“Vikings United Basketball 2015-2016 Season Highlights”
In its inaugural season Vikings United Basketball teams, players and coaches take home hardware and are acknowledged for their contributions this season. This season Vikings United Basketball teams competed in over 30 games in tournament and league play throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of the leagues and tournaments featured some of the best feeder and park district teams in the state of Illinois.
Some of the marquee leagues and tournaments that Vikings United participated in this season included the 5th Annual “Play With Pride” tournament hosted by Evanston Pride Feeder Basketball, the “Winter Classic” hosted by the Junior Bulldogs of Riverside Brookfield and the Matteson Basketball League.
Both the Vikings United 7th Grade Red team led by Coach Arthur Smith and the 8th Grade White team led by Coach Brian Nussbaum took home second place trophies in the 5th Annual Play With Pride tournament in their divisions. Coach Nussbaum’s 8th Grade team also placed 2nd in the ultra competitive Matteson Basketball League.Vikings United 8th Grade Red team Head Coach Excell Hardy was elected to serve as the Head Coach for the Matteson League All-Star Game East team this past weekend. Coach Hardy came away victorious in his first All-Star game head coaching appearance. Vikings United players Darnell Jones II and Josiah Palmer were selected to represent their teams in the game.
“It was an honor and privilege to participate as a coach in the 2016 Matteson League All-Star Game. Being able to coach some of the top talent in the south suburbs is always a pleasure. Of all the players who participated I am most proud of Vikings United player’s DJ (Darnell Jones II) and Josiah (Josiah Palmer) who were selected to represent their teams in the game. I’ve witnessed firsthand the hard work and dedication both players put in over the course of our season and they were definitely deserving of their All-Star game selection. – Excell Hardy
You can catch the Vikings United Feeder Basketball players this summer at the 1st Annual Vikings United Day event that will be held at Homewood-Flossmoor High School on Saturday, July 30th. The Vikings United Day event will serve as an annual fundraiser and showcase for all participants in the program. The day’s events will feature exhibition games played by Vikings United 7th and 8th grade teams, a Vikings United player award ceremony and H-F Alumni Basketball game to cap off the day.
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