Hoopin' it up in the Oil City

From youngest to oldest, boys to girls, Casper got down with this year’s first Foss Motors 3x3 Basketball Tournament held over Memorial Day weekend. With team names like the “Dunkin Dewey’s,” “Heat Check,” “Shooting Stars,” “Brick Squad,” “Splash Sisters,” “Get Your Mean On” and “Work Hard, Play Hard,” this was an event that brought out the most competitive ball players to those just looking to have some fun. [image: i-3XJLKsr-X3.jpg] Natrona County High School’s 2016-2017 varsity team, Trey Cimburek, Tom Robitaille, David Robitaille, Logan Harbaugh and Jacob Silva, made an appearance as the “Brick Squad.” Their experience comes from years of playing it up at either the Casper Family YMCA or the Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming, as well as the time they have spent playing together at NCHS. They made it all the way to the Championship round for the seventeen and under division. Although, they didn’t steal it. “It’s great fun,” Cimburek said. It’s all about “hanging out with brothers. Brotherhood’s huge,” said Harbaugh. [image: i-cMmSFh7-X3.jpg] Kelly Walsh High School players also made an appearance as “The Elite.” They played all the way to the bracket round before being eliminated in a very close, tough game. “Work Hard, Play Hard,” a team of eight and nine-year-old boys, Cutler Griswold, Rowan Rimmer, Skyler Brown and Carter Ostlund, were coached by Casper’s own volunteer coach, Dan Griswold. [image: i-k2WVVHn-X3.jpg] They lived out their name by winning their first two pool games; also making it into the bracket round before being eliminated. These boys have been playing ball on average four or five years. They too, have previous playing time though the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club. The “Shooting Stars” are a local team of seven and eight-year-old boys, Duncan Gillum, Jonah Hamilton and Logan Atnip, coached by Casper’s own Natrona County High School P.E. teacher and coach, Shawn Gillum. [image: i-t7LTw8t-X3.jpg] These youngsters also have been playing ball for several years through the Casper Family YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club. However, this was their first time playing together as a team. Although they didn’t experience the excitement of winning, they stayed in and stayed strong though all three pool rounds before being eliminated. “They played hard and had fun,” Gillum said. [image: i-tCh3LCd-X3.jpg] So, whether competing or just having fun, win or lose, all that matters is ⎯ being in the game #mudd #oilcity #news