OHSAA Rules That Lima Sr’s Quinones Is Now Eligible

OHSAA and Lima Senior Logos

(1-18-17) The OHSAA has overturned their ineligibility ruling and will now allow Javier Quinones (Senior-Point Guard) to start playing basketball immediately for Lima Senior. The Association overturned the ruling on Tuesday (17th), it was announced on the 5th that he would be denied eligibility and  that the matter would be  appealed on the 12th by his parents. One item that is a part of the ruling change is that Quinones will not be allowed to play in any OHSAA tournament game. The first game he can  participate in for the Spartans is this Friday night against Oregon Clay.

The other Lima Senior player ruled ineligible,  Jatsiel Colon (Junior) did not appeal the ruling and will not play this season.


Statement Regarding Lima Senior Boys Basketball

Tim Stried – Director of Communications

“Two students who recently transferred to Lima Senior High School were ruled ineligible by the OHSAA for the 2016-17 basketball season due to violations of Bylaw 4-9-1, Recruiting. On January 12, the family of one of the students appealed that decision to the OHSAA Appeals Panel, and the panel upheld the ruling. Following the appeal, however, legal representatives and the OHSAA staff have agreed to allow the student to participate in basketball for a portion of the 2016-17 regular-season pending the student, family and school all agree to certain conditions. The student is not eligible to play in the 2017 OHSAA postseason basketball tournament, and the student’s high school eligibility will end following the regular-season. Despite the penalty being modified so that the student can participate for several weeks during the regular-season, the OHSAA will continue to work with all member school administrators and coaches, including Lima Senior, regarding impermissible recruiting activities. In addition, the student-athlete who did not appeal on January 12 will be eligible to participate next season pending the standard conditions of eligibility and residence have been met.”

Brad Kelley of Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk – photo courtesy of Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk

Brad Kelley of the Law Firm Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk gives us a detailed response to what took place during this process.

The case is concluded and there is no chance Quinones will play in tournament. The other significant issue is,this is not an “out of country transfer“. These young man are naturalized U.S. Citizens and this is no different than a family from Ft. Wayne moving to Lima.

Also,these folks didn’t stick their children with some strange Guardian to try and circumvent the rules. They picked up their families and moved entirely (from Puerto Rico) getting housing and jobs in the school district. These were classic legitimate bona fide change of resident cases.

The problem ensued with the OHSAA putting their approval on the transfer until they investigated -how they got here. In addition to the transfer rule is a recruitment rule. The transfer rule has a 50% penalty while the recruitment rule has an entire calendar year penalty.

Lost in the shuffle is a legitimate interest in Puerto Rican families to leave the conditions in Puerto Rico. They are just like all of us wanting the best for their children and the government,the schools and the cost of living in Puerto Rico over the past few years has deteriorated. These people have struggled for a couple of years now finding a suitable alternative for their children. They were turned on to the Lima community by a former Lima Senior player who graduated and played at Toledo and played professional ball for many years and who has become a rock star in PR.

A chance meeting with that player at a clinic in Puerto Rico caused the families to inquire how he “did it” got out and went on to graduate from high school, college and play ball on the mainland in the US.  Again this is a constant dream for young kids in Puerto Rico.

That young man gave both families glowing reports about his life experiences and they asked him for a contact to discuss the future. Both families visited Lima in July, toured the school spoke to counselors and teachers and other personnel and were very impressed. It was compatible educationally work wise and the cost-of-living was much better than they were leaving.

After a few days in Lima they returned to Puerto Rico and made the decision to make the move. They did everything the right way, however the recruiting rule forbids “any” influencing to secure enrollment of a student athlete. It is a very broad rule and the entire case turned on the word ‘influence’.

The reality is everyone is influenced in some fashion. I influenced my own children as to where to go to school. The influence by the way cannot come from anyone regardless of whether they are connected or unconnected to the school.

There should really be an adjective prior to the word influence such as inappropriate,undue or in permissible., I think quite honestly that the OHSAA had a hard time thinking that anyone could come to Lima, Ohio without having been improperly influence.

Both these families had visited and interviewed at other facilities in Houston, Texas, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida and other places where Puerto Rican kids had moved, but for these folks the job opportunities, cost of living and even the actual cost of the education was prohibitive and just not doable for these two families. Keep in mind, they were moving the whole family so it was more than just a basketball decision. Cost of living was very important and one mom is even working on a doctorate and Wright St. and BGSU were nearby and welcoming. They are delighted with the opportunities Lima has offered them. Both boys have flourished and are on the honor roll. Both have taken advantage of several opportunities which Lima Senior offers including English as a second language,OGT test tutoring and ACT preparation. These are two very nice families and two very nice young men. They are very comfortable and socially fit in very well.

The Quinones boy is a senior and really had no choice as there is no tomorrow for him. The Colon boy is a junior and can play next year. His family had some work and religious priorities which prevented them from appealing their son’s case. They simply chose to sit out the year. Life can be complicated.

I think that OHSAA gave us a fair opportunity to present our case and were aware of the young man’s best interest yet wanted to balance it all against there other member schools which whine regardless. This solution which we came to gives the young Quinones boy an opportunity he and his family came here for while at the same time perhaps telling its member schools to be careful and cognizant of ALL the rules.

I am from Boston and a huge New England fan. I think that the OHSAA has done a nice job of delegating the appeal process to a three member panel of OHSAA members to avoid the same person hearing the appeal who made the appeal. Kind of like Goodell being judge, jury and executioner in Deflategate. Here at least you feel like you have a chance to have fresh eyes and ears to review the original decision. I think that is a good and I applaud the OHSAA and it’s members for taking this step.They did back in 2012 and renewed the process this year as I think the members felt it works well, or at least better than the prior mechanism.It is a constant struggle to serve the membership but at the same time-the kids should always be the focus.

Ideally,one would need an authentic video of a family in their living room throwing darts at a map of the US and simply landing their singular dart on Lima, Ohio and only then could you conclude that all is well under the rules. I am not sure though that someone would still not question that the dart manufacturer once lived in Lima!

That being said, I am very satisfied that Javier will play in several games and get to do what he loves to do and that his parents will get to watch him play. We could have and were prepared to seek a court solution but that was expensive, time consuming and with some risk. My clients seem delighted with the result we were able to work out with the OHSAA and I am appreciative to the commissioner and counsel for the OHSAA for their cooperation and understanding in this difficult situation.


McDonald’s All-American Selection Process ‘Really Takes Place’

(1-12-17) The selection process of the McDonald’s All-American team has come under some fire after an SSN article – How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game was shared with a prep basketball writer in Chicago.

Below is a Twitter conversation between a prep basketball writer from Chicago and SSN

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx (his intital tweet)
Don’t get worked up about the burger company all-american nominations. Totally meaningless. They basically name anyone a coach suggests.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx How players are selected for the McDonald’s All-American game- https://statelinesportsnetwork.net/2017/01/11/is-the-mcdonalds-all-american-game-a-big-deal-yep/

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt that has nothing to do with what I’m referring to.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx the entire process of nominating a player, to selection process is in the story , including who can nominate players

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt except that isn’t what really happens. those nominations have nothing to do with who is selected.

Dave Schmidt – SSN ‏@ssndschmidt
@xxxxxxxxxx info came straight from game officials in a reply to my email, straight from person who oversees it

XXXXXXXX‏X @xxxxxxxxxx
@ssndschmidt a selection committee picks the team. they don’t care (or even know) who gets nominated. what they told you is the PR.

In an email reply to SSN from the McDonald’s All-American selection committee:

We do accept all eligible nominees that high school coaches/athletic directors submit. The nominees represent the good in high school basketball. It is an honor for these student-athletes to be considered deserving and worthy by their high school coaches who have worked with them during their high school careers.

We list the nominees on our website because if a coach feels that they have a candidate worthy of a nomination and takes the time to submit that nomination we should recognize that player for their hard work and loyalty to their high school programs.  It may not be a big deal to some people but is a complement and big deal to the nominee that their high school coach or athletic department think that highly of them as a person and student-athlete.

We do have a selection committee that does pick the team. Selection takes place through a balloting system vote:

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Our committee members are given the list of (all) nominees to review. Members do have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates if they feel someone has not been nominated that is deserving. Candidates cannot move forward to selection if they have not been nominated.

  1. Top 100 Consensus List

o    Selection Committee members submit their Top 100 national players based on the nominations submitted during the nomination period.

o    A Top 100 Consensus list is created from these lists.

o    The Top 100 Consensus list is then presented to the members to review.

o    Committee members are given the opportunity to add any player they feel is deserving of but not on the list.


  1. First Ballot

o    Committee is given the Top 100 Consensus List

o    Committee is to choose their top 50 players

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 50 vote getters advance to the second ballot.


  1. Second Ballot

o    Ballot consists of the top 50+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 50 due to ties; not usually more than 55 though

o    Committee members are to vote for their top 30 choices

o    Each vote at this level is worth one point

o    Votes are tallied and scored.

o    The Top 30 vote getters advance to the second ballot.


III.            Final Ballot

o    Weighted Ballot consisting of the top 30+ players based on total number of votes per player voted on by the Committee; there maybe more than 30 due to ties; not usually more than 33 though

o    Committee is to vote for their top 25 players

o    Committee members vote for players based on:

  • Point guard
  • Shooting guard
  • Forward / wing
  • Power forward
  • Center

o    The Committee is to vote five (5) players per position

  • First choice vote is worth five (5) points
  • Second choice vote is worth four (4) points
  • Third choice vote is worth three (3) points
  • Fourth choice vote is worth two (2) points
  • Fifth choice vote is worth one (1) point

o    Votes are totaled and scored.

  1. Selection

o    The top 24 vote getters advance and are named to the McDonald’s All American Team.


Is The McDonald’s All-American Game A Big Deal? Yep!

(1-11-17) This week nominations for the Annual McDonald’s All-American Games were announced.  Names of players from all across the nation were released.  It’s also a time for those who follow high school basketball start the discussion  of why certain players  are not on the list. There is a process that starts on September 1st of every year to find the next group of All-Americans.

2017 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees

How does a player get nominated and selected to participate in the games?

Below is the process for a player to be considered and to be selected to play in the game.

McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games

Player Nomination and Selection Process

Updated September 2015

The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games feature the top 24 boy and 24 girl players from high schools throughout the United States and sets itself apart from other comparable events in that players are selected based on a systematic voting process.   The Selection Committee, led by committee chair Morgan Wootten, is composed of basketball experts from across the country that review prospect’s fundamental talents and athleticism in the committee’s effort to identify to the top 48.  The following elements are taken into serious consideration when selecting a McDonald’s All American.

Athletic Achievement

  • Player’s accomplishments on the hardwood.
  • High school career:  All evaluations and nominations are based on the individual player’s fundamental skill level and athleticism.
  • Player’s Accolades

Scholastic Achievement

  • All nominees must be eligible to participate under the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or other comparable organization.
  • A nominee is eligible to be a McDonald’s All American if he or she is deemed eligible to participate under their high school and governing league policies.
  • Each nominee must be a high school senior.
  • Nominees cannot have repeated a grade once they have entered the 9th grade.
  • Nominees cannot have their 19th birthday before September 1st of senior year.
  • Each nominee may only have participated in eight semesters of high school athletics.
  • Player must be academically eligible to participate with their high school team based on their school and league requirements.


  • Players who have been convicted of a felony are not permitted.
  • Players who have been charged with a felony with a case pending are not permitted.
  • Players who have a history of “getting in trouble” with either the law (i.e. misdemeanor), at school, during extracurricular activities, and/or at home may be excluded pending feedback from their principal, athletic director, coach, league officials, and/or community leaders.
  • The Selection Committee will review on a case-by-case basis.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations are submitted online at mcdaag.com  between Sept. 1st thru Dec. 1st of the candidate’s senior year.
  • Nominations can only be submitted by:

o    High School Varsity Coach

o    High School Athletic Director

o    High School Principal or Head of School

o    Selection Committee Member

Selection Process

Selection takes place through a balloting system vote that is submitted by a collective group of prominent basketball community members.

  • Votes are confidential.
  • Committee members are instructed not to discuss any of the balloting results or nominees outside of the internal committee.
  • At no time, should any Committee member solicit information or opinions pertaining to any nominee’s athletic talent or basketball career.
  • Each member submits his or her individual votes via a confidential and closed balloting system.  The results are tabulated from all voters and the top 24 vote getters compromise the McDonalds All American Teams.

Take a look at who has played in this classic over the years.


Points Scored
31 -Jonathan Bender -West, ’99
30- Michael Jordan -East, ’81
28- Eddy Curry -West, ’01
28- Paul Pierce -West, ’95
28 -Chris Webber -West, ’91
27 -LeBron James -East, ’03
27 -Jerry Stackhouse -East, ’93
27 -John Williams -West, ’84
26 -J.J. Redick -East, ’02
25 -Kevin Durant -West, ’06

13 -Jacque Vaughn -West, ’93
13- Lonzo Ball -West 16
12 -Andre Barrett -East, ’00
12 -Erick Barkley -West, ’98
11 -Sebastian Telfair -East, ’04
11- Brett Nelson -West, ’99
11 -Adrian Autry -East, ’90
10- Chris Paul -East, ’03
10- Stephen Marbury -East, ’95
10 -Tyus Jones -East 14
10- Bobby Hurley East, ’89

10 -Khalid Reeves -East, ’90
7 -Jordan Farmar -West, ’04
6 -Dell Curry -East, ’82
6-Michael Jordan -East, ’81

24- Sam Perkins -East, ’80
21- Othella Harrington -West, ’92
16 -Shaquille O’Neal West, ’89
16 -Dallas Comegys -East, ’83
16 -John Williams -West, ’84
16 -Rudy Woods -West, ’78
15 -Zach Randolph -West, ’00
15- Derrick Coleman -West, ’86
15 -Teddy Grubbs -West, ’79

Just by looking at the above list of names on the all-time list for scoring, rebounding, steals and assists and you can see it is a very impressive group of super stars.

To play in this game or even be nominated for the game is a big honor. The players start to receive national attention as soon as the nominations are released. Now that high school sports, like basketball and football, are gaining more and more national attention it’s a great venue for these players to perform on.  Media coverage includes ESPN, from the first practice until the after the game, plus numerous national media sites make it a point to cover the games.

This year’s game will once again be played at the United Center in Chicago.

March 29 2017:

  • 16th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Girls)
    – Broadcast on ESPNU
  • 40th Annual McDonald’s All American Games (Boys)
    – Broadcast on ESPN



Points Scored
25    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
23    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
22    Alexis Hornbuckle    East, ’04
21    Meighan Simmons    West, ’10
21    Ann Strother    West, ’02
21    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
21    Te’a Omari Cooper West 15
21    Amber Ramirez    East    16
20    Nirra Fields    West, ’12
20    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
19    Marissa Coleman    East, ’05
19    Candace Parker    West, ’04
19    Stephanie Watts    West    15
19    Shakayla Thomas    East    14

7    Jordin Canada    West    14
6    Jasmine Thomas    East, ’07
6    Kyra Lambert    West    15
6    Kelsey Mitchell    East    14
6    Crystal Dangerfield    16
5    Niya Johnson    East, ’12
5    Natasha Howard    East, ’10
5    Eliza Pierre    West, ’09
5    Erin Grant    West, ’02
5    Shanna Zolman    East, ’02
5    Ali Patberg    East    15
5    Destiny Slocum    West    16

9    Alison Bales    East, ’03
6    Ashley Gayle    West, ’08
6    Stephanie Mavunga East, ’13
5    Katie Collier    West, ’12
5    Joslyn Tinkle    East, ’09
5    Amanda Thompson    West, ’06
5    Sara Hammond    East, ’11
5    Amber Henson    East, ’11

14    Kelly Cain    East    07
13    Madison Williams    West, ’10
13    Stephanie Mavunga    East    13
12    Bashaara Graves    East, ’12
12    Kayla Pedersen    West, ’07
12    Courtney Paris    West, ’05
12    Seimone Augustus    East, ’02
11    Elizabeth Williams    East, ’11
11    Elena Delle Donne    East, ’08
11    Willnett Crockett    West, ’02
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt    West, ’09
10    Candace Parker    West, ’04
10    Brianna Turner    West    14
10    Lauren Cox    West    16
10    Sabrina Ionescu    West    16
10    Tierra Ruffin-Pratt West ’09
10    Tye’sha Fluker West, ‘02

Nathan Hale Remains The #1 SSN National Boys Public School Basketball Team

Massillon Jackson enters Public School Rankings


(1-8-17) Not many changes at the top of the SSN National Boys Basketball Public School Basketball rankings, Nathan Hale remains as the #1 team, followed by #2 Chino Hills. The rest of the Top 5 includes Chicago Simeon, Memphis East and McEachern.

Four new schools enter the rankings this week, at #10 Evanston (Illinois), Chandler Basha (Az) at #11, Klein Forest (Tx) at #12 and Massillon (Oh) Jackson at #14.

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

(first # is ranking for the Public and or Private school rankings, SSN splits the Top 25 for these rankings — second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).


  1. -1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 11-0
  2. -2. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 16-0
  3. -4. (4) Simeon (Chicago), 12-0
  4. -5. (6) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 11-2
  5. -7. (8) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 12-0
  6. -10. (11) North Central (Indianapolis), 10-0
  7. -12. (15) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 17-1
  8. -14. (17) Jonesboro (Ark.), 12-0
  9. -17. (23) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 16-0
  10. -19. (NR) Evanston (Ill.), 14-2
  11. -20. (NR) Basha (Chandler, Ariz.), 19-0
  12. -21. (NR) Klein Forest (Houston), 18-0
  13. -23. (NR) Jackson (Massillon, Ohio), 7-0

Sierra Canyon remains as the #1 private school the week, the rest of the Top 5 includes Mater Dei (Ca), Patrick School (NJ), St. Anthony (NJ) and Gonzaga (Washington DC).

One new Private school joins the rankings, 15-1 Trinity (Ky) at #9.

Published on December 30, 2016

In the Semi Final of the 21st annual Les Shwab Invitational Sierra Canyon, CA faced off against Gonzaga, DC.  Cody Riley lead Sierra Canyon in scoring with 32 & Marvin Bagley had 30. Gonzaga was lead by 5’7 Chris Lykes who had 24 and Prentiss Hubb added 22 points.


  1. -3. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 12-1
  2. -6. (7) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 18-1
  3. -8. (9) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 5-2
  4. -9. (10) St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), 8-0
  5. -11. (13) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 12-2
  6. -13. (16) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 11-1
  7. -15. (18) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 9-1
  8. -16. (21) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 14-1
  9. -18. (NR) Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 15-1
  10. -22. (24) East English Village Prep (Detroit), 5-0
  11. -25. (25) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 18-2


MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (1 last week) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 16-0
2. (4) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 14-0
3. (5) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 16-1
4. (3) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 12-1
5. (2) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 18-1
6. (6) St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 12-1
7. (7) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-2
8. (8) Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), 15-2
9. (NR) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W. Va.), 12-3
10. (NR) Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 15-4

December 19, 2016

Highlights from the Prolific Prep 80-68 victory over Aspire Academy in the Winter Shootout from Orlando Florida.

#1 Ranking on the Line In Independent School Match-up

Tyger Campbell leads #2 La Lumiere

PJ Washington Leads Findlay Prep to OT WIN At Thanksgiving Hoopfest

(1-2-17) This weekend the #1 and #2 teams in the Independent HS Boys Basketball rankings will do battle in West Virginia at the Cancer Research Classic. The two schools, La Lumiere and Findlay Prep are a combined 31-0 on the season against some of the best competition in the country.

La Lumiere in the last USA Today Top 25 also held down the #1 spot, while Findlay Prep was ranked #8.

Two schools enter the Top 10 this week, Wasatch Academy (Utah) 14-2 at #8 and #10 First Love Christian Academy (Pennsylvania( 8-1).

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

January 2, 2017

1. (1 last week) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 14-0
2. (4) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 17-0
3. (3) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 11-0
4. (6) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 12-0
5. (5) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 14-1
6. (7) St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 10-1
7. (2) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 17-2
8. (NR) Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), 14-2
9. (10) West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.), 10-2
10. (NR) First Love Christian Academy (Washington, Pa.), 8-1


IMG Academy Wins 2016 Mike Miller Classic – Championship Game Highlights

2017 Flyin to the Hoop Features National And Ohio Teams


(1-2-17) One of the Top National Boys Basketball Tournaments, Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop,  will be held in Kettering, Ohio for the 15th year in a row starting Janiuary 13th.

Eight schools from outside of Ohio will be competing during the  tournament:

  • IMG (FL)
  • Hamilton Heights (TN)
  • Our Savior New American (NY)
  • Prolific Prep (CA)
  • Huntington Prep (WV)
  • Wheeler (GA)
  • Wesley Christian (KY)
  • Covington Catholic (KY)

From the Stateline area, Versailles, of the Midwest Athletic Conference, will take on Tri-Village on Monday the 16th at 11:30 am.  The Tigers feature Junior Justin Ahrens, who is an Ohio State commit and whose older brother Kyle starts for Michigan State.

at the Michigan Invite

One other Stateline area team is Sidney, the high scoring Yellow Jackets are led by SSN National Player of the Week Sophomore Andre Gordon, they will open the tournament on the 13th at 630pm against Fairmont.


2017 Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop Schedule



Trevon Duval (2017), Emmitt Williams (2018), Silvio DeSousa (2018) & IMG Academy put on a show for the fans at IMG in their first game of the season.


NextUp Exhibition, as Hargrave Military Academy took on Huntington Prep (11-20-16)



Wheeler was led by Darius Perry who scored 17.




#1 National Boys Public School Basketball Team, Nathan Hale or Chino Hills?

Nathan Hale-Sierra Canyon Highlights

(1-2-17) This past weekend had a HUGE impact and will shake-up this week’s National rankings, both in Public and Private school rankings.

Seattle Nathan Hale upset everybody’s #1 Sierra Canyon 67-65 at the Les Schwab Invitational. With the win MaxPreps decided to jump Nathan Hale from #7 to #1 in their  Top 25 Rankings.

The MaxPreps poll also dropped eight schools after this week; including Chicago Public school power Curie, who dropped two games at the prestigious Pontiac (Ill) Holiday Tournament.

Making the biggest jump in both the MaxPreps and the Public School rankings is, McEachern (12-0) of Powder Springs, Ga. The young team won the National Division of the  Tournament of Champions Classic in the Atlanta area.

Sierra Canyon, despite the upset loss, remains as the #1 Private school in the US and dropped to #3 behind both Public Schools in the Top 25.

The biggest changes comes in the Public school rankings, Nathan Hale  leapfrogged over last week’s #1 Chino Hills, who still remains undefeated (16-0) and rides a 51-game winning streak.  This change should raise some ‘eyebrows’ and will be something ‘poll watchers’ will be keeping an eye on during the 2017 portion of the schedule.

MaxPreps High School Top 25 boys basketball national rankings
January 1st, 2017

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

(second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s Top 25, the second # is last week’s ranking)

Seattle Nathan Hale


  1. -1. (No. 7 last wk) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 9-0
  2. -2. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 16-0
  3. -4. (10) Simeon (Chicago), 11-0
  4. -6. (4) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 9-2
  5. -8. (NR) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 12-0
  6. -11. (14) North Central (Indianapolis), 8-0
  7. -12. (17) Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio), 8-0
  8. -14. (NR) Skyline (Dallas), 17-0
  9. -15. (15) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 13-1
  10. -17. (NR) Jonesboro (Ark.), 11-0
  11. -22. (24) Greenforest (Decatur, Ga.), 10-2
  12. -23. (NR) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.), 16-0


  1. -3. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 10-1
  2. -5. (3) Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.), 20-1
  3. -7. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 16-1
  4. -9. (11) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 3-2
  5. -10. (12) St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), 6-0
  6. -13. (16) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 9-2
  7. -16. (9) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 8-1
  8. -18. (NR) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 8-1
  9. -19. (NR) Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore), 14-0
  10. -20. (NR) Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.), 11-1
  11. -21. (21) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 12-1
  12. -24. (25) East English Village Prep (Detroit), 5-0
  13. -25. (NR) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)

2016 Tournament of Champions – Oak Ridge (Florida) vs. McEachern(Georgia)

Derek Jay On His Way To More Records


(12-28-16) St. Marys four-year star Derek Jay (SG 6’3 200lbs) became the fifth Roughrider to score a 1,000 points in his career. Tuesday night against Leipsic, he needed just 10 points, he would put up 22 points on the board to surpass that in the 62-47 win.

The Senior now stands in fifth place all-time, but now he has a real chance to become the all-time career points leader.  Mark Ashman (1993-96)  currently holds the top spot with 1,194 points, leaving Jay just 182 points behind Ashman to take the top spot. The Riders who have only played 5 games this season, has plenty of time to reach that record and surpass it.

Most Points Career

  • 1. Mark Ashman 1,194 (1993-96)
  • 2. Damon Goodwin 1,190 (1979-82)
  • 3. Garet Fledderjohann 1,111 (2009-13)
  • 4. Adam Johns 1,068 (2003-07)
  • 5. Derek Jay 1,012 (2013-)
  • 6. Scott Vossler 996 (2000-04)
  • 7. Dean Cook 963 (1949-51)
  • 8. John Kuenzel 951 (1952-56)
  • 9. Troy Crouch 913 (1979-82)
  • 10. Mike Elston 849 (1990-93)

On Tuesday night he also became the all-time 3-point field goals made career  leader hitting five and now has 158 and passing Garet Fledderjohann who had 155.

By the time Jay graduates he could hold numerous Roughrider records.  It’s been a very productive career.

Derek is the son of  Mike and Kelly, who both have coached and played at a high level during their high school years and careers.

Roughrider Records Before 2016-17 Season

Roughrider Boys Basketball Records
Roughrider Boys Basketball Records

Happy 125th Birthday Basketball


Naismith’s 13 Original Rules of Basket Ball

The game of Basketball (first called basket ball) all started 125 years ago on December 21, 1891 at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) gym in Springfield, Masachusetts by a Canadian physical education instructor at Springfield College named James Naismith.

The original rules created by Naismith were published almost a month later on January 15, 1892 in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle.


Dr. James Naismith’s Original 13 Rules of Basketball

1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).

3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.

4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.

5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.

6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3,4, and such as described in Rule 5.

7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul).

8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.

9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.

10. The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.

11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

12. The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes’ rest between.

13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

In 1898, Naismith became the first college basketball coach of the University of Kansas. He compiled a record of 55–60 and is the only losing coach in Kansas history.
Season   Team Wins Losses
1898–99 Kansas 7-4
1899–1900 Kansas 3- 4
1900–01 Kansas 4- 8
1901–02 Kansas 5- 7
1902–03 Kansas 7- 8
1903–04 Kansas 5- 8
1904–05 Kansas 5- 6
1905–06 Kansas 12- 7
1906–07 Kansas 7- 8
Total Kansas 55-60 .478


Listen to Naismith in his own words: “Basketball’s Birth, in James Naismith’s Own Spoken Words”

“I showed them two peach baskets I’d nailed up at each end of the gym, and I told them the idea was to throw the ball into the opposing team’s peach basket. I blew a whistle, and the first game of basketball began. … The boys began tackling, kicking and punching in the clinches. They ended up in a free-for-all in the middle of the gym floor.  It certainly was murder. The most important one was that there should be no running with the ball. That stopped tackling and slugging. We tried out the game with those [new] rules (fouls) , and we didn’t have one casualty.”

Happy 125th Birthday Basketball!

Bulldogs Building A Strong Foundation


(12-19-16) At the Celina (Ohio)  Fieldhouse locker room, during the reviveOHIO campaign currently going on in Mercer County, Kyle Lance Martin  shares his experience with the Bulldog boys basketball team about his solid foundation as a student athlete and how he witnessed others’ fall apart without one.

“What this is today, is to encourage you to find a really strong foundation.”

During this time of a country feeling restless, high school athletes kneeling during the National anthem, it is refreshing to see what a time of Christian revival can do for a basketball team and a community.

Be sure to visit – www.reviveoh.com   and see what is happening to the reviveOhio campaign