Posted by: sonewjersey | July 24, 2010


Today was the final day of competition for all athletes at the 2010 National Games. Once again, the athletes not competing,  parents and families travelled from location to location cheering on Team NJ as they have done from the start.

Aquatics: Katherine, in her “throw-away” event the 25 fly, stormed to a Gold medal. Daisy grabbed Bronze in the 100 breast, Chris swam the 200 back and once again brought home the Gold for team NJ. Margo swam to first place in the 50 back with the second place athlete over 8 seconds behind her. her time was the fastest of all 45 swimmers in the 50 back. Katherine was the final swimmer for team NJ and she placed 5th in the 50 Back.

Bowling: Mike and Jason completed the bowling program in male singles today at Sun Valley Lane. Mike bowled his way to Silver and Jason picked up a bronze medal.

Soccer: after a heartbreaking semi final loss Team NJ looked to end with a win to bring home the bronze. with a great crowd at the field, Team NJ played an awesome game against a tough Tennessee team. Alex Buzgo scored mid way through the first half, and after a few heart stopping moments the final whistle blew and Team NJ took the bronze to the delight of the players and fans.

Basketball: the last event of the games saw the Team NJ basketball team face off against Missouri, a team they had beaten by double digits during league play. with a huge crowd of probarbly 350 people, including almost all the athletes from Team NJ, the first half was a back and forth game and NJ ended it leading 22-17. In the second half NJ stretched their lead to ten with 6 minutes to go. Missouri then went on a 8-0 run, cutting the lead to two points with under a minute to go. Not panicking the NJ team kept their heads and made some important plays, including denying a shot as time expired to come out 33-30 winners and Gold medalists.

The evening was spent at the closing ceremonies where live music was prominent and the athletes danced until the torch was put out to end the games.

It was an incredible end to an amazing week for Team NJ. We brought 52 athletes in 8 sports out to Nebraska, and through their hard work and determination EVERY ATHLETE IS COMING HOME WITH AT LEAST ONE MEDAL! An amazing feat!



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