Basketball players from the BenGil area participated and conquered a couple of divisions in the 10th annual Macoupin County Anti-Meth Coalition 3-on-3 basketball tournament held last weekend.
Bringing home first place trophies in the 3-4th grade division was “The 3 Basketeers” comprised of Tenley Bussmann, Erika Gill, Rebecca Crays and Lauren Bertagnolli. Also first place winners of the BenGil area in the 5-6th grade division was the “Girls Hoopsters” made up of Emily Schoen, Addie Hayes, Jenna Clark and Regan Bussmann.
The area also had two teams finish with an honorable second place – teams “Back 2 Back” and “Girls Indians”. Team Back 2 Back included Anthony Kravanya, Frankie Barrett, Blake Zenner and Devin Stroh. The Girls Indians team with only three players was formed by Mikala Hayes, Grace Bertolino and Shelby Taylor.
The Coalition had 41 teams playing in this year’s tournament with levels ranging from 3rd-8th grades. The one day tournament raised over $4000 this year, $500 more compared to last year’s event, which includes sponsorships, donations, concessions and tournament fees.
The proceeds from the event are used for drug prevention and awareness programs, youth programs, and rehab support through an event for our youth. The Coalition prides themselves on spending 100% of raised money to sponsor the group’s poster program, mini grants, youth events, curriculums for schools and rehab support.
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