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Monday, April 2
Arlington Celtics Sixth Grade Boys Basketball

Welcome to the world wide web home of Arlington, Texas' Celtics, Class of 2011.

Get to know yourself--meet the warrior within.

Come see the Class of 2008 at


Congratulations to the Class of 2011!


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Thursday, February 15
Snowfall fails to slow Celtics

On a snowy Saturday morning in Arlington, five Arlington Celtics braved the cold, meeting up at Ousley Junior High to take on the Bulldawgs. .

Nathan and Matt aggressively challenged the 'Dawgs defensively and picked up three fouls each by halftime. "Our defense was strong today; we never let up on their ballhandlers. When Nathan and Matt got into foul trouble, I challenged the others to step outside to stop any ball penetration. Boy, did they do a great job at that!", Coach Chuck Thomas noted after the game.

"The lads played great today; our offense got good spacing, and our defense was solid all over the floor. These five played like Celtic warriors today. They never showed fatigue, even though no one ever got a break. When we fell behind seven points in the fourth quarter, they asked me if they could press fullcourt! Wow, talk about going down fighting. These Celts have big hearts."

Andre handled point guard duties most of the second half. His baseline drives and ability to see the floor and dish to his teammates was impressive. Brandon played the post position well, more than once calling for the ball before lighting up the scoreboard.

Nathan and Spencer rebounded well, beginning to show recognition of the need to "block and box out". The McGaw served admirably as the Celtics top passer of the day.

Action resumes Monday night, as Coach Daly will lead offensive practice at Nichols Junior High, followed by a fullcourt scrimmage. (Thanks, Ron.) Friday night practice resumes at 6:00 p.m. at Northwest Christian Church (Wright Street at North Davis).

Alba gu bra! (Scotland forever!)

Wednesday, January 3
Motion Offense Animated

We'll be learning to run the '3-Out/2-In Motion Offense' this Winter.

Check out an excellent animation of the motion offense at

Serving Up Compliment Sandwiches

Compliment Sandwiches

The American Sports Education Program suggests using “compliment sandwiches” when correcting a player’s performance.   This is done by first pointing out what the player did successfully. Following that with describing what the player did wrong and how he or she could correct it. The sandwich is topped by additional encouragement about
what the player did right.

1. Point out what the athlete did correctly.
2. Let the player know what was incorrect in the performance and instruct him or her how to correct it.
3. Encourage the player by reemphasizing what he or she did well.

Source: American Sport Education Program. 1997. Coaching Youth Football. Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.: Champaign, IL. It can be obtained through

Saturday, March 1
Celtics Comeback Falls One Short--Wildcats 20, Celtics 19

Trailing 18-7 at the end of the third quarter, the Celtics knew they needed six buckets to tie.

Within 3 seconds of the restart of play, Cris had provided the first pair of catchup points. He went on to pour in six more points in the fourth, demonstrating why the fans call him "Mr. Showtime".

With Matt M. at the point and Corey at small forward, the Celtics fourth quarter blazed. Dariun and Matt B. set an imposing front court against the Wildcats, dominating the boards and providing the muscle needed inside to keep the Celtics coming.

With less than one minute to play the Celtics regained the lead 19-18, capping a 12-point scoring run. Alas, the Wildcats scored the final pair on a fine jumpshot with but seconds on the clock.

The Celtics finished the season with four wins and four losses. Two of the losses were by one point each.

Celtics Out-Hustle, 34-14

February 15, 2003

Matthew tipped the ball to Cristian who drove straight to the bucket, as the Celtics got out to a quick 2-0--and they never looked back.

The Celtic warriors were stout this chilly Saturday, frisky from the cold and spoiling for battle. Battle they did. It was pure Celtic basketball, with bruises aplenty.

Cristian led the scoring with his electrifying drives, picking up 8 in the first quarter and 10 overall.

The Hustlers were out-rebounded throughout the contest by the hard-charging Celts.

Matthew picked up ten points, with four coming late in the game. Seven of nine Celtics put points on the board.

Dagen showed his strong and developing ball-handling early. Brandon played his characteristically super-aggressive brand of Celtic basketball. Corey ran the offense well, getting free on the baseline from his "4" position. Barrere got a chance to run the offense in the fourth; he led the Celtics to an eight point quarter. Darion shot well in the contest, using the "square" for a picture-perfect put-back. The McGaw displayed the heart of a Scottish warrior with a number of aggressive takeaways and tie-ups. Andre turned in his usual, solid and dependable performance on offense and defense.

McFarland, perhaps, earned player of the game honors with his dazzling crossover dribble from the point position and his acrobatic, Dallas Mavericks-style, "if it's open and in your range, just take it" shooting.

Excellent Saturday morning action.

Next up, the Cougars. This division-leading, top scoring team will challenge the Celtics again in this re-match contest.

9:00 a.m. Saturday. Don't miss it!

Saturday, February 8
Celtics Fall to Timberwolves, 13-11
The Timberwolves scored with 48 seconds on the clock to take a 13-11 lead over the Celts. Two drives later the ...

Saturday, February 1
Celtics Burn Crusaders, 36-22
Saturday, February 1, 2003
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