Photo provided by Christy Burnett -- The Americana YMCA basketball league in Zachary includes Team Thunder, which claimed the league title Feb. 28 and won the league tournament March 1. Team Thunder players are from the Zachary community. Kneeling, from left, are Brett Siebert, Dylan Marionneaux, Jamari Bolden, Cullen Cassard and Tripp Behrnes; standing, from left, are Hudson Spangler, Daniel Parker, Jordan Williams and Ty Lipscomb; and third row is coach Brad Spangler, left, and coach Geoff Spangler.

The Americana YMCA’s basketball league wrapped its regular season Feb. 28 with Team Thunder named league champion after finishing the season with a 9-1 record.

Team Thunder, which includes boys ages 9 and 10, also won the league’s season-ending tournament March 1 by beating the Bulls 14-13 in the championship game.

By winning the league’s regular season, Thunder received a bye in the first round of the tournament, advancing straight to the semifinals, which the team also won 29-14.

Team Thunder then advanced to the finals to face the Bulls, coach Geoff Spangler said.

The Americana YMCA league includes Zachary-area teams and players. All league games were played at Zachary High School.

ZHS graduate and Lady Bronco basketball standout Bria Reed is the league’s director.

“Compliments to Bria and her staff for a very well-run league and for organizing all of the teams’ practices and games,” Spangler said.

Spangler said his squad began practicing in December and played its first game Jan. 10.

“The boys finished their regular season by winning their final two games on a Saturday and then winning two tournament games on a Sunday,” Spangler said. “They won their last four games of the season in a 24-hour period. That’s quite an accomplishment for any basketball team, regardless of age.”