2014 OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio

All_ohio_gbkb_largeThis week JJHuddle rolled out the OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio teams. They started earlier in the week with honorable mention, then third team, second team and first team.

There was a panel of four voters and they looked at girls across the state and across all four divisions. Three of the first team players are McDonald’s All-Americans. Sydney made second team and had 31 points (I think out of a possible 40.) Pretty nice list of players. Congratulations to all the girls that made the list.

OGBR JJHuddle 2014 All-Ohio First Team
**Kelsey Mitchell, (40), 5’9 , 2014 , Cincinnati Princeton (D-I)/Ohio State
**Alyssa Rice, (40), 6’3, 2014, Reynoldsburg (D-I)/Kentucky
**Kathryn Westbeld, (40), 6’2, 2014, Kettering Fairmont (D-I)/Notre Dame
*Amanda Cahill, (37), 6’1, 2014, Clyde (D-II)/Indiana
*Laina Snyder, (32), 6’0, 2014, West Holmes (D-II)/Ashland

** McDonald’s All-Americans

OGBR JJHuddle 2014 All-Ohio Second Team
*Kristen Confroy (31), 5’9, 2014, Solon (D-I)/Maryland
*Tierra Floyd (31), 6’2, 2015, Toledo Notre Dame (D-I)
*Sydney Brackemyre (31), 6’1, 2014, Clinton Massie (D-II)/Louisville
*Stasha Carey (26), 6’3, 2014, Berea-Midpark (D-I)/Pittsburgh
*Makayla Waterman (26), 6’2, 2014, Kettering Fairmont (D-I)/Ohio State

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

JJHuddle Preseason All-Ohio

basketball1JJHuddle provides coverage of high school sports throughout the state of Ohio. This week they are releasing their Girls Basketball Preseason Power Polls of the top players and teams in the state. Today was the JJH OGBR Class of 2014 Preseason All-Ohio team. Check out the list:

1. Kelsey Mitchell (20) 5’9 Cincinnati Princeton / Ohio State

2. Alyssa Rice (14) 6’3 Reynoldbsurg / Kentucky

3. Kathryn Westbeld (14) 6’2 Kettering Fairmont / Notre Dame

4. Makayla Waterman (5) 6’2 Kettering Fairmont / Ohio State


Sydney Brackemyre (3) 6’0 Clinton-Massie / Louisville

Amanda Cahill (3) 6’2 Clyde / Indiana

Stasha Carey (3) 6’3 Berea-Midpark / Pittsburgh

Kristen Confroy (3) 5’9 Solon / Maryland

Alexa Hart (3) 6’2 Columbus Africentric / Ohio State

Laina Snyder (3) 6’1 West Holmes / Ashland

Blue Star’s Classic in the Country Wrap Up

bluestarbig_twBlue Star Media was present at Classic in the Country and do a great job (in my humble opinion) providing exposure for high school girls basketball. They offered a recap of each day’s action at CITC and then posted a wrap up of the entire event. As you read through it, they point out both the strengths and areas of improvement for players. You can read the entire write-up and find links to the game by game coverage on the Blue Star Media website.

Syd got some love from them even though she was sidelined with her ACL injury. Here’s what they wrote about her:

Sydney Brackemyre – Clinton Massie – Brackemyre recently joined the much too large ACL sorority and was on crutches but actively involved on the bench with her teammates and coaches. Just a speed bump in a very promising future.

They also highlighted some of the top girls in our area including Alyssa Rice, Makayla Waterman, Kathryn Westbeld and Chelsea Welch. There are many strong players in Ohio.

It was great to see Kasey Uetrecht under the “A Little More on a Few You May or May Not Know” portion of the page. Here’s what they wrote about her:

Kasey Uetrecht – Clinton Massie – A 6-0 junior, Uetrecht has a good combination of size and perimeter skills. With standout Sydney Brackemyre sidelined, the wing/forward is stepping up for the Falcons both on the wing and in the post. Though somewhat upright, she demonstrated the ability to handle the ball on the break or off the drive from the elbows. At other points she was efficient posting up and becoming an option around the rim. Her versatility presents a challenge for opposing defenses in terms of matching up with size or perimeter skills. She was 4 for 14 in Clinton Massie’s lone game but added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the 60 to 47 loss to Proctorville Fairland. There’s plenty of basketball in her future, what level remains to be seen.

Good to see Kasey get some well-deserved attention for her play.

Classic in the Country Recap

Classic in the Country 13My wife and I were able to take in a couple of games at the Classic in the Country Challenge this weekend. We got up to Berlin in time on Sunday to watch Kettering Fairmont play. I’ve seen a few of their players on the AAU circuit, but haven’t seen the high school team play. They handled the ball well through the game and stretched out to a 20+ lead in the second half.

Clinton-Massie played on Monday morning. They went up against an undefeated team from Division III, Proctorville Fairland. The Falcons played them well, but just couldn’t get the shots to fall in the fourth quarter.

Blue Star Media had a recap of the game and gave some deserved recognition to Kasey Uetrecht. She has been Syd’s teammate during school and summer ball and is a solid player.

The first game of the day had a missing element that most likely would have had a tremendous impact on the ultimate outcome. While Proctorville Fairland got the 60 – 47 win over Clinton Massie, it’s hard to imagine that injured (ACL) CM junior standout and nationally ranked forward Sydney Brackemyre might not have influenced the final score to some degree. As it was, Fairland utilized a 18 – 7 fourth quarter to break open a two point game and make the final margin a deceiving 13 points. Junior guard Chandler Faulks led the way for the Dragons with 20, 12 of which came as a result of her 4 for 10 three-point effort. Minnesota early commit Tera Stapleton, a 6-4 2014 post, added a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards in the win. Clinton Massie got 14 from versatile junior swing player Kasey Uetrecht and another 10 from senior Mary Moyer. Both teams rebounded even at 37 for the game while Fairland finished with 13 turnovers to the Falcons 11. In the end Clinton Massie’s 24 percent second half shooting was their downfall despite getting seven more attempts from the floor over the course of the game.

Great job Lady Falcons!

Classic in the Country

Classic in the Country 13This weekend is the annual Classic in the Country Challenge. It is a weekend of basketball designed to highlight some of the best high school girls basketball players in Ohio. This year our Clinton-Massie Falcons will be playing in the event. Unfortunately, due to Syd’s torn ACL and subsequent surgery, she will not be participating.

The image on this page is an iPhone pic of the poster promoting this event. Syd is on the bottom left in her Massie uniform. She made a joke yesterday that you can see her left knee (the one she injured). She said that you can see it when it looked good and was healthy! Glad she can joke about it.

All Star Media posted an article today on the upcoming event. We are planning to take in part of the event and looks like a good one for girls basketball in Ohio.

The top players in Ohio will be in the spotlight this weekend at the Classic In The Country Challenge in Berlin, Ohio. Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and the other collegiate programs in the Buckeye State, are anxiously awaiting the event.

“There are a lot of talented young players in the state of Ohio, and this tournament is going to have a lot of those kids,” said Bret McCormick, the analyst at the All Star Girls Report.

Most of the recruiting attention is now focused on the Class of 2014. Here is a quick look at the key performers from the Class of 2014 (along with their national ASGR ranking) who will be competing at the Classic In The Country.

No. 3, Kelsey Mitchell, 5-8, PG, Princeton, Ohio: “Kelsey is a great player who will be a program changer for someone. She is a lefty who is a great passer, and she is a big-time scorer. She can attack the rim, and she can hit the deep three,” said McCormick.

No. 14, Alyssa Rice, 6-3, C, Reynoldsburg, Ohio: “She is a very smooth post player with great footwork. She is one of the top post players in the class, and she could play the four or the five on the next level.”

No. 30, Sydney Brackemyre, 6-1, F, Clinton (Ohio) Massie: “Sydney has come on strong lately, but unfortunately she injured her ACL recently so she will not be playing at the Classic In The Country.”

No. 38, Katherine Westbeld, 6-1, Kettering (Ohio) Fairmont: “Katherine has a high basketball IQ. She just knows how to play the game. She has a strong inside game and she can also step out and score.”

No. 49, Kristen Confroy, 5-9, G, Solon, Ohio: “She is a combo guard who is a strong athlete with a great skill set and a high basketball IQ. Kristen’s stock has really risen recently, and there are a lot of top programs interested right now.”

Big Game Tonight for Lady Falcons

massiefalcons Tonight is the first big test of the basketball season for the Clinton-Massie girls basketball team. They travel to Bellbrook to play the #4 ranked team in Div. 2. It will be a good opportunity to see where our team is and how they stack up against state ranked competition. Massie is ranked #6. Here’s cheering for a win!

Here’s the latest OGBR JJHuddle Girls Basketball Power Poll.

1. West Holmes (3-0) beat Tri-Valley 58-22, beat Dover 85-24, beat Hathaway Brown 49-45. Previous: 3
2. Hathaway Brown (2-2) beat Pickerington North 58-52, lost Reynoldsburg 35-45, beat Akron Hoban 63-42, lost West Holmes 45-49. Previous: 1
3. Toledo Rogers (0-1) lost Canton McKinley 55-62. Previous: 2
4. *Bellbrook (2-0) beat Miamisburg 57-55 (ot), beat Franklin 66-18. Previous: 4
5. Clyde (4-0) beat Tiffin Columbian 71-23, beat Mohawk 78-35, beat Fremont St. Joseph 78-57, beat Margaretta. Previous: 5
6. *Clinton-Massie (2-0) beat Blanchester 69-21, beat Western Brown 69-44. Previous: 6
7. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (2-1) lost Solon 51-59, beat Shaker Heights 47-35, beat Uniontown Lake 85-78 (4 ots). Previous: NR
8. *Bellevue (1-0) beat Mansfield Sr. 59-55. Previous: 9
9. Dayton Carroll (2-1) lost Reynoldsburg 41-55, beat Lakota East 44-40, beat Beavercreek 48-45. Previous: 10
10. *West Branch (1-0) beat Youngstown Ursuline 67-19. Previous: NR

Syd is a “Stat Stuffer”

Blue Star Media covered the Ohio Girls Basketball Report (OGBR) Top 64 Event held Sept. 29-30 in Reynoldsburg. OGBR was a great opportunity for the girls in the Buckeye state to play in front of college coaches.

On their website, Blue Star highlighted some of the players from the class on 2014, 2015 & 2016. Mark Lewis wrote the article and you can read the entire article on the website. Below is what he wrote about Syd’s class, the class of 2014. Love the way he described Syd as a “stat stuffer.”

2014 class

Alexa Hart – This 6-2 forward from Lake Ridge Academy can do it all. She runs, blocks shots, rebounds, scores inside and just flat out plays with energy that excites other players on the floor. She is fun to watch due to the number of plays that she makes.

Amanda Cahill – This 6-2 forward from Clyde brings a lot to the court when she plays. She is a coaches kid that really understands how to play the game. Shoots and handles the ball like a two guard, gets to the rim like a small forward and rebounds like a power forward. Competes and plays hard at all times.

Kathryn Westbeld – This 6-2 small forward from Fairmont is always impressive. There is no secret why Kettering Fairmont is in the hunt for another run at the state title. Kathryn plays at a high level at all times. The ability is there to score inside and out plus she can rebound and defend with the best of them. She competes and can put the ball on the floor like a guard.

Makayla Waterman – This athletic 6-2 forward is an established inside force. Waterman is Westbeld’s running mate at Fairmont and can more than hold her own. She can post up and score using a variety of moves. Additionally, she can shoot from the perimeter efficiently while rebounding with a vengeance.

Alyssa Rice – This athletic post is exciting from the time she steps on the floor until the moment she steps off. Standing 6-3 with an array of post moves, she can score almost at will inside. Rice can shoot the ball on the perimeter as well as drive it effectively from the high post. A great rebounder, she can get it off the glass on both ends of the floor. Reynoldsburg is in great hands with Alyssa in the line up.

Sydney Brackemyre – This 6-1 forward from Clinton Massie continues to show everyone why she is a player. As with this past summer, she just keeps getting better and better. Brackemyre is what’s known at a stat stuffer. When you look at her stats you will see that she has made an impact in virtually every area of the game. She can shoot the 3 and can score on the perimeter in many ways. There’s a physical presence and some effective rebounding from her position.

OGBR & JJHuddle Polls

Each week OBGR and JJHuddle release their polls for all the divisions in both girls and boys basketball.  The Clinton-Massie Lady Falcons have been ranked the last few weeks and continues to keep their spot.  Keep up to good work and let’s hope for a deep run in the play-offs this year!


1. Dayton Carroll (14-0) beat Oak Hill 55-47, beat Lima Bath 57-43, beat Archbishop McNicholas 79-41. Previous: 3

2. Hathaway Brown (9-3) beat Clyde 55-40, beat West Holmes 47-43, beat Walsh Jesuit 71-56. Previous: 5

3. Clyde (14-1) beat Ross 69-42, beat Margaretta 55-36, lost to Hathaway Brown 55-40 beat Sandusky Central Catholic 70-50. Previous: 1

4. Chaminade Julienne (11-2) beat Fairborn 54-51, beat Alter 48-43, beat Purcell Marian 72-41. Previous: 4

5. Toledo Rogers (11-3) beat Waite 63-51, lost to Detroit Country Day (MI) 62-53, lost to Lakota East 51-44, beat Woodward 80-11. Previous: 2

6. Akron Manchester (14-0) beat Tuslaw 81-34, beat Tuscarawas Valley 64-40, beat Triway 60-30. Previous: 6

7. Clinton-Massie (13-1) beat Western Brown 48-22, beat Hillsboro 56-28, beat East Clinton 60-33, beat Greeneview 64-46. Previous: 7

8. Akron Hoban (13-1) beat Ursuline 54-47, lost to Walsh Jesuit 63-44, beat East Tech 77-15, beat Lake Catholic 65-44. Previous: 10

9. Lima Bath (9-2) beat Memorial 51-36, beat Africentric 46-42, lost to Carroll 57-43
beat Van Wert 38-32. Previous: 9

10. West Holmes (12-3) beat Riverview 30-27, beat Lexington 54-34, lost to Northland 50-38, lost to Hathaway Brown 47-43, beat Orrville 69-55. Previous: 8