Wheaton captures Marionville crown

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tournament champions The Wheaton Bulldogs claimed the championship trophy at last week's Marionville Tournament. Team members, pictured above, include: Joey Robbins, Yia Yang, Justin Beck, Justin Walker, Haston David, Joey Bartkoski, Bubba Galvan, Sean Goostree, Kyle Robbins, Toby Banks, Tyler McGarrah, Jesse Mitchell and Zach Prewitt. Goostree, Bartkoski and Robbins were also named to the All-Tournament team. The Bulldogs are coached by head coach Rusty Roe and assistants Dale Forgey and Lindy Lombard.

The Wheaton Bulldogs opened their season 3-0 while winning the championship of the Marionville Tournament. Wheaton mowed down Hollister and Blue Eye to reach the finals, where they defeated Stockton, 74-57, on Saturday night.

Wheaton, the top seed in the tournament, took down Hollister, 70-61, in first-round action on Monday, Nov. 28. Sean Goostree scored 23 to pace the Bulldogs to victory, followed by Bubba Galvan with 15. The hot-shooting Bulldogs finished the night with 48 percent accuracy from the field and grabbed 35 rebounds.

Wheaton controlled Blue Eye in second round action on Thursday night, claiming a 65-31 win. Jory Bartkoski scored 23 and Goostree added 20 points and 9 rebounds as Rusty Roe's team claimed a spot in the title game. Wheaton players connected on 29 of 34 free throw attempts to the tune of 85 percent in the game.

In the championship game, Wheaton rallied from a 14-14 tie to claim an 11-point halftime lead and went on to the 74-57 win. Kyle Robbins led the 'Dogs with 21 points. Goostree scored 19, and Galvan added 14.

Goostree, Bartkoski and Robbins were all named to the All-Tournament team.

"We were able to keep our defensive pressure on Stockton even though Jory Bartkoski was in foul trouble for most of the game," said Wheaton's Rusty Roe. "All of our players did what they needed to do in this ballgame to make sure we won. Our bench players came in the game and kept up our defensive intensity, and we had a couple of starters step up and take over our scoring with Bartkoski being out."

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