The Idyllwild Rotary Bears and the Bluebird Cottage Inn Jayhawks played a tough game Friday night at Idyllwild School.. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Town Hall Sports Coordinator Jeremy Teeguarden reported on youth basketball for both the College League (kindergarten through third-grade) and the Pro League (third- through sixth-grade) for the week of Jan. 28.

College League (Kindergarten through third-grade)
The College League (grades K-3) played two days this week.

The first game on Tuesday, Jan. 29, was between the Gastrognome Broncos and the Bluebird Cottage Inn Jayhawks. The Broncos got off to a fast start as Layton Teeguarden shot well all night scoring nine points. The Jayhawks’ Ethan Scott played hard all game also scoring nine points. Phoenix Bernal led the Broncos solid defense and they won 21-9.

The night’s second game matched the Idyllwild Rotary Bears and the Pacific Slope Bulldogs. Cole Sonnier’s great defense helped the Bears forge an early lead. The Bulldogs didn’t give up and made a late comeback to tie the game. Meili Stroud played tough defense for the Bulldogs as they came back. The Bears’ Preston Pino, who scored all his team’s points, added a late basket for a Bears’ 16-14 victory.

On Friday, Feb. 1, the Gastrognome Broncos played the Wooley’s Wildcats. The Wildcats jumped out early scoring 10 points in the first quarter. Joel White played well for the Wildcats scoring eight points in the game. The Broncos played better defense in the second half as James Phillips hustled all over. The Wildcats were too tough in this game and won 20-8.

Friday’s second game was between the Idyllwild Rotary Bears and the Bluebird Cottage Inn Jayhawks. Fiona McMillen for the Jayhawks and Katelyn Sonnier for the Bears played great and kept the game close through three quarters. The Bears pulled away durng the fourth quarter and won 16-8.

The College League playoffs began 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. In this game, the Jayhawks played the Bulldogs. The playoffs continue at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

Pro League (Third- through sixth-grade)
Fernando Garcia, of the Idyllwild Arts Clippers shoots a lay up during the Friday’s game against the Suburban Propane Heat Photo by Jenny Kirchner
The Pro League only had two games last week.

The first game Friday, Feb. 1, night was between the Idyllwild Arts Clippers and the Suburban Propane Heat. The game was a defensive battle in the first half as neither team could get open looks at the basket. The Clippers’ Tobin Ale and the Heat’s Josh Gray controlled the middle anchoring the defenses.

The second half was a different story as both teams started to hit open baskets. The game was close until the Clippers’ Chayton Kenyon hit a couple of key three-point baskets giving them the lead and the win, 19-14.

In the night’s second game, the Fairway Market Lakers met the Town Crier Cavs. The Cavs played great all game as they built a lead behind some big shots from Aly Fogle. The Cavs held the lead the whole game but the Lakers stayed close and with time running out got the tying basket from Isaiah Carmen as time ran out. In overtime, the Lakers took control and finished their comeback to win 26-24 in a great game by both teams.

The Pro League playoffs begin this week. The starting times are 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 8.

Team Wins Losses
Wooley’s Wildcats 7 1
Idyllwild Rotary Bears 7 1
Gastrognome Broncos 3 5
Pacific Slope Bulldogs 2 6
Bluebird Cottage Inn Jayhawks 1 7
Team Wins Losses Ties
Fairway Market Lakers 7 1 1
Idyllwild Arts Clippers 6 3
Suburban Heat 2 6 1
Town Crier Cavs 2 7