Archive for July, 2013

Local Sports Journal 2013 2nd Session 3 Point Festival Winners   Boys 3-4 1st Zach Woodsen – Hoosier Hoops Heat 2022  – (6) 8 2nd Ayden Ruble – Spiece Wolfpac Royal – (6) 6 3rd – Kanon Kelley – Indiana Bulldogs – 4   Boys 5 1st – Ben Wilhelm – Spiece Wolfpac Albert – 11 2nd – Nickolas Davis – Southern Ohio Magic – 7 3rd – Tobias Pridemore   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Fort Wayne

AMERICAN YOUTH BASKETBALL TOUR 2013 – Fort Wayne National Agenda Session Two:  B3-4, B5, B6, B7, G4-5, G6, G7     Day 1 Saturday, July 20 – Pre-Tournament Day Team travel day 5:30-8 p.m. – Team Registration,  Spiece Fieldhouse Sign up contestant from your team for the 3-Point Festival.   Day 2 Sunday, July 21 (First Game Day) 9-11:30 a.m. – Late Registration , Spiece Fieldhouse All registrations must be completed by   Read More ...

Categories: Fort Wayne, Nationals

Here are some highlights from last week’s slam dunk competition at the AYBT’s Session 1 Fort Wayne Nationals event:  

Categories: Fort Wayne, Nationals

Local Sports Journal AYBT just started up its second session of Ft. Wayne nationals and first-session’s championship results have been posted. 2013 1st Session National Champions Boys 10-11 Division 1 Red – AOT Cats (67) v Hoops Smart Elite (47) Division 2 White – Champaign Heat (60) v Van Wert Eagles (58) Division 3 Blue – Shelby (65) v DSO Sports Black (34) Division 4 Yellow – Alpha Wolf (54)   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Fort Wayne

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal In basketball terms, Brad Redford certainly has had his share of success. For example, the former Frankenmuth High School (MI) star took the 2008 Michigan Mr. Basketball Award (Michigan State University Draymond Green was also a finalist), while helping to lead his team to the state quarterfinals. He certainly earned the award, finishing with an astronomical 36.7 points-per-game average, making a state-record 140 three-pointers   Read More ...

AMERICAN YOUTH BASKETBALL TOUR 2013 – Fort Wayne National Agenda Session One: B8, B9, BVAR, G8, G9, GVAR Day 1 Tuesday, July 16 – Pre-Tournament Day Team travel day 5:30-8  p.m. – Team Registration, Spiece Fieldhouse Sign up contestant from your team for the 3-Point Festival and Dunk Contest. Day 2 Wednesday, July 17 (First Game Day) 9-11:30 a.m. – Late Registration , Spiece Fieldhouse All registrations must be completed by 11:30am.   Read More ...

Categories: Fort Wayne, Nationals

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Kreps is a sharp salesman for the American Youth Basketball Tour. Kreps serves as director of the national tournament in Bloomington, Ill., and doesn’t hesitate to trump the positives about AYBT and Bloomington. “Here’s why teams like our event,” Kreps said. “We are very well organized. Things run on time. Our facilities are located in Bloomington and Normal. (People) comment   Read More ...

Categories: Bloomington, Nationals

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal For 18 years, the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) has offered middle and high school student-athletes the opportunity to play summer basketball in a tournament-like atmosphere. AYBT has also delivered valuable lessons on and off the court. This year is no different as Fort Wayne will once again host AYBT’s national tournament with grades 8-12 going July 17-20 and grades 3-7 going July 21-24.   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Fort Wayne, Nationals

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Sure, he has an arm full of American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) national title trophies. He’s even had the honor of coaching national championship teams on both the girls and boys side during the very same year. But winning isn’t the only thing with which AYBT coach Louis Churchwell of Muskegon (MI) is concerned. In fact, Churchwell likes to say he uses kids’ natural   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Hard to believe, but the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) is entering its final week of district series events, headlined by the Southwest Michigan Slam in Benton Harbor and five other events in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio Benton Harbor-St. Joseph residents may think the AYBT is taking over their town July 13-14 as the Southwest Michigan Slam will hold events at seven area facilities.   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Following the Fourth of July festivities, five American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events highlight the organization’s schedule this weekend. AYBT will be hosting events in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. At the season’s second event in Bloomington, IL participants will take part in the Hoops for Troops tournament. Directed by Todd Barbour, activities will be held at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center, 302 E. Emerson   Read More ...

Categories: Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, State

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal For coaches, one of the benefits of having their programs participate in American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events is that they can have players from several grades learn vital hoops skills over the summer. To ensure those skills work their way throughout the program, it is even better when those players are related. Nowhere is that more true than at Kent City (MI), where   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Sure, Jamie Smalligan would eventually stand 7-feet tall. But, as a sixth grader growing up in Grand Rapids, MI, Smalligan was anything but a blue-chip basketball recruit. And yet, there he was, playing in what would become an annual tradition for him until his senior year of high school, at a local American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) event, just one of the players, just   Read More ...