PRESS RELEASE: UPWARD STARS NASHVILLE (July 12th) - 14U Premier-South and Coach Vanlier take 2nd place in The Association by Gatorade Circuit (July 8th)!
After stops in Terre Haute (IN) and Indianapolis (IN), stop three of this inaugural circuit was in Emerson, GA, at the beautiful LakePoint Champions Center. Upward Stars had three teams compete in this circuit:
· 14U Premier-South (Boys – Coach Vanlier; Assistant-Kin Webster); Team finished 8-4 on the circuit
· 14U Premier-North (Boys – Coach Mims; Assistant-Malcolm Montgomery); Team finished 6-5 on the circuit
· 16U Premier-North (Boys – Coach Gerlach); Team finished 5-5 on the circuit
While all Upward Stars teams tasted some success on the circuit, it was Coach Vanlier’s 14U Premier-South squad whom had the biggest presence. At The Association Finals in GA, Coach Vanlier’s squad had to face Upward Stars-North in the semi-finals. Coach Mims and his squad advanced to the semis after defeating the overall #1 seed in the quarter-finals, PAE Elite (Peoria, IL). PAE Elite entered the final stop with only one loss.
In the semifinals, 14U Premier-South defeated Coach Mims and the North squad, 58-49. In the championship game, Coach Vanlier and the South squad fell to Hoops Avenue Elite (Chicago, IL), 59-44.
14U Premier-South Team Members (GA Event): Keidron Batey, Evan Carter, Whit Conrad, Michael Faragalli, Caden Herron, David Jackson, Reggie Johnson, Noah Magee, Josiah Mullen, Ryan Oliver, Aiden Williams. (Head Coach: Terrance Vanlier; Assistant Coach: Kin Webster)