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May 19-20 Lansing tournament schedule

Our schedule is set for our three Saturday games, and our first game Sunday at the Super 64 Main Event, a tournament based in the greater Lansing area.

Here are the times/places for Saturday:

  • Game 1:     10:10 am. at Dewitt Junior High (2957 West Herbison Rd., Dewitt, 48820) versus the Tri-County Tigers
  • Game 2:     1:40 p.m. at Herbison Woods School (3147 West Herbison Rd., Dewitt, 48820) versus Triple Threat
  • Game 3:     5:10 p.m. at Dewitt Junior High versus the Grand Rapids Vipers

On Sunday we will play at least two, and possibly three, games. Just our first game is set so far. Beyond that, our game sites and times will be determined by our seeding following pool play.

  • Game 1 (Sunday): 9 a.m. at Dewitt High School (13601 Panther Drive, Dewitt, 48820) versus Shoreline Reign.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Dewitt, and building on our second place finish at last weekend’s Howell tournament. Go Warriors!

May 12 tournament schedule

Our schedule is set for our tournament this Saturday at Howell High School (1200 West Grand River Ave.). We will play at 1 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. If we reach the championship game, we will also play at 6:40 p.m. Good luck Warriors. Let’s bring home the title!

Warriors in Howell on May 12

Our next tournament date is set. We will compete at Howell High School (1200 West Grand River Ave.) – with three games guaranteed – on Saturday, May 12. When the schedule is released for the Tri-County Tigers Big Trophy Event, we will let everyone know.

No practice this week

The Warriors will not practice this week because the Dexter and Chelsea 8th graders are embarked on their trip to Washington, D.C. We will resume practicing the week of May 7 at our regularly scheduled Tuesday and Thursday times.

Ft. Wayne tournament date cancelled

Unfortunately, the Ft. Wayne tournament at Spiece Fieldhouse on May 5-6 was full when we tried to register for it, so we will not be competing in Indiana next weekend. We are working to find another tournament at which our boys can compete within the next two weeks. We will let everyone know as soon as we secure a tournament spot.

Northville Invitational schedule, April 28

The Warriors will compete at Northville High School (45700 6 Mile Road, 48168) on Saturday and will play a minimum of three games . We will first play Livonia at 9 a.m., followed immediately by a game against Williamston at 10 a.m. Our next game time and opponent will be determined by how we fare in our first two games. We will not play again, however, before 1 p.m.

Remember to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. so we can be warmed up and ready for the early start. Go Warriors!

Fantastic finish highlights Inkster tourney

A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Justin Eekhoff was the difference in the final game of last Sunday’s consolation final at Inkster High School. Eekhoff hit the shot following a missed free throw by the Nets to give the Warriors a 39-37 victory, and a third-place tournament finish. Prior to that finale, the Warriors’ weekend had started slowly with a loss to a strong team from Romulus on Saturday. But Sunday, the WWBA boys rebounded to beat the Jaguars handily, then edge the Nets. Nice job coaches and players!

Inkster tournament schedule, April 21-22

Our first game will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at ROBICHAUD HIGH SCHOOL (court 3) located at 3601 Janet Street, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125.

If we win our 1st game, we play in the championship game at 3 p.m. SUNDAY at INKSTER REC CENTER (court 1), located at the Dozier Recreation Center, 2025 Middlebelt Rd., Inkster, MI, 48141

If we lose our 1st game:

  • Our 2nd game will be in the semi-final game of the consolation bracket at 1 p.m. SUNDAY at INKSTER REC Center (court 1).
  • If we lose our 2nd game in this consolation bracket, we are finished.
  • If we win our 2nd game in this consolation bracket, we will play in the consolation bracket championship at 3 p.m. at INKSTER HIGH SCHOOL (court 2) located at 3250 Middlebelt Road, Inkster, MI 48141

Spring 2012 team announced

We are fielding a combined 8th-9th grade team this spring. We are excited about the season, and are pleased that the boys will compete in four tournaments and have the benefit of working with two great coaches, Lucien St. Girard and Jon Tropf.

The 2012 WWBA Warriors

Head Coach: Lucien St. Girard

Assistant Coach: Jon Tropf

Roster:  Max Bell, David Dolan, Justin Eekhoff, Ethan French, Dom Goderis, Jordan Heuser, Ryan Hoag, Bradley Scott, Devin Simons, Mitch Singleton, Jake Spicer and Connor Van Dusen.

Updated: Spring 2012 Practice Schedule

Practices for our combined 8th/9th grade team will occur at Chelsea High School from 7:30-9:00 p.m. per the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 17

Friday, April 20

April 24th – May 24th:          The team will practice every Tuesday and Thursday

Spring tryouts coming Sunday, March 18

For middle school and high school basketball players interested in competing throughout the 2012 spring season, the Western Washtenaw Basketball Association AAU program will be hosting tryouts Sunday, March 18 at Chelsea High School. Tryouts for current 7th, 8th and 9th grade boys will run from 1-2:30 p.m., while the session for current 10th and 11th grade boys, and 11th grade girls, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. The AAU season for the WWBA – which emphasizes individual skill development and teamwork in a competitive environment – will end in late May.

There is no cost for the tryouts, but parents will need to sign medical release forms. The costs for the season is expected to be $250 per player, with an opportunity to reduce that amount through fundraising.

We are looking forward to seeing you March 18!

Travel team tryouts on Saturday, Dec. 3

The WWBA is pleased to offer winter travel team tryouts for 7th and 8th grade boys on Saturday, Dec. 3. The tryouts will be conducted in the Chelsea High School gym from 1:30-3:30 p.m. For planning purposes, tryouts for high school-aged boys and girls will be held in mid-March. Updated information will be posted on our website when exact dates and times for those tryouts have been determined.

NBA standout Shane Battier to appear at Youth Clinic Nov. 12

Current NBA standout, Michigan native and former Duke All-American Shane Battier will participate in the Western Washtenaw Basketball Association’s youth clinic on Saturday, Nov. 12, provided the NBA lockout has not been resolved by that date.

A Detroit Country Day graduate, Battier will speak with players at the clinic, which will be hosted at Chelsea High School. Sponsored by the WWBA AAU program, the clinic will feature excellent instruction and plenty of fun, in addition to the appearance by Battier. Each participant will also receive a basketball and a T-shirt.

Session 1, for students in grades 3-5, will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Session 2, for students in grades 6-8, will last from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost for each player is $25.

To pre-register please e-mail the following to John Heuser at jfheuser@gmail.com: Player’s name, Age, Grade, Address, and Home phone number. Walk-up registration is also welcomed the day of the event.

Spiece Memorial Day weekend tourney

The WWBA 9th grade team competed in a 41-team tournament in Ft. Wayne, Ind. last weekend, and finished with a 1-3 record. In the first game against the Spiece Gym Rats, KC Borseth and Derek Seidl led a Warriors comeback that fell just short. A Fieldhouse Elite team from Indianapolis clamped down on the WWBA offense in the second game and won by 30 points. The Warriors rebounded well in the next game to beat the Michigan Titans by 20 points, and were led by Zach Fosdick and Jon Steigerwald. In their final game, the Warriors played a tall team from North Indianapolis that employed a 2-3 zone. “We got down by 25 points in the first half and couldn’t find an opening,” coach Rob Holleman said. “Our guys continued to play hard in the second half and really made some strides against the zone. They were able to get good looks and started making them. Overall it was a good tournament although we had frustrating games.”

Lansing Super 64 results

7th grade boys

The Warriors went 1-3 in the Lansing Tournament, winning by forfeit and losing three other games in which coach Jon Tropf felt his team competed well. “Even though our record ended up disappointing, I felt the guys fought hard in every game,” Tropf said. In the first game, the Warriors started quickly, but missed a lot of second-half shots in a double-digit loss. A late run in the second game pulled the Warriors close, but they were unable to take the lead. With only eight players available for the third game, the 7th graders went on a 14-0 run to erase an 11-point deficit in the 4th. The team’s opponent hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to force overtime. In upcoming games, Tropf said his team needs to compete with same kind of energy at the end as it shows at the start. Ball handling still needs to improve, and “finally, we need some guys to make tough plays.”

8th grade boys

The 8th grade Warriors competed hard throughout the tournament, but finished 0-4, losing two games by a combined 6 points and two other games that were not close. The team’s matchups included two meetings with the Tri-County Tigers, one with Triple Threat and one with MMBA. “We had many ups and downs,” coach Dustin Daniels said. “We really struggled boxing out and rebounding as well as getting back on defense.  We also had communication errors on defense that led to the other teams getting wide open jump shots and lay-ups.  However, we did have some positives.  We ran our offense very well in the games and improved on our passing.  We still need to work on our turnovers and finishing around the rim.  This tournament was good experience for us and we will continue to grow together as a team.”

9th grade boys

The 9th grade Warriors played five games in the Lansing area tournament, winning 2 and losing 3. In the first game, the Warriors defeated the Tri-County Tigers, a team to which they had lost at the Saline tournament earlier this season. “Our guys played incredibly well in that game, and I can remember how much we outhustled the other team,” coach Rob Holleman said. Next, against Triple Threat from Lansing, the Warriors played well at the beginning, bolstered by back-to-back 3’s and a long 2-point jumper from Ethan Kremkus. Eventually, though, Triple Threat pulled away for the victory. The Warriors lost their final game Saturday to the Johnson All Stars, then lined up Sunday against Elite Nation from Lansing, which had several players taller than 6-5.
“We started off really well and took a 10-point lead based on three pointers from KC Borseth, Ethan Kremkus, and Kyle Van Dusen,” Holleman said. ” The same thing happened in this game as happened against Triple Threat.  The shots stopped falling as we got more tired and our defense and rebounding suffered.   We played pretty well in the second half and kept it to a 20 point game. KC, Shon Kuhn, and Zach Fosdick did a good job on the defensive rebounds in the second half.”
In their final game Sunday, the Warriors beat another Tri-County Tigers team, coming back from an early deficit to win by nine points.
“Overall I was happy with how we played in four out of the five games,” Holleman said. “The Johnson All Stars game being the exception.  We continued to play really hard in all the games even though we are undersized.”

Lansing Super 64 tourney schedule set

All four Warriors’ boys teams will compete this weekend around the Greater Lansing area in the Super 64 Tournament. Here’s a run-down of key details:

7th grade boys

When: Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Where: East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, 48823

Against whom: Triple Threat-A (9 a.m.) and Just do it again Sports-1 (1:30 p.m.)

What’s next: At least two games Sunday, with the time and location of the first game to be determined by Saturday’s results.

8th grade boys

When: Saturday at 10:05 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.

Where: Portland High School, 1100 Ionia Road, Portland, 48875

Against whom: Tri-County Tigers (10:05 a.m.) and MMBA (12:20 p.m.)

What’s next: At least two games Sunday, with the first game to be played at 1:05 p.m at either East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, 48823, or Summit Christian Academy, 7868 Old M-78, East Lansing, 48823.

9th grade boys

When: Saturday at 10:05 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.

Where: East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, 48823

Against whom: Tri-County Tigers-white (10:05 a.m.) and Johnson All-Stars (2:35 p.m.)

What’s next: At least two games Sunday, with the time and location of the first game to be determined based on Saturday’s results.

11th grade boys

When: Saturday at 3:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m.

Where: Portland Middle School, 745 Storz St., Portland, 48875 (3:45 p.m.), East Lansing High School, 509 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, 48823 (6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.)

Against whom: Howell (3:45 p.m.), Illinois Flames (6:30 p.m.) and Utica Heat (7:45 p.m.)

What’s next: At least one game Sunday at Portland High School, 1100 Ionia Road, Portland, 48875. The time of the first game will be determined by Saturday’s results.

For more details about the tournament, please download the attached documents:

Super 64 Gym Locations

Super 64 Pools and Saturday/Sunday Schedule

9th graders fare well at BBC Select Tourney

The 9th grade Warriors went 2-1 over Mother’s Day Weekend at the BBC Select Tournament in Warren, winning their first game by 14 points, then losing a close second game to the Blue Angels from Livonia. “We played our best half of basketball in the first half and pulled out to a 9-point lead,” coach Rob Holleman said of the game against Livonia. “However, in the second half we really ran out of energy. It was fun see how well they can play against a good team.” The Warriors weren’t done with their tight finishes at the tournament, winning by 2 points in their finale, despite playing with just six athletes. After their opponent hit a game-tying 3-pointer with about 20 seconds left, the Warriors made multiple passes before hitting Shon Kuhn for the winning layup. “It was great to see them keep their composure while the other team was celebrating their made 3,” Holleman said. “We just attacked right back at them.”

8th graders win 1, lose 2 in Indiana

The 8th-grade Warriors went to Ft. Wayne last weekend, and found the competition a challenge at the Spiece GRBA Tournament. The 8th graders lost their first game in pool play, then won their second matchup Saturday. Sunday’s tournament action, in which teams crossed over against opponents from other pools, required the Warriors to play at 8 a.m. The Warriors fell in that elimination game to finish with a 1-2 tourney record. “We faced some very tough competition this past weekend,” coach Dustin Daniels said. “I saw a lot of things I liked but we also had some weaknesses that we need to work on. First, our ball movement needs to get a lot better.  We need to move it continuously and not have it die in one spot or have one person over dribble.  Second, we need to get the ball in the post more.  And that means our posts need to sit down and call for the ball and seal their man and the guards need to make good, strong bounce passes to the hands of our post.” The Warriors will get an opportunity to show their growth this weekend when they compete in the 23 Elite tournament in Lansing.

8th graders to compete in Ft. Wayne

The 8th grade Warriors will travel to Ft. Wayne, Ind. to compete in the Spiece GRBA on May 14-15. The Warriors, who went 2-2 in their first tournament, will play their first game at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, and their second game at 12:45 p.m. Both games will be played at North Side High School (475 East State Blvd.) against clubs from the host city. The Warriors will also play at least one game Sunday morning, and could compete in as many as three games Sunday if they continue to win. More details about the tournament, including directions to North Side High, the full schedule, and the list of teams competing can be found below:

GRBA team pools and schedules

GRBA 8th grade Sunday brackets

BBC Select Tournament results

7th grade boys

The 7th grade boys went 1-2 last Saturday, winning their first game by double digits, losing a close second game, then falling in Game 3. “We got off to a great start start by playing our best defense of the season,” coach Jon Tropf said of his team’s 57-41 tournament-opening victory. “We played exceptional defense in Game 2, holding our opponents to just 13 points in the second half.” Tropf said he was pleased with his team’s shooting in the first two games, and noted that the Warriors’ transition offense made strides. As for ways the Warriors can improve, Tropf said, “We still need to box out better, and we need to play with the game energy at the end of games as we do at the beginning of games. We need to play hard to matter what the score is!”

May 7 tournament schedule

The 4th Annual BBC Select Tournament, in which the boys 7th and 9th grade teams will compete on Saturday, May 7, has released its schedule, which includes details about locations, as well. Take note that our teams will play games at both Macomb College and Warren Woods Tower High School. Good luck Warriors!

Hotel info for May 14-15 Ft.Wayne tourney

Families of the 8th and 11th grade players, who will compete in the Spiece GRBA tournament the weekend of May 14-15 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., can make reservations at a group rate at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. The hotel is holding holding 6 double bed rooms for Friday night and 11 double bed rooms for Saturday night. King bed rooms are available, as well. The rates are $89/night for a double and $84/night for a king. These rooms will be held for us until next Tuesday. The rate includes hot breakfast, an indoor pool and wireless internet. When reserving, mention you are with the WWBA Warriors and attending a basketball tournament. Here is the address:

Fairfield Inn & Suites
6021 Lima Rd.
Ft. Wayne, IN  46818
(260) 442-3040

Tournament change for May 7 weekend

The 7th and 9th grade boys teams, previously scheduled to compete in Ft. Wayne, Ind. on the weekend of May 7-8, will instead play in a one-day tournament in Michigan. Those two teams will participate in the 4th Annual BBC Select Tournament on Saturday, May 7. More details about the times and location will be available later this week, but we are guaranteed three games per team. As a bonus, Mother’s Day can now be spent solely celebrating moms!

Warriors play well in Saline

The WWBA boys played hard and well in their first tournament, which was highlighted by a semifinal appearance from the 9th grade team. Below is round-up of the weekend’s action.

7th grade boys

The 7th grade Warriors completed the tournament with a 2-2 mark, highlighted by a one-point victory in their first game, and an overtime win in the tournament finale. “Game four was simply a great basketball game from start to finish,” coach Jon Tropf said. “It was a high-tempo game for all four quarters and overtime.”  The coach added that his team needs to get better at handling pressure, boxing out and working as a unit, but said he liked his players’ competitiveness. “This team showed a lot of fight in every game,” Tropf said.

8th grade boys

The 8th-grade team began its season with a 2-2 record, and most importantly, put forth  the kind of effort that impressed coach Dustin Daniels. “I am very proud to be able to see that,” Daniels said. “No matter the situation, we never quit.” The Warriors had a tight victory among their wins, and a defeat in the waning seconds among their losses. Coach Daniels said he liked the way his team meshed together, and applied the concepts from practice. Rebounding overall, and boxing out, in particular, are two areas in which the coach would like to see improvement. Coach Daniels thinks the team would also benefit from more emphasis on post play. “However, overall, I really am encouraged by what I saw out there,” he said.

9th grade boys

The 9th-grade Warriors went 3-1 and lost in the tournament semifinals. Each of their 3 victories came by double digits, while their loss was on a buzzer beater to a club from the Flint area. “I really liked how the kids responded in each game.  We got behind in the first half of all four games and made up the deficit each time,” coach Rob Holleman said. “They were able to make adjustments and feel out the weakness in the other teams defense. We were able to get good shots almost every time down the court.” When it comes to improvement, Coach Holleman said defense is an area on which his team needs to focus.

11th grade boys

The older high school team went 2-2 on the weekend, winning twice by 13 and 15 points, respectively, and losing by 8 and 5 points.

Saline tournament schedule

We have the schedules for our first tournament, which will be held at Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, on Saturday and Sunday. Below are links to schedules for each day of the tournament, and to the roster of teams that will be competing. Note that much of the Sunday schedule is dependent upon how teams fare on Saturday.

Saline Tournament Teams

Saline Tournament Saturday Schedule

Saline Tournament Sunday Schedule