On November 19, four Pennsylvania schools made the trek up to Ithaca High School in New York to take part in the annual BrainBusters Fall Tournament. They acquitted themselves quite nicely, taking three of the top six spots in a competitive field. Stats are here.
Delaware Valley A claimed third place, losing only to eventual champions Ithaca A. Collin Kawan-Hemler notched an impressive 81.82 PPG for the day, with his teammates all making solid contributions as well. In perhaps their best performance yet, Wallenpaupack A placed fifth, with a balanced attack keying their performance. This is a team that is clearly improving, and if they can cut back on their tournament-leading 36 negs, they may be well-poised to continue making noise at future events. Wallenpaupack also notched a 305-190 head-to-head win over Lakeland, who claimed sixth place overall. Lakeland is another one of those teams that shows some great raw knowledge and ability to improve; hopefully they can keep doing so and help the region continue to grow competitively. They will contend at SSNCT. Berwick finished in the lower half of the field, but with a full cadre of players showing some enthusiasm, we hope to see more of them in the future.
Overall, it was an excellent day for Pennsylvania teams in Ithaca. Congratulations to the participants!