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Posted On: 04/15/18 11:39 AM

The name may have changed but there were plenty of familiar faces on the floor Saturday as the UVA Lady Rebels took to the court at the Midwest Kick-Off in Bloomington. The most familiar face of all belonged to Desiree Ware of Maranatha Christian Academy. Ware, one of the top players in the 8th grade class, was the backbone of the team last summer when it was known as Real Athletics. Coached by Desiree's dad Robert Ware, the team nearly won a state championship and captured the top 7th grade division at the West Coast Nationals in Las Vegas. Ware and Ware are back in 2018 as the Lady Rebels.

While 'Real Athletic' was a more apt descriptor for this squad, a new partnership with the non-profit Urban Ventures in South Minneapolis (urbanventures.org) and the Adidas-affiliated Innerman Lady Rebels program out of Atlanta will give the team a little higher profile and more community impact. "It was a move to be in a positive environment under one roof," said Coach Ware, who is the boys' basketball coach and Dean of Academics at Maranatha. "We have access to four college-sized courts which helps with how we do our practices and

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