By STEPHEN D. RILEY
WASHINGTON – In the summer of 2011, the Coolidge Colts didn’t overly impress at the new DeMatha summer league.
Senior guard Khalen Cumberlander showcased his usual talent, a gift that helped him capture the All-Star game MVP. The Colts fielded a solid summer league team, but it was the experience – and the losses – which Coolidge took from that two-month circuit that helped turned them into a better team. And it was Cumberlander, and a strong supporting cast, that helped turn the Colts into DCIAA champions.
“We played against some tough teams and had some tough losses,” Cumberlander said about last summer’s experience.
Coolidge trumped Theodore Roosevelt 64-53 on Saturday to claim their first DCIAA trophy since 1988. The Colts led for the majority of the game, but squeezed the life out of the Rough Riders in the third quarter, holding Roosevelt to just eight points in the period.