Panthers Basketball Highlights
HFS' seventh grade A-team reached the championship game of the Cleveland Diocese Basketball Tournament, but were defeated by St John Vianney (Mentor), 47-33, on Feb 27 at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights. The Panthers advanced to the tourney finale with three impressive victories, including a thrilling 44-41 win over Sts. Joseph & John (Strongsville) in the semis. HFS finished with a 21-4 record, including 9-0 in the Orange Division, which earned them first place. The Panthers also defeated St Christopher (Rocky River) and Archbishop Lyke (Cleveland) in earlier rounds.
In the championship game, the Panthers built a couple 6-point leads early in the first and third quarters. The Lancers rallied in the second half -- taking the lead for good on a half-court 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. The shot bounded high off the back rim and through the hoop, to give St John a one-point lead it did not relinquish in the fourth quarter.
HFS team members: Gerard Berroteran, Kyle Buzaki, Justin Cottrell, Matt Coyne, Chas Curenton, Matt Driscoll, Jack Knox, Jake Snider and Jason Turschak. This season, there were 36 seventh grade A-teams in the Diocese ... 16 of them qualified for the post-season tournament.
The Panthers were the only Akron-area team that advanced further than round one. The Panthers' 6th grade boys team, coached by Mike Marhoffer and Blase Leonatti, reached the championship game of their post-season tournament, also Feb 27. HFS fought hard and built a 14-point lead against heavily favored St Vincent School, but eventually lost in overtime.
Congratulations to both teams on reaching the championship games.