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Chicago-Based AAU Powerhouse Old Gold Completes Another Strong 17-U Season
August 7, 2003
Chicago-based AAU powerhouse Old Gold has completed another strong season of play. Old Gold, which is headed by Antonio Wiltz, won the Windy City Classic, and put up strong showings at both the Kingwood Classic in Houston, and the 17-U AAU Nationals in Orlando.
Leading the Old Gold charge this year was Calvin Brock (Chicago Simeon), and for most of the summer Nate Minnoy (Chicago Hales Franciscan). The team showed it’s toughness by overcoming injuries at different points this summer to both Emmanuel Little (Chicago Farragut) and Stephon Hannah (Chicago Hyde Park). Little and Hannah were key components of the Old Gold machine.
Old Gold went 4-2 at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Texas. Their only loss in Pool Play was to the highly touted Dallas Mustangs. A game Old Gold likely would have won had they not missed 23 free throws.
Old Gold took care of business in winning the Windy City Classic. The Classic field included the Illinois Fire (Jeremy Pargo, Brandon Ewing, Jerod Haynes), Schaumburg First Class (Zach Pancratz, Bryan Mead, Craig Reichel) and the RBS All Stars (Jeremy Fears, Kyle Lasek). Old Gold won even though they split their squad in order to field a team at another tournament being played that same weekend.
At 17-U Nationals in Orlando, Florida, Old Gold coasted through Pool Play undefeated. They then received a bye in the 1st round, and won their 2nd round contest before losing a hard fought battle to National Runner-up Martin Brothers.
Had they not lost a late lead against Martin Brothers, Old Gold would have had a favorable bracket all the way to the National Championship game. All that despite playing the tournament without Nate Minnoy, and with Emmanuel Little only 50% recovered from a broken hand. Point guard Raphael Scott (Chicago Morgan Park) did step up, and was solid for Old Gold throughout the tournament.
Old Gold was characterized this year by their ability to play defense. Head coach Antonio Wiltz told Chicago Hoops that team defense, and the ability to press were to two strongest traits of this year’s team. They don’t have a roster loaded with highly “ranked” players, but every single year Old Gold goes about it’s business and quietly racks up wins and tournament titles.