Las Vegas, NV (August 12, 2015) – D1 Sports & Athletics (D1SA) 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 120 teams from across the Country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26th putting Loudoun County on the basketball hotbed forefront. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada in the championship game with the score of 80 to 66.
“Another highlight of their AAU travel team season was winning the highly competitive Maryland Invitational Tournament (MIT) championship against the NY Rens in late June,” says Eric Williams, Coach and Athletic Director of D1SA. “But ending our season by bringing home this Bigfoot Hoops Championship gave our athletes exposure at the National level with coaches from all over the U.S. attending during the live period for college scouting. This type of college exposure is a major goal of the D1SA organization and especially for this Elite team of athletes, most of who have been playing together since the 3rd grade.”
During the five-day tournament in Las Vegas, Spartan Elite faced competition from Texas, Memphis, Milwaukee, California, Arizona and Colorado, but Williams adds, “our greatest competition is found within ourselves, with No Fear, the Spartan organization’s motto, these athletes were prepared to rise above their competition to victory.”
“Many teams at the national level draw from wide population areas, D1SA demonstrated that we have elite talent here in our county,” said Mark Traub, D1SA parent. This Spartan Elite team of Loudoun county rising 10th grade boys is the cornerstone of D1SA, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to promote year-long basketball environments for the youth of this area. “Even though this win will stay with us forever, our Spartan team returned home and went right back to work. That’s what it means to be Spartan Elite,” said Matthew Traub, member of the team.
D1SA Ladies Spartan Elite 15U team also traveled and competed in the Las Vegas Classic. They went undefeated until their upset in the Semi-Final game against Triple S Warriors (CA) 40 to 35 placing them 3rd in the Platinum Bracket. This Elite team has claimed multiple Championships this past 2015 season at the AAU Super Regionals, U.S. Junior Nationals (USJN) in Baltimore, MD; Zero Gravity Virginia States, Richmond; Fairfax Stars Think Pink, and placed first in pool play at the Hershey USJN National Showcase tournament.
“We wanted to bring home the championship in Vegas, but we are confident now that coach has us prepared to compete at that level. So we will definitely be back next year to claim what’s ours!” said Kennedy Middleton, team captain.