The Newton 6th grade boys won the Division 1 MetroWest Basketball Championship held at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro the weekend of March 15th, repeating the title they had won the previous season as 5th graders. MetroWest is the largest and most competitive league in the state, consisting of 125 teams across the 6th grade divisions representing over 60 towns.
The team holds a 34-1 record over the past two years, with the sole loss to traditional rival Needham during last years regular season, and roared through this years regular season with an average winning margin of over 30 points. In the tournament this year, the boys had resounding preliminary round wins over North Quincy and Mansfield, and bested a previously undefeated Attleboro squad in the final with a 70-51 win.
The team is coached by Tyson Tyler, former Newton South and Emerson star, and founder of the AAU Boston Bobcats (www.bostonbobcats.com), along with assistant coaches Sam Pollack and Keith Marion. The team members represent all four of the Newton Middle Schools - Day, Bigelow, Brown, and Oak Hill - as well as Fessenden.
Team members include Cameron Schainfeld, Njavan Stewart-Okiwe, Dominic Johnston-Thomas, Tom Andreae, Lolo Garcia, Boden Pollack, Luke Silvia, Mason Marion, Andrew Landry, and Ben Kaczmarek. Also supporting the team were GM Robin Marion, team doctor Robert Schainfeld, yoga instructor Sandy Clancy, and videographer Rich Landry.