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The web site for Fencor 1989's AAU girls basketball team. They have made the AAU national championship game 5 times in a row (winning 3) and made the finals in 2006 with just 7 players.
Note: Go to News section for additional stories & pics of championship team.
2006 Fencor 16A team tournament schedule
April 1-2: Charlie Smith Memorial Tournament at Wilmington PAL (3-1)
April 8-9: AAU SuperRegionals (6-0, champions)
April 14-16: Nike/Boo Williams Tournament (3-1, pool champion)
April 29-30: 16-and-under Middle Altantics at Phila. Belles (7-1)
May 21-22: 16-and-under Middle Atlantic championship games:
Fencor 57, Rebels 44; Fencor 64, Rebels 59 (win 8th straight title)
June 10-11: Temple University Camp (4-0, including wins over NJ & MD champs)
June 17-18: Fencor Summer Classic (4-0, pool champions)
July 6-9: Nike/End of the Trail Tournament in Oregon City (6-2, Red bracket champs, made overall finals)
July 11-18: AAU Division I 16-and-under nationals in Orlando (9-1, second in country, Doty, Acker, Shine named All-America).
July 27-31: Women's Nike Nationals in Augusta, Ga. (3-3, made championship round)
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Blue Chip Fall Ball at VIllanova (5-0, with wins over Penn State champion Empire Dragons and Exodus)
Season's record to date: 52-9
The End of the Oregon Trail tournament is this week, featuring some of the nation's top girls stars
Thursday, July 06, 2006
JERRY ULMERThe Oregonian
As the coach of Fencor -- the three-time AAU girls basketball national champion out of Philadelphia -- Stuart London has seen more than his share of tournaments.
Up until last year, though, he hadn't been to the End of the Oregon Trail tournament in Oregon City. And after one visit, he is sold.
"We loved it," London said. "It was great competition, different competition. We're from Philadelphia and we were playing Team Alberta. It was a cultural experience, to say the least.
"That's why we're coming back. We liked it, so we're back. And hopefully we'll come back next year, too."
Fencor is among 192 teams descending on Oregon City for the All-Star Division of the 27th End of the Oregon Trail tournament. The All-Star Division, which starts today and ends Sunday, is the grand finale of four weeks of tournaments at Oregon City.
The multi-site event attracts much of the best talent in the nation, and along with it, more than 400 college recruiters. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma were among those in attendance last year.
The top club teams -- many of whom use the tournament as a tuneup for the AAU national championships next week in Florida -- are in the 128-team National bracket. The 64-team American bracket has mostly West Coast and younger teams, including high school teams from Oregon powers Oregon City and Southridge.
The championship games are Sunday at Oregon City High School -- the American final at 2 p.m. and the National final at 3:15. Brackets are listed on the tournament Web site, www.ocbasketball.com/colleginfo.htm.
The Fairfax (Va.) Stars, which lost to Boo Williams in the final of the Boo Williams Spring Invitational, are seeded second. Cal Swish Black, Fencor and West Coast Elite Black are the next three seeds.
"Any of those top five can win it," tournament organizer Carl Tinsley said. "Boo is the favorite."
Connecticut and Duke are among the colleges courting the Fairfax Stars' Jasmine Thomas, a 5-9 senior guard from Vienna, Va., and Fencor's Caroline Doty, a 5-10 junior guard from Fort Washington, Pa.
Two of the nation's best players won't play for their teams at the tournament, however.
Fencor's Elena Delle Donne, a 6-4 junior guard from Wilmington, Del., who is widely regarded as the country's best high school player, sprained an ankle at the USA Basketball national team tryouts and isn't making the trip.
"There's going to be a thousand people asking me, 'Where's Elena?' " London said.
Angie Bjorklund, a 6-0 guard from Spokane's University High, will not play for Spokane Stars Elite Blue because of a stress fracture in her leg. She has committed to Tennessee.
Jerry Ulmer; email@example.com
The 7-time state champion Comets Red AAU team finally captures the crown.Buddy Collings
Sentinel Staff Writer
July 19, 2006
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- With parents poised to take pictures, Brooke Thomas gave a trophy shaped and sized like a basketball a playful kiss. Then the shortest player on the FBVA Orlando Comets Red girls basketball team hugged the shiny treasure symbolizing national age-group supremacy.
Krystal Thomas, the tallest Comet, looked down, laughed, and said with palpable satisfaction, "Finally, we got one."
Who said kids these days need instant gratification?
The Comets, an all-star squad of girls who have chased titles since they were 8 and 9 years old, made state history Tuesday by dethroning Fencor of Philadelphia as national champions in the 16-and-under age group final at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
The Comets came from behind in the second half to win 71-65 and become Florida's first AAU girls basketball champion.
"We've been trying to win this since we were 8 playing up in the 10-and-under division," said Brooke Thomas, a rising junior at Edgewater. "It feels so good because Fencor killed us when we were little [in a 12s matchup]."
The Comets, who went 11-0 in the weeklong tournament, have exchanged some parts every season -- winning seven consecutive state AAU championships along the way. But the puzzle fits almost perfectly now, with Thomas in the middle of a team that has all the pieces.
"Each person brought something different," said Jaimie Givens, who delivered 15 points, eight rebounds and three crucial 3-point shots.
Krystal Thomas, a 6-foot-4 senior bound for Duke, struggled to score early but finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots and was voted tournament MVP by coaches.
Alexa Deluzio, a junior who plays alongside Krystal Thomas and Givens on First Academy's high school state title team, had a team-high 19 points. Deluzio and Sthefany Thomas (14 points) of Wesley Chapel made the 15-girl all-tourney team.
Fencor, which won the 14s title two years ago and the 15s in 2005, got 24 points from Caroline Doty, who put up big numbers all week. But they had to go without injured phenom Elena Delle Donne, a 6-5 junior.
"Elena averages 28 points and 12 rebounds, and she's a matchup nightmare," said Veronica Algeo, the Fencor coach. "But you still have to play the game, and I'm proud of my girls. Credit the Comets. Their defense was very tough."
The Kenner Angels of Louisiana won the third-place game, 67-64 against a Dayton (Ohio) Stars team that included Carlee Roethlisberger, sister of Ben, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
Buddy Collings can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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