The Richards Elementary School Raiders shined on Super Saturday.
Both the Raiders’ boys and girls basketball teams won BCSC Elementary Basketball League championships at Columbus North High School.
The Raiders boys’ team defeated the Southside Mustangs 45-29 in the boys’ championship game.
“This is a special group of players,” Richards boys coach Barry Turnbow said. “They hustle and play hard every time they’re on the floor, no matter which players are in the game.”
The Raiders were led by sixth-grader Matt Frost, who scored 19 points. “My teammates have been great all year,” Frost said. “It’s been a fun two years with these guys. We lost to Southside in the
finals last year, so it felt good to win this year.”
Other scorers for Richards included Carson Whitehead and Julian Greenwell with 7 points each, Logan Brewer with 6, Lance Greiwe with 4 and Matt Hunt with 2 points.
Southside was led by Trenton Kelley with 13 points. Kelley had an exceptional game on defense as well.
Other scorers for the Mustangs included Henry Kiel and Grant Trinkle with
4 points each and Carson Littrell, Blake King and Will Grider with 2 points each.
In the girls’ championship game, Richards came out victorious, winning a 26-13 contest against the Parkside Pirates. The victory capped an undefeated season for the Richards girls’ team, who also won the annual EBL Holiday Tournament.
“This is a great group of girls and they work really hard,” Raiders’ coach Cathy Brummett said. “They hate to lose.”
Richards was led by Nadia Lomax who scored 12 points. “We had a really good group of sixth-graders this year,” Lomax said. “We have the best coaches, and the fifth-graders were great and showed us up in practice a lot.”
Other scorers for Richards included Tayler Brewer with 5 points, Mikayla Reeves, Hannah Wenzler, Maycie Porter and Tessa Lomax with 2 points and Annie Anderson with 1 point.
Parkside was led by Augustina Fainguersch with 7 points. Other scorers for the Pirates included Jenna Jarnagin with 3, Kara Broad with 2, and Claire Kim with 1 point.
The two championship victories capped a great day for Richards Elementary, which also placed second in the cheer competition to winner CSA Lincoln.