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Spartans sweep Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 12/28/18, 10:30PM EST

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Homestead boys win first tourney title; girls good for 3rd title in 4 years

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Homestead's boys and girls basketball teams became the first to sweep the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament in more than 20 years.

Homestead girls won their 3rd tourney title in 4 years, defeating defending champion South Side, 43-30, Saturday night at Wayne High School. After trailing 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, the top-seeded Lady Spartans took a 16-12 lead into halftime. They would outscore the Lady Archers, the 3-seed, 27-18 in the second half to hold on for a victory. Homestead's trip to the title included a semi-final win over Carroll and a quarterfinal win over Snider.

The Homestead boys won their first ever Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament on Friday, beating Snider in the finals. The Spartans and Panthers found themselves tied after the first quarter. But a series of 3-point baskets gave Homestead a lead it would never relinquish. The Spartans led 30-24 at half and 54-40 after 3 quarters. Homestead, a 3-seed seed, made the final after knocking off Carroll in Friday's semi-final and Bishop Dwenger in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Spartans were runners-up 2 of the last 3 years to a North Side squad that won 5 straight tourney titles. Top-seeded Snider returned to the final for the first time since 2014. The Panthers have not won the tournament since 2005.

Homestead joins Snider in 1997 and Northrop in 1985 as the only three schools to sweep the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament in a given year.