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By Jeremy Oberstein | February 18, 2008
BRAND PARK — On June 26, a teenage boy pointed a gun at a car where his ex-girlfriend and another boy sat near the basketball court in Brand Park. He fired several rounds, and neighbors reported hearing the blasts from several miles away. Shock swept through the community, and eight months later, Glendale city officials and security personnel convened a meeting in the park to address neighbors’ concerns about what city staff can do to make the park safer. More than 50 residents, some of whom live close to the park, filled the Brand Studios, a room that usually houses art classes and gallery openings.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
Charles Rich Their emotions spilled from the tennis court to a basketball court after one of the stranger endings to a tennis match. The boys' tennis players from Glendale and Crescenta Valley didn't plan on playing a game of two-on-two after host CV completed a 10-8 Pacific League victory Thursday. The emotional flashpoint came during a six-minute discussion between two coaches and four doubles players on a nearby basketball court over a point-scoring system during the match's most important moment.
NEWS
By Robert S. Hong | May 17, 2007
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Proposed construction of a new basketball court at Carr Park has some neighbors worried about an increase in crime in the area. Neighbor Norbert Style, accompanied by other residents of the area, addressed the council during Tuesday's City Council meeting on their concerns. "I'm here to talk about Carr Park and [ask] how the mayor can help save the park from the violence that goes on … the drug abuse, the fights, the graffiti and vandalism, the noise pollution and the drug selling," Style told the council.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 23, 2012
A shuttered basketball court at Brand Park that was once a magnet for loitering, illegal smoking and fighting -- including a 2007 drive-by shooting -- may be reincarnated as a calmer recreational retreat: a tai chi garden. The basketball court and a small parking lot on 12,000 square feet of Brand Park have been closed since 2007 as vandalism there got uncontrollable, but even though the court has no hoops, vandals continue to hang around. It was the site of a stabbing in 2011, according to a city report.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | May 12, 2010
CITY HALL ? The historic Civic Auditorium could host indoor basketball games under a proposal meant to attract more users to the revenue-starved city facility. Built in 1938, the Civic Auditorium is a 25,000-square-foot multilevel facility that the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department rents out for meetings, performances and other events. But the facility has long struggled to attract enough business to break even, losing about $350,000 last year alone. This year, the auditorium has continued to struggle financially despite a slew of revised rental rates and marketing efforts aimed at turning it into a potential money maker for the city.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | May 11, 2010
CITY HALL — The historic Civic Auditorium could host indoor basketball games under a proposal meant to attract more users to the revenue-starved city facility. Built in 1938, the Civic Auditorium is a 25,000-square-foot multi-level facility that the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department rents out for meetings, performances and other events. But the facility has long struggled to attract enough business to even break even, losing about $350,000 last year alone.
SPORTS
October 1, 2011
The St. Francis High Athletic Hall of Fame grew to 88 members Friday when five Golden Knights were inducted in a ceremony held during St. Francis' home football game against West Ranch. James Todhunter, Robert Vilven, Lou De Vita and brothers Michael and Steve Miller were all inducted as part of St. Francis' 2011 Hall of Fame class in a halftime ceremony Friday, before the Golden Knights prevailed, 35-0. Todhunter, a 1961 St. Francis graduate, excelled on both the baseball field and basketball court.
NEWS
June 6, 2002
Charles Rich NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Basketballs have been replaced by construction tools. The echo from a ball bouncing off the hardwood or backboard doesn't permeate throughout the gymnasium. Power drills, sledgehammers and the voices of construction workers now inhabit the building that's housed numerous athletic events. When most of the Glendale Community College students return from their summer vacations, they'll find that the college's gymnasium underwent a major facelift to the tune of $1.6 million.
SPORTS
August 27, 2004
Local basketball coach Robert Icart has developed a year-round program for the Basketball Training Institute that gives players ages 8 and older the opportunity to join skills clinics, try out for competitive travel teams or both. The program is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Sept. 11, with sign ups for the clinics and try outs for the teams, at the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club, 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. "Success on the court starts with practicing fundamental skills.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
Ken Robin remembers walking his dog in Los Feliz about four years ago when a stranger came up to him and asked if he plays tennis and Ping-Pong. When he said he did, the man, Marshall Pura, replied: "Then I've got the game for you. " Robin, who was living in the Bay Area at the time, was just in Los Feliz for vacation, but Pura still picked him up the next day and drove him to the Glendale YMCA to play a game of pickleball. "I didn't know what pickleball was. I didn't even know what Glendale was," Robin, a retired attorney who has since moved to Los Angeles, said this week after finishing up a game of the sport that's been around since the 1960s, but has been increasing in popularity over the past decade.
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SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
PASADENA - At times, it felt like the roof was caving in on the St. Francis High boys' basketball team. The visiting Golden Knights trailed for the better part of 2 1/2 quarters versus Foothill Blvd.-rival La Cañada in a city showdown that didn't just promise the winner bragging rights, but also a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship. PHOTOS: St. Francis' 11-0 run leads to 56-53 victory Despite trailing by seven points early in the fourth quarter, St. Francis rallied behind an 11-point run and then held on late against the Spartans on a slippery basketball court at neutral Maranatha High for a 56-53 victory in Friday evening's divisional semifinal contest that clinched the Golden Knights the program's first-ever championship-game visit.
NEWS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 27, 2014
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Antonio Garrett (Glendale Community College, 2012) College of Idaho basketball senior: Garrett played a crucial role, scoring 18 points on Saturday as Idaho rallied from 22 points down to defeat Northwest, 93-80, in its regular-season finale. Garrett, a senior forward who added four rebounds, was eight of nine from the floor and sank both of his free throws, while Demetrius Perkins, another former GCC player who starts for Idaho, scored seven points to go with six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 19, 2013
It didn't take long for Garrett Ohara to realize Robert Cartwright was going to be something special on Flintridge Prep's basketball court. The Rebels boys' basketball coach first saw Cartwright, who was first a student in his junior high math class, display his skills on the court about four years ago on a school trip when a group of kids started playing basketball during free time. “I went, 'Oh my goodness, this kid is going to be special,'“ Ohara said of Cartwright, who was a seventh grader at the time.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 23, 2012
A shuttered basketball court at Brand Park that was once a magnet for loitering, illegal smoking and fighting -- including a 2007 drive-by shooting -- may be reincarnated as a calmer recreational retreat: a tai chi garden. The basketball court and a small parking lot on 12,000 square feet of Brand Park have been closed since 2007 as vandalism there got uncontrollable, but even though the court has no hoops, vandals continue to hang around. It was the site of a stabbing in 2011, according to a city report.
SPORTS
October 1, 2011
The St. Francis High Athletic Hall of Fame grew to 88 members Friday when five Golden Knights were inducted in a ceremony held during St. Francis' home football game against West Ranch. James Todhunter, Robert Vilven, Lou De Vita and brothers Michael and Steve Miller were all inducted as part of St. Francis' 2011 Hall of Fame class in a halftime ceremony Friday, before the Golden Knights prevailed, 35-0. Todhunter, a 1961 St. Francis graduate, excelled on both the baseball field and basketball court.
SPORTS
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | February 20, 2011
GLENDALE — A year ago, he was on the basketball court at Hoover High, directing the Tornadoes and managing his way through the Pacific League. A year later, Martik Ghookasian is still donning his dress shirt and pants that he was accustomed to wearing at Hoover, but he's pacing another court. It's still a basketball court, and it's still in Glendale, but instead of being concerned about high school girls' basketball players, Ghookasian is supervising athletes at the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter's basketball Developmental League.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE — The start to Tuesday evening's Horizon League girls' basketball contest was hardly picturesque. But for all the chaos and, frankly, ugliness, as Holy Family was concerned, the first quarter was plenty effective. The Gaels used their full-court press, the overall play of Gayle Lachica and the hot hand of Gaby Diaz to jump out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 55-32 league victory over visiting Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Pacific Park Community Center.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | May 22, 2010
CRESCENTA VALLEY — Eighth-grader Tyler Sikora was remembered and celebrated by families, teachers, students, administrators and community members for his friendliness and humor during a candlelight vigil Friday night at Crescenta Valley High School. Tyler, 15, died Thursday night after a basketball game with his brother, a Crescenta Valley High senior, and their friends. During a break, he collapsed. “He loved being with his older brother; he worshiped him,” said Tyler’s father, Tim Sikora.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | May 12, 2010
CITY HALL ? The historic Civic Auditorium could host indoor basketball games under a proposal meant to attract more users to the revenue-starved city facility. Built in 1938, the Civic Auditorium is a 25,000-square-foot multilevel facility that the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department rents out for meetings, performances and other events. But the facility has long struggled to attract enough business to break even, losing about $350,000 last year alone. This year, the auditorium has continued to struggle financially despite a slew of revised rental rates and marketing efforts aimed at turning it into a potential money maker for the city.
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