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The Gilroy Spurs brandish their Silicon Valley Section

Spurs take Silicon
Valley Championship
Avenging their only loss of the season, the 5th/6th-grade Gilroy
Spurs beat Redwood City 44-33 in the final of the NJB Silicon
Valley Section Championship.
Spurs take Silicon

Valley Championship

Avenging their only loss of the season, the 5th/6th-grade Gilroy Spurs beat Redwood City 44-33 in the final of the NJB Silicon Valley Section Championship. The Silicon Valley Section of National Junior Basketball stretches from Hollister to Redwood City with 70 5th/6th-grade teams. The Spurs finished the season 13-1.

The Spurs exemplified “team basketball” throughout the season and playoffs with good passing and help defense. The Gilroy squad, one of the smallest teams in the section, used their speed and fastbreaking transition game to neutralize taller teams.

“This team is a throwback to traditional basketball with unselfish play and a ‘power of a team’ attitude,” said head coach Duane Ross.

“This team is simply a joy to watch. These young athletes worked very hard throughout the season and earned the right to be called


The team was sponsored by Kent Construction.

Let’s get ready for some football!

The Gilroy Browns Pop Warner program is signing up players March 11 and March 23 from 5:30-8:30pm at Las Animas Park’s community building. Age groups are as follows:

• Mitey Mites, 7-8 (45-90 lbs.)

• Junior PeeWee, 8-10 (55-100 lbs.); 11 (older lighter 55-80 lbs.)

• PeeWee, 9-11(70-115 lbs.); 12 (older lighter 70-95 lbs.)

• Junior Midgets, 10-12 (80-130 lbs.); 13 (older lighter 80-110 lbs.)

• Midgets, 11-14 (95-150 lbs.); 15 (older lighter 95-130 lbs.)

Weights do not apply for Cheer. Cheer follows the above ages only. Mascot ages are 5-6. All football participants must be present to be placed on a team according to age and weight. A child’s age on July 31 is his/her age for the season. No cuts or tryouts. First-come basis.

Participants must bring a current 2×2 or 2×3 photograph. No hats, sunglasses or polaroids allowed. You must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport. Returning participants are already on file.

Check, cash or money order for $210 for football or $125 for Cheer (does not include uniform cost). Scholarships and payment plans available. Must have a minimum deposit of $35 (football) or $25 (Cheer).

For more information, write to Gilroy Pop Warner, P.O. Box 1331, call 848-7842, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.gilroybrowns.com.

Instructional hoops sign-ups

The Instructional Basketball League is now accepting applications for boys and girls ages 8-14 and of all skill levels who are interested in learning the fundamentals of the game. The sessions will run Sunday afternoons from April 3- May 8 and will be held at Gilroy High School. Participants will be lead by high school coaches and varsity players. Sessions run for an hour-and-a-half, divided between instruction and competition. The cost is $125 per participant and checks should be made payable to Bud Ogden IBL and include the child’s name. Players receive tee-shirts and shorts.

For more information, contact Bud Ogden at 398-1381 or e-mail at [email protected]

All-Star basketball game

The Kiwanis Club of Salinas is pleased to announce the 19th Annual North-South All-Star Basketball Classic will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Hartnell College. The game will involve the top-graduating high school seniors from the Tri-County (Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey) area playing their first college format basketball game. The girls will play at 6pm, the boys at 7:45pm.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Kiwanis Club of Salinas and Sunrise House, a youth/family counseling/crisis center in Salinas, which deals with alcohol and other drug related problems.

Rosters will be released on March 31, 2005.

For more information, contact Roger Powers at (831) 757-4246.

Golden Belt boxing is coming

The Golden Belt boxing tournament, featuring 16 bouts between boxers aged 8 to 30, takes place at Cal State-Monterey Bay at Ford Ord on Saturday, March 19 with a 7pm start. The event features youth boxers from Northern and Central California, including contestants from Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

Tickets for the USA Amateur Boxing-sanctioned event are on sale for $15 (general), $20 (ringside) and $25 (V.I.P. ringside).

Next month, the State Amateur Boxing Championships take place at Monterey Peninsula College.

For more information, contact Rick Mello at (831) 902-5088 or 848-4143.

Swim clinic and team tryouts

Seize the opportunity to experience decades of swim coaching by Gilroy Gators head coach Tom Clark, coach Andy Been, coach Jaime Tompkins, and coach Diane Wilson. Get yourself to the Gators’ annual swim clinic and team tryouts at the Gilroy High School pool from April 4-8, starting at 5pm and running to 6pm. All children and youths aged 5 to 18 are welcome.

Submit the $20 swim clinic fee with the registration forms by March 28. Registrations received after March 28 may be subject to a $5 late fee. Make checks payable to GGST. You can register now at the Gilroy High Pool office Monday through Friday between 5 and 6pm. Space is limited to the first 100 participants with completed registration forms and fee.

The Gilroy Gator Swim Team is a non-profit youth organization; thus the fees defer the cost of the swim clinic. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Kelly Kramer, Membership Chairperson, at 842-8975. Information regarding the Master’s Swim Program is available at the pool Monday through Friday from 5-6pm.

Adult baseball league

Players are needed for the Adult Baseball League in Hollister. Local league play and national tournaments are part of the schedule. All positions are available, must be 18 or older.

For more information, contact Matt Silbert at (831) 638-1301 or e-mail [email protected]

Gilroy youth basketball award

Lady Celtics head coach Glenn Vonderworth was named the recipient of the Mason Kunimura Youth Sports Coach of the Year award by the City of Gilroy Parks and Recreation Department, which just wrapped up the 2005 youth basketball season.

Vonderworth had another successful season for the Lady Celtics, a ninth, 10th and 11th grade girls’ team, and like all the volunteer coaches in the City of Gilroy league, put in an incredible amount of hard work and effort for no pay but the reward of helping youngsters accomplish their goals in basketball.

The City of Gilroy’s adult volleyball results from March 13 are as follows:

• Western Tree def. Big Kahunas, 15-4, 15-6. Key player: Joe Sutter (WT), big hitter.

• 2″ Verts def. Bumpers, 15-2, 15-13. Key player: Kevin Dunwoodie (2″), clutch hitting.

• 2 Drink Min def. Yowza, 15-5, 15-13. Key player: Outstanding play from entire team.

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