By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal The American Youth Basketball Tour heads to two Ohio sports hotbeds, Dayton and Toledo this coming weekend, July 5-6.   The Dayton event, headed by District Series Event (DSE) Director Ben Ayers, will follow the AYBT’s five-game DSE format, taking place at various venues around the city. For more information, contact Ayers at aybtdayton@gmail.com. Visitors to the area will find plenty to do, including   Read More ...

Categories: featured, Ohio

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 Just as Wapak’s (OH) most famous son, Neil Armstrong, took “one small step…one giant leap…,” the American Youth Basketball Tour is taking one giant leap into bringing high quality basketball action to the town, June 21-22 at several sites around the small city. Wapak, the nickname for the city’s official name, Wapakoneta (Shawnee for ‘Place of White Bones’), home to around 10,000 folks, will   Read More ...

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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 Big numbers are expected this weekend at the first of two American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) events in Ada (OH). The AYBT will take over the town June 14-15. The event, which has been an AYBT tradition for nearly two decades, is one of the organization’s most popular stops, primarily because of the facilitates, said veteran AYBT Indiana/Ohio Director Jim Clay. “I think the   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’s 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 ...

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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 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 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 ...

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 Jack Vinton Local Sports Journal An American Youth Basketball Tour District Series Event will take place in Findlay, Ohio on the weekend of June 1st. This event will take place at four different locations, featuring teams of boys and girls from fourth to twelfth grade. Events will be held at the University of Findlay and three local high schools (Liberty Benton, Findlay and Van Buren). First held in 2004,   Read More ...

Categories: Ohio

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal Two Ada-area boys’ high school basketball teams used the summer American Youth Basketball Tour to prepare for impressive runs to the recent 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. Joseph.   Read More ...

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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 ...