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Last Sunday (July 26) the CA CRUSH TNT, a 4th grade girls basketball team from Menlo Park, was crowned National Runner-up Champions (second in the nation) at the AAU 4th Grade Girls National Championships held in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. The team is comprised of girls who go to Oak Knoll, Encinal, La Entrada and Phillips Brooks.

The team, which started when most of the girls were in 1st/2nd grade, took ninth place as 3rd graders at last year’s National Championships. At the AAU tournament, they defeated teams from Ohio, Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee, before losing to a team from Georgia.

“To our knowledge CA CRUSH TNT is one of the few — if not the only — California girls basketball team to have ever played in an AAU National Championship game and/or finished 2nd in the nation,” emailed assistant coach Grady Burnett (pictured left with the team; head coach Joshua Brumm in on the right).

The CA CRUSH TNT is not a professional basketball club or program but rather the team was started by the two coaches  for their daughters and their friends. During the season they practice two times a week.

“The team played in 49 games this year,” said Josh. “In those 49 games, they lost only six times to top 4th grade teams. On average, they outscored their opponents by 18 points, averaging 31 points per game and allowing 13 points per game. The best part is we played more than half our games against older 5th grade girls teams, as well as some boys teams.”

Added Grady: “The 2015 season has been amazing. They’ll stay together and play as fifth graders. They’re great kids and are having a blast and learning a lot together as a team.”

Photo courtesy of Grady Burnett

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