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Frank Caliendo as Morgan Freeman as LeBron

Pretty much anything LeBron trends now that he has made the decision to back to Cleveland.  I saw this link on Twitter where comedian Frank Caliendo reads LeBron’s Coming Home essay in the voice of Morgan Freeman on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.  It is very funny.  I enjoyed watching Mike & Mike stifle laughter as he read.

Check it out.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Syd Reaches 1,000 – Video

Prior to last night’s game (1/22/2014) against Chillicothe, the school recognized Sydney for scoring 1,000 points in her high school career. They presented her with the game ball and gave us a copy of the game. She reached this milestone fairly early in the game so I was able to upload about a four-minute video.

She needed 5 points going into the game to reach 1,000. She got the first two points on a jump shot. The next two came at the free throw line (not see on the video) and the basket that put her over the top was on a driving lay up.

They did stop the game to acknowledge her accomplishment. It was pretty obvious she wasn’t sure what to do, but it was a nice gesture.

She wears #31 for Massie (in blue on the video).

2014 01 21 12H33M PM – Movie 01 from Tony Brackemyre on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Syd Reaches 1,000

Syd 1000After missing most of her junior season due to an ACL injury, we weren’t sure where Sydney was on her quest to score 1,000 points in her high school career. About a week ago her coach informed us she was 36 points away from hitting the mark. She got her 1,000 point in a shoot out on Sunday.

The picture shown here is from the Wilmington News-Journal. You can read the article on the game and mention of her passing 1,000 on the local sports page of the News-Journal website.

Massie won the game to remain undefeated this season. Syd ended the game with 23 points.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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OGBR Top 25 Seniors

OGBR Top 25 Seniors – Class of 2014

Sydney Brackemyre, 6-1, Clinton Massie

Jenna Burdette, 5-8, Reedsville Eastern

Amanda Cahill, 6-2, Clyde

Stasha Carey, 6-3, Berea Midpark

Kristen Confroy, 5-9, Solon

Sasha Dailey, 5-8, Toledo Rogers

Jenna Gunn, 5-11, Mason

Alexa Hart, 6-3, Columbus Africentric

Regina Hochstetler, 5-8, Berlin Hiland

Trinity Hunter, 6-2, Gahanna Lincoln

Tyra James, 6-0, Cincinnati Winton Woods

Bethany Krause, 5-9, Centerville

Kelsey Mitchell, 5-9, Cincinnati Princeton

Nicole Orr, 5-9, Reynoldsburg

Imani Partlow, 6-0, Cincinnati Winton Woods

Baleigh Reed, 5-9, Twinsburg

Alyssa Rice, 6-3, Reynoldsburg

Megan Sefcik, 5-9, Austintown-Fitch

Laina Snyder, 6-1, West Holmes

Terra Stapleton, 6-5, Proctorville Fairland

Kaylee Stroemple, 5-11, North Canton Hoover

Korrin Taylor, 5-6, Canton McKinley

Marquia Turner, 5-8, North Canton Hoover

Makayla Waterman, 6-2, Kettering Fairmont

Kathryn Westbeld, 6-2, Kettering Fairmont

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Six area players named McDonalds All-American nominees

Congratulations to our local players for being added to this prestigious list!

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Coming Back From Injury

sydIn the past I’ve re-posted some information from Jim Dabbelt’s blog. He does a great job promoting girls high school basketball in the state of Ohio.

On October 25 he had a post about some of the girls in our area coming back from injury. It included Syd and one of her Angel teammates, Olivia Philpot. He did a nice job with the article and is a great voice for the girls in our area. Stop by his blog to keep up with what’s happening this season.

Everyone knows that Christmas is set for December 25 as it is every year, when the small children run downstairs to rip open their presents before the crack of dawn.

For several young ladies around Ohio, it will seem like Christmas morning as they wake today, because they know that all of their hard work they put into the game of basketball all summer long is about to pay off. Today is the day a lot of us have been waiting for.

Today…. is the start of basketball season.

Girls’ basketball teams can begin practice today across Ohio, and while several girls look at this as the beginning of a new season, a few area girls are chomping at the bit even more, as they prepare to prove to everyone that they are back.

It has been a rough year for injuries, as several girls around Ohio are out to make a statement to everyone that they are back… and better than ever.

Seniors Sydney Brackemyre, Olivia Philpot, and Amy Bullimore are all recovering from knee injuries, while sophomore Sydney Bates had shoulder surgery in the fall and is ready to return to the court soon.

Brackemyre, a 6-1 senior at Clinton Massie who verballed to the University of Louisville, suffered a season-ending ACL tear on December 29 of last year, and while she has suffered through the long road to recovery, she knows the extra time she has been away will ultimately be worth it.

“My recovery seemed like it was never going to end, but now I’m back and playing,” Brackemyre said yesterday. “It feels good to know I had the extra couple of months to recover. Most people come back from an ACL team in about 6-7 months, but in my case it was a full nine months.”

The Massie senior was frustrated waiting to get back, but she understands it will help her prepare better for a return.

“My doctor was very cautious with the things he would allow me to do, which was entirely frustrating at the time, but I know it will pay off,” she said. “I have had so much support from family and friends that told me the waiting would be worth it.”

Brackemyre has been working on her physical part of the game while she has been out of action. She stated she is stronger than she has ever been, and worked on the things she was allowed to. The future Cardinal will be wearing a brace until December.

Philpot had her ACL surgery on July 5, as the Middletown Madison senior will miss most if not all of her senior season. Her goal to return in January will be based on a functional assessment next month by Dr. James Klosterman, and that will determine if a return mid-season is even going to be reasonable.

Philpot, who opened up her recruiting back up after choosing not to attend Youngstown State as earlier planned, has been doing physical therapy and training at Ignition for the past several months, making solid progress each week. Philpot understands the risk of returning too soon, and knows there is a bitter prize down the road, playing basketball in college.

Bullimore also hopes for a strong senior year after suffering the same injury last season. The 6-1 senior, who has yet to choose a college, was recently cleared to begin playing again, and knows it has been a long road back.

“I did rehab at least three times per week with my therapist, but everyday by myself,” Bullimore said, very much looking forward to the season to begin. “Sometimes it was so painful or hard I didn’t think it would ever get easier.”

“I’m not sure there was a day that I didn’t find a hoop to shoot on, and continued to improve my shot daily,” she added, who credited Dr. Shaw, therapist Shaun Tubbs and trainer Tammy Pollack with a huge role in her recovery. “I had the right support from my coach and others to get my mind off the setback and look to the bigger picture.”

She also learned a lot about herself while she was on the sidelines watching her team last season.

“Recovery played a big role with my personality,” she said. “It helped me to learn what it’s really like to be a teammate. I sat on the sideline cheering on my teammates, with a sense of pride and urgency to get back on the court.”

Bates, one of Ohio’s top sophomores, also looks for a successful return after suffering a shoulder injury this summer that hampered her play through her summer season. After battling the pain for the month of July, she finished the summer with shoulder surgery on July 31. She had the ligaments and cartilage of her shoulder stabilized was told that recovery would take her 12-16 weeks.

For the first six weeks of rehab, Bates would be forced to wear an immobilizer the majority of each day, but even though she couldn’t do much to work on her game, Bates would keep her stamina up by walking 6-8 miles each evening. She also spent time ball handling and shooting with her non-surgical arm.

Bates was cleared to run at eight weeks, and for the next four weeks, she would cardio at least 90 minutes per day, and work on therapy. This past Tuesday, Bates was cleared to do all aspects of basketball except for contact. During the last three months, Bates has learned a lot about motivation, commitment, and effort and never to take your health for granted.

Also, Alter’s Emma Bockrath, one of Ohio’s top players in her class, looks to put her ACL injury behind her and come out strong and leave her mark on the new basketball season.

For these five, plus others recovering from injuries, today is the beginning of new hope and new dreams.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Words for Parents as Kids Perform

kicking1When my kids were younger, I would volunteer to coach their teams. Like a lot of parents, I’ve coached YMCA basketball and soccer teams, “Paw Ball” basketball in Indiana, Upward basketball here in Ohio and was a “band parent” when my son was in marching band. I’ve also been through the transition of moving from primary coach to a cheering parent on the sidelines or in the stands.

I thought what Tim Elmore shared in a recent post was great advice for parents. He wrote about what parents should say as they watch their kids perform and it would be worth your time to read the whole post.

If you’ve been to sporting events, you probably have a long list of what parents shouldn’t say as they watch their kids. In the post, based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as they perform are:

Before the Competition:
1. Have fun.
2. Play hard.
3. I love you.

After the competition:
1. Did you have fun?
2. I’m proud of you.
3. I love you.

Then he shared six simple words that parents should say based on what they heard from college athletes: “I love to watch you play.” If we could keep that as the primary part of our vocabulary, it would free the students to perform and the parents to cheer.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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