Gainesville Traveling Youth Basketball Team Wins Big Again

Scholastic Sports Inc. — Team Impact held its inaugural season this year with many successes.

The goals of the organization are skilled development, character building, unity and fun, and the group did just that and brought home hardware to place in the trophy cases. All three of the teams — 5th-, 7th- and 8th-grade girls — had an awesome year.

Under the leadership of head coach Gene Scott and assistant coaches Rob Cox, Mark McGraw and Amy Mickle, the 8th-grade girls won first place in three of seven tournaments. They were the North Atlanta Invitational in Atlanta, Jacksonville Magic May Madness in Jacksonville, and the USSSA Florida State Tournament in Ft. Myers. The team won second place in the Super 60 Allstate Super Bowl in New Orleans and the Queen of Hearts in Ft. Lauderdale.

And, in 2015 and 2016, the same team won the Florida USSSA State tournament.

The 7th-grade team won the Florida USSSA State in mid-June by beating the powerhouse Florida Future 49-47 in a nail biter. Additionally, the young ladies have a runner-up trophy in the Queen of Hearts Tournament. The 7th-grade team was led by head coach Taylor Vinson and assistant coach Jevon Saunders. The team was comprised of 6th- and 7th-graders and a lot of them were first-year players.

The youngest team, the 5th-grade team, was as competitive as the others. Because of the team’s willingness to work hard and never give up, the team was able to bring home three runner-up trophies from the Queen of Hearts Tournment, Jacksonville Magic May Madness, and the Florida AAU State in Tavares, and they qualified for the National AAU tournament in Ohio.

And, on June 30, the 5th-grade girls traveled to Orlando to participate in the National USSSA tournament, where they finished as runner-ups. Those providing instruction and training are head coach Michael Cunningham and assistant coaches Craig Bost and Chris Fischer. The team members are all first-time participants.

For girls in third- through ninth-grade interested in participating in the program, call President Willie Wimbley at 901-590-8262 or Coach Scott at 352-284-2319.

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