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STARZ TRYOUTS are SET for SPRING / SUMMER 2016!!

TRYOUTS for our Nationally-ranked AL SOUTHERN STARZ program have been set as follows:

STARZ 2024 (4th Grade) - Feb 13 (Sat) @ 8:30am; Feb 21 (Sun) @ 1:00pm 
STARZ 2023 (5th Grade)
- Feb 13 (Sat) @ 8:30am; Feb 21 (Sun) @ 1:00pm 
STARZ 2022 (6th Grade)
- Feb 28 (Sun) - TBA in Birmingham [1 Tryout Session]
STARZ 2021 (7th Grade)
- Feb 13 (Sat) @ 10:00am; Feb 21 (Sun) @ 2:30pm
STARZ 2020 (8th Grade)
- Feb 13 (Sat) @ 11:30am; Feb 21 (Sun) @ 4:00pm
STARZ 2019 (9th Grade) - TBA upon completion of high school season
STARZ 2018 (10th Grade)
- TBA upon completion of high school season
STARZ 2017 (11th Grade)
- TBA upon completion of high school season

The above-listed tryouts will be held in the Auxiliary Gym at Huntsville High School located at 2304 Billie Watkins St SW - Huntsville AL 35801.  (The Aux Gym is directly behind the left field fence of the baseball field.)  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled Tryout Time for Registration & Stretching / Warm-up in proper basketball attire.  Players are requested to attend both Tryout Sessions in their age group if possible  Please provide advance notice if you are unable to attend.  There is No Fee for our Starz Tryout Sessions.   Please direct any questions to Starz Director Doug Bush at jdbushman@aol.com or via his cell phone at (256) 508-7076.  Thanks!

STARZ 11TH WINS AAU D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
At the AAU D1 National Championship held on July 9-13 in Orlando, FL at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex, our AL Southern Starz 2016-Looney team WON the AAU 11TH GRADE D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after going 6-0 against Top National Competition!!  Starz 2016 defeated the Coastal Georgia Comets 2016 by 64-43 in the Championship Game on Monday, July 13!  Starz 2016-Looney dominated this event in winning each game by 15 or more points!  STARZ 2016-Looney joins STARZ 5TH, STARZ 2017-Bush, & STARZ 2018-Looney as AAU D1 National Champions in 2015!  CONGRATS to our STARZ 2016-Looney PLAYERS, COACHES, & FAMILIES on this Historic Accomplishment which will now be with you ALL for a Lifetime! 


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STARZ 10TH WINS AAU D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
At the AAU D1 National Championship held on July 9-13 in Orlando, FL at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex, our AL Southern Starz 2017-Bush team WON the AAU 10TH GRADE D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after going 6-1 against Top National Competition!!  Starz 2017-Bush defeated the Jacksonville Lady Rams 2017 by 77-64 in a rematch in the Championship Game on Monday, July 13 after suffering a close loss to the Lady Rams & the #2-ranked 2017 player in the nation, 6-1 Rellah Boothe, in their opening game in Pool Play on last Thursday, July 9!  After their opening game, Starz 2017-Bush dominated this event in winning each game by 13 or more points!  STARZ 2017-Bush joins STARZ 5TH, STARZ 2018-Looney, & STARZ 2016-Looney as AAU D1 National Champions in 2015!  CONGRATS to our STARZ 2017-Bush PLAYERS, COACHES, & FAMILIES on this Historic Accomplishment which will now be with you ALL for a Lifetime! 

STARZ 9TH WINS AAU D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
At the AAU D1 National Championship held on July 9-13 in Orlando, FL at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex, our AL Southern Starz 2018-Loonwy team WON the AAU 9TH GRADE D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after going 6-0 against Top National Competition!!  Starz 2018 defeated PV-Havoc City Elite 2018 by 74-52 in the Championship Game on Monday, July 13!  Starz 2018-Looney dominated this event in winning each game by 22 or more points with the exception of a 13-pt win!  STARZ 2018-Looney joins STARZ 5TH, STARZ 2017-Bush, & STARZ 2016-Looney as AAU D1 National Champions in 2015!  CONGRATS to our STARZ 2018-Looney PLAYERS, COACHES, & FAMILIES on this Historic Accomplishment which will now be with you ALL for a Lifetime! 

STARZ 5TH WINS AAU D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
At the AAU D1 National Championship held on June 22-27 in Bloomington IN, our AL Southern Starz 5TH Grade Team WON the AAU 5TH GRADE D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after going 7-0 against Top National Competition!!  Starz 5TH dominated the defending AAU National Champion WACG (Nashville TN) by a final score of 62-35 in the AAU National Championship Game after jumping out to a 31-12 lead at Halftime!  Our STARZ 5TH won EACH GAME in this event by 10 or more points and scored an average of almost 60 Points per Game ... this included 5 Wins vs Top 7 finishers in this event!  STARZ 5TH becomes only the THIRD TEAM from the State of Alabama (in 4TH - 11TH Grades) to WIN the AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, with the most recent being our STARZ 11TH Grade Team (Class of 2014) in July 2013!  CONGRATS to our STARZ 5TH PLAYERS, COACHES, & FAMILIES on this Historic Accomplishment which will now be with you ALL for a Lifetime! 


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KALEIGH CLEMMONS SIGNS with VANDERBILT!!
STARZ 2016 All-State & Miss Basketball (TN) 5-8 PG KALEIGH CLEMMONS of Baylor School in Chattanooga TN signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college for Head Coach Melanie Balcomb at Vanderbilt University of the SEC.  She signed her LOI in a ceremony at her school gymnasium in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Community Members, Media, STARZ Coach Kent Looney.  Kaleigh has had a long-time Dream to play for the Commodores!!  She will join STARZ 3x3 U18 Silver Medalist & Nationally-ranked CHASSITY (LEA LEA) CARTER (Dixson TN) in signing with Vanderbilt.  Head Coach MELANIE BALCOMB is very excited about adding a tough, proven winnier and Top In-state, impact player to her program.  CONGRATS to KALEIGH!!

RACHEL CHILDRESS SIGNS with UAB!!
STARZ 2016 All-State & All-Star MVP 5-9 SG RACHEL CHILDRESS of 5A-Lawrence County High School signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college for Head Coach Randy Norton at UAB of Conference USA (C-USA).  She signed her LOI in a ceremony at her school gymnasium in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Community Members, Media, and STARZ Coach Kent Looney.  Rachel helped lead our STARZ 2016-Looney team to the AAU D1 11th Grade National Championship in July 2015 at ESPN/Disney's WWOS Complex in Orlando, FL.  Head Coach RANDY NORTON is very excited about adding a tough, proven winner and Top In-state, impact player to his program at UAB.  CONGRATS to RACHEL!!

 

KATIE ALLEN SIGNS with SAMFORD!!
STARZ 2016 All-State & North All-Star 5-10 SG KATIE ALLEN of 6A-Albertville High School signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college for Head Coach Mike Morris at D1 SAMFORD of the Southern Conference (SoCon).  She signed her LOI in a ceremony at her school gymnasium in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Community Members, Media, and STARZ Director Doug Bush & her Coach Kent Looney.  Katie helped lead our STARZ 2016-Looney team to the AAU D1 11th Grade National Championship in July 2015 at ESPN/Disney's WWOS Complex in Orlando, FL.  Katie will join STARZ 2012 grad LYDIA MCGEE (Madison Academy), STARZ 2013 grad HANNAH NICHOLS (Madison County HS), & STARZ 2014 grad DESTINEY ELLIOTT (Oneonta HS) at SAMFORD.  Head Coach MIKE MORRIS is very excited about adding another Starz player who is a proven winner and impact player to his program at SAMFORD.  CONGRATS to KATIE!!

SHAQUERA WADE SIGNS with ALABAMA!!
STARZ 2015 Nationally-Ranked All-State 6-0 Combo Guard SHAQUERA WADE of 7A-Regional Finalist Huntsville High School signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college for Head Coach Kristy Curry at the University of ALABAMA of the SEC.  She signed her LOI in a ceremony in the HHS gymnasium in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Community Members, Media, STARZ Coach Willie Harris, & STARZ Director/Coach Doug Bush.  Shaquera is the Top Ranked 2015 player in the State of Alabama!  Shaquera has had a long-time Dream to play for the Crimson Tide!!  She will join STARZ 2015 team mate TRISTA MAGEE (Presbyterian Christian School - Hattiesburg MS) in signing with the Tide and will join STARZ 2014 AAU NATIONAL CHAMP 6-1 Fwd NENE BOLTON (4A-Anniston HS), as well.  ALABAMA Head Coach KRISTY CURRY is very excited about adding another Top In-state, impact player to her program.  CONGRATS to SHAQUERA!!

 

TRISTA MAGEE SIGNS with ALABAMA!!
STARZ 2015 Dandy Dozen & All-State MVP 6-0 Wing TRISTA MAGEE of State Champion Presbyterian Christian School (Hattiesburg MS) signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college for Head Coach Kristy Curry at the University of ALABAMA of the SEC.  She signed her LOI in a ceremony in the PCS Library in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Church Members, Media, STARZ Director/Coach Doug Bush.  TRISTA is the Top Ranked 2015 player in the State of Mississippi!  TRISTA was the 1ST COMMIT 1-Year Ago to then New Crimson Tide Head Coach Kristy Curry!  She will join STARZ 2015 team mate SHAQUERA WADE (7A-Huntsville High School) in signing with the Tide and will join STARZ 2014 AAU NATIONAL CHAMP 6-1 Fwd NENE BOLTON (4A-Anniston HS), as well.  ALABAMA Head Coach KRISTY CURRY is very excited about adding a Proven Winner, Leader and High Impact Player to her program.  CONGRATS to TRISTA!!

 

TA'NAISHA HILL SIGNS with D1 UT-MARTIN!!
STARZ 2015  North All-Star 5-6 PG TA'NAISHA HILL of 7A-Regional Finalist Huntsville High School signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college at Division 1 4-Time Defending OVC Champion University of TENNESSEE-MARTIN (UTM) of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).  She signed her LOI in a ceremony in the HHS Gym in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Church Members, Media, STARZ Coach Willie Harris, & STARZ Director/Coach Doug Bush.  TA'NAISHA is One of the Top Ranked 2015 players in the State of Alabama!  UT-MARTIN Head Coach KIP McMILLAN is very excited about adding a Proven Winner, Leader and High Impact Player to his SKYHAWKS program.  CONGRATS to TA'NAISHA!!

 

 

NAKEIA BURKS SIGNS with D1 UT-CHATTANOOGA!!
STARZ 2015  5-9 Wing NAKEIA BURKS of 7A-Regional Finalist Huntsville High School signed her Letter of Intent (LOI) to play basketball & attend college at 2-Time Defending SOCON Champion University of TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA (UTC) of the Southern Conference (SOCON).  She signed her LOI in a ceremony in the HHS Gym in front of Family, Friends, Coaches, Team Mates, Class Mates, Church Members, Media, STARZ Coach Willie Harris, & STARZ Director/Coach Doug Bush.  NAKEIA is One of the Top Ranked 2015 players in the State of Alabama!  UT-CHATTANOOGA Head Coach JIM FOSTER is very excited about adding a Proven Winner & Tough Competitor to his LADY MOCS program.  CONGRATS to NAKEIA!!

 

STARZ 8TH is RUNNER-UP in AAU SHOWCASE!!
At the AAU 8TH Grade Super Showcase held on July 6-8 in Orlando, FL at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex, our AL Southern Starz 2019-Bush team finished as RUNNER-UP in this Highly-Competitive, 26-Team Invitation-Only event!  STARZ 2019-Bush WON their Pool D by going 3-0, including 2 convincing Wins vs NIKE Teams (55-46 vs FL Essence 2019 & 64-19 vs CFE 2019).  After a Bye, STARZ 2019-Bush dominated the Fairfax Stars by 66-19, another NIKE Team.  In a semi-final vs yet another NIKE Team, our STARZ fell behind by 7 points at halftime only to come back to pull out a 52-49 WIN vs Ga Pistols Team Elite 2019 in front of a courtside full of D1 College Coaches!  Our STARZ 2019-Bush fell short in the Final to the Maryland Belles who proved to be a Very Worthy Champion in this highly-competitive event!  Following the AAU Super Showcase, our STARZ 2019-Bush squad played UP in AAU D2 9TH Grade National Championship and finished 3RD with a convincing re-match WIN by 57-45 in the 3RD/4TH PLACE Game vs the Carolina Flight 9TH!  CONGRATS to our STARZ 2019-Bush PLAYERS, COACHES, & FAMILIES on this Great Week in Orlando!!

STARZ are AAU STATE CHAMPS in 6 Divisions!!  (4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th)
Ten (10) of our Southern Starz teams participated in the AL AAU State Tournament the weekend of May 22-24 on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, AL & at Old Berry High School!  Our Starz 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th-Bush, 9th-Looney, & 10th-Bush Teams each finished as AL AAU State Champs in their respective Age Divisions while our Starz 6th & Starz 11th-Looney teams each finished 2nd.  Our Starz 9th-Harris team finished 3rd, while Starz 10th-Grant team finished 4th.  All our Starz teams competed at a high level!  Our Starz 4th grade team won their 1st AL AAU State Championship by defeated the AL Twisters 4th.  Our nationally-ranked Starz 5th grade team won the 6th Grade Championship by defeating our Starz 6th grade team.  Starz 7th & Starz 8th-Bush each won their 1st AL AAU State Championships!  Starz 9th-Looney won Back-to-Back Championships with a 85-71 victory in the final vs AL Heat Elite.   Starz 10th-Bush won their 4th consecutive AAU State Title with a dominating 69-20 WIN in the Final over AL Heat Elite.  Starz 11th-Looney advvanced to their Championship Game and fell short.  CONGRATS to ALL our STARZ TEAMS!

 
Starz 4th- State Champs

 

  Starz 5th- State Champs

 

 
Starz 6th- State Runner-Up

 

  Starz 7th- State Champs

 

 
Starz 8th- State Champs

 

  Starz 9th- State Champs

 

 
Starz 10th- State Champs   Starz 11th- State Runner-Up

STARZ win SILVER MEDAL @ 2015 USA 3x3 U18 NATIONALS!
Southern Starz Director Doug Bush assembled a very talented team of 4 very highly-ranked players (born on/after January 1, 1997) to compete in the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on May 1-3.  Our STARZ 3x3 Team was made up of Starz 2015 grad & Alabama Miss Basketball, Gatorade POY, & USA Today POY 6-0 Combo G SHAQUERA WADE (Alabama Signee) of Huntsville AL, 2016 nationally-ranked Gatorade POY & USA Today POY 6-2 Fwd ERIN BOLEY (Notre Dame Commit) of Hodgenville KY, 2016 nationally-ranked Wing NIA HOLLIE (Undecided) of Hopkins, MN & Starz 2017 6-1 "Dandy Dozen" Fwd KENNEDY GAVIN (Undecided) of Petal MS.  STARZ 3x3 WON a Qualifying Tourney on March 29 in Winston-Salem NC by going a perfect 6-0 and capturing the Championship!  On May 1 (Friday) in Colorado Springs, individual events were held and the duo of WADE & BOLEY WON the GOLD Medal in the Hot Shot Contest while HOLLIE took the GOLD Medal in the Skills Contest.  GAVIN earned a BRONZE Medal in the 3-Pt Contest!  STARZ 3x3 then entered Pool Play on Saturday, and went 3-0 to WIN Pool A.  STARZ 3x3 advanced to the Championship Game on Sunday morning vs "DEFEND" (aka TEAM USA) which featured 3 2015 McDonald's All-Americans.  STARZ 3x3 led or was tied until the final 40 seconds, only to fall short by a final score of 18-14 in the Final.  STARZ 3x3 WON the SILVER MEDAL for the 2nd Year in a row!  The Winner advances to become TEAM USA at the World Championships on June 4-7 in Hungary!  CONGRATS!

 

STARZ 2015's SHAQUERA WADE & TRISTA MAGEE are USA TODAY POY's!
CONGRATS to STARZ 2015 nationally-ranked 6-0 Combo G SHAQUERA WADE (Alabama Signee) of 7A-HUNTSVILLE HS & 6-0 Wing TRISTA MAGEE (Alabama Signee) of PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Hattiesburg MS) as they were named PLAYER of the YEAR (POY) in ALABAMA & MISSISSIPPI, respectively, by the USA TODAY!  See full details and complete ALL-USA TEAMS for each STATE at:  http://usatodayhss.com/2015/american-family-insurance-all-usa-state-girls-basketball-teams!  CONGRATS to both SHAQUERA & TRISTA on their POY AWARDS!!

STARZ TEAMS DOMINATE 14th ANNUAL AAU SRT!!
In our very own 14th Annual AAU Super Regional Tournament (AAU SRT) hosted by our Southern Starz in Huntsville, AL on April 10-12 at Huntsville High, Butler HS, & Hazel Green HS our STARZ Teams WON each of the SIX (6) Divisions in the event as follows:

11th GR - STARZ 11th-Looney defeated TN Team Pride 11th-Black by 74-70!
10th GR - STARZ 9th-Looney defeated Team Memphis Elite 10th by 68-55
9th GR
- STARZ 8th-Bush defeated Starz 9th-Harris by 49-39
7th GR
- STARZ 7th defeated SO/Kentucky Starz by 47-15
6th GR -
STARZ 6th defeated WACG 5th by 
5th GR
- STARZ 5th defeated SO/Kentucky Starz 

In addition, our Starz 10th-Bush team finished 3rd playing UP in the 11th Grade Division.  Starz 10th-Birmingham finished 3rd in the 10th Grade Division.  Each of these 6 Starz Championship teams qualified for the AAU National Championships in their respective age groups. CONGRATS to ALL our STARZ!!!

STARZ 5th - Starz SRT Champs
 
STARZ 6th - Starz SRT Champs
 
STARZ 7th - Starz SRT Champs
 
STARZ 8th-Bush - Starz SRT Champs
 
STARZ 9th-Looney - Starz SRT Champs STARZ 11th-Looney- Starz SRT Champs
   
   

 

SHAQUERA WADE is MISS BASKETBALL & GATORADE POY!
CONGRATS to STARZ 2015 nationally-ranked 6-0 Combo G SHAQUERA WADE (Alabama Signee) of 7A-HUNTSVILLE HS as she was recently named BOTH MISS BASKETBALL & GATORADE PLAYER of the YEAR (POY) in the STATE of ALABAMA!!  SHAQUERA is a long-time STARZ PLAYER having been with our program since AGE 9!  She becomes the 5TH STARZ PLAYER in the last 7 YEARS to be named MISS BASKETBALL in ALABAMA!  SHAQUERA scored 15 PTS & grabbed 11 REBS to help ALABAMA defeat MISSISSIPPI by 93-87 on March 20 in Montgomery AL in the annual AL vs MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME featuring the TOP 12 SENIORS from each state!   CONGRATS to SHAQUERA & GO STARZ!!

 

 

 

STARZ WIN 3x3 U18 QUALIFIER for USA NATIONALS!
Southern Starz Director Doug Bush has assembled a very talented team of 4 very highly-ranked players born on/after January 1, 1997 with the Goal of competing in the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on April 30 - May 3.  Our STARZ 3x3 Team WON their Qualifier on Sunday, March 29 in Winston-Salem, NC by going 6-0 in Pool & Bracket Play, including a 21-16 WIN in the Championship Game!  With this WIN, STARZ 3x3 is Qualified for the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament!  Our STARZ 3x3 U18 Team's roster is made up of Starz 2015 Alabama Miss Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year, & Nationally-ranked 6-0 Combo G SHAQUERA WADE (#23) (Alabama Signee) of 7A-Huntsville High School, 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky & Nationally-ranked 6-2 Fwd ERIN BOLEY (#21) (Notre Dame Commit) of Elizabethtown (KY) High School, 2016 Nationally-ranked Wing NIA HOLLIE (#12) of State Champion Hopkins (MN) High School, & STARZ 2017 Dandy Dozen 6-1 Fwd KENNEDY GAVIN (#33) of 6A-Petal (MS) High School.  SHAQUERA competed on our STARZ 3x3 U18 Team that finished Runner-Up and Won the SILVER MEDAL at the 2014 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spring in late May.  CONGRATS to STARZ 3x3 and GOOD LUCK!

STARZ 2017-Bush WIN NASHVILLE TOC 16U DIVISION!
STARZ 2017-Bush WON the CHAMPIONSHIP of the NASHVILLE TOC on July 10-12 playing UP in the 16U Division with a 4-0 record, including Wins in the Semi-finals by 39-38 over a very talented TEAM SLINK 2016 squad & a tough 36-32 WIN in the FINAL over a tough FGB 2016 team.  Both games were played with LOTS of COLLEGE COACHES at courtside watching D1 Prospects & Commits on all teams.  With this Win, our STARZ 2017-Bush team is now 14-0 in the Deep South Classic 2013, Deep South Classic 2014, & Nashville TOC and has WON their Division playing UP in each of these 3 high-profile events put on my Michael T. White!!  CONGRATS & GO STARZ!!

 

STARZ 2016 DUO in TOP 32 of ELITE 60 RANKINGS!
STARZ 2016 6-2 Fwd JASMINE WALKER (7A-Jeff Davis HS) is ranked #30 & 5-8 PG TYRA JOHNSON (6A-Austin HS) is ranked #32 in the Nation in the New "Elite 60" Player Rankings recently released by PROSPECTS NATION!!  See Complete Player Rankings at:   
http://www.prospectsnation.com/players/ranked/2016.  JASMINE & TYRA are the ONLY 2 players from the STATE of ALABAMA included in the "ELITE 60" Rankings!  CONGRATS to both JASMINE & TYRA!  GO STARZ!

STARZ win SILVER MEDAL at USA 3x3 NATIONALS!
Southern Starz Director Doug Bush assembled a very talented team of 4 very highly-ranked players born during 1996 & 1997 to compete in the 2014 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on May 29 - June 1.  Our STARZ 3x3 Team was made up of Starz 2014 grad & McDonald's All-American & Alabama Miss Basketball SHAKAYLA THOMAS (FSU Signee), Starz 2015 nationally-ranked Wing SHAQUERA WADE (Alabama Commit) of 7A-Huntsville High School, 2015 nationally-ranked Wing MACI MORRIS (Kentucky Commit) of Bell County (KY) High School, & 2016 nationally-ranked Wing CHASSITY (LEA LEA) CARTER of Dickson County (TN) High School who was a member of the U16 Gold Medal Winning USA 5x5 Team in 2013.  STARZ 3x3 began the Preliminary Round on Thursday (5/29) by going 5-0 and capturing the Championship!  On Friday (5/30), individual events were held and the duo of WADE & CARTER WON the GOLD Medal in the Hot Shot Contest while THOMAS WON the SILVER Medal in the Skills Contest.  STARZ 3x3 then entered Pool Play on Saturday, with a matchup against TEAM USA as they suffered a 21-20 loss after having 2 shots to win the hard fought contest.  STARZ 3x3 finished Pool Play with a record of 4-2 and the #2 Seed.  STARZ 3x3 advanced to the Championship Game on Sunday morning and a re-match against TEAM USA only to fall short by a final score of 21-14.  STARZ 3x3 WON the SILVER MEDAL!  CONGRATS!

STARZ are AAU STATE CHAMPS in 5 Divisions!!  (4th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th)
Eleven (11) of our Southern Starz teams participated in the AL AAU State Tournament the weekend of May 23-25 at Hoover High School & on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, AL!  Our Starz 4th, 8th-Looney, 9th-Bush, 10th-Hooks & 11th-Bush Teams each finished as AL AAU State Champs in their respective Age Divisions while our Starz 5th & Starz 9th-Gaston teams each finished 2nd.  Our Starz 6th team finished 3rd.  All our Starz teams competed at a high level!  Our Starz 4th grade team won their 1st AL AAU State Championship by defeated the AL Twisters 4th.  Starz 8th-Looney won their 1st AL AAU State Championship with a convincing 73-59 WIN in the Finals over the 2-Time defending State Champs (Homewood Heat, now AL Heat Elite).   Starz 9th-Bush won their 3rd consecutive AAU State Title with a 81-45 WIN in the Final over Starz 9th-Gaston Starz 10th-Hooks won their 1st AAU State Title with a 71-51 WIN in the Final over the Steel City Gators.  Starz 11th-Bush won their 4th straight AAU State Title with a solid 51-38 WIN in the Final over the AL Shockerz.  Our Starz 5th GR Team advanced to their Championship Game and fell short in OT to the AL Tar Heels.  CONGRATS to ALL our STARZ TEAMS!

Starz 4th Grade State Champs Starz 5th Grade State Runner-Up Starz 2018-Looney State Champs
Starz 2017-Gaston State Runner-Up Starz 2017-Bush State Champs Starz 2016-Hooks State Champs
   
  Starz 2015-Bush State Champs  

STARZ 11TH & 8TH are AAU SRT CHAMPS!!
In our very own 13th Annual AAU Super Regional Tournament (AAU SRT) hosted by our Southern Starz in Huntsville, AL on April 11-13 at Huntsville High, Madison Academy, and Butler HS, our nationally-ranked Starz 2015-Bush Team won the 11th Grade Division over the Alabama Shockerz 11th & our brand new Starz 2018-Looney Team won the 8th Grade Division over our Starz 2018-Harris.   In addition, our Starz 2016-Looney team finished Runner-Up in the 10th Grade Division while our Starz 2017-Bush team finished 3rd playing UP in the 10th Grade Division.  Starz 7th finished Runner-Up in the 7th Grade Division.  Each of these 6 Starz teams qualified for the AAU National Championships in their respective age groups. CONGRATS to ALL our STARZ!!!

STARZ 2015-Bush STARZ SRT Champs STARZ 2018-Looney STARZ SRT Champs

SOUTHERN STARZ are 2013-14 ALL-STATE per ASWA! More than 20 of our Southern Starz players showed up strongly on the Alabama Sports Writers' Association (ASWA) All-State Basketball teams for the recently completed 2013-14 season!  Earning 1ST TEAM honors were Starz 2014 (Senior) players Shakayla Thomas (5A-Runner Up Sylacauga), Destiney Elliott (4A State Champ Oneonta), Quanetria (NeNe) Bolton (4A-Anniston), Malesha (MiMi) Williams (3A-Greensboro), Leah Strain (2A State Champ Woodland), Miracle Mayo (2A-Lanett) & Jasmine Richardson (1A-Winterboro) ... Starz 2015 (Junior) players Eulacia Edwards (1A-Sunshine) & Amahni Upshaw (1A State Champ Brantley) ... and Starz 2016 (Soph) Rachel Childress (5A-Lawrence County).  ALL 1st Team selections are eligible to be named class Player of the Year (POY) and Miss Basketball for the State of Alabama!!  

Earning 2ND TEAM honors were Starz 2015 players Shaquera Wade (6A-Huntsville), Rayven Pearson (6A-Hazel Green), Baylee Johnson (5A-Cullman), & Meg Gambrill (3A-Holly Pond) ... and Starz 2016 players Tyra Johnson (6A-Austin), Jasmine Walker (6A-Jeff Davis).

Earning HONORABLE MENTION selections were Starz 2015 player Destiny Lowden (3A-Plainview), & Starz 2016 players Madison Baggett (4A-Madison County), Presley Johnson (3A-Pisgah), & Harriett Winchester (1A-Keith) ... Starz 2017 (Freshmen) players Elexis Evans (3A-Greensboro), Ataiya Bridges (2A-Lanett), & Allie Kennedy (2A-Red Bay).  CONGRATS to our ALL STATE STARZ!!!!

SHAKAYLA THOMAS is MCDONALD's ALL-AMERICAN!
CONGRATS to STARZ 2014 nationally-ranked SHAKAYLA THOMAS (Florida State Signee) of #4-ranked 5A-SYLACAUGA HS as she was selected for the MCDONALD's ALL-AMERICAN TEAM!!  SHAKAYLA becomes only the 3RD Girls' Player from ALABAMA in HISTORY to be named to this prestigious All-Star squad!  Only 24 of the Top Seniors in the USA from the Class of 2014 were selected to participate in this All-Star Game which will take place on Wednesday April 2 at the United Center in CHICAGO!  SHAKAYLA will play for the EAST Team of 12 players and will face off vs 12 top players from the West!  She was the ONLY PLAYER (Boy or Girl) selected from ALABAMA to participate in this year's game.  SHAKAYLA is the 2-Time defending Class 5A Player of the Year in Alabama and is nearing the 4,000 point total for her career.   CONGRATS to SHAKAYLA ... GO STARZ!!

STARZ 2014 WINS AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!
At the AAU National Championship held on July 9-13 at ESPN / Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL our Southern Starz 2014 (11th GR) Team WON the AAU 11th GR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after going 8-0 against Top National Competition!!  Starz 2014 defeated Central Illinois Elite featuring the Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois, Jackie Kemph (2014) and highly ranked Haley Gorecki (2015) by a final score of 61-53!!  Starz 2014 led by 5 at halftime but faced a back-and-forth game in the 2nd half as they trailed by 2 points with 3 minutes to go.  Our team cranked up the Defense and held Illinois to 2 pts in the final 3 minutes as Starz 2014 nationally-ranked SHAKAYLA THOMAS led the scoring with 27 pts and had 2 big blocked shots in the final minute!!  ALL our young ladies played GREAT and became the VERY FIRST group of high school age Girls from the State of Alabama to WIN the AAU STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!    Starz 2009 lost in the 9th GR Finals in 2006.  The AL Lady Gators won the AAU 13U National Championship in 1995 as 8th Graders.  CONGRATS on this Historic Accomplishment which will now be with you ALL for a Lifetime!!

STARZ 10th-Bush 3rd in NATION & in AAU SHOWCASE!!
At the recent AAU Super Showcase & AAU National Championship held on July 6-8 and July 9-13 at ESPN / Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL our Southern Starz 2015-Bush (10th GR) Team played 11 games against Top National Competition and finished with a record of 9-2, placing 3rd (tied) in their AAU 10th GR Super Showcase and finishing 3rd in the AAU 10TH GR D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!  Starz 2015-Bush's only 2 losses were to Boo Williams-Richmond who went on to Win the AAU Super Showcase and finished 2nd in the AAU Nationals.  This Top 4 Finish in BOTH AAU EVENTS was a GREAT performance by the Players & Coaches of our Starz 2015-Bush (10th GR) Team!!  CONGRATS!!

STARZ 10th-Gilliam are AAU D2 NATIONAL CHAMPS!!
At the recent AAU Super Showcase & AAU National Championship held on July 6-8 and July 9-13 at ESPN / Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL our Southern Starz 2015-Gilliam (10th GR) Team played 11 games against Top National Competition and finished with a record of 10-1, placing 9th (tied) in their AAU 10th GR Super Showcase and finishing as the AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONS in the AAU Division 2 National Championship!!  Starz 2015-Gilliam defeated Magic Basketball Academy (Missouri) in the Championship Game by a final score of 56-46.  This was a GREAT performance by the Players & Coaches of our Starz 2015 (10th GR) Team!!  CONGRATS!!

STARZ 9th-Looney with TOP TEN Finish at AAU Nationals!!
At the recent AAU Super Showcase & AAU National Championship held on July 6-8 and July 9-13 at ESPN / Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL our Southern Starz 2016 (9th GR) Team played 13 games against Top National Competition and finished with a record of 9-4, placing 12th (of 28 teams) in their AAU 9th GR Super Showcase and finishing 9th at the AAU 9th GR National Championship!! During Pool Play in the AAU Nationals, our Starz 2016 Team defeated the eventual AAU National Champion Boo Williams by a final score of 43-41!!  In the 9th Place Game, our Starz 2016 team defeated the Capital City Cyclones (NC) by a final score of 63-61.  This was a GREAT performance by the Players & Coaches of our Starz 2016 (9th GR) Team!!  CONGRATS!!

   

STARZ 10th FINISH 4TH at Division 1 AAU NATIONALS!!! 
Our AL Southern Starz 10th (2014) Team fell short in their run at an AAU National Championship, but they became the FIRST Starz Team to accomplish a Top 4 in the Nation finish TWO TIMES, doing so in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2011!!  Starz 2014 suffered a tough loss in the Final 4 in a rematch vs the NY Gauchos NIKE 2014 Team.  Starz 2014 defeated the Gauchos by 53-43 in Pool Play and led at halftime of the rematch by 35-30.  Foul trouble and Injuries and a worthy opponent proved to be a tough combination as the Starz fell in the end by a score of 76-65.  The NY Gauchos went on to WIN the AAU National Championship!  In the 3rd/4th Place Game, our Starz 2014 got off to a very slow start and came back to take a 1 pt lead with 3 secs to go.  An untimely foul call resulted in 2 made FTs by the other team, and Starz 2014 fell to the Drills for Skills Wildcats from Pittsburgh PA by 61-60 in a heartbreaker to finish in 4th Place in the Nation!  CONGRATS to STARZ 2014!!

Starz 7th GR-Crider finish in Top 20 at AAU Nationals!
Led by Head Coach Tony Crider, our AL AAU State Champion Southerrn Starz 7th Grade-Crider team finished tied for 17th in the Nation at the 68-team AAU D1 Nationals held on July 13-18 in Kings Island, OH (near Cincinnati).  Our Starz 7th-Crider Team finished 2-1 in Pool Play with their only loss to the #2 Seed and eventual #6 finisher Missouri Valley Magic.   Starz 7th-Crider advanced to the Championship Bracket of 34 1st and 2nd Place teams from Pool Play.  In game 1 of Bracket Play, Starz 7th-Crider lost a tough, close game by 42-39 to the Dayton Lady Hoopstars.  Our Starz 7th bounced back to defeat the Cy Fair (TX) NIKE Elite Team by the score of 49-47 in a hard fought contest.  Finally, our Starz 7th Team was eliminated from the tournament with a 2nd loss to the Dayton Lady Hoopstars.  A Top 20 Finish in the Nation in their very First Trip to the AAU National Championships is a GREAT Accomplishment for this team!  CONGRATS STARZ 7TH-CRIDER!!!
Complete Tourney Results can be found at:  http://aaugirlsbasketball.org/Results/NationalChps.aspx.

STARZ 9th-Gilliam finish 9th at AAU D2 Nationals!!
Our AL Southern Starz 9th-Gilliam (2015) Team, led by Head Coach Fred Gilliam, finished in 9th Place of 40 Teams at the AAU D2 National Championships held on July 5-10 in Orlando, FL at ESPN/Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and other sites in the area.  Our Starz 9th-Gilliam Team began the tournament by going 2-1 and finishing Second in Pool R.  Starz 5th began Bracket Play with a 34-25 victory over the Florida Alllout AllStarz to advance to the Sweet 16.  Starz 9th-Gilliam then suffered a loss to the Louisiana Diamond Elite who went on to Win the Championship!  Starz 9th rebounded in the Consolation Bracket to go 3-0 in their final 3 games to finish 9th in the tournament!  CONGRATS to STARZ 9TH-GILLIAM!!!

STARZ 5th finish 8th at AAU D2 Nationals!!
Our AL Southern Starz 5th Grade (2019) Team, led by Head Coach Deborah Garner, finished in 8th Place at the AAU D2 National Championships held on June 24-29 in Franklin (Nashville), TN!!  Our Starz 5th GR Team began the tournament by going 3-0 and finishing First in Pool C.  Starz 5th began Bracket Play with a 31-29 victory over the Fairfax Stars-Ellison team to advance to the Elite 8.  Starz 5th then suffered a loss to the Ponchatoula (LA) Hurricanes who went on to Win the Championship!  Starz 5th dropped their final 2 games in the Elite 8 to finish 8th in the tournament!  CONGRATS to STARZ 5TH!!!

 

STARZ 10TH WINS ESPN HS SHOWCASE in ORLANDO!!!
Our nationally-ranked Southern Starz 2014 team WON the CHAMPIONSHIP in the 8-team invitation-only ESPN HS Girls' Basketball Showcase on June 1-3 at ESPN/Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.  This is the 2nd SHOWCASE CHAMPIONSHIP won by our Starz 2014 team in the past 12 months on Center Court at Disney's WWOS Complex.  Starz 2014 defeated the Florida Angels by a score of 53-45 in the Championship Game which was televised LIVE and the Game Replay can be found on ESPN3.Com at:    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/source/espn3/id/503940/size/condensed/.  Starz 2014 won Pool A with a 3-0 record and was a perfect 5-0 in this event.  Our nationally-ranked Starz 2015-Bush team competed in the 9th Grade Division which included 16 of the top elite teams in the nation.  After beginning with a tough OT loss in their first Pool Play game, Starz 2015-Bush bounced back to upset the nationally-ranked Cy Fair NIKE Elite (formerly Texas Biddy) Team to finish #2 in their Pool and advance to the Championship Bracket of 8 teams.  Starz 2015-Bush fell short to the NY Gauchos in Bracket play to finished in a tie for 5th.  Cy Fair NIKE Elite went on the win the Championship over the NY Gauchos with their only loss being by a score of 37-34 to our Starz 2015-Bush team! The USA U17 & U18 Women's National Teams were practicing and played exhibition games against Brazil.  Starz players will got to participate in a Meet & Greet / Pizza Party with members of both USA Teams.  Top National Scouting Services were also be on hand to evaluate players, including ESPN HoopGurlz, All-Star Girls' Report, BlueStar Basketball, and Balln PrepGirls.  You can find the complete Game Results at:  http://www.scorbot.com/Games.aspx?tid=58.   CONGRATS STARZ 2014 & 2015-Bush!!

STARZ 2014 are on Front Page of ESPN-HoopGurlz at:  http://espn.go.com/high-school/girls-basketball/ along with in-action game photos!!


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2006 Starz 14u finish 2nd at AAU Nationals!!
Our Southern Starz 14u team (girls born during 1991) finished as the #2 team in the nation at the AAU National Championship Tournament held in Lafayette, LA on July 23-31, 2006.  Read more on their team news page!

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