Around Pennsylvania DeMolay, March means one thing – basketball! The annual PA DeMolay Basketball Tournament, held the first weekend of March each year, is the second largest event on the PA DeMolay calendar, with close to 200 people visiting Patton Campus over the course of February 28 – March 2, 2014.
This year’s event saw teams 10 teams compete on the hardwood to see who would be the champion. The real story of this tournament would revolve around Erie Chapter. Could they continue their record and win their sixth tournament in a row, or was another Chapter going to be able to unseat the dynasty they’ve created?
Brotherhood was evident, as the young men took to the court to play the game, which were expertly referreed by PIAA officials. It came down to three teams, all hoping for the title of PA DeMolay Basketball Champion – Northeast, Carlisle, and Erie. Northeast and Carlisle had to duke it out to see who would advance to try their skills against the undefeated Erie Chapter. When the final ball dropped, Northeast was left on the bench, making one of PA DeMolay’s newest Chapters the last hope to bring down Erie.
The two teams came together in a match that showed brotherhood, courage, and resolve. In the end, Erie continued its streak, gaining victory over Carlisle.
With the championship decided, it was time for awards to be handed out. Taking home the Most Valuable Player title was Bro. Tommy Sharpe, of Erie Chapter. The title of most valuable coach went to “Dad” Joe Pullin, of Northeast Chapter for the fourth consecutive year. The best banner was created by Carlisle Chapter for the second year in a row, while Templar Chapter was given the Spirit Award. Taking home the water basketball title was Lorraine Chapter. In the individual competitions, Bro. Matt Murphy, of Northeast Chapter, can claim the title of Hot Shot, while Marshall Mills, of George Washington Chapter, proved his skills in the Slam Dunk. Finally, Jacob Narring netted the title of Free Throw champ.
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of the participants who made for a great tournament!