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Young Athletes Gain Sportsmanship, Life Skills Through Cyo Sports

By Caroline Powers and Andrew Masse, WesternMass News, 03/04/19, 12:00PM CST

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It's great to see how kids react to things, but also how they grow and learn from mistakes, so it's not just basketball. It's what they learn outside as well. It's all fun.

Parents, coaches, and athletes filled the St. John's Community Center in Holyoke today for a round of CYO basketball games, with teams from across the area competing for a spot in the championship.

At 11, Saturday morning, fifth and sixth graders from Springfield and West Springfield faced off, the Raging Bulls against St. Thomas the Apostle. The Springfield Raging Bulls came into Saturday's semi-final game with a near-perfect record. The team lost their first game Friday night. "These kids here have really done a great job," Springfield CYO coach David Smith tells us. "They've played with heart, tenacity, and just had an awesome season. [We've] been very blessed to have this kind of season, because you don't go 17-0, up until last night, every day."