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Left to right, in front row, Jack Towne, Jon Cotter, Blake Carthew, Madden Henning, Jordan Mobry. Left to right, in second row, Owen Gosdeck, Wyatt Graffin, Isaac Peck, Peyton Powers, Griffin Corrado, Owen Hacht. Back row, left to right, coach Kevin Powers and coach Eric Cotter.

The Columbus Recreation fifth grade boys basketball team participated in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament hosted by Appleton North and Kimberly on March 23-24. This elite tournament, which is organized by the Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 61 of the top community-based fifth grade boys basketball teams from across Wisconsin to play either six or seven games over the two-day weekend. State champions were crowned in four divisions: 1, 2, 3 and 4-5, based on the enrollment of the high school into which each team feeds.

The Columbus Recreation fifth grade team finished second place in its field for Division 3. Laconia defeated Columbus, 28-20, to win the Division 3 championship. The All-Tournament team for Division 3 consisted of two players from Columbus, Jon Cotter and Peyton Powers. The team was coached by Kevin Powers, Eric Cotter and Nic Henning.

The Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament is an annual event, held in February, March or April of each year, pitting the top community-based teams in Wisconsin against each other. The tournament is organized by size of communities, much like the WIAA state high school tournaments, so that top teams can compete on a level playing field with other programs their size.

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