Fairfield Thunder ends season with awards banquet
by Lucas Vance Staff Writer
BLAIR — In their first season, Fairfield County’s AAU basketball team Fairfield Thunder was deemed a success by head coach Terry Chappell. Along with team administrator Angela Burden and sponsors, Chappell held an end of season awards banquet.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and baked beans were served to those in attendance at McCrorey-Liston’s gym. Sponsors including Jenkinsville Mayor Gregory Ginyard, school resource officer and Lake Monticello Church pastor Ricky Gibson, Mikel Trapp, Little River Church and TNT Tax Service all received appreciation and recognition plagues.
Players received participation trophies. Chappell spent time before the meal talking about the team’s successful season. During March, the Thunder won its first championship while playing in a tournament at Eau Claire High School.
“It was big for us to win that first tournament,” Chappell said. “That championship along with a full year under our belt should allow us even more success next season.”
Next year, Chappell said he hopes to have two AAU basketball teams in Fairfield County. The Fairfield Thunder would become a developmental team and the Thunder Elite would be for advanced players.
Players will have the opportunity to be bumped up or work on developing their skills. The two teams will practice together and if a player’s skills improve, he would be able to be moved up to the Elite team and practice with the advanced players.
Chappell plans on doing local and out-of-town tournaments next season to expose his players to different places and different opponents.
The season starts up again in March 2014 after the high school basketball season is over. Chappell is looking forward to next season.
“Everybody was impressed with our first year team,” he noted. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do next year.”
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