Basketball clinic being conducted

Full Force Basketball Academy will hold five-week youth basketball clinics Mondays and Thursdays at the Glendale YWCA, 735 E. Lexington Drive, Glendale.

The elite basketball training and conditioning clinic will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. The shooting clinic will be conducted 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The clinics are geared for boys and girls of all ages.

For more information, call (818) 731-8014 or visit the organization’s website at

Karapetyan Soccer Academy set

Harut Karapetyan, a former striker on the Los Angeles galaxy and Armenian National Team, will conduct his soccer academy Tuesdays and Fridays beginning March 2. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Glendale Sports Complex, 2200 Fern Lane, Glendale.

The development program is geared for ages 5-12 and will cover fundamentals.

For more information, call (818) 392-8666 or visit the organization’s website at

2010 GCC Athletic Hall of Fame

The ninth annual Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. March 6 at the college’s J. Walter Smith Student Center, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.

Reservations can be made through Friday. The cost is $60 per person.

Rene Gonzales, Karoline Tomicich, Ralph Turner, Bill and Ethel Gallagher, Ron Palmer and the 1976 men’s cross-country team will be inducted.

Gonzales played baseball at Glendale college from 1980-81 before moving on to Cal State Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos and played 13 Major League seasons.

Tomicich played women’s tennis in 1999 and 2001, earning All-American honors in singles and doubles.

Turner excelled in track and field, setting the college’s mark in the 200-meter race in 1963. The record still stands.

Palmer competed on the men’s tennis team and ran track and field in the 1940s before becoming a badminton player in the 1950s while representing the United States in the Thomas Cup.

The 1976 men’s cross-country squad won the Southern California and state championship under Coach Tom McMurray.

The reception starts at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6.

For more information, contact Glendale college Sports Information Director Alex Leon at (818) 240-1000, ext. 5764.

Hoover to hold charity game

The second annual Stars Shooting for Hope celebrity basketball game will take place at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Hoover High gymnasium, 651 Glenwood Road, Glendale.

The event will feature local celebrities scrimmaging against Glendale Unified School District employees with all proceeds from admission going to the La Crescenta-based Desi Geestman Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from cancer and their families.

Last year’s inaugural event raised funds for the foundation through a silent auction of prizes and sports memorabilia and ticket sales for the game, which saw the teachers pull out a 57-53 win.

For more information, contact Edgar Melik-Stepanyan at or

CV to hold Hall of Fame banquet

The second Crescenta Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. May 8 at the Los Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland.

An opening reception will be followed by dinner at 6:30 and the induction ceremony will begin at 7:30.

The nine former Falcons athletes and coaches being inducted into the hall are All-American water polo player and All-CIF swimmer Fred Axelgard, All-CIF basketball player and swimmer Tammy Breckenridge, Keith Gilliland, who coached the school’s cross-country and track teams for over three decades, All-American basketball player Harvey Mason, football and baseball standout Mike McCall, All-CIF soccer player Stephanie Rigamat, volleyball player and girls’ athletics pioneer Judy Thomsen, basketball standout Gordon Tope and CIF title-winning football Coach Gordon Warnock.

Tickets to the banquet and ceremony are $50.

For more information, contact John Pehar at (818) 249-5871 or at

Report your youth sports results

To get in youth sports results, whether it’s soccer, football, baseball, basketball, etc., please drop off or e-mail results by 2 p.m. Mondays.

The Glendale News-Press encourages any and all teams to turn in their results weekly.

E-mails can be sent to and hard copies can be sent to: 221 N. Brand Blvd., second floor, Glendale, 91203-2605.

For more information, call (818) 637-3225.

Athletes beyond high school

In order to provide the most comprehensive coverage possible, the News-Press sports department is constantly trying to keep tabs on area athletes beyond high school.

If you know of any area athletes playing at the collegiate or professional level, please let us know.

Contact Grant Gordon at or at (818) 637-3225. Information can be faxed at (818) 241-1975.

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