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Upward Awards and Level 4 Ranking

Upward Awards Night

Upward awards night is this Sunday (02/24/2018) at 5:30pm! We are asking all players to arrive at 5:00pm so we can get teams together before the 5:30 start. You are welcomed to bring family and friends to this event, it will be an awesome way to end of the upward season. Looking forward to seeing everyone there =)

Level 4 Playoff Standing

Below are the standings for our level 4 league for each grade division:

(5th-7thg League)
Spurs 7 – 0
Rockets 4 – 3
Hornets 2 – 5
76ers 1 – 6

(7th-9th league)

Raptors 6 – 1
Kings 5 – 2
Trail Blazers 4 – 3
Bucks 3 – 4
Hawks 2 – 5
Lakers 1 – 6

Playoff Schedule 5th-7thg League:

Spurs vs 76ers 2:00 pm @ SMBC
Rockets vs Hornets 3:15 pm @ SMBC
Championship game (TBD) 5:15 pm @ SMBC

Playoff Schedule 7th-9th League

Raptors vs Bucks 11:00 am @ HBC
Kings vs Trail Blazers 12:15 pm @ HBC
Championship game (TBD) 6:30 pm @ SMBC

(5th place game NIT)
Hawks vs Lakers 1:30 pm @HBC

We invite all to come and see the championship game as well! I am personally looking forward to seeing how the season ends for all leagues, and seeing everyone at the Upwards Award Night!


James Rheaume

Meet James Rheaume!

James Rheaume is the new leader of Upward for St. Matthews!

James should be a familiar face as he has coached in our Level 4 league for the past three years and has become a favorite of our players and their parents.  In addition to being a member of our Leadership Team, James has worked closely over the past few months with David Garrard  in preparation for his new responsibilities.  He has attended several Upward training events and has also completed online training, certifying him to lead our league.

James has a tremendous passion for Upward and for the purpose of Upward Sports.  He was hand-picked by David Garrard to carry on the tradition of excellence that characterizes our league, and he has the full support of our Leadership Team.

Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, James is a lover of the Tar Heels!  He is full of energy and very excited about leading Upward into the future.  James and his wife, Candace are members of St. Matthews Baptist Church.

Level 4 leagues extend to 7th grade girls, 9th grade boys!

Our 2019 Upward Basketball league will feature a new league structure that will enable 7th grade girls and 9th grade boys to participate!  7th grade girls will play with 5-6th grade boys and girls in our new 5-7g league.  9th grade boys will play in our new 7-9 grade league.

Our Leadership Team is excited about these changes and has worked hard and given lots of thought in recommending them.  The remainder our league will be structured the same as in previous years: K5 Boys/Girls; Grades 1-2 Boys/Girls; Grades 3-4 Boys/Girls.

Evaluation schedule!

All players and cheerleaders must attend one of our evaluation sessions in order to participate in our league.  The evaluations will be held in the St. Matthews Baptist Church gym according to the following schedule:

K5 – Grade 4 Boys and Girls
November 4, 11 and 18
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The evaluation process includes uniform sizing and several simple drills and takes about 15 minutes, depending on how many others are waiting.

Grades 5-9 Boys, Grades 5-7 Girls
November 4, 11 and 18
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Level 4 evaluation includes uniform sizing as well as special drills.  The evaluation also includes a controlled scrimmage under the direction of our coaches.  Players should arrive at 5 p.m.

Important dates!

September 1– Registration opens!
November 4/11/18– Evaluations!
December 2– Cheer Clinic!  (3-5:30 p.m.)
December 3– Practices begin!
January 5– Games begin!
February 24– Awards Night!

Want to coach?

Click on the Coach’s Corner tab or email League Director, James Rheaume!  jamrhe2829@gmail.com