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Reading Program A Hit

Jul. 25, 2018

Thanks to Judy Braman and Sheri Spina and the high school mentors for again organizing and teaching our Reading & Mindfulness program for children entering 4th and 5th grades. The 4-week effort closed on Monday with all participants getting certificates and a specially designed T-shirt.

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Reading & Mindfulness Program A Hit

Jul. 22, 2018

The top teams in both the men's and women's divisions square off this week in King of Kings Summer Pro-Am Basketball. On Monday at 7:45, unbeaten and defending men's champion Eggan Excavating takes on an aggressive CNY Sealcoating, which has won four straight after losing it...

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Reading & Mindfulness Program A Hit

Jul. 19, 2018

Miranda Drummond Utica Select 23.8 Stevie Ray Rim Rockers 21.8 Emily Engstler Utica Select 21.7 Tiana Mangakahia Utica Select 20.3 Madi Shea Dragons 16.0 tr...

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Men's Scoring Leaders

Jul. 13, 2018

EJ Gallup of Eggan Excavating and Denzel Gregg of Team Eannace are the men's leading scorers among those who have played at least three games. See all of our top scrorers here....

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Eggan, Rim Rockers Men's Leaders

Jul. 8, 2018

As we head into Week 4 of men's play, the two teams who played in the finals last year, Eggan Excavating and Rim Rockers, head the standings. Defending champs Eggan is 3-0. They are again moving the ball beautifully and draining 3s. Shea Bromirski and EJ...

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Chan-Man Is MVP; Men's Stars Named

Aug. 12, 2017

Kenton Chan-Man of Upstate Swagger was named men's MVP for the 2017 King of Kings season. Chan-Man, who led the league in scoring with 26.0 per game, is from New York City and now lives in Syracuse. He attended Berkeley College. Joining him on the all-stars are Joe Cremo (Eggan...

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Young Leads Stars As Women's MVP

Aug. 11, 2017

Isis Young, who will play for Syracuse University this season, was selected 2017 Women's MVP. Young is a transfer from the University of Florida. She led the league in scoring with 24.6 ppg and her team One In A Million team to an unbetaen regular season. The All-Star teams includes:...

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Hats Off to Students, Mentors in Reading Program

Aug. 9, 2017

Certificates of participation were presented to the students and mentors from our Summer Reading and Mindfulness program for children in grades 3-5. The program was organized by King of Kings Advisory Board members Judy Braman and Sheri Spina. The program ran throughout our season prior to games on Monday...

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Complete Playoff Results

Aug. 9, 2017

Complete Playoff Results Monday, Aug. 7 Upstate Swagger (2) 85,  Utica Elite (7) 77 Number 2 seed Upstate Swagger came from 18 points down to defeat #7 Utica Elite, 85-78. Jafar Kinsey lit it up for the winners with 43 points. He won't be playing for the rest of the season because he...

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Eggan's & One In A Million Champs

Aug. 2, 2017

Men's Playoff Schedule at MVCC Monday, Aug. 7 6:30 – Upstate Swagger (2) vs. Utica Elite (7) 7:45 – Prestige Elite (4) vs. CNY Concrete (5) Wednesday Aug 9 6:30 – GBG (3) vs. Rim Rockers (6) 7:45 – Eggan Excavating (1) vs. O'Scugnizzo's (8) Friday, Aug. 11 Semifinals 6:30 & 7:45 Sunday, Aug. 13 3:45 – Championship   Women's...

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Top Seeds On Line This Week

Jul. 29, 2017

Entering the final week of the regular season, GBG can clinch the top seed in the men's playoffs with a win in the 6:30 game Monday over Upstate Swagger. However, a Swagger win could lead to a four-way tie for first. In the women's division, the top seed will...

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Hawkins drops 32 to help lift CNY Concrete over the Rim Rockers

Jun. 21, 2017

Tuesday afternoon, Mohawk Valley Community College opened it's doors once again for Upstate NY's top basketball summer league. King of Kings is now open for its 12th annual season. Our season jumped off with an memorable game to say the least. Former league MVP, Jalen Hawkins led...

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Zachary and Davis score high to beat Utica Elite

Jun. 21, 2017

The following game showcased Mickey David and Prestige Elite facing off against Trahson Burrell and Utica Elite. Prestige took care of business with a 91-80 win. Davis dropped 23 in this one to help lift his team to victory. 17-year-old point guard, Malik Zachary was phenomenal in his...

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Hawkins & Millea Named MVPs

Aug. 13, 2016

Jalen Hawkins becomes the first high school player to be selected MVP of the King of Kings Summer Pro-Am men's basketball league, and incoming Lemoyne College freshman Liz Millea of Cooperstown is women's MVP. Both play in today's championship games at MVCC. Hawkins and his Hoop Fiends Select...

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Broken Bone, Foul Trouble Can't Stop Kaigler

Aug. 9, 2016

Dan Kaigler and his Hard2Guard teammates were trailing in the third period when he picked up his fourth foul on a play in which he injured his foot. With a sub ready to take his place, Kaigler was called for his fifth foul and hobbled to the bench. Rather than begging...

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Men's Playoffs Open Monday

Aug. 5, 2016

The men's playoffs tip-off with a doubleheader Monday and continue Wednesday, Friday and Sunday August 14. On Monday at 6:30, number two seed Hoops Fiend Select take on the Hawks (7). League leading scorer Jalen Hawkins and Josh Henderson lead Hoop Fiends. The 7:45 match-up pits #4 Hard2Guard against #5 Utica...

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Tie Breaker Rules for Playoff Seeding

Jul. 28, 2016

The men's season enters the final week of the regular season with a five-way tie for first place among Monie's All-Stars, Hard2Guard, Hoop Fiends Select, Utica Select and Rim Rockers, all at 4-2.  Four of those teams faceoff on Wednesday, with Hard2Guard vs. Rim Rockers at 6:30 and Utica Select...

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Thanks to Community Foundation

Jul. 21, 2016

A generous grant from the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties has enabled King of Kings to expand its social media presence and meet basis equipment and personnel needs. The grant paid for our website, a camera used to shoot game action and spectators, a student intern stipend, posters...

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Jul. 2, 2016

There will be no men's game on July 4 and no women's on July 5. The Wednesday, July 6 men's doubleheader will be at Utica College. Generals face Hoop Fiends Select at 6:30 and Rim Rockers vs Jawks at 8....

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Season Dedicated to Memory of Harris & Smith

Jun. 20, 2016

King of Kings dedicates this season to the memories of two men who meant so much to the community at large and many who have played, coached and faithfully followed our program, Mychal Harris and Will Smith.

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Opening Night

Jun. 16, 2016

The 2016 men's seasons tipped off at Mohawk Valley with big wins by Upstate Swagger and Monie's All-Stars. Prior to the game, a moment of silence was taken in memory of Will Smith and Mychal Harris, for whom we are dedicating the season. Monie's All-Stars [116] vs. Utica Select [88] Sharpshooter Mickey...

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Utica Select Men's Champs, Hard2Guard Women's Winner

Jun. 14, 2016

Congratulations to the Utica Select men's team and the Hard2Guard women for winning King of Kings Summer Pro-Am Championships on Sunday, Aug. 9 E.J. Gallup scored 21 points and Brian Ormon added 18 as Utica Select men defeated Hard2Guard 78-67 on Aug. 9 in the King of Kings summer basketball league...

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Hard2Guard, Utica Select Move on to Men's Finals

Aug. 7, 2015

The one-two punch of Lamar Kearse (27 points) and Cornelius Vines (23) led 3rd seed Hard2Guard over #2 Prestige Elite, 90-72. They will play Utica Select for the men's title after Ocko Sii failed to field enough players, awarding a forfeit to 8th seed Select. Hard2Guard led most of the way,...

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Hard2Guard & Upstate Ballers On to Women's Finals

Aug. 6, 2015

Hard2Guard knocked off Utica Select, 55-41, and Upstate Ballers downed Flicka Da Wrist, 46-38, to advance to Sunday's women's finals at 3:00 at MVCC. Irene Hudson led Upstate Ballers with 15 points, followed by Kristen Dodge's 12. Djjhai Patterson topped Hard2Guard with 16 points and Raychel Shannon had 13. Utica...

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Utica Select, Ochi Sii Advance to Men's Semis

Aug. 5, 2015

Eighth seed Utica Select took down top seed Upstate Swagger, 79-68, and #4 Ocho Sii, led by Chris Gilkes' 30 points, broke open a close game to defeat #5 Hoop Fiends Select, 101-83. The winners advance to play each other at 6:45 Friday in the semi-finals at MVCC. Second seed Prestige Elite plays #3 Hard2Guard at 8:00.

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Women's Semi-Finals Set

Aug. 4, 2015

Fran Cotrupe's layup with 3.5 seconds left gave fourth seed Hard2Guard a 52-50 win over #5 Rim Rockers and #3 Upstate Ballers eliminated #6 Showstoppers, 46-37, advancing the winners to the women's division semi-finals Thursday evening at Notre Dame High.

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Hard2Guard & Prestige Elite Advance

Aug. 3, 2015

Second seed Prestige Elite took the lead in the last minute to hold off 7th seed Monie's All-Stars and #3 Hard2Guard roared past #6 The Generals to advance to a semi-final matchup Friday night at MVCC in the King of Kings men's division.

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Monday First Round Preview

Aug. 2, 2015

The Generals beat Hard2Guard in the first week, 68-60.  Hard2Guard is on a three-game win streak, and clinched third place last week with a win over Hoop Fiends Select. Prestige Elite last week handed top seed Upstate Swagger its only loss. Monie's All-Stars started the season 2-0, including a win over Prestige. They then lost four in a row.

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Pro Ball Calls Gumby Back to Germany

Jul. 30, 2015

Dave Golembiowski and his Upstate Swagger are in the familiar position of being top seed heading into the men's playoffs. Unfortunately, Golembiowski won't be here to see them through to a possible sixth trip to the finals.

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Playoff Schedule

Jul. 29, 2015

King of Kings Summer Pro-Am Basketball playoffs are next week, with men starting on Monday and women on Tuesday. Tops seeds are first place teams Upstate Swagger in the men's division and Utica Select in the women's. Men's Playoffs At MVCC Monday, Aug. 3 6:30- Hard2Guard (3) vs. The Generals (6) 7:45- Prestige Elite (2) vs....

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Gilkes 'Confidence Rising'

Jul. 28, 2015

In this his third season playing in King of Kings, Chris Gilkes keeps getting better. The 2013 graduate of SUNY Oswego is among the league's top scorers with 26.7 points per game playing for Ocho Sii, including 31 in a win Monday over the Generals. The next hoped for step...

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Gallup A Professional Sharp Shooter

Jul. 24, 2015

A shooting stroke as perfect as that of EJ Gallup takes years to develop. So it's no surprise the admitted "gym rat" started honing his craft at a young age. "My mom didn't have a baby sitter, so she would drop me off at the gym," says Gallup. From there, he...

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Coffee Takes Her Game to Europe & Utica

Jul. 22, 2015

In addition to always being one of the best players in our women's league, Rachel Coffee comes the farthest to be part of the King of Kings playing experience. Coffee is back home in Kingston, NY in the summer, and makes the 146-mile trip to Utica every Tuesday to play on...

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Both Smith & K of K Going Strong at 10 Years

Jul. 19, 2015

King of Kings celebrates its 10th anniversary this season, and Joe Smith has played in every season.  Smith, age 33, and his Upstate Swagger teammates have won three men's championships, the most of any team, and lost in the finals twice. They are currently 5-0 and in first place. Smith is entering...

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Practice Makes Perfect for Mickey Davis

Jul. 17, 2015

Mickey Davis takes his craft as a basketball player very seriously. That's why he spends four hours a day in the gym, much of it working on his three-point shooting. The results can be seen anytime he and his Prestige Elite team take the floor. Davis tied the King of Kings...

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Henderson "Has Faith" from Long Range

Jul. 16, 2015

By Ken Lacy Jr. After starting off the season with a big loss, Hoops Fiends Select has turned it around. A big reason for this turnaround is Josh Henderson's offense. After posting a season high 29 points in a slim one point victory over Monie's All Stars, I was able to...

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Thanks to Community Foundation

Jul. 10, 2015

A generous grant from the Community Foundation of Oneida & Herkimer Counties has enabled us to expand our media presence and purchase equipment. The grant included funds for our website (, a camera we have used to shoot and post game action and photos of fans for our social and...

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