Archive for June, 2013

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal As the summer heats up, the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) swings into the final leg of its district series events, headlined by five DSEs this weekend and five more next weekend. This weekend will feature events two events in Indiana, two in Michigan and a single DSE in Ohio. All five events, in Bloomington, IN, Decatur, IN, Columbus, OH, Kalamazoo, MI, and Battle   Read More ...

Categories: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, State

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal As the old phrase goes, it’s not where you start but where you finish. But the performance of the Brandywine (MI) High School girls varsity basketball squad, and its coach, Josh Hood, been impressive from start to finish – four conference, district and regional titles over the past four years. In fact, Hood, as the head of the Brandywine program, has never lost a   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal A tournament in the American Youth Basketball Tour’s calendar of events has made some sudden changes. Boys teams participating at what was formally known as the Kalamazoo Shootout will now be participating in the Grand Rapids Shootout, playing games in and around Grand Rapids (MI) instead of further south in Kalamazoo. Girls teams will still be playing in Kalamazoo. The boys teams, from third-to-eleventh   Read More ...

Categories: Michigan

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 on 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 Over 30 years. Five state titles. Five-hundred-and-four career wins. And a legion of former players and fans whom would walk over fire for him. Yes, it’s been quite a career for Coach Goorman. Earlier this month, 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   Read More ...

Categories: Nationals, State

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal It’ll be another big weekend for the American Youth Basketball Tournament, as the organization will host six district series events and one Nationals event. The East Coast Nationals, held in West Chester, PA June 21-23, will be staged at three locales, including Ruston High School, West Chester East High School and at Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center. Following the standard round robin format, the East   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Romeo (MI) High School basketball coach Marvin Cushingberry has four sons. And all four of Cushingberry’s sons have enthusiastically participated in American Youth Basketball Tour events. In fact, the Cushingberry family’s experience with AYBT does well to explain what makes the organization’s annual slate of summer basketball tournaments so different. “I support what AYBT does 100 percent,” said the senior Cushingberry. “I think it’s   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Recent Montague (MI) High School grad Brandon Moore attended the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) Fort Wayne event three times. And in those three years, the prep basketball and football standout won the event’s slam dunk competition every time. But it wasn’t all just about Moore’s high-flying theatrics that he remembers about his AYBT experience. “I played with a group of guys from my   Read More ...

Categories: Fort Wayne, Indiana, Michigan

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 the summer approaches 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 ...

Categories: featured, Michigan

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The Holland (MI) Area Shoreline Shootout, held this year June 15-16, has been in existence for 16 years. And for the event’s entire run, John Genung has been its director. Genung expects 2013 to be another big year of American Youth Basketball Tournament (AYBT) fun at this year’s shootout. Playing host to over 50 boys and girls teams from fourth-through-eleventh grades, the event will   Read More ...

Categories: Michigan

Basketball Club Sets Standard for All Teams By Jason Goorman Local Sports Journal “Just Do It Again Hoops” (JDIA) located in Grand Rapids Michigan, is a basketball club that is doing more than just playing the game. JDIA has played the American Youth Basketball Tournament for the last four years and has been successful on and off court Last summer (2012), the 8th grade and the 6th grade teams won   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal After a three-year layoff, the American Youth Basketball Tournament event in Kokomo, IN restarted last year and is showing signs of growth in year two. Kokomo event director Josh McFarland said the reboot has proved successful. “We have about 35 teams this year,” he said, which is a slight increase over last year. “This (event) is smaller because of the three-year gap, but it   Read More ...

Categories: Indiana