Sheri Samson
Members of the YCAC basketball league gather on stage at the season-ending banquet March 17 at the Hawthorne Convention Center.

It was with great acknowledgement that the Mineral County Parks and Recreation, YCAC program completed their 2017 Basketball Season.

At the “Hoop It Up” Banquet, held on March 17 at the convention center, an emotional Barbara Owens took to the stage at this special event, as one of her final directorship moments while at the helm of the Mineral County Park and Recreation. Owens recently resigned her Hawthorne position to further her career in Carson City, where she will be serving within their park and recreation programs.

The evening began with a cake reception, as children found their seating up front and parents saved seats for the best view and photo spots.

With Owens assistant, Melissa Isom, coordinating the medals to each participant and arranging the commendable printed cups to each volunteer, the entire room was filled with excited children and proud family members.

Over 20 volunteer coaches were acknowledged as giving back to the local children within the community. These volunteers coached 16 teams within age-appropriate teams during the entire basketball season.

The group names ranged from the four to six year olds as: The Gators; The Dunk-A Roos; The Dominos; The Cougars and The Champs, who took to the stage proudly receiving their basketball neck medals.

In the grades first through third, teams: Little Rockets; Little Warriors; Ankle Breakers; Little Ballers and Little Stampers made their way to line up for awards and photo ops. Next the fourth and fifth graders bounced up to stand and smile as family members snapped photos of teams which were named: The Mambas, Phenomenal and H-Town Ballers.

Final recognition was given to teams: Raindrops, Bad and Boujee and The Splashes, as coaches of these sixth through eighth graders held up their medals in the accomplishment of a season well played.

Special thanks were given to seven adults and four teens for their volunteer work in refereeing the games. Some were called in at the last moment as pleas went out on Facebook.

Three local ladies were applauded for being the score board keepers and Angela Fortier was acknowledged as the photographer for this year’s team photos.

At the beginning of the season, this program faced an unforeseen setback in that the YCAC building had sustained recent earthquake damage and had to be shut down for repairs. Due to this, Owens and Isom persevered in finding assistance through the Mineral County School District, which opened up the high school and junior high school auditoriums, as well as the Hawthorne Elementary School Cafeteria in many efforts of a community working together. Special thanks went to the school district staff, as well as specifically Principal Stephanie Keuhey, Ann Kee, Tom Gallagos, Shelly Tweedy and Janelle Carlos.