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St. Mary School's 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Fun

This past Friday night, St. Mary's fifth through eighth graders participated in the school’s annual “Wildcat 3 on 3” basketball tournament. The tourney was held at Andrean High School.  “It is an opportunity for the students to play basketball in a fun environment similar to the old Gus Macker tournaments without coaches or referees.  Kids aren’t used to this format, but that’s what makes it fun,” said principal Tom Ruiz who started the tourney over a decade ago.  Several St. Mary’s alumni showed up to help facilitate the games. A fun time was had by all!  In the 5th/6th grade division the “Da Boys” took first place. In our 7th/8th grade division “The Dreamerz Elite” took first place.  Team member Emmit Leader said, “We played hard and faced some good teams.  We were happy to be victorious in the end.”  The tourney was organized by physical education teacher, Mr. Mike Kosakowski who had great support from the faculty and staff that came out to help.

Emmett Leader, Sommer Branigin, Nate Barnett, Jaxon Froglia

Mikey Evenson, Jacob Jen, Ava Go, Addison Luttrell, Cassie Ruiz, Will Huffman, Jayden Valdavia, Niko Estimo

Sam Despaltro, Nickolas Johansson, Dominic Rebar, Bradley Januszewski

Sam Despaltro, Gwenyth Patti, Braelyn Lamere, Bradley Janzewski 

James Wong, Emmett Leader, Vincent Vicari

St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology.  Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in fun activities including a three-on-three basketball tournament, dodgeball tournament, the annual ride your bike to school day, and more.  St. Mary’s is currently accepting new students for the 2024-2025 school year.  To learn more about St. Mary’s School, visit


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