Lack of local gym space leads to long waitlist for NJB hopefuls

National Junior Basketball
Courtesy of Subu Gupta
The Foothill chapter of NJB is so popular that the local youth basketball league’s waitlist grew to more than 200 kids last year. It’s gone to a lottery system to admit new players for this season.

Months before last season tipped off, parents of children hoping to join the local Foothill chapter of National Junior Basketball played a game of their own, racing to the website the moment online registration opened.

“Last year, we reached capacity for boys in the first hour,” said Tamara Fagin, Foothill NJB board member. “People were so upset. If you had a slow internet connection, you didn’t get in.”

Los Altos family donates $50,000 to Y to serve youth through basketball

Courtesy of TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton
The Telkamp family of Los Altos – Audrey, from left, Diane, Max and Bruce – receive a plaque for donating $50,000 to the El Camino YMCA. The money will benefit underserved youth who want to play basketball at the local YMCA.

A family from Los Altos has donated $50,000 to the El Camino YMCA to help ensure underserved youth are able to participate in the Y’s basketball programs.

The donation came from the Telkamp Family Charitable Trust. Family members Bruce, Diane, Audrey and Max Telkamp recently attended an event at which Y administrators recognized their donation by presenting them with a plaque.

Y's women get hoops program of their own

Courtesy of Beth Schneider
Members of the El Camino YMCA’s women’s basketball program play a pick-up game on a recent Thursday evening.

Lynne Baldwin’s shooting prowess helped launch the El Camino YMCA’s first women’s basketball program.

The Los Altos resident was shooting hoops there one night last summer when she caught the attention of YMCA Sports Specialist Brittany Taylor. The former college basketball player said she remembered watching Baldwin make three 3-pointers in a row before striking up a conversation with her.

Too much 'Charisma' for Pinewood to handle

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood’s Kaitlyn Leung drives to the basket in Saturday’s state title game.

Midway through the first quarter of the state Open Division girls basketball final between Pinewood School and Windward, each team’s defensive strategy became clear. Pinewood was determined to stop Windward’s star from driving to the hoop, while the Wildcats were focused on preventing the Panthers from getting open 3-point shots.

Pinewood’s plan ultimately backfired, and Windward’s scheme paid off in a 58-47 victory Saturday night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

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