March Madness: Brotherhood Style
Submitted by Joe Pullin, Chapter Advisor, Northeast Chapter
The sport of basketball is a big deal during the month of March. Pennsylvania DeMolay held a little March Madness of their own as 11 chapters competed in the Pennsylvania DeMolay basketball tournament. This year’s tournament was held at Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on the weekend of March 6th to the 8th. The weekend was a major success with the entire facility filled to capacity for this special occasion. Two chapters were even able to field a second team; Erie and Carlisle.
All of the games throughout the weekend were very competitive in their own right, but in the end it was a battle between three chapters. Those chapters were Northeast, Carlisle and Erie. With Erie chapter sitting in the top seed, Northeast and Carlisle would battle it out for a spot in the championship game. Carlisle was able to edge out Northeast in a very close game, leaving Northeast with a respectable 3rd place finish. The championship game was between Carlisle and Erie. In the end, Erie was able to win their seventh consecutive Pennsylvania DeMolay Basketball Championship, while Carlisle finished with a very well deserved second place. Congratulations to all of our winners. Here are the final placements for the tournament:
Several Awards were given out on Sunday morning to many well deserving recipients. Tommy Sharp from Erie Chapter walked away with his second straight Most Valuable Player Award in his last tournament as an active DeMolay member. Joseph Pullin from Northeast Chapter was awarded his fifth consecutive and sixth total Most Valuable Coach Award. The following is a full list of those awards:
Water Basketball: Crusade Chapter
Best Banner: Chester Pike and Northeast Chapters
Spirit Award: Carlisle Chapter
Most Valuable Coach: Joseph Pullin of Northeast
Most Valuable Player: Tommy Sharp of Erie
Competitions were held both Friday and Saturday night for competitors to prove that they were the best of the best. The Hot Shot Competition was won by Lance Jacobson from Lorraine Chapter. The Foul Shot Competition ended in a tie with Danny Kooker from Erie and Matt Murphy both taking home the title. The slam dunk competition was won by Anthony Baskerville from Northeast Chapter.
The weekend was a major success, proving to be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history. A special thank you goes out to the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation as well as the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for welcoming us into Patton Campus for the event. A special thank you also goes out to the officials from PIAA for once again providing a safe environment on the court for all of our members.