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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.
We'll miss you Griff...
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 400 players from ages 8 to 15 yrs in three divisions across ten (10) areas:
- Bethesda - Whitman HS cluster
- Clarksburg - Clarksburg HS cluster
- Darnestown - Quince Orchard HS cluster
- Gaithersburg - Gaithersburg & Watkins Mill HS clusters
- Germantown - Seneca Valley & Northwest HS clusters
- Olney - Sherwood HS cluster
- Potomac - Churchill HS cluster
- Redland - Magruder HS cluster
- Rockville - Rockville HS cluster
- Silver Spring - Blake HS cluster
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 February.
If you have a child serious about developing their basketball skills and competing against some of the top talent in Montgomery County then I270 is for you - come join us!
I-270 2018 Champions
Congratulations to our 2018 I-270 champions.
Bantam Champions - Clarksburg
Congratulations to coaches Bryan Korzeniewski and Robyn Jones on their outstanding season and a very tough win in the championship game against coach Dave Dabbondanza and his Gaithersburg team that gave Clarksburg all they could handle. But in the end the Clarksburg team, their tenacious full court press and the outstanding play of game MVP Myles Pickard-Jones and Josiah Teasley were too much to hanlde. Congratulations Clarksburg Bantams!
Junior Champions - Gaithersburg
After going 16-0 in the regular season and sailing through the first two rounds off the playoffs the undefeated Gaithersburg Juniors coached by Mark Simmons ran into an Olney team coached by Mike Plainte and Bob Clayton determined to ruin their undefeated season. Flawless execution of an outstanding game plan and hot shooting by their guards propelled Olney to an early lead which they extended to double digits late in the second half. But it was the tremendous play of game MVP Jason Boyd who dominated the inside and the boards as well as the all out Gaithersburg full court pressure that enabled them to storm back sending the game into OT where they narrowly won 53-52. Congratulations to the Olney coaches and players on an outstanding season and congratulations to coach Simmons and his Gaithersburg team for their 19-0 championship season.
Senior Champions - Gaithersburg
Congratulations to coaches Paul and Padon Levine for completing the 3peat!
The father-son coaching team won their 3rd championship in a row with a convincing victory over a talented and well coached Clarksburg team lead by coach Tony Crawford. Outstanding play by Clarksburg's Nunu Taylor and Elliott Joppy kept things close in the early going but tough defense by Gaithersburg and balanced offense led by game MVP Mandela Tarke proved to be too much leading Gaithersburg on to Victory.
Congratulations to coaches Paul and Padon on completing the trifecta!
2018 Dave Griffin Citizenship Award
Teddy Kelly - 2018 Dave Griffin Citizenship award winner
2018 Jim Siron Hustle Award
Tommy Czarnopys - 2018 Jim Siron Hustle Award Winner
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