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Oak Hill Academy’s Red Team tops Believe Prep in season opener 11.1.16

The Red team of the Oak Hill Academy Warriors began this year’s basketball season with a win over Believe Prep of South Carolina 74-45 on November 1st.

Thanks to Ms. Sargent and the yearbook staff for the photo contributions.

Game video available on “Oak Hill Red Team” YouTube channel here.

Game play-by-play audio available at mixlr.com/OakHillWarriors (under “Showreel Items”) here.

Red Team Gets Started With Two Tough Wins

Update provided by Coach Mike Burns:

The Red Team finished the first week of the regular season 2-0 with wins over Believe Prep Academy and Moravian Prep. In the game against Believe Prep the Red Team was paced by senior captains Graeme Majors and Oliver Lynch-Daniels. Majors finished the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals, while Lynch-Daniels finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Another key player in the Believe Prep game was Donovan Saine who finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds, a solid Oak Hill debut for the junior. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 74, Believe Prep Academy – 45.

Red Team Graeme 2Red Team Senior, Graeme Majors brings the ball up the floor against Believe Prep.

In the second game of the week, against a good Moravian Prep team, the Red Team again looked to senior leadership, this time coming from the bench in Aidan Stenner. As soon as Stenner checked into the game it was evident that a career night could be in the making. After a hot start, Stenner finished with 25 points (10/13 from the field). Not to be outdone, senior captain Oliver Lynch-Daniels finished the game with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Senior Michael Odiana also chipped in 8 points and had 2 steals. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 85, Moravian Prep – 63.

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 Aidan Stenner drives to the basket.

These early games allowed veterans to pick up where they left off, having a NACA Division 2 National Championship, but also exposed the new Red Team members to the tough competition that will be seen throughout the season. As these two contests displayed some strong offensive performances, the true team identity is found in the consistent and intense team defense. If the team continues to perform at a high level, this season could be as magical as the last. The Red Team has two games before Thanksgiving break, November 8th against Combine Academy and November 12th against Mountain Mission School.

Red Team Update: Heading into Pre-Season

Coach Burns shares this report from the recent attendance of the PhenomHoopReport.com showcase in North Carolina by four of our Red Team players:

On October 9th, 2016, a few players from the Oak Hill Red Team ventured off the mountain to Greensboro, North Carolina, to participate in the Phenom 150 Showcase. This showcase allows players to play with athletes from other high schools and to be honestly evaluated by the Phenom Hoop Staff. The players from OHA participating in this year’s showcase included seniors Oliver Lynch-Daniels, Camden Hughes, and Graeme Majors, along with sophomore Bryce Radford.oliver

The standouts of the day were Oliver Lynch-Daniels and Camden Hughes. Oliver was touted as one of the hardest-working players at the showcase, while displaying a high skill level in all aspects of the game. One evaluator stated, “By the end of Sunday, everybody was talking about how complete a player he was, and every opposing coach found himself in awe of his talents. The ‘flashiness’ of his game isn’t what has everyone buzzing–it’s his ability to do absolutely everything on the basketball floor extremely well and at 110%. There are truly no holes in Lynch-Daniels’ game, on either end of the ball; he scores, passes, defends, and rebounds all at really high levels.” At the end of the day, Oliver had a scoring average of 16.7 points per game, while also being named game MVP multiple times.

The other standout, Camden Hughes, was praised for his ability to shoot the ball well from deep while playing hard and maintaining a high I.Q. The exact words by one evaluator: “The lefty lead guard showed deep range and great touch on his jump shot. He handled the ball well and played with a great motor and IQ. Hughes transferred to play his senior season at Oak Hill; the move looks to have been a good one.” Camden was extremely productive throughout the day, averaging 17.3 points per game, and was named Game MVP for every game.

While Oliver and Camden left lasting impressions at the showcase, Graeme and Bryce will not be soon forgotten, either. Graeme Majors made crafty plays from the guard position throughout the day, leading with a high basketball I.Q. and making jump shots consistently. Graeme also walked away with two Game Co-MVPs. The lone sophomore Bryce Radford, was able to display his ability to be a constant threat from the perimeter, but also made sure to leave an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Though he was one of the youngest competitors in attendance, Bryce exhibited great maturity on the floor.

Oak Hill Red Team looks to rely on these four guys along with a full roster of other talented players as the season starts and progresses. The chemistry between teammates is growing, and practices are gaining intensity with each day. A complete write-up of the evaluations and the games from the weekend can be found at:  http://www.phenomhoopreport.com/

 

 

2016-17 Oak Hill Academy Red Team Roster Announced

As school started back at Oak Hill Academy, the chatter around campus consisted of summer activities, class schedules, and plans for a new school year. Not lost in all of the chatter was the excitement for a new Red Team season and questions of who will make the team. Every school year the Red Team holds open tryouts for any student enrolled at Oak Hill Academy. Typically a tryout consists of physical conditioning tests while also being evaluated for live game basketball skill. This year the tryouts took place over a two-week period which allowed the coaching staff to thoroughly evaluate each potential player. After much deliberation the Red Team coaching staff would like to announce the 2016-2017 Oak Hill Academy Red Team.

 

Name                                                             Position           Grade

Oliver Lynch-Daniels                                     Guard                        12th

Graeme Majors                                              Guard                         12th

Aidan Stenner                                                Forward                     12th

Alex Stenner                                                   Forward                     12th

Umberto Brusadin                                        Guard                         12th

Camden Hughes                                            Guard                         12th

Shamar Henry                                               Guard                         12th

Michael Odiana                                             Guard                          12th

Donovan Saine                                              Forward                      11th

Sean Oberman                                              Forward                      11th

Akrum Ahemed                                            Guard                          11th

Idrissa Sow                                                    Forward                      11th

Damani McEntire                                        Forward                       11th

Bryce Radford                                              Guard                           10th

Josh Hall                                                       Forward                        10th

Logan Houle                                                 Guard                             9th

 

The 2016-2017 Red Team will kick off their season on November 1st, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at Turner Gymnasium in Mouth of Wilson, VA. Good luck to the Red Team during the long season that is Oak Hill Academy Basketball.

 

Oak Hill Academy’s Red Team Poised For Continued Success

Each year about this time, Head Coach Steve Hebold goes through the very intentional act of removing all press clippings, photos and accolades from the previous Red Team season and the returning and new players are greeted in the coach’s classroom with a blank wall.  Each year’s version of the Red Team is challenged with the idea that, while there is a building tradition, “You write your own story of the upcoming season.”  For the Red Team, that story starts right away in preseason conditioning and the tryout process during the first weeks of the school year.  Today, Coach Burns updates us on what some of the returning players have been up to this summer.

“Oak Hill’s Red Team Returning Players Are Hungry For Success” – Guest blogger, Michael Burns, Red Team Assistant Coach

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With at least six players returning in the fall, the Oak Hill Academy Red Team looks toward continued success next season. After The Red Team won a NACA National Championship, the underclassmen who will return could have relaxed and “rested on their laurels” this summer. However, most have been hard at work elevating their game through individual work and full AAU seasons. I was able to catch up with six of our returning players for an update.

Between AAU Tournaments, camps, and training, Oliver Lynch-Daniels has literally been living out of a suitcase. Oliver plays AAU with Juice All-Stars North Carolina but has spent most of the summer attending different camps around the country. So far this summer, Oliver has attended the Princeton Elite Camp, Brown Elite Camp, Colgate Elite Camp, Dartmouth Elite Camp, Scout Focus All-American Camp, PowerAde All-American Camp, and National Phenom America camp. Oliver returns to the Red Team for his senior year as the leading scorer, 2-year Captain, and a NACA All-American.

Graeme Majors has spent his summer playing with the Wale Prep Raiders AAU Organization, while working with a trainer in his free time. Graeme returns to the Red Team for his senior year after starting 24 games at point guard for the Warriors. The Red Team looks for Graeme’s sharp shooting, crafty guard play and veteran leadership to aid the senior floor general in “running the show” for Warriors during the 2016-2017 season.

Aidan and Alex Stenner also will be returning to the Red Team for their senior year. During the summer, Aidan and Alex play with the USA United AAU Organization out of Chapel Hill, NC. While Aidan and Alex are twins and are often seen together off the court and are considered the team comedians, they also work well together on the court. Aidan and Alex provide high-energy defense combined with rebounding, and also can be called upon to spark the offense.

Umberto Brusadin will be returning to the Red Team for his senior year. Umberto has spent the summer in his home country of Italy, and continues to play basketball in the Latina Basket organization. Umberto also participates in personal training but states he still finds time to visit the beach, work on his tan, and enjoy his family. We look toward the bulldog-like defensive intensity Umberto provides and he will be relied upon to bring that lift every day.

While returning five seniors would make any coach happy, the Red Team also returns its youngest member–rising sophomore Bryce Radford. During the summers, Bryce plays for the Pittsburgh Storm AAU Organization and this summer Bryce has led the Storm to 2 AAU Championships: Big Shots Spooky Nook and Big Shots Myrtle Beach. Bryce was also awarded a Big Shots All-Star spot for his performance in the Big Shots Myrtle Beach tournament. After being injured much of his freshman season, Bryce will be called upon to stretch defenses. The running joke is that, if both feet are across half-court, Bryce is in range.

Being able to return at least six players for the Red Team is a great foundation to build on as the school year begins in August. This is not a conclusive list of the all of the possible returners for the Red Team, just the ones with which I’ve easily been able to keep in touch. In order to complete the roster, Oak Hill Academy’s Red Team will host tryouts for Oak Hill students once the school year begins. One thing is for sure; all of the returners are hungry for repeated success and the chance to defend the National Championship. Stay tuned for more updates as the school year begins.

Oak Hill Academy Strength and Conditioning Consultant, Coach Kurtz, Earns National Recognition

Eight years ago, multi-certified strength and conditioning coach Micah Kurtz began working with Oak Hill Academy’s athletic program in developing protocol and best practices in our weight room alongside OHA full-time strength coach, Bryan Meagher.  What began as a sport-specific (basketball) workout has blossomed over the years into a full-fledged program that athletes across multiple sports at OHA, as well as students in advanced P.E. classes, have come to know as “The Oak Hill Way.”

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This past June, Coach Kurtz was recognized as the nation’s High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association).  He is also a two-time South Carolina Strength Coach of the Year for his outstanding work with A.C. Flora High School, his full-time job.  Along with his consultancy with Oak Hill Academy, Coach Kurtz serves as P.E. teacher and sports nutritionist for A.C. Flora’s entire 38-team athletic program.  Coach Kurtz is also a highly sought-after presenter and has worked clinics in China and throughout the U.S. as a Subject Matter Expert for the NSCA.

Kurtz

Coach Kurtz is originally from Buffalo, NY, and has worked in public school in Baltimore and as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina.  During his association with Oak Hill, the Warriors have won 3 National Titles. Coach Kurtz’s A.C. Flora Falcons have won multiple state titles in baseball, basketball, boys’ golf, boys’ tennis and soccer, along with having a very successful run in football–for which he is also an assistant coach.

Coach Kurtz is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a USA Weight Lifting Certified Sport’s Performance Coach, a National Association Speed and Explosion Specialist and a Level II Functional Movement Screen Certified Coach.

We are fortunate to have the best working with our athletic department.  Coach Kurtz is on campus frequently throughout the year and works all of our summer camps.  His fingerprints are all over the athletic success we’ve had recently at OHA and many of our students have transformed their bodies through programs he and Coach Meagher have implemented in our Advanced P.E. classes.

For more on Coach Meagher and Coach Kurtz, visit their website here:  http://www.theathletemaker.com/

Will Watkins and Oliver Lynch-Daniels named to NACA All-American Team

Last week, the Director of the National Association of Christian Athletes, Dave Sekura, announced the Boys’ National Div I and II All-American team on their website http://www.nacasports.net/ .  Oak Hill Academy is proud to have two members selected from our Red Team, Junior Oliver Lynch-Daniels and Senior Will Watkins.  Both are members of the Oak Hill squad that won the Division II National Championship at last month’s national tournament held in Dayton, Tennessee.

Oliver and Will All American

Will Watkins (l), and Oliver Lynch-Daniels (r)

Full list of the 2016 NACA All-American team:

The National Association of Christian Athletes would like to announce its 2016 All-American boys’ basketball team. Congratulations to the following young men:

DIVISIONS I and II
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Hamilton Heights
Nikiel Alexander-Walk – Hamilton Heights
Udoke Azebuto – Potter’s House
Jethro Tshisumpa – Mountain Mission
Tyrik Dixon – Southwest Christian
Oliver Lynch-Daniels – Oak Hill Academy
Oscar Tshiebwe – Mountain Mission
Will Watkins – Oak Hill Academy
Mohammed Mubarak – Lighthouse Christian

NACA Tournament Schedule Feb. 24-26

Following is the schedule for Oak Hill Academy Red Team games at the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) 2016 Tournament at Dayton, TN:

Boys — Division 2

Pool Play

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1:00 p.m. – Oak Hill Red vs. Central Park Christian School (AL) Oak Hill won 68-53!
O. Lynch-Daniels 23 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast; B. Ramabu 10 pts, 8 reb, 1 blk; G. Majors 8 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – Oak Hill Red vs. Lighthouse Christian High School (TN); live stream available here. Oak Hill won 56-50!
W. Watkins 14; B. Ramabu 11; O. Lynch-Daniels 11; N. Thomas 10; Alex Stenner 4; Aidan Stenner 3; G. Majors 3.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 4:00 p.m. – Oak Hill Red vs. Cumberland Christian Academy (GA) Oak Hill won 72-50!
W. Watkins 23 pts, 3 ast; O. Lynch-Daniels 22 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast; B. Ramabu 10 pts, 5 reb.

Friday, Feb. 26 Games

Oak Hill Red Team vs. Mountain Mission 2 (VA) for Tournament Championship – 2:45 p.m. Oak Hill won 65-58! Congratulations!
W. Watkins 19; O. Lynch-Daniels 17; B. Ramabu 16; Aidan Stenner 7; G. Majors 4; Alex Stenner 2.
All-Tournament Team: W. Watkins, O. Lynch-Daniels, B. Ramabu.
Tournament Offensive MVP – O. Lynch-Daniels

Full Red Team Games Available on YouTube

Please visit the Oak Hill Academy Red Team for frequently updated game film.