LATEST NEWS March 16, 2015 12:05am
Former Akron U guard, Alex Abreu, just concluded his college career in stellar fashion at the NCAA D2 regional tournament in Lakeland, Florida. Against #1 seed Florida Southern, at Southern's home arena, Alex scored 30 pts (6-9 from 3 pt) and had 5 assists but West Georgia lost by 3, 84-81. After an all-conference season in which he averaged over 16 pts and 5 assists while shooting around 50% from the field, Alex opened the NCAA tourney with 11 pts (4-7 shooting), 6 rebs and 6 assists in their first round win over West Alabama. Its a dramatic finish for Alex after the tragic events of two years ago that dramatically altered his own life as well as the Akron U basketball program. We continue to support Alex's pursuit of God, completing his college degree, and pursuing his professional career. His story could and should be used to both warn others and give many hope.
COLLEGE & NE OHIO HS TOURNAMENT REPORTS
Ohio Christian University, led by 3rd yr coach Tony Stockman (Medina HS/Clemson/Ohio State), led his squad to their third straight regional championship in the NCCAA DII ranks. The Two-time defending national champs were the #1 seed this past weekend but got upset at the buzzer in the 2nd round and had to settle for 5th place. NAIA D2 defending champion Indiana Wesleyan was rated #1 in the country all year, was 31-2 and made it to the quarterfinals before losing. CVCA's Bob Peters was 3rd in scoring with 12.3 pts per game on 50% shooting and also led the team in steals and was a leading 3pt shooting (41%).
Charleston Southern won 19 games and was the #1 seed under (friend and head coach) Barclay Radebaugh, entering the Big South tournament before falling to Longwood University. Victor Dorsey (Akron SVSM, Akron Springfield), is a freshman for Longwood. Wichita State also was upset in the semi-finals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament when Illinois State overcame a deficit in the the second half with 63% shooting. Still, Head Coach Gregg Marshall and Akron Firestone's senior, Darius Carter will help them bounce quickly in the National Tournament and shake up plenty of tournament brackets.
Conversely, 7th seeded Akron U won the first three rounds of their MAC conference tournament before losing a real war to eventual champ Buffalo. Akron was one of the two or three best teams in the MAC all season before losing a couple of tight games. Akron lost four "should-be" senior starters to discipline who left school prior to the season. Much loved Coach Dan Peters, passed on in late October from cancer, dealing the team another blow. During the final weeks of the season, two more starters and a part time starter went down to injury. All-MAC center Pat Forsythe is suffering from turf toe and All-MAC frosh Noah Robotham was lost to ACL surgery - seemingly inconceivable losses. Coach Keith Dambrot and staff managed to lead the Zips to their tenth consecutive MAC semifinal with significant production from freshman Antino Jackson,Jr., and juniors Jake Kretzer, and Reggie McAdams. Few teams can lose basically 7 starters and a motivational leader and still perseverance to even greater accomplishment.
St.Vincent-St.Mary HS and head coach Dru Joyce II completed its regular season undefeated (as did Green HS) when they beat undefeated Walsh HS AT Walsh on February 17th 66-59 and Canton McKinley February 28. St.V-St.M has been playing larger schools that are state and nationally ranked all over the state of Ohio this year and still maintained their perfect record. Since then they have won their first three contests in the State Tournament, winning their District championship over rival Akron Buchtel, and advancing to the Regionals. St. V is led by Akron commit Josh Williams, Cleveland State commit Jabri Blount, and the quiet but athletically explosive junior Henry Baddley -rising to #1 in Division II state polls and #3 in national rankings.
Medina High School is led by 7'0 University of Michigan junior commit, and Christian athlete, Jon Teske. On March 14, Jon led Medina to an upset win over District #1 seed Massillon Jackson to advance to Shaker Heights at Regionals by scoring 27 (of team's 45 pts), with 12 rebounds and 10 blocks. Medina's young squad has advanced to Regionals for only the fourth time in the history of the school. Ironically, the first time was with Jay Peters' heroics (now the CVCA head coach), and another was when they were led by Tony Stockman during his "Mr. Basketball" season (Stockman is now head coach of Ohio Christian U) Rebuilding quickly under first year coach Chris Hassinger, Medina finished the season with only a .500 winning % and had to recovering from losing all-state guard Craig Randall when he moved to Arizona and 6'6" All-Everything forward, Brandon Wilkins (now at Mercyhurst).
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy had a fantastic regular season and finished 22-4 overall. The core of the team was led by brothers Michael and Nate (the head coach's sons) and cousin Luke (the coach's nephew). Big brother Bob was previously mentioned as a member of defending national NAIA champion Indiana Wesleyan. CVCA's season finally ended in the District Finals versus Cleveland Central Catholic. Coach Jay Peters (himself a former star at Medina & Kent St) has been taking his teams to several District and Regional championships over the years.
MUST SEE TV!!! THE AUSTIN HATCH STORY
We ALL need perspective and inspiration in life and the journey that Austin Hatch is taking through life provides both !! Though we have only met him and NOT had any impact in his life, we are impressed by those who have and the way he has overcome unimaginable tragedy and adversity. Find out more through this preview and the special on ESPNU as well as the periodic previews on all ESPN stations. Here is a link to additional video
OHIO STATE BEATS 'OREGON..... WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sr. Captain Doran Grant (SVSM), finished out his career with Ohio State as National Champ!!!. Next stop is the NFL draft.!! Paris Campbell (SVSM), Dante Booker Jr. (SVSM) capped off a three year run where they won back to back State Championships with their football team at St. Vincent - St. Mary and now a national championship. Cardale Jones (Cleveland Glenville and Ted Ginn Academy) also continued his success from the last three games. The SVSM athletes were participants in TEAM JAM activities while in High School. Cardale was met while John helped Frank Stretar's "Leader Within" program that also involved Christian Bryant (Ohio State / St. Louis Rams). Feature stories were written in Sports Illustrated on Cardale and an additional one on Doran (link here).
Akron U's Reggie McAdams named Player of the Week (1/19)
A starter at the beginning of the year, Reggie has since been asked to come off the bench and provide instant offense. While all of his team knows of his shooting prowess, not many would have expected his 31 point outburst off the bench to carry the team to a win over Central Michigan and be named Player of the Week. Reggie has also been a faithul attender at our team chapels and devotional times the past three years.
Coach Dan Peters went home with his Lord Monday, October 27th. Anyone that new him was a better person because of it.
It's rare that we run into a man that pursues the best interests of others even while in the midst of a competitive atmosphere. During this past season, colleges and universities all over the country paid tribute to Coach, his influence, and his battle versus cancer. The day of his passing, sociial media and television was a live again with tributes. Our personal conversations with him have revealed his love for God, his trust in Christ as His Savior, his love and concern for others, and courage and strength. His family has been gracious to share their son/husband/father with us througout his life and especially in his last days.
When asked what could be done for him during his last days, Dan answered..... "SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY"
Lets all repay the favor by showing the part that Coach left in OUR lives back with his own family in the way we unselfishly make time to show love back to them.
(Link to Akron Beacon Journal Obituary/Funeral Feature by Marla Ridenour)
TEAM JAM'S "Coach Watch":
TONY STOCKMAN Ohio Christian U.(#1 in country)
5th place NCCAA D2 Nationals
BARCLAY RADEBAUGH Charleston Southern U
Feature Story (19-11 NIT Tourney)
GREGG MARSHALL Wichita State (28-4, 7th seed NCAA)
ZACH SPIKER West Point/Army (15-15))
THE PURSUIT: Honor & Impact
NEWS FLASH!! - none of us are perfect. Most "role models" show their human limitations sooner or later. However, notice where we started from and you will notice dramatic change and improvement. We all vary in the amount of success we have in pursuing Christ faithfully - so we just keep pursuing. Here are some examples of that progress.
LeBron James is back in Cleveland to play basketball but his presence has never ceased to impact the Akron area. Keep an even closer eye on the LeBron James Family Foundation and his "I Promise" challenge among many other efforts in the community. Tony Stockman is the head coach at Ohio Christian University men's basketball team. In his two years as coach he has been two time National Christian College Coach of the Year and two time National Christian College champion. Dante Booker Sr, is the proud father of Ohio's Mr. Football (2014) and National HS Defensive Player of the Year Dante Jr. (now at Ohio State), but he is also an Akron Fireman/Paramedic and a TEAM JAM Board Member. Jimmy Oliver (NBA) works with at-risk young men as a Juvenile Officer. Jerome Moss (Geneva College fb/bb and Malone football) is head coach for Akron U - Wayne Campus mens basketball, a professor at Akron U and works with Akron City school students. Brandon Sweeney (a former college running back) founded the organization Purpose Beyond the Game and authored the book "Loving the Game When The Game Doesnt Love You Back", challenging young men to recognize the real reason for their aspirations and aiding fatherless young men to discover the Fatherhood of God. Tug Hulett is now a Dean at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La., as well as a basketball and baseball coach and even helps with the youth ministry - just two years removed from professional baseball (in majors with Seattle, Kansas City and Boston). Shawn Lazarus (Michigan U./Detroit Lions) is associate director of TEAM JAM and owner of Lazarus on the Rise. Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce III ran their first "Give N' Go" basketball camp this summer at House of the Lord Church.
2015'S BEST TWEET
THE TEAM JAM CHALLENGE
WHAT IS YOUR STORY? As athletes, we only spectate when participation is no longer possible. Fortunately, with the TEAM JAM experience, we are NEVER relegated to the bench. Playing time is always available.
Since 1991, TEAM JAM volunteers (there are no employees) have been observing activities, coaching, mentoring, tutoring, counseling,visiting hospitals and funerals, providing chaplain services to teams, finding college scholarships and especially teaching others about Jesus Christ and making Biblically based decisions. But why listen to US tell stories? We enjoy seeing YOU COMPETE just as much!!! Share with us YOUR story of how YOU invested in someone so that God changed their lives and maximized potential! In addition, we are always willing to help your efforts. Contact us at 330.352.4231 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories OR your ideas.