Coach Steve Harris 7th grade 13u RENS team swept all five opponents in the AAU Super Regional this past weekend at Island garden in Hempstead, NY. On Saturday, the fast breaking squad won its first two games by an average of 50 points each. Sunday the team defeated a taller Gaucho quintet by 20, a feisty five from SCAN and in the finale. They fought hard to beat new jersey's MetroFlyers for the sixth try in seven face offs this season 58/51. Later on Sunday, the shorthanded RENS beat New Heights to win the league title at 'Live City,' a three month long league held at Riverbank State Park. Harris' team went undefeated along the way. Harris' new 5th grade team is coming along in fine fashion.
Congrats to RENS alums, Terrence Samuels and Kenton Facey, sophomore sensations on Coach Kevin Ollie's NCAA 2014 Champions from the University of Connecticut. These two young men were brought into the program during its' first ever season in 2012 by Coaches Shawn Marks and Kariem Meminger, respectively. Marks said, 'they are wonderful young men who will never forget the experience of winning it all!' Meminger added, " it's players like Kenton and Terrence who have helped to make the RENS the class organization and leading program in the metropolitan area in such a short time. We are all so proud of them and their families."
RENS high schoolers will be offered FREE SAT prep sessions via our incredibly successful partnership with St Francis College, led by Dr Peter Leibman. Artie Cox is in charge so parents should contact him asap.
The RENS 13U 7th grade won all six of their games this past weekend to garner the prestigious A Game Tournament crown in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Playing a half dozen games in 26 hours, and handling teams from Virginia, Philly, Jersey, let alone hometown rivals SCAN and New Heights was no easy chore and something which defines this ever improving team as toughminded and resilient..the RENS 3rd and 4th grade quintets both made it to the semifinals at A Game as well! Big cheers to coach Kat and coach Danny Green, their players are learning how to play the right way, fundamentals first!!!
Congrats to Director Artie Cox
Super congrats to RENS high school director Artie Cox , Coach Joe and the rest of the Christ the King staff for winning their second consecutive New York State Basketball crown last week in Albany. CTK had to beat the exceptionally talented and well coached teams from Cardinal Hayes, Bishop Loughlin and Lutheran during their final run. Congrats to all those players and coaches as well.
RENS on the move!!! RENS alum, 6'5" guard Terrence Samuels out of South Shore High in Brooklyn has been lighting it up for NCAA Final Four contender Connecticut. The sophmore burned Iowa State, hitting three consecutive jumpers in Madison Square Garden. His RENS and UCONN teammate, 6'9" Kenton Facey, out of LI Lutheran is a steady presence on Coach Kevin Ollie's bench, set to emerge next season as a bonafide star. RENS' stud Jermaine Lawrence helped Cincinnati make it to March Madness , while 6''8" sophmore Wayne Martin at St. Francis of Brooklyn led his Terriers to a post season bid as well.
13U makes it to CHIP at Live City Winter League. Coach Steve Harris' under manned, but tough minded 7th grade quintet erased a 15 point deficit on sunday evening to clip the Harlem Jets 56/53 in the semi finals of the Live City Winter League, held at Riverbank State Park in Harlem. The RENS were able to dress seven players, two fouled out, one had a 103 degree fever , and two others played with four fouls..Coach Hector Almodovar, who sat in for Coach Steve said, 'we never gave up...this team has a lot of heart. Our sidelines were like a MASH unit, but the kids played defense and had each others' backs thru thick and thin.'
RENS 6th grade team win in a classic March madness way
Congratulations to the RENS 6th grade team on a outstanding, nail bitting championship win yesterday at Kip Bay Boys and Girls club East Costal Sectional against CAS Douglass 50-47. Jalen Smith knocked down 4 free throws in a row to seal the game with 2.5 seconds left Charles Lovett walked away with the tournament MVP. Great job by Coach Gee and Coach Green.
Congrats to RENS high school director and NYC basketball legend, Artie Cox. Along with our friends at Christ the King, which won its' fourth NYC CHSAA championship in the last five years today in front of 5,000 fans at Fordham by defeating Bishop Loughlin.
Rens Athletic Director Billy Council was honored as Man of the Year at The Bronx Leadership High School ESI program. Expand Success Initiative is a group designed to build leadership qualities in young African and Latino men. The major goal of the ESI is to help our young men become strong, positive members of their schools, household,and local communities. They strive to help young men realize their full potential via the opportunities that arise from succeeding in school. Beyond these goals they also spend time discussing social issues and how these issues can affect the daily lives of their members.
Rens 8th Grade team reached the semi-finals in the Basketball Spotlight's Clash For The Cup. The Rens were 4-0 going into the semi- final game against Playaz falling short to seize the win. Congrats to the coaching staff and the players for a valiant effort!
Coach Stevie Harris' 7th grade 13U team won this weekends prestigious 'Clash for the Cup' in Neptune, New Jersey. Led by rugged newcomer Jose Figueroa, the hard playing RENS defeated TEAM TAKEOVER in the finals, 54/42 for their third win of the game, and fifth in two days. The RENS bounced CIA Bounce out of Canada, MetroFlyers, TEAM FINAL and Maryland Playmakers. Coach Harris said, "our goal is to win the National championship in Memphis during the summer, and by then, we will get to be brutally efficient."
Former New York RENS basketball player and Christ the King Royal, Jordan Fuchs has accepted a football scholarship to the University of Indiana. Fuchs, a 2013 grad prepped at Milford Academy this year. He quickly surfaced as one of the best tight ends in the country. Fuchs chose Indiana over Univeristy of Connecticut Rutgers and a plethora of Division 1 schools. His decision to choose football over basketball left many Division 1 hoops programs dissappointed. The RENS organization is very proud of Jordan Fuchs!
On Wednesday evening, more than 25 fortunate grade school student athletes, ages 11 through 14, signed up for the FREE tutoring program the Rens established with the Department of Education at St. Francis College at a get-together there, hosted by the college's Dean of Education Peter Leibman and Rens founder Dan Klores and education coordinator Everton McIntyre. Dr. Leibman, 63, was extremely pleased with the commitment by the parents and the turnout which was more than double that of the inaugural year.
Rens grade school athletic director Billy Council who helped organize the event noted that the one-on-one tutoring program is the most progressive in the metropolitan area. St. Francis graduate students work individually with each child,
Today's New York Post features a Q&A with Ron Artest in which Artest refers to RENS High School Director Artie Cox as "probably the best coach I ever played for."
Writer Steve Serby conducted the interview which included:
Q: Favorite Riverside Church memories?
A: Mr. [Ernie] Lorch. He’s my favorite. I love Mr. Lorch. He just gave so many kids opportunity. He’s the best ever. I’m surprised he never applied for an NBA general manager job. Artie Cox — Artie’s probably the best coach I ever played for. Then you got Kevin Jackson — great coach. But Mr. Lorch was a great mind. He let you be responsible on the court, be responsible for your own actions … treated you like a man.
New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan named the newest Rens board member, Steve Mills, as the team's President and General Manager today. Mills, a longtime friend of Rens founder Dan Klores, joined the Board of Directors two months ago. "We are so happy for Steve and his wonderful family," said Klores. "He's a rare talent who combines brainpower, work ethic, integrity, experience and love of the game."
Going against the advice of AAU basketball "experts" who were convinced that community outreach efforts were "a thing of the past," the RENS, under the leadership of high school director and veteran coach Artie Cox, have recently expanded their already successful outreach program. Founder Dan Klores announced today that in addition to continuing their special relationship with Anne Pinto's remarkable church program in Greenpoint, 'On Point', out of St Cecilia's parish, the RENS have allied themselves with L PAC on Jerome Avenue in the south Bronx and with Carl Benn's new grade school program in Far Rockaway. Artie Cox said, "Being associated with heroic local leaders like Victor Crespo at L PAC, Anne
The Rens proudly announced today the addition of two new boys grade school teams. Legendary coach Craig "Kat" Keyes has brought his highly competitive 3rd and 4th grade NY Panthers squads to the city's fastest-growing grassroots basketball program. Kat, who grew up in Springfield Garden, Queens, and works at Bayside High School, has been coaching youngsters for 45 years. A renowned "teacher of the game" who focuses on fundamentals and development, Kat has been with the Panthers since 1999. "My years with the Panthers were enjoyable, but the opportunity to put my kids in the encouraging and progressive family-like atmosphere of the Rens was too tempting to turn down,"
The Rens 11-year-old 5th grade team captured the Division II National AAU Championship in Cocoa Beach, Florida, yesterday when they defeated Alabama Steel, a sharp-shooting quintet from Birmingham 46-38 in the finals. Coach Tony Rodriguez' team swept through the tournament, beating teams from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin on the way to the chip. The On Point Rens' victory was even more remarkable since the team was essentially put together this year by On Point leader, Anne Pinto. The champions were led by sterling point guard Abdias "Speedy" Carcamo and rebounding phenom Jaheim Young. Rodriguez' pressing defense and crisp ball movement paid off as starters Keyshaun Leslie, Ali Saunderson and Da'Reese
Coach Anne Pinto’s 5th grade Rens team won the chip of the Island Garden Super League on Sunday trouncing Rising Stars Gimpel 57 – 25 to complete their 14 – 1 season. The hometown Rising Stars team had no answer to the pressure Pinto’s young quintet applied. The On Point Rens keep winning and improving.
Last weekend, Coach Dan Klores' 6th grade 12U team won five of their six games in metropolitan area tournaments and leagues traveling to and from the Queens College based PAT to the House of Sports in Weschester. At the PAT, the RENS defeated the King Street Kings and Milbank before clobbering New Heights in the quarterfinals. On Sunday, however, they lost to a tougher minded Gauchos team in the semis. 'The truth is,' said Coach Klores,' they wanted it more than us so we have a lot of work to do in terms of the kids 'listening' and 'implementing.' We'll get there." The RENS destroyed two 7th and 8th grade teams at the HOS Saturday and Sunday nights. 'We need to play up and play TOGETHER. People complicate
Coach Steve Harris’ tough-minded 6th grade quintet proved their mettle last weekend, capturing the championship in the Playaz Spring Fling Tournament in Paterson, New Jersey, whipping the Westchester Gauchos 44 – 30 after clobbering New Heights in the semis. Later that Sunday, the Rens traveled to the Bronx to win the Riverside tournament, clipping SCAN by nine, after overcoming a three-point half time deficit, and then beating New Heights in the chip for the second time in just a few hours. Congrats to Rens Assistant Coach Hector Almodovar (who managed to make it to New Jersey) and his wife Corinthia on the birth of eight pound six ounce Carmelo Anthony Almodovar born late Thursday night to thrilled older brothers Hector and Amare.
A big time congrats to the RENS 13U 7th grade team which captured the championship at the Gauchos New Year Classic' over the weekend. Coach Stevie Harris' quintet battled thru one tough opponent after another to go 5/0, defeating the host Gauchos 62/50 in the CHIP on sunday night. The tough minded team also won thrillers against well coached Riverside Church saturday evening, the always tough Metro Flyers in the quarterfinals, and a two point thriller versus the House of Sports five in the semis. Cole Anthony was the tourneys MVP. The veteran team has some new additions which when molded are going to make them into a major national powerhouse.
Coach Billy Council led his 7th grade Rens team through some tough competition this past weekend to capture the crown at the King James Classic 2013 tournament. Founded by Lebron James’ high school coach Dru Joyce, King James is popular not only because Lebron James lends his name to it but because of the high level of competition it offers. Forty top 7th grade AAU basketball teams from as far as California, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, Florida and Canada battled for the title.
New Rens walked away with a 7-0 record for the weekend, playing wth heart and tenacity. New Rens definitely brought the fight with them to Akron, Ohio, as they outplayed Wall 2 Wall in the quarter finals 53-43, then took it to the Metro Sixers 59-56 in the semifinals
Congratulations to the RENS 8th grade team on winning the P.A.T Invitational. Great job to Coach Billy and his coaching Staff Coach Pop and Coach Hector. Nayshawn Kane walked away with the tournament MVP. The RENS were 6-0 going into the championship game against the Gauchos. They pulled away on a
13-2 run winning 58-46.
Coach Hector Alomdovar's nationally ranked 14U RENS team dominated a tough Brooklyn Badgers squad 80 - 40 to capture the JHS Championship at the annual Conrad McRae summer tournament, held in Brooklyn today. The RENS finished the season undefeated and have been on a roll since their overall 9th place ranking in July's Orlando AAU Nationals. Electrifying forward Marco Morency won the McRae CHIP's MVP. Slick PG Tyler Bourne was named the tourney's Most Valuable Player, and swingman Jose Alvarado crowned the "defensive player" of the prestigious tournament. Coach Hector said, "All of our kids were terrific! They played hard. They play together, and they are mentally tough." Later in the day, Hector coached the
March winds blew mighty strong for the Rens youth basketball program this past weekend with three teams winning big-time championships in two metro area tournaments. Coach Dan Klores’ nationally-ranked 14U team beat New Heights in overtime by a score of 61-58 at the Next Challenge Tournament in Ardsley, NY. The team was down 15 late in the first half, but, as usual, didn’t stop competing. The tight-knit group ran through their first four games led by sharpshooting guards Tyler Bourne, Pierce Boczar and Jason Shill. The emergence of 6’3″ Brandon Miller, defensive wizardry of Bryce Council, brilliant baseline play from Joshua Roberts, and piercing drives by newcomer southpaw Eric Monroe stood out. It was the Rens physical
Six foot nine inch power forward, Kenton Facey, from Long Island Lutheran High School, and one of the stars of last season’s super 16U AAU teams, was named the Gatorade New York State Player of the Year, it was announced today. Kenton Facey will attend the University of Connecticut in August, one of eight RENS young scholar athletes to sign with D1 schools in only our first year! Major congrats to Kenton, his family and coaches!
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