Small hometown team helps country’s largest team

By on January 5, 2012

Photo: The Harter 8th grade basketball team and families (right) puts together care packages at the Batavia VFW for the overseas troops. Courtesy Photos

SUGAR GROVE—On the morning of Dec. 10, the Kaneland Harter Middle School boys basketball team and their parents traveled to the Batavia VFW, where they helped Fox Valley Troop Support assemble over 100 care packages for our deployed troops.

Chris Derby, who recently served in Afghanistan, speaks to the team about the impact they will have on the deployed, and how current service members along with those who have ever served, and all their family members will respect them for their participation.

Courtside, Reed Overhaug then packed up his team, traveled to a B-team tournament in Yorkville and took first place that afternoon. Later in the week, they went to Oswego for a three-day tournament, where the A team also brought home first finishing the season.

“Because of the large number of kids who want to be involved in sports programs, coaches (with little or no help) have a tendency to focus on a select few that will help them win,” team parent Mike Robertsen said. “Reid’s strong efforts to develop a team by getting everyone involved enables kids to learn from and help each other understanding by developing strength as a team, wins will follow. The kids aren’t the only winners this year. Looking at the pictures for the parents equals any trophy. I have to believe to teach values of this nature on and off the court this community also wins. Thanks, Coach.”

The Harter 8th Graders (18-2 record) Coach Reed Overhaug (back row, left to right), Andrew Burroughs, Kevin Fajardo, Noah Jones, Mitchel Groen, Tanner Robertsen, Jake Marczuk, Brett Hansen, Tanner Vanhorn and Jason Edwards. Ross Cortino (middle row), Andy Delgado, Joe Laudont, Jake Gomes, Jake Violett, Austin Kintz, Ryan David, Brandon Cruz, Andy Kray and Dylan Vaca. Mark Lilly (fron row), Kyle Osborne and Sam Wolf.