EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/2/2008Copyright © 1997-2007 Eurobasket
(courtesy of Chris Munson email@example.com )
Well, it is season over in the ABA, and it is time to talk about the state of this league. First off, before the playoffs even started, we saw the latest casualty of the troubled league as the Halifax Rainmen ceased operations before their first playoff game. Nancy Shepard, the PR representative from the Rainmen told me that the decision was made due to the lack of stability in the league, and the fact teams could not be counted on to show up for games. The proverbial last straw was when the Bahama Pro Show informed the Rainmen less than 24 hours before the first of two games that they would not be making the trip. As a result, the Atlanta Vision pulled their team together and filled in for the Pro Show with the two teams splitting the weekend series. Hats off to Atlanta owners Quinton Townsend and Carter Patterson for getting the team together and up to Halifax on such short notice. The loss of those two home games could have been financially devastating to the Rainmen.
The ABA All-Star Game in Barre, Vermont; the home of the defending champion Vermont Frost Heaves, was a huge success. A crowd of about 1,500 turned out for the game that was won by the East squad 161-140. Manchester's Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) won MVP honors with a team high 33 points; San Diego's Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.) had a game high 34 for the West. ABA CEO Joe Newman was in attendance along with Manchester GM Ian McCarthy, Atlanta owner Quinton Townsend and a strong contingent of NBA and CBA scouts. Kudos to Frost Heaves owner Alex Wolff and his staff for putting together a great show for the fans of Central Vermont. CEO Newman has repeatedly said that he has not, and will not recruit teams from other leagues to play in the ABA. A copy of an e-mail has been obtained from CEO Newman to PBL teams that certainly give the appearance that he is in fact trying to get PBL teams to return to his troubled league. The e-mail says:
'Hope all is well with you. Congratulations on completing your season. I hope that you did well. Just wanted to let you know that you would be welcome back into the ABA next season. We have significant expansion in your area with solid new teams in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York et al. New teams are posting a $30,000 LOC and a non-compete. If you are interested, please let me know. Thanks. Best personal regards.
Joe Newman - ABA CEO'
Now I don't know about you, but this certainly looks like Mr. Newman is in fact trying to get former ABA teams back into the league. Newman has gone on record in the past saying that he will never recruit teams from other leagues for his own; obviously he is not standing by his own statements.
NOTE: Chris Munson is a brand new contributing writer for US Basket. Chris is the former Sports Director for ESPN Radio Vermont and has written for Our Sports Central, Varsity Magazine, d3football.com, the Vermont Guardian and the Vermont Times. Chris has also been selected by the Vermont chapter of the ALS Association to represent the state at ALS National Advocacy Week in Washington DC. The event takes place May 11th-13th with the goal being to raise awareness of the disease to the public and to lobby our leaders to push for greater funding for ALS research. For more information on the ALS Association, go to www.alsa.org
(courtesy of Chris Munson firstname.lastname@example.org )
This season was yet another unmitigated disaster for the ABA. The league started the season with 35 teams and was down to 16 or so by the end of the regular season. How is this for a statistic? Only 36 percent of the league's originally scheduled games were played this year. 36 percent!!!! This is a ridiculous, appalling, and shameful number. How in the world can a league expect to survive when only 36 percent of their games were actually played? In between teams folding, teams like the Houston Takers failing to show for a game due to a 'ice storm', (The temperature that day was 67 degrees....) arena issues, etc, it was another train wreck of a season for the league. I had the opportunity to meet CEO Newman at the All-Star Game in Barre. I found Newman to be pleasant, polite, and a total and complete gentleman. But, the fact remains that the only way this league has a chance of survival is for Newman to resign. The ABA website isn't filled with news on the league; it is filled with releases regarding Mr. Newman's various business ventures that have nothing to do with the ABA. The standings are never updated, and simple things like scoring averages, three point percentages, and statistical information is nowhere to be found on the ABA website. For goodness sakes, there isn't even any updated information on the Great Eight. I actually had to e-mail Mr. Newman to get the score of a couple of the games. One would think that the post season tournament deserves some mention on the league's official website.
Finally, another statistic: Since Newman took over the league in 2000-2001, there have been 172 teams (!!) that have left the ABA. (Believe it or not, I have a list of the teams. Shoot me an e-mail if you want a copy and let me know if I missed any.)
Newman says he wants to expand to 50 teams next season, but logically, how can he keep expanding when he can't keep his existing teams? What it boils down to is once the $10,000 market reservation fee is received by the ABA office, Mr. Newman's involvement is more or less complete. Due diligence is not performed on prospective teams, marketing plans are not reviewed, and simple things like the ability to write a press release (See the Georgia Gwizzlies releases for a typo filled, grammar check exploding excuse for writing.) are not taught or emphasized. All of this not only makes the league look bad, it makes all of minor league basketball look bad. For the sake of the game and the fans, this league needs to be blown up and started from scratch. Speaking of starting the league from scratch, as I really should not be saying the league should be blown up without my own solutions. First of all, leave the teams in the league that are doing well, and then limit expansion to a reasonable number of teams. The league has had problems keeping teams, so the teams that are in the league need to be stable. Secondly, Mr. Newman has said the market reservation fee will go up to $30,000 and a line of credit will be required to help in covering expenses. I say this needs to be taken one step further and perform due diligence on each and every team entering the league. Conduct a background check, make sure ownership groups have enough cash to get through the season, and make sure each team not only has a signed arena deal in place, but review marketing plans, website designs, and require each team has a radio deal in place so games can be broadcasted. This will ensure a prospective owner has his/her act together and is committed to building a fan base. Now, I have to say, there are owners and personnel in this league whom I have immense respect for. Alex Wolff of the Frost Heaves has done incredible things for the State of Vermont, and especially Barre where the economy has been suffering and crime has gone up. Alex and the Heaves have given this area something to cheer for. Quinton Townsend and Carter Patterson in Atlanta are world class human beings; Jean-Paul Afif and Michael Senters of Texas are not only NBA caliber coaches, but are two of the nicest guys I have ever met. That being said, these guys deserve better.
Julian Aladjov was selected from the management of Levski as the new head coach of the team. His assistant will be the athletic coach Georgi Draganov.
Aladjov finished his career as a player in Slavia back in 1990 and started as coach in junior formations of the team. He worked in Slavia until 2006 when he moved to Levski. Aladjov is two time champion with Slavia for juniors (14) and juniors (16).
Aladjov has worked in the national youth formations of Bulgaria. Back in 1998 he is assistant of Petko Delev when national juniors team (18) finished eight in Eurobasket in Varna. He was national team coach of juniors (16) from 2001 to 2003 and juniors (18) from 2004 to 2007. During that time he has one 8th place, two times 12th place and once 14th in Division A of Eurobasket.
Until now Aladjov worked as head coach of men team only once, back in 1998/99 when he was ahead of Slavia Sofia.
Korisliiga, Play-Off-games, Game(s) 3: Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed again Korihait (Uusikaupunki), when defeating the visitor by 33 pts 87-54.
Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) led Kouvot in points (22). Korihait had only Darius Glover (196-G/F) in double figures. Kouvot - Korihait 3-0. Honka (Espoo) beat YMCA Lahti by eight pts and is ready for the semi-finals. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) scored 29 pts for Honka. Honka - YMCA Lahti 3-0. YMCA Lappeenranta lost yesterday in Tampere a close game and had to work hard to win over Pyrinto (Tampere) tonight 80-75. The Player of March Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) had tonight 24 pts/14 rbs. Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led Pyrinto with 32 pts/17 rbs. YMCA LPR - Pyrinto 2-1. In Helsinki Torpan Pojat and Tarmo (Porvoo) made the contest a thriller after all. Tarmo won finally in Kisahalli: 99-100. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) led Tarmo with 26 pts and 11 rbs. Torpan Pojat had all five starters in double figures. Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.) led ToPo with 26 pts. Torpan Pojat - Tarmo 2-1. Next games on Thursday, March 3.
Kouvot - Korihait 87-54 (50-36) (Corey Smith 22, Tuomas Iisalo 15, Wayne Bernard 15 - Darius Glover 18/11, Niilo Lehtila 9).
Honka - YMCA Lahti 81-73 (44-37) (Akeem Scott 29, Ben Perkins 16, Petteri Koponen 13).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Pyrinto 80-75 (40-43) (Pasi Riihela 24/14, Ivan Harris 17, Adrian Henning 15/10 - Damon Williams 32/17, Joni Harjula 16, M.C.Mazique 15).
Torpan Pojat - Tarmo 99-100 (39-53) (Tyson Patterson 26, Josh Gonner 20, Elias Kajander 17 - Mark McCarroll 26/11, Mikael Holme 25, Esa Maki-Tulokas 17/10).
For the Greek Basketball and the Greek basketball followers, the big road win of Olympiakos tonight wasn't such a big surprise as the 'renewed' team of Olympiakos has nothing to do compare to Gershon's Olympiakos two months ago.
Coach Panagiotis Giannakis is the Coach to break the unbeaten series of the Russian Super power CSKA Moscow after 27 consecutive victories in the Euroleague games.
Olympiakos beat earlier tonight the all mighty team of CSKA Moscow 74-76 and is now just a step away from representing the Hellenic Basketball in the Final Four of Madrid. The reds of
The hero of the game was (once more) the American Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) as he scored the last basket after Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) equalized the score 74-74 13.5 seconds before the end of the game, the American super scorer, had the courage and the coolness to beat the Russian team and the really very bad management of the game from the men in Gray and gave the victory to the Greek team.
Coach Panagiotis Yiannakis proved allover the world that it's only fair for being considered as one of the best coaches in the world! The Greek Coach, dominated in all edges of the court, his Italian colleague and even though Mr. Lamonica (well known for being very hostile against all the Greek teams the last decade) tried to give as many calls, as possible to the home team, the passion of Vasilopoulos, the persistence of Greer and the scoring abilities of Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC), couldn't overcome, not even from the men in gray. The quarters were: 20-24, 32-39, 52-62 and the final 74-76.
Top scorers for the Greek teams were:
Qyntel Woods 20, Greer 19 and Vassilopoulos 14 for Olympiakos, while from CSKA, top scorer was Matjaz Smodis with 21 and Andersen with 15.
|Liga Metropolitana Standings|
|BJ League Standings|
|JBL Pro Superleague Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|Estill OSG 24.88|
Williams HOK 24.69
O'Bannon TOY 24.17
Hawkins OSG 23.50
Klette PAN 20.97
|Rebounds Per Game|
|Estill OSG 16.03|
Custis PAN 12.49
Cornell HIT 12.06
Newton HOK 10.97
Smith TOS 10.71
|Assists Per Game|
|Hawkins OSG 7.53|
Campbell TOY 6.17
Custis PAN 4.60
Sakurai HOK 4.06
Kashiwakura MIT 4.03
|Steals Per Game|
|Hawkins OSG 2.29|
Honeycutt MIT 2.26
Kashiwagi AIS 2.21
Custis PAN 2.09
O'Bannon TOY 1.57
www.Basketnews.lu published an article on their website siting the following news in Luxembourg basketball world:
Black Star Mersch can still possibly be relegated to National 2.!
It has been confirmed by several sources that Black Star Mersch's use of Aleksandar Dulovic, was not correct because of a problem with his FLBB player's licence. AS Soleuvre officials have filed a protest with the FLBB and the Luxembourg basketball world will have to await the decision made by the federation as to whether or not the game will be declared a forfeit. If Black Star loses the game by forfeit, Zolwer will get two points for the win and Mersch will get no points. Zolwer would then have 20 points and Mersch 18.5 points and the upcoming weekend's results would not be a factor.
Hundreds of readers were fooled by this very tricky stunt. Eurobasket.com says great job and tips their hats to the ones who came up with this idea. It fooled us too... for a while. April Fool's day can be lots of fun. Good going guys. Keep up the good work. Your coverge of basketball in Luxembourg is impecable.
|PBL Stats Leaders|
|Points Per Game|
|1 Bell, Arkansas 23.4|
2 Edwards, QCity 22.1
3 Thomas, Chicago 21.8
4 Anderson, QCity 18.9
5 Lumpkin, Jville 18.5
|Rebounds Per Game|
|1 Williams, Reading 10.7|
2 Gourhke, Chicago 9.5
3 Reeves, Rochester 8.9
4 Anderson, QCity 8.7
5 Greene, Jville 8.2
|Steals Per Game|
|1 Lumpkin, Jville 2.4|
2 Lawrence, Jville 2.4
3 Greene, Jville 2.2
|Blocks Per Game|
|1 George, Rockford 1.9|
2 Rollerson, Roch. 1.6
3 Bell, Rochester 1.4
|1 George, Rockford 57.2|
2 Edwards, QCity 53.3
3 Bell, Arkansas 52.6
|1 Miles, Chicago 48.4|
2 Anderson, QCity 47.7
3 Edwards, QCity 42.5
|1 Edwards, QCity 22.4|
2 Anderson, QCity 22.3
3 Williams, Wilm. 20.4
The american import of Ittihad Jeddah Marvin Stone (208-C-81, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) has passed away today during his team's game against Ohod in Elite Cup Semi-Finals due to a heart attack!!!!!!, he collapsed at the locker room during the half time. ! The saudi arabian community was shocked after this accident!!!
Stone who was only 27 years old had just arrived before few days coming from Cyprus as he was playing there.....The player had also a big carrer during his participation top leagues in europe such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Germany.....on arrivalto Saudi Arabia, he was 100% mediaclly fit..
May God give the patience to Marvin's family and be with them and bless his sole.....R.I.P Marvin Stone
Samsung Thunders number 3 seed advance to play KCC 2nd seed
In the second round of the 2008 KBL Championships.
Leather Terrence (206-C-81, college: S.Florida) was instrumental in the best of 3 games series as he
Lead all scores with 34 pts and 17 rebs and ended the season for LG Sakers
Who finished in 6th place.
The Final Four match-Ups,
Best of 5 game series,
Top Seed and Regular Season Champion Dongbu Promy will host
4 seed KT&G - KCC Egis 2 seed will host 3 seed Samsung Thunders,
My Wife Kyoungok Ross ( Rj ) Ross Rick Jr. and
I will take this time to Thank The Wonderful Fans in Korea and Abroad
All the Teams, The KBL, It's Office Management and Staff , Basketball Operations,
Team Officials, Management and Most Importantly My Employer LG Sakers for the opportunity to be a part of their
Coaching Staff and another chance of being a part of the Korean Basketball League's
Tradition and Culture.
Good Luck Final Four - Dongbu Promy - Samsung Thunders - KCC Egis - KT&G Kites
Thank You LG Sakers KBL 2008 Coach Ross Rick ..........!
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) (Akasvayu Vic) was the MVP in the 27th round in the Adecco LEB Silver with 41 of efficiency. He scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a great win game of Akasvayu Vic at home of Axarquia, the leader in the Adecco LEB Silver.
One more time, Brett Beeson (193-G-72, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) (Balneario de Archena) was the MVP in the Adecco LEB Bronze with 43 of efficiency. He scored 36 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to help the Archena team keep hold of the in second spot in LEB Bronze.
Week 27: TOP 5 By Efficiency LEB Silver
Eulis Baez (201-F-82) (Akasvayu Vic): 41 (23pt + 15rb)
Marc Sola (185-G-85) (Sabadell): 33 (23pt + 8rb + 6as)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) (Caceres): 33 (26pt + 4as)
Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) (Qalat Cajasol): 26 (12pt + 8rb)
Reggie Moore (203-F-81) (CB Illescas): 26 (24pt + 7rb)
Week 27: TOP 5 by Eficiency LEB Bronze
Brett Beeson (193-G-72) (Archena): 43 (36pt + 7rb)
Pablo Aguilar (203-F-89) (Real Madrid B): 32 (24pt + 9rb)
Eloy Almazan (195-G/F-84) (Salsas Musa): 29 (19pt + 10rb)
Manel Nunez (190-G-81) (AB Esplugues): 26 (16pt + 7rb)
Pablo Sanchez (197-F-81) (Badajoz): 26 (16pt + 6rb)
Caracas, Venezuela.- (LPB Press Deparment) Argentinian head coach Guillermo Narvarte has been a key to Trotamundos de Carabobo's best season start ever in their history as a franchise in Venezuela's Liga Profesional de Baloncesto. That's why he granted an interview to the league's press department in which he explained his philosophies when it comes to coaching pro basketball and how he's feeling in the country.
LPB: How do you feel about the team's good start?
GN: 'It's been very good. Even though we've had some dificulties, the team has understood the game philosophy I've tried to teach them. Nowadays, these are the results of the will and the good disposition of the players to try and do things as good as possible out there'
LPB: What's been the key for this season's start?
GN: 'I think one of the keys for the team to be where it stands is the fact that we have great defense. We pass the ball. And our team work is fundamental to win'
LPB: How do you foresee the development of the 'Blue Express' in the upcoming games?
GN: 'This is a long competition. We must continue to grow as a team and improve in every aspect of the game. There's no particular angle to this. We gotta work from defense to offense. We gotta keep the same work profile. What's coming up is gonna be a constant challenge for what's left in the regular season. We can't be glad by just winning, cause that would be mediocre'
LPB: What do you think of the LPB's level?
GN: 'It's high and competitive, that's why my team's gotta keep improving. Things are working out well for us so far, but there's also things that we gotta correct both as a team and individually. It's the fourth week of the tournament now and every team is going to make changes to get established and the level of the championship will continue to evolve till every team has reached their desired level'
LPB: How has it been so far in your first experience as a coach in this country?
GN: 'The LPB seduces me. It's dinamic. Everyone knows that working in Venezuela is a big step for foreigners. I feel comfortable in Valencia. Everyone has treated me very well and there's a big will for things to be done well here, players and general management included. There are players with high quality'
LPB: What's the strongest and the weakest aspect in Trotamundos game?
GN: 'Our main strenght is the fact that all the players are willing to work and are comitted for things to be done well. We all work for the same objectives. Our weakest point are the games, cause in each one of them we have to go through several different tests, but if every player is comitted, difficulties tend to solve themselves'
LPB: A few words for the fans of Trotamundos
GN: 'We thank you for supporting the team cause we're gonna give it everything we've got out there every single day'
Translation: Francisco Vega (Latinbasket.com Venezuela)
Nikita LaFleur (188-C-86) in 2007-08 Junior Season
Appeared in 26 games... Averaged 2.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game... Scored four points and grabbed nine boards against Cleveland... Posted a season-high seven points against Green Bay …Grabbed eight rebounds and scored six points against Cleveland State... Scored four points with five boards against Detroit (1/19)... Tied a career high with 10 rebounds against Milwaukee... Grabbed six rebounds against St. Francis (Pa.)... Scored six points in just eight minutes against Long Island... Grabbed six rebounds against Albany.
Nikita made her international appearance last August representing Guyana at the 19th CBC Championships in Puerto Rico where she averaged 10.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 31 minutes in 5 games.
Courtesy of Patrick Haynes guyanabasketball.com
To form the nucleus of the Harlem 'Canadian' Ambassadors, the team has signed Canadian/Guyanese player who is presently training and performing with one of the team's two touring units during the 2007-08 U.S. tour which tipped off on September 15, 2007 and includes over 200 performances. The Canadian tour will begin on April 3, 2008 in British Columbia and will tour west-to-east concluding in the Maritime Provinces.
LaToya Chalmers (185-F-84), from Toronto, Ontario and an NCAA Division 1 star at New York's Fordham University and current Guyanese National Forward, is currently training on the Ambassadors' 'Stars and Stripes' touring unit in preparation for the Canadian tour.
'We are thrilled with the quality of LaToya's game which will secure the nucleus of the Canadian Ambassadors team,' said President Dale Moss, adding that 'more importantly she is a quality pplayer who will represent our message that encourages youth to get a good education and avoid substances.'
Chalmers recently represented Guyana at the 19th CBC championships in Puerto Rico last August where she averaged 4.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 3.4 assists 2 blocks and 34 minutes in 5 games
Beautiful blond american forward who came help in league salvation to Jelenia Gora is the best 3pt shotter in the league. We are talking about Brittany Jackson (180-F-83, college: Tennessee) whose in her 11 games played averaged 32 mpg and made total 33 for attempted 80 shots from 6.25m range. Jackson recorded also 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg. Lets interview Brittany!
Interview with Brittany Jackson
1) You are first season in Poland. How do you like Jelenia Gora?
- Yes, it is my first year in Poland and it has been a great experience. I have really enjoyed my time in Poland, especially in Jelenia Gora. Jelenia Gora is a very nice city and great location.
2) You are media person. Got a experiences in modeling and in Poland visiting TV's and often in newspapers with your great photos. How you do that?
- The media here in Poland have been very generous. It was very nice to get to go on one of the biggest tv shows in Poland. I was very honored. The people here have been very welcoming!
3) And about basketball :) What do you think about polish league?
- The Polish league is a very competitive league. There are some great players playing in this league. I knew that coming in and it was definitely one of the reasons I choose to come to Poland.
4) You just playing first professional season and after graduated NCAA top school Tennessee played shortly in Turkey. How to compare this game styles and experiences?
- Yes I played in Turkey as well and I think the style of basketball overseas is a little different than in the States. I would definitely say that it is different than playing at Tennessee. As a professional athlete now you have much more responsibilities.
5) How you describe Finepharm situation in the league at the moment and last results?
- We have been struggling a little lately in the league. I think its just been a little tough because we got here late and we are trying to make up for the beginning of the season. But we are going to be fine, we are fighting back strong.
6) Objectives for current season?
- My objectives right now are to finish this season strong with Finepharm and go home this summer and have a great season in the WNBA. I am very excited about signing with Atlanta Dream and look forward to playing this summer!
7) And for another year? Going to stay in Poland or move another country?
- I would love to stay in Poland. Poland has been a great experience for me.
8) What are you doing in free time after the season?
- Well I definitely will not have much free time after I finish up here. I will get to go home for a few days and see my family before I have to be in camp on April 20th.
2008 All Virgin Islands Hoops team
F 5-9 Sherice Joseph, Sr., Central
F/C 5-10 Cheynae Rogers, Sr., PVT
G 5-10 Victoria Hamilton, Jr., Antilles
G 5-8 Lashonda Creque, Jr., Charlotte Amalie
G 5-5 Lanese Bough, Fr., Central
F 5-8 Makeva Aska, Fr., Charlotte Amalie
F/G 5-8 Shayla Kelly, Soph., Charlotte Amalie
C 6-1 Hanifah Hendricks, Soph., Country Day
G 5-6 Julia Cassazza, Jr., Antilles
G 5-5 Shawna Moving, Sr., Central
Honorable Mention: Kemisha Harris (Complex), Nique Llanos (Complex), Shamyra Vanterpool (Central), Risheema Burke (Central), Sidney Rogers (PVT), Rebecca Siefer (Country Day), Aesha Peters (Charlotte Amalie), Teandra Richardson (Charlotte Amalie), Shari Jarvis (Antilles), Krystal Fredericks (Kean),
Tajama 'Taj' Abraham Most Valuable Player of the Year: Victoria Hamilton, Antilles
La'Keisha Frett Defensive Player of the Year: Sherece Joseph, Central
Martha Bodley Shot Blocking Award: Aesha Peters, Charlotte Amalie
Tombi Bell Lead Guard Award: Lanese Bough, Central High
Shaquanna Wilkins Shooting Award: Victoria Hamilton, Antilles
Stephanie 'Piedy' Williams Scoring Award: Victoria Hamilton, Antilles
Lynia Liburd Most Versatile award: Victoria Hamilton, Antilles
Natasha 'Roxie' Lettsome Rebounding Award: Sherece Joseph, Central
Budd Hazzard Coaching Award: Donald Bough, Central High
Vanice Frazier Territory Champs: Central High