Pirates capture Thomas Shay championship trophies


GRAFTON —The Grafton Biddy League held their 23rd annual Thomas Shay Memorial Tournament last week at the St. Augustine Social Center. The tournament lasted three days with the eventual champions being crowned on Friday night.

The tournament is divided into two divisions which include second and third grade teams and fourth, fifth and sixth grade teams. The second and third grade teams included the Little Pirates, the Little Celtics, the Little Jets and the Little 76ers. The fourth, fifth and sixth grade teams included the Pirates, Pistons, Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and the Jets.

On Wednesday night the Jets opened the tournament with a 38 to 13 win over the Pistons and the Celtics defeated the Lakers 32 to 16.

Also on Wednesday night the Little Celtics defeated the Little 76ers 16 to 5.

On Thursday night the Little Pirates were seven points better than the Little Jets as they won 22 to 15. This set up the second and third grade championship for Friday as it would be the Little Pirates and the Little Celtics playing for the championship.

Also on Thursday night the championship game was set for the older division as the Jets defeated the 76ers 45 to 16 and the Pirates beat the Celtics 22 to 11.

On Friday in the consolation games the Celtics defeated the 76ers 25 to 19 and the Little Jets beat the Little 76ers 20 to 5.

In the championship games of the younger division the Little Pirates came away with a 23 to 12 win over the Celtics giving the Little Pirates championship trophy.

The older Pirates would be just as fortunate as they defeated the Jets in a defensive battle 19 to 11 in the Championship game.

This was the 23rd year for the Thomas Shay Memorial Tournament and the organizers would like to thank Paradise Lake Golf Course again this season for their continued support of their tournament.

For the few that did not know Tommy Shay, the following was included in the program at the tournament.

“Thomas L. Say was born August 28, 1954 to Wallace Blake Shay and Miriam Shay Delaney. He graduated from Grafton High School in 1973 and was a four year member of the Bearcat Basketball program. Following High School, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1974 to 1976. He was an employee of CSX Transportation since 1977, serving as a locomotive engineer. The tournament was dedicated in memory of Tommy for his dedication and service to the Taylor County Biddy League Basketball Association and his caring commitment to the youth of his community.”

Rosters and team pictures will appear in next week’s edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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