1/28/2014 10:46:00 AM Williams Middle School Falcons win Kayenta basketball tournament
Front row from left: Payce Mortensen, Tate Grantham, Ashton Johnson and Juaquin Gutierrez. Back row from left: Coach Mortensen, Martin Soria, Daniel Lopez, Coach Shipley, Coach Chavez, Zack Perkins, Aaron Roush, Diego Pedraza and Jose Pedraza. Submitted photo
The Williams Middle School Falcons basketball team played in the Kayenta Tournament Jan. 17-18, where they won four games to win the tournament.
This year's tourney included 21 boys teams from Arizona and Utah. Ten out of 32 Williams players were chosen to go.
The first night the boys went up against Piñon and won 36-22. The second night, the boys played Chinle and won 34-28 to earn a spot in the final four. The Falcons then beat Blanding, Utah 28-15 to play in the championship game against Hopi. The boys played a close game against Hopi, but were able to get ahead and keep the lead to win 29-26.
"I always knew Williams could win this tournament," said Coach Deniz Chavez. "We have a town with good athletes and it showed this weekend."
Martin Soria was named the MVP of the tournament and will receive a plaque soon.
The Falcons started attending the Kayenta Tournament in February 2009.
"This is a great tournament for these boys to see the speed and agility other teams may have," Chavez said.
Chavez thanked the Parent Teacher Student Association for helping to pay for the hotel rooms and food and those who donated to the school tax credit program, which paid for the team's entry fee to the tournament.