Turning Up the Heat

The Heat — Courtesy Photo

By Bruce Felps

Fifth-grade basketball team the Heat — consisting of Catholic school students from St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bernard, and St. Rita — came out on top of a recent weekend tournament to capture the Sportsplex Fifth-Grade Gold Division postseason championship.

The Heat topped rivals the Tigers, Stars, and Scots during the Feb. 26-27 tournament, beating the Scots in the finals by a 1-point margin.

The Heat netted a 3-point shot with 14 seconds left in regulation then held on with stifling defense to hold off the Scots, according to coach Ted Zapletal.

The champions, pictured above, are Cole Beach, Michael Bradley, Ryan Rodriguez, Josh Garza, Davis Peck, Daniel Packard, Matthew Best, and Zak Zapletal.

Doug Bradley, Doug Best, and Zapletal coach the Heat.

Thanks to Ted Zapletal for providing the information and photo.


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