Troy sixth-grade boy’s basketball team wins conference tournament

2/5/2016, 9:56 a.m.
Team went undefeated at 23-0 this season.
The Troy Community School District 30-C sixth-grade boys’ basketball team finished their season this year 23-0, culminating in a win at the DPVC Tournament. Submitted photo

The William B. Orenic Intermediate School sixth-grade boys’ basketball team recently won the DesPlaines Valley Conference, DPVC, Tournament, giving them an all-win season of 23-0.

The team’s head coach is Jeff Erkenswick, and its assistant coach is Ryan Kath.

“It was a team effort,” Erkenswick said. “They worked really hard all season, and they wanted to end the season undefeated.”

Erkenswick said the team also benefitted from advice and instruction from several guest coaches throughout the year, including Troy Community School District 30-C eighth-grade boys’ basketball coach Clinton Reames and seventh-grade boys basketball coach Tyler Barker, Troy PE teacher and Joliet Catholic Academy varsity assistant basketball coach Tom Knapczyk and Troy PE teacher and JCA sophomore basketball coach Adam DeGroot.

Erkenswick added that many on the team are leaders in the school both academically and with other such extracurricular activities as band, volleyball and honor society.

“They’re leaders on and off the court,” he said.

“There are some exciting years ahead for this basketball team at Troy,” Director of Athletics and Activities Meagan DeGroot said.

Team members are Scylin Allen, Damari Bills, Jeremy Harrington, Deon McNair, Teigen Miles, Dante Morrow, Jack Bartlelt, Logan Brouwer, Alex Brown, Armoni Campbell, David Conners, Logan Crowther, Trevor Hudak, Eli Hunter, Frank Martinez, Matt Modzelewski, Cade Ooms, Jason Pilapil, Robert Satterwhite, Nate Schram, Marcus Slate, Leon Stiff and Matt Tynor.