Archive for April, 2014

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) travels to Baltimore, MD for the first of two appearances this season May 17-18. The tourney, directed by Doug Nicholas, will follow the AYBT’s five-game District Series Event structure. Boys third-through-eleventh grades will be allowed to participate. The famed Boys’ Latin School of Maryland will be the site of the event. Cost to spectators is $5 per day. There also is plenty   Read More ...

Categories: Maryland

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 ...

Categories: featured, Michigan

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) makes the first of two appearances in Springfield, IL May 24. 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 The Gym, a multi-court venue owned by Klunick   Read More ...

Categories: Illinois

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal As the old phrase goes, it’s not where you start but where you finish. Yet the performance of the Niles Brandywine (MI) High School girls varsity basketball squad, and its coach, Josh Hood, has been impressive right from the start – four conference, district and regional titles over his first four years. During that time, the team never lost a conference, district or regional-level   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Michigan

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour’s Michigan Championship Series – West will take over small-town Caledonia, a suburb of Grand Rapids, May 10-11. The event will take place at Caledonia High School. The tournament, directed by Todd Schenck, includes a four-game guarantee, with a three-game Round Robin on Saturday and a single-elimination structure on Sunday. Teams have until May 3, 2014 to register. Family and   Read More ...

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By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal 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 high   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Fort Wayne, Michigan

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Though just in its third year, the American Youth Basketball Tour’s (AYBT) event in Tipton, IN is quickly becoming an annual tradition. The AYBT’s Tipton Spring Kickoff, which takes place May 10-11, rings in the spring season with a bang. And for the second year in a row, the event shares a date with Mother’s Day. Thus, some teams may play only one day   Read More ...

Categories: Indiana

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 Tournament 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 ...

Categories: featured, Fort Wayne, Michigan

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The first two weeks of 2014 American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) action takes place in Pennsylvania. After the Reading Run ‘n Slam kicks off the season April 26, the Chester County Slam is set to happen a week later. This District Series Event (DSE) is set for May 3-4  and will be he held at West Chester University. DSE Director Dennis Dougherty, who will   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Pennsylvania

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 ...

Categories: featured, Michigan

Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The town of Reading, PA will play host to the first American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) event of the season April 26-27 at Albright College. The two-day event will include boys and girls teams, ranging from third-through-11th graders for the boys and fourth-through-eleventh graders for the girls. Teams will need to be registered for the event by April 19. The director of this tournament, Denny   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Pennsylvania

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Although the first 2014 American Youth Basketball Tour event won’t happen for almost a month  – April 26, at the Reading, PA Run ‘n Slam to be exact – the AYBT, brought to you by the Local Sports Journal, won’t be waiting around to get a jump on the action. Just like last year, we have a full slate of inspirational stories and in-depth   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Nationals, State