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By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour heads to two Ohio sports hotbeds, Dayton and Toledo this coming weekend, July 5-6.   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Detroit is known for the cars it makes, but metro Detroit area could just as well be known for   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal With the rapid proliferation of smart phones and compact, high-quality video recorders, it seems like nearly everyone has the   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour heads to two Ohio sports hotbeds, Dayton and Toledo this coming weekend, July 5-6.   The Dayton event, headed by District Series Event (DSE) Director Ben Ayers, will follow the AYBT’s five-game DSE format, taking place at various venues around the city. For more information, contact Ayers at aybtdayton@gmail.com. Visitors to the area will find plenty to do, including   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour’s (AYBT) second visit to the City of Bloomington (IN) will take on a special meaning July 5-6, as participants will not only play in normal five-game District Series Event (DSE) action but also will take part in a benefit for US Service people called Hoops for Troops. Directed by Todd Barbour, activities have traditionally been held at Illinois Wesleyan   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal There will be tons of American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) action throughout the Midwest this weekend, including Kalamazoo (MI), Springfield (IL), Detroit (MI), Sidney (OH), Louisville (KY), and Mackinaw City (MI). Ohio’s lone AYBT event this weekend is in Sydney, where teams have traditionally competed at four locations, including Lehman High School (2400 St Marys Ave.), at Sidney Middle School (980 Fair Rd.), at   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Detroit is known for the cars it makes, but metro Detroit area could just as well be known for the athletes it produces. Chicago Bulls great B.J. Armstrong, former Duke standout Shane Battier, former Detroit Piston great, and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and former Michigan State great Mateen Cleaves, the list goes on and on. Fans of the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT)   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal With the rapid proliferation of smart phones and compact, high-quality video recorders, it seems like nearly everyone has the ability to capture and upload footage to the internet with just a few clicks of a mouse or swipes on a touch screen. American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events are no different. AYBT has a considerable presence on video sharing sites like YouTube, and as   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) travels to Springfield (IL) for the second time this year, hosting a District Series Event (DSE) this coming weekend June 28-29. Springfield’s most famous past resident is, of course, Abraham Lincoln, who lived in the state capital from 1837-1861. The AYBT event, directed by Steve Klunick, will take place at various high school and college sites across the area, including   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) heads into Kalamazoo (MI) this weekend, June 28-29, for the annual KZOO Shootout. The tournament follows AYBT’s traditional five-game District Series Event (DSE) format. Student-athletes will face opponents at one of three sites, including Comstock High School (2107 N 26th St., Kalamazoo), Portage Courthouse Athletic Facility (7365 S Sprinkle Rd., Portage), and Schoolcraft High School (551 East Lyons   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Over 30 years. Five state titles. Five-hundred-and-four career wins. And a legion of former players and fans that would walk over fire for him. Yes, it’s been quite a career for Coach Goorman. Last year, Jim Goorman, a founding member of the American Youth Basketball Tour was honored with a selection to the Muskegon (MI)  Area Sports Hall of Fame (MASHF) for his outstanding   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal One of the founding members of the American Youth Basketball Tournament (AYBT), Jim Goorman, has his hands in a lot of tournaments as summer is realized and the AYBT season starts to heat up. But the AYBT event in Muskegon, MI is and will always be special for Goorman. “It has been one of the joys of my life, to watch the level of   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour’s (AYBT) many directors will be busy this coming weekend, as the organization hosts seven District Series Events at points across the Midwest, and the East Coast Nationals at Spooky Nook, North America’s largest indoor sports complex. Spooky Nook Sports (2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA), located just minutes north of the city of Lancaster, is a veritable sports heaven   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal This past spring marked the completion of an incredible journey for the Eaton Rapids (MI) Greyhound varsity girls basketball team. Successful championship runs in several American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events culminated this past winter in a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B state hoops title. And the combination of AYBT events and a whole lot of hard work (and good fortune)   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Just as Wapak’s (OH) most famous son, Neil Armstrong, took “one small step…one giant leap…,” the American Youth Basketball Tour is taking one giant leap into bringing high quality basketball action to the town, June 21-22 at several sites around the small city. Wapak, the nickname for the city’s official name, Wapakoneta (Shawnee for ‘Place of White Bones’), home to around 10,000 folks, will   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Butch Brown, a coach for the G-Town Tigers basketball team affiliated with Grant (MI) High School, had to fight to get his kid’s basketball program to accept the wisdom of participating in American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events. But once the program became involved, participation and skill levels have risen each season. “At first the coaches running the school programs didn’t want the kids   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal Two 2013 Ada-area boys’ high school basketball teams used the summer American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) to prepare for impressive runs to the 2013 Ohio state finals. Ottawa Glandorf High School captured the Division III state championship with a 67-46 win against Versaille at the Value City Arena in Columbus. Leipsic, meanwhile, fell short in a Division IV 87-63 title-game loss to Cleveland Villa Angela-St.   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Big numbers are expected this weekend at the first of two American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events in Ada (OH). The AYBT will take over the town June 14-15. The event, which has been an AYBT tradition for nearly two decades, is one of the organization’s most popular stops, primarily because of the facilitates, said veteran AYBT Indiana/Ohio Director Jim Clay. “I think the   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Players at this weekend’s Purdue Super Regional will get a glimpse of Big 10 campus life, as Purdue University’s France A. Córdova Recreation Center (or the COREC in the parlance of the college) is one of four sites set to host the American Youth Basketball Tour’s (AYBT) District Series Event (DSE) this weekend, June 14-15. The COREC (355 S Martin Jischke Dr., West Lafayette) is a   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) rolls into Battle Creek (MI) this weekend, June 14-15, to fill ‘Cereal City’ with loads of basketball players and fans. The five-game tourney structure District Series Event (DSE) will take place at Battle Creek Central High School (100 W Van Buren St.) and Full Blast Recreation Center (35 Hamblin Ave.). The latter is an 88,000-square foot fitness center,   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The Capital Area Cougars club youth basketball league has a lot in common with the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT). For one, both organizations host children with the intention of giving them an opportunity to become better basketball players. For another thing, both groups bring together diverse groups of kids to learn, play and have fun together. But the two groups are even more   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) rumbles into Metro Detroit this weekend with the East Michigan Slam. The event, which follows the AYBT’s five-game District Series Event (DSE) structure, will take place June 7-8 in the Village of Oxford. The event will take place at Oxford High School (745 N. Oxford Rd.). The event is open to girls in eighth grade, and for boys in grades   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) may offer skills camps for grade, middle and high school basketball players, but the organization is joining up this month with the big boys and girls. AYBT has joined with the National Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Indiana Fever to offer two AYBT Nights, June 25 and June 27. The Fever will host   Read More ...