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 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 ...

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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 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 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 ...

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By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal It wasn’t that long ago the boys basketball team from Crestview (OH) High School was struggling. Although the school enjoyed a Div. 4 runner up trophy in 2003, as late as the 2008-09 season, the Knights were mired in 4-17 season. The squad dropped six of its first nine games to start the 2009-2010 campaign. Now, having finished this past hoops season with a perfect   Read More ...

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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 ...

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By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal While many coaches give lip service to the responsibility they have as teachers and mentors to mold their players into responsible adults, one Fort Wayne-area group is putting its money where its mouth is. Or rather, it is putting its time and effort where its mouth is. Legit Basketball, a 22-year old skills program that started as an attempt by founder Arthur Gregory to   Read More ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 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 ...