Pierson High School physical education instructor Dan White hosted a three-on-three basketball tournament at the school last weekend as a fundraiser for a Sag Harbor 16-and-under AAU travel team.
Competition opened Saturday, the fifth and sixth grade and the seventh and eighth grade brackets crowning their champions. On Sunday, the fun and games continued in the high school, the Pierson boys and an 18+ “open” bracket going for glory.
Taking the fifth and sixth grade title Saturday were Ryan Chisholm, Andrew James and Steve Musnicki, a set of Pierson sixth graders that overcame four challengers.
Forrest Loesch, Cooper Marienfeld and Jack Bori came away with the seventh and eighth grade crown, the older middle schoolers outdueling five other competitors.
In the high school bracket Sunday, sophomores Sam Miller and Nolan O’Brien and freshman Jackson Marienfeld mastered a field of ten. Joe Gonzalez, Michael Sarro and Drew Sarro controlled four teams to earn the “open” title.
Afterwards, White described the highlight as being, “Seeing the kids competing, playing well together and displaying a passion for the game.”
“The support from parents, community members and players in our program was phenomenal,” he added. “I am ecstatic to be a part of a community that cares so much for its youth and loves the game of basketball.”
The tournament raised over $1000.
The AAU team tips off play in the Sayville Spring League on April 14. Their first tournament is April 22, 23 and 24, in Albany. Tournaments follow in Brewster, NY in May and West Hempstead in June. The Sayville league closes June 1.
Representing Pierson and Sag Harbor on the AAU team are sophomores Sam Miller, Nolan O’Brien, Sean Hartnett and Mike Heller; freshmen Patrick Sloane, Joey Butts, Aidan Kirrane, Liam Doyle, Jake Bennett and Jackson Marienfeld; and eighth graders Forrest Loesch, Ian Barrett, and Caleb Atkinson-Barnes.