Coach Paul Farnsworth
Coach Paul Farnsworth returns for his second second season with the Jaguars as the Head Coach for 9th Grade Boys, after an incredibly successful 8th Grade season.
Paul Farnsworth has been coaching youth basketball at the Travel, CYO and Recreation levels for the past 14 years. Paul has been heavily involved in Perkiomen Valley Youth Basketball (PVYB), holding positions as league commissioner as well as coaching several teams a year at various age levels. In addition to volunteering for PVYB, Paul has been coaching CYO basketball for the past five years. Paul is currently the Head Coach of the 9th grade travel team for PVYB, playing their league games in the ICBA league, featuring the best teams in Southeastern PA. Paul keeps his travel team together throughout the year, entering them in summer and fall leagues as well as numerous tournaments, competing against both travel and AAU teams. Paul has been working with his travel team for the past six years and takes great pride in the development of the individual as well as team, capturing numerous championships throughout.
Paul enjoys teaching the game of basketball, focusing on the fundamentals as well as in game strategy. Although Paul enjoys winning games, it is more important to see progress in each individual’s game long term, as opposed to a short term goal of winning games. Paul enjoys a light atmosphere where kids are working hard, yet enjoying the game of basketball.
Paul currently resides in Collegeville with his wife of 21 years, Tina and four children. When not coaching basketball, Paul can be found in a local gym, playing the game himself.
Jane Baron, mother of JP (JAGS 6th Grade Black) and Jaylen (JAGS 7th Grade Blue) lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday morning, May 1st. John Baron, coach of our 6th Grade Black and 7th Grade Blue teams, has been Jane's caretaker for over 13 months as she has battled this illness and the way John and the family cared for, tended to and paid tribute to a beautiful woman, Jane, was a blessing to see each day. Jane we will miss you so much and your legacy will live in all of us forever!
John's 6th Grade Black team traveled to Spooky Nook for the 2nd Annual Warriors Court Championship hosted by Spooky Nook Sports this weekend. There were 9 teams in 6th Grade A boys bracket and the JAGS got things started early on Saturday morning with a 50-39 win against House of Sports. In the afternoon they bested the Central PA Elite team 49-30 which had resulted in the JAGS being ranked 3rd out of 9 in pool play. Saturday evening they demolished the 6th seed Luzerne County Lightning 57-12 getting them into the semi-finals for Sunday AM. John Baron coached the team in all three games that day knowing Jane's condition was worsening as the day went on.
He and JP did not return on Sunday and Assistant Coach Klauder got the team together prior to the 8:50 AM tip off and dedicated the rest of the day to Mrs. Baron. For the rest of the day, every time out, every break from the huddle we all in unison chanted, "Mrs. Baron". The boys were laser focused and played the semifinal game with such effort and positive attitude and we beat a very good House of Sports team, 59-39. Late in the game I learned that Jane had passed while we played and we gathered all the players and parents together and had a very emotional and tearful talk with everyone.
We had to wait around 3+ hours for the championship and we all worked to keep the boys positive while respecting the passing of Jane. We faced the #1 seed Rochester Select Basketball Academy (RSBA) and it was a great basketball game. Once again the "Mrs. Baron" chant was heard repeatedly by a jam packed crowd watching this game. Back and forth for most of the game, with big bucket after big bucket by both teams, the JAGS pulled through in the end and won the championship 51-45. The boys conducted themselves with such class and poise and they were constantly thinking of Mrs. Baron, Coach John, their teammate JP and his sister Jaylen.
Personally, I have been around a lot of things with sports over the years and today was one of the finest moments I have ever had in spite of the terrible news. I give these young men so much credit and today we witnessed why sports are so powerful and uplifting. I have cried a lot today but I smile at what they accomplished. More importantly, is how they accomplished it.
We stand with the Baron family and our prayers and support are with them. The viewing will most likely be Thursday night and the funeral mass Friday morning at St. Eleanor Church (Collegeville).
The Jaguars have 9 Girls Teams playing in the Comets Tournament the weekend of June 7th and 8th and 3 boys teams playing at various locales.
9th Grade Black had a tremendous weekend at the Tri State Regional Championships, with teams from Jersey, Pa and Delaware, held at the Riverwinds Complex in West Deptford. The common theme all weekend was that, regardless of who the Jags were playing, they seemed to take the Jags squad lightly. Throughout the tournament the other teams always seemed bigger and more athletic, but the Jags continue to prove if you play well disciplined, unselfish brand of basketball, you can overcome many “disadvantages”. Probably from top to bottom the Jags played their best basketball of the season this weekend, with all ten players contributing throughout the tournament, making it difficult to highlight individual players. On Saturday, the Jags met up with a strong Team Hines, and subsequently handed them their only loss of the weekend, winning by 12. The Jags were led by Justin Jaworski’s 21 points (A common theme for the weekend). In the second game on Saturday, the Jags ousted the Penn Jersey Cyclones, winning by thirteen, 68-55. Justin Jaworski had another strong game with 21 points (Despite a box and 1), with Nick Heller, continuing his strong play in the second half of the season, chipping in with 16. Luke Farnsworth probably played some of his best basketball of the season, leading the team at the point guard position, setting up his teammates with easy buckets and contributing 11 points. After the game, the team headed back to Coach Farnsworth’s house, where they had their team party with beautiful weather. A great time was had by the boys and their families. After a late night, the boys had to be back at the Riverwinds complex at 9:15 to take on the Penn Jersey Panthers, a much bigger team. Starting out slow and somewhat lethargic, the Jags were down at halftime, but came back with a great second half, led by inspired play by Matt Hartz, who at one point scored 7 straight points to put the game out of reach, ultimately winning by 12 points. Some of the highlights were the three point shooting of Nicolas Torres, and strong rebounding from Angus Mayock that led to the Jags winning their pool at 3-0. The team had watched a strong MC Elite team dismantle their opponent by 40 points to also stand at 3-0, winning all three of their games by an average of 25 points. The boys would have to bring their A game to bring home the championship. After the Jags scored the first basket of the game, they would never relinquish the lead for the balance of the game, although they never led by more than 8 points either. Leading by only 2 points, Zach Hogan capped off a great championship game, by sinking 2 free throws with 30 seconds left to put the game out of hand. Hogan Millheim and Avery Close, despite being outweighed by the Elite Front line by 100 pounds and about 5 inches, controlled the glass. Scott Shapiro continued his great season by stroking three after three to maintain the lead throughout. The coaches were very proud of all 10 players, and the growth they have shown throughout the season. They feel they are peaking as they head to their final tournament of the season in 2 weeks.
5th Grade Blue unfortunately did not have very good competition at the Comets Tournament going 4-0 with no game being closer than 20 points. In Saturday's first game the team beat the Mid Jersey Mavericks 44 – 14. Emily Higgins led the team with a season high 10 points while Madia Mazzucola and Sydney Floyd each chipped in 8. Saturday's second game, with gym with temperatures in the mid 80’s, an aggressive defense led to a 39 – 17 win over the Classic. Kelly Paris led the way with 10 points and Floyd added 7. In Sunday's first game the Jags jumped out to a 10-0 lead and cruised to a 44-14 win over the Central Maryland Attitude. Mac Maloney and Hanna Tulli each had 8 points, with Paris and Mazzucola adding 6 each. In Sunday's finale the team used an aggressive full-court press and the Comets were overwhelmed from the get-go. Leading 22-7 at the half, the Jags never took the foot off the pedal. The team only allowed 4 points in the second half leading to a final score of 39-11. Lainey Owens completely disrupted the Comets offense by harassing their best ball handler for the entire game. Paris again led the scoring with 8, with Carina Chieffalo adding 5 and every players scored. Higgins dished out 5 assists. (see pictures below)
6th Grade Blue had am impressive 3-1 weekend, going 2-0 on Saturday and finishing with a 1-1 Sunday. In Saturday's first tilt the Jags had a rematch from last weekend with the Wilmington Tigers with much the same result. The team was able to shrug off a lack luster start and turn a 17-12 halftime lead into a 36-25 victory. Sydney Tornetta led all scorers with 15 points, Maya Bokunewicz had 8 and Alyssa Yuan added 6. Game 2 against the Jersey Force was perhaps the teams most thrilling win of the season. The girls trailed 13-5 before going on an 8-0 run to tie it at 13 only to see the Force go on a 8-0 run themselves to take a 21-13 lead. The Jaguars used their tenacious 1-3-1 defense to create turnovers and fast break opportunities to slowly cut into the difference, finally taking a 1 point lead on Alyssa Yuan's "and 1". The team never trailed again, pulling away for a 42-36 win. All 8 players in action scored, led by Yuan's 9 points including 3 of 3 from line down the stretch. Bokunewicz and Tornetta used their ESP in transition, potting 7 and 6 respectively. Tornetta also had a team high 11 rebounds. Lucy Olsen had 5 points including a dagger of a 3 pointer in the waning minutes to go along with an amazing 8 rebounds. On Sunday, the girls faced a travel team nemesis from Towamencin, the Montgomery Fusion. In another thrilling contest the Jags roared out to a 21-4 lead only to see the Fusion find their footing and get themselves back in the game. The Jags held the lead through much of the second half but the Fusion was a very resilient team and the wrested the lead away and the Jags trailed 40-36 with 50 seconds to go. The team then employed a trapping 1-3-1 and forced two turnovers leading directly to baskets and the game went into OT where the girls pulled out the win 45-42. Maya Bokunewicz scored a team season high of 21 points to go along with 7 steals and 3 assists, Sydney Tornetta had her usual stellar performance with 13 points, 7 steals and 5 rebounds and a HUGE 3 in the OT. Julia Rife continued her strong defensive play and deposited 6 points to go along with a team high 9 boards. The Jags were unable to complete a perfect weekend, falling in the finale to the Mid-Atlantic Magic by a score of 33-22. Tornetta led scoring with 9 points and Rife was again the leading rebounder with 6. (See picture below)
6th Grade White played a Kyniska team that had beaten he Jags in a close game in West Chester early in the year but the Jags prevailed this time 44-40 in an offensive battle. Gabriella Alessandroni led with 11 points while Riley McGettigan posted 10. Gina Iannozzi scored 7 and Marlee Brown added 6 as both brought a lot of energy to the team. Saturday afternoon brought a sluggish team effort as we lost 34-25 to the NY Lady Knicks. Marlee Brown and Riley McGettigan each tallied 7 for the Jags. Sunday, the girls played a Jersey Shoreshots team that played a packed in zone (halftime score was 8-4!) and the Jags ended up on the wrong end of a 26-16 game. Gabby Marinacci led the scoring with 5 points. In the finale the team played the Delaware Lady Hawks in a tight game and a very hot gym, finally succumbing in overtime 31-29. Corinne Meyer contributed on both ends of the court and led all scorers with 11 points.
7th Grade Black had a 2-0 Saturday at the Renegades Summer Rumble. In the first game the boys defeated a good DelVal Grayhounds team by a score of 64-47. Justin Adedinsewo led the team with 22 points and Blaise Blomstrom added 9. In game 2 the boys had a very strong offensive showing, outscoring the host Renegades 74-56. Justin Adedwinsewo again led scoring with a season high 27 points while Chris White had 12 and Luke Santangelo had 9. On Sunday, the Jags played with tremendous chemistry ousting the Rengades Black 8th Grade team 65-28. Chris White led the team with 14 points. Justin Adedinsewo threw in 12. Luke Santangelo and Blaise Blomstrom chipped in 9 apiece. In the finale, the Jags squeeked by a very good and physical Western Montgomery County Ballers team 56-53 for the championship. Chris White led the team with 16 points and had a crucial bucket with one minute to play to put the Jags up 54-53. In the final minute, the defense tightened and held, and after a great rebound, Ryan Hagan hit both ends of a one-and-one with 15 seconds left to ice the game and title. Justin Adedinsewo had 12 points and Luke Santangelo 10 points to contribute to the win.The Jags coaches are extremely proud of the desire and effort that the boys put forth to capture the title. There team play throughout the tourney was inspiring.
8th Grade Blue had an impressive 3-1 weekend at the Comets tournament. On Saturday the girls beat the Chester County Wizards 42-25 and the Comets 44-41. Alex Blomstrom had a big day hitting 10 three pointers in the two games, scoring 18 points against the Wizards then adding 13 rebounds to her 19 points against the Comets. Megan Jonassen continnued her stellar play with 18 points and 17 rebounds in the two games. Kali Kratz contributed a big 6 points against the Comets and Bridget Mayza hit a key three in the win. Despite a very short bench on Sunday, the team beat a different Wizards team 37-27 before falling to the Philly Flight 42-38. Alex Blomstrom continued her strong weekend against the Wizards scoring 12 points. Ashlyn Duda had 6, including 4 big free throws down the stretch. Maggie Welsh, McKenzie Kearney and Ali Higgins all scored 4. In the loss to the Flight Blomstrom again led the way with 11, Victoria Melton added 7 and Catherine Klauder and Bridget Mayze each had 6. For the four game tournament, Alex Blomstrom scored 60 points, including 13 three point field goals.
9th Grade Blue went 4-0 at the Comets Tournament. In Saturday's first game the Jaguars held the Jersey Cardinals to 3 first half points er route to a 36-28 victory. Lauren Mensch led the way with 8 points while Rachel Yerger and Shannon Mullen each had 7 points. Maddie Haney controlled the boards, pulling down 6. In the second game the girls beat the Comets A team by a score of 45-26. Rachel Yerger and Taylor Keys paced scoring with 7 points a piece. Maddie Haney continued her strong all around play with 6 points and another 8 rebounds. Juliana Alessandroni and Cammy Jones each had 5 points. Devin Scilingo out played her size and pulled down 8 rebounds. On Sunday the team continnued ruining the host teams weekend by defeating another Comets team by a score of 54-32. Juliana Alessandroni dropped 10 to lead the Jaguars. While Yerger and Scilingo added 8. Mullen & Haney controlled the boards with 5 rebounds. Yerger was everywhere and picked up 5 steals. The team finished their perfect weekend with a come from behind 41-35 victory over the Rebels. Taylor Keys led the way this time with 10 points & 5 boards. Alyssa Conway and Alessandroni each adding 7. While Alessandroni and Marissa Picinich grabbed 5. After relinqueshing their lead, the Jags needed some key steals from Yerger and Alessandroni to climb back in the game. Each turning over the Rebels 3 times. Coach Greg & Coach Kayla were very pleased with the teams approach to defense this weekend. Holding teams to an average of 30.25 ppg.
High School Blue had a 2-2 weekend at the Comets Tournament. The team dropped their first game on Saturday by a score of 38-30 to WeR1. Lauryn Hart led scoring with 9 points while Gabby Falcone had 5 and McKenna Kohler had 4. The girls rebounded with a 34-28 win over the Chester County Wizards. Abby Beyer had a big game, dropping 18 points. Gabby Falcone chipped in with 4 and Taylor Evans had 3. On Sunday, the team again dropped their initial tilt to the NJ Shore Shots by a score of 51-43. Delaney Lynam paced the way with a season high 11 points, Lauryn Hart had 7 and Gabby Falcone had 6. The team rallied to win their final game, a 39-25 drubbing of the NJ Panthers. Kalli Gill had 7 points, Taylor Evans contributed 6 and Lynam and Beyer each had 5.
9th Grade Blue has qualified again for the Division I National Championships, finishing in the top four in the DQT. Congratulations to all of the players and coaches. Details to follow.
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4th Grade Blue had a challenging weekend. Due to the lack if 4th grade teams the Jags were forced to challnge themselves and play up in a 5th Grade Division. The girls lost their first game to a very big and fast Philly Triple Threat team. The game started well, but the Jags ended up on the losing end. The second game was against the Comets 5th grade B team. The Jags battled to the end, but eventually the Comets significant height advantage at every position was too much to handle. The girls competed hard and lost by a score of 29-19. Scoring was led by Amelia Kennedy's 8 points and Nylah Cody chipped in 4. Sunday morning we played the Comets 4th grade A team. We started off slow and fell behind by 17 points in the first half. We woke up in the 2nd half and battled them much better, however, we lost 34-13. The Jags ended the tournament against the Chesco Lightning 5th grade team. We were short handed for this game, however, we did have a lead at halftime. The girls competed hard, but again, the height differential prices to be to much in the second half. Lauren Keyte and Amelia Kennedy led the scoring with 4 points each.
6th Grade Blue, despite being shorthanded at times throughout the weekend (including the coach!) were led to a 3-1 weekend by Coach Janine Mullin. The team was directed in the first game by substitute point guard Maya Bokunewicz to a 29-16 victory over the 6th Grade Renegades team. In the second game the team fell to the Rockers. On Sunday the team welcomed back point guard Lucy Olsen and used a revamped man to man press to wallop the Blue Demons by a score of 32-15. The girls finsihed their strong weekend with a 10 point victory over the 7th Grade Renegades team.
6th Grade White played some very tall, strong, and physical teams over the weekend in West Chester and the first aid kit and ice packs were put to use frequently but this team played hard until the end! The team dropped a heartbreaker to Kyniska- after tying the game with 30 seconds left Kyniska scored at the buzzer to win. Kylie Monaco, Olivia Keyte and Gabriella Alessandroni each had 4 points as all 9 girls scored. The team played hard against a strong Comets team with Gina Iannozzi, Gabby Marinacci, and Olivia Keyte each having 5 points. Sunday we played a very tall Wilmington Tigers team and our inability to control the boards made this a tough matchup. Gabby Marinacci scored 8 points and Kylie Monaco added 5. In our last game against Southern Berks we trailed 12-10 late in the first half. The remainder of the game was a different story as the Jags pressure D created havoc as we outscored them 34-5 the rest of the way to win 44-17. Again all 9 players scored. Gabriella Alessandroni had 8 points, Riley McGettigan and Gina Iannozzi both had 7. Marlee Brown added 6 points over the weekend as well. Playing some stronger teams should help us in the remainder of our tournaments this season.
7th Grade Black had a 1-1 Saturday, losing to the Huskies Elite but rebounding for a 38-13 victory over the Hunting Park Warriors. Luke Santangelo led the team with great intensity and leadership throughout the day.
8th Grade Black again reached the Tournament Championship. The first game saw the boys have a 48-29 over Storm Elite. Leading the way with 12 points was Ryan Kendra. Carson Parke chipped in 9, Brendan Schimpf with 7, Jerry Kapp and Kevin Bernabe had 6 a piece. game two was another victory, this time a 52-37 win over SC Select. The Jags had a balanced attack on the offensive end with every player registering in the scoring column. Kevin Bernabe had 9 Dan Cirino had 8. Carson Parke, Brendan Schimpf, Owen Evans and Liam Boyle each had 6. Game 3 was more of the same, a cruise to a 50-26 over Mountain. Once again every one registered points in this game. Carson Parke led the way with 8 Points, while Andrew Light and Brendan Schimpf each put up 7. Game 4 was a the tournament semi-final and the Jags routed the Deja Vu W 61-25. Point guard Kevin Bernabe led the way with 12 Points in this one. He had big help from Liam Boyle, Owen Evans and Dan Cirino who each poured in 9 points. In the Championship Game the Jags ran out of gas and lost to the a different SC Select team by a score of 57-37. It was a tough battle in the first half as the team had to fight back from some early turnovers and easy buckets for Team Select. Jags fought back to within 3 at the half. Poised to make a run in the 2nd half the Jags just couldn't seem to put the ball in the hoop. SC Select took advantage of the missed shots and get some easy buckets in transition to make this game look worse than it actually was. Jags were led by Carson Parke's 10 points. Jerry Kapp and Brendan Schimpf each had 9. Jags are hopeful to see this SC Select Team in the future. Although the boys lost a tough one in the Championship, the Coaches are very proud of their teams performance this weekend. Dominating on Defense and Hustle Plays, sharing the ball on offense and looking like a true team out there. Making the Championship Game in all 3 Tournaments so far and Winning 1 of 3 of those games is something for us to be proud of. With the halfway point of the season approaching we are looking forward to a strong finish.
9th Grade Black faced some very stiff competition this past weekend at the Division I District Championships and Coaches Paul and Bill were very proud of ALL the boys on how the boys competed. A nice win against a Berks Redstorm on Saturday got the team started in the right direction. But as nice of a win that was, the coaches were a little more proud of the boys for a loss. First off, when you have the lead with a minute left against a team that before the game received brand new Nike’s (A Nike Sponsored Elite team) and who is a select team ranked in the top three in the state of New Jersey, you have to feel pretty proud of yourselves. In a position to win with 20 seconds left, with a jumper here or a free throw there made down the stretch, the Jags came up just short, however ALL 10 boys contributed good solid play in the game. After this weekend this Team, Kingdom Elite is headed to the Final four of the Championships, and it was very close to being the Jags. Walking out of the gym, the compliments the coaches received from the other team about the boys and the way they compete, made them feel very proud of their team. The team had to head back to Chester Saturday night for an elimination game against the SJ Blitz, having to pick themselves up after such a tough loss. Although close throughout the game, at no time were the coaches worried about winning the game. Having confidence in any of the boys put on the floor, the boys responded with a win, moving on to play a number 1 seed, the York Ballers, on Sunday Morning. Getting to the gym on Sunday morning, and looking at the boys before the game, the coaches sensed a confidence in the team that they could not only hang with the “Ballers”, despite having witnessed the Ballers finishing off their first two opponents by more than 43 points each game,… but that they could win. They sure stepped up and proved that they can hang with any team if they play the right way, jumping out to an early lead and causing the first of many blood vessels to pop in the other coaches forehead (A sight to be seen). Unfortunately, the Jags lost an important player to them in Avery Close to a Concussion in the first quarter, needing to be brought to the hospital for evaluation (He is doing fine). This was a pretty scary sight for the boys (As well as the coaches). With what Avery brings to the team, the other boys needed to step it up. Despite the loss of Avery, the boys continued to compete throughout the game, keeping it close well into the fourth quarter, and within striking distance for a team that can shoot like the Jags. The Coaches had to laugh that this “elite” Ballers team even needed to stall the ball in the 3RD QUARTER, because of the fear that the Jags were not going away. Although the Ballers won a close game, the determined Jags team gave them everything they could handle. The Coaches were very proud of the team throughout the weekend on how they represented their coaches, parents and Jaguars Organization. AAU Basketball is not always about winning another trophy, for the team felt more pride about the way they competed this weekend, then by the trophy they won last weekend. The team realizes that playing competition like this will only make them stronger basketball players, and prepare them better for High School ball and beyond.. Every player on the team competed with heart and never felt that they did not belong on the court with these regional “elite” teams. Although proud of all 10 of the boys, Coach Paul would be remiss if he did not single out Justin Jaworski’s effort and tenacity with which he played all weekend. It is no secret for those who come to watch them play, that Coach Paul relies heavily on Justin when they go against these tougher teams, and he continually responds. Per Coach Paul, “We did not play one game this weekend that I did not feel that the best player on the court was wearing a Jaguars uniform, and had a number 3 on it”. Congrats to Justin on another great tournament, and for all the boy’s in following his lead. The team is working hard and making each other better basketball players, both in games and at practice.