AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn’s fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ basketball team finished with a pair of victories to post a winning record in this year’s Dudley-Charlton summer league.
The team, assembled only weeks prior to the start of play in June, went 4-3 in its division, which left it tied for third in the final standings.
The team was coached by Peter DelloStritto and Steve Henry.
The players were Matthew Backlin, Max Joncas, Domenick Papandrea, Padraic Halloran, Jason Henry, Michael DelloStritto, Michael Bean, Andrew Toth and Nicholas Gonyea.
There were nine teams in the division, and Henry said that “most teams have been together for some time, some for years, as they are the town’s travel program team.”
“Ours was assembled just weeks prior to the start of this league, but with the children’s hard work, effort and belief, it all paid off, all while having a lot of fun in the process,” Henry said.
In addition, he said the team accomplished its goal of having an above-.500 record.
Auburn won its first game on June 16 with a 30-15 victory over Dudley. But the next day, Auburn came up short against Spencer, 35-31.
On June 23, Auburn went up against Swarm, the best team in the league, and suffered a 47-17 defeat. Swarm cruised past every team in the league on the way to an undefeated record.
However, Auburn persevered the next day with a 19-17 victory over Charbridge. On June 30, Auburn went down, 29-22, against Charlton.
But Auburn had a strong finish to the summer league, recording two straight wins. Auburn beat Southbridge, 34-22, on July 1, and then capped off the season July 8 with a 29-18 win over St. Joe’s.