By Vivian Diaz
Over twenty local youth participated in the River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, held Saturday, March 11, at the El Molino High School Gym in Forestville. Youth from all backgrounds played in a total of four 7 minute games against one another. The fifth and final game was determined by the number of wins each team had. The last round lasted 10 minutes.
They began play by the sound of music playing overhead and ended each match when the music ended. Whistles, laughter, and smiles were all over the Gym. All players were given participation awards along with some fun goodies and treats.
The teams that placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd earned themselves gift cards to Target. 1st Place went to the North Bay Shifters, a group of El Molino Seniors. 2nd place went to Mac and Trees, a group of educators in Americorps. 3rd place went to The Kool aide Jammer, our youngest team of El Molino students.
At the 1st intermission in the games, El Molino Dance Company and Cheer Team put on a wonderful performance for the audience.
At the 2nd intermission, a half-court shoot off occurred, and 1st prize went to Elizabeth Callagy. Each team had to choose one player from their team to shoot, each participant got 3 attempts. Elizabeth was the last to shoot her third shot, after no one else had made it, and she made her final shot winning the California Republic ball and $5 prize. Elizabeth is an El Molino alumni, class of 2011.
Finally, after awards were given to all the teams, there were about 30 extra minutes left for our time in the gym. In that time, the players and volunteers had open gym play time. It was a true community event full of local youth playing and having fun together. All players and volunteers were given free food and drinks for their sportsmanship and contributions to the 1st annual River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
River Hoops Team Roster
1ST PLACE: North Bay Shifters Team
– Kahleo Daly
– Jordan Kerkuliet
– Eric-Nills Carlson
– Ricky Valdez
2ND PLACE: Mac and Trees
– Drew Stone
– TJ, Trevor Johnson
3RD PLACE: Koolaide Jammers
– Jalen Hall
– Gabe Pineda
– Ryan Rogers
– Diego Valdez
4TH PLACE: Knuckleheads
– Ty Skoglund
– Cameron Spooner
– Connor Gieseke
5TH PLACE: Prospects – Piner High School
– Daisah Shepard
– Lizeth Zavala
– Lizbeth Zavala
– McKenna Chantha
6TH PLACE: The Chickens
– Kaity Gentry
– Elizabeth Callagy
River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament was made possible by the following volunteers and contributors, many thanks and appreciations go to:
The Chantha Family: Philena Chantha, Xisay Chantha, Michael, Drew, Jared, Casey, Cameron, McKenna. Thank you for the following: referee, snack bar, score keeping, and participation.
Art Diaz: Financial Donor
Keith Nordby: Gym set up
Timothy Jones: Set- Volunteer/Front Door
El Molino Dance Company and Cheer Team: Half Time Show
Aaron Berner: Volunteer referee, round robin coordinator, and ball donation.
Mederick Sampas: Set-Up Volunteer/RaffleTicket Sales
Calvin Arterberry: Set-Up Volunteer/RaffleTicket Sales
Alo Castano: Volunteer Referee
Vivian Diaz and Paulette Hall: River Hoops Coordinators