Claiborne Sparks: My Site News: Sparks in San Antonio Recap

Sparks in San Antonio Recap

The Sparks competed in the All American Sports National Tournament July 16-18, 2010.

We had a caravan with players, coaches, and parents drive from Opelousas early that morning. 

We arrived on the 15th for team registration and coaches check in.

Our pool play started Friday afternoon where we were victorious against the San Antonio Lady Jayhawks by a score of 57-53.  We also gave them a good bag filled with information about Opelousas, souvenirs and a bottle of Bourque's hot sauce. 

Our players were able to attend a WNBA game on Friday night between the San Antonio Silver Spurs and the Tulsa Shock.

Saturday morning, pool play continued with the Sparks playing agains the Alamo City Dragons, whom we defeated by a score of 46-33.  Our third and last pool game was started late because of technical difficulties which we couldn't seem to overcome.  We lost that one by a score of 33-41.  The first bracket game was two hours later against the  TKO Lady Dawgs and we lost that one by a score of 47-50, a close score, but not enough.  Bracket play continued on Sunday morning against the Alamo City Shock whom we defeated by a score of 47-41.  Aaliyah and Chelsea played through fatigue and soreness.  The Sparks continued bracket play later against the San Antonio Comets and were worn down but played valiantly.  We lost that one by a score of 36-44.  Overall the players are playing better and better at each national tournament in which we compete.

Congratulations girls on a job well done!  We went 3-3 at the tournament and showed courage, discipline and sportsmanship!

The players also enjoyed a walk on the Riverwalk and a boatride.  They also visited several tourist attractions while we were in San Antonio including the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, TombRaider 3D Adventure and Haunted Adventure.  

Thanks to our parents and coaches wives for cheering us on and helping out as needed.

A big thanks to our coaches. 

We're looking forward to a return to San Antonio and the nationals at All American Sports.