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South Brunswick PAL Holiday Tournament a Success for Local Squads

Three South Brunswick teams earn runner-up honors competing against 60 teams from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The 2011 South Brunswick PAL Sid Lee Viking Classic Holiday Tournament was a huge success, bringing in over 60 teams from neighboring towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The tournament is appropriately named for Sid Lee, who put his heart and soul into youth athletics in South Brunswick up until his passing.

Boys and girls division champions and division runner-ups were awarded trophies and the champs were also given free tickets to Rutgers University (men's or women's) basketball games.

Former South Brunswick basketball stand out and Rutgers basketball star Corey "Donnell" Lumpkin Sr. made the ticket presentation on behalf of RU Basketball.

In addition to raising money for South Brunswick youth sports, the non-profit PAL organization also ran a food drive to help stock the shelves for the South Brunswick Food Pantry.

Three South Brunswick PAL teams made it to the eight final championship games and all three were runner-up trophy winners.

The teams were the 5th grade girls, coached by Mike Kaseta, the 5th Grade Boys coached by Derek Underwood, and the 8th grade boys Gold team, coached by Rob Rizick.

Pictured is the 8th Grade boys Gold team with their trophies.

The 8th grade boys Gold team had a 4-0 record in pool play, beating North Brunswick, South Brunswick YMCA, New Order Basketball and Robbinsville, before losing in a close Championship Game to Watchung Hills. 

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