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The Port St. Joe AAU Youth basketball team

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

Coach Derek Kurnitsky has his hands on some fine sixth-grade basketball players.

The Port St. Joe AAU Youth basketball team went 4-0 last week, winning every game by double digits, in taking the championship at the Big Shots Basketball Tournament at Tallahassee Maclay High School.

Port St. Joe played against several Tallahassee and Cairo, GA area teams.

“We won the championship game 43-11 and all but one game we won by more than 20 points,” said Kurnitsky. “We did a real good job.”

This is the fourth tournament title the team – which was missing two players last week – has won over the past year and the team.

“I often have to split them up during the summer, but when this team plays together, and I was missing two last week, they have not lost a game in more than a year, maybe 15 to 18 games,” Kurnitsky said. “It is a good group.”

The team, comprised of Jackel Yarrell, Davien Welch, Drew Jones, Jarrett Browning, Kendre Gant, Jasmine Thomas and Trey Sanders, reminds Kurnitsky of some of the former Port St. Joe teams of years past.

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