Robert Lewis, Town Hall recreation director, gave this report on Town Hall Youth Basketball.
Division 1 (ages 6-9)
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Shell Clippers played Ferro Celtics. Carter McLean kept the score close scoring 12 points for the Celtics, but Griffen Kretsinger also scored 12 points for the Clippers, as they advanced to the championship game beating the Celtics 29-12.
In the second game, the Muir’s Mountain Realty Lakers hosted the Idy Music Lessons Warriors. Bailee Pula played great defense and scored a bucket for the Warriors, while Tyler Sonnier scored 4 points for the Lakers, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors advanced to the championship game with a 18-13 victory over the Lakers.
On Friday, the Ferro Celtics played the Muir’s Mountain Realty Lakers for third place. Logan Wilkerson scored 5 points for the Celtics. Indigo Dagnall scored 8 points for the Lakers as they beat the Celtics 16-13.
In the championship game, the Idy Music Lessons Warriors played the Shell Clippers. The first half was very close thanks to Oliver Gonzalez scoring 4 points for the Warriors. However, in the second half, Cole Kenyon got a 3-pointer and finished with 8 points as the Clippers beat the Warriors 35-20 to win the championship.
Division 2 (ages 10-13)
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the CJ Restaurant Grizzlies played the Fairway Market Lakers. Ryker Hamblin had a good game for the Lakers with good passing and scored 3 points for the Lakers. However, Mecino Reynosa was hot for the Grizzlies scoring 6 points as they beat the Lakers and advanced to the championship game with a 17-12 win.
On Friday night, the Fratello’s Mavericks played the CJ Restaurant Grizzlies for the championship. This was the best game of the season as both teams battled hard. Kilo Reynosa had the team high of 8 points, including a 3-pointer for the Grizzlies. The Mavericks countered back with a dominant performance from Cody Fogle with 18 points, including making a half-court shot to end the game as the Mavericks beat the Grizzlies 30-23 and are champions in Division 2.
I want to take a moment to give proper recognition to certain people that made Youth Basketball a very successful season. Rachel Teegaurden, Jessica Priefer and Brennen Priefer were reliable and had a fun attitude while refereeing and scorekeeping. You guys are the best. The coaches were dedicated, teaching the players sportsmanship and teamwork.
There was much improvement from the first practice to the play-off games, thanks to the coaches. To the parents of the players, even though everybody is very busy, they set aside time to bring their kids to practices and support them by cheering them (and other kids, as well) on during the games. The kids will always cherish these moments and will appreciate it when they get older.
Lastly, all the players had great attitudes, worked and just had fun, making our Youth Basketball season a great one. Town Hall is very blessed to have great communities like Idyllwild, Pine Cove and their surrounding communities on the Hill that make Town Hall sports very special.
Idyllwild’s proud hockey Dad Brian Smith submitted this account of last week’s Wildcats game:
Last week the Wildcats played the Orange County Hockey Club. There were many scoring chances, but it wasn’t until just over a minute-and-a-half left in the first period that Scott Hommel scored to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes into the second period, OCHC tied it up with a goal of their own. Then just 30 seconds later, OCHC rang one in off the post to take the lead. With just over a minute to go, Wayne Sturdevant scored with an assist from Adam Smith to tie the game for the Wildcats. In the regular season, there is no overtime, so the game ended in a 2-2 tie, giving each team a point in the standings.
This weekend, the Wildcats play in the Presidents Day Open tournament. They will play on their home ice in Riverside on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:10 a.m.; a 5:05 p.m. game in Carlsbad on Saturday, Feb. 18; a game in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:05 a.m.; and a fourth game on Monday morning, Feb. 20, with the location and time being determined by the results of the previous games.
Justin Nunn, Town Hall sports coordinator, gave this report on scores and standings for Adult Volleyball.
Saturday was playoff time for the Adult Volleyball season. To start off the morning, fourth-place Idyllwild Inn played against Perez. Perez put up a fight but it wasn’t good enough to defeat the defending champions as Idyllwild Inn won 25-14, 25-14 and 25-13.
Moving on to the next round, Idyllwild Inn faced first-place La Casita. Idyllwild Inn, just coming off of a big win, were all warmed up and took that to their advantage. They won the first game 25-17 and the second game 27-25.
But as the next game came, so did fatigue. La Casita came back with two big wins 25-21 and 26-24, pushing it to a game five. Game five was quite exciting with Idyllwild Inn leading early. La Casita came back but couldn’t finish them off. Idyllwild Inn took the game and the match with a score of 16-14 and moved on to the championship game.
Next, second-place Silver Pines played against third-place Idyllwild Garage. The winner would move on to the championship game to face Idyllwild Inn. The match only went three games as the Garage struggled against Silver Pines’ bigger hitters. Silver Pines took all three games, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-14. They moved on to the championship game.
Now, for the championship game: Silver Pines against the very weary, fatigued, scrappy, defending champs, Idyllwild Inn. In the first game, Idyllwild Inn looked exhausted and beat up, and Silver Pines took that to their advantage, winning the first game 25-22.
But the Inn wouldn’t go down with out a fight. They won the second game 25-21, tying it up 1-1.
The third game might have been the best game of the whole season. Both fought hard and equally scored. Idyllwild Inn was up 24-20 when Silver Pines battled and came back to take the game 27-25. All they needed was to win game four and the championship trophy would be theirs.
In a very hard fought, tiring, seemingly endless battle, Silver Pines took game four 25-20 and won their first championship.
It was a very exciting day, and season, as each team and their players played hard and all fought to the end. Till next year.