The Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538 recently hosted the 1st- through 3rd-place winners and their family and friends to a awards banquet for the annual Elks Hoop Shoot. Each winner and two guests were invited to a free dinner, awarded with a trophy and an Elks/Dare basketball. Pictured with the winners in the back row are Pete Oblak, Loyal Knight; Jenna Arguijo, Elks Antler Youth Group; Matt Rodriguez, Lecturing Knight; Wes Brown, Leading Knight; Tony Campas, Exalted Ruler; Jasmine Arguijo, Elks Antler Youth Group President; and Eddie Navarro, Hoop Shoot Chairman.

The Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538 hosted the 1st- through 3rd-place winners and their family and friends to an awards banquet for the annual Elks Hoop Shoot last month.

Each winner and two guests were invited to a dinner, awarded with a trophy and a basketball.

Every year, Santa Maria Elks No. 1538, in collaboration with the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, hosts its annual Hoop Shoot at the Edwards Community Center gymnasium. 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.

Over three million youngsters throughout the country enter the competition for boys and girls yearly, in various age categories. Boys and girls from each age group with the best score advance to the district event held at Santa Maria High School on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, and possibly the State, Regional, and Nationals. The Nationals will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Super Sunday golf at Rancho Maria

Rancho Maria Golf Club is hosting a two-person scramble Super Bowl Tournament on Super Sunday, Feb. 2.

The entry fee is $95 ($65 for monthlies) includes green fees, cart, range balls and the prize fund.

There will be a $5,000 purse (based on 112 entries) with prizes given to low gross and low net winners.

To register or get more information, contact Rancho Maria at (805) 937-2019.

Tennis courses at Hancock

Eight-week intermediate and beginning tennis courses will begin Jan. 25 on the Hancock College courts.

The intermediate course will run from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays each week and is designed o teach students intermediate tennis skills through various activities and drills, intended to teach more advanced movements and strokes.

The movements and skills include various spins and strategy shots.

The beginning course is intended to teach students knowledge and skills that will help students become proficient enough to enjoy tennis and participate at the beginning level. The course will emphasize fundamental strokes, strategy and fun.

Enrollment fee for each course is $48. Intermediate course students need to bring a new can of Penn Tennis Balls. Beginning course students need to bring a new can of Penn pressure-less orange and yellow tennis balls.

Students can register online at www.hancockcollege.edu/community education or in person with registration form at the Community Education Building S at Hancock.

Contact Patrick Ortiz at 805-934-9911 for more information.

17 Strong tennis fundraiser

The first annual 17 Strong tennis fundraiser will take place Feb. 1 and 2 at Arroyo Grande High School and Soto Park in Arroyo Grande.

The deadline for entries is Jun. 27. There is a minimum $25 donation fee for singles and $30 for doubles ($15 per each player on the doubles team).

Divisions are Men's A, A-, b and C Singles; Men's A, A- and B Doubles; Women's A, A-, B and C Singles; and Women's A, A- and B Doubles.

Check-in will take place 15 minutes before the start of play at the match site. Donations are welcome from those who cannot participate.    

Entries and entry fees, along with a signed waiver, can be mailed to Sam Ashbrook, 550 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. 

The late Ryan Teixeira, a former Arroyo Grande student, inspired the 17 Strong organization during his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. It was his dream to provide encouragement and inspiration for others with life-threatening illnesses.

In support of Teixeira's dream, his parents created 17 Strong with the intent of sending young adults on Victory Trips as a tribute to their battle.

For more information, contact Ashbrook at skashbrook@yahoo.com, or 805-801-8581.   

Orcutt Academy football program golf tournament fundraiser

The Orcutt Academy football program is holding its inaugural golf tournament fundraiser April 25 at Rancho Maria.

Registration will take place at 8 a.m. Tee time is set for 9:30 a.m. Entry fees are $125 per individual and $450 per foursome.

There will be 50/50 raffles, and hole-in-one, longest drive and closet to the pin contests. For more information, email Gabe Espinoza at gespinoza@orcutt-schools.net.  

Santa Maria Babe Ruth 13-15 registration

The below dates and times have been set for registration for the Santa Maria Babe Ruth 13-15 Division.

All registration will take place at Straw Hat Pizza. Fees are $140.

New players should bring birth certificate (a copy for the league) and proof of address to registration.

The dates are Jan. 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 18, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Jan. 25, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Contact Brenda at 805-354-3930 or Liz at 805-668-5204 for more information.

Lompoc Babe Ruth registration, league looking for coach

Registration for the Lompoc Babe Ruth 2020 spring season is open. A birth certificate is the only document required.

The fee is $170 and a registration date is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All sign-ups will be held at George Meyer Field, 1200 East Airport Ave. in Lompoc.

Tryouts are scheduled for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Opening Day is scheduled for March 1, 2020.

The league is also looking for coaches. Email ejhrunner@yahoo.com or call (805) 291-6469 for details. Babe Ruth offers coach certification in the children protection program.

Southside Little League registration

There is one in-person registration dates for Southside Little League left in January. The league is for players aged 4 to 12. 

The date is Jan. 18. The registration site is the Westgate Community Center at 1300 Marsala Ave., Santa Maria, 93458. The registration will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The cost to register for T-ball is $40. All other divisions are $100 for late registration, from Jan. 12-18. There is a $30 new-player discount.

Bring player's original birth certificate and three documents showing proof of residence. Fees are due at sign-up. In addition to the registration fee, all players are required to sell 10 cash calendars. New player discount does not apply to T-ball division.

Orcutt Babe Ruth sign-ups

Orcutt Babe Ruth Baseball will having three final sign up days on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Room E-11 at St. Joseph High School; Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Morrison Babe Ruth Fields.

The cost $140 per player, additional sibling is $70. High school players are $70.

Please bring birth certificate and proof of residency. 

For questions, email; orcuttbaberuth@gmail.com