Trial delayed for ex-coach accused of sex crime
WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A former youth basketball coach accused of having sex with an underage player has had his trial in Virginia postponed because a jury couldn't be selected.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sportswear maker Adidas Group has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit against a former Iowa youth basketball coach now serving a 180-year prison sentence for sexually...
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players.
News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police captain who was caught on video shoving a teenage referee during a youth basketball game in a nearby town has lost has law enforcement officer...
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former youth basketball coach in North Carolina has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to child sex offenses.
NEW YORK (AP) — An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach were convicted of bribery conspiracy Wednesday at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer...
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating on Monday at the trial of a business manager and another defendant accused of secretly bribing assistant college basketball coaches.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison for the rest of his life on Thursday, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested...
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — New Seattle wide receiver Gary Jennings already has a connection with the quarterback he's about to start catching passes from.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former elite youth basketball coach who sexually exploited more than 400 boys over a decade in Iowa deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors...
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan youth basketball coach accused of punching a Kentucky referee, knocking him unconscious, has been charged with assault.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — If you're ever looking for Robert Moore, no matter what day it is, chances are he'll be in his makeshift classroom in Wilmington's Browntown and Hedgeville...
Youth basketball coach gets prison for molesting player
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former youth basketball coach from Massachusetts has been sentenced to prison for up to seven years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a player.
Police: Ex-NFL player brandished sword during argument
ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a former NFL player threatened someone with a sword during an argument at a youth sports event.
John "Charlie" Rogers Jr. turned himself in to Aberdeen police Monday and was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses. The Asbury Park Press reports that Rogers was released.
Lawsuit seeks to represent hundreds in Iowa coach abuse case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed on behalf of hundreds of victims of a former Iowa youth basketball coach now facing 15 to 180 years in prison for sexually exploiting them.
Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes.
Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social media to trick the boys into making live videos masturbating. He secretly recorded them showering during trips to tournaments. In some cases he recorded himself fondling nude players as they slept.
Judge upholds seizure of secret recording device from coach
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has dealt a blow to the defense for an Iowa youth basketball coach charged with secretly recording his teenage players undressing.
Judge C.J. Williams ruled Thursday that the seizure of a USB device from former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen didn't violate his privacy rights.
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Assistant coach collecting shoes, socks for children in Cuba
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An assistant coach for women's basketball at Tennessee State University is working to send shoes to children in Cuba.
Ronnie Enoch went to Cuba on a mission trip last month and ran youth basketball camps with other coaches. Enoch says it was heartbreaking to see children without shoes or socks, so he asked friends to help him send 100 pairs to Cuba next month.
Man who shoved teen referee no longer with Wichita police
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police captain who was recorded shoving a teenage referee during a youth basketball game earlier this year is no longer with the department.
Officer Paul Cruz tells the Wichita Eagle that Kevin Mears' employment with the Wichita Police Department ended Monday. Cruz didn't say whether Mears was fired or resigned.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A two-time NBA All-Star is returning to his hometown in Alaska to host a weeklong youth basketball camp.
The Juneau Empire reports 36-year-old Carlos Boozer is holding his second camp that begins Monday at Juneau-Douglas High School, where Boozer graduated from in 1999.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police captain was found guilty of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct for confronting a teenage referee at a youth basketball game.
A judge found Capt. Kevin Mears guilty Tuesday and sentenced him to six months of probation. Mears must also pay $450 in fines.
Mears has been on leave since shortly after a video of a January game in Augusta appeared to show Mears going on to the court and shoving the 17-year-old female referee.
Rapid City police start youth basketball league
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Police Department has organized a basketball league aimed at keeping kids busy and out of trouble.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A jailed former Iowa youth basketball coach is charged in a new federal indictment with enticing several minors to produce sexually explicit images and videos.
A superseding indictment returned Wednesday against former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen adds five counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of possessing child pornography.
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A former central Illinois girls youth basketball coach has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges involving two former players.
Fifty-four-year-old Barry S. Wolfe of Martinsville, Illinois, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Coles County to four counts of criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss several other criminal sexual abuse charges he'd faced.
A player for a North Carolina youth basketball team collapsed and died on the court at a tournament in Virginia.
James Hampton played for Team United out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and was at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event in Hampton, Virginia.
NEW YORK (AP) — All the teams in an elite AAU circuit will wear orange patches this season, joining a New York-area program that started wearing them in a campaign against gun violence.
The New Renaissance Basketball Association — or Rens, as the program is known — developed the orange patch program three years ago after four shootings involving teammates. More than 300 teams later joined the campaign, for which the Rens were honored by President Barack Obama in 2016.
Commission calls for more NCAA oversight of AAU events
Every July, Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of elite youth basketball. Hundreds of top-level AAU teams descend upon Sin City during the summer evaluation windows for college coaches, playing games at dozens of sites across the city.
The Commission on College Basketball would like the NCAA to control some of the chaos.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Seward man has been sent to prison for stealing from a youth basketball program.
Court records say 38-year-old Levi East was sentenced Friday to two to four years, with credit for one day already served in custody. He'd pleaded no contest to felony theft.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for an Iowa youth basketball coach who's accused of secretly recording some of his players undressing.
Federal court records say 42-year-old Greg Stephen has pleaded not guilty to knowingly transporting child pornography. His trial is scheduled to begin June 4.
City of Florence dedicates new gym named in honor of Pearl Moore
FLORENCE, S.C. – The city of Florence opened the doors to a new home court for basketball players by dedicating the Pearl Moore Basketball Center on Thursday afternoon.
North American Youth Sports still has openings in their annual spring youth basketball tournament, which will be held at the Pat Sullivan Center in Joliet from April 13-15.
There will be 12 different brackets in the tournament, with separate boys and girls tournament for each age group: fourth and fifth grade; sixth grade; seventh grade; eighth grade; freshman and sophomores; juniors and seniors.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A former substitute teacher and youth basketball coach in Maryland has pleaded guilty to state and federal child pornography charges.
Christopher Speights, who worked for Prince George's County public schools, pleaded guilty in state court Friday to distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, child sexual abuse and photographing child pornography.
Magistrate won’t release jailed Iowa youth coach
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal magistrate won't free before trial an Iowa youth basketball coach who's accused of secretly recording some of his players undressing.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A coach who ran a program for Iowa's top youth basketball players wants out of jail pending trial on charges that he secretly recorded some of them undressing.
An attorney for ex-Iowa Barnstormers director Greg Stephen argued in a filing Tuesday that he's not a danger to the community or a flight risk.
Stephen has been in custody since he was arrested last week on a charge of knowingly transporting child pornography.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are dipping their toe into youth sports, recommending guidelines they hope will help with development and enhanced experiences at a young age.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Iowa boys basketball coach on a federal pornography charge (all times local):
A judge has ordered an Iowa youth basketball coach jailed on a federal child pornography charge until a detention hearing Thursday.
Greg Stephen, until recently the co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, was handcuffed and shackled during an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Cedar Rapids. He wore a Barnstormers T-shirt and jeans.
A youth basketball coach from Iowa was arrested and charged with knowingly transporting child pornography, the Associated Press reports.
Greg Stephen confessed to recording three adolescent boys naked in a hotel room in Illinois without their knowledge, a criminal complaint alleges. Investigators also apparently found a recording device of Stephen's with a video clip of an underage boy undressing in a bathroom.
Eight is great.
For many of the champions in Deer Park's youth basketball league this winter, eight was great because the respective champions went 8-0.
Here's a look at how the respective age divisions panned out this season.
12-and-under Group A boys
The Big Ballerz, directed by coach Cliburn, finished with one of those 8-0 records to win the division by two games over the Rockets.
Agents search Iowa AAU coach’s cabin in nude videos case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators seized phones, hard drives and other devices during a search of a cabin owned by a prominent Iowa youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of boys showering, court records show.
An investigator also said Monday that Iowa officials are considering asking the FBI to join the probe into Greg Stephen, which has stunned the state's basketball scene.
Prominent Iowa AAU coach out amid pornography investigation
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating whether an elite Iowa youth basketball coach took video recordings of nude teenagers without their knowledge after a source gave them an electronic device containing child pornography, investigators said Friday.
Seven different Celtics players found the scoreboard in powering the team to a 24-2 victory over the Rockets in a 9 and 10-year-old boys division contest at Jackson Intermediate School Saturday afternoon.
Leading the offensive charge was Logan Vigil, who finished with a game-high 10 points. Thanks to seven buckets, the Celtics raced out to a 16-1 halftime lead and Vigil contributed two scores. Giving the team a 4-0 advantage was Josiah Mata.
DALLAS — Like all things in life, an athletic career is finite.
Many Dallas seniors started as children, playing in the Upward league at the Rock Recreation Center or with Dallas Youth Basketball.
For Alex Charlton, it’s soon. Charlton will focus on education at Villanova, where he plans to study comprehensive science.
Joey Parsons, who’s committed to play at Lancaster Bible College, and Jay Bittner, who’s courting six NCAA Division III programs, have some gas left in the tank.
HUNTINGTON — Some young athletes are turning their attention to baseball, softball or track as winter winds down, but youth basketball at the Huntington YMCA Phil Cline Center continues strong, with games nearly all year.
Teams and players of various ages and abilities compete each week at the Y. Some are advanced, others are learning the game. Whether all-stars or new-to-basketball rookies, the players participate, learn and are coached up with an eye toward enjoying the sport for years to come.
Nevada youth sports leader accused of past sexual misconduct
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The founder of a youth basketball program in Nevada has placed himself on administrative leave from a national youth sports organization pending an investigation into allegations he had sex with a former player nearly two decades ago.
Wichita police officer charged over basketball incident
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Wichita police captain has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly pushing a teenage referee during a youth basketball game.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the misdemeanor charges identify the captain as Kevin Mears.
Wichita police captain on leave after confronting young ref
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a captain with the department is on unpaid administrative leave after a confrontation with a teenage referee during a youth basketball game.
The incident happened Saturday in Augusta at a game involving fifth- and sixth-grade students.
A video shows the police captain, who was off-duty, rushing toward a player on the court who appears to be hurt. A teenage female official appears to try and stop him and the man pushes her out of the way.
Police captain accused of shoving youth ref placed on leave
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say an off-duty captain accused of pushing a teenage referee during a youth basketball game has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the confrontation happened Saturday in the town of Augusta, which is just east of Wichita. A video of the confrontation has been shared thousands of times since it was posted to Facebook.