Arlington AAU off to sizzling start
August 27, 2008 · Updated 6:33 PM
The Arlington seventh grade boys AAU basketball team ran their early season record to an impressive 11-1. The team has won two tournament championships and placed second three times. The feat is even more special considering the team has struggled to find practice times.
Weve never played this many games early in the season, said coach Guy Kennedy. Weve only had four practices.
In the Eagles first tournament of the year the team went to Bellingham to face teams from Bellingham, Seattle, and Stanwood. A.J. Passalacqua and Dan Boyden helped lead the team to easy wins over all three opponents.
The second tournament of the year saw Arlington take on Eastside teams Newport, Bellevue, and Mercer Island. They won all those games but lost to Jackson of Mill Creek in the final. Terry Dawn, Zach Kurtz, Brandon Kennedy, and Jack Murrin all played well for the Eagles.
In their third tournament of the young season, the Stanwood Turkey Shoot, Arlington found themselves in a 16 team bracket. Teams from as far away as Lynden and Shoreline made it up to Stanwood for the event, which saw the Eagles rout teams from Bellingham and Anacortes.
After the loss to Jackson our kids re-focused, said assistant coach Jack Murrin.
The Eagles continued to dominate play as they cruised over Lynden Hoops 57-42 to reach the championship round. They then toppled the Lynden Celtics 53-39 to win the tournament. Arlington did plenty of work on the boards and limited the Celtics transition game. Playing key roles in the win were Adam Langsjoen, Skyler Elgarico, and Cory Haas.
When were unselfish and play as a team were very tough, said Coach Kennedy, Im excited about our level of play this early in the season. Still, we have plenty of room for improvement as we get ready for league play and tournaments in Seattle and Portland.