Young Bullz shoot their way to national championship

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 08:23 PM

The Durham Bullz All-Starz won a national title for at the National Basketball Travel Association Championship North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in July.

The Bullz’s two teams, made up of sixth- and eighth-graders, were among 300 teams to play in the annual NTBA tournament. Teams were divided by age. After four days of pool play, the All-Starz were named champions of the single-elimination tournament’s sixth-grade silver bracket.

“The championship was a total team effort with big play from Derek Ortiz, Jaaron Warren and Torry Truelock,” Bullz founder Andre Jones said. “The team is battle-tested, and it showed at the NBTA national championship event.”

After losing the first two games of pool play to Future Players from Washington, DC, and to the Orange Tiny Terrors out of Georgia, the Bullz bounced back with four straight wins.

“We made good decisions,” said Truelock, 12. “We are coached to communicate on the court.”

The Bullz, a nonprofit organization, used to be affiliated with Durham Parks and Recreation, but organizers decided to expose the team to competition outside of Durham. The team this year has participated in tournaments in Oxford, Raleigh, Greensboro and outside of the state in South Carolina and Virginia.

Triangle Ultimate teams makes mark in Minn.

The Triforce 19-and-under young men’s Ultimate Frisbee team won a national championship at the Youth Club Championship Tournaments in Minnesota in August.

Triforce, based in the Triangle, beat a top-seeded Atlanta team in the semifinals and outdid a Cincinnati squad 13-8 in the finals, when Terrence Mitchell sent the disc into the end zone where Henry Fisher laid out to grab it for a final point. 

Carolina Sky, another Triangle team, finished sixth in the division.

“The existence and the placement of our team really speaks to the depth and size of the Youth Ultimate community in the Triangle,” Sky coach Jinny Eun said.

Eun’s team was the youngest in the division.

“With both age and selectivity seemingly going against us, the team was still able to smash the competition,” Eun said.

NC Hammer, the Triangle’s 16-and-under boys’ team, won a silver medal. It was NC Hammer’s fourth trip to YCC, and the team never has finished lower than third place.

The 16-and-under Triangle Space Cats earned a bronze medal in what was the first time young ladies in that age group competed in the championships.

The Warhawks, a 19-and-under team from the Triangle, began the tournament seeded sixth and upset a top-seeded team on Day 1. The Warhawks lost a close match in the semifinals.

More information about the Triangle Youth Ultimate League and upcoming fall clinics for Ultimate Frisbee is at www.tyul.org.

LPGA targets Chapel Hill’s Kim

The Ladies Professional Golf Association has invited Chapel Hill High School’s Gina Kim to participate in the 2014 Evian Championship Junior Cup in Evian-les-Baines, France, from Sept. 15-17.

Kim and three other Americans will represent the United States while competing with golfers from 19 other countries.