Camp Ranger continued to be a dominant force in the Catskill Region basketball circles this summer by capturing the Camp Lenni-Len-A-Pe Senior Basketball Tournament and taking second place in the Junior Tourney.

Riding a patient offense and a stingy defense, Ranger's Senior contingent toppled the host team, Lenni-Len-A-Pe, 34-33, in the title game to bring home its second championship in the last two years. Down 29-21, early in the fourth quarter, Ranger outscored their hosts, 14 to 4 down the stretch. Harvey Mutterperl led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points and 13 rebounds, but it was the cool, steady play of guard Bob Appenzeller that set the tone for the comeback. For his outstanding performance in the championship game, "Appadoo", as he is known throughout the hoops world, was selected Most Valuable Player in the tournament.

In addition to Mutt's points, other contributors in the final game included Apadoo with six, Larry Hampel with six, Elmer Schwartz with eight and David Druckman with four.

Ranger reached the finals by blitzing Camp Monroe, 71-29. Hampel paced the offense with game highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds, while the "Great Rejector", Elmer Schwartz tossed in 19 points to go along with his 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Also tallying for Ranger were Druckman--3, Mutterperl--6, Cleve Christie--4, Len Weinstein--6, Greg Weitzner--2, Cheeks Klugman--6, and Steve Weinstein--4.

Ranger's Junior team played even with a powerful Lenni=Len-A-Pe squad through the first half of the title game, but eventually gave way in the third quarter when the hosts jumped out to a 21 point lead. Ranger came to life in the final period only to see Lenni-Len_A-Pe come out on top by a 55-21 count. The "Teaneck Twosome", Dan Weinberg and Neil Federer tallied seven and six, respectively, but did not receive enough support from their team-mates.

The Junior team advanced to the finals with a heart stopping, 44-38 win over Camp Monroe. Tied at six at the end of the first quarter and at 19 at the end of the second, Ranger clamped on a tight defense and used a balanced attack to build an eight point lead. Neil "The Wheel" Federer put on a sparkling effort controlling the offense and tossing in 16 himself. Weinberg, Steve Tesch and Dave Licker each added 6 points, Jeff Marmelstein and Andrew Feldman clicked for 4 each and Alan Gardner hit for 2.