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Class AAA, Region 8, District 15
     Record: 19-1 (9-0)     Principal John Long
2009 Ridgeway Rd.
Memphis, TN 38119
 

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               RIDGEWAY 2009-2010

     Coach Wes Henning in his 18th year of coaching that includes 4 state championships will field another title contending squad. District 15 AAA honors will be battled for by the senior oriented Roadrunners and 3rd year high school Southwind. Ridgeway will be led by University of Memphis signee Tarik Black (6'8 - 215 lbs.), his inside play will be a force throughout the season with other teams having major problems trying to match up with the better skilled Black. Senior Daryl 'Boo' Marshall (6'0 - 170 lbs. diamond in the rough) running the point guard position and will contend to be one of the best in the city. Academic All American senior Corieon Pearson (6'0 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough) playing the point and 2 guard along with Kris Brewer (6'3 - 185 lbs. diamond in the rough). Martino Brock's (South Alabama) little brother Marterrance Brock (6'4 - 190 lbs. diamond in the rough) should round out a formidable starting lineup. A school with an enrollment of over 1,500 kids you always seem to find a unknown player to step up and contribute heavily. 

    Ridgeway will attend the Memphis vs. Atlanta Classic that yields the best teams, from both basketball hot beds for young talent. They will host the annual After Thanksgiving Tournament at Ridgeway High School. They will also face the Craigmont Chiefs in the Penny Hardaway Classic.

    Sophomore's Cameron Golden (6'1 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough) solid guard play, Adam Weary (6'2 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough), and Brandon Lewis (6'5 - 205 lbs. diamond in the rough) lead a strong supporting class to let the Roadrunners compete with the other deep teams in Division AAA.

College Coaches: Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the radar prospects, (college coaches click here).

Tarik Black 6'8 Memphis
Daryl Marshall 6'0 Senior
Marterrance Brock 6'4 Senior
Kris Brewer 6'3 Senior
Corioen Pearson 6'0 Senior
Cameron Golden 6'0 Sophomore
Adam Weary 6'2 Sophomore
Brandon Lewis 6'5 Sohomore
     
     
     

Updated 11-17-2009

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Recap 8-25-2005

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think there is a book that starts off that way, but I digress.

The anticipation of the upcoming AAU or summer campaign was alive and kicking all over the country in May of 2005, especially in Memphis.

The expectations seemed enormous, having finished second in the 17 and under nationals last season as 16's the Memphis YOMCA seemed primed for the ultimate run.

Something happened on the way to the gym.

It was apparent the Bluff City faithful were not the only parties interested in getting a piece of the star studded squad.

Adidas wanted to get a foothold in the ever burgeoning Memphis hoop scene and this seemed to be the initial move to start this particular ball
rolling.

So the YOMCA was no longer in the loop and the Memphis Pump-N-Run were officially born.

Taking a peek at the roster one could not blame Adidas for their bold move. Thaddeus Young, Willie Kemp, Wayne Chism, Pierre Niles and Brandon Powell made up a nucleus that would surely lead Team Memphis to the promised land.

The summer campaign started with a most interesting scenario as the "PNR" lost a game to the Mid-State Ballerz, who ironically had Willie Kemp running the show. This was an illusion that would soon change, as Kemp
shortly thereafter joined the PNR.

With all their ducks in a row, the PNR set out to establish themselves and put a benchmark on the national attention that would follow.

The Real Deal on the Hill, the first major tournament of the summer that coaches could attend. The pundits pined for the impending matchup between Team Memphis and the defending mythical goliath The Indy Spiece Heat. The Heat were led by the consensus top player in the class Greg Oden and numerous other high level prospects who could actually match the
PNR with name recognition.

The reputation was established and the aura of the PNR was created as the boys from Memphis soundly defeated the Heat and made a huge cry across the land as the best summer squad in existence.

Another funny thing happened on the way to their future endeavors, nothing.

For some inexplicable reason the PNR did not suit up for any of the Memorial Day festivities and was sparsely seen until the Adidas Super 64 in Atlanta, following the shoe camps.

The aforementioned players participated in various high level exposure camps and the three major shoe camps and kept their names on the tongues of coaches nationwide.

After achieving individual success at these various camps, the boys got back together with the purpose of putting the finishing touches on a grand and final run through the top programs the country had to offer. They added Ridgeway jumping jack Ernest Fields and ECS powerhouse Tim Johnson to the fold and things looked bright.

Once again a funny thing happened on the way to the gym.

The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in Atlanta.

Heading to Las Vegas for the final big time event of the summer, the PNR seemed poised and ready to achieve. After dominating pool play the lack of chemistry once again reared it's ugly head and some resentment among the players seemed to end this summer campaign on a sour note.

This team had the potential to be one of the best of all time. It is truly unclear what precipitated these events that grounded this team for much of the latter portion of May and June, but it truly had it's effect on their success.

None the less these kids are part of the best class of seniors to dot the Tennessee landscape in many years.

The decision to completely disassociate themselves with the
organization that they grew up playing for in retrospect now seems like a mistake. The YOMCA will continue on with quality younger teams and what to make of the Adidas affiliation with the Bluff City at this juncture is
unclear.
 

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

 

 
 

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