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."
RENS Collegiate Player of the Week: JERMAINE LAWRENCE
Jermaine Lawrence is an alumni of The RENS out of Pope John Paul XXII High School in Sparta, NJ. His efforts of 18.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.4 blocked shots as a junior earned him national notice. He is now a 6'9 power foward at the University of Cincinnati where he plays 18 minutes a game for the Bearcats as a freshman. Jermaine Lawrence, who has been out with a turf toe injury on his left foot, came back against UCONN last Thursday. “My legs are good,” Lawrence said. “I was surprised at how good I was doing, that I really wasn’t that winded. It was good to get back and just be part of the team again. It’s been a long
Wayne Martin is an alumni of The RENS out of South Shore High School. His efforts led South Shore to the PSAL 2011-2012 quarterfinals. He is now a 6'6 foward for NY St. Francis College Brooklyn. Wayne Martin scored 17 points, including a late go-ahead basket in overtime, as St. Francis (NY) edged Wagner 73-72 Saturday.Martin drove and banked in a shot over his defender with 24 seconds left to put the Terriers up 73-72. Wayne ended with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks, to add to his game winning efforts.
For the week of January 20th, 2014: RENS Alumni Player of the Week: ADONIS DELAROSA
Adonis Delarosa is an alumni of The RENS. He is a 6'10 center, senior for the defending state champion Royals at Christ The King High School in Middle Village, New York. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound dominated in the paint and helped lead the Royals to an 83-76 victory over the the Molloy Stanners leading all scorers with 18 points in a CHSAA Class AA rivalry packed Jack Curran Gymnasium. It was an MSG televised High School game. “Nobody in the CHSAA I feel can guard me at this point,” Delarosa said. “Anybody that has to match up with us is going to have a problem.” Adonis basketball skills have garnered multiple Division 1 college offers
For the week of January 13th, 2014: RENS Alumni Player of the Week: ANTHONY PATE
Anthony Pate is an alumni of The RENS. He is also the MVP of New York State Boys Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions Class A Final 2012 out of Long Island Lutheran High School in New York. Anthony is now a 6`3 combo guard at The New Hampton School where he is currently in his post graduate year. Pate's basketball skills have garnered multiple Division 1 college offers from Boston University, Hoftra, Maine, UMBC, St. Bonaventure and more. He is averaging 18 points per contest, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.
For the week of January 6th, 2014: RENS Collegiate Player of the Week: KENTAN FACEY
Kentan Facey is an alumni of The RENS out of Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York. His efforts got him selected 2013 Gatorade's New York boys basketball player of the year. The UConn recruit averaged 14.5 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots last season, leading Luhi to a 24-2 record and Class AA Final appearance. He is now a 6'9 Power Forward for The University of Connecticut. "I think I'm mentally mature enough to handle situations that are thrown at me," said Facey, who played 18 minutes against Maine and took down nine rebounds. "The hardest thing coming in here to overcome was the whole clearance situation
For the week of December 30th, 2013:
RENS Collegiate Player of the Week: TERRENCE SAMUEL
Terrence Samuel is an alumni of The RENS out of Victory Collegiate High School in Brooklyn, part of the South Shore Educational Complex. His efforts led South Shore to the PSAL 2011-2012 quarterfinals. Samuel averaged 11.7 points, 4.8 assists per game last season, leading South Shore to a 17-9 record.
He is now a 6'4 Point Guard for The University of Connecticut ."He's like a sponge," said Lasan Kromah, a fifth-year senior who transferred from George Washington. "Always wanting to learn, always looking for ways to better his game. He's doing all the little things. He's going to be a good player, and it's not easy for a point
RENS Collegiate Player of the Week: JERMAINE LAWRENCE
Jermaine Lawrence is an alumni of The RENS out of Pope John Paul XXII High School in Sparta, NJ. His efforts of 18.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.4 blocked shots as a junior earned him national notice. He is now a 6'9 wing foward at the University of Cincinnati where he plays 18 minutes a game for the Bearcats as a freshman. Coach Cronin said, “The biggest thing is trying to get him comfortable on offense and getting him some opportunities on offense. We haven’t had the ball in his hands to where he can get himself going offensively. That’s our fault more than it is his.” Look for RENS Alumni Jermaine Lawrence to be a force down
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!
For the week of December 16th, 2013: RENS Collegiate Player of the Week: SHAMIEK SHEPPARD
Shamiek Sheppard is an alumni of The RENS. He is also a 1st team all state of N.Y.out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, N. Y. Shamiek a 6`6 wing forward at Fishburne Military Academy where he is currently in his post graduate year. This past week, Sheppard's basketball skills have garnered him two Division 1 college offers from Duquesne and Kansas State College. He is averaging 15 points per contest, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, while playing on the #2 post grad team in the nation.
Wayne Martin is an alumni of The RENS out of South Shore High School. His efforts led South Shore to the PSAL 2011-2012 quarterfinals. He is now a 6'6 foward for NY St. Francis College and has been selected to be the Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Rookie of the week for the second time. Wayne leads all NEC rookies in scoring (11.0) rebounding (5.9) and field goal percentage (.563).
Jon Severe the RENS alum and first team all NYC guard out of state champion Christ the King. He led his Fordham team to a 79/75 win over Manhattan on friday night by scoring a career-high 30 points. Jon, a 6'3" freshman was 'Mr New York State Basketball' last year. Fordham coach Tom Pecora is playing him 39 minutes per game for his 3/2 revitalized Fordham University Rams Athletics.
Jon Severe - 2013-14 Men's Basketball
via Fordham University Rams Athletics
#10 Jon Severe
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School: Christ the King
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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