Team NorCal Reclaims Gar Glenney Cup in Competitive Match Up Against SoCal
On August 10-11, 36 teams and 190 players gathered in Fresno, CA, to crown the section champions in the Same Gender 12U, 15U, and 18U Intermediate and Advanced divisions. Over the two days, players enjoyed cooler than usual 90 degree weather to battle for the section champions. For all of the 15U and 18U divisions, teams competed for a chance to represent NorCal in the Gar Glenney Cup against Team SoCal.
In the end, eight teams came out as NorCal Section Champions:
Boys’ 12 Intermediate: East Bay Boys
Girls’ 12 Intermediate: Sacred Heart
Boys’ 15U Intermediate: Bay Club Courtside
Girls 15U Intermediate: Blossom Hill ACES
Boys’ 18U Intermediate: YTA McLaren Park
Girls’ 18U Intermediate: YTA McLaren Park
Boys’ 15U Advanced: Chabot
Boys’ 18U Advanced: Bay Club Courtside
Fast forward a week later, August 17-18, at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and our section champions came together to take on the Southern California (SoCal) champions. After SoCal took home the Cup for the first time in seven years in 2018, Team NorCal was anxious to get on the court and battle to win the Cup back.
Both teams were pumped to face off and went back and forth cheering on their teammates. At the sound of “let’s go NorCal,” or “Come on SoCal,” the friendly rivals left it all out on the court. “It’s nice to see the guys cheering on each other and working together,” first time Gar Glenney Cup coach TJ Nishimura stated. “You see the 18U guys cheering so loud for the 15U kids, it’s very cool,” the former Gar Glenney Cup player pointed out smiling. As noted by Dmitry Dzyuba, the 15U Boys and Girls Advanced and 18U Girls Advanced Coach, it was a good competition with clean matches.
“Every time you’re in a team environment, everyone gets a little nervous, but they still overcame that.” Hearing the “you got this man!” or even seeing the wave that took place in the stands between NorCal and SoCal, it was clear that the support made it easier to overcome the nerves. “Our thing is always to cheer louder than SoCal,” Dzyuba joked. “But in all seriousness, it was so fun to see the kids up on the hill competing to see who could get the balls going outside the court first and laughing. That’s the kind of environment we like to see: competitive and fun.”
When all was set and done, NorCal captured its seventh Gar Glenney Cup in eight years, with a final score of 39-25. Once the competition was clinched, the NorCal teams gathered for a massive “NorCal” cheer.
Congratulations to all the players, coaches, and parents for making this weekend so successful. Team NorCal looks forward to defending the Gar Glenney Cup next year in Southern California.