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Gator girls conclude summer basketball season at Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” Basketball Championship

Gator girls basketball players traveled to St. Joseph, Minn., to participate in the Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” Basketball Championship, August 5 and 6, where they finished 1-3. They are (L-R): Front: Makenna Burslie, Alyssa Rinde, Alicia Berard, Carly Mekash, and Alyssa Kilen. Back: Coach Dale Mekash, Lexie Benke, Kjerstie Lieberg, Tessani Peterson, Jaustyn Dahl, Maddi Janicke, Emma Dagenais, and Coach Shellie Mekash. (photo used with permission)

Alyssa Kilen dribbles the ball down the court during a Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” basketball game at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. (submitted photo)

Some Gator girls’ basketball players concluded their summer basketball run with a trip to the Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” Basketball Championship– varsity-level tournament– at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6. 

Four teams from each class took part in this tournament, meaning the Gator girls would have to take on some larger school teams. The Gators finished 1-3 at the two-day tournament.  

Dale and Shellie Mekash coached the team at this tournament. Not coaching, but watching from the sidelines, Gator girls’ basketball regular season coach Brad Dahl said both Dale and Shellie did a nice job leading the girls. He also said a few words about the girls’ performance at the tournament, an opportunity he said they knew would be tough, but also would make them better.  

“This tournament was a great experience for our girls,” Coach Dahl said. “We worked hard, and looked very good at times. We will work on being more physical, as that will only make us better come season time.”

The Gator girls open volleyball practice on August 14 and basketball practice on November 13.

To see more of this story, read the August 9 issue of The Tribune in print or online.

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