AFP backs YMCA basketball team

Well, we didn’t win the championship, but … the Augusta Free Press-sponsored team in the Waynesboro YMCA Junior Division did OK for itself.

Augusta Free Press LLC stepped up twice to get the Blue team on the court in 2011. The business paid for the shirts and also provided the coach, AFP owner and and New Dominion Magazine editor Chris Graham.

Graham had been on an extended sabbatical from youth-basketball coaching but offered to take on a team after learning that increased participation in Y basketball this year had led to a shortage of coaches to go around.

Employing a triangle offense and a ball-pressure defense, the Blue team won the regular-season championship with a 6-1-1 record. The Blues fell short in the postseason, losing both of their games.

“A wonderful experience,” Graham said of the season on the hardwood. “The Y plays such a positive role in the lives of the young men and young women who grow up on the court upstairs. I’m honored to have been able to play a small role in what they’ve been doing year in and year out for decades to have a positive influence on this community.”

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