March Madness in Prince George’s County

It is that time of year again: March Madness spreads south from Baltimore and the Men’s CAA Basketball Tournament to bring the CAA Women’s Championship Tournament back to Prince George’s County.  “This March marks the fifth year the CAA will call The Show Place Arena home to the Championship and throughout the years it has proven to be a great venue and event for women’s basketball,” said Samantha Barany, CAA Assistant Commissioner for Championships.  At the Show Place Arena, the CAA has crowned Champions which have gone on to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament and hosted teams who have won the WNIT tournament.  Show Place Arena has also provided a championship site for athletes who have later been drafted and played in the WNBA.  This year’s tournament, which is set to take place from the 12th through the 15th, promises to be filled with remarkable sights, memorable moments and fun times guaranteed. Continue reading

The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament is Back!!!

This year the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament is coming to Baltimore March 6-9 at the Royal Farms Arena.  2014 marked the first year the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship was hosted in Baltimore after 24 years in Richmond, Virginia.  The move to Baltimore was due in part to its central location within the Colonial Athletic Association.  Seven of the CAA’s 10 member schools are located within 250 miles of the city.  The move to Baltimore does not only benefit the players and their traveling time.  In addition to the centrality of Baltimore within the conference the city also offers an abundance of restaurant and meal options, hotels, and attractions. Continue reading

DMV Elite’s New Memorial Day Tournament

DMV Elite has recently announced a new Memorial Day Basketball tournament, the Memorial Amateurs Championship Tournament also known as The MAC. This tournament is designed to attract teams from across the country to compete for national recognition, exposure and bragging rights.

With this being the first year for The MAC, Director Chris Lawson is looking for it to become a big success, “The MAC is building to become the future largest youth amateur event on the East Coast.” With multiple teams coming from the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area and other teams from  Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania expected to compete for the trophy, DMV Elite is looking to make this a national tournament with top caliber AAU teams.

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DC Metro Showcase arrives in MoCo for recruitment showcase

logoAs the summer heats up, hundreds of athletes made their way to the South Germantown Recreational Park this past weekend for various outdoor sports. While the scenery provided a great setting to play outside, it did not stop college coaches in the region and the top basketball recruits from traveling to the state-of-the-art, multi-sport indoor Discovery Sports Center, for the DC Metro Summer Showcase.

The Discovery Sports Center (DSC) proved to be an excellent venue for this particular basketball invitational, as no player or coach had to travel from facility to facility for games throughout the weekend. Spectators entered through the double doors of DSC and were immediately greeted with wide-sweeping view of games being played on all 8 basketball courts. It was almost hard to imagine how different the facility will look come winter with two synthetic turf fields set-up on the 46,000 square foot arena floor for indoor field sports- I will have to come back to see that transition for myself!

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The CAA Comes to Baltimore

This morning’s press conference at Visit Baltimore celebrated some very sensational news! It was announced that the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)  is coming to Baltimore. The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be held at the 1st Mariner Arena starting 2014, through 2015 and 2016. To give some background on the CAA, they have had 13 NCAA Tournament victories in the past 7 years and the total attendance at the championship for the past five years has surpassed 42,000 spectators. For the past 23 years the Championship was held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.

CAA Press Conference 12/12/12

CAA Press Conference 12/12/12

There are many reasons why Baltimore is great fit for this Championship. One is the fact that Baltimore is a prime location, more than 370,000 alumni from the CAA reside within 100 miles from the city. The city provides over 130 attractions including tons of restaurants, hotels and shops.  The 1st Mariner Arena is a neutral site with seating for 11,800 spectators, Frank Remesch the General Manager of the facility had this to say ” As the Arena celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it seems only fitting that we announce the return of college basketball, we are proud to continue to bring ground breaking sports and entertainment to Baltimore”.

The key people in making this relationship happen include Tom Yeager- the CAA Commissioner, the Mayor’s Office, the State of Maryland Office of Sports Marketing,Visit Baltimore and the 1st Mariner Arena. Terry Hasseltine- the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Director stated “the sports landscape in Maryland has once again achieved another outstanding milestone with this important announcement. We are extremely proud of the partnerships and working relationships we have forged in the process to bring this premier collegiate sporting event to Maryland”. For more information visit the CAA’s blog.

College Championships Abound in Maryland

There were three different college conference championships held in Maryland this past weekend: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s & Women’s Swimming Championships and the Maryland JUCO Basketball Championships.

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex hosted the MEAC Championships this year. The Championships started on Thursday and wrapped up on Saturday. The weekend belonged to the Hampton women and the Norfolk State men. Both teams earned identical scores of 161.5 points to win the conference title.

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High School Sports Shine in Holiday Spotlight

Sports fans had a lot to look forward to this holiday season: the NBA was finally starting its season, the NFL was wrapping up its regular season and college bowl games were getting underway.  But if you are a fan of high school sports, Maryland was the place to be for the holidays. Two major high school sporting events took place in Maryland during the last week in December, the Governor’s Challenge and the Chesapeake Bowl.

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