Upward Stars 7th Grade Premier South - CHAMPS of Rocky Top Challenge-Gatlinburg (Ready for AAU Nationals in NC!)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:54:00 PM

With the spring tournament season coming to a close for the majority of our teams in May, only one team was in action over the June 9-11 weekend.  Coach Vanlier, and his 7th Grade Premier-South (boys) team traveled up to Gatlinburg for the Rocky Top Challenge and earned their 2nd consecutive championship!


The 7th Grade Division featured 8 teams from all throughout the state of Tennessee.  The Upward Stars team went 3-0 in pool play:

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  60        Morristown Thunder 53

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  45        Shockers Elite  38

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  56        TN Glory  49

In bracket play, Coach Vanlier’s team continued to play well, getting contributions from each team member.  Upward Stars earned three more wins, claiming the Rocky Top Challenge championship with a 6-0 record!   Bracket play games:

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  52        Wildcats 28

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  61        Chattanooga Elite  25

·         Upward Stars Premier-South  55        TN Glory  45

Team members include:  Keidron Batey, Arthur Bennett, Nicholas Bennett, Evan Carter, Michael Faragalli, Caden Herron, Randall Hodge, Trenton McNair, Ryan Oliver, Kolby Searcy, Shane Siffrard, and Omarion Walker.


Coach Vanlier’s team will be competing in the “Who’s Got Next Event” (Nashville; June 23-25) before heading to AAU Nationals in Greensboro, NC (July 3-9)!


To see team pics, check out our social media:  Facebook or Twitter (@UpwardStarsTN)