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Youth roundup: Georgia Elite national runner-up

The 16U Georgia Elite AAU girls basketball team placed second at AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., losing to last year's champion Memphis Elite in the finals.

The Elite finished the season 43-5 with the five losses by a combined 11 points.

Team members are Alex Abraham (Paideia), Katie Carroll (Parkview), Andraya Carter (Buford), Lauren Coleman (Parkview), Baleigh Coley (Northwest Whitfield), Erika Ford (Chattahoochee), Abby Slocumb (North Gwinnett), Maggie Smith (Parkview), KaVonne Towns (Berkmar), Annie Wheeler (North Gwinnett) and Stephanie Wheeler (North Gwinnett).

The team is coached by Tim Ellis, Lynn Carroll, Keith Slocumb and Ansley Abraham.

BASKETBALL

EOTO takes second at AAU nationals

The Each One Teach One 9U boys elite travel basketball team finished in second place for the second consecutive year at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex from July 15-21.

This year's national tournament featured 52 teams from across the United States vying for the title, including three teams from Puerto Rico.

EOTO (51-8) beat teams from Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey and Arkansas before losing to Michigan's Detroit Showtime 45-39 in the championship game.

Team members are Julian Larrieu, Derrick Lawrence, Taiyon Palmer, William Huzzie, Demarcus Irons Jr., Juwan White and Adrian Oglesby, Terrell Prince, Jamiee Lewis, London Best, Realus George and Myles Beyleu. The team is coached by Scott Belyeu and Burkley James.

Adams, Bolden, Gaither help Celtics to title

Three local basketball players helped the Atlanta Celtics 15U win the Adidas Super 64 national championship in Las Vegas from July 22-26.

Gwinnett high school sophomores Jordan Adams (Central Gwinnett), Chris Bolden (Norcross) and Jordan Gaither (Shiloh) played big roles in the Celtics' 87-78 win over D.C. Assault.

Gaither and Bolden came off the bench to provide key minutes and scoring for the Atlanta Celtics. Adams started at shooting guard and was named the tournament MVP. He averaged 26 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the final three games including the championship.

SOFTBALL

Blaze finish in Top 10 at USFA World Series

The 10U North Gwinnett Blaze completed its first year of fast pitch travel softball with a top-10 finish at the USFA World Series.

The team was the top Georgia finisher in the USFA B World Series held July 12-18 in Panama City Beach, Fla. The Blaze faced tough competition from teams from Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas, and finished tied for ninth place overall out of a field of 55 teams.

In addition to a great World Series showing last month, the Blaze won the Bringin' the Heat Tournament held in Covington and finished second at the B&C Classic held in McDonough.

Team members are Sarah Beam, Addison Cameron, Savannah Chunn, Bailey Martin, Allison Roach, Haley Short, Ryann Shumeyko, Gabby Teran, Erin Wilbur and Lexi Young. The team is coached by Chris Wilbur, Travis Martin, Chris Short and Daniel Teran.

AUTO RACING

Bell wins Bandolero championship

Evan Bell won the 12th National Bandolero Championship Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 25.

The 12-year-old student from Twin Rivers Middle School raced against other drivers ages 12-15 from all across the country. Previous winners of this race include NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and David Ragan.

RUNNING

Race to Taipei to raise money for Ward

Former Suwanee resident Kate Ward is hosting Race to Taipei, a fun run/walk, to raise money to allow her to compete for the U.S. soccer team in the Deaflympics next month.

The race is Saturday at 9 a.m. at Tophat soccer fields and the registration fee is $10. All of the proceeds will go directly to USADSF for team expenses.

For more information, call Joan and Tony Ward at 770-630-2404 or 770-630-2403 or e-mail anthonyward3741@comcast.net.

To be included in the youth roundup, fax information to 770-339-8081 or e-mail to brandon.brigman@gwinnettdailypost.com. This feature runs as space permits.