January 20, 2007 -
Outlaws girls basketball 9U and 10U teams win State Championships
The Outlaws AAU girls basketball club has two reasons to celebrate. Both their 9U and 10U teams have won their respective State of Virginia - Division I Championships. The Division I State Championship tournament was held at Lord Botetourt HS over the March 28-30 weekend. Ten teams from across the state competed in double elimination tournaments with the winners capturing the state title. By winning the state tournament both teams have earned a bid to the AAU National Tournament, the 9U in New Orleans and the 10U in Orlando.
The 9U team defeated the Newport News Lady Vikings 35-0, Lady Neptune’s Gold 37-16 and the Norfolk Express 22-11 to win the tournament. The team was lead by Head Coach Kevin Epperly and Assistant Jeff White. Coach Epperly says he was especially excited because he has been a player in state championship games before and had never won. This is his first state title and as a bonus he got to win it as the coach of his daughter, Whitney.
The 10U team beat the Boo Williams Red Tide, James River Blaze; Black Widows (Newport News); and then beat Black Widows again 36-29 for the State Title. Donald Helms was the Head Coach with Assistants CJ Jefferson, Jerome Stephens and Amp Stevens. Coach Helms has been with the club since its inception, coaching at several different age groups over the years. It is Coach Helm’s first state championship.
Over the past 9 years as a girls AAU basketball club the Outlaws have won 6 state championships. Formed in 1998 as a Botetourt based girls basketball organization, the Outlaws now field girls teams in age groups from 9U - 15U with close to 90 total players in 2008. Players are now from all over the valley. The 9U and 10U rosters include girls from Roanoke, Roanoke County, Botetourt, Lynchburg and Salem. Girls interested in playing AAU basketball should contact Donald Helms at 397-1796.
9U Team photo attached in jpg format.
Front row: Taylor White, JB Booker, Jasmine King, Maia Foley 2nd row: Hailey Singleton, Michelle Kembel, Whitney Epperley, Hannah Gordon, Samantha Hufford Coaches : Asst. Jeff White, Head Coach Kevin Epperly, Manager Joe Foley
10U Team Photo attached in jpg format.
Front row: Tay Tay Stevens, Erika Kelliher 2nd row: Megan Migliarese, Baylee Coleman, Breanna Jefferson, Emily Amos, Jordan Nichols 3rd row: Precious Coles, Emmalee Helms, Morgan Leeson, Asia Stephens Coaches: Amp Stevens, Head Coach Donald Helms, Jerome Stephens not pictured: Bailee Brown
For more information about this Press Release contact:
Donald Helms 397-1796 or MTGPERSON@aol.com
Welcome to the Outlaws New Home Page. The Outlaws AAU Club was started in 1999.
The Outlaws would like to congratulate the Lord Botetourt Lady Cavs for such a great season. 26-3 , Blue Ridge District Championship, Region 3 runners up and a State semi- finalist, Great Job Cavs .
Special Props to the 5 Ladies that were on the First AAU team in our organization in 1999.