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Matthew Poyner

Good Evening GF Hoops Family,

As many of you may have already heard, we have lost one of our own this week:  Matt Poyner. Matt passed away unexpectedly in his sleep early Tuesday morning.  Matt was a youth coach for us this season; he was helping to coach a 5th grade boys team. Additionally, he had also been a player with GF Hoops – both in the House and Select leagues - for many years. 

Matt was a sophomore at Langley High School who was passionate about many things – including baseball and basketball.  He was a young man of great intelligence tempered with a great empathy for everyone he met.  Matt has been described to me as a young man with a “magnetic” personality; people were drawn to his optimism and love for life.  Everyone who knew Matt loved Matt.  He was dedicated to his studies, his family, baseball, and to the 5th grade team that he was coaching this season with one of his closest friends, Alex Ladd.  He was also a believer in giving back to his community which is why he wanted to coach.

The Poyner Family is an integral part of the GF Hoops community as well as an integral part of the Great Falls community.  Vern and Dawna, along with their sons Ryan, John, and Matt have been involved in GF Hoops for many, many years.   They have supported us in the past with their volunteerism and now it is our turn to support them.  While this loss is being felt profoundly throughout our community, it is being felt even more deeply by his family and large circle of close friends.  So, on behalf of the GF Hoops Board, we ask that everyone keep the Poyner Family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Although Matt may no longer be with us, his legacy will live on in our community.  I am very pleased to announce that the GF Hoops Board, with Vern and Dawna’s permission, has decided to name our Youth Leadership Scholarship in his honor.  The Matthew Poyner Youth Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to 4 college-bound seniors at the upcoming 8th Grade Girls All Stars game on March 7.

Feel free to join us at that game to honor Matt, as well as 4 very-deserving high school seniors who, like Matt, feel a sense of service to community and who also understand that leadership comes from within.
Michelle Claude, Commissioner
GF Hoops

2015 GF Hoops Tournament Brackets

The new Single Elimination Brackets are posted below.  Due to the weather issues many brackets have been modified - make sure you double check the time and locations of your games!



Great Falls Select All League Honors

As many of you know, Great Falls Select Basketball competes in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL).  With Fairfax County being one of the most populous counties in the country (2011 census has it at #36 in all of USA), this league brings an incredible level of competition for our more skilled basketball players in Great Falls.  It is well run and provides our boys and girls the chance to play against some very strong talent.
GFSB has 11 teams competing this year with over 110 kids.  At this time of year, the league follows a process to nominate and vote for ALL LEAGUE players, Most Valuable Players (MVPs), and MVCs (Most Valuable Coach). 
Last evening, the league announced the results for the 2014-15 season and we are proud to announce that GFSB was very well represented!

  • We had 12 players voted all league – over 10% of the entire GFSB population! A nice accomplishment.
  • We had 2 players voted MVP for their grade/division – Isabella Perkins and Duncan Brown!!  This is a spectacular accomplishment and congratulations to both players!!
  • We had 1 coach voted MVC for their grade/division – Ben Urbanski!!!  As voted by his coaching peers; Ben grew up in Great Falls Basketball and this is an honor for sure.  Well done Ben!

The below players will be recognized with awards during the March 8th League Finals.  We will send out information to all Great Falls House and Select families on the locations and times of these events, if you are able to get out and support our players. 


  • 5th Grade Girls, Division 1 – Alayna Arnolie, Olivia Walke, Gracie Arnolie
  • 5th Grade Boys, Division 1 – Garrett Brennan
  • 6th Grade Girls, Division 1 – MVP Isabella Perkins, Oma Mere
  • 6th Grade Boys, Division 3 – Nicholas Faili
  • 7th Grade Boys Division 1 – Same Maruca, Kunal Sharma
  • 7th Grade Boys, Division 3 – Brian Feinstein
  • 8th Grade Boys, Division 3 – MVP Duncan Brown, Jack Hostetter, MVC Ben Urbanski

We would also like to take this time to thank ALL of the GFSB players, coaches, and volunteers for their commitment of time and effort.  Every team has represented Great Falls with competitiveness and sportsmanship.  From a brief look at the standings, 7 of our 11 teams still have a shot to continue into the post-season and perhaps lift that championship trophy on March 8th.  We will send out further details on locations and times of the post season tournaments via email or the Great Falls Hoops website.

Please join us in congratulating our ALL LEAGUE players!

Laura Bean, Dick Warrick, John Brennan
GFSB Directors

2015 All-Star Games

The All-Star Schedule is below.  This year at halftime we will also be running the Shots for Shots finals for each grade group!  We encourage everyone come out to watch these exciting games!

All All-Star games are at Forestville Elementary School

  • Tuesday 3/3 5-7 PM - Girls 4-5 - Girls 2 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Tuesday 3/3 7-9 PM - Boys 4 
  • Wednesday 3/4 5-7 PM - Boys 5 - Boys 2 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Wednesday 3/4 7-9 PM - Boys 6
  • Saturday 3/7 8-10 AM - Girls 6 - Girls 1 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Saturday 3/7 1-3 PM - Girls 7 - Girls K will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Saturday 3/7 3-5 PM - Girls 8 - Girls 3 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Sunday 3/8 1-3 PM - Boys 7 - Boys K will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Sunday 3/8 3-5 PM - Boys 8 - Boys 3 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Sunday 3/8 5-7 PM - Girls 9-12  - Boys 1 will also do their Shots for Shots at halftime
  • Sunday 3/8 8 PM - Boys 9-12 -- COOPER MIDDLE SCHOOL



GF Hoops Youth Leadership Scholarship

Great Falls Basketball is continually interested in the development of our youth.  To that end, in 2015 we are introducing a new GF Hoops Youth Leadership Scholarship designed to help college-bound high school seniors in our programs defray some first-year expenses at school. There will be 4 awards given this year: $1000 gift cards to be used at their respective college bookstores. The scholarships will be awarded to two girls and two boys from a pool of written nominations.  Nominators can include anyone from the GF Hoops Community such as players, parents, other family members, coaches, referees, or Board members.  High school seniors may also nominate themselves.
The award should be given to a high school senior who has distinguished himself/herself as a leader and/or upstanding and dedicated member of the GF Hoops Community, whether as a Coach, Assistant Coach, Referee or Player.  There will be an opportunity to indicate why the nominee should be considered for this special scholarship.
The form below must be filled out and sent to our Commissioner, Michelle Claude, at no later than Friday February 27th at 12:00 PM.  The GF Hoops Board will then vote on the 2015 recipients and they will be announced and awarded live (if available) at the Girls 8th grade All Star game on Saturday, March 7th, location and time TBD.

Click here to download the nomination form

GF Hoops Outreach Initiative 2015 – Shots for Shots

It goes without saying that we are all part of a wonderfully caring community.  Additionally, we are fortunate to be in a position to give back to our community, whether that community give-back occurs in your local neighborhood or your global neighborhood.
This year GF Hoops will be sponsoring a “Shots for Shots” Contest.  The proceeds from this contest will go to The Community Coalition for Haiti (“CCH”).  This organization gets medical care and vaccines to children in some of the most impoverished regions of Haiti. 
Did you know that a child in Haiti cannot go to school until they have received their immunizations?  Did you also know that through the CCH it only costs one dollar to immunize a child in Haiti for one full year?  This means that for every dollar we raise in our Shots for Shots Contest, a child in Haiti can go to school for one year.
The format of the Shots for Shots Contest is simple:  during the weekends of January 31/February 1 and February 7/8 we will run the contest during half time at each game (grades 3-12) and at each clinic (K-2).    A $5 donation will be taken (cash or checks - checks should be made payable to 'GFHoops') from each player wishing to participate.  The player can sign up and the $5 will be taken at the gym.  If the player wants to improve upon his/her score from the first weekend, they can try again the second weekend.
The contest will be run by the referees, coaches and staff; they will keep track of the points scored by each player.  Each contestant is given 60 seconds to score as many points as possible. The player from each team who scores the most points during the contest will become a finalist and will then go on to the finals which will be held during halftime of their respective grade’s All Stars Game in March.  Finalists from the K-2 clinics and Grade 3 will be invited as special guests to an older grade’s All Stars Game where they can display their talents for a large, supportive crowd.
Additional information on the format and rules will be fanned out to the coaches and referees on this initiative.
Select Players are also welcome to participate.  Any select teams that are interested in participating should contact Joe Russo at for more information. Select finalists will also be invited to their respective grade-level’s House All-Star game to compete in the championship.
Our goal is to immunize 1,000 Haitian children so that they can attend school this year.  This means we need to raise a minimum of $1000.  Please help us reach our goal, immunize children so that they can go to school, and give back to our global community.  What a great way to have the children of our community do something amazing for the children of Haiti.
Please check out our Youtube video and see below for more information on CCH.

  • Community Coalition for Haiti has been working in Haiti for the past 20+ years first in the North in Pignon and then moving to Jacmel in the Sud-Est (South) after the earthquake in January 2010. CCH’s vision is to provide Medical Care, Education and support developing micro communities  
  • CCH operates a Primary Care Clinic, Rehab Facility, Surgical Suites and a Guest House in Jacmel, Haiti. 

Since coming to work in Jacmel CCH has

  • Provided 21,000+ children and adults with medical care and vaccines
  • Served 4,500 patients with physical rehabilitation
  • Built 7 homes for single mothers and their children
  • Helped provide education to 100+ children in Mount Fleury
  • Provided knowledge and skills in agri-business through goat, pig, rabbits and rural development projects in 3 villages in the Sud-Est
  • Provided teacher development training to 2 village schools and 2 city school
  • Built a permanent school in the Mount Fleury community, the first part of a three-phase community development project
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