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Players show their free-throw shooting skills

November 17, 2007

Items from the local sports scene:

Athletes hoop it up at basketball event: Local youth basketball enthusiasts got a chance to show off their shooting abilities last weekend at John Muir Middle School.

The annual Burbank Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest Nov. 10 drew 64 contestants in three girls’ and boys’ age categories.

The day culminated in a tie-breaking shootout in the boys’ 12-13 group. After making 20 of 25 free throws in regulation, Arturo Hernandez sank all five of his baskets in the extra period to edge out Hanoak Amonios by one shot.

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The girls’ 12-13 division was won by Samantha Pyros. In the 10-11 boys’ division, Elijah Cain took first place and Davina Del Castillo was the winner in the girls’ 10-11. The 8-9 girls’ winner was Teani White and Arthur Arutyunyan won the boys’ 8-9 title.

The local Hoop Shoot is part of a national competition that starts with local schools. Players can move up to bigger events across the nation.

The six winners advance to the district contest, to be held Jan. 18 at Van Nuys High.

Winners from the district contest move on to the state and then western region competition, with the winners advancing to the national event April 24 in Springfield, Mass.

National winners have their names inscribed on a permanent Hoop Shoot plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

More than 1,500 boys and girls participated in the qualifying free-throw contests at the local Burbank schools.

“Saturday was a great day,” Hoop Shoot co-Chair Glen Giles said. “[There was] good competition, the kids showed a lot of energy, and it looked like they had a lot of fun.”

Valentine, McDonald garner awards for Glendale college football team: The Glendale Community College football team relied heavily on its core of sophomores to lead the Vaqueros to a winning record this season.

Glendale college Sports Information Director Alex Leon presented former Burbank High standout Grant Valentine with an award Tuesday at the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club.

Valentine, a defensive lineman, was given the Jim Sartoris Most Valuable Player award. Valentine posted 93 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks this season for the Vaqueros (6-4).

Although Glendale college concluded the season with a 17-10 loss to host Citrus College on Nov. 10 in a Western State Conference Pacific Division game, it still had two players earn all-conference honors.

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