The Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538 will be hosting its annual Basketball Hoop Shoot on Sunday, December 19 at the Minami Community Center, located at 600 West Enos Drive in Santa Maria. Anyone wishing to participate must be accompanied by a parent.
Registrations will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. with a start of the competition at 10:30 a.m. Tiebreakers will be determined at the end of filming. The prizes will be presented to the first, second and third place winners at a dinner held at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.
The event is open to the public free of charge and is sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States. Approved by hundreds of school systems across the country, this competition offers boys and girls the opportunity to compete at the local level with the option to move up to the district level; and possibly the state, regional and national levels. The Elks fund this program primarily through its National Foundation and support from its local lodges and state associations.
Over three million young people across the country participated in this competition for boys and girls in the following age categories: 8-9, 10-11; and 12-13. The age group of competitors will be determined by their age on April 1, 2022. Each competitor will have 25 hoops. The boy and girl from each age group with the highest score will then advance to the district event at the Minami Community Center here in Santa Maria on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Eddie Navarro, local president of Hoop Shoot, at (805) 720-3581.
Cleamons speaking at Lompoc High
Jim Cleamons was a first-round pick for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971. He played in the NBA until 1980 and has spent the past 40 years coaching the game at almost every level.
On Wednesday night, the former NBA swingman heads to Lompoc High.
Cleamons is hosting an instruction and motivation session at 6:30 p.m. in the Lompoc High Library. The event is sponsored by J-SMOOV and hosted by the Lompoc High Women’s Basketball Program.
Cleamons, a 6-foot-3 goaltender, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 13th overall pick and spent the 1971-72 season with LA. He went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.
After retiring in 1980, Cleamons was an assistant at Furman and Ohio State before returning to the Youngstown State program from 1987 to 1989. He then served as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1996, winning four NBA titles. He was named head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for the 1996-97 season before serving as an assistant with the Los Angeles from 199-2004 and 2006-11.
He was also an assistant to the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks and an assistant at Yeshiva University in Los Angeles.
Cleamons won an NBA title in 1972 with the Lakers and was an assistant coach of nine NBA champion teams.
He has played 652 games in the NBA, averaging 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists during his career.
Cleamons plans to talk about communication, leadership and the teaching techniques he used when coaching Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame members Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Jason Kidd.
Orcutt Academy 54, preparation for mission 31
The Spartans claimed a non-league victory on Saturday.
Giselle Calderon scored 17 points and had four assists and three steals. Chyanna Tell added 18 points and five steals and Khaeli Robertson had 13 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.
The Spartans had 18 interceptions and 10 blocks in the game. They are 9-1 and will face Nipomo on Tuesday to open the Mountain League game at Lakeview Jr. High. The tip is scheduled for 6.30 p.m.
The Titans improved to 7-1 on Friday with a non-league win over Morro Bay. Kacie Slover had 16 points, Kayden Sanders added 10 and Allyson Cramer had nine.
Christian Valley 55, Maricopa 21
Hailey Fakoury led the Lions with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alayna Kerley had 12 points as the Lions went 2-0 in CVL and 4-1 overall.
Carissa Maples added 10 points in the win.
Santa Maria 68, Bakersfield Garces 63
In a third round tournament match at Morro Bay High, Santa Maria scored a victory in a match that saw several lead changes.
Saints goalie Alex Milner had 24 points and five rebounds 5. Felipe Ramirez and David Placencia each added 10 points and three rebounds and Ben Quintero added nine points.
Ethan Kamps had two big free throws with less than 40 seconds remaining to help Santa Maria take the win. The Saints have a bye on Tuesday, but the league open this Friday hosts the Orcutt Academy.