Warner Robins AAU team competing at nationals

July 2, 2014 

The Lady Heat, a group of fourth-grade girls from Warner Robins playing basketball for the Amateur Athletic Union travel league, is representing the city at the AAU nationals in Orlando.

In May, on Mother’s Day weekend, the team won a state championship.

The team arrived in Orlando on Sunday and started pool play Monday. The Lady Heat will be playing basketball all week in tournament play.

While other teams they faced in the state tournament had played together for several years, this is the first year the Lady Heat played together.

Tracy Joseph, one of the assistant coaches for the team, which is sponsored in part by American Legion Post 594, said that the girls had been practicing since the end of January.

Joseph has coached for the Warner Robins Recreation Department’s basketball program for the past 15 years and played high school basketball at Northside High School. Her recreation department team won the city championship this year.

“Head Coach Deion Nelson approached me about putting an AAU team together,” Joseph said. “If it involves kids, I am going to get involved with it. We started as soon as regular basketball season was over and it has worked very, very well.”

The Lady Heat practices several times a week at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church. Updates on the team’s progress at the Nationals will be in next week’s Telegraph.

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