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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

Red Team Passes Big Test: Season Update 2.9.16

Repeating as champions of the Sportsmen for Christ Classic at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia, was a big goal heading into the season.  The growth of the MMS program has turned this tournament into a measuring stick of sorts and Coach Mike Burns is pleased with how the Red Team measured up this past weekend. “There are always really good teams and an electric atmosphere at this event.  To win–that’s a result of everyone on the team buying into their roles.”

Key performances were turned in by junior Oliver Lynch-Daniels, who picked up Tournament MVP honors while averaging 18.5 points and 4 assists in the two games, and junior Graeme Majors, who was selected to the All-Tournament team with a 5/9 three-point performance in the championship game.  Bushe Ramabu was again dependable with a two-game average of 14 points and almost 8 rebounds.

Red Team Graeme and Ollie

In the opening round game, the Red Team faced off against Moravian Prep (NC) and fought to an 82-72 win, setting up a championship game against the host team, Mountain Mission School.  In that game, the Oak Hill players were tested heavily, in no small part due to the crowd.  As Coach Burns explains, “They’re always tough to play at their own gym; they have great student and community support which makes for a loud and fun environment.”  Coming out with a gritty 58-51 win meant the Red Team did indeed repeat as tournament champs. Major objective met.

Our team won this tournament on defense–when it was necessary, our guys stepped up and got a stop.  Our defense fuels our offense,” Coach Burns observed.  At this time of the year, a defensive identity is crucial to success down the stretch.  The team points to some challenging upcoming match-ups with Wesley Christian (KY), Bull City Prep (NC) and New Friends School (NC) as important momentum builders for the end of the year tournament hosted by the National Association of Christian Academies (NACA) in Dayton, TN.  With the pair of victories at Grundy, the Red Team record currently stands at 15-1.

Game 1 – Oak Hill Academy vs. Moravian Prep (82-72) W

Oliver Lynch-Daniels, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast; Bushe Ramabu, 22 Pts, 8 Reb; Noah Thomas, 9 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast; Aidan Stenner, 9 Pts, 3 Reb; Alex Stenner, 8 Pts, 6 Ast.

Game 2 – Oak Hill Academy vs. Mountain Mission School (58-51) W

Oliver Lynch-Daniels, 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast ; Graeme Majors, 15 Pts; Kane Schrader, 10 Pts, 2 Ast, 2 Blk; Bushe Ramabu, 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk.

Red Team champs

 

Full Red Team Games Available on YouTube

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