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2015 New York Ave Classic Brackets

2015 New York Ave Classic Brackets

Revised Brackets and schedule for round 2 of the playoffs will be posted by Wednesday 7/29

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

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The 15th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament kicked off in spectacular fashion this year Sponsored by Shoe City, Under Armour, Brisk, City Slam, 7-Eleven, and Tyler House Apartments.  High flying dunks, celebrities, giveaways, and competitive youth basketball all gave way for a special day at the New York Ave historical white and colors basketball court.

The day started off gloomy and unassured due to weather conditions and chances of rain, however that did not stop ESPN and its crew from setting up an optimal outdoor basketball arena styled atmosphere.  As start time of the first scheduled gamed approached many fans, spectators, sponsors, and Metroball personnel remained indecisive on how the day would play out.  But as planned, by 11am it was 88degrees and officials were at center court ready for tip-off.  The first game of the day showcased the Middle school division teams One on One vs Bowie Bulldogs.  One on One picked up where they left off last year proving the Bowie Bulldogs were totally outmatched—one of the United States dignitaries and Metroball supporters, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education cheered in amazement as his team dazzled fans in victorious fashion.CIJPLd_VAAArROT.jpg large

As the day progressed so did the Washington DC humidity and heat index. By game three the slide lines were packed with fans, spectators, and children with City Slam 7-Eleven towels draped over their  heads downing one brisk ice tea in there right hand with another waiting in their left. In between the five games scheduled before the main event, Shoe City and Under Armor did a spin the wheel giveaway of t-shirts, book bags, towels, and water bottles which really came in handy for an event such as this.DSC_0149

At 1:45pm comedian and host Boot Jones was directing all fans and spectators to relocate to court two for the main event, the 7-Eleven City Slam Dunk Contest.  At this time ESPN crew leader and director, Drew Russell was sweating profusely. I’m not sure if it was from the temperature rising to 96 degrees or him still worrying about the event being rained out.  However all seem to brighten up when the celebrity judges, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and CH-29mQWUAARbr7.jpg largeformer Washington Redskins Linebacker Lemar Marshall entered the gates.  As expected, there were numerous dunks involving props such as high –jump poles, groups of numerous guys gathered simply to be dunked over…  Oh yea and a dancing pineapple.  Indeed by days end former And1 street baller and professional overseas talent Guy Dupuy stole the show with high flying acrobatic showmanship. If you don’t believe me just watch July 7, 2015 at 10:30pm on ESPN2.  Also check out Photos by Bernard Reeves @BREEVESPHOTO

Here are some pictures from last weekend.  Video Clips and additional pics are available on the Metroball Facebook page.DSC_0416

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

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This past weekend marked a special achievement for Metroball youth and Metroball as an Organization. For the first time in our 15 Year history, we were able to have 6 Metroball Teams compete in a tournament in several divisions (12u, 14u, 15u, 16u, 17u Boys, and 17u Girls). All teams looked sharp and competed well the whole weekend. 3 teams made the championship game and one made it to the semi-finals in their respective divisions. We walked away with two championships.

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The highlight of the weekend was the 12u team that despite being under sized, went 3-1 and beat some very tough teams on the way to their first championship as a team. Led by dynamic 11 year old guards Allen Concepcion and Milton (Mike) Milling, this team rallied to a 20 point win in the championship game!!

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The other big winner was the 9th Grade team with new coaches Derek Norman & Kernis De Faison, this newly formed team went undefeated the whole weekend.  Look for this team to do big things in the future.

The other newly formed teams led by Coach Angela Richmond (10th Grade boys & 11th Grade Girls), Coach Joy Yancey & Coach Rob Brown Jr (8th Grade) competed but came up short in pool play.

The Metroball DC 11th Grade team dominated all weekend but underestimated their opponents and fell short in the championship game by 2 points.  It was a good learning experience.

All in all, Metroball AAU as an organization had a great weekend!!

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

Metroball DC 17 & Under AAU Travel Team just got back from a great showing at the King James Shooting Stars Tournament in Akron, Ohio. They made it to the finals out of the 166 teams that competed in their division. This is the second big event this year that they made it all the way to the finals. The previous one was the Big Shots Certified DC, where they earned the title of the #1 17U Team in DC and Ranked 17th in the country according to the Big Shots Rankings. In Ohio, They were the only team not from Ohio to make it to the final four. Look out for this team to make it’s mark this year. Take a look at our schedule:

2015 AAU Team Pic

 

 

17 – Under AAU Team Travel Schedule

Dates Tournament Location
Apr 11-12, 2015 Big Shots Certified DC Washington DC
Apr 24-26, 2015 King James Shooting Stars Akron, OH
May 2-3, 2015 Big Shots Richmond w/Team Loaded Richmond, VA
May 16-17, 2015 Southern Jam Fest Hampton, VA
May 30-31, 2015 Big Shots SPOOKY NOOK Manheim, PA
June 12-14, 2015 Rumble In The Bronx Bronx, NY
June 20-21, 2015 DMVElite Media Series Bowie, MD
June 27-28, 2015 DC Metroshowcase Boyds, MD
Jul 11-13, 2015 Big Shots Certified Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
Jul 17-19, 2015 Summer Jam Fest Manheim, PA
Jul 24-26, 2015 Las Vegas FAB 48 Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Metroball 17 & Under Team

 

 

17 – Under AAU Team Roster

 

No. Name Height Position School Grad. Yr.
0 Watts, Anthony 6’5″ Center Wise HS 2015
1 Yisrael, A’mon 6’1″ Guard Theodore Roosevelt HS 2016
2 Galvin, Darren 5’11” Guard Chelsea School 2016
3 Ezeani, Dominic 5’9″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
4 Bolding, Darell 5’5″ Guard Fairmont Heights HS 2016
5 Moore, Derek 5’10” Guard Eleanor Roosevelt HS 2016
6 Greenfield, Saadiq 5’8 Guard Dunbar Senior HS 2016
7 Barnett Jr, Michael 6’3″ Guard National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
8 Carter, Ricardo 5’11” Forward Eastern Senior HS 2016
9 Green, Kierell 6’7″ Forward IDEA Public Charter 2016
10 Johnson, Demetrius 6’2″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
11 Rogers, Daquan 6’3″ Forward National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
12 Pickett, Jamarko (KD) 6’8″ Guard Eastern Senior HS 2016
14 Rogers, Dominique 6’9″ Center National Collegiate Preparatory 2016

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

 

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Congratulations to 3 of the Metroball DC’s AAU teams for their great play in the Potomac Valley Spring League. The 8th Grade, 9th Grade, and 10th Grade boys teams made it to the championship games after a hard fought season of league play against some of the DC area’s best teams. The 10th grade team only lost one game all spring at Potomac Valley while the 8th and 9th grade teams struggled early on but finished strong late in the season to earn a spot in the Championship.

Even though the only victory in the championship came from the 10th grade team, all 3 teams played very hard and represented well. As an organization, this marked the first time that Metroball has had 3 teams finish so strong in league play. Look out for these teams and the newly formed Metroball DC 10th grade girl’s team as they play throughout the summer season.

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

This is the Metroball Youth Outreach program feature on Channel 4 News:

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Metroball with Ward 7 ANC

Newly Elected ANC Commissioner Wendell Felder met with Kevin “Moose” Jones Co- Founder of Metroball Youth Outreach to discuss ways the program can impact the youth in S.E. Metroball is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 oragnization that focuses on at risk youth in Washigton, DC. Sports are used as a mechanism to capture the youth’s attention. Metroball is a program that focuses on middle and high school youths which is where a growing number of youths are either falling through the cracks at school or already entangled with the juvenile court system. Metroball’s goal is to break the habits that are leading to trouble or deviant behavior in schools and in the streets.

Metroball programs are FREE of charge to all youth participants. The organization operates solely from fundraisers, grants, and donation.

Metroball Program Video

Metroball Program Video

Here is a video of our tournament and program.

The New York Ave Classic – 15th Year Anniversary Kick-Off

The New York Ave Classic – 15th Year Anniversary Kick-Off

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The 15th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, June 20th.  We are kicking off this year’s tournament with help from Intersport, who hosts the TV Show CITY SLAM.  This year, The New York Ave Classic has been chosen  as the site in Washington DC  where City Slam will host their Slam Dunk Contest.  They will bring in Professional Slam Dunk Contestants from around the world that will be competing for a cash prize!! This event will be featured on ESPN2 along with highlights from the games played at the New York Ave Playground. Brisk, 7-11, Shoe City, Pepsico, & UnderArmour are helping to make this event HUGE!!  There will be giveaways and prizes for all in attendance.

Everything Kicks off on SATURDAY, JUNE 20th!!  You don’t want to miss this!!!  Save the date!!