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MSJ team enjoys its Legion Tournament laurels

The Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Men's Basketball Team won the Granville American Legion Basketball Tournament.

The Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Men's Basketball Team won the Granville American Legion Basketball Tournament.

— The Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Men's Basketball Team are enjoying their victory laurels after it won the Granville American Legion Basketball Tournament last month.

MSJ student player Jahnathan Mitchell was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

MSJ student player Matt Sanborn was named to the all-tournament team.

The MSJ Mountie men started the season with a record of 8-1.

The Granville American Legion Basketball Tournament celebrated its 33rd anniversary in 2012.

According to Adirondack Sports Net writer Keith Harrington, “During my playing and coaching career, this tournament consumed two days of my holiday vacation. When I was a varsity player in 1982 and 1983, I would make the short trip from Hartford to Granville to watch the junior varsity games, and then hurry home to eat dinner, get dressed up and catch the bus to head back for the varsity games. As a junior varsity coach at both Granville and Poultney, I would coach my team’s game in the afternoon, go home, grab a bite, and then head back to sit on the bench as the varsity assistant for their game. They were long days, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I accumulated countless great memories from these games.”

Harrington, who writes about local sports online, stated in a recent blog, “I can’t forget the days of assisting coach Dave Capman at Poultney High School with the 1999 and 2001 state championship winning teams featuring such guys as Derek Howard, Scott Robinson, Dan Foley, Eric Traverse, Tyler Houghton and Aaron Hayes among others. They always seemed to be snake bitten in this tourney, no matter how dominant they seemed to be...”

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