Hopewell Golden Eagles: Golden Eagles Archives

Sunday, June 15
Golden Eagles Who Started It All
This a picture of the first Hopewell Golden Eagles team(13U), at the Commonwealth Games in 2004. Most of the guys are still with the team. Some of them have moved on but they all will be remembered as the original members of the Hopewell Golden Eagles.

The Start Of Golden Eagles
The Start Of The Golden Eagles 2004

Monday, April 7
Golden Eagles 17U Take 1st Place in The USBA Invitational at U of R!!!
The Hopewell Golden Eagles 17U team took first place in the USBA Qualifier at The University of Richmond by finishing with a 4-0 record and bringing home the title. They would have an easy time of it in pool play but would struggle a little when it went to bracket play but was able to win in the semi-finals against the Toano Storm 68-60 and they would win the championship by defeating the Northern VA Caveliers 65-55. The 15U, 16U and 17U teams will be traveling to North Carolina on April 18-20 for their next tournament.

Sunday, April 13
3 Golden Eagles Impress At College Visit
Kartrell Claiborne(12th), Chaz Brown(11th) and Treon Claiborne(10th) each had impressive workouts on a JUCO visit out in Baltimore, MD. Kartrell was asked to sign a letter of intent to become the teams point guard for the 2008-2009 season. The next visit for Kartrell and Chaz will be at Hargrave Military Academies Post Graduate Team, which will allow them to have an oppurtunity to play against some DI and DII JV programs, while focusing on grades and classroom discipline, without losing a year of eligibility.

Golden Eagles Impressive ofn Visit
Golden Eagles Impressive on Visit

Wednesday, May 14
Golden Eagles 16U Soar To 2008 Division II State Title

The Hopewell Golden Eagles 16U team traveled to Northern, Va to play in the Division II State Championship and came away with the title finishing the tournament with a 4-1 record.  Despite not having two of their leading scorers and a top reserve the Golden Eagles would play extremely well.

They would defeat the Northern Neck Ballers in their first contest by a score of 51-47 in a hard faught opening round game.  They were led in the game by Dequanta Mason 23pts, Mckindley King 13pts, Marlin Armstead 8pts, Dominique Myrick 4pts and Anthony Tyler 3pts.

The second round would see them take on a much bigger Spotsylvania Knights team, which would see them use their height early on but the Golden Eagles would use their quickness to a suprisingly easy 61-46 victory.   They were led in the game by Dequanta Mason 20pts, Marlin Armstead 14pts, Mckindley King 11pts, Koran Lackey 6pts, Anthony Tyler 6pts and Damon Rose 4pts.

In the important third round semifinal game the Golden Eagles would take on Richmond Metro Gold also a team that had a significant size advantage over the Golden Eagles.  The game would be nip and tuck early on with Metro holding a 27-26 half time lead.  The third quarter would see the Golden Eagles step it up and take a 41-32 lead going into the fourth.  The game would get no closer than ten points as the Golden Eagles would coast to a 62-48 victory and a trip into the Championship Game.  They were led in the game by Dequanta Mason 17pts, Marlin Armstead 16pts, Koran Lackey 12pts, Anthony Tyler 8pts, Mckindley King 5pts, and Damon Rose 4pts.

 The Championship Game would see the Golden Eagles take on Richmond Metro once again who had won their way through the losers bracket back into the title game.  With the Golden Eagles having to lose twice in order to give up the title they came out a little complacent in the first game with Metro taking control early and would not relenquish the lead although the Golden Eagles got within one late in the fourth quarter but Metro would make clutch free throws to seal the victory 57-53.  The Golden Eagles were led in the game by Mckindley King 16pts, Dequanta Mason 16pts, Anthony Tyler 8pts, Koran Lackey 6pts, Dominique Myrick 3pts, Marlin Armstead 2pts and Damon Rose 1pt.

In the deciding Championship Game the Golden Eagles would jump on Metro early leading by as many as 12 points in the first half.  Metro would continue to fight to get back into the game but the Golden Eagles would continue to match their intensity.  The Golden Eagles would push their lead to as many as 18pts and coast to victory with a 58-50 win and the 2008 16U Division II State Championship.  They were led in the game by Dequanta Mason 23pts, Mckindley King 16pts, Dominique Myrick 12pts, Damon Rose 4pts and Marlin Armstead 3pts.   

Thursday, May 22
Golden Eagles 17U take 2nd at USBA State Tournament
Although the 17U Hopewell Golden Eagles struggled to find a rythm at the USBA State Tournament this past weekend they were still able to muster up a 2nd place finish despite some very favorable calls by the referees.  The Golden Eagles would struggle out of the blocks in pool play losing their two games(Culpeper Mustangs and U-Turn Warriors) and finishing third in their pool.  In bracket play they would get it turned around by beating the 2nd place team from another pool and also beating the Culpeper Mustangs in a rematch and making to the Championship Game where they were asked to play back to back games.  They had played and beaten the Mustangs in a hard fought game which started at 3:30pm and had to turn around and play in the Championship at 5pm, which took its toll on the team late in the game, especially with a team that had a 4 hour rest between games.  Despite losing the Championship the team showed great pride to put themselves in a position to even play for the title after early struggles.

Tuesday, July 22
Hopewell Golden Eagles 15U Takes 2nd at Commonwealth Games
The Hopewell Golden Eagles 15U team would travel to Roanoke this past weekend to participate in the Commonwealth Games of VA.  The team would lose its opening round game and win three in a row to take a 2nd place finish with a 3-1 record.  The 15U team has had great success in their first season.

Monday, August 4
Hopewell Golden Eagles Struggle Early But Finish Strong At 2008 Nationals
The Hopewell Golden Eagles 17U team traveled to Orlando, Florida this past weekend for the Division II 17U National Tournament. The team would struggle early finishing 1-2 in their pool for third place. They would lose their first game to eventual National Champion Orange County Crusaders 54-51, they then defeat the Exousia Runnin Rebels 85-50, and they would have to face the undefeated Jacksonville Lee Bulls for a right to move on in the National tournament. They would lead most of the game but ran out of gas down the stretch losing 68-62. The Bulls would go on to finish in 9th place. By finishing third in their pool the team had no chance of playing for the National Championship but would have a chance to place and win the Classic Championship. In the Classic bracket they would first take on the Michigan RimRockers in a highly competitive game and win 84-76, they would next have to take on Team Stat out of Florida a team owned by Omari Stoudamire of the Phoenix Suns, the teams would battle for control early with neither team giving an inch. It would not be until the middle of the fourth quarter and the Golden Eagles would pull away to a 60-50 victory. They would next take on High Impact a team out of Michigan that beat the Golden Eagles in the National Quarter-Finals last year in Little Rock, Arkansas. The teams would battle back and forth with the Golden Eagles leading for most of the game and going on to win 65-49. With the win the team would move into the Classic Semi-Finals to take on the Lousiana Lightning. The game would be highly competitive with neither team being able to get more than a four point lead. With the game tied 49-49 late in the fourth quarter the Lightning was the beneficiary of an untimely error by the Golden Eagles coaching staff which led to a technical, which game them a two point lead and the momentum. The Golden Eagles would continue to battle but would eventually fall 59-57. They would then have take on the Showtime Ballers out of Florida for third place. The game would start out sluggish because the 8am start time Friday morning. Neither team acted as if they wanted the game but the Golden Eagles were able to make some plays down the stretch to eventually pull out a 66-61 win for third place in the classic bracket. With the win the team would place at Nationals for the second year in a row finishing with a 5-3 record and an automatic bid to nationals next season. The team will be traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC next season.

Tuesday, August 26
Golden Eagles Get One Of Its Original Players Off To College
The Hopewell Golden Eagles would send one of its first original players who had been with the team since the beginning in 2003 off to College. Raheim Tims is the first Hopewell Golden Eagles player to go off to College, which is the ultimate goal of the program. Raheim will be attending Chowan College in North Carolina this fall and will attempt to earn a scholarship with the basketball team which recently moved into the CIAA Conference this season. We at the Hopewell Golden Eagles would like to say Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

Sunday, August 31
The Golden Eagles Get Their Second Player Enrolled in College
The Hopewell Golden Eagles would send off a second player to College. Kartrell Claiborne of the Hopewell Golden Eagles has been with the team from the beginning but not as a player but eventually came aboard last season. Kartrell will be attending Harford Community College in Maryland. He plans on attending the school for 1 or 2 years in hopes of earning a Division I or Division II scholarship. Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

Sunday, November 23
Golden Eagles Kartrell Claiborne Playing Well At Harford
Kartrell Claiborne of the Hopewell Golden Eagles led the Harford Owls to an upset victory over the Division III No. 4 ranked team Montgomery College-Germantown, MD 82-77.  He led the way with a double-double 12pts-12rbs, and aslo had 2assts, 2blks, and 3stls.

Saturday, January 3
Golden Eagles Named To Christmas Tournament All Tourney Team

Milton Gholson(Hopewell), David Rose (Hopewell) and Treon Claiborne (Prince George) were named to the Fort Lee Christmas Tournament All Tournament 1st Team.

 Also Golden Eagles players Mckindley King, Damon Rose, Markus Adams, and Quanta Gholson help lead the Hopewell JV team to a JV Fort Lee Invitational Tournament Championship. 

Monday, January 5
Rashad Tims Name Hopewell High Schools Varsity Football MVP
Rashad Tims a senior at Hopewell High School was named the varsity football teams MVP for the 2008 season.  He led the team in rushing this past season and various teams have show interest in him. (University of Richmond, William and Mary, Old Dominion University, James Madison, and Christopher Newport University)  At this time he sports a 3.2 GPA and is leaving his options open but he is leaning towards North Carolinas A&T to study engineering.  Right now he is a starting forward/guard on the varsity basketball team and has been able to become one of its defensive leaders.

Wednesday, March 4
Milton Gholson and Treon Claiborne are on the All Central District Team for the 2nd straight year.

Milton Gholson a senior who plays for the Hopewell Blue Devils made 1st Team All District for the 2nd year.  Milton in his senior year has led the team in steals, assists and was 2nd in scoring. 

Milton is currently being persued by VMI, Louisburg College and a junior college out in Maryland.  He will be playing in the April 4th All Star Game to be played at Matoaca High School.

Treon Claiborne a junior who plays for the Prince George Royals made 2nd Team All District for the 2nd year.    Treon in his junior year led the team in scoring and rebounding and was in the Top five in scoring and rebounding in the District.

Wednesday, March 4
Golden Eagles Milton Gholson and David Rose are All Tourney Selecties
Milton Gholson and David Rose were selected to the All Central District Tournament Team.  The both were intrical parts in leading the Hopewell Blue Devils to the Central District Championship Game.

Wednesday, March 4
Rashad Tims Enjoys College Visit

Rashad Tims, who is being persued heavily by Guilford College to play football, enjoyed his visit to Greensboro, North Carolina along with Coach Gholson. 

Rashad has several other visits to take before he makes his decision.  He will also be visiting Christopher Newport, North Carolina A&T, and Shenandoah University.  He has already visited Old Dominion earlier this year.