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The St. Mary of the Assumption School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams made history when each completed a perfect 17-0 league season, winning the Central Coast Small Schools League Championship Tournament. The Squires defeated teams from Los Alamos, Orcutt, Santa Maria and Sisquoc. The balanced boys’ team with four 8th graders, two 7th graders and four 6th graders scored an average of 45 points each game. Dominating their opponents, the girls’ team’s average win was by more than 25 points. After sweeping the regular season and each finishing 15-0, both teams won two tournament games capping a perfect season of league play. The boys stopped a rally by the Blochman team, winning 42-31 in the championship game, while the girls pulled away in the second half to a 42-28 victory over Valley Christian Academy.

League officials believe the historic achievement is the first time one school is the home to two undefeated regular season champions and two tournament champions in the same year. Six teams from throughout the region are members of the Central Coast California Small Schools: Benjamin Foxen Elementary School (Blochman Union School District), Olga Reed Elementary (Los Alamos), Pacific Christian School, St. Louis de Montfort School, St. Mary of the Assumption School and Valley Christian Academy. St. Mary, founded September 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School.