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Sunrise Waldorf team dynamic

Harman Rathor of Mount Prevost guards Santiago Guadarrama of Sunrise Waldorf in the midget boys’ basketball championship game at George Bonner Middle School. Sunrise won 32-30. - Andrew Leong
Harman Rathor of Mount Prevost guards Santiago Guadarrama of Sunrise Waldorf in the midget boys’ basketball championship game at George Bonner Middle School. Sunrise won 32-30.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Sunrise Waldorf School doesn’t have a gym so its midget basketball team practices in a hall or outside on a cement court, draws on two grades for sufficient players and also includes girls.

Despite some apparent drawbacks, the basketball team — known as the Biodynamics — was indeed dynamic to win the Mid-Island midget boys’ basketball championship with a 32-30 victory over Mount Prevost School Thursday at George Bonner School.

“It means a type of farming,’’ said Sunrise Waldorf coach Kevin McDuff of the team’s nickname.

It was a proud time for the school’s team to prevail in the tournament.

We had a huge crowd out there,’’ said McDuff. “We definitely have a lot of excitement at the school.’’

Getting to this stage took a lot of work.

“This is the second year we’ve had a team,’’ said McDuff. “We had a parent who anonymously donated the money to buy uniforms.’’

McDuff pretty much had to start from scratch with most of the team.

There were nine Grade 8s and four Grade 7s on the team. The school only has a total of 13 students in Grade 8 and 12 in Grade 7.

“Most of them had never played seriously or know anything about it before this year,’’ said McDuff. “I had to teach them how to dribble and stuff like that.’’

The Biodynamics beat Bonner 26-22, defeated Duncan Christian School 51-29, lost to Mount Prevost 39-24 and then doubled Queen of Angels 34-17 to reach the final where they got the better of Prevost in a rematch.

Ender McDuff led the scoring with 12 points, including two points on late foul shots that decided it, while Santiago Guadarrama added 10. McDuff and Guadarrama were the leading scorers in all five games.

Both teams played strong defense.

Kevin McDuff hopes this is the start of something big at the school.

“My son’s graduating, but I will be coaching again next year,’’ he said. “We’re going to start practicing after spring break.’’

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