|2023 Emerge Elite|
A group of young bulls wanted to become a dynasty and at the end of the 2017 season they were amongst the top teams in Ohio. The 2018 season has started and the team is looking to EMERGE as one of the ELITE teams in the class of 2023. This year is the inaugural season for Emerge Elite. Although the 7th grade Emerge Elite Purple has moved on, their core has stayed intact and has acquired new faces that will EMERGE the team to the next level.
Emerge Elite opened their season in Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Royals Invitational. Emerge Elite had a fairly easy road by defeating teams by an average of 20 plus points. They were not tested until the semi finals, they faced Tournament Time out of Huntington, West Virginia. It was a back and forth battle and with Emerge Elite’s deep bench they were able to outlast and advance to the highly anticipated grudge match vs Cincinnati Royals Blue. The championship game was a great game to watch with in your face defense throughout the whole game. Neither team backed down and fought until the very end. Emerge Elite pulled away with their first Championship of the season.
Emerge Elite stayed home for their second tournament and played in the well known Parker Bernard. Emerge had yet another easy road as they took down local and out of town competitors. In the semi finals, they faced the Wayne Warriors yet again another highly anticipated match up. Wayne got off to an early start but Emerge’s defense was too much and ultimately earned them a spot in the championship game vs the Dayton Wolves. Emerge Elite and Dayton Wolves are no strangers as both teams have switched programs. Emerge Elite formerly MVP DYNASTY and Dayton Wolves formerly Dayton Swish are extremely familiar with each other and share a mutual respect. The championship game didn’t disappoint as it went into double overtime with The Dayton Wolves overtaking Emerge Elite.
Emerge Elite accepted an invite to Huntington, West Virginia to play in their 3rd tournament. Tournament Time, the host put on a well ran tournament with their 5th annual “Fastbreak Shootout”. Emerge faced teams from WV and KY and squared off with the WV Wildcats in the championship game. Both teams were undefeated coming into the game and neither team had any intentions of going home with a loss. WV Wildcats a well-coached team with a lot of fire power proved to be the hungrier team in the beginning and hit a buzzer beat three to end the half. Emerge Elite’s coaching lit a fire under its players and they came out with great intensity and tough defense as Emerge Elite declawed the Wildcats. Emerge Elite hailed the victory and increased their record to 16-1 on the season.
Emerge Elite will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio next to take on some best in Ohio, Indiana, KY and MI at the Buckeye Prep Invitational. This tournament is loaded with exceptional talent each year and Emerge Elite is looking to leave its mark.