Thanks to a dominating performance by 7th-grader Emeka Emetuche, Lake Castle Private School (from New Orleans, Louisiana) won the 2013 New Orleans Middle School Kickoff at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie. Lake Castle went 6-0 in the seven-team round robin for senior teams (open to any students in 8th grade or below). Lake Castle averaged 384 points per game, for an average margin of victory of 300 points.
In the four-team junior bracket (open to 6th grade and below), the Blue team from Holy Name of Jesus compiled a 5-1 record to take the top spot. In the final match, they avenged an earlier loss to St. Dominic B by winning 110-80. The team from Holy Name was extremely deep and well-balanced, fielding seven players throughout the day, five of whom averaged between 20 and 25 points per game.
The second-place trophy in the senior division went to Holy Cross A, who finished tied at 4-2 with St. Dominic A, but were awarded the trophy based upon a better points per game average.
The top individual scorer was Lake Castle’s Emetuche, who put up 125.83 points per game. He averaged just under 5 powers per game. In 2nd place was St. Dominic’s Tristan Cole with 51.67 points per game. Also receiving individual trophies in the senior division were Louis Lamy (Holy Name A) and Benjamin Young (Holy Cross B). The trophy for the top player in the junior division was awarded to St. Dominic B’s Catherine Bickerton, who put up 43.33 points per game, putting her well ahead of the other players in her division.