Monticello PBA, Parks and Rec. Dept. Sponsor Hoops Tourney
Democrat Photo by Nathan Mayberg
THE MEMBERS OF the winning team in the 3 vs. 3 tournament are in the front row. From left to right, are Kevin Evans, Jaquis Lowery, Austin Billig, Blake Evans and Shamell Moore. Standing in the back row, from left to right, are scorekeeper Rob Vanditti, Jane Hyman, referee John Hyman, Village of Monticello Mayor James Barnicle, Monticello Village Parks and Recreation Department Director Betsy Conaty, referee Edwin Perez, scorekeeper Dior Jackson and scorekeeper Sean Conaty.
By Nathan Mayberg
MONTICELLO November 7, 2006 Last Tuesday evening’s 3 vs. 3 Halloween basketball tournament for middle school students brought out more than two dozen players.
Those youngsters comprised five teams of five players each three players who were on the court at once as well as two substitutes.
Organized by Village of Monticello Parks and Recreation Director Betsy Conaty and co-sponsored by the Monticello Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the tournament was held after the annual Halloween parade outside at the village’s outdoor basketball court behind the Ted Stoebele Recreation Center.
Jonathan Hyman and Edwin Perez graciously volunteered their time to referee the contentious contests.
At the end of the event, the team of Austin Billig, Blake Evans, Kevin Evans, Jaquis Lowery and Shamell Moore took home the Monticello PBA T-shirts for their first-place victory. They defeated the team of Yovanni Fields, Jesse Kapito, Lance Tate, Bobby Wagner and Marcus Daniels-Penn.
The players who participated in the event were surely dedicated. Some of them began practicing two hours before the tournament started.
Conaty advertised the tournament at the Robert Kaiser Middle School to ensure a good turnout.