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Thanks To Our Tutors: The Engine For Our Program
July 1, 2015
With the recent end of the academic year, Castle Athletics would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the people that make Castle successful. While there are the glory people that are visible to the outside world at tournaments throughout the United States, our message and the enrichment that Castle provides comes across because of the commitment of our volunteer tutors and the twice weekly sessions with Castle’s players. Our tutors dedicate hours each week and have become invested in the lives and welfare of our student athletes. Most importantly, week in and week out, they have demonstrated an unbending resolve to improve the academic environment and results for our student athletes.
Castle Knights Continue Their Stellar Play
June 29, 2015
The Castle Knights continued their strong seasons with another excellent showing this past weekend. The 17U-14U teams went down to Hoop Group headquarters to play in the Summer Showdown, a warm-up act for the “Live” events coming their way in July. And, it turned out to be a great way to shake off the cobwebs from the past few weeks of studying for exams and getting ready for summer ball.
Three teams, the 17U, 16U and 15U Knights, went 3-0 in pool play and, after preliminary bracket play, all three advanced to their respective finals, with the 17U Knights taking home the gold and Michael Laster being named MVP for the age group. The 15U narrowly missed out on the prize, losing by one point in the finals.
We cannot forget the 14U squad, for they did very well also. The Knights went 2-1 in pool play and just missed out on getting to the knockout round.
After the holiday weekend, the teams head to Springfield to play in the Basketbull Summer Championships over the July 10-12 weekend.
Lady Knights Gain Recognition at the Gym Rat
June 22, 2015
Castle’s Lady Knights took to Upstate New York for the Girls Gym Rat recently and showed the tremendous potential that they possess. The girls competed hard and came out with victories against stiff competition. And, they impressed the scouts by having ten players recognized for their stalwart efforts, with five making the All-Tournament teams and five making Honorable Mention. At the 15U level, Janine Cuffee and Elizabeth Garcia got the All-Tourney nods while Daiyanni Davis received Honorable Mention recognition. Castle’s 14U squad saw Cinnamon Dockery, Dyamon Hunter, Ema Schumer and Deja Francis being selected for Honorable Mention. Additionally, the 13U team had Fanta Ballo, Heather Caroccia and Breanna Randolph being selected for the All-Tournament team. Below are the write-ups on our All-Tournament players from the Gym Rat website. Congratulations ladies!!
Janine Cuffee, 5-5 point guard, Castle Lady Knights/Lawrenceville H.S.: Very effective in the transition game. Good court IQ, sees the court well and distributes to open teammates. Very effective off the dribble and going to the hoop. Showed ability to take over games from the point guard position.
Elizabeth Garcia, 5-11 forward, Castle Lady Knights/Academy of Holy Names: Long and athletic. She finishes nicely in transition. Really runs the floor well. Does most of her scoring in the paint. Good body control around the basket. Good moves and hard play enables her to get to the basket off the dribble.
Fanta Ballo, 5-7 guard, Castle Lady Knights/P.s. 76: An athletic guard that can hit the floater/runner consistently. Plays with a visible competitive fire, very high motor. Dribbles in traffic effectively and gets to the rim and finishes there against contact.
Heather Caroccia, 5-8 post, Castle Lady Knights/Lavell Prep: A strong forward who can play effectively in the post. Makes hard drives to the basket and finishes well against contact. Also able to step out and hit open mid-range jumper. Outstanding rebounder.
Breanna Randolph 5-1 guard, Castle Lady Knights/P.S. 161: An excellent all-around player that controls her team's offense. Good leadership skills and communicates clearly and effectively with her teammates. Has a diversified offensive skill set. Good step-back jumper. Creates off the dribble for herself and others.