cm_marchmad2Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) and the City of Carlsbad Recreation Department teamed up to host the annual Mini March Madness Basketball Tournament in early March at Poinsettia Elementary School. The students, parents, and community of Carlsbad cheered from the sidelines to support the fifth grade players, who represented all nine CUSD elementary schools – Aviara Oaks, Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Hope, Jefferson, Kelly, Magnolia, Pacific Rim, and Poinsettia. The event allows for students, teachers, and the community to practice part of CUSD’s code of ethics, “Teaching Respect, Unity, and Sportsmanship through Teamwork” (TRUST), and is a great display of the partnership between the City and CUSD. The girls’ team from Pacific Rim won the girls’ tournament, and boys from Magnolia won the boys’ tournament with a last second shot at the buzzer. Players from both winning teams were presented with medals, and the perpetual trophy was presented to the winning school.