Special Visitors __ ^ "' Wake Forest Baptist Photo A huge basketball fan, sixteen-year-old Ryan Shelton had a great time meeting all of the ACC mascots. The mascots visited Brenner Children's Hospital as part of an outreach initiative for the 2015 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. Nuggets prove too hot for Heat in Hanes Hosiery game SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Recently at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center in the IS and under age basketball championship, the Heat and the Nuggets went down in a clashing battle in front of a sold-out crowd to see who would come out victorious and take bragging rights of the best team this year. In a strong fought effort, the Nuggets come out in victory, 51-49, behind the coach ing efforts of Avery Faucett, who stepped in for Lauren Huddleston and Jordan Ballard (pre-Law students at Wake Forest) who couldn't make it because Wake Forest is on their spring break. The Nuggets, which all season had a consistent balance attack of pushing the ball up the floor and attacking the basket, along with shar ing the ball to also get easy scores, came into this game with the same mentality and game plan that pushed them over the top to claim the win. The balance attack was led by a future star in the making and the sea sons/tournament's MVP Jordan Timmons, who led the team with 23 points, nice assists, key defensive stops and late game free throws to help close the game out. To help contribute to the Nuggets' Championship win was the play of Javon "Little Man" McCallister (8 points), who showed exceptional ball handling and passing skills ""with a skilled floater. The two head monsters in the paint, De'Andre Stames (8 points) and Darnel Fuller (8 points), both played just as their nicknames are "Monsters," with key rebounds and put backs and blocks in the paint. Others who got involved were Jeremy . Stowe (2 points) and Quinton Hairston (2 points), who made some very big plays down the stretch. Players such as Bobby Shackelford, Vincent Moss and Armani McCray, even though they didn't score sure made some quality hustle plays, diving on the floor for the loose balls, take charges and giv ing a great overall defensive presence to help with the win. In the game sports, there is a win ner and a loser. While the Heat lost, the team put up a willing effort to fight hard to win the game. The Heat was coached by Matt Barnes (pre Law student at Wake Forest). The Heat lead by one of the top scores in the league the whole season, Joshua Crippen who had a game high 32 points, with many steals and fast break lay-ups to help try and push his team over the hump. Other players who contributed to the play of the Heat were, Brandon Adams (9 points) and Tacari Stokes (8 points). Players such as Jacorey Mitchell, Austin Phillips, Dae'coreyan Mouzon, Zhyer Mitchell, Jonathon Crippin, Kevin Williams, even though they didn't score they had some valuable minutes to help keep the Heat in the game and giving them a chance to win the game ? ? Submitted Photos The Hanes Hosiery 2015 15 and under Winter League champions, the Nuggets, show their trophies with their coaches. at the end. H a n e s Hosiery Director, Coach Art B levins was proud of all of the kids, and said, "It was game that you wish that there would have been no loser, because both teams played their hearts out. Watching these kids run up and down the floor, diving on the floor for loose balls, you can see the passion for the game they played with." Jordan Timmons, 12, the Hanes Hosiery 2015 15 and under Winter League's most valuable player, shows his off trophy with Hanes Hosiery Director Coach Art Blevins. Jordan has been playing in Blevins' leagues at Hanes Hosiery since he was 6 years old. Modern Chevrolet teams up with Little League SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Modern Chevrolet is partnering with the North Forsyth Little League in Winston-Salem. Modern Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet ^)uth^a<eB'NJ program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser. "Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Modern Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Winston-Salem," said Bryan Johnson, Community Relations Manager for Modern Chevrolet. "Chevrolet believes that in play, there are pos sibilities, and it supports the spirit of teamwork that base ball instills in its players." This year marks Chevrolet's Youth Baseball program's 10th year. Since its introduction, it has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 3.5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet's customers live, work and play. In 2014, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers partici pated across the country. Modern Chevrolet will present the North Forsyth Little League with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, batting tees, catcher's gear, water bot tles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsor ship also includes youth clinics featuring current and for mer MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. In addition, Modern Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to North Forsyth Little League. Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league. For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com. WSSU Young Alumni plan second run for scholarships SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Young Alumni Council is sponsoring its second annual WSSU 5K/10K Run on Saturday, April 11 in the Anderson Center Parking Lot on the WSSU campus, 601 S Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The group wants to raise money for scholarships to WSSU so that students who want to attend the university can be assisted financially. People who register for the run are able to get exercise and spend the morning with a lot of fun people while rais ing money for student scholarships. The 5k/10k is a part of the Young Alumni Council's first Young Alumni Weekend, but people can register even if they are not an alumnus of WSSU. Those interested in event vending to market a business to the Winston-Salem and WSSU Ram community at an affordable rate should contact Kennette Burgess to secure your vending sponsorship or for more information. Email email@example.com or call 336-782-5892. Deadline is April 4. Event details and schedule The 5K/10K will start at 8 a.m. with pre-run activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. On-site packet and T-shirt pickup will open at 7 a.m. Parking is free and will be in the park ing lot of the Anderson Center. Pre-Race Packet and T-shirt pickup date/time will be available in March. The course will start at the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, run through Reynolds Park and back to the starting point at the Anderson Center. Volunteers will be strategically placed to keep runners on track. More information will be provided the race gets clos er. 1. For anyone who would like to volunteer, go here to sign up: http://goo.gl/forms/yNB3BWVOQ7 2. To register to run or walk, register easily online at ww w.tiny url ,com/wssu5k 1 Ok. 3. Vending spaces are available for $75 a spot. Book Review Abdul-Jabbar writes children's book about basketball and life BY TERRl SCHLICHENMEYER FOR THE CHRONICLE Oh, how you hate to lose! You hate it so much, in fact, that it's not really an option: you'll do anything and work hardest to make sure that you're not finishing last. It's all or nothing for you, and in the new book "Stealing the Game" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, it's about more than how you play the game. Everyone at Orangetree Middle School knew that 13-year-old Chris Richards was someone they could trust, a decent-enough student, but kind of quiet. Even Chris himself would admit that, and he was OK with it. He always thought his observation skills were better than anything else he did, except maybe basketball. Yep, Chris was a good kid. So it came as a huge surprise to everyone when a cop came to algebra class and escorted him to the principal's onice. The whole mess started four days earlier. Jax, Chris's older brother, was the "Golden Boy." Always likeable, good-hearted, smart, capable, and respon sible, Jax had spent the last year at Stanford University on a full scholarship, studying to being a lawyer. The Richards - both lawyers - were proud of him but when Jax came home and announced that he'd quit school, well, it was like World War ID had started in the living room. Chris had always looked up to Jax, and Jax's behavior didn't make sense. Then again, in Chris's world, not much did. Girls were a total mystery, teachers were a surprise, and most of his classes were a struggle. But basketball ... now. that made sense. For Chris, the only thing better than a good pick-up game was drawing comics. Ever since his parents started pushing Chris toward col lege, he wished h? could tell them that being a comic book artist was what heNj^nted to do someday. He loved comics, loved collecting them, and he loved imagining ways that his own main character, Master Thief, could save the world. But Master Thief couldn't save Jax. Jax. in fact, was in big trouble and he needed Chris's help with a real burglary. Jax, you see, had a secret life, too ... Ka-thunk-ka-thunk-ka-thunk. If you've got a basketball fan around, that's a familiar sound at your house. But you'll silence that sound for a few hours, if you can swap the ball for this book. More than just a basketball novel, "Stealing the Game" is also a mystery, solved by a sharp, smart, funny, and genuinely nice 13-year-old. The real Dream Team of authors, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, intro Abdul-Jabbar duce readers to that kind or kid, tne one you wish your kids would hang out with. But while Chris Richards is surely the star here, the whole rest of the cast of this story appealed to me, too. And the book's Big Reveal? It's perfect. Three points. Another nice thing: There's a strong girl b-baller here as , well, which means that this isn't just a book for boys. Actually, it's not just a book for kids, either: for anybody, any age, "Stealing the Game" is a win. Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books. She can be reached at The Bookworm Sez, LLC.