Superior ends Cinderella story for Oracle’s Mountain Vista, claims CJHL Basketball Championship

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A Superior player goes for the lay up.

  The No. 2-seeded Superior Jr. High School eighth-grade boys’ basketball team ended No. 5-seed Mountain Vista’s dreams of a championship, defeating the Cougars in the Central Junior High League Tournament Championship, 32 – 28.

  Following a first-round bye, the Jr. Panthers defeated No. 3-seed and tournament host Ray in the semifinals, 31 – 20.

  The Cougars pulled upsets in the first two games against No. 4-seed Miami (35 – 30) and top-seeded High Desert (41 – 37) and were looking to make it three-straight against the Jr. Panthers.

Mountain Vista gave a valiant effort but fell short in the end and finished as the CJHL Tournament Runners-Up.

A Cougar looks to avoid being blocked by a High Desert defender.

Andy Luberda (917 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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