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Saturday, September 6
Elmira Lady Express 16/17 National AAU team is complete ...

 Tryouts for the Elmira Lady Express 16/17 National AAU team are over and this is the 2014/2015 roster. Congratulations girls and good luck! The girls will be competing in Philadelphia this September in Blue Chip Basketballs Fall exposure event. Brian LeBaron will be the head coach. and John Harris assistant coach.

Olivia LeBaron(Corning), Morgan Westbrook(Athens), Paige Wampole(Sayre), Sara Wolber(Mansfield)t, Chelsea Repard(Liberty), McKenzie Kenyon(South Seneca), Taylor Herberger(Corning), Manders Pike(Watkins Glen), Shenell Biglini(Athens), Emily Smith(Horseheads), Ali Hillson(Mansfield), and Alyssa Schrock(Horseheads).


The 2014 All New York State teams have been picked. The Lady Express was well represented as always, this years All State picks were:

Rachel Merrill Class A  2nd team going to University of Vermont, Jen Shelp Class A 5th team going to Southern New Hampshire University,  Lauren Deming Class B 3rd team going to University of Rochester, Sheridan Heine Class C 2nd team going to Manhattan College, and Shea McCartney Class C underclassman.

 Elmira Lady Express finished the Warrior tournament 2-2. With a 58-44 win over Buffalo Defenders and a 45-32 win over Unity Wildcats, the Lady Express lost to GV Pride 45-33, and a 46-34 loss to bracket Champions WNY Lakers. The girls continue to improve and work hard, next up the Albany Capitals Classic Invitational next weekend.

Blue Chip Basketball Richmond, VA update: Lady Express 16/17 National team finished 4-1. Lady Express won first game 61-54 over team FBC Defenders from New Jersey, won second game in overtime 49-48 over Hunter Warriors, and beat Jaguars from Virginia 63-26. Keep up the great work girls!!  Next up for the Lady Express Syracuse New York May 9th-11th.



Elmira Lady Express 16/17 National AAU team went 4-0 in Auburn this weekend. Congratulations girls to a remarkable start to the 2014 AAU season. Next up the Blue Chip Tournament in Richmond, Virginia.

Lady Express    64          Rochester Warriors      32

Lady Express    56          Rochester Truth           34

Lady Express    59         Central Western            32

Lady Express    57         Central Western            26


Congratulations Elmira Lady Express players selected to the Elite 10 All Star team: Sheridan Heine senior at Notre Dame will play at D-I Manhattan College, Rachel Merrill senior at Owego will play at D-I Vermont University, and Jen Shelp senior at Vestal will play at D-II Southern New Hamshire University.

Congratulaions Elmira Lady Express players selected to the All Region team: Sheridan Heine senior at Notre Dame, Jen LaViola senior at Horseheads High School, and Olivia LeBaron sophomore at Corning High School.

Elmira Lady Express 16/17 National AAU team has started practices and will play their first tournament April 12th & 13th. Then on to Richmond, Virginia for the Blue Chip Classic. This year the schedule will include Albany Capitals Invitational, Gym Rat Challenge, Blue Chip Philadelphia, PA, and Nike Nationals in Washington, DC. Our roster and schedule will be posted soon. What a year for Elmira Lady Express AAU. Raegan Ryan Cedarville 1st team All Conference, Alex Marple LeMoyne second team All Conference, Jocelyn Ford Bloomsburg second team All Conference, Maria Thannhauser Elmira College, and Courtney Tennant RIT both scored over 1,000 points for their college careers.

Sheridan Heine full basketball schlorship to D-I Manhattan College, Rachell Merrill full basketball schlorship to University of Vermont, Jen Shelp full basketball schlorship to University of Southern New Hampshire, Alyssa Mullins basketball schlorship to Mansfield University.

And now we have Jocelyn Ford and her Bloomsburg 26-4 team in the NCAA D-II Sweet Sixteen, and Brittany Mesler's 27-4 Nova Southeastern advanced to the NCAA D-II Sweet Sixteen as well. Congratulations girls and good luck.

Elmira Notre Dame senior guard Sheridan Heine has been selected by the coaches as Most Valuable Player for girls basketball in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Large School Division.

Heine averaged 18.9 points per game this season and helped the Crusaders to a 15-6 record and a berth in the Section 4 Class C semifinals. Heine, who will play at Division I Manhattan College, went over 1,000 career points during the postseason.

This year has been completely different for Notre Dame senior Sheridan Heine and Division I bound.

In the past the Crusaders have had success and Heine played a key role in that success.

But, every other year of her career Heine was one of the younger kids on a team with some strong veteran leaders.

From Detta Gublo her sophomore year to Olivia May last year, the Crusaders had other all-state players around her.

This year the Crusaders are Heine's team and her increased role in the offense helped her reach a big milestone on Wednesday night when she scored her 1,000th career point.

"It's great to know that my teammates look up to me," Heine said. "Being a leader is what I've been trying to do. It's nice to know they do look up to me. To make 1,000 points would be great. I'm happy to be at the milestone."

Early in her career getting to 1,000 points was never something that Heine imagined would happen


Sheridan Heine has been named a 2014 McDonald's All American Games Nominee

McDonald’s has announced its list of high school seniors who have 
been nominated for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games, taking place on April 2 at Chicago’s 
United Center. The final team of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2014 Games 
will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on January 
29 at 5:00 p.m. CT. 
Nearly 1,000 players from 44 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the 2014 
McDonald’s All American Games. Ohio boasts the highest number of nominees this year (121), 
followed by Texas (97), Iowa (72), New York (63) and New Jersey (56). Players were nominated by 
high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American 
Games Selection Committee. The complete list of nominees is available at 

“This year’s list of McDonald’s All American Games Nominees represents the finest prep talent across 
the country, and we are thrilled to present nearly 1,000 players with this once in a lifetime honor.” said 
Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “Today we 
celebrate this list of nominees, from which the final teams of 24 girls and 24 boys will emerge.”

 What a week for Elmira Lady Express AAU...our alumni have started the college basketball season with great team and individual results, and we have three official signings this week. Congratulations to Sheridan Heine Notre Dame senior signing with Manhattan College, Alyssa Mullins Vestal senior signing with Mansfield University, and Jen Shelp Vestal senior signing with Southern New Hampshire University. The girls have worked extremely hard and deserve the opportunity to play at the next level, and there is no doubt in my mind all the girls will do very well. With the signings over the girls can concentrate on this years high school season. Good luck .


Congratulations Sheridan Heine....our third Elmira Lady Express player to be offered a full basketball scholarship this year. Sheridan a senior at Notre Dame, is going to be a Manhattan Jasper next season. Manhattan plays in the MAAC, which includes perennial powerhouse Marist College. Sheridan has aspired to play D-I basketball since 7th grade. Last AAU season Sheridan was chosen 1st team All Gym Rat, 1st team All star at the Nike Nationals in Washington, DC. and proves again that hard work does pay off. Nice job!



Sheridan Heine (5-10 guard) Elmira Lady Express/Notre Dame H.S.: An athlete who sees and runs the floor. She will push the ball and pass it ahead to open teammates. Good high-low passer to teammates closer to the rim. Has good finishing moves to the hoop. Gets her share of defensive steals. Projects as D-II player.

Jen Shelp (5-8 guard) Elmira Lady Express/Vestal H.S.: Very good athlete and uses that athleticism well. Good body control and a smooth overall game. Can hit the long-range three-pointer. Can alter and block shots. Very nice all-around player, a coach’s dream. Projects as D-II and, possibly, a D-I player.



Sunday, December 23
Congratulations Taylor DePalma

Taylor DePalma senior point guard will be playing basketball for Cornell University in the fall and was accepted in Cornell's Business School. Taylor is presently averaging 16.0 ppg for Ithaca High School.