Youth Scene: HB All-Star boys take fifth

The sixth-grade boys' Huntington Beach All-Star basketball team participated last weekend at the National Junior Basketball Invitational and earned a fifth-place finish.

The national tournament included the top 30 NJB teams in the division and Huntington Beach battled against teams from northern California and Nevada in great, hard-fought games. The team was led by point guard Myles Lopez who led Huntington with a 17 assists per game average. The scoring was led by Riley Sterzer and Jason Gagnon Jr. The rebounding came from power forwards Ben Bernstein and Chase Hoglund. Jack Miller, Roman DiMaggio, Shane Matsumae, Kaleb Plewa and Jacob Hanlon, all contributed to the team's top-five finish.

Huntington took fifth place despite not having its full roster, as All-Stars Griffin Rhoads and Jared Clemons were out with injuries.

The Huntington Beach boys' sixth-grade All-Star team is coached by Chris Lopez and John Hammell.

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Huntington Beach girls' place fifth

Along with the sixth-grade boys' NJB All-Star team, the Huntington Beach girls' fourth-grade All-Star team also captured fifth place at the NJB Invitational last weekend.

The team, which included first-time All-Star players representing the division, was led by Madison Hoglund, Malia Kawakubo and Ryan Flory.

The Huntington Beach girls' fourth-grade All-Star team is: Annabelle Lowe, Avery Wiley, Mia Grasse, Caley Guth, Madelyn Fracassa, Madison Hoglund, Malia Kawakubo and Ryan Flory. The team is coached by Mike Flory and Mark Kawakubo.

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