Trinity hosts first conference tourney
Saturday marked the very first Blue Ridge Mountain Conference basketball tournament. Girls and boys teams from Lake Lure Classical Academy, Brevard Academy and Mountain Community School traveled to Trinity Christian School in hopes of claiming the conference crown.
After nine hours of basketball, Brevard left with both the boy's and girl's crown as Trinity snagged second place in the girls and Lake Lure earned the same in the boy's division.
"It came together really well and from all the feedback I've gotten everyone seems really pleased with the outcome," said Trinity girls coach Ron Wilkins. "I think everybody is tickled with the way things went in the first year."
The conference tournament took place shortly after each team played at least a nine-game regular season in which they played the other three teams in the conference three times.
"Our girls actually finished the season 8-1 and won the regular season conference championship and set a school record for wins in the process," Wilkins said.
According to Wilkins, the Trinity teams practice just a couple days a week. However, that isn't the only aspect that makes the Trinity teams unique. The other schools have teams comprised of seventh and eighth grade students while Trinity starts their ball players a little younger.
"We start our kids in fifth grade," Wilkins said. "We bring them up in fifth and sixth grade on sort of a developmental squad but they actually dress out and have an opportunity to play."
The newly formed conference is all about opportunities.
"This conference allows us to provide opportunities for the kids," Wilkins said. "There were so many scheduling issues before with schools our size but this conference guarantees games and also gives other opportunities."
Among those opportunities have sprung co-ed flag football in the fall and co-ed soccer set to start this spring.
"If we had just stuck to boys and girls then we wouldn't have enough to field those two teams but as we grow hopefully be able to do that independently," Wilkins stated. "Right now, at least our kids have the chance to compete while we grow."
As the conference looks to add another school in the near future it seems as if the students love the new conference as much as coaches and administrators.
"I think they're loving it. It's been a blessing because none of the schools involved aren't very large numerically," said Wilkins. "It's been really well-recieved and created a lot of excitement for our kids, and that's what we're really about. We want to build great memories for them while they're in school and athletics definitely provides the opportunity to do that."