On Wednesday, May 17 MaxPreps traveled to the Windy City to honor the Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)
boys basketball team on a historic season and national ranking.
As part of the 12th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, Whitney Young held a trophy presentation during a school assembly for the second time in MaxPreps 11 seasons of celebrating basketball teams. Whitney Young's girls basketball team received recognition the first time around. Wednesday it was time to celebrate the boys!
The crowd cheered with great enthusiasm as Sergeant First Class Michael Pett of the Illinois Army National Guard presented the nationally ranked banner as well as the impressive Army National Guard national ranking trophy to Head Coach Tyrone Slaughter.
The trophy consists of a "Minuteman" statue symbolizing discipline, hard work, dedication, readiness and a commitment to excellence, all characteristics of the Army National Guard.
Slaughter was appreciative of receiving the prestigious award and thanked the school for all of its support. Following the presentation, pictures were taken and interviews conducted by Whitney Young's basketball players and the coaches.
The Dolphins finished the year with a 28-6 record and concluded the season by topping rival Simeon 60-50 in overtime to claim the Illinois 4A state championship. Senior guard Craig Beaudion attributed the team's success to all the hard work the Dolphins put in at practices. Senior forward Lucas Williamson said playing together the previous season helped the Dolphins build upon that momentum.
MaxPreps ranked the Dolphins No. 6 nationally, out of more than 20,000 boys basketball teams. Furthermore, Whitney Young was one of only 20 basketball teams nationally to receive the recognition from MaxPreps and the Army National Guard.
Congratulations Coach Slaughter and the Dolphins on your memorable championship season! We look forward to many more!
to view the Whitney Young TOC photo gallery and for more information about the Basketball TOC, please visit the MaxPreps Tour of Champions site