I’m not sure exactly how many teams annually participate in the annual “Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball” extravaganza in Hornell each year. But here in 2016, ONE team in particular demonstrated an overwhelming amount of class, hustle, hard work & sportsmanship during this year’s affair which was held the weekend of July 30 & 31st in the Maple City. A huge congratulatory note goes out to coach Jay Gregorius & his Dansville Wildkats U-12 girls team who took home the hardware “down a player” & would wind up going 5-0 in claiming the top-spot!
In the 3-on-3 tournament each team goes with 4 players, but Dansville lost Tessa Gregorius to an injury during a practice session before the tournament. That left Madelyn Failla, Madison Lee, & Sidney Stone to “carry the torch” …so to speak. The trio battled on both ends of the floor being cheered on by their biggest cheerleader, Tessa Gregorius on the sidelines. The “Titanium Trio” would shine both offensively & defensively…& desperately needed a lot of “heart” & “determination” to make the “team concept click.” Somehow, someway, these girls got the job done in 5 games…count ’em…..F-I-V-E !
The ‘Kats won 3 of those contests on Saturday as they disposed of “Girls in Half Shell” handily 15-1. Game # 2 was no “breeze” at all. It was more of “a battle” as Dansville managed to slip past the “Lil’ Ladies Blue Team # 2” by a close count of 11-8. By winning a pair, the final game of the day was played on the “dream court”. One parent informed me that the public address announcer assigned “Chris Berman-style” nick-names to each of the girls as the Avoca Shooting Stars went against Maddie “the Minion” Failla, Madison “Machine Gun” Lee, & Sidney “Stone Cold” Stone. The Dansville girls rose above the “individual” nick-names…to fully execute “the team” concept as they would finish the day with a 13-10 win to put them into the Semi-Final round the following day.
The Wildkats went home & rested up for Sunday’s double-header as the team would “earn” their way into the championship game. There was no premature celebrating for these girls as they maintained their “focus” as they would defeat the “4-G’s from Corning in the semi-final round by a final score of 13-7. Dansville would face one of the teams they had defeated the previous day as The “Lil’ Ladies Blue Team # 2” was hungry for some “revenge” on their opponents. Dansville “came to play” & battled on both ends to claw their way to a hard-fought 15-12 victory…to capture the title!
It was indeed a peek into the Dansville Lady Mustangs’ future as these young ladies were a fine example of what true sportsmanship was all about as they were determined, focused, classy, & importantly, “finished!” Congrats coach Jay & ladies!