Little Singer Community school takes home Big School Jr. Championship

Little Singer Community School basketball team Kylie Begay, Sierra Singer, Shay Singer, Jaci Singer-Gonnie, Kristen Wagner, Anysa Tso and Vaniqa Dixon took home a 19-0 win over Sonoran Trails Jr. High School during the Big School Jr. High Basketball State Championship. Submitted photo

Little Singer Community School basketball team Kylie Begay, Sierra Singer, Shay Singer, Jaci Singer-Gonnie, Kristen Wagner, Anysa Tso and Vaniqa Dixon took home a 19-0 win over Sonoran Trails Jr. High School during the Big School Jr. High Basketball State Championship. Submitted photo

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. — The Birdsprings Little Singer Community School basketball team captured the Big School Jr. High Basketball State Championship 19-0, against Sonoran Trails Jr. High School Feb. 13 in Phoenix.

With an enrollment of 60 students, the Birdsprings school was very excited to show off its talent.

Kylie Begay, a seventh grader, broke a state record with 37 points — the most points evert recorded for a player and 10 three’s in the semi-fnals and was awarded MVP of the state tournament. With their sixth man Jaci Singer-Gonnie, who is the team’s smallest player and is in the sixth grade, this was considered the Navajo version of Hoosiers. The team also captured championships in Tsaile, Arizona, runner-up in Monument Valley and a championship finish at the 2017 Four Corners basketball tournament at the Wildcat Den in Chinle.

Melvin Tsosie coached the team this season and provided motivation and helped take a small school back to back championships games.

Tsosie said the Lady Colts have worked hard all season long and players are highly involved in academics, cross -country, volleyball and flag football, they sometimes participate in two sports in one day.

The NABI foundation complemented them on social media and said they were a team with a high basketball IQ. Teachers, support staff and coaches were highly supportive and played a big role in taking the team the playoffs this season.

Harry Singer, Byrde Nez and Chum Benally sponsored the team and Bobby Gonnie served as the team’s waterboy.

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