PHENIX CITY, AL- The Southeastern Hornets, an organization which consist of a 13 year old and 14 year old basketball team respectively, will be competing in Orlando, FL this July 14-21 in the AAU National Championship for their respective fields. The AAU event brings together the most competitive and elite teams from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to compete to be crowned AAU National Champions.
A press conference is being scheduled for June 21, 2010 at 1 o'clock pm EST at the Phenix-Russell Youth Center (formerly the Boys and Girls Club of Russell County, 1601 5th Street Phenix City, AL) to celebrate the Hornets' accomplishments and to kick off our "Road to Orlando" campaign. Several Phenix City Council Members including Mayor Sonny Coulter, Mr. Max Wilkes, Mrs. Michelle Walker and Mr. Arthur Sumbry will be on hand to give out awards and congratulate the team on an outstanding season. As Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Sumbry states, "We should always recognize and congratulate the young people in our community for all of their hard work and dedication."
Council Member Sumbry's sentiments are shared by the Hornets Head Coach Mr. Carlton Jones. As Coach Jones says, "No team works harder then these young men." And it was that hard work and dedication that got the Southeastern Hornets their bid in the AAU Nationals. The Hornets had to play in several regional tournaments and place in the top 4 of those tournaments in order to qualify for the AAU Nationals. The 14 year old team sealed their bid by winning a thrilling overtime contest at the Auburn Raptors' USSSA State Championship game in Auburn, AL on June 6, 2010. The 13 year old team won runner up at the USSSA State Championships and secured their bid to play in the AAU Nationals by placing 4th overall at the state qualifying tournament this past April in Montgomery, AL.
Assisting Coach Carlton Jones are Assistant Coaches Dasl Upshaw, Carl Johnson and Corey Jones. As Coach Carlton Jones states, "These coaches are God-Fearing men who are well respected in our community. They each share the common interest of preparing our youth for success and instilling in them the values of hard work and good moral character."