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 ...

Categories: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio

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 ...

Categories: featured, Illinois

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal For the second time this year, Decatur (IL) welcomes the American Youth Basketball Tournament (AYBT) to the city, this time June 7-8, at various sites across the city. AYBT, which kicked off the first of three visits June 7 to what was once called the Soy Capital of the World, will conclude its time in Decatur at July 12-13’s District Series Event (DSE). Teams hoping   Read More ...

Categories: Illinois

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Decatur, IL and the American Youth Basketball Tournament (AYBT) have joined up once again for three District Series Events (DSE) in 2014, the first coming May 17-18. AYBT will also host Decatur DSEs June 7-8 and July 12-13. Teams still hoping to join the May 17-18 event should sign up as soon as possible, as the deadline for registration is May 10. This DSE   Read More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 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 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 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 Just as the temperature has started heating up, so has the American Youth Basketball Tournament’s 2013 schedule. This coming weekend, June 1-2, several AYBT events are slated to be held, including tournaments in Ypsilanti, MI, Galesburg, IL, Plymouth, IN, Bloomington, IL, and Findlay, OH. The Ypsilanti event will be held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University and at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School. The   Read More ...

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 ...

By Jason Goorman Co-Publisher Local Sports Journal The Local Sports Journal is happy to announce the kickoff of its new website featuring the American Youth Basketball Tour’s 2013 season. Localsportsjournal.com/aybt will feature stories on each of AYBT’s 56 events from April through July. Players, teams, and coaches will also be highlighted on this new site. The first published story features AYBT’s national event in Fort Wayne. Jim Clay’s Northwest Ohio tournament also is featured   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson 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 ...