St. James Sports Center director and Coastal Crew Shootout co-organizer Ernie Walthour said hundreds came out to watch last weekend’s shootout tournament where eight teams battled it out. In the end, the St. James Coastal Crew Rebels 14U White team went undefeated, 4-0, to win the championship, edging out a team from Savannah.
Walthour said he and tournament co-director David Linderman thought the event went well and was successful, especially since a home squad took the championship game.
"Linderman did a tremendous job," Walthour said. "Overall all the coaches, squads and participants came out and played hard and made the tournament fun and successful."
Walthour said teams from as far as South Carolina to nearby Savannah joined in the challenge.
"Our white team ended up 4-0 and won," he said.
Walthour said the 14URebels Blue squad were eliminated early in the competition. But added 14U Rebels coach Rodney Davis did well keeping both squads going against tough competitors.
"Tony Sander, Mike Farrior and Jamaal Anderson played exceptionally well," Walthour said. "Tournament MVP without a doubt was Aaron Scott. I mean he played magnificently in the championship game."
Walthour said the White team also had Jovan Golden, Xavior Jackson and Chris Guilfo post several good minutes of play.
"Chris and Xavior played real well in the guard position but it was a total team effort for the win," Walthour said.
Walthour said the 14U Rebels are now preparing for a tournament next week in Augusta and in May they head to Clemson.
The 16U, Walthour’s squad leave for the Boo Williams NIKE Invitational this weekend as well.
"I want to thank all the teams that participated," Walthour said. "Everyone did a good job coming in and playing. The final four was very competitive and we were fortunate enough to win. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers especially Joyce Sanders and Mr. Sanders for all their help with the teams."