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."