Nyg Basketball, Soccer And Track Completed; Swim Meet Postponed

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Due to threat of rain and lightning Tuesday afternoon at Taylor Pool, the swimming portion of the National Youth Games was not held as scheduled.

According to Town Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider, youngsters who wish to make up the swim portion of the games will be given the opportunity to do so in the near future.

The remaining three sports in the games basketball, soccer and track and field were contested under the direction of town recreation leaders Chuck Hardt, Bruce Haught and Cheri Brennen.

The National Youth Games is a free athletic participation program for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 years old. In the competition, held at Rim Country Middle School, the youths could participate in one or all four of the events.

During the basketball shoot, entrants had 60 seconds to score as many points as possible from seven different locations on the court.

The winners included Justin Jumper (boys, 8- and 9-year-olds; 8 points), Morgan Cassuto (boys, 10-11; 23 points) and Hunter Hardt (boys, 12-13; 44 points). No girls entered the competition.

In track and field, the youngsters' running, jumping and throwing abilities were tested in three events the 50-meter dash, power jump and extreme discus.

The winners included Justin Jumper (boys, 8-9; 355 points), Jim Paul Beall (boys, 10-11; 530 points), Anthony Puskark (boys, 12-13; 635 points) and Haylee Byler (girls, 12-13; 485 points).

During the soccer events, the youngsters were tested on their rapid-fire shooting and dribbling skills for the fastest time possible.

Justin Jumper copped his third gold medal of the day winning in 29.07 seconds

In the boys' 10-11 years, Titus Jumper (32.56) emerged victorious.

Hunter Hardt captured the boys' 12-13 crown in 22.84.

The top three finishers in each of the age/sex groups are eligible to advance to the NYG sectional competition to be held in July. The exact date and location of the sectionals will be announced soon.

The first-place winners from each sectional competition will have their scores regionally and nationally ranked by NYG officials at the Atlanta, Ga. headquarters. The top scorer from each of eight regions in the United States will be eligible to advance to the national competition in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other results

Basketball

Boys' 10-11

2nd, Adam Haught, 19; 3rd, Jim Paul Beall, 14;

Boys' 12-13

2nd, Wellington Cassuto, 40; 3rd Joe Blackburn, 25;

Track and Field

Boys' 10-11

2nd, Morgan Cassuto, 510; 3rd Adam Haught, 500

Boys' 12-13

2nd, Wellington Cassuto, 630; 3rd, Hunter Hardt, 520

Soccer

Boys' 10-11

2nd, Adam Haught, 33.09

Boys' 12-13

2nd, Wellington Cassuto, 26.53; 3rd, Anthony Poskaric, 27.36

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