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From the Dispatch: Parent coaches don’t go over line at Orange

There might not be a team in the girls or boys tournaments that has more basketball expertise among its parents than Olentangy Orange.

The Pioneers (26-2) will play two-time defending Twinsburg (28-0) in a Division I girls state tournament semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena.

Senior guard Taylor Agler is a daughter of Brian Agler, coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Senior guard Maddy Joseph’s father, Chris, coaches the Gahanna Christian boys team and her mother, Kelly, was a star at Virginia Tech and coaches the eighth-grade boys team at Orange Middle School.

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Coaching in Mississippi!

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to the WHB (just joshin’ ya, Jere’): Texas Coach Demands Best, Has Record to Prove It

In December, Andrews, 73, surpassed the previous national mark of 1,333 victories set by Robert Hughes, the retired boys’ coach at Dunbar High in Fort Worth, 30 miles to the northeast. This Granbury team is far from her best at 18-16. But Andrews’s on-court demeanor is no less intense, no less driven. She is a coach, not anyone’s buddy.

“You’re running the floor like you’ve got weights on your legs,” she barked at her players Monday, making them complete two extra sets of wind sprints. When a player talked back, Andrews said, “Zip it up,” and sent her jogging on the sideline.

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Mary (Coyle, sister of Patty and Maureen, and AIAW Champion at Rutgers) Kilnger: Klinger named head coach for McDonald’s game

“I’m thrilled and looking forward to working with the best players in the country,” Klinger said. “Every coach dreams of having a bunch of kids that can flat out play and just being on the floor with them is going to be exciting.”

Under her direction, Rutgers Prep has captured two Somerset County Tournament championships and eight NJISAA Prep B championships during her 27-year tenure. She owns a record of 420-192 — a product of 18 consecutive winning seasons — and is a member of the New Jersey Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

“This is a national recognition, so as far as coaching goes, this is my greatest honor,” she admitted.

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suggests different: Swoopes looks to escape cousin’s shadow

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Basketball Injuries Land Many Kids in ER

More than 375,000 boys and girls a year suffer basketball injuries that require visits to emergency rooms, a new study shows.

The most common injuries during the 1997-2007 study period were strains or sprains in the lower extremities (30.3%), according to researchers, but traumatic brain injuries have increased by 70%.

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Pat speaks up

When Coaches Teach Bigotry in the Name of Christianity

Excuse me, but I thought the primary goal of coaching girls’ or women’s basketball teams was, well, coaching basketball . That would not be the case for Jaye Collins, however. He is the coach of the Louisville Legends. The Legends are part of a network of independent girls basketball teams affiliated with Elite Basketball Family. EBF’s goal according to their web site is as follows: The EBF is a 501©3 non-profit organization designed to ensure the future success of hundreds of young ladies each year by giving them chances to earn college scholarships to play basketball.

But if you go to the Legends web site and click on the coaches tab, here is what Coach Collins has to say about his goal:

I started the Lady Legends program with the support of my wife, Kari, in hopes of encouraging young girls to be proud and secure in not being part of the lesbian and homosexual lifestyle which is so prevalent in woman’s/girl’s athletics. Many girls, as early as middle school, are being influenced or “tested”, or converted and convinced that if they play sports, specifically basketball, they must be, should be, or need to be gay.

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from HoopGurlz: Hollivay’s tough lesson learned

From where Rachel Hollivay sat last week — in street clothes, on the Essence bench in New Orleans, sealing her team’s ignominious fate of being bounced way too early from its own tournament — salvation seemed light years away.

“I missed two games with my team,” Hollivay said of disciplinary action taken during the Basketball on the Bayou, “when I know I should have been there for them.”

And Lindsay Schnell: Tired, but ready for Nike Nationals

Forgive Elizabeth Williams if she looked a little out of it in the opening round of Nike Nationals on Wednesday, but the 6-foot-3 post player from Boo Williams spent Tuesday night walking around Wal-Mart, willing herself to not fall asleep standing up.

“I have crazy jet lag,” Williams said rolling her eyes. “We’re just running on adrenaline.”

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Another h/t to WHB reader Peggy who sends this update from the NABI: Unknown Hoops, Cheyenne/Arapaho get Native American Basketball Invitational title

Ashley Mitchell jammed a finger on her shooting hand in a game Friday night.

She came to US Airways Center on Saturday with a headache.

And she left US Airways Center later in the evening clutching the Most Valuable Player trophy after leading Unknown Hoops to a 57-36 victory over Oklahoma Ndns II in the girls final of the Eighth Annual Native American Basketball Invitational.

“It was kind of hard to shoot,” the Fort Defiance Window Rock High senior guard said after scoring 25 points.

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