Alabaster youth basketball team earns praise for 10-1 season

Published 11:48 am Tuesday, April 3, 2018


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The city’s basketball future looks to be in good hands, after the city’s fifth-grade team recently won the area youth league championship to bring Alabaster its first youth league championship trophy in four years.

The Alabaster fifth-grade boys basketball team recently ended a 10-1 season, during which they won the league championship while taking down teams from their city, Pelham, Helena, Montevallo and Calera.

The team consisted of the following athletes:


-Jakorian Gilbert

-Hayden MacDonald

-Christian Hawkins

-Elijah Hamilton

-Micah McKerley

-Mason Cannon

-Jackson Scali

-Tyler Armstead

-DaeShaun Morrissette


The team was led by head coach Derrick Morrisette and assistant coaches Scott McKerley and Terence Armstead. In mid-March, Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon honored the team and its coaches for their accomplishments during the 2017-2018 season.

“Coach Morrissette and his players, have been able to see proof of the wisdom he taught them this season,” Handlon said while reading a proclamation honoring the team during a March 12 City Council meeting. “His constant message and important life lesson was ‘staying in position, and doing the right things, will lead to success in life and on the court.’”