PPA Spring 2017 Tournament Recaps
The 2nd Grade Co-Ed Hoops tournament was must-watch basketball from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer. The first round was highlighted by a back-and-forth nail-biter between the Takoma Park Tar Heels and the Concord Hill Hokies, which ended with a game-winning buzzer beater by Takoma's Matai Shacter-Wheeler.
In the championship game, the Potomac Panthers went up against the Bannockburn Blue Devils. Led by a balanced attack, the Panthers dismantled the Blue Devils and to claim their third championship in three seasons under head coach Leon Sampson. Veteran Sean Bernstein and newcomer Elijah Forth were instrumental in the Panthers' victory! Kudos to all the 2nd Grade Co-Ed teams on a fantastic season full of learning, sportsmanship and camaraderie.
— Eli Schwadron
The Somerset Spartans were the favorites to win it all entering Sunday, June 11th's tournament day. And with the pressure on, the Spartans delivered: thanks to a speedy, balanced offense led by Andrew Leopold and Miles Greenberger, Somerset defeated the PPA All-Stars to finish off an undefeated 13-0 season.
Major props to the 2nd Grade All-Stars, who made it all the way to the championship game despite playing against older and bigger players. Every team in the tournament competed hard and gave maximum effort, and each squad should be commended for their tremendous grit and PPA spirit!
— Eli Schwadron
The first-ever PPA Hoops 3rd & 4th Grade All-Girls Basketball Tournament ended in thrilling fashion. The North Chevy Chase Cavaliers, Somerset Spartans, GDS Hoppers, and Westbrook Wave all made incredible strides throughout the spring, improving from week to week. From boxing out, to setting screens, to diving on the floor for loose balls, it was clear that each girl brought their A-game tournament day.
In the end, the Somerset Spartans beat the North Chevy Chase Cavaliers 19-5 in the championship game. Congrats to the Spartans, who took the trophy home, becoming the first ever PPA Hoops Girls League Champs!
— Mike McClain
The 2017 PPA Girls SoccerFest was a huge success, featuring some of the best performances of the season. Those in attendance witnessed an incredible display of soccer from all the teams that participated. At times, it was hard to tell who was more into the game: the players? The coaches? The fans?
In the end, it came down to the Chevy Chase Cheetahs and the Bradley Hills Blast in the championship. Bradley Hills Blast put up a valiant effort, but the number one seed Chevy Chase Cheetahs were too strong and came out victorious. Congratulations to the Cheetahs, led by Coach Jamie. Thank you to all those who participated and attended! See you next season!
— Patrick Mehlert
The coaches and players showcased all of the hard work they put in over the Spring season in one final tournament. It was hot, the atmosphere fiery as each player looked to make their mark on the pitch.
On the U10/11 side, NW United completed an undefeated season knocking off the U8/9 AllStar team in the finals. The AllStars turned a lot of heads making it as far as they did, making projections for next season's competition even more exciting.
In the U8/9 Divisions, Little Flowers came into the tournament a dark horse candidate in the Green bracket and displayed some of the best soccer of the day on the way to a division cup. In the Blue division, Murch Revolution added to now impressive collection of silverware held among Murch PPA teams.
Congratulations to all our winners!
— Graham McQueen & Jamie Davin