Clarke Student Plays on National Championship Team

One of Clarke County’s own was a member of a local AAU Division II basketball team that brought home a National Championship this summer. Megan Hicks played for the 6th grade Winchester Rising Stars that competed in the AAU Division II National Championship in Franklin, Tennessee, with 47 other teams from across the country.

Team Coach Kevin Reed said, “We went 7-0 overall and defeated the Indiana Hoosier Elite in the title game 34-32”

However the lead up to the championship game was full of exciting highlights as well. “We won the semi-final game 42-41 in double overtime over North Georgia Heat.  In this contest, Megan scored the game winning goal on a driving left hand lay-up. We also defeated Tennessee A-Game 39-32 in the quarterfinal match-up.”

Coach Reed spoke highly of Megan’s contributions to the team. “Megan is an outstanding defensive player who helps handle the ball at her guard position.”

Megan wears #1 and is currently a student at Johnson Williams MS.

The Winchester Rising Stars Basketball program is sponsored by the Winchester Athletic Association and is designed to allow children ages 9-18 participate in variety of competitive basketball activities.  It is an entirely volunteer run basketball organization that serves young people who live in and around Frederick County, Virginia. It is also one of the very few AAU organizations in the state  that has won district, state, and national championships.

Over the past two years participants in the program have received over 1 million dollars in athletic scholarships awards to attend Div I, II and III institutions.

The Rising Stars is co-sponsored by Frederick County Parks & Recreation located in Winchester, VA.

Members of the Winchester Stars AAU sixth-grade girls basketball team pose with the trophy after winning the national championship Friday, July 6th, in Franklin, Tenn. The Stars beat Indiana’s Hoosier Elite-Roth, 34-32, for the title. Team members include (front row, from left) coach Tammi Green, Hannah Snapp, Paige Williamson, Megan Hicks, Makaela Kestner, coach Kevin Reed; (back row, from left) Madison Green, Ayanna Strother, Haile McDonald, Emily Carl and Erika Reed.



  1. letemplay says:

    Congrats Megan and the rest of the gang….future is lookin bright for cchs hoops

  2. Tammy Lanham says:

    Way to go Megan!!!! And Congrats to the team!!!!! Love the action pic (lookin’ like your mom pretty girl:)