PORT WASHINGTON -- Newcomerstown Team 1, composed of players from the sixth grade, came in third at the Indian Valley Biddy Ball Tournament held last weekend at Port Washington Elementary School. Indian Valley Team 1 won the event.
The Team 1 Trojans entered the tournament with a 6-0 league record earned against teams that included several from Indian Valley and Claymont. Newcomerstown rattled off a win against Claymont Team 1 to open the tournament but fell to Indian Valley Team 1, 26-22. The Trojans knocked off Indian Valley Team 2, 29-20, for third place.
Newcomerstown head coach David Harris Jr. said, "This is a tough group of kids. They played a lot of older teams last year and took their lumps but that helped prepare them for this season. Playing football together also helped a lot of them develop as a group. I really like this team and how they approach the game."
The league and tournament, which are organized by Marcus Sellards and utilize volunteers for coaches and referees, are in their fourth year. This was Newcomerstown's first season to be involved.
Games involved playing four, eight minute quarters with a running clock that was stopped during the last minute of play for each period for out-of-bound passes, etc.
Sellards noted, "We had around 70 kids involved when you add up all the teams. That included three from Indian Valley, two from Newcomerstown, and three from Claymont. It's a good starter league for the players and helps them learn the fundamentals at an early age. We couldn't do it without all our volunteer coaches and helpers. They deserve a lot of credit for their effort. Speaking for the Indian Valley teams, we'll use this as a spring board for a traveling team that will play in January and February."