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’s (AYBT) many directors will be busy this coming weekend, as the organization hosts seven District Series Events at points across the Midwest, and the East Coast Nationals at Spooky Nook, North America’s largest indoor sports complex. Spooky Nook Sports (2913 Spooky Nook Rd, Manheim, PA), located just minutes north of the city of Lancaster, is a veritable sports heaven   Read More ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 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 ...

Local Sports Journal Jack Vinton The American Youth Basketball Tour is making a stop at West Chester University in West Chester, PA this Saturday and Sunday. Dennis Dougherty is the director of the event and has worked with AYBT for close to nine years. Dougherty also helps instruct AYBT teams from the West Chester area alongside Roy Blumenthal, an assistant men’s basketball coach at West Chester University. Games will take   Read More ...

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Local Sports Journal Jack Vinton The town of Reading, Pennsylvania will play host to an American Youth Basketball Tour event this weekend. AYBT will host the tournament on April 27th and April 28th at Albright College. The two-day event will include boys’ teams only, ranging from third graders all the way up to high school varsity players. The director of this tournament, Denny Parks, played collegiately at Central Michigan University.   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 ...

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 ...