Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week: U-Prep Panthers

Three days after losing its leading scorer in a Northern Athletic League win over Anderson, the U-Prep Panthers went into a Friday showdown with West Valley knowing a loss would likely sink their league title aspirations. Adding to the difficulty factor, last season’s league MVP, Jordan Miller, was also out against the Eagles with an ankle injury.

But the Panthers responded with a 59-54 win over the Eagles to deadlock Dub-V at 7-1 in NAL play heading into the final week of the regular season. For their perfect week and gritty homecoming win, the U-Prep Panthers are the Astro Jump Boys Basketball Team of the Week. It’s the second time the Panthers have earned the honors.

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Shasta County Sports Basketball Lunch Pail Gang

Years ago, when I was at the newspaper, I wrote a basketball piece where I highlighted those kids who I loved watching. Not because they would fill up the basket with points, but because they were solid contributors who came to the job daily and just worked. I called them the Lunch Pail Gang.

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Midseason boys basketball MVP Watch List

There’s still a ton of basketball still to be played between now and the section finals in late February. But the start of league, it’s time to take a look at those players that have stepped up their game over the preseason and enter league as legitimate MVP candidates.

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West Valley fends off Shasta for 57-47 win at Jamie Angley Hornet Classic

the Shasta Wolves got within one with just over 5:30 left to play, but couldn’t climb ahead of West Valley and fell 57-47 to the Eagles in the opening round of the Jamie Angley Hornet Classic. It was the second time in just over two weeks that the Wolves lost to the Eagles, the first being a 68-54 loss in Cottonwood on Dec. 11.

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