Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ballers, Stars, Hoyas victorious

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The Maryland United Lady Ballers went undefeated and came from behind in the championship game to win the Potomac Valley AAU Division II Regional at Georgetown Prep.

The Ballers trailed the previously unbeaten Maryland Flames, 23-12, at halftime in the title game. Kenyatta Butler recorded eight steals and Jaylyn Watson had four back-to-back layups to help the Ballers get back into the game in the second half. Alexis Newbold added solid play on the boards and helped the Ballers break the Flames’ press. The Ballers finished the game with a 53-48 victory.

The team also came from behind to beat Team Sol in the semifinals, 40-37. The Ballers trailed 18-7 at halftime of that game, but Sydney Chapman and Drew Arnett led the way on defense and Natalya Britt hit clutch free throws as the Ballers moved on to the final. The team also includes Marshawna Butler, Aleeyah Colbert, Sierra Eggleston, Jazmin Faulkner and Amidat Sonekan and is coached by Johnny Watson, Erik Chapman and Melody Britt.

Shooting Stars win region

The Maryland Lady Shooting Stars U-13 girls’ basketball team went unbeaten to win the Maryland State Regional tournament and clinch a berth in the Division I AAU National Tournament, set for July 10-20 in Norman, Okla.

The Stars won their regional tournament games by an average of 25 points. They beat the Baltimore Starz, 66-54, in overtime to win the championship game. They scored 12 unanswered points, holding Baltimore scoreless in the overtime period. The Stars combined for 15 steals, 15 blocked shots and 56 rebounds in the title game. Mooriah Rower led the way with 26 points, while Imani Bailey also was in double figures with 12. Dinah Jones had seven points. Jonelle Britt and Kazzidy Stewart each had six points. Domonique Hagins had five points. Aleeyah Hopkins added three points and Raven Makins had one.

The Stars will return to action this weekend in the Nike Midwest Showdown in Mason, Ohio.

Slam and Jam wins title

The Slam and Jam Hoyas U-9 basketball team won all seven of its games in winning the D.C. Assault Classic last weekend, rallying from a 15-point deficit to defeat D.C. Assault, 33-31, in the title game on a last-second shot from Jared Bynum. Slam N Jam team members include Bynum, Xavier Mack, Donovan Steward, Kevin Fuller, Cameron Norman, Myles Lewis, Auturo Harkless, Donnell Frayer Jr., Micah Dixon, Alec Chapman and William Luckey under coaches Vincent Williams, Delonte Jenkins, Curtis Norman, and Rhonda Steward.

Majic win three of four

The Lady Majic U-15 girls’ basketball team went 3-1 last weekend in round-robin play at the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Seton Hall University.

The Majic opened play with a 67-52 loss to the New York Gauchos. Jasmine McIntosh had 15 points and eight rebounds, Jazzmine Johnson had 12 points, Alessandra Flores had 10 points and three steals, Myisha Goodwin had seven points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals and Gaby Hall had eight points.

The team bounced back with a 64-41 victory against the James Lee River Blaze, as Goodwin had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Hall added 12 points and Jessica Harlee had 10 rebounds and seven assists.

The Majic beat the New York Liberty Belles, 66-41, behind 14 points and five assists from Goodwin. McIntosh added 14 points and six rebounds. Harlee had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Johnson and Latonya Simon each had six points and Janay Borum added three assists and three steals.

In the final game of the weekend, the Majic beat the New Jersey Hawks, 65-47, behind 16 points from Goodwin, 13 from McIntosh and 12 from Harlee. Johnson and Hall each added six points and Flores had five.

Assault takes third

The D.C. Assault U-11 boys’ basketball team took third place in the second annual D.C. Assault Classic last weekend at Oxon Hill High School. The Assault won four straight in the tournament before dropping a 61-45 decision to the Speed City Chargers in the second round of bracket play.

The Assault began pool play with a 49-33 victory against the Fairfax Stars Gold, then beat the Dream Makers, 44-32, and the Virginia Cardinals, 52-37. The Assault finished first in their pool and then won their first-round bracket game, beating the Long Island Lightning, 56-53 in overtime.

In the five games, Aaron Thomas, Adam Hamilton, Develle Phillips, Isaiah Martin, Jamal Wright, Jamar Arrinbell, Jiar Watson, Jordan Barr, Justin Route, Khalid Slocum, Michael Jackson, Ra’Mond Hines and Stevon Douglass combined for 104 rebounds, 19 blocked shots, 64 steals, 57 assists and 246 points.

Registrations scheduled

The Maryland Titans Pop Warner Football and Cheer Program is holding registration for kids 5 to 15. The club offers flag football for ages 5 to 7 and tackle football for ages 7 to 15. Cheerleader slots are available for ages 5 to 15. Registration is open to all Maryland residents. Limited registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 301-327-7938, 301-233-5881 or visit⁄4kids.

The Clinton Boys and Girls Club is looking for baseball, track, football, cheerleading, basketball and soccer coaches. The club is also seeking athletes ages 5 to 18 for all spring sports. Call Wanda Sledd at 301-856-6581 or visit

The Fort Washington Area Recreation Council Boys and Girls Club is holding cheerleading registration for children ages 5 to 16 (ages 5 to 7 for peewee cheerleading). Register online at

The Fort Washington Area Recreation Council Boys and Girls Club is holding football registration for ages 7 to 16 (tackle) and ages 5 to 7 (flag) for the 2008 season. Register online at or in person from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Road in Fort Washington.

The 210 Forest Heights Vikings will hold registration for players ages 5 to 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Henry’s Soul Cafe. Call Herb Purnell at 301-257-6894 or log on to⁄fh210vikings.

Basketball players sought

Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton seeks church teams to participate in its summer basketball league for boys, ages 11 to 13. The registration deadline is June 13. Call coach Cathy Grimes-Miller at 301-580-5039.

Cheer camp scheduled

The Fort Washington Cannons cheerleading program will host a cheerleading camp from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning July 7 at Autumnwood Park in Fort Washington. The cost is $55. Volunteer coaches are also needed for cheerleading, soccer, and baseball. Call Katina McCluney for cheerleading on 301-272-5405 or sports director Lou Avery at 301-742-2512.

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