And Speaking of Clifton...
2013 Lauren Joceville Memorial Basketball Tournament
Make a Better World Foundation, will be holding a basketball
tournament over the Christmas/New Year Holiday week from
December 26th to the 31st for boys and girls teams.
will be played at Drexel Hill Middle School, 3001 State
Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. Games will start at 2 PM, 3PM,
4PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. The last game on the 31st
will be at 5PM.
Entrance fee is $150.00 per team and each team is guaranteed
a minimum of 3 games over the 5 days. Last year teams played
4 or 5 games. No admission will be charged but concessions
will be available. This is an excellent way to keep your
team ready over the Christmas holiday.
tourney is for both girls and boys teams. We are accepting
any teams whether they be school, club or intramural. I will
do my best to match up the teams competitively as best I
Jim Salmon at 610-623-0846/215-897-3011 or via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
mail checks made payable to Lauren Joceville Memorial Fund
Joceville Memorial Fund
East Broadway Avenue
Heights, PA 19018
Thanksgiving Weekend Review
Saw a lot of
basketball over the break. Attended the Sanford
Play-In Day, an annual tradition for us. Took in a
couple games at the Wilmington Christian Play-In Day.
Saw a 5th/6th grade scrimmage. And capped all that off
with the Turkey Shoot CYM Tournament at St. E's.
We posted 8
very nice game action photos from the Sanford event to the
DGB Twitter account. We're making those pictures
"Twitter Exclusives." In fact, throughout the season,
we will post things there that will only be available there.
Yes, the point is to create an incentive to follow the
Twitter account. If everything there could be found
here, why would you ever go to the Twitter account, right?
Also, it's really for your own good, too. If/when this
website goes down, the Twitter account (like the message
board) will be a "fall back" location where information will
be provided regarding the main website outage and/or
restoration of service. Incidentally, if you are
already on Twitter and haven't seen the Sanford pictures,
try this shortcut:
And, if you want to follow the Twitter account or look at
the message board, check the appropriate buttons at the top
of this page.
Above, the St.
Ann's 5th/6th Grade Team took 2nd place in their
Thanksgiving weekend tournament. And, as a
Pennsylvania team beat them for the title, they could
rightfully say that they were the best Delaware team
in the tourney. Starting in a week or so, they will be
competing in the St. E's League, just about the most
competitive winter program in the state.
great in their 3 games on Friday. Very potent roster.
Also playing well were Hodgson, Archmere and Appo.
Didn't see very many of the teams at the Wilmington
Christian event as a scheduling conflict limited our stay
there. St. Mark's looked good. Ann White
impressed with some nice scores. We got a very brief
look at DMA. There were maybe a total of 7 players
suited (split squad perhaps?), and none that we easily
recognized. I don't rule out DGB.com failing eyesight
as a factor. Speaking of split squads, Caesar Rodney
did send two teams to the event. They are sure
to be one of the better downstate teams this year.
grade CYM teams in the St. E's Turkey Shoot Tournament.
Holy Angels looks like they will not be denied this year.
St. E's will be right up there with them. In this
tourney, there is a team that is kinda-sorta an AAU team,
but not officially so. They're from PA and go by the
name "Clifton", as in the town up there of the same name.
I believe they are named after a winter league that plays up
there. In any event, the girls on the Clifton team are
all-stars from various schools. I have mixed feelings
about that. I'm all for playing strong teams.
But, this kind of thing unlevels the playing field.
Even a really good single school team will have a lot of
trouble with a club team. I don't believe that there
were any trophies or awards associated with the Turkey
Shoot, which, if that is the case, takes a lot of steam out
of any qualms I may have about bringing Clifton in. If
there were recognitions, though, for winning in the tourney,
then I think they should maybe look at keeping it limited to
CYM teams/school teams only. ...Or poll all the
coaches. If they have no trouble with it, then fine...
AAU Lady Sharks Event
to inform you that the Lady Sharks will be hosting a “Chat &
Chew” for all current & interested players and families. It
will be held at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club on Rt.
40, Tues. Dec. 3rd @ 6:30pm. We will be sharing
information about our program, hearing from current players
& parents, and will answering questions. We invite anyone
interested in learning more about our program to attend.
For further information please feel free to contact me!!
Click here for the flyer…………….
Greater Newark Boys & Girls
Athletic Operations Director
Home of the NATIONAL
Sharks AAU Teams
Couple of Weekend Pics
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the DGB crew attended a scrimmage
between St. Elizabeth's and Germantown Academy. Newly
appointed Head Coach, Frank Aiello, was not present, but a
full array of assistants (at least 4 to be exact) were.
Not meaning to blame anyone for anything, the truth is that
the Vikings were not sharp. Yes, being that it was a
scrimmage, the idea was to see everyone play. And as
it was, all the St. E's players got more or less the same
amount of playing time. Germantown, also, "cleared the
bench." Still, be that as it may, the Vikings (all
shifts) were not executing like they are capable of.
Oh well. It's just a scrimmage. A game that
doesn't count or mean anything. And it gives the new
coaching staff a list of things that need attention.
They'll get it together.
No score is provided because they reset the score after
every 8-minute period, of which there were at least 6.
I don't think the Vikings won more than one of those, though
I could be mistaken. And GA is a strong team, too.
So, it is what it is.
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the
2013/2014 Top Five Picks
that day once again. Time to start things off at DGB
for the coming winter season with my Top Five. The
headline "Don't Shoot Me..." is a takeoff on an old, classic
Elton John album title that I thought particularly
appropriate due to the fact that I think many people are
going to find much to disagree with me about when they see
the article. (Was that a run-on sentence?) But
hey! That's what the message board is for, right?
And speaking of the message board, please remember that
you must post under your real first and last name.
Your posts, no matter how awesome, will be disallowed
without your real name. Okay. Let the fun begin!
(You can see the Top Five by clicking on the headline
Diamond State Classic News
John Gretchen, has announced the Diamond State Classic
schedule this year. The Classic runs from Friday,
December 27th through Monday, December 30th. Falling
as it does this year right over a weekend, I'm thinking
turnout could be sensational!
Click Here for the Schedule
in Excel Format.
Odds & Ends
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