The Jordan Middle School 6th grade boys' basketball team put the finishing touches on an unbeaten season by defeating Bowditch Middle School, 43-21, in the championship game of the Art David Athletic League (ADAL) playoffs last week.
Capping a 13-0 season, Jordan handled Bowditch in the playoff final with a complete team effort driven by a fierce fullcourt press and finely tuned offense.
The victory over Bowditch came on the heels of a very close semifinal game against Tierra Linda, where Jordan built a large lead and squeaked out a 37-35 victory. In first-round action of the playoffs, Jordan defeated Borel, 43-17.
"I can't be prouder of this group of boys," said Jordan coach Ken Morgan. "They always practiced and played hard…a very focused group of fine young men. They represented Jordan with great sportsmanship and poise while winning all of their games."
The Jordan roster included guards Griffin Byer, Matthew Peery, Tommy Smale, and Ethan Stern; forwards Miles Tention, Jared Stanley, Adrian Smith, Jack Simison, and Nick Smallwood; and centers Peter Snodgrass and Jordan Schilling.
Morgan was assisted by Andres Short and Zachary Kirk.
University of Chicago junior Tara Levens from Gunn High became the third Maroon in as many days to claim All-America recognition at the NCAA Division III Championships at the Jones Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Levens earned honorable mention All-America status as a result of a 14th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.23. She also placed 14th in the event a year ago.