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Joe Creen
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1041 West 57th St
Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, August 3
Future Lady Knights

    Welcome. The Future Lady Knights is an organization formed to help female athletes (3rd grade -8th grade) who plan to attend Assumption High School, Davenport, Iowa , and who want a competitive and developmental basketball experience. FLK teaches the girls as a team and individually the work ethic and the fundamentals to be better basketball players and life skills to become better persons. In 2016-2017 the FLK is in its 20th year. FLK is inclusive and will give the opportunity to girls who are ready and willing to learn and develop their individual and team fundamental skills in a competitive setting. The degree of committment and competitiveness for the girls in FLK increases each year, especially in the upper grades.

   Coach Katelyn McNamara is in her first year as Assumption girls varisty head coach. Previously she was an assistant Varsity and Sophomore coach at AHS, amassing a 98-7 record. She is joined by Coach Mike Thissen, long term veteran assistant AHS varsity coach and Megan Miller, and Jasmine Binion (former FLK player) as the new AHS Sophomore/JV coach and Grace Fennelly (former FLK player) as new  AHS Freshman coach.     

     Basketball is a big deal at Assumption. The Assumption varsity girls team won the school's first State Championship in 2007-2008 and were the Three-Pete winners of Iowa Girls Basketball Championship, winning the Championship in 2012- 2013, and 2011-2012, and 2010-2011.  In 2000 the varisty girls were in the Championship game and won 2nd place in the State championship game.  

In 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 the Lady Knights were the undefeated MAC conference champs, and with the 2013-2014 season were the MAC conference champs for 11 years straight. From 2000-2016, the varsity team qualified for State almost every year and played as part of the elite eight of final four or in teh championship game in Des Moines in most of these years.  What remarkable decade for the Assumption girls basketball teams.

This year in 2016.2017 the returning seniors on the AHS varsity team are Jasmine Harris, Liz Fennelly, Jamie Hamel, Shelly Moore.  The returning juniors are Carley Brown, Bailey Brown, Delaine Brown, Caroline Crosby, Grace Ralfh, Bridget Poster, and Grace Jacobsen . They will be helped by a promising sophomore class with returning players who will play  varsity or JV are Ali Timmons, Carly King, Leah Nelson, Laureen Herrig, Madelyn Maheski, Emma Van Severen, Anna VondHaar, Ellie Boldt, Olivia Lansing, Olivia Leinert, Erin Ackerman, Eillie Ivanic, 

The 2012-2013 State Champs and MAC conference championship team were blessed with leadership skills of Hailey Schneden, Mary Kate Fennelly, Danielle Moore, Kate Fennelly, Morgan Pavlich, Kristen Ketellaar, and  Megan Leabo, several of whom were starters for 3 years (and all are former FLK players). In 2013-14 team again qualified for a trip to Des Moines. The returning letterman seniors , who all were on the prior year State Championship team , were Danielle Cabel, Maddie Irmen, Kennedy King, Sarah Matson, Grace Ambrose, Sydney Verdi, Madelyn Frommelt, Claire Bird and sophmore Riley Behan and Mackenzie Roman. 

The state championship team and MAC conference champs of 2010-11 and 2011-2012 teams were blessed with Assumption varsity players of   Melissa Youngblut, Emma Ambrose,  Sam Johannsen, Abbey Strajack and Hailey Fox. The State Championship team of 2011-12 were lead by seniors Kate Herrig, Grace Fennelly, Kelsey Klein,  Jasmine Binion and Katheryn Matson and sophmores Hailey Schneden, Danielle Moore, Kate Fennelly, Mary Kate Fennelly. All of the varsity players were part of the FLK program. 

       In  2009-10 the Assumption girls varsity basketball team  lead by seniors Sam Thrapp,  Allison Spinas Valinais , Morgan Steffen, Sam Hollunbeck, and Hannah Adams (all former FLK players) again were (18-4) and unefeated MAC conference champions.  In this season AHS varsity were again MAC champions, the 7th straight year.  the Assumption varsity girls were district winners in the State tourney. Like most of our varisty team this team was fun to watch all year and finished with a 18-4 record. 

The 2009 team was undefeated MAC champs, (18-4) and were in teh elite eight at State. 

In 2007-08 the varsity AHS girls had a perfect undefeated season (27-0) and won the Iowa State Championship.  All of the girls on the 2007-08 varsity team  had all  gone through the FLK program .

The 2006-2007 team (24-3) were MAC champs and were in the final four at State.  

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Wednesday, August 24
FLK skills camp starts September mid February 2017

The FLK skills camp begins Saturday September 24,  2016 at AHS at 8:00AM for the 3rd grade 9:15AM for the 4th grade and 10:35AM for the 5th grade.  

These girls were in FLK, now at AHS
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Wednesday, August 24
FLK - is into its 20th year: Did you Know

FUTURE LADY KNIGHTS.  DID YOU KNOW…..  FLK was started to help the girls that were going to go to Assumption learn the fundamentals of basketball, both individual & team skills, and on a  competitive basketball team by 6th, 7th & 8th grade.  FLK is for those girls who intend to go to Assumption High School.Our players are taught sportsmanship, discipline, responsibility, commitment and how to expect to win. FLK is a program that teaches the fundamentals of basketball to girls in 3rd to 8th grade.
  • FLK is in its 20th year ( 2016-2017).
  • FLK started in 1997-98 with three teams of about 30 girls (in 5th, 6th 7th grades).
  • By 2000, FLK had teams in each grade 3rd – 8th.
  • In 2012-13 there were 99 girls in the FLK. There are 1 or 2 teams at each grade level (3rd – 8th).
  • Since 2000 the FLK 7th & 8th grade FLK teams have played a total of over 2500 games and won 72% of them.
  • Since 2000, two FLK teams qualified for the national AAU tournaments. FLK won the NAYS national championship tournament in Ohio (2000) and the AYBTour national championship in Illinois (2006), and in 2011 was Second at the AYBTour nationals in Illinois.  
  • No girl has been cut or left off a Future Lady Knights team. 
  • The Freshman team at AHS has been 238-15 in the past 12 years (an average of 20-1/year). 
  • In the five years before the FLK players reached the varsity as juniors and seniors, the Assumption girls varsity teams had a total record of 65 wins – 47 losses.  For the past seven years thereafter, when the FLK players were on the varsity as sophomores, juniors and seniors, and the Assumption varsity record was 166 wins – 31 losses (81.2%). As of 2012, AHS  won the MAC conference each year for 10 straight years and were undefeated 6 of 10 years.
  • A girl in FLK has the opportunity to have skills camp and plays league games in 3rd grade.  Skills camps continue for 4th and 5th grade and there are league and tournament games.  Tournaments are played in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams in Iowa and Illinois.  The 7th and 8th grade FLK teams also play summer ball and have traveled to summer tournaments in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio.
  • Girls in the FLK basketball program also do soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, golf, track, volleyball, dance, cheerleading, band, music, & mock trial.  Many of the FLK girls are on the academic honor rolls of their respective grade schools. 
  • All the FLK girls go to Mass as a team in the summer when they travel to out-of-town tournaments. 

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Thursday, January 15
Tips for Parents

The Key to Peak Performance 
               The role that parents play in the life of a young athlete has a tremendous impact on their experience. Here are some reminders to help keep this in mind.
Let the coahes coach: Leave the coaching up to the coaches. This includes motivating your child for practice, after game critiquing, setting goals, requiring additional training, etc. You have entrusted the care of your player to these coaches and they need to be free to do their job. If a player has too many coaches, it is confusing for him and his performance will usually decline. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with spending time with your child on your own throwing the ball around or shooting hoops but do it as a parent not as a coach.
Support the program: Get involved. Volunteer! Help out with fundraisers, car-pool, anything to support the program.
Be your child's best fan: Support your child unconditionally. Do not withdraw love when your child performs poorly. Your child should never have to perform to win your love.
Support and root for all players on both teams: Foster teamwork. Your child's teammates are not the enemy, nor is the other team. When you childrens teammates are playing better than your child or the other team is playing better than your child's team, your child has an important opportunity to learn.
Do not bribe or offer incentives: Your job is not to motivate. Leave this to the coaches and their staff. Bribes will distract your child from focusing on team play.
Encourage your child to talk with the coaches: If your child is having difficulties in practice or games, or can't make a practice, etc., encourage them to speak directly to the coaches. This "responsibility taking" is a big part of the learning process. By handling the off-field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
Understand and display appropriate game behavior: Respect the game. It has a long tradition. Thousands of people are involved because they love the game. Sportsmanship is learned and can be taught. What you do should be of the quality that you would want your activities and words recorded and then replayed for all to see. Remember, your child's self-esteem and game performance is at stake. Be supportive and cheer. To perform to the best of their ability, a player nees to focus on the parts of the game they can control; fitness, positioning, decision making, skill, aggressiveness, etc.. If they start to focus on things they can not control; field conditions, the referee, the weather, the opponent, etc., they will not play up to their ability.
Monitor eating and sleeping habits: Be sure your child is eating the proper foods and getting adequate rest.
Help your child set the right priorities: Help your child maintain a focus on schoolwork, relationships, church, God and other things in life besides sports. If the child has committed to a sport make sure that the committment is kept.

FLK 7th grade Champs in 2014 (class 2019) future AHS Champs
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Monday, August 4
FLK 7th grade take Second Place at the Nationals in Chicago in July 2014

The FLK 7th grade  team won Second Place at the summer Nationals in Chicago in July 2014.  (In 2011 the FLK 6th grade team took second place at summer nationals in Blooimington Ill). The FLK summer 7th grade team is the fourth FLK team in 14 years to make it to the championship game at nationals. 

The girls really came together during the 5 day national event in Chicago Ill. The 7th grade actually played as two evenly split groups at nationals. One team was third (lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champ). The other group took the final championship game to double overtime and lost by 1 point.  As players and as a team, the girls evolved and grew. Each girl showed something new and improved in her ability. No girl ever quit. Each girl believed she could win and played like the team should win. As a team and as individuals, the girls proved their heart and ability. All week the girls played smart and hard, so that by the Saturday night when they were seated by the other coaches for single elimination play on Sunday, one group earned their first place seating and the other group was seated thrid. The third seated group took the silver medals.     

The 2014 summer FLK 7th grade team are: Lea N., Ali T., Laureen H., Emma VanS. Ellie B., Jenny S., Lacey W., Anna VdH., Madi M, Olivia L., Ellie I., Olivia L., Sam R., Peyton H., Paige M., Eryn A., Sarah T. (hurt or on vacation during nationals were: Carly K., Laureen D., Josie B.),  are establishing themselves as force.  We , as coaches, have high expectations of the team for this winter season and are excited to get to coach each girl again.

State Champs 2008
Monday, March 3
Assumption Lady Knights are Perfect Winning the State Championship and Finishing the Season 27-0

The Lady Knights are the girls 2A state champions, finishing the year 27-0, and defeating a great opponent, MFL Mar Mac, who was ranked no. 2 by the State at the end of the regular season. In the finals it was the no.1 ranked Assumption Lady Knights against the no. 2 ranked, then undefeated, Mar Mac Bulldogs in the final game on Friday night Feb 29, 2008. In a thrilling defensive oriented game the Knights won 46-27, holding the Bulldogs to the lowest score they had all year. Having been to the state tourney in Des Moines for the past four consecutive years and ending those years at the final four or elete eight level, this year things were to be different. This year the Knights got to the final game, for the second time in school history. This time for the first time in school history, the girls win the championship game and take home the State 2A championship trophy. The girls program has joined the Assumption boys program in expecting to be at state each year and win it.

      This group of girls are a true team. Every girl sacrificed for the good of the whole team. Every girl tried to make her teammate better, and no one seemed to care about "stats". Each girl on the team may have been able to start at any other team in the conference. Indeed some say that the second best team in the MAC this year is the second team on the Knights.

    In the final three games at state, the team lead all schools shooting .458 from the field and scoring an average of 58 points/game

     Seniors Laureen Lybbert and Anne Smith were chosen to the all 2A tourney team. Senior Gabby Binion had a season high, and a school record, for assists. Laurren Lybbert was chosen 1st team All State team. Gabby Binion and Anne Smith were selected to the 2nd team All-State


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