The Florida Phenoms fifth and seventh grade teams grabbed United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) state titles in stunning fashion as they both battled their way through a tough tournament field on June 26 to 27 in Fort Lauderdale.
The fifth-grade team, coached by Chip Youmans, defeated Difference in their first bracket play game. The Phenoms then knocked off the Tamarac Titans 55-45 for a spot in the championship.
The finale featured the Phenoms against Team Under Pressure Black. After a back and forth game, the Phenoms found themselves down by five with less than a minute left in the game. What happened next is certain to go down in Florida Phenoms basketball history.
The Phenoms’ Jack Youmans drilled a three pointer to bring the Phenoms within two. With just seconds left in the game and Team Under Pressure with the ball, Youmans stole a pass and nailed another long three point shot as time expired, sealing a 41-40 state title victory for the Phenoms.
Across town, the seventh-grade Phenoms were capping off their incredible run at a USSSA state title. After cruising through pool play, the Phenoms easily defeated the Celtics 70-41.
A tough quarterfinal match up with Lake Worth Pride saw the Phenoms squander a large lead, with Lake Worth hitting multiple three-point attempts to tie the game late in the second half. The determined Phenoms fought harder and held on for a 61-59 victory.
The finals saw the seventh graders battle back as they erased a 15-point deficit to defeat the top-ranked Coral Spring Explosion 54-53.
Seacrest seeking assistant coaches
Seacrest Country Day School is looking for assistant coaches for the upcoming school year in the following high school sports: girls volleyball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball. The school is also looking for boys and girls middle school basketball coaches.
Resumes should be sent to Seacrest Athletic Director Mark Marsala at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marsala said the openings are stipend-only positions, not teaching positions. Marsala requested no phone calls.
Miami Dolphins football camp
Info: Boys and girls. Ages 6 to 14. July 11 to 15. Estero High School. 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Cost is $250. Extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $50 per week. Lunch is available for $25 for the week.
For more information, contact Twan Russell, director of Youth and Community Programs at (305) 943-7272.
Naples Football League
Info: Non-traveling, full-contact youth football league, grades three through eighth, will hold its next sign up for players on July 23 at the Golden Gate Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Players can also sign up by going to Naplesnfl.org and selecting registration sheets under forms. Info for game schedules, fees, weight and age rules, division team names and practice sites call all be found at Naplesnfl.org.