Team Owner, Andrea Maine and the Winston Salem Lady Warcats Organization held their Media Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Piedmont International University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Ms. Maine introduced the organization's Board Members, Coaching Staff and Players to a very excited crowd of supporters. Entertainment was provided by a very talented Drum Line and local Step Team. It was a very successful event that was well attended by the community including Winston Salem's Mayor, Allen Joines and District Court Judge Camille Banks-Payne
The Georgia Soul Women’s Basketball Organization is excited to offer its first annual (Girls Only) basketball clinic. The clinic is for girls in grades 1st-12th and is free of charge. The clinic will be divided into two sessions, 1st thru 6th graders from 9am-12:30pm and 7th thru 12th graders from 1:30pm-5:00pm. The clinic will be open to 50 female athletes for each session.
The objective of the clinic to provide skills training to female athletes. In addition, we will have a leadership development session that will help improve leadership skills on and off the court.
This is an excellent opportunity for female athletes who are interested in learning new skills to improve their game and enhance personal development. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the Georgia Soul players, coaches, and staff who will be conducting the clinic. Each participant will be provided with a free Georgia Soul t-shirt. At the conclusion of each session the young female athletes will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Georgia Soul team and staff.
If you'd like to be a sponsor for this event you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (706) 755-8059
The Georgia Soul Basketball Organization attended the Clasico Women’s Basketball Tournament in Rosarito Beach, Mexico this past weekend, March 18-20, 2016. Owner Ernesia Wright was accompanied by eight (8) players to include Morgan Jennings from the Atlanta Desire.
The Soul won three out of four games dropping in the semi-finals. During the tournament the players were able to showcase their talents and were be evaluated by team agents
and scouts to potentially be picked up for the upcoming professional basketball session in Mexico.
We’d like to thank the Atlanta Desire for allowing their combo guard Morgan Jennings to accompany us as she was great asset to our team. - Ernesia Wright, Owner/Head Coach
The Dallas Diesel Women’s Basketball team of the (WBCBL) returns 5-0 to Dallas, Texas as the 2016 Rosarito Clasico Champions. The Lady Diesel spent four days and nights south of the border in Rosarito Baja California, Mexico for the annual Rosarito Invitational Women’s Basketball Tournament. The event featured a very diverse combination of skill levels and styles of play with teams from Arizona, California, Georgia, Mexico, and Texas.
The Dallas Diesel rolled through the first and second rounds of play into the semi-finals to face a very aggressive UABC team. After a tough first half, the Lady Diesel shifted into overdrive to go on to win 78-41 and advance into the finals. To claim the championship, the Diesel had to face 4-time reigning defending champion Las Tucson Sol, which is also a member of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL).
Las Tucson Sol jumped to an early 10-point lead in the 1st quarter as the Diesel struggled to get in gear. At the half, the Sol still held a 10-point advantage over the Lady Diesel. But then it happened: the Lady Diesel came alive and started running the floor on all cylinders, making a series of big plays and getting the crowd excited. Jillianne Duffey (6’1 Forward – Texas A&M Corpus Christi Univ.) and Danai Woods (5’3 Guard – Univ. of Texas Tyler) knocked down back-to-back jumpers to spark things up, off back-to-back steals by Miesha Blackshear (5’7 Guard – Univ. Texas at Permian Basin) and Connie James-Roseman (5’8 Guard – Long Island Univ.). The excitement of the crowd seemed to fuel the Lady Diesel to catch their second wind and take a 7 point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter, a costly turnover and two quick fouls by the Dallas Diesel gave the Tucson Sol the opportunity to capitalize on the Diesel’s mistakes to make the score 55-53, with only 0:09 left on the clock. The Sol went to the foul-line for a pair of free-throws but only made one, bringing the score to 55-54. The missed attempt bounced long to the right, but the rebound was quickly recovered in the corner by the Las Tucson Sol. With only 0:07 remaining, Tucson tried to square up for one last shot, but was instantly trapped by Dallas Diesel veterans Chantoya Hawkins (5’5 Guard – Oklahoma State Univ.) and Layla Schwarz-McCray (6’4 Forward – Oklahoma Baptist Univ.). McCray was able to come up with the steal and secure the ball and victory as the remaining 0:04 ticked away.
“It wasn’t quite the way I wanted it to go, with the flat start and sluggishness, but I’m very proud of our ladies’ tenacity to fight through it by the grace of God. This was a great experience for us and great momentum for us to carry forward into our upcoming WBCBL season.” -Dallas Diesel Head Coach, Willie McCray.
The 4-time defending champion, Las Tucson Sol, will travel to Baja Mexico for the annual Rosarito Basketball Classic on March 17-20th. This event has featured players from around the world and with playing experiences ranging from street-ball and pro-am, to collegiate and the professional levels.
This year, the tournament will feature two additional WBCBL teams, The Dallas Diesel and the Georgia Soul. Joey Lomeli, Las Tucson Sol’s Head Coach/Owner, has been a long-time follower and participant in the tournament.
"The tournament has grown so large over the years that it has to break away from the men’s event to have the women’s tournament on a separate weekend for women only." - Coach Lomeli
Rosarito is a beautiful city and growing but offers great hospital and very supportive basketball fan base. Rosarito also serves as serious training ground the Baja 17U-18U players.
In conjunction with Circuito Rosarito, the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) will host free youth basketball clinics during the spring/summer of 2016 in Rosarito.
Pictured from l to r Bottom Meredith Stokes, Adrienne Stuckey, Ernesia Wright, Eboni Fields, Kami Phillips J’Nece Jackson, Special Jennings, Sabrina Hawthorne, Chantal Grier, Michael Sweeper
Top Brittany Brown, Kate Matthai, Lacoya Terry, Wilka Montout, Shay Rawls, Taylor Ayers, Tracey Flowers, Jolene Tamboue
The Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League announces the arrival of the Georgia Soul Basketball Organization
The Georgia Soul Basketball Professional Developmental Organization is a newly founded women’s basketball organization. Located in Grovetown, Georgia, the Georgia Soul consists of some of the finest players in the CSRA, with playing experience from every level of basketball. Lead by owner and head coach Ernesia Wright, it’s the goal of the Georgia Soul to redefine the sport of women’s basketball and develop the total female athlete both on and off the court. Through community outreach, leadership, mentorship, and sisterhood members of the Georgia Soul Basketball Organization bridge the gaps, transforming young girls into women while giving back to their communities. Along with her staff which[WEDC1] includes, Adrienne Stuckey (Team Manager), Michael Sweeper (Assistant coach), Sabrina Hawthorne (Assistant Coach), Chantal Grier (Guard Coach), Meredith Stokes (Post Coach), and LaTasha Brown (Director of Basketball Organizations).Together they return the spirit and love for the game of basketball to the CSRA. The Georgia Soul Basketball Organization is skilled group of young women and men who are passionate about the game of basketball and will show that the game not only has an impact in the sport itself but in the community as well. Stayed tuned and see what this great organization has planned for the game of women’s basketball.
- Georgia Soul Staff
The Conyers Rockets are a new Women's Professional Developmental Basketball Organization out of Conyers, Georgia. The organization gives each individual the opportunity to further their career in women's basketball. This team is owned and coached by Barry E. Robinson II of Augusta, Georgia. He was an assistant coach in the 2012-2013 basketball season for the Atlanta Tarheels and the Atlanta Riverhawks basketball teams in the WBCBL. The Rockets' staff includes general manager Reggie Cummings, who played two seasons at Reinhardt University from 2005-2007 (Led the team in assists and steals). He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Marketing. Mr. Cummings also played professional Show Basketball.
The following players have been added to the Conyers Rockets 2016 Basketball Roster: Ashlie Bellingslea, a 5'6 point guard out of Southern Polytechnic State University. In 2011-2012, she lead the SSAC in steals and steals per game, ranked 2nd in total points, 3rd in points per game. She was also SSAC All-Tournament Team, All Conference and WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.
Drameka Griggs, a 5'5 graduate from Clayton State University in 2014. She was a NCAA All-American, Peach Belt Conference 1st Team Selection and Player of the Week (4 times). Scored at least 20 points in 18 games, ranked 4th nationally in steals and 8th in scoring.
Erika Ford, a 5'9 graduate from UGA, who averaged 10.9 ppg, scored season high 27 points at Mississippi State in 2013-2014 season. In 2014-2015 season, scored 20 points against Ole Miss and averaged 15.6 points per game in the last eight regular season games.
Antqunita 'Nett' Reed, 5'8 guard from Blakely, Georgia. A great scoring point guard from the perimeter, with exceptional athletic ability. Reed averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds for Pittsburg State University. She also earned All American Honors and was named Southern Conference Play of the Year.
Also added to the roster is Tia Stovall, who played for Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders from 2002-2006 and also played with the Auburn Flyers in the WBCBL along with Santana Seay. Both were members of the Flyers' 2013 National Champion team.
And last but not least, Ariana Jackson, 6'0 post from West Palm Beach, Florida. Jackson played at East Carolina University and joined the Georgia State staff in August 2014 as a graduate assistant.
- Conyers Rockets Staff
Houston & Katy, Texas, — The RSF Sport LTD Companies have expanded their women’s basketball programs as the Houston Resurrection and Kay Lady Saints Basketball teams will play in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League 2016 Season, starting in May 2016. The teams will combine and play in the Classico Rosado Tournament in Rosario Beach Mexico on March 18-20 2016.
“Our vision is to represent the Houston area with the best women’s basketball players that the represents the true tested and talented players in the area” RSF Sports CEO and Saints Basketball coach and GM of both teams Michael Lewis who states “ We will bring back women’s basketball the way it was defense and fast-paced” He added.
Both teams feature some great athletes for the Resurrection, They will feature veteran Guard tandem 5’6 Christina Rowe and 5’7 Nicole Duncan, 5’6 Forward Suzette Garrett and 6’1 Center /Forward Nikki Rochelle. The Resurrection will be coached by Leon Rowe.
The Katy Saints will feature 6’6 Center Kai Allen, 5’11 Forward Dominique Washington, 5’7 Guard Essence Darrett, 5’3 Guard Bethany Roden and 5’10 Forward Tiffany Johnson-Grice. Coach Michael Lewis will coach the Saints. Both Resurrection and Saints will play in the WBCBL Mid-South Region.
The Resurrection and Saints are still seeking players as they will hold private tryouts on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 and the city wide tryout on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the St. Thomas University Jerabeck Center. For information on tryouts and businesses who would like to sponsor please contact (832) 576-9931 or (281) 624-5379.
The Flyers Pro Elite Women's Basketball Team is on its way to Elsberry, and not just for an exhibition game or a local fundraiser. In fact, the team is looking for a new home, and they are hoping that the Elsberry community is just the fit they have been looking for. Elsberry alumni Kari Koch-Dowell and Brittney Koch-Dowell approached the Elsberry R-II School Board during their Dec. 9 meeting and requested the use of the high school gym during the team's 2016 season.
The team, as well as the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, the league that they play in, is geared toward athletes age 20 and above who no longer have NCAA eligibility.
'They have to be done with college basketball,' said Brittney during a telephone interview with The Elsberry Democrat. The league is comprised of 40 teams from across the United States who square off against one another during a season that generally lasts from May until August. Games are held on Saturday and sometimes Sunday evenings at 7 or 8 p.m.
There are a total of seven teams in the WBCBL Midwest Region that the Flyers will be competing in, including teams from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
However, they will also be playing other teams from throughout the country that aren't in their region. 'We're sort of a feeder for international basketball and for players who are still looking to make it into the WNBA,' said Brittney.
Brittney is the owner and coach of the team, which at one point was headquartered in Alabama and known as the Auburn Flyers. She said they became known as simply the Flyers Pro Elite during the team's fourth year in Alabama due to the fact that people were confusing them with Auburn University. 'That kind of hurt us a little bit,' said Brittney. She added, however, that the team would now love to incorporate Elsberry into its name. 'We won't do it unless the community wants it to happen,' said Brittney.
She stressed to the board that the team wants to be here for the long-run and not just for the 2016 season. 'We want to bring the best athletes out to the Elsberry community and give back to the youth in the area,' said Brittney. As part of that giving back, Brittney said the team plans to do a lot of free clinics and camps, and to mentor young people in the community in whatever ways are available. Brittney plans to have the team's schedule completed by January and told the board she is anticipating that between eight and nine games will be played in Elsberry's high school gym, while the remainder will take place on the road.
She added that the team would pay to rent the gym and would also provide staff and security in accordance with the guidelines of the WBCBL. Admission to the games is expected to cost approximately $5. Brittney told the board that 30 percent of anything that comes in the door will go directly to the school, as will a portion of what is made on concessions.
As an added draw, she mentioned that Kari is actually a member of the Flyers and will be participating in the games. Brittney said this creates an opportunity for those in the community who watched Kari play in high school to come out and see the growth in her skill set. Kari said she plans to assume coaching responsibilities with the team as soon as they have won the national tournament again. 'I want to win one more title,' said Kari.
The Flyer's request was approved by the board and Brittney said they couldn't be more excited. She added that, in addition to the appeal of returning to Kari's home turf, the team had another reason for wanting to play in Elsberry. 'I've researched the area,' said Brittney. 'Elsberry loves the game of basketball. They are fanatics.'
- The Elsberry Democrat
Ernesia Wideman-Wright returns to the WBCBL as the team owner of the newly formed Georgia Soul of Grovetown, Georgia.
Over the past 10 years, Ms. Wright has traveled the globe playing and coaching basketball while serving in the United States Army. With over 20 years of experience in coaching and training players on the AAU, high school, and collegiate levels, Ms. Wright decided it was time to take it to the next level, Professional Development.
"There is an abundance of talented young ladies in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). I want to help these young ladies fulfill their dreams and give back to my community by building a legacy of positive role models for the younger generation to emulate." – Ms. Wright
Ms. Wright’s minor league career in the WBCBL (Women's Blue Chip Basketball League) has spanned from the east to the west coast, playing two years for the Augusta Blaze (2006, 2009) and in Seattle with the Seattle Express and the Lakewood Panthers (2011-2013). In 2012 she was selected for the All- Army Women's Basketball team.
Her 2-year professional career in Romania from 2006-2008 resulted in twice being named to the All-Star Team and Imports All-Defensive Team.
While in college, Ms. Wright led the 2004 Augusta State University women's basketball team to its best year in school history, going 24-8. That season finished with an appearance at the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in St. Joseph, Missouri, where they finished with a national top 10 ranking. While at ASU, Ms. Wright earned All-Conference and All-Region player honors as well as being named ASU's Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. A scoring point guard, Ms. Wright finished her career with 12th in the ASU all-time record books in scoring, 5th in assists and 4th in steals. And as expected, she also had a stellar career at Lucy C. Laney High School where she received numerous local, state and regional recognition and awards.
In addition to her playing experience, Ernesia has professional working experience as a Probation Officer, a Corrections Officer, and a public school Paraprofessional. Ms. Wright now resides in her home town with her amazing husband Rocardo Wright. She will complete her Masters of Human Resources Degree in May of 2016 from Webster University.