Hoops Classic 2009 Moves to Sac State

Martin Luther King Jr. Day's Northern California basketball classic is set to be played at the Hornets' Nest at Sacramento State. Here is a look at who will be there...

Are you going to be in the Sacramento area for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and love high school basketball? Then you must make time to attend "Hoops Classic 2009'. The Event has gotten bigger and has moved to Sacramento State University.

  The event showcases Northern California high school varsity basketball teams playing highly competitive regulation games all in the name of charity. This event has become one of the most-anticipated annual showcases throughout the Northern California high school basketball community.

  You will have the opportunity to see some of the best talent in prep basketball, such as Pleasant Grove High School's Xavier Thames – Washington recruit, before they take of to play at the next level. I'll be there to cover the event for GoldenStatePreps.com.

Excerpts from the media advisory for the event are as follows:


6th Annual ‘Hoops Classic 2009!' expands again, moves to Sacramento State University

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will be "hoops heaven" as the 6th annual Hoops Classic 2009! will be held at Sacramento State's Hornets Nest gym on Saturday, January 17, and Monday, January 19. Proceeds from both days benefit Sacramento Mutual Housing Association, a non-profit organization that owns and operates affordable housing communities for low-income families and individuals.

              Xavier Thames #1, with the ball, is off to Washington State.

Hoops Classic 2009!, a one-day high school varsity basketball showcase, has become one of the most-anticipated annual events of the Northern California basketball scene. This season, it's been expanded to include a separate girls' event on Saturday, January 17. The boys' teams will once again play on the official MLK Jr. holiday on Monday, January 19.

Chris Avenant, Sacramento H.S., at last years' Hoops Classic. An awesome player.

Sheldon High Schools' Darius Nelson drives hard to the Basket at last years' Hoops Classic.

The girls' schedule of four games on Saturday, January 17 includes St. Mary's Stockton, the nation's pre-season number-one ranked high school girls' team according to ESPN:

                                   12 noon    --    Christian Brothers vs. Bradshaw Christian
                                    1:30 p.m.  --   Oak Ridge vs. Hanford
                                    3:45 p.m.  --   Sacramento vs. St. Mary's Stockton
                                    5:30 p.m. --    St. Francis vs. Kennedy

  The boys' schedule of seven games on Monday, January 19, once again includes several intriguing match-ups including the day's final game in which two of the area's top-ranked teams – Sacramento and Sheldon – square off:


                                    10:00 a.m.   --   Monterey Trail vs. Valley
                                    11:30 a.m.    --   Bradshaw Christian vs. Branson
                                    1:15 p.m.      --   Capital Christian vs. Elk Grove
                                    3:00 p.m.     --   Laguna Creek vs. Edison (Stockton)
                                    4:30 p.m.     --   Pleasant Grove vs. St. Mary's Stockton
                                    6:00 p.m.     --   Franklin (Elk Grove) vs. Foothill
                                    7:45 p.m.      --   Sacramento vs. Sheldon  

Chase Tapely, Sacramento H.S., goes for the dunk against Klay Thompson at Arco arena last year.

   According to the Sacramento Bee's pre-season rankings, the Hoops Classic 2009! girls' field features the top four teams – Sacramento, Kennedy, Oak Ridge and Christian Brothers – as well as teams ranked #9 (St. Francis) and #10 (Bradshaw Christian). The boys' field features six of the top-20 teams: #1 Sacramento, #3 Sheldon, #5 Pleasant Grove, #8 Franklin, #16 Foothill, and #17 Monterey Trail. Additionally, the boys' field features traditional powers St. Mary's Stockton, Edison, and Branson, the Division V state champion the past three years.

                   Branson, Division 5 state Champions, at Arco Arena in 2008.

 Following each game, a "Chris Marshall All-Showcase" plaque is awarded to one player from each team. The selections are based on talent, hustle and sportsmanship, and are named after the Elk Grove High School point guard who died tragically on campus in March 2005.

All-day tickets for each day are $10 for adults, and $5 for children aged 6 and over and all students with a valid student body ID card. Children aged 5 and under are free. A snack bar, hosted by the Elk Grove Lions Club, will be in operation for both days.

For more information about Sacramento Mutual Housing Association, please visit their website at www.mutualhousing.com. For more information about Hoops Classic 2009!, please contact Event Director Steve Caruso at (916) 806-1907 or carusopmg@aol.com.

So if you can't make it to the event make a donation by mail, then check back here for the best sports photojournalism anywhere, right here at GoldenStatePreps.com.

Coach Swafford, Sacramento H.S., shows some team spirit at last years' Hoop Classic.


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