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Welcome New Head Coach Nicole Randolph

Coach Randolph during national anthem

FLINT, MI – As the season winds down, the Flint Monarchs have a new sideline leader.

Former Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg abruptly resigned on Friday, July 17 and his assistant Nicole Randolph has been promoted to interim head coach for the remainder of the year.

Monarchs president and general manager Drey Wynn says he was delighted to announce the decision.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge as a former semi-pro and a NCAA Division I basketball player, assistant coach and head coach at the high school and semi-pro levels," Wynn said. "Also, she is familiar with this wonderful group of players who have rallied around her to show their support in her new role."

Randolph played collegiately at Indiana and Oakland Universities. Prior to the Monarchs, she worked as an assistant varsity coach at Detroit Country Day High School and as head coach of the Detroit Blackhawks' semi-pro basketball team.

According to Wynn, Schnorenberg was placed on a one-game suspension before he stepped down due to allegations that he broke a team rule.

"Accountability is a major part of the Monarch philosophy, if a player or coach cannot accept accountability for their actions on or off the court, they will not be a member of the Monarchs basketball club, plain and simple," Wynn stated.

"Ms. Randolph is very hardworking, reliable, and trustworthy and is not the type of person to run from accountability."

Schnorenberg wouldn't go into detail about his decision to leave but did state that he and Wynn "had a difference in opinion in philosophy of the team and our differences became irreconcilable."

"These things never have good timing," he added.

The Monarchs are the defending champions in the Women's American Basketball Association. The franchise became the city's first professional women's basketball team by joining the league last season.

The WABA isn't the premier hoops league for women but ladies do get paid and it's run professionally. Franchises in Springfield, Chicago, Minnesota, Milwaukee and New England all compete in the league. Sonya Nichols is the CEO of the WABA, which relaunched last summer.

Flint (4-0) rallied to beat the Milwaukee Aces 72-63 on Saturday, July 18 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Former Marquette star and Flint native Arlesia Morse hit 16 of her game-high 26 points in the victory and former Michigan State guard Jasmine Thomas, another Flint native, added 16 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

On Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m., Flint will travel to the University of Missouri-St. Louis' Mark Twain Center in a game that is being billed as "the Battle of the Champions." Flint will take on the St. Louis Surge in a non-league game. The Surge are the defending 2014 WBCBL National Champions.


by posted 07/22/2015
Monarchs defeat Aces on the road

Nya Jordan shoots free throw

Milwaukee, WI- July 19, 2015–The Flint Monarchs rallied to beat the Milwaukee Aces 72-63 on Saturday July 18, 2015 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI.

 
This was the most critical game of the season because the winner would have claimed rights to host the National Championship game,” stated Flint Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn, “and we knew the eyes of the WABA basketball world were upon Coach Nicole Randolph, I’m proud of how she coached this team.”
 
The Monarchs (4-0) got off to a slow start that later resulted in the Aces (2-2) leading at the end of 1st quarter 16-13.  But Arlesia Morse (Flint, MI/Marquette University) sharp shooting broke open the game in the 2nd quarter, she hit 16 of her game high 26 points in that quarter alone making 4 of 5 three point field attempts.
 
This was a very physical, mentally challenging victory and it all finally seemed to click for this group of young ladies,” stated Mr. Wynn, “the crowd was into the game, talking trash to our players but it actually fueled them to fight harder to pull off the victory.”
 
Jasmine Thomas recorded 16 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals, Nya Jordan posted 10 points and 12 rebounds and Jasmine McCall finished with 14 points, 5 assists, 6 steals and 3 rebounds.
 
The Flint Monarchs next opponent is the St. Louis Surge at 7pm on Saturday July 25, 2015 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Mark Twain Center. This game is being advertised as “the Battle of the Champions” as the Surge is the defending 2014 WBCBL National Champions.
 
 
 
 

by posted 07/22/2015
Monarchs cruise by Minnesota, remain unbeaten

Jasmine Thomas heads to the free throw line after hitting a layup against Minnesota

The Flint Monarchs have existed for five years but within the past year and a half they have never experienced what it's like to lose, and Saturday was no different. The Monarchs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they improved to 3-0 on the year. Jasmine McCall and Jasmine Thomas led the Monarchs in scoring with 18 and 16 points respectively. Flint will be back in action next Saturday when they take to the road to battle the Milwaukee Aces. 


by posted 07/11/2015
Monarchs look to extend two-game winning streak at home

Flint Monarchs cheering after home game victory

FLINT, MI – The defending Women's American Basketball Association champion Flint Monarchs are back in action for the summer.

Flint (2-0) hosts the Minnesota Flames (1-1) at Mott Community College's Ballenger Field House this Saturday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

"We are excited to play a new team from a different part of our country," said Monarchs President and General Manager Drey Wynn, "I am confident that Minnesota will come into this game hungry to start their first winning streak."

Fans will be treated to a special dance performance at halftime by the Hasselbring and Carman Ainsworth Senior Center Hustlers.

The Monarchs became Flint's first professional women's basketball team in 2014 when they entered the WABA. The ladies captured a league title last season.

All games this season will be broadcast on MRSN Sports Radio at www.mrsn.us with Donald Mathews calling the play-by-play action. General admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids.

For more information, call 989-545-0569.


by posted 07/09/2015
Flint Monarchs mash the Milwaukee Aces to win home opener 83-72

June 21, 2015-FLINT, MI -- After winning the WABA title last season the Flint Monarchs came into the 2015 season with a bullseye on their backs but so far, they have remained at the top of the food chain. After an 82-49 of drubbing of Springfield last week, the Monarchs improved to 2-0 on the season Saturday with an 83-72 win over Milwaukee. Flint is back in action next weekend when they take on Gem City. 


by posted 06/21/2015
Natasha Morris eyes home opener against Milwaukee Aces

Monarchs Home Opener Against Milwaukee Aces

June 17, 2015- The Flint Monarchs host the Milwaukee Aces Saturday June 20, 2015 @ 4pm at Mott Community College Ballenger Field House.

 

Fellow Monarch Natasha Morris (St. Peters College/Flint Beecher High School) returns to the court after a one year stint over in Europe. Previously, Miss Morris was a three time North East Region Most Valuable Player in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL).

 

  • Single game tickets are $7 adults & $3 kids

 

  • Season tickets (including two home playoff games) are $25 adults & $10 kids

 


by posted 06/17/2015
Jazz McCall Interview with NBC 25 NEWS


by posted 06/11/2015
Flint Monarchs hold first practice for 2015

 

May 6, 2015, FLINT -- The Flint Monarchs women's basketball team held their first practice of 2015 on Wednesday night, the first step in defending their 2014 WABA Championship.

That title was the first professional basketball championship in Flint sports history, and they did it in dominating fashion with an undefeated 9-0 record.

"Last year was definitely historical for us," Hamady and MSU graduate Jasmine Thomas says. "Just to have all the supporters from Flint, hopefully this year even more after what we did last year."

They know they have a target on their back, but also say they've retooled their lineup, bringing in some new faces to defend that title.

They begin the season at Chicago, who they beat in the title game last season, on June 6th.


by posted 05/06/2015
Flint Monarchs Crowned WABA Champions for 2014 Season

Flint Monarchs celebrate after championship game victory

FLINT, MI – A new champion has been crowned in the Women's American Basketball Association, and guess where they're from? Flint, Michigan.

The Flint Monarchs finished its first season in the WABA with a league title, and an undefeated 8-0 record.

On Sunday, Aug. 10, Flint ran through the Chicago Lady Steam, 90-67, to capture the title in front of a few hundred spectators at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois.

"These girls gave up a lot of their game for the greater good to win a championship and it was probably the most unselfish effort we've had all year and it was a joy to watch," said Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg. "Our goal is to win a championship every year. If you're not willing to put in the sacrifice to try to win a championship, then I don't know why you're playing."

There wasn't a playoff system set for the WABA Finals, the two best teams were determined based on their performances in the six-team league. The Monarchs made history by joining the WABA for its re-launch season as the city's first professional team for women's basketball.

The WABA is certainly below the Women's National Basketball Association and fought through growing pains this year, struggling to build a solid fan base for consistent attendance and other problems, but will be back next year with the defending champions from Flint looking to repeat.

A few expansion teams are expected to join the league, too, which will make it even more competitive.

Everything didn't go as planned as far as marketing and promotion but Monarchs President and General Manager Dreyon Wynn is already in talks with WABA CEO Sonya Nichols on ways to make improvements.

"We know there will be some changes, but the interest is a lot more in the Flint Monarchs now than it was a year ago," Schnorenberg said. "We're just going to build on that. To win championships and to compete will always be the goal of the organization.

"From Year 1 to Year 2 will be better," he added. "We took care of business but we know that the league will only be better. Now that it's made it through a year there's interest now. We're not going anywhere. We did something positive for the city."

 
 
 
http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2014/08/flint_monarchs_win_waba_champi.html
 
 

by posted 08/11/2014
Tara Johnson MVP of WABA National Championship Game

Tara Johnson-2014 Championship Game MVP

Tara Johnson, a 2007 Flint Hamady graduate and former Eastern Michigan player, won the Finals MVP after scoring 18 points and snatching 15 boards in the championship game.

"My mentality in every game doesn't change," Johnson said. "I just want to go out and rebound and if I rebound consistently and hard on every end then the points will come. My teammates did a great job.

"I'm so generous that as soon as I got the trophy I gave it to someone else," she continued. "I feel like it was our trophy. It was a team effort. My 18 points were from the 15 rebounds. We did a great job this season. We weren't deep, but we were really talented."


by posted 08/11/2014
WABA Championship game (Flint Monarchs vs Chicago Lady Steam)

Coach Schnorenberg watchs during a Monarch Practice

FLINT, MI – Not everything went as planned this summer for the re-launch of the Women's American Basketball Association.

There wasn't a set playoff system and several games were cancelled for numerous reasons but the top two franchises from the six-team league somehow managed to fight through the muddle to reach the finals. The Flint Monarchs are one of them.

WABA President Sonya Nichols has confirmed that the WABA Championship game will be hosted by the Chicago Lady Steam on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois versus the undefeated Monarchs (6-0).

The league's website does not list the season win-loss record for the Steam.

"We are excited about the opportunity to play for the inaugural Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) professional championship in Chicago," said Monarchs President and General Manger Dreyon Wynn. "There is an old saying that championships are won on the road, we are eager to prove the validity of that philosophy as well as bring back a championship to the city of Flint."

Flint and Chicago were scheduled to face each other on July 19 at Mott Community College but the game was postponed and never rescheduled.

Their single game will determine the 2014 WABA championship and a game MVP will also be selected at the conclusion of the game by Nichols.

"I'll play them in the parking lot if I have to," Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg said. "The girls just want to win a championship. Wherever we have to go to do it we will do it."http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2014/07/flint_monarchs_fight_through_w.html


by posted 07/31/2014
Monarchs win road victory against Louisville Fillies 91-77

Monarch guard shoots for two points

FLINT, MI – The Women's American Basketball Association has certainly battled through challenges in its re-launch season this summer, but the undefeated Flint Monarchs were a bright spot for the league.

Flint ended the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record after its 91-77 win over the Louisville Fillies on the road Saturday, July 26.

Former Michigan State guard Jasmine Thomas, a native of Flint, led the way with a career-high 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jasmine McCall chipped in 16 points to go along with a career-high 13 assists and two steals while former Eastern Michigan center India Hairston tallied 11 points and four rebounds with two assists.

"Jasmine Thomas has been playing at a higher level, now that she's comfortable running the team," said Monarchs coach Bill Schnorenberg. "Everyone was playing well. I don't want the season to end, as well as we're playing, but I know our goal. We're playing at such a high level and everyone's playing as well."

Flint Hamady grad Brandie Baker scored nine points with four rebounds. She has accepted an offer from a Chinese professional team and will leave the first week of August so she won't be finishing the summer as a Monarch.

Originally scheduled to redo its final home game for some time in August, the WABA has now decided to forgo its original plans for a playoff format to host one last championship game that could be played this weekend in Flint. League owners are still working out the terms of what will happen, but it will be determined this week.

The WABA has received little attention this summer, mainly due to its poor marketing, which failed to generate much hype from any of the major markets. However, Schnorenberg believes the league will get more notice in the future as things get planned out more carefully.

"I really like where this is headed. I just want to put an exclamation point on this season by hosting a championship," Schnorenberg said. "I understand that it's the first year and there's going to be a lot of bumps in the road, but we're continuing to do what we can control, and that's winning."


by posted 07/29/2014
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