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Warriors Jam Fest 2014 Schedule

~CHANGES MADE 5/1!!~

Hello all,

I have gotten the tentative schedule for this weekend’s competition in the Livonia/Dearborn area for the Mid Michigan Laker teams.  Please bear in mind that this schedule is early so is still subject to change.  We will continue to update as we get them and let you know here of any changes: There are plenty of hotels in the area for those parents that want to stay overnight where necessary.  This tournament has a 3 game guarantee.  After that, it will be up to pool positioning whether we play any more games on Sunday.  As we travel, it is important to understand that it is the players’ responsibility to secure travel and food accommodations to and from the event.  There are multiple gym sites and car-pooling is encouraged.  If there are questions, see your coach.  That said, here are the schedules:

MML u-15 (Pool B):

Friday, May 2, 2014 @7:40pm- vs. TEAM-Basketball Red at HYPE Rec Center court 24

Saturday, May 3, 2014 @11:40am- vs. Triple-Threat Black at Livonia Franklin HS court 11

Saturday, May 3, 2014 @2:20pm- vs. Plymouth-Canton Force at Livonia Stevenson HS court 7

~Note:~ If we finish 1st in the pool, we play Sunday, May 4, 2014 @12:00 pm at LFHS court 14, finish 2nd and it’s a game @9:20am at LFHS court 12, finish 3rd it’s @12:00pm at HYPE court 20, finish 4th and we go home without a bracket game.

 

MML u-17 (Pool E):

Saturday, May 3, 2014 @09:00am- vs. DSO Elite at HYPE Rec Center court 21

Saturday, May 3, 2014 @11:40pm- vs. Parallel 45-Green at HYPE Rec Center court 23

Saturday, May 3, 2014 @5:00pm- vs. Little Ma Power at HYPE Rec Center court 23

~Note:~ If we finish 1st in the pool, we play Sunday, May 4, 2014 @8:00 am at LFHS court 14, finish 2nd and it’s a game @8:00am at HYPE court 21, finish 3rd it’s @8:00pm at HYPE court 22, finish 4th and we go home without a bracket game.

 

Site addresses for the tournament:

1. Livonia Churchill HS, 8900 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48150

2. Livonia Franklin HS, 31000 Joy Road, Livonia, MI 48150

3. Livonia Stevenson HS, 33500 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152

4. Northville HS, 45700 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48168

5. HYPE Recreation Center, 23302 West Warren Street, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

6. Holmes Middle School, 16200 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48154

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Practice Times…

Moving forward, unless otherwise directed by your coach, practices for U15 and U17 teams will be Tuesdays from 6-8pm at Mott and Thursdays from 5-7pm at Mott.

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Nowhere to go but UP…

The MML U15 season started out Easter weekend at the Flint’s Finest tournament Hoops Classic tournament in Swartz Creek. After only 4 practices (only 1 with the full squad), it was time to turn the lights on and see what we had. Well, what we saw is that we have a lot of work to do. For the first time as a coach in MML history, my team finished a weekend without a win. For a 7-team bracket, the competition was really high which was great preparation moving forward.

The first game was a hard battle against the team that eventually finished in 2nd place, the Tri City Heat. Thomas Cook and Matt Buschman had strong starts to take us to halftime in a battle. Tyler Rose came off of the bench to spark the team in the second half, but turnovers proved to be the team’s demise in the 39-47 loss. Cook and Buschman led with 9 points and Rose chipped in 8. Trevor Bland led a rebounding effort that kept it close as well.

The second game saw us matched up against a former MSU Flintstone Morris Peterson sponsored team appropriately named the “Flintstones”. Unfortunately for us, they had an experienced and big group that jumped on us with their athleticism. There weren’t many bright spots, but ours had to be when Bland dove for a loose ball, came up short, but was somehow then able to knock it from the opposing player’s hands, collect the ball, then pass it out to a teammate to start the break all while ON THE GROUND! The game didn’t finish in our favor 36-66, but that hustle showed signs of a heart developing. Buschman and Bland had 10 points apiece, while Rose tossed in 9 of his own.

The next morning brought with it a team from Ann Arbor in DSO Sports. The MML squad seemed more determined than ever to fight and claw their way through the game. At halftime, we found ourselves buying into a brand new defensive strategy and down only 3 points to a heavily favored team. Unfortunately, the grind of a tough weekend and tough game caught up to us in the second half and we ran out of gas and managed only 9 points losing 22-38. Bland and Buschman threw in 5 points, and Devonare Vaughn had 4.

A couple of weeks off will help the team gel and allow some work to be done on ball control. The next tournament will be the Michigan Warriors Jam Fest May 2-4.

The good: MVPs Buschman and Bland. Both guys showed a grit and determination that started to rub off on the rest of the guys. Leading the team in scoring and rebounding, they did what they could to lead the Lakers. I expect bigger and better things.

The bad: Our offense. Execution was at a minimum this tournament and must get better. Ball control, passing, cutting, and shooting are some of the determining factors.

The ugly: TURNOVERS!! We set a record I am sure for the number of times we gave the ball away for free to the other team. Execution will help, but an understanding of how important ball control will help even more…and we WILL take care of the ball better!

Unsung hero: Rose. I admit it; I didn’t know what he had in him. He showed me a heart that is threatening to burst out his chest. He scored, hustled, defended, played out of position at times, and just gave everything he had.

~REMEMBER~ Payment is now due.

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Flint’s Finest Hoops Classic- MML U15 schedule 2014

It’s an exciting week here with MML as our first tournament is fast approaching this upcoming weekend, April 18, 19.  So far, the schedule for the pool games on Friday are as follows:

Friday, April 18, 2014– 12:00 pm vs. Tri City Heat @ the Cage Fieldhouse court 4

Friday, April 18, 2014– 4:00 pm vs. Flintstones@ the Cage Fieldhouse court 2

Bear in mind that the schedule is tentative until Thursday at 5:00 pm when it goes final.  As you can see, two games are scheduled pool games and any games following, will be scheduled based on the results from these pool games.  The more we win, the more we play.  In this tournament, only three games are guaranteed, so to keep playing after game 3, we MUST win.  We will post more information if it becomes available or if the schedule changes.

Parents, it is imperative that the U15 kids be at practice on Thursday, April 17 from 7-9 pm at the Cage as we will finalize preparation for the tourney.  Spring break has put us firmly behind the 8-ball in terms of practice and preparation, but we will adapt and overcome

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Week of April 13: U-15 and U-17 teams will practice Tuesday night at Mott

U-15 and U-17 teams will practice Tuesday night at Mott starting at 6:15 p.m.

As a reminder, please bring your full or partial payment for the season to your coach.

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Tentative 2014 Schedule

Spring:

Flints Finest Tournament: April 18-19 (Flint) * U-15 only

Warrior Jamfest: May 2-4 (Livonia)

Moneyball Shootout: May 9-11, (Lansing)

CDBA/BankHoops: May 16-18 (Kalamazoo)

Up North Challenge: May 23-25 (Mt. Pleasant)

Summer:

TBD: Based on spring performance

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MML U-16 update

Unfortunately, because of a much-lower-than-normal turnout at the U-16 level Monday night, we will not have a U-16 team this season. A couple of the best U-16 players at the tryout may be offered spots on the U-17 team.

We hope to get back to offering all three high school levels next season.

Thanks,

Jared

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MML 2014 U-17 roster announced

Please send a text message to your coach, Chris Hutton, to confirm your spot (810-441-3821). We will announce practice times/dates soon. Thank you to everyone who tried out.

Chase Bailey  – Kearsley
Jonathan Currie – Lapeer
Hayden Frasier – Grand Blanc
Timothy Gabryel – Lapeer
Montreal Greene – Southwestern
Mike Herd Jr. – Beecher
Aaron Hutton   – Lapeer
Isaiah Leavy – Powers Catholic
Ashton Mathis – Swartz Creek
Kennen Moore – Powers Catholic
Spencer Myers – Powers Catholic
Joshua Simms – Holly

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MML U15 2014 roster (subject to change)

To all u15 players and parents…sorry for the delay, but work interrupted this entry.  That said, you will notice that the title says “subject to change” and many may be wondering why.  Inevitably, each year we have players that do not show the proper commitment or dedication to be a MML player.  It may be in the form of not paying fees, not coming to practices, not attending tournaments, etc.  In situations like this, we have and will replace the player after we have exhausted efforts to steer them on the right path.  Our goal is to increase these young men off the court as well as on, so we will make every effort to do that.  Also, some on this list may decide to play elsewhere.  That is fine, but we at MML do not borrow or lend players.  When you play with MML, you are a part of the family and we stay together.  Only in very special limited circumstances will playing for any other team while a Laker be permitted and those must first be cleared by the coach.  That said, here is the current U15 roster:

Trevor Bland – Holly (verified)
Savionn Boone – Mount Morris (verified)
Kaleb Brandt – Kearsley (verified)
Matt Buschman – Brighton (verified)
Thomas Cook – Grand Blanc (verified)
Leveon Greene – FSWA (verified)
Deangelo Henderson – Mount Morris (verified)
Joseph Johnson – IAF (verified)
Destin Julian – Hamady (verified)
Paris Partee – Holly  (verified)
Rob Patterson – Goodrich (verified)
Tyler Rose – Genesee Christian (verified)
Devonare Vaughn – Mount Morris (verified)
Cameron Zappella – Lapeer East (verified)
 

Attendance at practice is mandatory.  In order to secure your spot, you must confirm by contacting your coach or responding to this post.  Not doing so will give the impression that you do not want to participate.

 

 

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MML tryouts for 2014 will be held March 24 at Mott Community College

tshirtfront-1Tryouts for the Mid-Michigan Lakers will be held March 24 at Mott Community College in Flint. Tryouts will begin at 6 p.m., but players should arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and stretch. Arriving late will diminish your chances of making a team. (Scroll down for Mott’s campus map).

The cost of the tryout is $10.

The team fee for the spring/summer will be $450. Players are not required to make the full payment up front, but at least half of the season fee is due prior to the start of the first tournament.

Typically, teams practice 1-2 times per week for two hours either at Mott, The Cage Fieldhouse or Central Church of the Nazarene in Flint. Practice schedules are posted weekly.

We will update the schedule in the coming days. Typically we compete in seven tournaments including NCAA certified events in July.

We cannot say with any certainty what levels we will run with this season. That will be based on turnout. Players between the ages of 14 and 18 are welcome (no graduating seniors).

Looking forward to a great season,

Jared Field

Ballenger Field House – Steve Schmidt Gymnasium (Building #1)
1401 East Court St.
Flint, MI 48503
Park in ramp labeled “P” just west of Ballenger

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