A Force to be dealt with

Crestview Force

The Crestview Force AAU seventh-grade boys basketball team is celebrating its sixth-place win in the nation after a Memphis, Tenn., competition. Team members, bottom row from left, are Zayne Lavine, Jay Stanton, Kennedy Gray, Markus Malloy and Bobby Sanders Jr. Top: Assistant head coach Heath Childs, Tyree Johnson, Wes Wilmot, D’Marcus Purcell, Terrelle Holliday, Bryson Childs, Octavius McLaughlin and head coach John Kimble.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 01:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A team of basketball Davids from the Hub City traveled to Memphis, Tenn., June 30 through July 6 to take on the nation’s basketball Goliaths.

The Crestview Force — a seventh-grade boys basketball team; there for the Amateur Athletic Union’s Division II national tournament — was pitted against 75 teams from metropolitan areas across the country.

The Force proved it could hang with teams from the big cities.

“Out of the 76 teams that showed up we placed sixth,” assistant head coach Heath Childs said.

The Force, state champions in their division the last two years, also had the highest finish of any Division II team from Florida.


“What makes it so special is that we played teams from Virginia Tennessee, New Jersey and Ohio, and they have a bigger pool of players to pull from,” Childs said. “You are talking 23,000 people in Crestview. So it’s special to have kids from one city, and a small city, to go place in the top 10 in the nation.”

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