Archive for August, 2011

“Anthony Branker” much more than just a name!

anthonybranker620x355The FBC Defenders AAU Program proudly presents one of our own! Anthony Branker is a musician for all seasons. He began his career as a trumpeter, including a stint with the Spirit of Life Ensemble, which honored its African-American and Afro-Caribbean roots during a multi-year tenure as the Monday night band at the legendary Sweet Basil club in New York City. Over time, Branker developed an increasing interest in jazz education, which led him to teaching positions at Hunter College and Princeton University, where he organized and conducted memorable ensembles. Around 1999, medical problems stemming from a brain aneurysm led him to yield his trumpet playing in favor of an enduring interest in composing and conducting. Anthony Branker is also the proud father of Parris Branker, Guard for the FBC Defenders(Frederick) team. Click on his name above and read all about him musical career. “Who Knew?!”


08 2011

Congratulations to FBC Defenders(Stone) Team!!! Runner-up, West 4th Street HS League!


08 2011

Defenders advance to Championship @W 4th Street League!

It was a hot and sunny Thursday afternoon, the bustle of 6th avenue raged in the background, as Arizona Pearson emerged from underground at the subway station on the corner of 3rd street and 6th ave in New York City. This is not uncommon for the man who runs the NIKE NYC High School League at W. 4th Street (The Cage). Indeed this looked like just another day, another girls semi-final game, just something to do as it has been done for years. But today’s game would certainly not be just another game. @4:30 p.m. two teams would square off for the coveted chance to advance to Saturday’s championship game. On this day the FBC Defenders were facing a very talented and well coached Baseline team from NYC. The Defenders would go into this contest with only 7 brave soldiers (Jasmine Walker, Shalette Brown, Taryana Kelly, Jasmine Phelps, Erika Hairston, Ariel Donza, and Jasmine Lombard) in uniform but knowing that they were capable of getting a win if they just maintained their composure. As the game began, Baseline jumped out on top 19 to 10 after the 1st qtr. Unprecedented at W 4th Street, both coaches acted like it was halftime and took their teams to the W 4th street end of the court to talk between quarters. Whatever coach Stone said to his team must have stirred something deep in their souls because the second quarter was all about the “Defenders” playing defense and attacking the basket. The score at the half was 30 to 28 and the Defenders knew they were close enough to make a run at the win.

The third quarter started was a nip and tuck kind of quarter and the Defenders finally started making their free throws. Jasmine Walker started to pick up her game and that was exactly what the team needed. Until that point the team had been carried on the offensive end by Brown(9), Phelps(7), and Lombard(6). The play of Erika Hairston, Ariel Donza, and Jasmine Lombard would prove to be key on the defensive end as Baseline suddenly found it difficult to get open looks. But If the team was going to get a win now that the defense was clicking they would need another scorer. After 3 quarters the Defenders found themselves still down 43 to 45. That is when coach Stone asked what proved to be the most important question of the game. He queried “So is this how we are to go out? Is this how you want your last game of this season to end?” The look in every player’s eyes screamed a resounding NO! So coach said to the team if you want to go to the championship, you will have to just go out there and take it! Final score Defenders 63, Baseline 62!

Box Score:
Shalette Brown 21pts, Jasmine Phelps 16, Jasmine Walker 11, Jasmine Lombard 11, and Taryana Kelly 4!


08 2011

FBC Defenders (Frederick) goes 4-2 @Quaker City Challenge by Bluechip Basketball!

Congratulations to FBC Defenders (Frederick) on a great Quaker City Challenge Tournament!

Both their hard work and TEAM work paid off as they captured Third Place Honors in their Division. After a difficult Thursday night loss to the New York Revolution, the Defenders quickly regrouped and played impressive basketball the entire weekend. Friday’s game against the Philly Freedom started out with a low scoring first half, but the Defenders turned it on after halftime with field goals and free throws falling, leading to a 35 to 31 victory. The team played their next game several hours later versus the Spotsylvania Sting, who led 28-25 at the half. Throughout the game the Defenders (Frederick) had great ball movement, wonderful assists, aggressive shooting, and tight defense, which contributed to the team’s 49-47 win.

On Saturday, they continued their strong team play in a tough, physical game versus the Silver Bullets of Long Island with the final result being a dominant 42-32 victory (their 3rd in a row!!). The girls, who were definitely on a roll and feeling good, quickly shifted their focus to their second game of the day, which was against a tough Tarheels team from South Jersey. While the Defenders played strong and were down by only three points at halftime, the Tarheels turned it on in the second half and won the game 54-41.

We are extremely proud of the ladies of Coach Frederick’s Defenders team who fought hard in every game and ended the weekend with a 4-2 record! We also want to offer our deepest thanks to Coach John Frederick for his amazing dedication and for everything he has done for our girls!!


08 2011

Defenders Announce 2011 EOY Celebration!


The 2011 FBC Defenders Banquet date has been set and promises to be a blast for everyone! All are welcome as the defenders gather to celebrate the 2011 season. There will be food, trophy presentations, guest speakers and a fun filled look back on the season! If you are a current member of the family, Alumni, or just someone who wants to show your support, we would love to have you stop by and join us.

RSVP by: August 8, 2011 via email:


08 2011