The Baltimore Broncos have been busy, and successful, on the court this year, capturing eight basketball titles during the 2017-2018 school season. The student athletes were both proud and humbled to be given the opportunity recently to pose with the banners on their home court, said school spokesperson Trina Doyle.
Baltimore is a K-12 school with a population of 206vstudents.
“It is remarkable that such a small student body produced such big results,” said Doyle.” “Students at Baltimore are given the opportunity to play basketball during their first years of school. Baltimore offers a grades K-3 hoopsters program, ran by parent and student volunteers, that gets students in the gym at a young age and introduces them to the game. When students reach Grade 4, they are given the opportunity to join a team and play in games and tournaments.”
Baltimore captured its first title of the year early in the season when the Grade 9 boys took home the banner from an invitational tournament at McDonald Drive Jr. High in St. John’s. The girls were quick to follow suit when the Grade 6 ‘C’ girls captured the banner at their provincial tournament at Roncalli Elementary in Airport Heights. The Grade 7 and 9 boys’ teams secured provincial titles on home court in Ferryland, while the Grade 8 boys brought home the banner from their provincial competition in Mobile.
Baltimore’s Senior High teams represented the school very well this past season too, said Doyle, with the girls seizing the AA championships at Roncalli in Avondale and the boys picking up the Sportsmanship banner at Riverwood Academy, Green Bay. The year wasn’t over yet. The Grade 11 ‘B’ girls brought home the final provincial title at the end of April when they beat St. Kevin’s High School and remained undefeated for the tournament that took place in Mobile.
“Basketball is alive and well at Baltimore School,” said Doyle. “The hard work and dedication of coaches and athletes makes anything possible.”
Doyle said while some students are looking forward to a well-deserved break after a long season, others will continue to play and practice all summer and can’t wait to be back competing in the fall. Doyle added that Baltimore would like to extend special congratulations to thee of its students on being selected to represent Newfoundland on the Midget Girls U15 National Team. Those team members include Mackenzie Rossiter, Destiny Nieuwhof and Gracie Dalton.