2007-03-08 / News

St. Mark boys learn a lot during season

St. Mark boy's fourth and fifth grade basketball team. St. Mark boy's fourth and fifth grade basketball team. St Mark's fourth and fifth grade CYO basketball team, coached by Chris Varrecchione and Chris Crawford, completed their season this past weekend with a conference game in Bristol. Despite playing older and more experienced kids all year, it was a great learning experience for the team in their first year playing together.

The boys saw tremendous improvement as the season went on. Leading the team was Riley "The Bull" Greene, who played both ends of the floor and took it to bigger

kids. He usually ended

with two points to show for his effort.

Grant "The Towering Inferno" Gillis, anchored a monster r e b o u n d i n g effort every game. His efforts often included Kevin 'the Glide" Babich, who scored with his second attempt layups or wide open shots from a Gillis rebound and deft passing.

The back court was beautifully handled by the lightening quick Antonio "love the three" and his brother, Dimitri "Nothing but Net" Varrecchione who feed off each other's energy. Ben "Flash" Lee and Jared "all day" Ford provided steady, press-breaking ability while dishing off to wide-open teammates for easy shots.

Austin "toughness" Turillo pulled down many boards. Assisting Austin "the Glove" Crawford were John "pickpocket" Waddington and Nick "Crazy D" Dalton under the boards against usually taller opponents.

One referee in East Providence said, "That's a young team that no one is going to want to face in the future. Man have they gotten better over the year for a bunch of kids who never played the game."

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