Top playoff seeds up for grabs in youth hoops

Published 7:09 pm Monday, February 6, 2023

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The Franklin Department of Parks and Recreation/Camp25 Winter Youth Basketball League game days No. 2 and 3 took place on Sunday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 29, respectively, in the Joseph P. King Jr. Middle School gymnasium. 


Players, coaches, cheer squads and fans all packed the house for another exciting day of basketball. For this week, the day began with two competitive Rookie division games. 

The Raptors took on the Blue Devils in game one. The Blue Devils dropped their first game of the year, taking their record to 1-1, while the Raptors took the win, improving their record to 2-0 by a score of 15-6. 

Game two was a nail-biter between the Dragons and the Red Wings. The Dragons would improve to 1-1 on the season with an 8-6 win over the Red Wings, who fell to 0-2. 

The next three games consisted of the Junior division teams. 

Team Camp25 took on Coach P LLC in game three of the afternoon. Coach P LLC took home the victory by a score of 14-4, improving its record to 2-0, while Camp25 fell to 0-2. 

Team FDPR took on Team Deb’s Hair Studio in the front half of its doubleheader day. Team FDPR hung on to win in exciting fashion — on a last-second free throw — by a score of 9-8. Deb’s Hair Studio fell to 0-2 on the season, while FDPR improved to 1-1. 

Team FDPR would run out of gas in game five, however, as it dropped its second game of the doubleheader to Team Buddy by a score of 9-2. Team Buddy improved to 3-0 on the year, while Team FDPR dropped to 1-2. 

The final two games of the day were played by the league’s three Senior division teams. 

The Celtics played their doubleheader day against the Warriors and the Lakers. Game six was a close one between the Celtics and Warriors, ending with a final score of 26-25 in favor of the Warriors, who improved to 2-1. The Celtics also dropped the back half of their doubleheader to the Lakers, by a score of 23-5. The Lakers improved to 1-1 for the season, and the Celtics fell to 1-2. 

All three divisions were still up for grabs heading into week three of the season.


Week three of the FDPR/Camp25 Winter Youth Basketball League was nothing short of exciting. Seven great games took place Jan. 29 at the JPK gymnasium. 

For this week, the game day tipped off with two Senior division games. 

Game one pitted the Warriors against the Celtics. The Warriors started off hot, scoring almost at will in the first half. The Celtics made adjustments at halftime to bring the game back within reach, however the Warriors held on for a victory by a score of 17-15. The Celtics record takes a fall to 1-3 on the season. The Warriors had to complete a quick turnaround for their rotation of the doubleheaders, as they took on the Lakers in game two of the afternoon. However, the Lakers would enhance their record to 2-1 with a 24-20 victory over the Warriors, who split on the day, taking their record to 3-2 for the season. 

Next up was the Rookie division, battling in games three and four of the day. 

Game three’s matchup between the Dragons and the Raptors was a high-scoring thriller. The Raptors remained undefeated, at 3-0, with the 14-8 victory, taking the Dragons down to 1-2. 

Game four was played between the Blue Devils and the Red Wings in a tough matchup. The Blue Devils would go on to win the game by a score of 8-2, taking them to 2-1 for the season, and the Red Wings dropped to 0-3. 

The final three games of the afternoon were played by the Junior division. 

Game five came down to the wire between Team Deb’s Hair Studio and Team Camp25. Deb’s Hair Studio would grab its first win of the season by a score of 8-6, taking its record to 1-2. Team Camp25 fell to 0-3 for the season. 

Team Coach P LLC took the court for its doubleheader in games six and seven. It played against Team FDPR in game six and would go on to win 6-4, dropping Team FDPR to 1-3. Game seven between Coach P LLC and Team Buddy would highlight the night, as Team Buddy took its first loss of the season, in buzzer-beater fashion, by a score of 18-17. Team Buddy dropped to 3-1 on the year, while Team FDPR improved to 3-2. 

The top seeds for the playoffs were still up for grabs in all divisions entering week four’s action Sunday, Feb. 5.