Posted On: 05/29/19 11:39 AM

We can all admit that the grassroots season, as valuable as it is, is an absolute grind.  Tons of travel, late nights, early mornings, and multiple games each day provide for grueling schedules that can take its toll on the bodies of even the most elite athletes.  Coming into the weekend at the Show Me Showdown in St. Louis, many prospects have ran the gauntlet of a full high school season followed by a two month spring.  With fatigue and some wear-and-tear setting in from the marathon schedule, there were two teams from the Illinois side who faced even greater obstacles over the weekend.  

Gateway IL (17u) and Capital City Teamwork (16u) both spent a majority of the weekend playing with only a five man lineup and zero depth on the bench.  Not only did neither of these groups use their lack of bodies as an excuse, they turned it into motivation and put together some gritty and impressive runs throughout the weekend.  Here, we highlight each groups "Fab 5" and salute them for their effort and toughness that was on display at the Show Me Showdown.

 

Gateway IL 17U

We saw coach Deryl Cunningham and his

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