Local youth basketball team wins big, delivers larger message

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 11:14pm
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Members of the state YBOA champions include, standing: Coach Scott Oatsvall, Jeremiah Oatsvall, Clay Washburn, David Ivy, Barr Ellenburg, Jack McDonald and coach Perry Lyons. Kneeling: Michael Mayernick, Elijah Oatsvall, Omar Lyons, Grayson Murphy (not pictured: C.J. Hayes, Joey Hayes).

It’s off to Disney World for a hot shooting and championship tested youth Nashville basketball team.

The Team 147 youth 11-under boys squad, coached by Franklin Road assistant Scott Oatsvall, recently won the state YBOA (Youth Basketball Of America) state tournament at A-Game Sportsplex in Brentwood.

Next up: the national tournament in Orlando, Fla., where the team will compete in a week-long tournament June 27-July 3. The team leaves for Florida late next week.

Team 147 rolled to a 5-0 sweep of state, winning every game by at least 21 points. In fact, Oatsvall’s team has gone 151-4 over the past three seasons with the same core group of players – as third, fourth and just completed fifth graders.

The team got its start in the West Nashville Sports League. This season, the team is 48-2 and has won six tournaments, including the WNSL March Madness.

“Team 147 is named for the 147 million orphans worldwide where we hopefully bring recognition to their plight,” Oatsvall said.

Oatsvall, with wife Gwen, have adopted four orphans – two from China, two from Africa – in addition to raising their two biological children. “We have a unique platform as servants of humanity.”

Oatsville is assistant coach and head basketball coach at Franklin Road Academy Middle School. He formerly coached at CPA. His assistant is Perry Lyons, whose son Omar is on the team.

Top teams coming from around country

Oatsvall said the tournament will bring in some of the top 11-under talent from around the country – and beyond.

“I know there are teams coming from Puerto Rico, along with states like Texas, Michigan, as well as Georgia, Florida, all over,” he said.

He added that he didn’t know yet who his team’s first opponent would be.

Oatsvall’s son, Jeremiah, is the leading scorer in a balanced offense. In its recent five-game sweep of the state YBOA tourney, the team had these results:

• In a 60-39 win over the Knoxville Lakers, Oatsvall and Lyons scored 15 and 14.

• In a 60-39 win over Team Vision of Chattanooga, Oatsvall and Lyons scored 19 and 14.

• In a 57-19 win over the Memphis Tigers, Jack McDonald scored 13, with Michael Mayernick and Oatsvall adding 10 each.

• In a 67-37 win over the Memphis War Eagles, Oatsvall and Mayernick had 17 and 12.

• In a 67-38 win over Team Vision in the championship game, Grayson Murphy and Omar Lyons scored 17 and 16.

Not all of Team 147’s trip to Florida will be fun and games.

“On the Wednesday of tournament week, every team has a free day to do what they want,” Oatsvall said. “We are going to use ours to visit the “Make a Wish” Foundation headquarters in Orlando. We’re going to visit the hospital to visit those children, some of whom are terminally ill.

“There are some things more important than basketball,” Oatsvall said. “Visiting those children in their condition and hopefully making their day a little brighter is certainly one of them.”

MBA’s Triggs selected: Former Montgomery Bell Academy pitcher Andrew Triggs, a junior at Southern Cal, was selected in the 24th round by the Cleveland Indians in last week’s major league draft. A right-hander, Triggs finished at MBA in ’07.

Triggs was a three-year letterman and helped MBA reach the state tourney in his sophomore and junior seasons, ’05 and ’06. He was sidelined with an elbow injury his senior year. The past season for the Trojans, Triggs was 5-3 with 50 strikeouts and 20 walks in 75 innings, with a 3.96 ERA.

Former McGavock, Trevecca tennis star Boyett passes away: Jeff Boyett, a former McGavock High and Trevecca Nazarene University tennis standout, died last week due to pancreatic cancer. He was 42.

Boyett was the ace on the McGavock team in his senior year in 1985. He went on to play for Coach Alan Smith at Trevecca and became a four-year letterman (1985-89). Boyett went to the NAIA national tournament with Trevecca all four years. He then served as Smith’s assistant for two seasons.

CPA’s Lakoff signs with Freed-Hardeman: Christ Presbyterian Academy second baseman Lincoln Lakoff has signed to play baseball for Freed-Hardeman. Lakoff was named District 10-AA MVP for the Lions who won the regular season and district tournament championships for the first time in before falling to White House in the region. CPA won a school record 26 games this season.

Recognizing Metro Track coach Doug Hall: A process, initiated by Chuck Hargrove and Tom Parrish, is underway to nominate the late track and field coach Doug Hall for inclusion in the Metro Schools Hall of Fame.

In his 36-year career, Hall coached the Bellevue and Hillwood track and cross country teams as well as head football coach at Bellevue. He was named Coach of the Year 12 times. He passed away in 1986 at age 62.

The annual Doug Hall Relays, which have been run at MBA for 24 years, are named for him. Any won-lost records or statistical info regarding Hall from Bellevue or Hillwood alums or those interested should be E-Mailed to cthargro@bellsouth.net.

Tennessee-Kentucky All-star soccer game Saturday at VU: The Tennessee-Kentucky boys all-star soccer game is scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. at Vanderbilt. A free clinic for ages 9 to14-under, girls and boys, begins at 9 a.m.