Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 15, 2004

Local teams to compete in national basketball tournament

The seventh and eighth grade girls and boys basketball teams from Zion Lutheran in Mayer and St. Mark’s in New Germany, have been invited to participate in the Lutheran Basketball Association of America (LBAA) national championship in Valpariso, Ind.

The tournament will run from Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28.

Teams are invited to attend nationals based on their season records. The boys have an overall record of 23-3, taking home first place trophies from three season tournaments, and were also conference champions.

They took third place in the state tournament, after losing to Trinity-Waconia by one point in overtime in the semi-finals.

The girl’s team has a 17-9 overall record, and took home one second, one third, and a consolation trophy during the year. They also placed fourth in their conference, and fourth in the state.

Both teams and their supporters are looking forward to meeting and sharing their God-given talents with other Christian athletes around the country.

In addition to playing basketball, the students will receive many educational lessons, including economics, as they work hard to raise the money necessary to take the trip.

Supporters from both schools are working hard to raise money from fundraising, and by getting donations from area businesses, and their own workplaces.

“We are very blessed to have such hard-working and talented children and coaches. We feel they all deserve this possible once-in-a-lifetime experience,” an organizer said.

Scheduled fundraisers include selling Krispy Kreme donuts between services Sunday, March 14, at St. Mark’s, New Germany; St. Peter’s, Lester Prairie; and Zion Lutheran in Mayer.

There will be a night at the Pizza Ranch in Norwood Young America Thursday, March 18. For every person who eats between 5:15 and 8:30 p.m., Pizza Ranch will donate 20 percent of the sale back to the team. Participants will be bussing tables during those hours.

Also, there will be a Lenten supper Wednesday, March 24 at Zion Lutheran School in Mayer from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes homestyle smoked ham, scalloped potatoes, and fixings.

Donations for the trip will be appreciated, and those contributing will be listed in the local papers after the team’s return from the tournament.

To make a contribution, contact St. Mark’s, New Germany, at (952) 353-2464, or Zion in Mayer at (952) 657-2339.

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