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Local AAU team heads for nationals

The Riverside Flyers AAU basketball team recently won the Division II tournament in Columbus and qualified for the nationals July 16-21 in Cincinnati. Team members are: front from left, Graeson Malashevich (Ceredo-Kenova), Blake Stewart (Boyd County), Evan Holmes (Coal Grove) and Charlie Large (Coal Grove); second row from left, Ty Wilcoxon (Fairland), Tanner Holden (Wheelersburg) and Joel Lambiotte (Fairland). The Flyers coach is Bryan “Cannonball” Wells. (Photo Submitted)

Staff Report

The Riverside Flyers are going to play a few more games.

The Flyers won the AAU Division II state championship in Columbus to earn a berth in the nationals July 16-21 in Cincinnati.

The team of area players who relied on unselfish team play includes Ty Wilcoxon and Joel Lambiotte of Fairland, Evan Holmes and Charlie Large of Coal Grove, Tanner Holden of Wheelersburg, Graeson Malashevich of Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va., and Blake Stewart of Boyd County, Ky.

The team has played in eight tournaments and they have come away with seven championship trophies.

Their only loss came in their first tournament — the Cincinnti Bearcat Classic. Riverside led by three points with one minute to play but lost by three at the buzzer.

The Flyers — sponsored by Joe Lambiotte of Riverside Physical Therapy — trailed throughout the state championship game. But coach Bryan “Cannonball” Wells told his team entering the fourth quarter, “Refuse to lose.”

The players listened to their coach and rallied to win by seven.

Riverside — fourth grade-aged team— finished the regular season 35-2 with one loss coming in the Bearcat tournament to fifth grade team.