HC Elite 9th Grade: 2021

HC Elite 9th (15u) Grade Roster

 Forward Liam Lovering 45
Guard Sean Lee 4
Guard Bryson Baker 5
Guard Jason Ha 11
Guard Vincent Payne 20
Forward Kyle Colbert  10
Forward Braden Zehring  8
Forward Kaleb Glasper  15




Aria Amelia

Adrian Nwakalor

Abolagi Monk

Tim Woerner





Forward Thomas Whitley  40
Forward Christian Rodgers 9
Forward Evan Ichrist  6
Forward Cooper Haberern 55
Forward Marco Benavides  13



Jack Anderson


Elijah Clary







Team Highlights 8th grade season 2016-17 

Team Highlights 6th grade season 2014-15 

Team Highlights Video 7th grade season 2015-16.


Head Coach

Bill Napolitano


Coach Nap has been coaching and developing players in Howard County, MD for the past 15 years. His focus is developing youth players into high school level players and promoting basketball in the Howard County area. In 2002, when Bill’s youngest child went to high school, Coach Nap started working with a group of 4th graders who formed the HCYP Sharks basketball team. When that group reached high school, they continued to play AAU for Coach Nap, under the name Howard County Elite. In 2010, as a 17U Division I team, they won numerous tournaments, including MD State 17U and 19U Championships. The team finished their season placing 3rd at AAU Nationals and being ranked 5th in the Nation. In 2007, when the Elite players went to high school, Coach Nap started coaching a new team, the HCYP Sharks 4th grade team. This team has developed into one of the top teams in the Baltimore-Washington area. In 2010, they were Champions of both the Potomac Valley 7th grade AAU league and the 7th grade Rising Stars League. Currently he is the head coach of this 7th grade team which could be his best yet. They can be found either playing up against older teams or in the top AAU leagues in the area. Contact: billnap2844@gmail.com


Assistant coach

James Stefan

A native of Potomac, MD, Coach Stefan has been a fan of basketball since elementary school when he first learned about the game while playing travel basketball with the Potomac Boys Club. He played three years of high school basketball at Winston Churchill High School and has been playing recreationally in men’s leagues and tournaments ever since. For the past 12 years, Coach Stefan has been the head coach or assistant coach of recreational, middle school, travel and AAU teams in the Howard County Youth Program (HCYP) basketball program. He has been an NCAA Certified coach since 2008. His teams have won several regular season championships and tournament championships, including an American Youth Basketball Tour National Championship, Boys Maryland State 17U Championship, and Boys Maryland State 19U Championship. His coaching philosophy centers around teaching the fundamentals of the game through preparation, hard work, teamwork, and good sportsmanship, with an emphasis on developing both basketball skills and basketball sense and ultimately instilling a love of the game in all of his players.


Assistant Coach

Eddie O’Malley



Growing up in Howard County, Coach Eddie is very familiar with the local basketball scene. He played for the HCYP Sharks through elementary and middle school and played for Coach Nap for the HC Fire (now HC Elite) as high school approached. In high school he played for the Howard Lions and was fortunate enough to play in the inaugural county championship game in his junior year. As a senior he averaged nearly a double-double and led Howard County in blocked shots. He went on to McDaniel College to play basketball and ended up graduating from Towson University with a degree in Sport Management. He has been coaching for 5 years and has been coaching this same team since they were in 4th grade. His team has won many championships and most recently finished 2nd place in the MD AAU Division 1 state tournament last season. He is known for his calm coaching style with emphasis on playing smart, having fun, and winning games. Contact: ejoballer24@gmail.com





2017 Spring Tournament Schedule

March 25th/26th HC Elite March Madness Ellicott City, MD Champions 
April 1st/2nd Zero Gravity Three Stripes Classic District Heights, MD Champions
April 8th/9th UA Atlantic Coast Regional Championships Baltimore, MD Champions 
April 22nd/23rd More Than Bball Invitational Wash, DC Champions  
April 29th/30th HC Elite Spring Fling Ellicott City, MD  Champions 
May 6th/7th Dynamic Disciples Game Changer 9th Grade Division PG County, MD Champions 
May 13th/14th Coaches vs Cancer Classic Manheim, PA Champions 
May 20th/21st Premier 1 East Coast Championships 9th Grade Division Baltimore, MD Runner-Ups
May 27th-29th Memorial Day Takeover District Heights, MD


June 3rd/4th HC Elite Metro Classic Ellicott City, MD  Champions
June 10th/11th MIT – MD Invitional

Bump City Summer Classic

District Heights, MD

Ellicott City, MD



June 17th/18th HC Elite Summer Slam Ellicott City, MD  Champions
June 24th/25th Premier 1 East Coast Nationals Baltimore, MD Runner Ups 
July 17th-22nd NTBA Nationals Myrtle Beach, SC 3rd


Sept 22nd/23rd Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest- Champions

2016-17 Winter Schedule

December 10th/11th- Baller Moms Winter Tournament (District Heights, MD) 5th

December 28th-30th- Bowie Holidays Hoops Tournament (Bowie, MD) Champions

January 14th/15th- 6th Man Warriors Tournament of Champions (Bowie, MD) 3rd

January 21st/22nd- Adidas Select Series Session I (King of Prussia, PA) 3-1

January 28th/29th- BBall Spotlight Clash for the Cup (Neptune, NJ) 2-1

February 11th/12th- Big Time Hoops Great American Classic (District Heights, MD) Champions

February 18th/19th- Maryland Invitational Tournament (District Heights, MD) 3rd Place

February 25th/26th- Adidas Select Series Session III (Washington DC) 3-1

March 11th/12th- Adidas Select Series Championships (House of Sports, NY) 2-2



HCYP Winter League (Arbutus, MD) Champions

Columbia Ravens Winter League (Columbia, MD) Champions



2016 Fall Tournament Schedule

October 8th/9th-  Bullis Middle School Tournament (Potomac, MD) 4-2

Oct 30th/31st- MD Sharks Halloween Havoc (Ellicott City, MD) Runner Ups

November 5th/6th- Coach Wootten Fall Classic (District Heights, MD) Runner Ups

November 12th/13th- MD Sharks Thanksgiving Tune up (Ellicott City, MD) Runner Ups

November 19th/20th- HC Elite Ballin in the Fall (Ellicott City, MD) Champions

November 26th/27th- Columbia Ravens Turkey Tip-Off (Ellicott City, MD) Champions

November 26th/27th- Team Thrill Turkey Day Takeover (Baltimore, MD) 1-2

December 3rd/4th- St. Pauls Crusader Shootout (Timonium, MD) 3rd


2016 Spring/Summer AAU Tournament Schedule

March 19th/20th– HC Elite March Madness (Ellicott City, MD)  Runner Ups

April 2nd/3rd – AGame Supershootout (Manheim, PA) 2-1

April 9th/10th– Columbia Ravens Spring Classic (Ellicott City, MD) Champions

April 16th/17th– Gainesville Elite Tournament (Gainesville VA) Champions

April 23rd/24th– Zero Gravity MD Madness (Baltimore, MD)  Champions

April 30th/May 1st– HC Elite Spring Fling (Ellicott City, MD) 3-1

May 14th/15th– 6th Man Warriors Best of the Best Spring Classic (Bowie, MD) Champions

May 21st/22nd– Premier 1 East Coast Championship (Baltimore, MD) Champions

June 4th/5th– HC Elite Metro Classic (Ellicott City, MD) 3-1

June 11th/12th– Maryland Invitational Tournament (Washington DC) 1-2

June 18th/19th– HC Elite Summer Showdown (Ellicott City, MD) 3-1

June 25th/26th- DC College Showcase (District Heights, MD) Runner Ups

July 25th-30th- NTBA Nationals (Myrtle Beach, SC) 5th


2015-16 Winter League Schedule

  • Columbia Ravens 7th Grade League (Champions)
  • Columbia Ravens 8th Grade A League (2-6)
  • Mt. Royal 8th Grade League (4-4)
  • Baltimore Supreme 8th Grade League (6-6)
  • HCRP Basketball Alliance 8th Grade League (7-3)

2015/16 Winter Tournament Schedule

  • November 7th/8th- Coach Wootten Fall Classic Bronze Champions
  • November 14th/15th- VA Hokies Thanksgiving Tune-up  Champions
  • November 21st/22nd- HC Elite Ballin in the Fall Tournament Runner Ups
  • November 28th/29th- Mid Atlantic Turkey Tip Off 8th Grade Division Champions
  • December 5th/6th- St. Paul’s Crusader Shootout 1-2
  • February 13th/14th- Maryland Invitational Tournament 1-1

2015 Spring/Summer Tournament Schedule

  • March 21st/22nd- HC Elite March Madness Runner Ups
  • March 28th/29th- AGame Supershootout 1-2
  • April 11th/12th- Last Minute Bump Tournament Champions
  • April 25th/26th- Nova 94 Feet Shootout 3rd Place
  • May 2nd/3rd- HC Elite Spring Fling  3rd Place
  • May 16th/17th- DC Metro Invitational  Runner Up’s
  • May 27th/28th- Bmore’s Finest May Day Classic  0-3
  • June 6th/ 7th- HC Elite Metro Classic  6-2
  • June 13th/14th- Maryland Invitational Tournament  1-3
  • June 20th/21st- HC Elite Summer Showdown  Champions
  • June 27th/28th- Columbia Ravens Classic  2-1

 2014/15 Winter Tournament Schedule

2014/15 League Schedule


Team Highlights

Spring 2014

•HC Elite March Madness (Champions) 

•PVL 3 Game Bump (3-0)

•Easter 4 Kingz Tournament (3rd place)

•Maryland State Tournament D1 (Runner-Up)

•HC Elite Spring Fling (3rd Place)

•DC Metro Invitational 6th Grade Division (3rd place)

•AYBT Hoops Challenge 6th Grade Division (3-2)

•HC Elite Metro Classic (3rd place)

•Maryland Invitational Tournament (3rd place Bronze Bracket)

•HC Elite Summer Showdown 6th grade Division (2-2)

•HC Elite Summer Showdown 5th grade Division (Champions)

Winter 2013-14

•St. Michaels Turkey Tip-Off 5th Grade Division (Champions)

•St. Michaels Turkey Tip-Off 6th Grade Division (Runner-Up)

•MD 3D Christmas Tournament (Champions)

•Maryland Invitational Tournament (2-2)

•Columbia Ravens League 5th Grade Division (Champions)

•Columbia Ravens League 6th Grade Division (Champions)

•Potomac Valley League 5th Grade Division (Undefeated)

•Potomac Valley League 6th Grade Division (4th Place)

•6th Man Warriors MLK Tournament (Silver Bracket Runner-Up)

•HC Elite League 6th Grade Division (3rd Place)

•HC Elite League 5th Grade Division (Champions)

Spring 2013

•HC Elite March Madness (Champions)

•Team Dedication Tournament (Runner-Up)

•HC Elite Spring Fling (Runner Up)

•HC Elite Metro Classic (Champions)

•HC Elite Summer Showdown (Champions)

•AYBT Boys Latin Tournament (3-2)


Championship Pictures