December 8, 2020
GVBL WINTER 2020-21 REC LEAGUE
GVBL Winter 2020-21 Highlights
Things are starting to heat up in each of the divisions as we begin to reach the middle of the schedule. There are still a couple of undefeated teams; however, most teams in all divisions are certainly still in the running for the division title.

Boys 5th/6th Division:
After another impressive 39-24 win over the Pistons on Sunday, the Bulls continue to be undefeated and currently the team to beat in the division. Both the Celtics and the Magic suffered their first loss this past week, putting them a game behind the Bulls in the loss column. The Cavs are beginning to gel after the first few weeks of the season, coming up with two big wins this past week, including a tough 33-30 battle against the Raptors. There are a full set of games this weekend, beginning this Thursday with the much anticipated match-up between the Bulls and Celtics.

Girls 5th/6th Division:
The Sky has remained undefeated in the Girls 5th/6th division at 5-0. They had two wins this past week, with the league’s most exciting game, a 26-25 one point barn burner over the Fever. This pushed the Fever’s record to 1-3; however, they made a statement that the season is far from over. The Mystics won their only game of the week, while the Liberty split their two including a defensive battle against the Dream, 23-17.

Girls & Boys 1st/2nd Divisions:
In both of these divisions, the basketball is like night and day from this past weeks performances versus just a little under a month ago when both divisions tipped off their seasons. The focus has been on fundamentals these past few weeks and it is amazing how much the kids are taking in. Kudos to the time and effort being put in by a whole host of volunteer coaches…definitely time well spent!

Girls 3rd/4th Division:
In this past Wednesday's night action, the Bulldogs remained undefeated at 3-0. The 'dogs convincingly took down the Tigers 30-16. In the second game of the night the Gators barely got by the Razorbacks 20-18 in a tightly fought battle. With the win the Gators kept pace and remain one game behind the Bulldogs in the standings.

Boys 3rd/4th Division:
The Wolverines have taken early control of the division and remain undefeated after notching two wins this past week. Both were highly contested games, a 4 point win over the Terps on Wednesday and a down-to-the-wire one point win over the Hoosiers two nights later. Both the Hoosiers and the Terps remain one game back in the loser column, both suffering their first setbacks. Earlier in the week, the Hoosiers took down the Lions with a 35-24 win

Boys 7th/8th Division:
With the majority of the division very evenly matched, at the mid-point of the season, the Warriors appear to be the early favorite. Carrying a 5-0 record to lead the division the Warriors went 2-0 this past week, but got a scare when Kings nearly pulled off an upset losing in the end 53-51. This moved them into a tie for 3rd place with the Rockets, both at 3-2. The Blazers are one game back in the loss column after also picking up two very contested wins this past week. 55-50 over the Clippers, and just slipping by the Thunder 53-51 later in the week.

(Please send in your game day pictures to info@gvco.org to be highlighted in Around the Rim or on the website! Please note team/division. Thanks!)
GVBL Ivy Experience HS Boys Division
The Boys HS division got into the swing of things this past week. There are 12 teams in the division this season. Games began on December 1st and are being played later each week night in the Phelps School Lyons gym.

There will be 12 games played this week, so follow the action on the GVBL app for scores and standings.
Don't Forget the GVBL App!
GVBL App is updated for the GVBL Winter 2020-21 Season! Schedules and standings are posted on the website and on the GVBL app.

GVBL uses this app as a way to efficiently communicate throughout the GVBL seasons with rosters, schedules and news/updates.
GVBL Tournament Teams 2020-21
Girls 6th grade Tournament Team:

The 6th grade girls tournament team finished the fall season on a high note by winning the CES fall league 6th grade division title!

Quite the accomplishment as the league boasts some of the areas best basketball talent.

Boys 6th grade Tournament Team notches first two victories to start the season:

The 6th Grade Boys have two teams, the Knights and Raiders, both playing in the Winter Malvern League this season. Their schedules tipped off this past Sunday, with the Knights winning a close game at the end, and the Raiders using a strong defensive effort to also get a win.
Girls 4th grade Tournament Team:

The Great Valley Hive opened their first “official” season facing two very tough opponents and earning a split of their first two tightly contested games. The early game featured a physical East Norriton team, the Hive took a commanding lead early the second half and never looked back winning 17-6 and not allowing a second half basket. The later game featured a smooth shooting team from Springfield, who jumped out to a big lead at halftime. The Hive clawed their way back, ran the offense well but eventually fell to Springfield 29-15. 

Overall lots of positives for our first weekend and the girls earned many compliments from the opponents and referees.  Congrats to the Hive girls! We will continue our high energy practices this week with the primary focus on fundamental skill development.
GVMS & GVHS Basketball 2020-21
The pandemic continues to take its toll on the local scholastic seasons. With most schools and conferences opting to postpone seasons, the GVSD addressed the winter sports programming at the school board level. 

Last night, the GVSD school board decided to indefinitely suspend all winter sports, including HS Basketball. They will next discuss restarting at their January 11th meeting.
Great Valley Community Organization
GVCO Celebrates our Giving Community
On Giving Tuesday December 1st, GVCO shared this message with the community:

GVCO asks that you think about all the others in our community that are currently working through some hardships and tough times and take the time to give generously to those very much in need on this day of giving. 

Throughout the year GVCO calls on the community to give through our Caring Hands Foundation, Dine&Donates, car washes, Cradles to Crayons, food and sneaker drives, and numerous other fundraisers. In 2021 we will ask again, as we will still be here! In this crazy year let's be thankful for what we have, and on this day, think about those who are much less fortunate.
GVCO Project Update
If you have passed by the new GVCO Community Center site on Bacton Hill Rd, you have begun to see the transformation of the property.

We built a storage shed, began fencing in the property and opened the practice field in the back of the site. Our GVFL football and GV Cheer groups both held programming at the site this fall.

We have also held a number of community and fundraising events throughout the fall. And you may have seen a good bit of equipment being relocated as we begin to mobilize for future site work at the facility.

If you get the opportunity take a ride by and begin to watch the progress as we move into the 2021 calendar year.
SEE the Future GVCO Community Center
We need your help to finish what we've started! We will not get the necessary financing to complete the project without raising additional funds.

DONATE NOW to finalize the building of our brand new GVCO Community Center!

The time is NOW.... Together we can make it happen!
GVCO Sponsors
The Desmond Malvern
The Desmond Malvern is introducing virtual Dinner with Santa starting this weekend!

Hope you'll enjoy our 2020 adaptation of traditional brunch with Santa!

Chuck Barbera Team of Realtors/ REMAX Partners with GVCO in "Realtors Giving Back"!

BUYING OR SELLING YOUR HOME?

Over the next year, for anyone who contacts the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes and signs them to serve in the purchase or sale of their next home, GVCO will receive 10% of the real estate commission received!

Let's DO GOOD TOGETHER!!! 


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