Young Athletes Get Their Chance on the Floor!


Signe Branham

Left: Third grader Sylas Jardine goes in for a basket. Right: Third grader Sophia Truchon dribbles against tough defense.

Signe Branham, Editor-in-Chief

On Saturday, January 6th, South Shore hosted two RBA games and one WRBA game for teams from the South Shore and Iron River areas.

The first game started at 9:00 a.m. The Bulls, the South Shore area RBA team, took on the Suns, an Iron River RBA team.  The Bulls roster consisted of second graders Eli Mieritz, Tucker Mueller, and Brody Verne; third graders Sylas Jardine and Dexton Wilcox; and fourth grader Hayden Mieritz. The game was kept close throughout, with a final score of 24-21 in favor of the Suns.

Next, the girls got a turn on the floor.  The Fever, South Shore area’s WRBA team, faced the Iron River area Sparks.  The Fever’s lineup included second grader Idella Wilcox; third graders Brooklyn Lehto, Maddie Purzner, Sophia Truchon, Addisen Wehrman, and Aydan Zenz; and fourth graders Chalee Luzzatto and Alexys Wehrman. Once again, the score was kept close, ending in a 14-13 win for the Sparks.

Once the WRBA teams were done, the Bulls had another chance to play, this time against the Iron River area Cavs.  The Bulls gained a sizable lead over the Cavs, resulting in the score no longer being kept according to RBA rules. While it is fun to be competitive and score high, it is important to remember that RBA and WRBA are for those who are just learning basketball.  It is meant to teach children the fundamentals of basketball in hopes of fostering a lifelong love of the sport.

There will be another day of RBA and WRBA games like this on Saturday, January 20th at South Shore Jr./Sr. High School.  The Bulls take on the Washburn Raptors at 9:00 a.m.  Following that, the Fever takes on the Washburn Mystics at 10:10 a.m.  The Bulls will finish out the day with one more game at 11:20 a.m., this time against the Washburn Magic.  We encourage you to come at and support our young athletes!