Valley teams compete for titles & trophies

7th & 8th Grade Champions- Amanda Tonascia, Jacquelyn Trevino, Kaylah Pablo, Coach Gerry Naoe, Kaylee Senter, Samantha De La Cruz, Carlos , Katelynn Haskell, Marlie Jimenez, Alijah Paquet

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley recently held their first Valley Basketball Championship. The tournament was a combined effort between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley and Santa Maria Youth Basketball League. The competition was Feb. 1 through Feb. 14, at Tommie Kunst, Orcutt & Lakeview Jr. High Schools as well as Edwards’s gym & the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Maria.

Participating in the championship were teams from Guadalupe, Orcutt, Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club league and the Santa Maria Youth Basketball league. The leagues were represented by their boys and girls regular season champions in the 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th grade divisions.

In the 3rd & 4th grade divisions- In the girls final, the Orcutt Hawks edged out the Orcutt Sonics by a score of 13-12. In the boys, game the Blue Devils outlasted the Wildcats in overtime 16-11. Both teams were from Orcutt.

For the 5th & 6th grade division- The Sparks from Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club defeated the Liberty team from Guadalupe 33-18 in the girls final. Two Santa Maria Youth league teams battled for the boys’ championship. With a slight 16-14 lead at halftime the Clippers came out hot in the second half to outscore the Wolverines 28-12 and came away with a 44-26 victory.

The 7th & 8th grade girls division had two Boys & Girls Club teams facing off in the final with the Fever matched up against the Storm. The Fever went into the last quarter down 24-25 but outscored the Storm 12-6 for a 36-31 win.

In the final matchup between the Buckeyes of Orcutt Boys & Girls Club league and the Magic of Santa Maria Youth league in the 7th & 8th grade boys division, the Buckeyes could not overcome a 15-26 halftime deficit. The Magic added to that lead and came out victorious 47-33.

The evening & tournament were capped off with the awards presentation for 1st & 2nd place teams. Eddie Navarro was honored for his many years of coaching both basketball and baseball in the Santa Maria Valley and serving the youth of the valley. Navarro presented the respective teams and players with their awards.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley currently provides programs for over 940 registered children ages 6 – 18 in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Evans Park Public Housing Complex. An additional 7,400 children benefit from Club sponsored sports programming. Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, & caring citizens.