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A team of 12 fifth grade boys at St. Augustine School in Andover recently ended an undefeated season on top of the Merrimac Valley Catholic School League, which includes nine other teams from surrounding communities. Pictured in the bottom row, from left: Sebastian Schwarz, Jack Winnie, Andrew Regan, Andrew Mangano, Andrew Maresca and Cole Doke. Top row, from left: Coach Schwarz, Joey Howshan, Owen Boulanger, Chris Tucker, Chris Sannella, Chris Rassias, Michael Arrigg, Coach Arrigg. Not pictured: Coach Howshan.

In their first year, a group of St. Augustine basketball players are league champions.

A team of 12 St. Augustine School boys, all 10 years old, recently capped off its undefeated season with championship trophies in the Merrimack Valley Catholic School League last weekend. The league includes 80 teams — 20 teams per grade in grades five through eight, encompassing 10 area schools including St. A's.

"It's the first year they play as a school team," said Paula O'Dea, St. Augustine School principal. "This is the strongest team that's come in as fifth-graders."

The team tallied its final win against a team from Sacred Hearts School in Bradford. The Andover school also had two other teams who made it to the league's semifinals, the sixth-grade girls and seventh-grade boys teams.

"But this was the only team that made it to the finals," said O'Dea. "It was exciting for them, and their parents, and our school for them to go on."

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