Help talented Flight 22 girls’ hoops team travel this summer

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With another school year in the books, many local athletes continue the grind of developing and competing through the summer months. If you have a local youth sports team that has made a successful run, we want to hear about it. Contact Joe Catenacci at joe.c@hometownwilmington.com.

Flight 22 girls’ team looking to raise money for trips this summer

Flight 22 is a youth basketball organization run by Laney boys basketball Coach Nathan Faulk. The organization began in 2001 as the Wilmington Warriors, but changed names in 2007 to “Flight 22” in honor and recognition of alum Cedric Simmons.

After playing with Flight, Simmons joined the Wolfpack at N.C. State, where he was a standout and eventual NBA Lottery Pick.

Flight 22 ladies have a busy travel schedule this July. Photo courtesy- Flight 22
Flight 22 ladies have a busy travel schedule this July. Photo courtesy- Flight 22

Flight 22 has enjoyed much success over the years as players competing under the Flight organization have benefited from the connections within the collegiate world to get young ballplayers seen within the ranks, while developing and improving skills to become well-rounded athletes.

Currently, the organization runs seven teams, including the Flight 22 girls basketball team. Flight 22 is entering their second season this summer, led by Head Coach Danielle Bongiorno.

Members of the team may be familiar names to local high school basketball fans, with Alani Fisher (Hoggard), Blair Barefoot (Hoggard), Taylor Perkins (North Brunswick), Lexi Melville (Laney), Jenson Edwards (Laney), Keeley Britt (Hoggard), Kayleigh Merrell (New Hanover), Azariah Fields (New Hanover), Ava John (Laney) and Ayonna Cotten (New Hanover) representing their schools on the team this summer.

The Flight 22 girls’ 16-and-under squad is looking to raise money for travel expenses ahead of trips to Tennessee, Washington D.C. and Charlotte this July.

For additional information on how to help make their summer a memorable one, contact Coach Faulk at laneycoach@yahoo.com or Denise Fisher at 704-622-0047.