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




CHAMPIONS – 6th Man Warrior


RUNNER UP – One On One



CHAMPIONS – Tyler House
RUNNER UP – Trojans


RUNNER UP – Tyler House


CHAMPIONS – Showstoppers
RUNNER UP – BMOFly All-Stars


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 and Honored Guests Celebrate DC Meals Program – Press Release

Metroball and Honored Guests Celebrate DC Meals Program – Press Release

Join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Meet the Press Host David Gregory, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, and D.C. Hunger Solutions to Celebrate the DC Free Summer Meals Program at MetroBall’s Youth Summer Event

 Contact: Sara McGovern, smcgovern@frac.org, (202) 640-1089

Washington, DC – Join the District government agencies that help support the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program, along with D.C. Hunger Solutions, to celebrate the success of the program and its second year of serving meals on Saturday at various meal sites, including MetroBall’s 14th Annual New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Basketball Tournament, on August 2 from 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM.

Watch MetroBall youth partake in a skills challenge with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Meet the Press host David Gregory, and State Superintendent of Education Jesús Aguirre. Acting Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation Dr. Sharia Shanklin will also be in attendance.

 What/Who:    Photo/B-roll opportunity and media availability: Secretary Duncan, David Gregory, Superintendent Aguirre, and Acting Director Shanklin will join with Metroball participants and speak on the importance of the availability of healthy wholesome meals year-round, especially during the summer and its impact on children’s ability to learn, play and grow.

 When: Saturday, August 2, 2014  12:45 PM to 1:30 PM

12:45 PM: Opening remarks and basketball skills competition with Secretary Duncan, David Gregory, and Superintendent Aguirre

1:00 PM: Lunch, remarks and awards

Where:           New York Avenue Playground –  100 N Street, NW  Washington DC 20001

 School is out for summer, but hunger does not take a break. Fortunately, the DC Free Summer Meals Program helps 23,800 children and teens each day have access to free lunches at more than 320 sites throughout the city. Summer meals sites are now open on Saturdays at select Department of Parks and Recreation Centers, DC Public Library locations, and community-based organizations.

MetroBall’s Annual New York Ave Classic Summer Basketball Tournament, a new Saturday meal site this year, thanks to the sponsorship of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, feeds more than 120 youth a healthy meal on Saturdays throughout the summer. Fueled with nutrition, students focus on positive reinforcement, trust building and achieving their goals with the aid of coaches and instructors and the support of the Metropolitan Police Department.

The D.C. Free Summer Meals Program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Program, administered locally by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Each summer the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation sponsors more than 200 sites.

The District of Columbia continues to rank first in the nation for reaching low-income children with summer meals. According to Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, an annual analysis by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), 23,868 low-income children received summer meals on an average day in July 2013 — a substantial increase of 10.9 percent from the previous summer. Summer meals reached 57.9 students for every 100 low-income children who got school lunch in the 2012-2013 school year, outpacing that national rate of 15.1:100.

Throughout the District, summer meals programs provide children and teens with healthy meals, and academic enrichment, keeping them safe and engaged, and preventing summer learning loss.


2014 New York Ave Classic Playoff/Finals

2014 New York Ave Classic Playoff/Finals


Here are the playoff brackets for the 14th Annual New York Ave Classic. Games will begin Friday, August 1st from 5-8pm and finish on Saturday, August 2nd.



Elementary School Division

Middle School Division

Junior Varsity Division

Varsity Division

College Division