is something that cannot be matched. We look forward to a great season with Coach Christopher!"
Tryouts for the 7th/8th grade girls' team begin this Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 12 noon, at PS 7, located at 120th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. For more information regarding the Castle tryouts, CLICK HERE.