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I-270 Family loses a legend - Coach Dave Griffin

On Sunday June 18th, 2017 the I-270 family lost a legend in coach Dave Griffin who passed away after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Griff led the Darnestown Area program to several I-270 championships over the past decade culminating with the 2017 Quince Orchard HS Varsity boys finishing as 4A state finalists. Each starter on that team played in I-270 and Griff coached them starting as Juniors in I-270 through JV at QO as well as an assistant Varsity coach. That team and his commitment exemplify what the I-270 program is all about: Dedication, Community, and Excellence. Griff will always be remembered for his generosity, sense of humor, intelligence, competitiveness, and of course that booming voice.

In honor of his service to the I-270 community we are dedicating our Citizenship award in his name thus starting in the 2017-18 season we will recognize a player who has demonstrated dedication to his team, school, and community as the Dave Griffin Citizenship award recipient.

Griff's full obituary can be found here.

We'll miss you Griff...

2017-2018 SEASON TEAM TRYOUT INFORMATION

September 22, 2017

Team tryouts for the I270 2017-2018 season starting the week of October 2!

Check this site regularly as teams will be posting their tryout schedules as they become available. If your area does not have a flyer posted contact the area director directly for tryout information or try the Area link in the left hand sidebar.

Select your area below to download their try-out flyer (if it exists) detailing dates and locations.

Area tryout schedules:

 

I-270 adds new Area -Silver Spring

I-270 welcomes the Blake HS cluster under the Area Silver Spring to the league for the 2017-2018 Season.

The Area Director is Blake HS head varsity coach Dondrell Whitmore.

I-270 Youth Basketball Welcome

I-270 Youth Sports Club is the preeminent longest running competitive basketball program in Montgomery County.

The I-270 Youth Sports Club believes in developing our communities youths to have a strong sense of community spirit, to be people of high character, have a sense of fairness, and a relentless desire to achieve their fullest potential.

We achieve this through our competitive sports league which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has served Montgomery County youth for nearly forty years of competitive basketball. I-270 Youth Sports serves over 300 players from ages 8 to 15 yrs in three divisions across nine (9) areas: Bethesda, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Potomac, Redland, and Rockville communities. Our league is unique in that we have strong and close relationships with the local high school basketball coaches. So much so that several high school varsity coaches serve as Area Directors and team coaches. I-270 is a competitive feeder program into the local high school basketball programs that focuses on teaching basketball fundamentals as well as competitive fair play and sportsmanship. Many I-270 players go on to play for their respective high school programs. The league also has seen numerous former players excel at the collegiate level as well as several who have reached the professional ranks.

I-270 is sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods. Games are played in area school gyms and officiated by IAABO referees. There is a 16 game regular season followed by a single elimination playoffs where all teams make the playoffs and are seeded based on their regular season standings. Trophies are awarded to the Champions in each division. There is also an all-star game for each of the 3 divisions at the end of the season.

Tryouts are held in early October with games starting in early November culminating with the Championships in mid-February.

If you have a child serious about developing their basketball skills and competing against some of the top talent in the area then I270 is for you - come join us!

 

 

2017 Bantam Champions - Olney

 

 

Olney capped off an outstanding season with a decisive win in the championship game against a tough Gaithersburg team coached by Dave Dabbadannzza. Both teams finished the regular season with 14-2 records and they split in their two meetings with each team winning by just 1 point. But in the championship it was the outstanding play of MVP Elijah Wilson and the overall play of Olney that made the difference in their victory.

Congratulations to coaches Dr Bob Wilson, Bob Clayton and Mike Plainte.

 

 

2017 Junior Champions - Clarksburg


 

 

The Clarksburg Juniors finished atop one of the most competitive Junior Divisions in I-270 history with 4 teams finishing the regular season with identical 11-5 records.

Led in the playoffs by Nate Yelle, Elliott Joppy and Championship MVP Mason Jones coach Tony Crawford and team were able to hold off a well schooled Potomac team coached by Nick Charles to claim the Junior championship.

Congratulations to coach Tony Crawford and his Clarksburg Juniors!!

 

 

2017 Senior Champions - Gaithersburg

 

The Gaithersburg Seniors were able to revenge a mid-season loss to Potomac to claim the Senior division championship. Tough defense and clutch play by game MVP Kordell Lewis, Joseph Crespo and Chris Kouemi gave coaches Paul and Padon Levine their second championship in 2 years.

Congratulations Coaches Paul Levine and Padon Levine!!

Weather Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) makes the decision on whether MCPS facilities are open or closed.
If there is winter weather, please check:

<www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cupf/info-cupf/emergency.html>

for closing status of Montgomery County Public School facilities.
We will update the website as well when we know of news.