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Metroball Kicks Off Another AAU Season

Metroball Kicks Off Another AAU Season

2015 6th Grade MTB AAU Tip OffYes it’s that time of the year that we all look forward to here at Metroball. This year is extra special because over the winter, Metroball has been able to assemble a total of 4 Teams (6th, 9th, 10th, & 11th Grades) and are still building 4 more teams which also include girls.

Three of the 4 competition-ready teams saw their first AAU action this past weekend at the More Than Basketball AAU Tip-Off Tournament at Wilson HS in DC. Anticipation was high to see what the new 9th & 10th grade teams were going to do. The 6th grade team has been playing almost every week since October, so they were the most prepared and it showed.

Both 9th and 10th grade lost their first games by double digits. New coaches Angela Richmond (Head Coach – 10th Grade) and Derek Norman (Assistant Coach – 9th Grade) felt that their teams did not play up to their potential. This was expected since they are a new team and trying to get to know each other. After a brief talk to both teams by Coach Tony, both teams put forth a much better effort in their remaining two games. Unfortunately, the damage was already done with their loss in the first games. So neither team was able to advance out of their pool. 9th grade did show some promise and will compete in the Potomac Valley League. 10th grade did give a better effort but in the end, did not have the personnel to keep up with the level of competition. The 10th grade team will be tweaked and be ready for the next tournament in a few weeks. The coaches agreed that they were missing a few pieces but have a core group that they could build on. The remaining players will be trained and conditioned on a development team.

The 6th grade team had secured a spot in the Championship game by handily winning their first two matches. One included a win over a team that was much taller than they were. With the spot in the championship game secured, Coach Tony let the bench play most of the 3rd game and allowed them to have fun. They played a good Baltimore Elite Team but still only lost by 1 point. The 6th grade team was the only team to make it to the championship game on Easter Sunday.

The game was a rematch against E-Dynasty, a team that they already defeated by double digits. By half time, Metroball DC 6th Grade was up by 12 and seemed to be on their way to winning the championship. A few mental mistakes, bad calls, missed free throws, and great shooting by E-Dynasty turned this game into a brawl. By the last few seconds, the game was tied. E-Dynasty made a difficult go ahead shot with 4 seconds left on the clock. With no timeouts left and having to go the full length of the court, Metroball DC 6th grade attempted a half-court shot at the buzzer and missed. There went the championship. This was a humbling experience for this talented team and there is nothing but great things in the future for them. Look for this team to do big things this year.

The 11th grade team will see it’s first action at the Big Shots Certified Tournament April 11-12.

2014 New York Ave Classic Results

2014 New York Ave Classic Results

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR CHAMPIONS!!


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – 6th Man Warrior

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RUNNER UP – One On One

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – Tyler House
RUNNER UP – Trojans

JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – BMOFly All-Stars
RUNNER UP – Tyler House

VARSITY DIVISION

CHAMPIONS – Showstoppers
RUNNER UP – BMOFly All-Stars

COLLEGE DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – Young Kings
RUNNER UP – Perry Street Pride

Metroball Celebrates Summer Meal Program with Honored Guests

Metroball Celebrates Summer Meal Program with Honored Guests

 

Metroball, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Meet The Press Moderator David Gregory, and City officials Celebrate the DC Summer meals Program - PRESS RELEASE

Metroball’s 16u AAU Team Takes a Bite out of The Big Apple

Metroball’s 16u AAU Team Takes a Bite out of The Big Apple

Last week the Metroball DC 16u AAU team competed in one of it’s most challenging tournaments so far this year, The Rumble in The Bronx. Most of the games were held at Baruch College in Manhattan with so many great teams from all over the country. The first game was late Friday night against the LI Lightening. We got a late start on the road from DC because many of the players had finals to take. After being stuck on traffic for most of the way up there in the rain, we barely had time to stretch. It showed as we lost the first game by 1 point against a great shooting team.

After a good night’s rest, we were in for a full day of games. The first game was against Team Scan. Metroball’s Larry McCann (#3) helped our team to jump out to a 25 point lead with his sharp 3-point shooting. Team Scan made a strong run towards the end of the game but Metroball DC still went away with the win. The next game wasn’t until late in the afternoon, so it was time to take in the sights of the city. None of the players have been to NYC before so this was a true experience for them. We were able to fit in sights on the Bronx, Harlem, Mid Town, and Lower Manhattan. Read More

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.

Shoe City

Shoe City

Shoe City has supported the Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Tournament and our youth for the past 3 years.  We are proud to have Shoe City as one of the major Sponsors that help our programs to remain successful.