The North Decatur Youth Basketball teams recently wrapped up play in the Dirt Road Basketball League. Teams from grades second through sixth competed in the league that held games at various schools in Southeastern Indiana from November through early February.
The second grade team consisted of: Ty Litmer, Aiden Odell, Kaden Muckerheide, Bradyen Coy, Kaleb Phelps, Latham Hershley, Austin Fields, Luke Osting, and Walker Dodson. They were coached by Brent Muckerheide and assistant Brandon Litmer and finished with a record of 6-2.
The third grade team consisted of: Blake Spears, Evan Howell, Carson Parmer, Cadien Gahimer, Lance Nobbe, Reid Messer, Connor Linkmeyer, and Ryan Hancock. They were coached by Jason Spears and assistant Tad Parmer and finished with a record of 9-3.
The fourth grade team consisted of: Bryant Becker, Nathan Odell, Seth Brandenberg, Collin Bryant, Austin Shafer, Jacob Mirick, Isaac Ogden, and Xavier Adams. They were coached by Brad Bryant and finished with a record of 6-8.
The fifth grade team consisted of: Andrew Tielking, Ethan Wood, Trent Gauck, Landon Nobbe, Cejay Parmer, Jimmy Day, Conner Messer, Noah Howell, Alex Byrd, and Michael Jarman. They were coached by Jeff Gauck and assistants Tad Parmer and Ron Wood. They finished with a record of 6-8.
The sixth grade consisted of: Brandon Borgman, Garrett Wood, Elijah Hoeing, Trey Nobbe, Keaton Crites, Sean Means, Andrew Holloway, Craig Adams, Nick Kinker, Mason Stapp, Cody Wolter, and Zach Kramer. They were coached by Kyle Nobbe and assisted by Matt Hoeing and David Means and finished with a record of 11-3.
North Decatur varsity boys basketball coach Kyle Nobbe commented on the league and expressed appreciation for everyone involved in the program.
"I would like to thank all the players, parents, and coaches for their outstanding efforts to improve our basketball program,” said Nobbe. “The coaches used this opportunity to not only teach the players during game action, but to also provide the necessary skill development in the future. For a program to be successful, volunteer coaches and community support must be recognized and appreciated. At North Decatur, we are very fortunate to have the coaching at the youth levels that teach the right things on and off the court. They continued to stress the importance of learning, and not just winning, at this critical stage of development."
The teams’ combined record was a very respectable 38-26 (.684).