The following article was submitted by the Lemont Athletic Club:
The Lemont Athletic Club (LAC) travel basketball program claimed three league titles and 10 other Top 3 spots this past basketball season.
The league, for boys and girls in third through eighth grade, has almost 100 players on 12 teams. Playing in a variety of leagues and tournaments across Chicagoland, LAC had a strong showing at all levels of play.
The sixth-grade boys Geraghty/Smiles team took top honors in the Lemont Gold league, and took second place in the Chicago Ridge league. Their counterparts on the fourth-grade boys Dian/Dunbar team also won the Lemont league, and took second place in the Chicago Ridge league. The final LAC league title was won by the seventh-grade boys Hook/Cindric team, who took the championship in the Bedford Park league.
Other top spots were taken by boys’ teams at different grade levels. The seventh-grade Gray team took second place in the Chicago Ridge league and third place in the Lemont Gold league. The sixth-grade Pollard/Cutinello team took third place in the Bulls-Sox Silver league and third place in the Lemont Silver league. The fifth-grade Samuels team took second place in the Chicago Ridge league and third place in the Lemont Gold league. The fifth-grade boys Durkin team took second place in the Bedford Park league and third place in the Lemont Silver league.
Other LAC teams played hard throughout the season in both leagues and tournaments. The eighth-grade girls Kramer team played in the highly competitive Montini league, while the fifth-grade girls Bercher team and sixth-and seventh-grade girls Gardner teams played in the Neuqua Valley league. The third-grade boys Indested team played up to the fourth-grade level in the Lemont league and competed at several area tournaments.
President Tom Geraghty said, “I am very proud of the success we have had at all levels, and at the expansion of our program this season. Our goal is to introduce, develop, and teach fundamental basketball skills in an enjoyable team environment, and I think we did that this year. I’m looking forward to more growth and continued success in the next season.”
As the club has grown, new practices have been implemented to support the club’s mission to teach teamwork and life skills to help athletes mature and be successful in school, in life and on the court.
Mandatory coach background checks were instituted to assure parents that their children were coached by trustworthy adults. Signed code of conduct forms were required of all players, parents, and coaches to ensure participants demonstrated good sportsmanship and respect. The club’s website was enhanced to serve as an information hub for all participants, and an end-of-season participant survey was used to gather input to identify improvements for the future.
LAC would like to thanks its many sponsors for their financial support this past season. They are: Column Technologies, Inc., C&C Millwright Maintenance Company, Wells Fargo, Country Financial, Dunbar Systems, Quarry Fieldhouse, Front Street Cantina, Next Level, Puckerville Farms, DM Foot & Ankle, and McKay Printing Services.
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