17 Elite serving up an Ace at the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago, ILL.
The boys of 17 Elite wrapped up the fall season in the Midwest, finishing 9th overall and securing an Open Division Bid at the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago, Illinois. And it didn’t come easy, as they battled illness and flight trouble to get there.
“This team has consistently grinded out wins under some interesting circumstances. This definitely wasn’t any different. My original flight was canceled. But they held everything together. Really shows we have a strong group with strong leadership. They care and they won’t let anything stop them. Shows how much they’ve matured as a group,” said head coach Joel Brinton.
Despite the freezing cold weather, 17 Elite started the tournament off hot, winning their first 6 games, beating solid teams in SCVC and 949 who also made the journey to Chicago from Southern California, as well as hometown heroes, Adversity. However, despite the incredible run to start the tournament, 17 Elite eventually lost the crossover rematch to SCVC, and then again to Canadian team Pakmen, to conclude the tournament. But their Open Division Bid to Junior Nationals in Reno was secure.
“We had a great run to start. Beat some good teams. And while we didn’t finish exactly where we wanted to, but we got the job done. And we know exactly what we have to do when the boys return in the spring. Wish them all luck with their high school seasons,” finished Brinton.