Girls Next Level Hoops Academy and Eclipse Basketball to Merge
Posted Feb 22, 2017



January 20, 2017



   Wichita Hoops, Girls Next Level Hoops Academy, and Eclipse Basketball are excited to announce Girls Next Level Hoops Academy will be merging with the Overland Park, KS based program, Eclipse Basketball. Joe Erskine, Eclipse Managing Director, and Evan McCorry, Girls Next Level Hoops Academy Managing Director, will serve as co-managing partners of the new organization which will be named Next Level Eclipse and will use the domain name and e-mail address.

   The merger is the combination of two highly successful girls’ basketball clubs. Eclipse Basketball, founded in 2002, is affiliated with Bluestar Basketball/USJN. Girls Next Level Hoops was founded in 2012 and is affiliated with Premier Basketball & Adidas. Both programs specialize in player development and are considered regional powers in Girls Basketball.

   Eclipse Basketball & Next Level Hoops have been known for their outstanding coaching and training. The goal has always been to develop each individual as both a player and as a person, with the ultimate goal of getting some or all of their college education paid for, via an athletic scholarship.

   Both clubs are extremely proud of the quality of their players, coaches, and parents. Collectively, both programs have had numerous girls go on to play Division I, Division II, Division III & NAIA college basketball enjoying successful college careers. Next Level Eclipse will have the same focus, high quality coaching, training, and the same leadership team that you have come to know from each program.

   The Next Level Eclipse organization will be a true combination of equals. A joining of two extraordinary girls’ basketball organizations, very similar in size and culture, with a focus on a family environment and strengths that are highly complementary of each other. This combination will enable Next Level Eclipse to both compete at the highest level of girls’ basketball nationally and offer girls of all competitive levels a family environment within which to develop their game and accomplish their goals.

   The merger of Eclipse and Girls Next Level will take effect on January 24th, 2017. At that time, Next Level Eclipse will be an organization, consisting of more than 30 youth and high school girls’ basketball teams.


“Two programs, ONE family”

Sophie Cunningham - McDonald's All American
Posted May 5, 2014


Columbia Rock Bridge senior guard Sophie Cunningham is among 24 girls basketball players nationwide who were selected for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 guard who signed with Missouri in November, will play for the West team.

She is the younger sister of current Tigers guard Lindsey Cunningham and will become MU’s first McDonald’s All-American in women’s basketball.

Cunningham is rated as the 20th overall prospect in the 2015 HoopGurlz, which gave her a five-star rating.

She is averaging 22.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Bruins, 13-4, won have won three consecutive Missouri Class 5 state titles.

Cunningham is one of three future SEC players selected for the game. The otthers are Kentucky-bound point guard Taylor Murray from Baltimore and Tennessee-bound point guard Te’a Cooper from Atlanta.

Cunningham will be joined at Missouri by Rock Bridge teammate and McDonald’s All-American nominee Cierra Porter, the younger sister of current Tigers forward Bri Porter. She is ranked No. 79 in HoopGurlz’s rankings.



Eclipse DiRenna Award Success
Posted Apr 11, 2014


Eclipse DiRenna Award Winners


2015 Tyler Johnson, Leavenworth - Kansas University

2014 Becca Jonas, Truman - Drake University

2013  Lizzy Wendell, Blue Springs - Drake University

2011  Natalie Knight, Olathe South - Kansas University

2010  Natalie Knight, Olathe South - Kansas University

2008 Taber Spani, Metro Academy - University of Tennessee

2002 Claire Coggins, Lees Summit North - Kansas State University

2000 Tracy Lozier, Blue Valley North - University of Missouri *

1999 Tracy Lozier, Blue Valley North - University of Missouri *

1998 Shahidrah Roberts, Blue Valley North - University of Nebraska **

1997 Cheryl Rowles, Park Hill - College of the Ozarks **


* Played under Joe Erskine

** Played under Gary Brown