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27th Annual Berkeley Premier Keeps History Alive

Bishop McLaughlin (FL) once again claims a tournament title.

For many years, a team’s results at the Berkeley Premier in
Tampa, Florida was the standard for how you might rank among other state
contenders. Longtime Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino grew the
event to welcome several State Champions from a handful of states in the Southeastern
United States. Each team thought it could win the event, but, like many of the
historically strong events across the country, coaches came for their teams to
be pushed.

Over the last few years, as other tournaments in the region began popping up, the Berkeley Premier became a more local event. This year is no exception, though COVID-19 and restrictive travel is the reason for the 27th annual tournament to have a limited turnout. Despite the hurdles and hoops that high school programs are going through this year, the Berkeley Premier kept history alive with another year in the books.

“To me, it was a very competitive 12-team tournament,” said Berkeley
head coach Justeen Coulson. “The tournament ran very smoothly, thanks to
help from our administration and [Berkeley alumna and former coach] Mackenzie
for letting us use her platform, Sport Wrench, for results.”

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