Wooster City School District’s seventh and eighth-grade boys basketball teams, along with the seventh-grade girls basketball team, have advanced to the Ohio Cardinal Conference Championship games. All games will be played on Feb. 8, 2018.
“We are thrilled to have three of our basketball teams compete in the championship games,” said Joe Rubino, Athletic Director and Intervention Specialist at Edgewood. “All of our teams worked hard and played exceptionally well this year. I wish them the best of luck!”
The seventh-grade boys team has a conference record of 8-3 and entered the tournament as the number three Seed. The team beat number 6 Seed, Mansfield Senior, before upsetting the number two Seed, Mt. Vernon, in the semi-finals on Tuesday. The team will play against the number one Seeded Lexington in the championship game, which will be held at Edgewood Middle School. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.
“The most exciting part of the team, for me, is watching them try their best no matter the circumstance,” said Pat Lindeman, coach and fifth-grade math teacher at Edgewood. “I believe this shows the true strength of our entire team. The kids love basketball and it has been a joy to see them compete.”
The seventh-grade girls team has a conference record of 11-2. They also entered the tournament as a number three Seed, having beat number six Seed Mt. Vernon before upsetting number two Seed West Holmes with a score of 37-27. The team will be playing their championship game at Mt. Vernon Middle School, with tip off set for 5:00 pm.
“The best part of the tournament is the fact that we are playing in the championship game,” said Jordan Ickes, head coach and Title I teacher at Parkview Elementary. “It is the culmination of the girls’ hard work they have put in this year. They have grown from individual players to a cohesive unit that plays for each other.”
The eighth-grade boys team is one of resilience. With a conference record of 4-6, the team entered the tournament as a number four Seed and defeated number five Seed Mt. Vernon before delivering a major upset to the number one Seed, West Holmes, in an overtime victory of 46-43. The team will compete against Mansfield Senior for the championship. The game will take place at Madison High School with tip-off at 5 p.m.
“I am incredibly proud of the team and all they have accomplished this season,” said Head Coach Mark Snowbarger. “This is a tough, athletic group of students that continues to impress with their talents.”
While they are not competing on Thursday, the success of the eighth-grade girls team should be recognized. The team finished with a conference record of 7-4. The team entered the tournament as the number three Seed. They defeated Madison and made it to the semi-finals before losing to the number one Seeded West Holmes.
“The eighth-grade girls showed tremendous growth this season and became a solid team,” said Head Coach Misty Bisesi. “They finished the year overall 11-5, and I look forward to watching them play on the high school floor in the years to come.”