Monday, January 9, 2023

2023 Carmody Classic Recap

The 2023 Charlie Carmody Classic is in the books, and (as expected) it was a day full of great players and entertaining basketball. 


Game 1: Beecher 77 - Arthur Hill 47 
               MVP: Robert Lee (Beecher)

Game 2: Hamady 70 - Hamtramck 55
               MVP: Jakobie Boose (Hamady)

Game 3: Cass Tech 88 - Carman-Ainsworth 68
               MVP: Darius Acuff (Cass Tech)

Game 4: Grand Blanc 65 - East Lansing 51
               MVP: RJ Taylor (Grand Blanc)


Beecher’s Robert Lee set a pair of event records with 42 points and 17 field goals made! Cass Tech's 88 points scored as a team topped the previous record of 86 points scored by Brother Rice in 2019. Carman-Ainsworth also set an event record shooting 88.9% from the free throw line. In addition to those records, Grand Blanc's RJ Taylor scored his 1,000th career point, becoming just the second player in the Grand Blanc record books to reach that plateau.

2023 Carmody Classic Game MVPs

1st Team
  • Darius Acuff, Cass Tech
  • Tae Boyd, Grand Blanc 
  • “Boop” Hardy, Saginaw Arthur Hill
  • Robert Lee, Beecher (Moat Outstanding Player)
  • RJ Taylor, Grand Blanc
2nd Team: 
  • Jakobie Boose, Hamady
  • Sean Byrd, Hamady
  • Donovan Hamlin, Carman-Ainsworth
  • Cameron Hutson, East Lansing
  • Chris McLavish, Carman-Ainsworth 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

2023 Carmody Classic Schedule

This year's Carmody Classic will pit four of the top teams in Genesee County against opponents from throughout the state in what promises to be a great event. Be there January 7th!


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

A Classic New Name for a Classic Event

With a nod to the past and looking to the future, it is with great pride and excitement that the Grand Blanc boys basketball program is renaming our annual showcase event as The Charlie Carmody Best of the Best Classic (or for short, “The Carmody Classic”). The event, formerly known as the Gottagetit Hoop Classic, began in 2019 and has been held annually the first Saturday in January, bringing together some of the best high school basketball talent in Michigan. Past events have seen as many as 15-20 future division one college players participate, and has been recognized as the best showcase event in Michigan.

The Voice of the Bobcats, Charlie Carmody
Charlie Carmody was a 1980 graduate of Grand Blanc High School, and subsequently a math teacher at the school for nearly a quarter-century until his death in 2017 at the age of 54. He was also the founder & President of the Grand Blanc High School Alumni Association, and a beloved fixture in the Grand Blanc community. What he was perhaps best known for though was his role as “The Voice of the Bobcats,” serving as the public address announcer for Grand Blanc sporting events for 33 seasons. It was a perfect fit for him because, dating back to his student days as a red-clad, megaphone-toting superfan, nobody loved Grand Blanc sports more than he did. His passion for the Bobcats exuded through his voice, whether he was calling a basketball game, a football game, track & field, or some other event. 

Charlie’s wife Chris and his children, Jon and Olivia, are still fixtures at Grand Blanc sporting events, with Jon often now manning the microphone that made his father The Voice of the Bobcats. 

"Charlie was more than just 'The Voice of the Bobcats,' noted Grand Blanc Athletic Director, Jerrod Dohm. "In many ways, he was the personification of the Bobcats. His name being added to this event is just one more way that his legacy will live on as a part of Grand Blanc Athletics."

New boys basketball Head Coach Tory Jackson was the one who first suggested naming the event after Charlie. "One of my goals in becoming the coach at Grand Blanc," Jackson stated, "is to make sure we honor those who have come before us and made a positive impact on the kids and community. Charlie Carmody was a staple in the Grand Blanc community, so I thought renaming our winter classic after him would be a great way to honor such an amazing person."

Follow @CarmodyClassic on Twitter or the Carmody Classic Facebook page to stay up to date on more information about the event.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

2022 All-Gottagetit Team

First Team:

Kaden Brown (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) Robert Davis Jr. (Hamtramck) Carmelo Harris (Beecher)*** Trey McKenney (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) Chris McLavish (Carman-Ainsworth)

***-Most Outstanding Player

Second Team:

Amont’e Allen-Johnson (Grand Blanc)
Robert Lee (Beecher) Nick Marsh (River Rouge) Kareem Rozier (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) Curtis Williams (Brother Rice)

Third Team:

Amari Allen (Hamtramck) Tae Boyd (Grand Blanc) Durral Brooks (Grand Rapids Catholic Central) Treyvon Lewis (Ferndale) RJ Taylor (Grand Blanc)

2022 Gottagetit Hoop Classic

The third annual Gottagetit Hoop Classic is in the books, and like the two that preceded it, it was a huge success. 

Brother Rice Head Coach Rick Palmer put it nicely:

"Thank you to Mike Thomas and the entire Grand Blanc Hoops staff for running an absolutely first class event. The Gottagetit Hoop Classic is a great event for Michigan basketball."

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Head Coach Todd Covert agreed, and took it a step further: 

"It's the best event of the year...and it's not even close."


Game 1: River Rouge 58 - Bridgeport 41
               MVP: Nick Marsh (River Rouge)

Game 2: Hamtramck 70 - Saginaw 43
               MVP: Robert Davis Jr. (Hamtramck)

Game 3: Ferndale 82 - Davison 47
               MVP: Treyvon Lewis (Ferndale)

Game 4: Brother Rice 63 – Carman-Ainsworth 56
               MVP: Curtis Williams (Brother Rice)

Game 5: Beecher 75 - Grand Rapids Catholic Central 69
               MVP: Carmelo Harris (Beecher)

Game 6: Orchard Lake St. Mary's 65 – Grand Blanc 62
               MVP: Trey McKenney (OLSM)

Thursday, December 9, 2021

2022 Gottagetit Hoop Classic Lineup

This year's classic promises to be a great one! Check out the lineup of teams that will battle one another on January 8th:


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

FOUR Dunks for Latavius Vaughter

One of the big stars of the second GOTTAGETIT Hoop Classic was Latavius Vaughter of Clio, who set a Classic record with no less than FOUR dunks! Check out his dunks at the video below.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2020 co-MOPs: Lorne Bowman & Matt Nicholson

The second installment of the GOTTAGETIT Hoop Classic was absolutely filled with star power, but two players stood out above the rest. Wisconsin recruit Lorne Bowman (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) and Northwestern recruit Matt Nicholson (Clarkston) will spend the next four years doing battle in the Big 10, but on this night, the pair shared Most Outstanding Player honors at this amazing event!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

REVIEW: 2nd Annual GOTTAGETIT Hoop Classic

For the second straight year, the GOTTAGETIT Hoop Classic was a fantastic success. The day was filled with great performances by some of the top players and teams from the state of Michigan and beyond. Two Big 10 recruits (Lorne Bowman and Matt Nicholson) shared Most Outstanding Player honors, and the night was topped off with a thrilling battle between the host Grand Blanc Bobcats and the #1 ranked Orchard Lake St. Mary's Eaglets that went down to the final shot in front of a packed gym of nearly 2500 fans.   

And it wasn't just the fans who thought it was a great day. Participants, sponsors, media, scouts, and college coaches all agreed: 

Links for tweets are (clockwise, starting top left: Former Northwood University Head Coach Bob Taylor, of sponsor Old Man in the Gym, (with quoted tweet from sportscaster, Jeanna Trotman, Mid-Michigan Now); OLSM Head Coach Todd Covert; Brother Rice Head Coach Rick Palmer; The Family youth basketball organization

There were all kinds of highlights at this year's events, including two that got included in the HUDL Top 5 Epic Dunks for Michigan and one that skipped over the state highlights to be ranked #3 in the Top 5 Plays of the Week for the entire country:


Game 1: Clio 58 – Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 38
               MVP: LaTa'vius Vaughter (Clio)
Game 2: Brother Rice 78 – Saginaw Arthur Hill 66
               MVP: Curtis Williams Jr. (Brother Rice)
Game 3: Powers Catholic 70 – Macomb Dakota 62
               MVP: Owen Lobsinger (Powers)
Game 4: Clarkston 65 – Carman-Ainsworth 56
               MVP: Matt Nicholson (Clarkston)
Game 5: Chicago Thornton 83 – Saginaw 64
               MVP: Brandon Hall (Thornton)
Game 6: Orchard Lake St. Mary's 69 – Grand Blanc 63
               MVP: Lorne Bowman II (OLSM)

The six game MVPs from the 2020 GOTTAGETIT Hoop Classic. Top row: Lorne Bowman (OLSM), Brandon Hall (Thornton) & Matt Nicholson (Clarkston). Bottom row: Owen Lobsinger (Powers), Curtis Williams (Brother Rice) & LaTa'vius Vaughter (Clio)

First Team
Lorne Bowman (OLSM)co-MOP
Matt Nicholson (Clarkston)co-MOP
Brandon Hall (Thornton)
Fletcher Loyer (Clarkston)
Sir'Real Smith (Saginaw)

MOP – Most Outstanding Player

Second Team
Tim Jordan Jr. (Arthur Hill)
Owen Lobsinger (Powers)
Mark Miller (Grand Blanc)
LaTa'Vius Vaughter (Clio)
Curtis Williams Jr. (Brother Rice)

Third Team
Noah Baylis (Powers)
Mekhi Bloodworth (Loy Norrix)
Jon Brantley (Brother Rice)
Ty Rodgers (Grand Blanc)
Ryan Rollins (Dakota)

Most Points:
29 - Foster Loyer (Clarkston)
28 - Lorne Bowman II (OLSM)
28 - Sir'Real Smith (Saginaw)
22 - Brandon Hall (Thornton)
22 - Tim Jordan Jr. (Arthur Hill)

Most Field Goals Made:
10 - Tim Jordan Jr. (Arthur Hill)
  9 - Noah Bayliss (Powers)
  9 - Matt Nicholson (Clarkston)
  9 - Ryan Rollins (Dakota)
  9 - Sir'Real Smith (Saginaw)

Most 3-Point Field Goals Made:
 5 - Fletcher Loyer (Clarkston)*
 4 - Patrick Hollis (Carman-Ainsworth)
 4 - Owen Lobsinger (Powers)
 4 - Elvis Machul (Arthur Hill)
 4 - Sir’Real Smith (Saginaw)
 4 - Curtis Williams (Brother Rice)

Most Free Throws Made:
10 - Lorne Bowman II (OLSM)
  8 - Fletcher Loyer (Clarkston)
  6 - Brandon Hall (Thornton)
  6 - Koby Langdon (Hamady)
  6 - Mark Miller (Grand Blanc)
  6 - Sir'Real Smith (Saginaw)

Most Rebounds:
27 - Matt Nicholson (Clarkston)*
13 - Mark Miller (Grand Blanc)
12 - Owen Lobsinger (Powers)
12 - LaTa’Vius Vaughter (Clio)

Most Dunks:
  4 - LaTa’Vius Vaughter (Clio)*
  3 - Matt Nicholson (Clarkston)
  1 - Lavell Brodnex (Saginaw)
  1 - Ty Rodgers (Grand Blanc)
  1 - Ryan Rollins (Dakota)

  * - GOTTAGETIT Record

Most Points Scored:
83 - Thornton
78 - Brother Rice
70 - Powers Catholic
69 - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
66 - Saginaw Arthur Hill
66 - Grand Blanc

Fewest Points Allowed:
38 - Clio*
56 - Calrkston
58 - Loy Norrix
62 - Powers Catholic
64 - Chicago Thornton

Most Field Goals Made:
32 - Chicago Thornton*
28 - Brother Rice
27 - Powers Catholic
26 - Macomb Dakota
25 - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Most 3-Point Field Goals Made:
12 - Chicago Thornton*
  9 - Saginaw Arthur Hill
  8 - Brother Rice
  7 - Carman-Ainsworth
  7 - Grand Blanc
  7 - Powers Catholic

Most Free Throws Made:
15 - Clarkston
14 - Brother Rice
14 - Clio
13 - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
11 - Chicago Thornton
11 - Grand Blanc
11 - Saginaw Arthur Hill

Best Free Throw Percentage:
76.5% - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
75.0% - Carman-Ainsworth
71.4% - Clarkston
70.0% - Brother Rice
69.2% - Powers Catholic

  * - GOTTAGETIT Record