As school breaks for Thanksgiving the D1 Nation would like to wish everyone across the country a Happy Thanksgiving, and especially our own family and close friends spread out across the United States, Canada, Thailand and my Daughter In Law, Judy Jones who's playing professionally in Madrid, Spain.
There may be holidays more important spiritually, but I can tell you as an American living overseas that there's nothing that equates to family and makes you miss home more than Thanksgiving. I'm blessed to be spending Thanksgiving 2019 here in Clarendon, TX with my son Chip Ivany and my grandson Julian.
The Clarendon (TX) boys middle school teams went on the road last week, dropping their games to Wellington, so Monday night was the first opportunity to sit with my son, Chip Ivany and see the boys teams play at home in Clarendon. They didn't disappoint.
1A Memphis (TX) Cyclones came to town and within a two hour span, the home town Broncos had taken the wind out of the Cyclones at both the 7th and 8th grade levels.
Clarendon 26 Memphis 15
In the opener the 7th graders moved the ball well and knocked down a few shots to upend Memphis. If you had judged the game by the layup line only, then Memphis would have been given the win by default as they had three players who were around the 6'0" mark that probably will be ideal offensive linemen in the future on the grid iron.
2025 Grant Haynes did a great job of pushing the ball in transition, neutralizing the size disadvantage and led the way with 6 points/5 assists. He served as the primary ball handler and did a solid job of taking care of the basketball and distributing it to his team mates for high percentage looks.
Clarendon 41 Memphis 19 (8th Grade)
Until players get to high school and get involved in their school's weight program, under the watchful eye of the the high school coaches there's no grouping where you notice such a significant advance in size, speed, aggressiveness than between a 7th and 8th grade year.
The Clarendon 8th grade boys showed all the above in handling Memphis with ease, as Coach Conkin and Coach Gaines were able to go down their bench and get everyone some floor time.
Clarendon were led by lanky, athletic forward Lyric with 6 points/4 rebounds/4 assists, big body wing Anthony Cisneros 9 points/4 rebounds, Combo Guard Harrison Howard with 8 points/3 steals and G Easton Frausto with 3 points/3 rebounds/3 steals.
The Class of 2024 looks deep and promising for the Broncos as several players are capable of handling the basketball and knocking down shots. It will be fun watching them develop.