Hoops League ballin’ its way toward LV

Sophomore Adam Plax is president and founder of the Leo Hoops League, a basketball club, which will start playing in February. The team will participate in an exhibition tournament at Cal State Northridge Nov. 22-23./ photo by Kaung Myat Tun
Sophomore Adam Plax is president and founder of the Leo Hoops League, a basketball club, which will start playing in February. The team will participate in an exhibition tournament at Cal State Northridge Nov. 22-23./ photo by Kaung Myat Tun

Annabel Secaida
Staff Writer

Starting in February 2015, Leo Hoops League will come to the University of La Verne as a semester long basketball league for any undergraduate students and faculty members to participate in.

Leo Hoops League is an officially recognized club on campus that caters to all those interested in playing in an organized competitive co-ed league.

The league’s president and founder is sophomore marketing major Adam Plax who was driven through his passion for basketball.

“I originally wanted to play basketball here and unfortunately they decided not to take me on the team,” Plax said.

“I wanted to do something and intramurals was once a year, so starting a team that let me play more was something I was really passionate about.” he said.

La Verne’s current basketball intramural tournament hosted by the Campus Activities Board, includes a two night competition, with short games that happen once a year toward the end of September.

“We all played high school basketball and we played intramural basketball, but we were kind of disappointed because there wasn’t a chance for us to play basketball all year round,”sophomore kinesiology major and secretary Jack Matsunaga said.

The cost for this season for Leo Hoops League is $300 per team and includes the price of referees, drinks, scoreboard and personalized team shirts.

There can be up to 10 players per team and players from the La Verne basketball team are restricted from playing due to NCAA rules and regulations.

“The winning team of the tournament after playoffs will most likely play a surprise team,” sophomore accounting major and vice president Bayan Furutan said.

There is only one team signed up so far, including Plax, Matsunaga and Furutan.

Sign-ups continue until Dec. 2.

The season will begin in mid-February and will go on for nine weeks.

They hope to get at least 10 teams to sign up.

Requirements and forms to sign up are listed on the group’s website. Forms can be turned into the Leo Hoops League mailbox in the ASULV office.

Plax and Matsunaga hope to keep Leo Hoops League running even after they graduate.

In addition to the Leo Hoops League, Matsunaga, Plax and other La Verne students will participate in a two-day intramural tournament at Cal State Northridge Nov. 22-23.

“We put up photos on our website showing we had a team. Cal State Northridge contacted me about their tournament that includes different club teams from different universities,” Plax said.

“I got guys from different clubs and organizations to represent La Verne in the most professional way possible.” he said.

Assistant athletic director for facilities Cresencio Gonzalez helped Plax and the rest of the members make Leo Hoops League a reality by booking the gym for weekly games.

Games will be every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for nine weeks throughout spring semester at Frantz Athletic Court.

For more information visit sites.google.com/site/leohoopsleague/home.

Annabel Secaida can be reached at annabel.secaida@laverne.edu.

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