Singer Community School basketball team Kylie Begay, Sierra
Singer, Shay Singer, Jaci Singer-Gonnie, Kristen Wagner, Anysa
Tso and Vaniqa Dixon took home a 19-0 win over Sonoran Trails
Jr. High School during the Big School Jr. High Basketball
State Championship. Submitted photo
BIRDSPRINGS, AZ The Birdsprings Little Singer Community
School basketball team captured the Big School Jr. High Basketball
State Championship 19-0, against Sonoran Trails Jr. High School
Feb. 13 in Phoenix.
With an enrollment of 60 students, the Birdsprings school was
very excited to show off its talent.
Kylie Begay, a seventh grader, broke a state record with 37
points the most points ever recorded for a player and 10
threes in the semifinals and was awarded MVP of the state
tournament. With their sixth man Jaci Singer-Gonnie, who is the
teams smallest player and is in the sixth grade, this was
considered the Navajo version of Hoosiers. The team also captured
championships in Tsaile, Arizona, runner-up in Monument Valley and
a championship finish at the 2017 Four Corners basketball tournament
at the Wildcat Den in Chinle.
Melvin Tsosie coached the team this season and provided motivation
and helped take a small school back to back championships games.
Tsosie said the Lady Colts have worked hard all season long
and players are highly involved in academics, cross -country, volleyball
and flag football, they sometimes participate in two sports in one
The NABI foundation complemented them on social media and said
they were a team with a high basketball IQ. Teachers, support staff
and coaches were highly supportive and played a big role in taking
the team the playoffs this season.
Harry Singer, Byrde Nez and Chum Benally sponsored the team
and Bobby Gonnie served as the teams waterboy.