The Basketball Post-Season kicked off in Houston with the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Regional tournament on February 5-6. Approximately half of the regular season players elected to participate in the optional post-season portion of the 2009-2010 FEAST Basketball Program. Seven FEAST basketball teams concluded the regular season in early February, with members from each team forming the four post-season squads that would be competing for State, Regional and National homeschool honors.
Two weeks later in the Dallas area, FEAST’s Girls 14U team, Boys 12U, Boys 14U and Boys 16U were four of the almost 120 homeschool teams that competed for Texas State Championships is their respective divisions. While no FEAST team finished with the title, it was a great time of challenging basketball and team building that has the players looking forward to Nationals, in Springfield, Missouri March 15-20.
The Girls 14 & under team is coached by Issie Arias. Coach Michael Dagerath led the Boys 12 & under team. The older boys teams are coached by Thomas Schulte, John Blackwell and Alan Day.
6th Grade Basketball Season Wrap Up 2009-2010
The FEAST 6th Grade Basketball Team and the FEAST 12 & Under Home School Tournament Team wrapped up their seasons in February.
The 6th grade team played again in the St. Luke’s league in San Antonio. The season started with a big win in November and was seeded 6th in the end of season tournament of 10 teams in the advanced division. FEAST experienced a heart breaking loss with a last second shot in the end of season tournament.
The 12 & Under Tournament Team went to Dallas in mid February for the Texas State Basketball Tournament for home school students. FEAST won 2 of 4 and placed 6th in a 10 field team. The competition was tough. The FEAST team had an average age of 11 years old and faced some “older” teams of 12 year olds and even some teams that had young 13 year old players. I think the experience was a good one for the FEAST players. Next year, the FEAST team will be the “12 year olds” at the tournament and will be ready to compete and bring home the medals and trophy.
All in all, it was a very productive season for the Patriot Boy’s 6th Grade Team and 12 & Under Tournament Team. Players learned and lived lessons in character including Obedience, Dependability, Alertness, Endurance and Humility. They also focused on learning the basic basketball skills of defense, rebounding, shooting, dribbling and passing. In addition, they learned more advanced skills such as the motion offense, man to man defense, multiple full court presses, and setting picks (and defending against them).
We look forward to the season starting up again in October 2010. Check back then for more information.
These words hardly seem like enough to express our gratitude and gratefulness to the dedicated coaches of FEAST. These incredible men and women of God have dedicated their time, resources, energy and prayers to benefit the skills and character of our children. Please join us in praying for continued strength and provision for the coaches and their families.
Thank you, to all of our FEAST fall sport coaches:
High School Basketball
Alan Day- Head Coach
Middle School Basketball
The FEAST middle school 7th grade B-II basketball team finished their season with a solid 49-38 victory over the Seguin Lifegate Falcons. The B-II team had a challenging year at 1-10. This dedicated group of young men worked hard, faced much adversity, were pegged against higher seeded teams throughout their season, and kept the Faith while learning the fundamentals of the game and how to play as a team. B-II Patriots started the season with eight players, and finished the season with six, only five of whom were healthy for the team's last three games. Each player demonstrated his courage and strength at each game.
Here is your 2008-2009 FEAST 7th Grade B-II Basketball Team:
From left to right: Kenneth Graham, Noah Harris, William de los Santos, Carter Cadenhead, Jonathan Garza, Luke Putman, and Head Coach Hugo Xavier de los Santos. Not in photo: Juan Rodriguez, Jr., Andrew Smith and Assistant Coach William Cadenhead.
FEAST Patriots’ Boys’ “B” Team Wins ISAL “B” Championship
RJ Longoria shows textbook form as he puts in a rebound for two points
The FEAST Patriots, coming in as a 2nd seed and an ISAL record of 6-1, won the ISAL “B” Championship over San Antonio Christian by a score of 47-36. Carlos Cardenas played one of his finest games when it counted the most, leading the Patriots with 14 points. RJ Longoria chipped in around the basket with 8 points and Levi Day contributed with 6 points to lead the Patriots effort. The Patriots never trailed in the game, but all players contributed to the win. What is notable is that the Patriots’ only loss of the season was to San Antonio Christian earlier in the season.
Matt Garza launches another successful 3-point shot
The Patriots were grateful to be in the championship game, due to a nail-biter finish in the semi-final game against St. George. Matt Garza made a critical 3-point shot with only four seconds remaining in the game to put the Patriots in the lead. St. George made a furious effort to try to score, but they ran out of time. Carlos Cardenas again led scoring with 9 points, with RJ Longoria and Levi Day tied with 6 points each.
Carlos Cardenas drives to the basket
The “B” team finishes with a 13-1 record and a ISAL championship plaque in the trophy case. Thanks go to Head Coach Alan Day and Assistant Coaches Michael Dagerath and Alex Garza for their fine work. Congratulations to our “B” team players as pictured from left to right: Jeremy Dagerath, RJ Longoria, Levi Day, Jonathan Dagerath, Cory Carnett, Samuel Macias, Matt Garza, Brendan McCullough, Clay McAnany, Carlos Cardenas.
Jonathan Dagerath blocks a shot under the basket as Jeremy Dagerath, Brendan McCullough and RJ Longoria look on
Final Standings and
1.1. Concordia 7-0 2. SA Christian 5-2 3.SHLS 4-3 4.St. George 4-3 5.Cornerstone 3-4 6.SA Academy 3-4 7.Feast 2-5 8.SMH 0-7
The FEAST Patriots’ Middle School “A” team won the Pearsall “A” Team tournament on January 24th with a perfect 4-0 record.During the winning game against Carrizo Springs, the Patriots were down by as many as nine points and five points with less than three minutes remaining in the game.With tenacious defense and a team effort, the Patriots fought back and gained the lead with less than a minute to play.Key rebounding by Thomas Schulte, a clutch rebound and layup by John Wasserman, and poised ballhandling by Austin Blackwell and Daniel Blake all contributed to the effort.
However, two key plays happened within the last 30 seconds of the game.Down by one point, the Patriots worked the clock down and a Carrizo Springs’ deflection of a pass allowed the Patriots the ball back on their baseline with less than six seconds in the game.John Wasserman recognized a mismatch near the basket with Elijah Arnold and fired a perfect pass to him.Elijah made a strong move and made what would be the winning shot off the backboard with three seconds on the clock.After a timeout, Carrizo Springs attempted to get the ball down the full court, but Daniel Blake made a key tip to push the ball out of bounds.Solid defense by Elijah Arnold, Thomas Schulte and Daniel Blake prevented a good shot to be released, and the Patriots sealed the victory with a 35-34 result.
It would be unfair to say that these five players won the game, because everyone contributed to the tournament victory.Caleb Sparks had an outstanding tournament with plenty of hustle, while Jacob Vega scored a total of 23 points in the tournament with excellent shot selection, as well as some timely rebounding.Clint Hendricks gave steady play at the point guard position, while Austin Blackwell provided tough defense and some beautiful 3-point shooting from the perimeter.Caleb Garza made some key shots as well, but his tenacious defense against the most skilled offensive players in the tournament made a huge difference.Hugo de los Santos had a game-high night in scoring, but his no-nonsense defense in the lane stopped a lot of opportunities for opponents to go to the basket.
The scores for each game were:
FEAST – 57, Pearsall – 25High scorers: Daniel Blake (14), Jacob Vega (11)
FEAST – 42, Dilley – 21High scorers: Elijah Arnold (12), Jacob Vega & Caleb Garza (6)
FEAST – 52, Cotulla – 25High scorers: Elijah Arnold (14), Thomas Schulte (9)
FEAST – 35, Carrizo Spgs. – 34High scorers: Thomas Schulte (12), Elijah Arnold (8)