Defenders (Frederick) finish 4th overall in Gold Division!

Once again the FBC Defenders arrived at the Blue Chip US Invitational tournament as underdogs in their division. Typical of a Defenders program that has always done well in this event there were a few surprises this time around. The 16U Gold division included 2 Defenders teams with both looking to prove they belonged. Coach Frederick and his team quickly sent out a message to the division that there were there to compete for division title. As they stormed through their opponents they quickly became a hot topic among coaches. Who are these kids? Where did they come from? Over time they realized that these were the same kids from the previous year but with a another year of development (defenders trademark). Soon coaches were following this team’s every movement as they were 4-0 heading into their last two games! When all the dust settled Frederick was lead his team to a 4-2 record and 4th place overall in the division!

Coach Stone’s team came into the tournament with a team of guards and no one over six feet tall. College coaches were stopping by to see what was left after the departure of a highly talented senior class. Well all those who came to take a peek got quite a surprise. This defenders team showcased two extremely talented point guards along with a group of outstanding shooters. Opposing coaches could be heard throughout each contest screaming to their players, ‘every kid is a shooter so don’t leave her’. When the dust settled on this team they managed to finish 3-3 against competition that always featured bigger teams with more players! In every game they played the 3 games that the team lost were all hotly contested until late second half. College coaches seemed impressed and several coaches attended every game the team played…so we shall see how much interest results from the team’s performance.

The final defenders team performing in the tournament was coach Williams’ 14U team. This team made some lasting impressions on coaches as they battled competitively against mostly 15U teams. Several players used this tournament as their coming out party and got themselves on the college coaching radar. The team finished one game with only 3 players on the floor and still almost pulled out the win. The FBC Defenders is a proud program and this team represented the program extremely well.

Player rosters and stats for tournaments and games are posted on the defenders website,, so family and fans can follow their favorite team.


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Coach Stone

ohn E. Stone, founded the FBC Defenders AAU Club in 1999 to provide opportunities to girls who were looking to develop their basketball skills in order to become an impact player on their high school teams. A player himself in the late 70s and early 80s Coach Stone got his start in the game playing organized basketball for Harold Galloway (wheel chair bound since graduating high school) in a newly created recreational league in Bishopville, South Carolinna. Coach Galloway would guide Stone’s basketball develop from grades 5-10. Joining the varsity team as a junior point guard, it was Coach Ennis R. Bryant that would mold this young lad into one the best point guards in the conference. Whatever contributions to young lives Coach Stone has been able to make can be attributed to the values and principles instilled in him by the above mentioned mentors. They kept him off the streets and in the gym therefore allowing him to become the first high school graduate in his household! God Bless coaches Galloway and Bryant! Education: * Master of Science, Computer Science Technology, Steven Institute of Technology, 1985 * Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Fayetteville State University (cumlaude), 1982 * High School Diploma, Bishopville High School (2 in class of 158), 1978: Collegiate Academic Honors Undergraduate: * OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN OF AMERICA, 1982 * Who’s who Among American Universities & Colleges, 1981-82 * FENG Scholarship Award, 1981-82 * Armour Food Academic Achievement Award, 1980 * Cambrigde, England World Honors, 1979-80 * National Dean’s List, 1978-79 * Dean List, 1978-81 * Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Scholastic Award, 1980 * Observatory Res, Adv, Bd 1980-81 * Math Club President, 1980-81 * Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Served President or Vice President, 1980 -82 * Pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Spring 1980, #1 on the line, Line Name “Computer Games” * Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, 1981 * Distinguished Service Award, Alpha Kappa Mu, 1981-82 * Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, 1981 Achievements: * Coach of Year - Franklin Recreational 6-8 Girls Travel Team 1999 - 2007 * Franklin Township Recreation Commendation for Girls Basketball (1999 - 2008) * Founding Father of the Franklin Young Girls Basketball Parents Club, better know as FYGB Parents Club in 1999 * First WNBA Coach Of The Year New Jersey Nets market , inagural jr nba / jr wnba campaign 203, nominated to committee anonymously by Franklin Recreation in order to reward for years of voluntary service to all the township community activities for the children. (By the way, that same year a player on my team was select runner up to the finalist, that means second to national player, who is she you ask, non other than Alexis Scott. a part of one of the most dynamic duos ever to exist for the defenders. DUO! Yes the other young lady is Jacinda Dunbar, FIRST two D1 players in Defenders HISTORY! Now, run tell THAT!) * Founding Father of the Nationally Acclaimed, Franklin Therapeutic Basketball Program, otherwise know as the Franklin Thunder, so aptly name by John Stone in honor of his cousin, Darrelle Moses of Bishopville, SC who has a mental disability. Awarded Franklin Township 2 Proclamations in open session of council meeting by mayor John Clyde on November 13, 2001 for Thunder Program. * Proclaimed Franklin Township “2003 HOMETOWN HERO” awarded a proclamation at UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL JERSEY HOME TOWN HEROES banquet by mayor Willis “RICKEY” Sumter. * Proclaimed “Man Of Thunder” by the Franklin Township Recreational Department in recognition for his tireless dedication to the Therapeutic Thunder Basketball Program. * Founding Father of the Franklin Defenders, so apply named in the honor of a women who influence my life more than she will EVER possibly know. God bless you MOM. * Owner Operator of the FBC DEFENDERS a proud tradition of young lives being molded into bright, successful, productive young women. Players playing at such schools as Quinnipiac, LaSalle, Kean, Georgia Court, Spellman, College of NJ, Ramapo, RU Newark, NJCU, Montclaire State, William Patterson, etc. Yes ladies it was me. The current group of ladies in the program are ready to SHOCK the world! All because they simply trusted and BELIVED. All will see just watch these SOLDIERS Of STONE. * 2006 Youth Advocate Of The Year Award, Somerset County Youth Service Commission

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