Pirates Win NEO Tournament

by Trevor Lowe

January 22-24 marked the Keyes Pirates'annual trek across the state to the city of Miami, to participate in the 59th annual NEO A&M Invitational High School Basketball Tournament. The eight bracket tournament is played in four different gyms around the Miami area and recognized as the largest high school invitational tournament in the United States.

This is the third year for Keyes to make the 457 mile (ten hour) trip to Miami, making the Pirates the farthest traveling team playing in the tournament.

After winning their bracket in 2003, the boys were eager to return to defend their championship title.

Both boys and girls teams proved they were ready to play Thursday afternoon, with both teams winning their first round games.

The Lady Pirates made a valiant effort on Friday night, but in the end fell to the eventual champions of the bracket, the Picher Lady Gorillas. Taking these two games into account, the girls' record now stands at 10-6.

The Pirates went on to defeat Welch on Saturday for the championship title of the Silver bracket, continuing their winning streak. The Pirates continue their season undefeated with a 17-0 record.

We would like to congratulate both teams on a job well done at NEO, and we wish them both luck through the remainder of the season.