Sunday, July 08, 2018
Incoming Allen HS Freshman Wins Three-Point Contest at A-Town Throwdown
The A-town Throwdown, aka the Awesome Fest, is going strong at Allentown's Cedar Beach. Forty-eight varsity boys' teams, most of them local, are in hot pursuit of this year's championship. I was there this afternoon, under the best weather I've ever seen at one of these tournaments, and saw some exciting games. I watched Easton lose a heart breaker to Constitution while simultaneously, one court over, Dieuruff's Huskies were being schooled by Sankofa's Wolfpack in a physical game with at least five technical fouls. I watched Allentown Central Catholic High School march convincingly into the sweet 16, despite the loss of some valuable seniors. Keith Groller has all the details of the games here.
What I and hundreds others really loved best were the three-point and dunking contests on Saturday night. Get this. Incoming Allen High School freshman Nate Ellis won the three-point contest, edging out luminaries like ACCHS's Nick Filchner and Becahi's Justin Paz.
The dunking award is based on points awarded by judges, like figure skating. That's too subjective for me, but everyone loves it and the trophy went to Eastern Academy’s Jibrel Bethea.
Toomey Anderson, like Glenn Klein is really selfless. For both, it's all about the kids. Toomey even scheduled musical performances between the three-point and dunk contests. I really like that idea and think it could be converted into a contest, with a champion determined at the end. Some people say that we love sports, but should pay attention to the arts, too. I agree. This would be an opportunity for gifted singers and musicians to perform in a celebration of both.