Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 11, 2013

Crossville Flight finishes fourth in AYBA national tournament


— The Crossville Flight, a travel basketball team composed of eight players from Crossville and two from Pickett County, finished fourth in the AYBA National Championship last week in Charlotte, NC.

The team members include Lee Hale (South Cumberland Elementary), Jacob Kerley (South Cumberland Elementary), Josh Dykes (South Cumberland Elementary), Reese Dykes (South Cumberland Elementary), Andrew Allred (Martin Elementary), Jeremiah Baird (Homestead Elementary), Silas Clark (South Cumberland Elementary), Braden Qualls (Pleasant Hill Elementary), Dawson Abbott (Pickett County) and Brian Gibson (Pickett County.)

The season began the last weekend of February. This team traveled across the state of Tennessee, playing in tournaments every weekend through the national tournament in Charlotte, NC, the week of July 1.

Crossville Flight finished their regular travel season with a record of 49-7 and seven championship, including the AYBA State Championship.

They arrived in Charlotte on June 30 to begin preparation for the tournament. 

On Sunday the parade of teams was held at a Kannapolis Intimidators baseball game. The Flight banner was held with golf clubs, since we are the golf capital of Tennessee. The boys were very respectful and played very hard against tough teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Delaware. At the end of the tournament, they finished with a fourth-place finish in the national tournament.

To their knowledge, this is the highest finish by a boys’ team from Crossville. These young men represented the town and state very well at the tournament, exhibiting hard play and good sportsmanship.

The community businesses were very supportive of these young men with financial donations. In addition, the boys worked at various carwashes to raise funds. Coaches Matt Miller, Randy Woody and Travis Clark worked hours on end to ensure that the team was prepared to represent Crossville well.