The first annual Drake Bigler Memorial Invite was a success. We appreciate all the volunteers, coaches, directors, officials, and other assistants who made this event go smoothly and create a great experience for those involved. Thanks to D1 Minnesota basketball program for their donation to the cause despite not being able to attend the event.
We specifically appreciate the coaches who showed a high level of class in the way they coach, instruct, and teach players with an encouraging and building perspective while also teaching life lessons.
Here are comments from one of coaches attending:
"Although I was aware of the Drake Bigler story and the fact that Brad had recently lost his mother I took a moment on the way home from the tournament to read the story to our players. We were glad to be a part of such a great event today and am thankful that you have taken the time to ensure that we will remember Drake for years to come. We will all pray for the Bigler family tonight. Thanks for great day!"
We greatly respect and admire coaches who use opportunities to share stories and learn through tragedy. The detailed results of the games and entire event are provided below.
Congrats to the following AAU Teams for winning the Drake Bigler Invite - AAU Day 1:
Great job by all teams and players with specific congrats to following high school teams:
Huron, SD - JV Division Champs
Tracy Milroy Balaton - Varsity B Division Champs
Marshall Tigers - Varsity A Division Champs.
The game by game score and results is posted on the PDF on the right.
We chose 5 players from each division that stood out for thier teams throughout the day, and 10 additional players from all divisions who had big performances as Honorable Mention Players.
Varsity B Division All Tournament Team:
Varsity A Division All Tournament Team:
Drake Bigler Invite ~ All Tournament Honorable Mention
JV Division All Tournament Team: