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Elks “Hoop Shoot”

The Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 with the support of the City of Santa Maria will be hosting its annual Basketball “Hoop Shoot” on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Edwards Community Center Gymnasium, 809 Panthers Drive. 

Registrations will be held 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with competition starting at 10:30.

Tie breakers will be determined at end of shoot.

Awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers at an awards dinner on Monday, Dec. 18 at the lodge.

The event is open to the public at no charge and is sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the USA.

Anyone wishing to participate must be accompanied by a parent.

Endorsed by hundreds of school systems around the country, this competition offers boys and girls the opportunity to compete at the local level with the chance to move on to the District level; and possibly, the State, Regional and National Levels.

The Elks funds this program primarily through its National Foundation and the support of its local lodges and state associations.

Over three million youngsters throughout the country have entered this competition for boys and girls in the following age categories: 8-9, 10-11; and 12-13. Contestant’s age group will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2018.

Each contestant will have 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl from each age group with the best score will then advance to the district event at the Paige Youth Center in Goleta, CA on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.  

Volunteers are always welcomed.

For more information, contact Eddie Navarro, local “Hoop Shoot” Chairman, at (8-5) 720-3581.

Hancock youth baseball clinic

The Hancock College baseball program will host a three-day winter youth clinic at Hancock's John Osborne Field.

The clinic will run from Dec. 21-Dec. 23. Clinic times are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. The cost is $100 per child and $75 for each additional family member.

Children ages 6-to-13 are eligible for the camp. Registration is taking place. Parents and guardians can pay in person on the first day of camp or register online at

Instructors include the Hancock coaching staff and players, as well as former Major League pitcher Bryn Smith, Santa Maria Valley Packers coach Scott Nickason and Rogers State University assistant coach Skyler Ellis.

Santa Ynez looking for JV baseball coach

Santa Ynez High School is still looking for junior varsity baseball coaches.

Prospective coaches can contact SYVUHS athletic director Cris Avery at (805) 686-3566. 

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