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Tales of the Traveling Trophy of Miami

Greetings readers,

Just the other day, I had the chance to broadcast from the campus of Miami University-Hamilton Branch. While this might sound like just another day in the office, it was special because of the fact it was for a trophy (my first call with a special prize at the end of the game.)

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My Experience of the 2014 Twin Valley South Tip-Off Tournament Opening Day

Greetings readers,

I’m back with another experience post. As the High School Basketball season has returned to the State of Ohio, my broadcasts began in a place where I have called home for a majority of my life: West Alexandria.

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Two for the One-and-One

Greetings readers,

The Premier Basketball League and the Independent Basketball Association have merged forces for the upcoming 2013 season. With the IBA-PBL combined effort, that gives the league seventeen teams which range from Missouri to the state of New York.

Before the merger, the PBL planned to start later than normal. Usually the first tip-off is the last day of December and the rest of the teams open up after New Years Day. This year, the tip will be in March.

If you read this week’s (the week of February 3rd, 2013) release of the Weekly Sports League and Franchise Reporta long paragraph was written about the teams excluded and included in the combined league. If you look at the Premier Basketball League’s old/current site, you can see how the teams are matched up in their divisions. The Eastern Division has nine teams, whereas the Central Division only lay claim to eight. This is the same division split from last year, just with more (and some different) teams.

Representing the PBL are the Lake Michigan Admirals, the Rochester RazorSharks, the Indianapolis Diesels (last year based in Columbus, IN and just the “Indiana Diesels”, and the Bloomington Flex (last year’s Central Illinois Drive, now under new management.) From last year’s IBA, it’s the Indiana Splash (last year’s Gary Splash), Lansing Capitals, Kankakee Soliders, Albany Legends, Lake County Stars, and many others. Joining the frey are the West Virginia Miners and the New Jersey G-Force.

A couple of PBL teams did not make the cut, including the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers and the Dayton Air Strikers. A quick Google search did not bring up a single thing about these teams folding, so I suppose this will end on a cliffhanger.

There are some positives about this merger. With the two divisions, teams will not have to make long trips (I’m talking from New York to Missouri.) You have good rivalries that can build up, such as Lake Michigan vs. Lansing and Indianapolis vs. the former Gary Splash.

Will this merger help bring basketball to markets who don’t have sports? While time will tell this tale, one last thing can be said. It worked for the NBA, didn’t it?

Sources of information from Dan Krieger/Our Sports Central and the Premier Basketball League. Picture from the Independent Basketball Association.

Until next time,

-Lee

A Knight in Sir Dayton’s Court – The Sequel

Greetings readers,

This is a continuation from the last post, A Knight in Sir Dayton’s Court. I recently added the Dayton Knights as a friend on Facebook, after I wrote the article. After a conversation, I asked if I could ask questions about the new team coming in. This is an interview with the owner and Head Coach Allen Drake.

So, here is some more information about the new basketball team in town, the Dayton Knights!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Allen Drake and I am from Toledo, OH. I am a graduate of Urbana University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. While attending Urbana, I played both basketball and football, shortly after decided to focus solely on basketball. As a player I averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game and earn all-conference recognition twice. I started coaching at Owen’s Community College during the 2009-2010 season and stay for 2 seasons. Then I returned to Urbana, where I coached for during the 2011-2012 season.

When did you fall in love with the game of basketball?

For as long as I can remember I have always loved sports. There wasn’t a sport that I did not want to try and play. Baseball, basketball, and football were the sports I fell in love with and focused on most growing up. Watching basketball has always given me a different type of excitement. I lacked the natural basketball talent that I may have had that came in other sports, but I always wanted to play and be a part of a team. I became more appreciative of basketball was due to how hard I had to train just to be able to compete with everyone. During the long hours of training learning from my coaches about viewing the game mentally allowed me to see basketball as more than just a physical sport. This showed me that so many things can happen during a game that will cause someone to lose focus but being mentally prepared can help with the physical limitations that arise in a game.

When did the idea of creating the Dayton Knights come from?

The Knights came from being from talking to Travis McAvene, the directors of the UBA (Universal Basketball Association) Eastern Division. Expressing my interest in coaching to him, he then presented me with the opportunity to form the team here in Dayton, OH.

Why the nickname Knights?

The Knights are known as a respected warrior, I believe that is what all athletes are striving to achieve. To be able to show their talents while being respected by all for their efforts to reach their goals of being professional athletes.

Where will the team play for the 2012-2013 season?

Miami Valley High School will be the host location for the Knights. We hope to gain interest from their fan base, as well as gaining the interest of the city.

What league will the Dayton Knights play in?

The Knights will participate in the UBA (Universal Basketball Association). The UBA is an up and coming league that is taking pride with being able to send players to international professional leagues. In a 4 year span, 100 players have been given international contracts.

Who are some of the opponents that the Knights will play? What does the schedule look like?

The schedule is still TBD. Some of the teams The Knights will face are Cambridge (OH) Crush, Cincinnati (OH) Slam, Lancaster (OH) Aftermath, Ohio Hidden Gems (Columbus, OH).

What are some of the goals for your organization this season, on and off the basketball court?

On the court we expect to have a winning season that will allow us to be able to give the community great entertainment. We want to provide role models for all our fans so that people can have relatable people to look up to. With active involvement in community groups, awareness, and encouraging involvement throughout the community and being professionals on and off the court, while remaining loyal to our goals of giving back and building the community while becoming recognized as a national commodity.

What are some of the things fans can expect out of a Knights game?

Great entertainment, fan interaction, and also pregame and post-game interaction with the team.

How much will a ticket cost to catch a Knights game?

General admission for the games are as followed:

Adults – $ 10

Kids 12 & under – $ 5

65 & older – $ 7

3 and under – Free

Season Ticket passes $ 60 (10 games)

Group Tickets Packaging specials are available as well.

Anything you would like to say to people who are reading this post?

The Dayton Knights are eager to get the season started to be able to showcase the ability of the athletes and coaches. We want to thank everyone who has already shown interest and those will we hope to win over from our efforts to uplift the community and being role models on and off the court. For more information about the Dayton Knights, latest news, and upcoming events check out our website at http://daytonknights.wix.com/daytonknights.
There you have it, folks. I’d like to thank Mr. Allen Drake for the interview. If you are interested in checking out the Dayton Knights, the place is Miami Valley High School near Centerville and Kettering.

When the schedule is released, I’ll either post it on the blog or on my Twitter account.

Picture from the Dayton Knights Facebook page. A big thank you goes out to Coach Drake.

Until next time,

-Lee

A Knight in Sir Dayton’s Court

Greetings readers,

It’s currently football season, but there’s talks of basketball happening now in the Miami Valley. You have your college hoops, then you have high school hoops. Then there’s the professional hoops happening in Dayton.

The Air Strikers are coming back for a fourth season in Dayton. Once thought to have folded, the Strikers found a fit in the Independent Basketball Association. Some of the opponents are familiar to Dayton, including the Gary Splash and the Lansing Capitals. The season, instead of waiting until January, will start on November 3rd. Also, while the home venue has not been established on the website, it does mention on the bottom paragraph of the page in their “newly renovated home venue.”

There will also be Knights playing basketball in Dayton, too.

The Dayton Knights will play in the Universal Basketball Association. In the UBA, there are a some teams around the Miami Valley, including the Cincinnati Slam. It is not currently known on where the Knights will play or who will play (as tryouts are happening soon.) What is known is Allen Drake will take the reigns as the owner and head coach. Drake is a graduate of Urbana University, which is north of Springfield, Ohio. There is no schedule up to this point, as well.

Will the Knights play the Air Strikers for a pre-season tune up? Will both teams complete their seasons? Only time will tell.

So if you live in the Miami Valley, there are now two more ways to get some basketball locally.

Sources of information from the Dayton Air Strikers website and the Dayton Knights Facebook page.

Until next time,

-Lee

The Press Stops Here

Greetings readers,

The website known as daytonprosports.com will soon be no more. The author Jeff Kuntz is moving to the sunny side of Florida for his business.

If you never been to the site, it was a cornucopia of things about pro sports in Dayton. From basketball, to hockey, baseball, and all sports in between, it was mentioned on the website. The Air Strikers, the Gems, the Dutch Lions, the Dragons, and the Silverbacks were the stars of the webpage. Even the Gem City Hall O’ Famers were on the site despite nobody knowing a thing on the team (turns out they played a couple of games in Lima and then folded.)

I first talked to Jeff back before the 2012 Air Strikers season began on Twitter, and right away I liked the site. Nobody else gave complete coverage of the teams that called the Dayton area home. Sure, Channel 7 might have had one or two clips of the first Air Strikers game, but not much else. The Dayton Daily News had a few articles, but coverage dropped as the season went by. Who kept the coverage going? Yep, daytonprosports.com.

It was around the time the Air Strikers moved out of Trent Arena and looking for a new home when I was first put into an article. I received word that the game would be played at the Dayton Boys Prep Academy. Although the plan was to not play the whole season there and just go back to Trent Arena, that didn’t happen and we played half of the games at The Prep.

The second time Jeff mentioned me was about the February 22nd game, where I believe the Air Strikers were supposed to play that day, then I tweeted about how that wasn’t going to be the case. He backed up the tweet saying that I was associated with the organization. Jeff then wrote an article later that day, stating that I said that game was now off (he then went on and put in a good word and asked people to follow me on Twitter.)

Then on March 8th, I send a slightly-edited copy of the press release to Jeff, and he publishes it on the website. That was the first game in Moraine (and my first game as the PA Announcer for the Air Strikers, as well.) Another press release was published, as well as a paragraph update in the General section for March 13th.

The last article was published June 1st, mentioning that the Dayton Gems have folded, as well as the Dayton Air Strikers (which I honestly didn’t know happened.) He also mentions the Silverbacks making the CIFL Championship game (which Dayton lost to Saginaw, by the way.) He also mentions the new hockey team arriving in Dayton, as well.

Jeff got my name out in a lot of Dayton Air Strikers articles, as well as Twitter too. He told me I got a shout-out on WONE when I wasn’t able to listen (I think I had work that day, I don’t remember at this point.) He also wished me luck finding a broadcasting job and told me to never give up in his previous tweets.

Since the website will be shut off in a couple of weeks, I’d like to post a snippet of the last article, with the people that Jeff thanks.

Last article (5/31/2012): …I’d like to thank Mister Askew, Anthony Byrd, Clint Davis, David DiCenzo, Brij Desai, Rob Garfield, Brian Gratz, Joe Greene, Sev Hrywnak, Michael Lause, Duane Lewis, Mike Mossel, Lee W. Mowen, Paul Nitz, Kathy Rupp, James Scott, April Shellenberger, JT Szabo, Ivar van Dinteren, Cor van Hoeven and various anonymous sources for all they’ve done for me and/or this website…

Good luck in everything you do Jeff, thanks for the coverage of Dayton sports and thank you for publishing my press releases when I was with the Strikers!

Folks, take a visit to daytonprosports.com before it’s too late.

Source of information from Dayton Pro Sports and writer Jeff Kuntz.

Until next time,

-Lee