SOUTHERN OHIO MAGIC, AAU BASKETBALL PROGRAM, P.O. BOX 487, PORTSMOUTH, OHIO 45662

Carl Daehler               President                                      740-352-9460
Scott Davis                  Vice President                             740-352-7911
Barbara Schmidt       Treasurer                                     740-352-8348
Mark Wynn                 Tournament Director               740-357-1813
Jill Milligan                Advisor and Coach                     740-961-1748

Who is Southern Ohio Magic?
Southern Ohio Magic is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Portsmouth, Ohio and affiliated with Amteur Athletic Union (AAU).  Founded in February 2007, we focus our attention on boys and and girls basketball programs and players 4th grade through 11th grade.  We take youth throughout Southern Ohio, neighboring states and counties and support them through their participation in amateur competition.

Our club meets the need for area boys and girls who wish to improve their basketball skills by participating throughout the tri-state in organized regional competition with other teams in appropriate age groups.  For this reason, we have come together collectively as a community supported by area individuals, businesses, our city schools, county schools, and Shawnee State University to provide an equal opportunity for all youth of Southern Ohio.

During the spring and summer of 2012, Southern Ohio Magic had 19 teams competing in basketball tournaments and NCAA tournaments and showcases.  Many of our teams has competed at State and National tournaments.  The organization is very proud of our outstanding players and parents that takes the time for their kids to compete and play the sport that they love.
 
We have had several girls receive scholarships to play at the next level.  We have several players from our 2012 11th grade boys receiving offers and looking forward to their signings.  We are proud to annouce that Southern Ohio Magic has a scholarship fund to those who have played for the Magic since the beginning and has the opportunity to play at the next level. 

Amanda Ruffner - Fairmont State
Allison Mitchell - Cleveland State
Brianna Libertore - Walsh University
Chelsea Bradley - West Liberty University

Ruffner inks with Fairmont

CHESAPEAKE -- All it took was one visit to Fairmont for Amanda Ruffner to narrow a list that included dozens of colleges down to just one school.

On Thursday, Ruffner made it official as she signed to play collegiate basketball at Fairmont State University.

"It's a beautiful campus and I instantly fell in love with it," Ruffner said. "I could see myself walking around campus and hanging out with friends there. And the coaching staff definitely won me over. I could definitely picture myself there."

Now, Ruffner is going to be a Falcon -- a fit that Chesapeake coach Chris Ball said is a match made in Almost Heaven.

"They have a pretty good team up there," Ball said. "They win 20 games nearly every year up there. She is going into a good situation, and I'm happy for that."

Fairmont State coach Steve McDonald expects championships from his team, which competes in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as an NCAA Division II member.

Ruffner said that tenacity to excel fits her style perfectly.

"I want to go somewhere that we will win a championship. That's just my competitive nature," Ruffner said. "I wanted a school with a great program and where I would excel. Hopefully, I can fit in to what they have going on right now."

Ruffner averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as a junior and is currently just 112 points away from joining the 1,000-point club at Chesapeake.

Ball said that she can do a little bit of everything no matter what the need is in a situation. Her versatility has made her one of the top players in the area and Ball is happy to see her moving on.

"This has been a dream for her since long ago," Ball said. "Her Dad was a big influence while he was alive and her Mom has continued to push her as well. It's been pleasing for me as a coach and as a person to watch her dream come true."

Given Ruffner's competitive nature, she already inflicts plenty of pressure on herself to perform at a high level each night.

That's why she was especially pleased to have the decision out of the way, so she can focus on basketball without the added stress of making a decision for college.

"It definitely put my nerves to ease and was exciting," Ruffner said. "It's something I had been waiting for and I'm glad that I accomplished that dream. Now, I can go out, do my best and have a good time."

As Ruffner prepares for her senior year, which opens next week, she wanted to thank those coaches -- both former, current and future -- who helped to make Thursday's special moment possible.

"I want to thank my AAU coach Kenny Justice and David Curry for all they did for me, and Chris Ball for what he's done," Ruffner said. "Also, I greatly appreciate Fairmont for allowing me to have this opportunity. It's a dream come true."

South Point Lady Pointers’ senior forward Allison Mitchell (5) has signed to play basketball at Cleveland State. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

 





Southern Ohio Magic Club #WWWEDB.  All coaches and players must use this club number for their AAU membership.  Please write the club number down and click the "join AAU" tab at the top of the page. 

All Southern Ohio Magic coaches must have their AAU Card membership.  Coaches must email Mark Wynn their tournaments at mark.wynn@falcon1.net to enter their teams in each tournaments.  Please do NOT email the night before the deadline of the tournament.  It would be much appreciated if coaches allow him enough time to place each team in tournaments as we have many teams.   
Chad Lands signs with Otterbein!!

Chad Lands has been a big part of Eastern’s basketball success for the past four years.

Now Lands is set to begin a new chapter in his basketball career as he prepares to join the Otterbein University Cardinals.
 
“It was a tough decision. I had it down to Otterbein or Ohio Northern,” said Lands when asked about his college decision. “Those were my two main choices. I took a lot of time to decide between the two. I just felt Otterbein was the best fit academically and athletically.”

Otterbein is located in Westerville, which will allow Lands a shorter trip home than it would have at Ohio Northern in Ada.

“I like the environment, campus and town. I think I should be able to play right away because they are going to have both a junior varsity and varsity team. So, I will have the opportunity to play, especially since the coach is looking for me to compete for a starting guard position for the varsity team,” said Lands.

“This has been a dream of mine since I started playing basketball and I am just happy that it is all coming true, and being able to live out everything I want to do basketball-wise.”

Lands, who scored his 1,000th point near the midpoint of his senior season, averaged 21.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals per game this past year. He shot 45-percent for two-point field goals and 39 percent for three-point field goals. He also shot 76 percent from the foul line.

Lands collected many awards throughout his high school career, capping his senior season with the best accolades of his career.

“I want to thank all of my coaches, my parents, my family and everyone who has been a part of my basketball career. It would have been impossible,” said Lands. “Without all of them, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. I also want to thank Coach Fitch for everything he has done for me. I will miss all of the coaches, the school and being able to play here.”




        

 

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