KIDS SPORTS REPORTER
STAND UP, STAND OUT
May 24th, 2018
This is my final article as the AMS Kid Sports Reporter. I had many ideas about what my final article would be about-all sports related of course. However, in light of my recent experience at AMS I decided I wouldn’t write an article for you all to read, rather I would write an article that speaks to my fellow AMS students. I am making a decision to Stand-Up and Stand Out-I want to talk about bullying and things we can do as students to ensure that it doesn’t happen to our friends, the person that sits next to us in home room, the person we pass everyday in the hall, and to make sure we are reporting things we see, things we read on social media, and even when things happen to ourselves. I was recently in a situation where I didn’t Stand-Up for the most important person of all-Me. I want to make sure my fellow students know it is o.k. to find your voice. No one should be made to feel bad about themselves. Although, it is true that we can’t like everyone, we can be kind-even we don’t feel like it.
I want to challenge my fellow students to Stand-Up-for themselves and others. Take a firm stand against bullying so we can make this campus a safe place to learn and a safe place to hang out a lunch and break. After all, we are all just confused and crazy teenagers trying to get through this thing called “middle school.” It’s a trying time, we are learning to grow-up and manage ourselves as students, friends, leaders, and athletes, where we are constantly hammered with the lure of social media, peer pressure, and the urge to fit in. But, in this crazy stage known as “the teen-age years” no one knows better what your going through then the person you sit next to in home room, the person you pass in the hall, and the person in line behind you at the cafeteria. The student body needs to Stand-Up and support each other. Lend a hand, lend an ear, and use words of encouragement. You never know when a kind word might make a difference in a fellow student’s day. I encourage you to think about a time that a fellow student put you down, used words that hurt. Think about the way you felt on the inside. Now tell yourself you do not ever want another student to feel the way you did. Instead, lets Stand-Up to bullies. Let us send the message that AMS is a campus where bullies are not welcome, and that we are no longer unwilling or unable to Stand-Up.
You have all heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and neither will a bully free campus. However, if students unite towards a common goal of safe school campuses it can be achieved. I encourage my fellow students to Stand-Out. Be you, don’t follow-be a leader. We will spend three years in middle school and four years in high school. Stand-Out, carve your niche, make a difference, leave your mark, make sure on the day you graduate someone remembers you were there, leave a legacy you can look back on with pride. Most of all, leave the school campus a better place than before you got there. So, my fellow Saints and future Greyhounds find the courage to Stand-up, look out for others, stand for something, and know we are all trying to grow-up the best we can, and finally Stand-Out, find your interests and make the world a better place.
I hope I have made AMS a better place for having been here. This is your Kid Sports Reporter signing off one last time at AMS.
Kid Sports Reporter
ATASCADERO SAINTS DELIVER LION'S FATE IN CRUSHING 4TH QUARTER
December 18th, 2017
On December 18th, AMS beat Los Osos Lions in an all-out offensive attack. The board in the 4th quarter lit up like the 4th of July sky. Saints put up forty (yes, I said forty) points in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Lions had no defensive solution to the Saints’ brutal offensive blitz. Saints won the game with 77 points at the final buzzer.
Offensive domination seems to be a theme with this 8th grade team. Considering, they man-handled Flamson offensively, just the week before. The first quarter started with a slow offensive burn. Saints put up 13 points in the first 10. In the second quarter, the offensive fire was fanned by: Moscardi, Abma, and Waiters, with all three making two baskets each, putting 12 more on the board. Saints were consistent in the 3rd quarter with their two-point scoring drives. Resulting in 12 more.
The fourth quarter is where the magic happened. Saints scored 40 points. Logan Reyes and Riley Coalwell led the blitz with 27 points between them. Reyes, had nine attempts “on the house” and made eight of those. Reyes, added five more points finding the net for a total of 13. Coalwell, had two attempts “on the house” making both and had four three-point torpedoes. For a total of 14 points. This game, court cred goes to Reyes and Coalwell for their offensive work in the 4th.
December 19th, the Saints played St. Pats and beat them with a final score of 62. AMS remains undefeated this season. This 8th grade team refuses to be beat.
Until it is tipped off again on January 10th against Mission Prep, that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter
SAINTS WIN AGAIN IN PASO
December 13th, 2017
On Wednesday December 13th, AMS Saints showed Paso, for the second time this season, whose boss on the hardwood. AMS beat Flamson on their home turf, with a bombshell of a score: 83-7. This moves the Saints to five game winning streak.
Saints ruled the scoreboard in the first quarter by putting up 24 points in a virtually non-stop offensive blitz. With Kalvin Shope & Curran Hoxie leading the blitz in the first half with 16 points between them. Flamson struggled on both sides of the ball in the first two. Flamson had no defensive answer to the Saints all out wrecking ball offense, and the home team was only able to find payday on the scoreboard two times. AMS showed no mercy in the second half, putting up 21 points in both the 3rd and 4th quarter. In the end, Flamson only added 3 more points to the score board giving them only 7 points. Levi Meeks helped the offensive attack by offering up five assists. With Sonny Rowlett right behind Levi with four assists. Kaiden Abma worked hard under the net and led the game stats with seven defensive rebounds.
Court cred this game goes to Kalvin Shope for his outstanding game both defensively with his dirty work under the basket, fighting for rebounds. Kalvin racked up six defensive rebounds, two assists, and was the nights leading scorer, lighting up the score board with 14 points.
Until its tipped off again on December 18th that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter
RED DEVIL, BLUE DEVIL, MADE IT TO THE NBA LEVEL
December 11, 2017
Recently, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview an athlete who until he retired from the NBA last year, was a household name. Elton went from Red Devil at Peekskill High, to Blue Devil at Duke, to a 17-year notable career in the NBA. The thrill of sitting in front of Elton Brand (the number one draft pick in 1999) and asking him questions about his basketball journey is a feeling that, for a kid who follows the careers of accomplished athletes across basketball, football, and baseball, is completely indescribable.
The day before Thanksgiving I received a text from Elton Brand wanting to speak with Weston. Later, Brand facetimed me from the 76er game with Reddick in the background making a basket. For a 13-year-old kid from Atascadero this seemed like a dream. I hope all of you that have taken the time to watch my video interview with Elton, will come away from that knowing what a gracious, humble, kind, athletically talented, and thoughtful individual that he is. Elton brand is a rare breed of professional athletes.
Elton had a lot of respect for his mom, Daisy. Sadly, Elton lost his mom a few years ago. In talking with Elton, I hear how much he loved her in his responses. Daisy raised Elton with respect for the value of an education. Daisy raised Elton to never feel like, no matter your station in life, that you are above others. Elton, I think you have made your mom proud. You were academically successful and you realized your dream in the NBA through hard work, dedication, and commitment. You never forgot where you came from, or who raised you. But, most of all, you are continuing Daisy’s work in your community and beyond- in my community. There is no doubt, she was smiling when you reached out to make my dream come true. I will never forget Thanksgiving 2017-ever.
What you didn’t hear when the recorder was turned off was that Elton Brand is proud of me and when the 76ers are on the West Coast we will meet up. We will keep in touch and Elton will forever be a friend of mine. I know that if I was 13 back in 1999 I would have owned an Elton Brand jersey and worn #42 with pride!
Kid Sports Reporter
AMS SAINTS VICTORIOUS IN RIVAL SHOWDOWN
December 11, 2017
Last years 7 th grade team has, for the most part, remained intact making
them an 8 th grade team that will be hard to beat with Coach West at the helm.
Saints are three games into the regular season and have remained undefeated.
I was able to catch the game last Thursday (12/7) which happened to be a
rival game on the Leopards home turf. This game was exciting from the first
quarter to the 4 th quarter. In the first half, the Leopards were slow to stop the
fast-paced tempo of the Saints offense. Saints put 25 on the board before the
half. Logan Reyes racked up a double stat by dropping 11 points in the first half,
scoring 16 points total by the 4 th quarter. Reyes had sticky fingers with an
aggressive steal of the ball and took it to the rack for two. Speaking of sticky
fingers, Stevie Waiters blocked a pass in the first half resulting in two more on the
board for the Saints.
The Leopards were down at the half. But, I have heard the saying “bet on
the losing team” and this was almost the case here. Leopards took to the court
being behind a little and just about won the game. The 3 rd and 4 th quarters were
an all-out dog and cat fight to see who would be on top at the final buzzer. Reyes
remained strong with the ball scoring 4 more points. Reese Evans crashed the
boards, rebounding like a wrecking ball 10 times: 5 offensive and 5 defensive.
Saints took this one with a final score of 53-47- the Saints had the last word.
Court cred this game goes to Logan Reyes who led the team in scoring and
dropped dimes 6 times allowing his teammates to score. Not to mention his
highlight reel worthy steal that resulted in two for the board.
Until it is tipped off again on December 12 th on home court that’s Hootie’s
scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter
SPORTS AGENTS: THE ULTIMATE GAME OF THRONES
November 28, 2017
Making a career out of being a sports agent is much like a game of thrones. Those who
are the most successful sit on a throne built on the talent of others. Being a success in this field
is all about having a keen sense and a knack for mining raw talent. A career as a successful
sports agent is all about having a contacts and connections that would be a “name-droppers”
dream. The earning potential has no ceiling-but do you have the guts to enter an all-out bidding
war for an athlete-well do you?
Twenty-one years ago, the second highest grossing sports movie of all-time hit the big
screen and that movie was Jerry Maguire. For the first time, Jerry Maguire made the words
“sports agent” a household name. ESPN reported that before the movie there was
approximately 400 licensed sports agents in the NFL. Five years after the movie, there was a
whopping 1,000 certified agents, which speaks to the competitiveness of the business. The
character played by Tom Cruise was based on the real-life sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who
some say was the “prince of sports representation.” However, the movie is a cautionary tale of
fool’s gold. Being a successful sports agent is more about how hard you work, how outgoing
you are, how you network, how well you negotiate, how much education your willing to get,
and your hustle, than it is about rubbing elbows with elite athletes.
This week I was lucky enough to interview Chris Patrick, a licensed NBPA sports agent.
Patrick is a success story in the field of sports representation with ties to the Central Coast-A
hometown success story. Patrick is a PRHS graduate whose mother taught at Paso High and his
dad taught at St. Rose, Paso, and King City. Patrick has one sister. Patrick played basketball and
baseball in his youth and was coached by his dad and remembers fondly two coaches: Jimmy
Roberson and Scott Larson from Paso high school. While at Paso High, Patrick played tennis.
After graduation, Chris finished his basketball career at Division III Keuka College. Chris spent
several years coaching AAU and one year as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Chris said,
“Basketball is my life, I played a lot of pick-up basketball growing up, and I still play three to
four times a week-time permitting.” Chris went on to say that, “basketball is pretty special to
me, it’s more than just a game for me. A chance to play and get a college education was pretty
special.” Talking about Chris’s youth, out of curiosity, I asked him if he had a favorite NBA player
growing up and Chris, with no hesitation said, “Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.” Though, I
have never been a Lakers fan I can understand being a fan of one of the greatest ballers in NBA
Chris Patrick has made a home in South Carolina with his wife and three children. I
asked Chris if being a sports agent was always the plan, and what unfolded was a story of hard
work, education, and success. Chris always saw himself as a history teacher and high school
coach. In fact, to this day that is Chris’s dream job. In his early years of college, he didn’t even
know what a sports agent was. Chris was taking units and playing his passion: basketball. In
Chris’s senior year of college, he did an internship in a law office and fell in love with the law.
Chris decided to pursue his JD. While Chris was in law school, a friend of his who played
basketball overseas needed help with a contract-that was the moment in time where Chris
Patrick saw his future in sports representation. While in law school Chris started his first agency,
Court Vision XL, he was able to combine his love for basketball and the law. Chris went on to
join Happy Walters and Relativity Sports, which at one time was the #3 agency in the U.S.
Chris Patrick is rather educated for a career in sports representation. Chris, has a
bachelors in political science, a law degree, belongs to the Association of Sports Lawyers, and a
MBA in business. Therefore, that qualifies Chris to offer more services for his clients, rather
than just negotiating contracts. Chris does trusts, business documents (purchase of a restaurant
or real estate holdings), and estate paperwork for his clients. Although a law degree is not
required, this allowed Chris to separate himself from the average sports agent. Chris’s
education allows him to help his clients prepare for life after basketball by helping them to
ensure that they have a revenue stream when they leave the hardwood. Chris is an NBPA
certified agent who found his niche in the business by representing under the radar NBA
players, such as Eric Moreland, Robert Covington, Dexter Pittman, among other players. As an
agent he has an eye for talent. He is able to watch an athletes game and see how their skill set
could translate to the NBA. Chris is currently a partner in The Sports Law Group, a D.C. based
law firm that serves players, coaches, or schools.
My impression of a sports agent after talking to Chris Patrick is the business is not as
glamourous as it is portrayed in movies like Jerry Maguire. Slogans like, “show me the money”
are better left in the Hollywood studio. If you are interested in a career in sports representation
build your clientele with honesty and integrity. Always work as hard as you can, build
relationships, build your reputation one solid brick at a time, standout from the crowd, be
willing to go to battle for your client, and always stay humble.
To end the interview, I had to ask Chris if working in the sports field has enabled him to
meet his basketball idols. Chris said, “Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Shaquille
O’Neal, Michael Jordan was one of the first guys I met.” I also asked who he thought were the
three greatest NBA players of all time, and not surprising he said, “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic
Johnson, and Michael Jordan.” I like Chris, but “the king” would have made my top three. With
Chris being a basketball guy, I had to ask about his kicks. I asked what side of the off-court shoe
rivalry he landed on: Nike or Under Armour (Lebron or Curry). Chris’ answer was neither. He’s
an Adidas guy. Well, Chris I got you covered I own enough Nike for the both of us.
Kid Sports Reporter
NCAA THROWS SHADE ON NFL
November 7, 2017
Is the NFL empire losing it’s fanbase to the National College Athletic
Association (NCAA)? Well that depends on who you are asking. Some would say
the NFL is the King Kong of the sports world, but then I say they haven’t spent
time on a college campus on game day, enjoyed the Pac 10 “after dark” where a
jackrabbit took the field and scored a touchdown, celebrated a 45-point upset,
watched a kicker re-kick his own blocked kick, or sat sunned when a game was
won with a walk off fake punt and this was just the beginning of the 2017 season.
For me the work is done on Saturdays and Sundays are truly a day of rest.
For those of us who live and breathe college football it is comparable to a
Hometown Buffet. Full of entrées for everyone. On any given Saturday you can
flip through the channels and find a dozen different games with a dozen different
offenses-triple options and spreads. College football boast more than two
conferences and advice from a college super fan: root for a bunch of teams. Pick
one team from each conference. Follow high profile college athletes or the team
with the most draft prospects, and the NFL draft takes on a whole new meaning.
Suddenly, on a Sunday Amari Cooper and the Raiders versus Deshaun Watson and
the Texans becomes: Alabama versus Clemson.
College football is full of pre-game traditions. For example, the nation’s
number one tailgating happens at The Grove for a home football game in Oxford
for Ole Miss, where “hotty toddy” becomes a way to greet fellow Rebel fans,
Tailgating on Lake Washington for the Huskies, boat slips at Baylor, the dancing
trees at The Farm at Stanford, the midnight yell the night before every home
game at the Texas A&M home of the 12 th man, the Purdue drum, tapping the sign
at Notre Dame, Nittany Lions pre-game parade, W0000, Pig, Sooie, Arkansas: the
calling of the hogs, Mike the tiger at LSU, riding the Schooner at Oklahoma, and
no pre-game list would be complete without mentioning the Auburn War Eagle.
Pre-game shenanigans are just the beginning of four quarters of traditions, such
as: the Seminole war chant, the Alabama rally cry of “roll tide”, the Ohio State
Marching Band (if you have never seen them form the traditional “Script Ohio” I
encourage you to Google it), college fight songs that bond and fire up the crowd,
and the Tennessee Volunteers trash can tradition. One of the best college
gameday victory traditions is Toomers Corner where Auburn fans bring rolls of
toilet paper and roll the trees after a Tiger victory. College fans tailgate in the
same spots, sing the same songs, remember the words to alma maters, and recite
chants that are decades old because, well fans have done it for as long as anyone
can remember-that is what college football tradition is all about.
Unlike the NFL you do not have to wait for the playoffs for all the
excitement. In the NCAA every game counts. One loss or a win that causes an
upset can cost a team a spot in the National Championship. For this reason,
college ball is exciting. Anything can happen. Anyone remember sitting stunned
when Auburn returned a missed field goal by Alabama to win the game? Or when
Utah WR goes 78 yards to the end zone but celebrates early, drops the ball on the
one and Oregon takes it all the way back for a touchdown?
Finally, is there anyone who really sits on the edge of their seat to see who
is going to take the NFL MVP? But, the Heisman journey-that creates intrigue and
debate all season long. The Heisman in my opinion is (besides the Stanley Cup)
the most revered trophy in all of North America.
If you have not been to see a college game in person I highly recommend it.
I have been fortunate to have seen more than a few games. I have been to the
famed Autzen Stadium-home of the Oregon Ducks. I have been to The Farm, and I
have been to Cal Berkeley to see Ole Miss play for the first time on the West
Coast in the school’s 169-year history. I have to say there is nothing like the
goose-bumps you get when you walk into a college stadium on game day and
hear the marching band or the roar of the crowd when fourth and crazy happens.
There is an excitement in college football that has to be seen and felt in person.
Go see a college football game you will not regret it! It’s just my opinion.
Kid Sports Reporter
"DON'T BE THAT GUY" - AN ATHLETE'S PERSPECTIVE ON GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
September 25, 2017
School has been back in for a month and that means that Fall sports are in full swing. I thought writing a paper on the value of demonstrating good sportsmanship would be a relevant read for students involved in recreational and school sports. Sadly, there is also a need for adults to learn to honor the game, and that includes many professional athletes. Don’t be that guy that doesn’t value good sportsmanship.
I have played team sports since I was in first grade, beginning with Paso Robles Pony Baseball league. Looking back when I first started playing baseball, kids as young as I, were just happy to be on the field holding a mitt, wearing a uniform, and swinging the bat. In fact, many kids this young sit in the outfield unaware of the game going on around them. Let’s face it, infielders rarely see action at this age. My point is, when children start sports at a young age they do not know (or care) about the stigma of losing or the gloating that comes with winning. Parents think every play (or non-play) their child does is cute, and coaches are not yet in it to win it. But, we tend to grow up and so does the expectations of parents and coaches.
After my first couple of years playing baseball I noticed the difference in parents in the stands, teammates, and coaches. I realized that coaches and adults put value in winning, and teams were branded for losing. It seemed that parents were no longer just cheering and smiling from the bleachers, and coaches were losing their tempers, questioning plays, and games were stopped to review the rules. By the age of ten sports were serious business. That’s when it all started- that’s when I began to see teammates throw bats, throw helmets, walk off the field during practices, make fun of less skilled players, coaches throw clipboards, etc. My mom saw it to and that’s when we had ‘the talk.’ I remember my mom telling me about the word sportsmanship and what it meant. I remember her telling me win or lose it doesn’t matter-what matters is if I gave 100% to the game, my team, and the coach, and if I did that then she would be proud of me no matter the outcome. We talked about me being a leader on the field or the dugout. Be that guy that encourages and doesn’t discourage. I remember we made a deal that day that we would not embarrass each other. I would not embarrass her on the field with poor sportsmanship, I would hold my head high with a loss and thank my opponent for a tough game with a win, and I would always no matter the score on the board give the team my all. She agreed to not embarrass me in the stands with poor sportsmanship. She would be my biggest fan but would always be respectful to those around her and coach’s decisions. I am proud to say, from the day we made that pact, we have never disappointed each other, and I have played many years of baseball, football, and basketball.
As athletes, we have all had those teammates that cannot win without gloating, lose with grace, or respect opponents, coaches, or the team. As responsible athletes, we need to recognize that behavior and be willing to be that guy who makes good sportsmanship legit on the field, court, and dugout. But, responsible athletes cannot do the job themselves. Coaches need to reward good sportsmanship and call out displays of poor behavior. Parents also owe a pledge to responsible athletes to cheer from the sidelines and be strong examples of what it means to be a good sport.
My article would not be complete without talking about the need of professional athletes to think about the influence they have over young athletes. We have all seen Odell Beckham Jr. and his sideline antics and tantrums. We have also seen his awesome end-zone catches. So, what do young athletes seek to imitate? His crazy skill or his character traits? Professional athletes are larger than life and closer to super heroes than human beings to the many young athletes that idolize them. I have many favorite players in the NFL, NBA, and the MLB. I am personally a fan of the athlete, more than a fan of an entire team. I have athletes I look up to across all professional teams (loyal to the core to Ducks football, however). I would be lying if I said I didn’t watch these athletes and dream of reaching those same levels of play. It’s hard not to desire to be just like them. But, since we can’t rely on all athletes to use their celebrity power responsibly the responsibility falls to parents and coaches for shaping young athletes character traits.
So, don’t be that guy. Don’t be that guy that no one forgets because of poor displays of behavior. Instead, be that guy that no one forgets because they played the game with integrity, determination, respect, and above all never put themselves before the team.
Kids Sports Reporter
AMS 8TH GRADE BOYS DEMOLISH THE COMPETITION ALL SEASON
February 21, 2017
When I interviewed Coach West at the beginning of the basketball season I asked him to create a hashtag for his 8th grade team. Coach West came up with #hustle. In my opinion, and I am sure all of the AMS fans would agree, Coach West predicted the theme of the 8th grade team’s season with six letters. There is no doubt that hustle wins games and there was no shortage of it on the hardwood when this 8th grade team came to play. AMS 8th graders racked up win after win in the regular season. No team goes into a season expecting an un-defeated record to be handed to them. In all my years of playing youth sports I learned that hustle separates great teams from good teams. Coach West coined #hustle and his boys bought it hook, line, and sinker.
Unfortunately, I was not able to see the 8th grade team play every game. However, the games I did watch were impressive. A team with hustle has confidence and plays with a polished style. The key difference between the 8th grade AMS team and their competition was their hustle. The boys worked as a team and executed plays very well. The games I watched, the intensity of AMS’s defense and offense created turnovers and put points on the board, and their running game was always firing on all cylinders. The Saint’s passing game was sharp, they did well at driving the ball and hitting the open man, and they beat the opponents pressure every time by wasting little getting up and down the floor.
There were consistent scorers this season for the 8th grade team: Mitchell Carpenter led the scoring parade for the 8th grade team with 123 points on the board, Jayden Fischer lit up the board with 97 points, and last but certainly not least was Dylan Talley with 61. These top scorers had the confidence to drive, score points, and open up opportunities for their teammates. Will Shoemaker was also able to drive the lane. His defense was top-notch-a fun player to watch. Shoemaker was able to slash through traffic and his height allowed for an all- out attack on the rim.
Congratulations to Coach West and the 8th grade basketball team for an outstanding season! I am sure that we have not heard the last of this talented team. Next year they will be making their mark as freshmen basketball players. I wish them the best of luck in their high school careers.
Kid Sports Reporter
REACHING HIGH KEPT 7TH GRADE AMS BASKETBALL TEAM ON IT’S TOES
February 7, 2017
AMS 7th grade boys played their last two games on two consecutive nights: January 18th against Laguna and January 19th paired against Templeton Eagles. AMS played an impressive two nights of basketball giving Saint’s fans plenty to cheer about.
The Saints easily swept past Laguna with a 43-21 victory January 18th. This is the second opponent that AMS lost to initially, and beat them easily the second time around on Saint’s terms. Saints made short work of Laguna’s attempts at a defense with an aggressive non-stop offensive assault at the rim. Laguna’s offense was no match for Saint’s defense. Sluggish scoring quarters were Laguna’s downfall. Offensively, Reyes and Waiters for the Saints led the scoring parade with a combined 17 points, including Waiters two points made from the charity line. Evan’s led the rebound action with four offensive and six defensive. This win left AMS with a record of 10-1.
Saint’s easily handled the Eagles on January 19th with a 36-18 win. Templeton tried to counter Saint’s scoring attack with one of their own in the 4th quarter, but still came up short. Templeton recorded nine fouls and AMS capitalized on that with eight points added to the board. Evans and Moscardi led offensively for baskets and Reyes had two baskets from downtown. Meeks had four assists, while Evans and Porter persisted under the rim for four offensive rebounds each. This win left AMS with an impressive season record of 11-1. Way to go Saints!
Saints blew the competition out of the water during their season ending tourney January 27th and January 28th. This AMS team I watched beat Mission, Los Osos, and Lewis for first place was heads and shoulders better than when I watched the season opening tourney last November. In eleven games Coach Ballinger made offensive and defensive wizards out of this group of 13 boys. Reaching high kept these boys (and their coach) on their toes and that produced a near perfect season with a first place ending. Congratulations Coach Ballinger and 7th grade boys for an amazing season!
Until next season, this has been Hoot’s scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter
HOOPS, THEY DID IT AGAIN: SAINTS DOMINATE LEOPARDS FOR THE WIN
January 17, 2017
On January, 12th Saints squared off with Lewis on the hardwood, for the last time in regular season play, and outscored them by twenty-two points. Some will say Saint’s had the home court advantage, however Saints beat Lewis in their own backyard making this two wins in a row against rival Paso Robles. The long and short of it was that Lewis struggled early, falling behind in the first half, and never able to keep up with the well executed offensive screens by the Saint’s allowing for a pass, a drive, and a score. Saints improve their record to 8-1.
Saint’s dominated the Leopards offensively from outside. Lewis found a three-point shot late in the 3rd quarter, but Logan Reyes shot from downtown all game long! Reyes racked up an impressive twelve points in three-point shots. Reyes, also contributed offensively with one basket and 2 successful free-throw shots, bringing his total points on the board to sixteen-making nearly half the points left on the board at the final buzzer.
Lewis’ starting defense might not have gotten on the bus. Lewis struggled defensively against the Saint’s biggest defensive players, Evans and Moscardi the entire four quarters. Evans was the reigning defensive player for the Saints Thursday night. Evans racked up four steals and four defensive rebounds. Evans was the money player for the Saint’s defense.
From courtside seat he got game: Besides, Reyes offensively and Evans defensively, Michael Porter was a player to watch during Thursday’s game. Porter had 3 steals, 2 defensive rebounds, and sparked the scoreboard with 4 points.
Until it’s tipped off again on January, 18th that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.
Kid Sports Reporter