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The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Blue teams were all in action at various gyms throughout Delaware County in the 30th Annual Comets Tournament.
4th Grade Blue split a pair of Saturday games. In the first game the Jags beat the 5th Grade Nexxt Level team by a score of 19-13. Sophia Allocca was the leading scorer with 6 points and Gianna "G-Dawg" DiBattista pulled down 6 rebounds. The girls then dropped a very hard fought 39-26 decision to the Team Takeover from Maryland. In a very physical game, the Jags were led by Mac Pettinelli's tenacity and outstanding defense. Sunday was a bit of a disappointment as the girls went 1-2. The highlight of the weekend came in the Jags one point victory over the Comets when Pettinelli hit a 3 pointer with 24 seconds left in the game to give the Jags a 2 point lead. The jury is still out on whether or not she called the bank! (See Pictures Below)
5th Grade Blue also split a pair of Saturday games, beating the New Jersey Belles by 8 points then dropping a decision to the Maryland Classic. (Pictures Below)
8th Grade Blue went 2-0 on Saturday with two double digit victories. (Picture Below)
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).