Kids Sports Reporter

Saints Coast Through Season Undefeated

posted Feb 20, 2018, 9:36 AM by Ryan Allison

            AMS Saints ended their season on January 18th undefeated. It was obvious with game one that this 8th grade team would prove the statement: talent wins games. Whether the Saints were defending their home court, or playing on their opponent’s hardwood they earned respect by outscoring and outplaying the teams they faced. AMS 8th grade took second in the season ending tournament finishing behind first place team Mesa.

            On January 10th, AMS squared off with Mission Prep and beat them 67-22. Stevie Waiters stuffed the ball in the net five times adding ten points to the board making him the games top scorer. Thursday January 11th AMS took on Laguna Lancers taking the win: 58-43. A common denominator on the offense between the Mission Prep game and Laguna is Stevie Waiters. Waiters was the money player putting fourteen points up-making him the top scorer in back to back games. On January 16th AMS played their rival team Lewis Leopards and for the second time this season shut down their offensive play. In the third quarter, Waiters was the only Saint to find the basket on offense, stuffing in seven points. N Reese Evans aided Saints’ victory by consistently scoring on either fouls or offensive plays in each quarter. January 18th, the Saints played their last regular season game against Flamson and beat the Cougars 81-20. Kalvin Shope found the basket seven times and had a shot from downtown for three for a total of 18 points! Stevie Waiters was a close second on dominating offensively with six baskets and an impressive three-point shot.

            Congratulations to Coach West and the 8th grade team for their undefeated season! The talent on this team heads to the hill next year and you can bet they will have an impact on Greyhound basketball.

            Since this is my 8th grade year as well, and I also move to the hill, this is the final Hooties scoop on the hoop.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

Atascadero Saints Deliver Lions’ Fate in Crushing 4th Quarter

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:09 AM by Ryan Allison

            On December 18th, AMS beat Los Osos Lions in an all-out offensive attack. The board in the 4th quarter lit up like the 4th of July sky. Saints put up forty (yes, I said forty) points in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Lions had no defensive solution to the Saints’ brutal offensive blitz. Saints won the game with 77 points at the final buzzer.

            Offensive domination seems to be a theme with this 8th grade team. Considering, they man-handled Flamson offensively, just the week before. The first quarter started with a slow offensive burn. Saints put up 13 points in the first 10. In the second quarter, the offensive fire was fanned by: Moscardi, Abma, and Waiters, with all three making two baskets each, putting 12 more on the board. Saints were consistent in the 3rd quarter with their two-point scoring drives. Resulting in 12 more.

            The fourth quarter is where the magic happened. Saints scored 40 points. Logan Reyes and Riley Coalwell led the blitz with 27 points between them. Reyes, had nine attempts “on the house” and made eight of those. Reyes, added five more points finding the net for a total of 13. Coalwell, had two attempts “on the house” making both and had four three-point torpedoes. For a total of 14 points. This game, court cred goes to Reyes and Coalwell for their offensive work in the 4th.

            December 19th, the Saints played St. Pats and beat them with a final score of 62. AMS remains undefeated this season. This 8th grade team refuses to be beat.

            Until it is tipped off again on January 10th against Mission Prep, that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.


Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter


Saints Win Again in Paso

posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:20 AM by Ryan Allison

            On Wednesday December 13th, AMS Saints showed Paso, for the second time this season, whose boss on the hardwood. AMS beat Flamson on their home turf, with a bombshell of a score: 83-7. This moves the Saints to five game winning streak.

            Saints ruled the scoreboard in the first quarter by putting up 24 points in a virtually non-stop offensive blitz. With Kalvin Shope & Curran Hoxie leading the blitz in the first half with 16 points between them. Flamson struggled on both sides of the ball in the first two. Flamson had no defensive answer to the Saints all out wrecking ball offense, and the home team was only able to find payday on the scoreboard two times. AMS showed no mercy in the second half, putting up 21 points in both the 3rd and 4th quarter. In the end, Flamson only added 3 more points to the score board giving them only 7 points. Levi Meeks helped the offensive attack by offering up five assists. With Sonny Rowlett right behind Levi with four assists. Kaiden Abma worked hard under the net and led the game stats with seven defensive rebounds.

            Court cred this game goes to Kalvin Shope for his outstanding game both defensively with his dirty work under the basket, fighting for rebounds. Kalvin racked up six defensive rebounds, two assists, and was the nights leading scorer, lighting up the score board with 14 points.

            Until its tipped off again on December 18th that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.


Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter


AMS Saints Victorious in Rival Showdown

posted Dec 11, 2017, 8:04 AM by Ryan Allison

Last years 7th grade team has, for the most part, remained intact making them an 8th grade team that will be hard to beat with Coach West at the helm. Saints are three games into the regular season and have remained undefeated.

I was able to catch the game last Thursday (12/7) which happened to be a rival game on the Leopards home turf. This game was exciting from the first quarter to the 4th quarter. In the first half, the Leopards were slow to stop the fast-paced tempo of the Saints offense. Saints put 25 on the board before the half. Logan Reyes racked up a double stat by dropping 11 points in the first half, scoring 16 points total by the 4th quarter. Reyes had sticky fingers with an aggressive steal of the ball and took it to the rack for two. Speaking of sticky fingers, Stevie Waiters blocked a pass in the first half resulting in two more on the board for the Saints.

The Leopards were down at the half. But, I have heard the saying “bet on the losing team” and this was almost the case here. Leopards took to the court being behind a little and just about won the game. The 3rd and 4th quarters were an all-out dog and cat fight to see who would be on top at the final buzzer. Reyes remained strong with the ball scoring 4 more points. Reese Evans crashed the boards, rebounding like a wrecking ball 10 times: 5 offensive and 5 defensive. Saints took this one with a final score of 53-47-the Saints had the last word.

Court cred this game goes to Logan Reyes who led the team in scoring and dropped dimes 6 times allowing his teammates to score. Not to mention his highlight reel worthy steal that resulted in two for the board.

Until it is tipped off again on December 12th on home court that’s Hootie’s scoop on the hoop.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

Red Devil, Blue Devil, Made it to the NBA Level

posted Dec 11, 2017, 7:54 AM by Ryan Allison   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

Interview with Elton Brand

Recently, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview an athlete who until he retired from the NBA last year, was a household name. Elton went from Red Devil at Peekskill High, to Blue Devil at Duke, to a 17-year notable career in the NBA. The thrill of sitting in front of Elton Brand (the number one draft pick in 1999) and asking him questions about his basketball journey is a feeling that, for a kid who follows the careers of accomplished athletes across basketball, football, and baseball, is completely indescribable.

The day before Thanksgiving I received a text from Elton Brand wanting to speak with Weston. Later, Brand facetimed me from the 76er game with Reddick in the background making a basket. For a 13-year-old kid from Atascadero this seemed like a dream. I hope all of you that have taken the time to watch my video interview with Elton, will come away from that knowing what a gracious, humble, kind, athletically talented, and thoughtful individual that he is. Elton brand is a rare breed of professional athletes.

Elton had a lot of respect for his mom, Daisy. Sadly, Elton lost his mom a few years ago. In talking with Elton, I hear how much he loved her in his responses. Daisy raised Elton with respect for the value of an education. Daisy raised Elton to never feel like, no matter your station in life, that you are above others. Elton, I think you have made your mom proud. You were academically successful and you realized your dream in the NBA through hard work, dedication, and commitment. You never forgot where you came from, or who raised you. But, most of all, you are continuing Daisy’s work in your community and beyond- in my community. There is no doubt, she was smiling when you reached out to make my dream come true. I will never forget Thanksgiving 2017-ever.

What you didn’t hear when the recorder was turned off was that Elton Brand is proud of me and when the 76ers are on the West Coast we will meet up. We will keep in touch and Elton will forever be a friend of mine. I know that if I was 13 back in 1999 I would have owned an Elton Brand jersey and worn #42 with pride!

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

Sports Agents: The Ultimate Game of Thrones

posted Nov 29, 2017, 9:49 AM by Ryan Allison

Making a career out of being a sports agent is much like a game of thrones. Those who are the most successful sit on a throne built on the talent of others. Being a success in this field is all about having a keen sense and a knack for mining raw talent. A career as a successful sports agent is all about having a contacts and connections that would be a “name-droppers” dream. The earning potential has no ceiling-but do you have the guts to enter an all-out bidding war for an athlete-well do you?

Twenty-one years ago, the second highest grossing sports movie of all-time hit the big screen and that movie was Jerry Maguire. For the first time, Jerry Maguire made the words “sports agent” a household name. ESPN reported that before the movie there was approximately 400 licensed sports agents in the NFL. Five years after the movie, there was a whopping 1,000 certified agents, which speaks to the competitiveness of the business. The character played by Tom Cruise was based on the real-life sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who some say was the “prince of sports representation.” However, the movie is a cautionary tale of fool’s gold. Being a successful sports agent is more about how hard you work, how outgoing you are, how you network, how well you negotiate, how much education your willing to get, and your hustle, than it is about rubbing elbows with elite athletes.

This week I was lucky enough to interview Chris Patrick, a licensed NBPA sports agent. Patrick is a success story in the field of sports representation with ties to the Central Coast-A hometown success story. Patrick is a PRHS graduate whose mother taught at Paso High and his dad taught at St. Rose, Paso, and King City. Patrick has one sister. Patrick played basketball and baseball in his youth and was coached by his dad and remembers fondly two coaches: Jimmy Roberson and Scott Larson from Paso high school. While at Paso High, Patrick played tennis. After graduation, Chris finished his basketball career at Division III Keuka College. Chris spent several years coaching AAU and one year as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Chris said, “Basketball is my life, I played a lot of pick-up basketball growing up, and I still play three to four times a week-time permitting.” Chris went on to say that, “basketball is pretty special to me, it’s more than just a game for me. A chance to play and get a college education was pretty special.” Talking about Chris’s youth, out of curiosity, I asked him if he had a favorite NBA player growing up and Chris, with no hesitation said, “Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.” Though, I have never been a Lakers fan I can understand being a fan of one of the greatest ballers in NBA history.

Chris Patrick has made a home in South Carolina with his wife and three children. I asked Chris if being a sports agent was always the plan, and what unfolded was a story of hard work, education, and success. Chris always saw himself as a history teacher and high school coach. In fact, to this day that is Chris’s dream job. In his early years of college, he didn’t even know what a sports agent was. Chris was taking units and playing his passion: basketball. In Chris’s senior year of college, he did an internship in a law office and fell in love with the law. Chris decided to pursue his JD. While Chris was in law school, a friend of his who played basketball overseas needed help with a contract-that was the moment in time where Chris Patrick saw his future in sports representation. While in law school Chris started his first agency, Court Vision XL, he was able to combine his love for basketball and the law. Chris went on to join Happy Walters and Relativity Sports, which at one time was the #3 agency in the U.S.

Chris Patrick is rather educated for a career in sports representation. Chris, has a bachelors in political science, a law degree, belongs to the Association of Sports Lawyers, and a MBA in business. Therefore, that qualifies Chris to offer more services for his clients, rather than just negotiating contracts. Chris does trusts, business documents (purchase of a restaurant or real estate holdings), and estate paperwork for his clients. Although a law degree is not required, this allowed Chris to separate himself from the average sports agent. Chris’s education allows him to help his clients prepare for life after basketball by helping them to ensure that they have a revenue stream when they leave the hardwood. Chris is an NBPA certified agent who found his niche in the business by representing under the radar NBA players, such as Eric Moreland, Robert Covington, Dexter Pittman, among other players. As an agent he has an eye for talent. He is able to watch an athletes game and see how their skill set could translate to the NBA. Chris is currently a partner in The Sports Law Group, a D.C. based law firm that serves players, coaches, or schools.

My impression of a sports agent after talking to Chris Patrick is the business is not as glamourous as it is portrayed in movies like Jerry Maguire. Slogans like, “show me the money” are better left in the Hollywood studio. If you are interested in a career in sports representation build your clientele with honesty and integrity. Always work as hard as you can, build relationships, build your reputation one solid brick at a time, standout from the crowd, be willing to go to battle for your client, and always stay humble.

To end the interview, I had to ask Chris if working in the sports field has enabled him to meet his basketball idols. Chris said, “Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan was one of the first guys I met.” I also asked who he thought were the three greatest NBA players of all time, and not surprising he said, “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.” I like Chris, but “the king” would have made my top three. With Chris being a basketball guy, I had to ask about his kicks. I asked what side of the off-court shoe rivalry he landed on: Nike or Under Armour (Lebron or Curry). Chris’ answer was neither. He’s an Adidas guy. Well, Chris I got you covered I own enough Nike for the both of us.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

NCAA Throws Shade on NFL

posted Nov 14, 2017, 2:10 PM by Ryan Allison

            Is the NFL empire losing it’s fanbase to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA)? Well that depends on who you are asking. Some would say the NFL is the King Kong of the sports world, but then I say they haven’t spent time on a college campus on game day, enjoyed the Pac 10 “after dark” where a jackrabbit took the field and scored a touchdown, celebrated a 45-point upset, watched a kicker re-kick his own blocked kick, or sat sunned when a game was won with a walk off fake punt and this was just the beginning of the 2017 season. For me the work is done on Saturdays and Sundays are truly a day of rest.

            For those of us who live and breathe college football it is comparable to a Hometown Buffet. Full of entrées for everyone. On any given Saturday you can flip through the channels and find a dozen different games with a dozen different offenses-triple options and spreads. College football boast more than two conferences and advice from a college super fan: root for a bunch of teams. Pick one team from each conference. Follow high profile college athletes or the team with the most draft prospects, and the NFL draft takes on a whole new meaning. Suddenly, on a Sunday Amari Cooper and the Raiders versus Deshaun Watson and the Texans becomes: Alabama versus Clemson.

            College football is full of pre-game traditions. For example, the nation’s number one tailgating happens at The Grove for a home football game in Oxford for Ole Miss, where “hotty toddy” becomes a way to greet fellow Rebel fans, Tailgating on Lake Washington for the Huskies, boat slips at Baylor, the dancing trees at The Farm at Stanford, the midnight yell the night before every home game at the Texas A&M home of the 12th man, the Purdue drum, tapping the sign at Notre Dame, Nittany Lions pre-game parade, W0000, Pig, Sooie, Arkansas: the calling of the hogs, Mike the tiger at LSU, riding the Schooner at Oklahoma, and no pre-game list would be complete without mentioning the Auburn War Eagle. Pre-game shenanigans are just the beginning of four quarters of traditions, such as: the Seminole war chant, the Alabama rally cry of “roll tide”, the Ohio State Marching Band (if you have never seen them form the traditional “Script Ohio” I encourage you to Google it), college fight songs that bond and fire up the crowd, and the Tennessee Volunteers trash can tradition. One of the best college gameday victory traditions is Toomers Corner where Auburn fans bring rolls of toilet paper and roll the trees after a Tiger victory. College fans tailgate in the same spots, sing the same songs, remember the words to alma maters, and recite chants that are decades old because, well fans have done it for as long as anyone can remember-that is what college football tradition is all about.

            Unlike the NFL you do not have to wait for the playoffs for all the excitement. In the NCAA every game counts. One loss or a win that causes an upset can cost a team a spot in the National Championship. For this reason, college ball is exciting. Anything can happen. Anyone remember sitting stunned when Auburn returned a missed field goal by Alabama to win the game? Or when Utah WR goes 78 yards to the end zone but celebrates early, drops the ball on the one and Oregon takes it all the way back for a touchdown?

            Finally, is there anyone who really sits on the edge of their seat to see who is going to take the NFL MVP? But, the Heisman journey-that creates intrigue and debate all season long. The Heisman in my opinion is (besides the Stanley Cup) the most revered trophy in all of North America.

            If you have not been to see a college game in person I highly recommend it. I have been fortunate to have seen more than a few games. I have been to the famed Autzen Stadium-home of the Oregon Ducks. I have been to The Farm, and I have been to Cal Berkeley to see Ole Miss play for the first time on the West Coast in the school’s 169-year history. I have to say there is nothing like the goose-bumps you get when you walk into a college stadium on game day and hear the marching band or the roar of the crowd when fourth and crazy happens. There is an excitement in college football that has to be seen and felt in person. Go see a college football game you will not regret it! It’s just my opinion.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

‘Don’t Be That Guy’ - An Athlete’s Viewpoint on Good Sportsmanship

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:00 PM by Ryan Allison

          School has been back in for a month and that means that Fall sports are in full swing. I thought writing a paper on the value of demonstrating good sportsmanship would be a relevant read for students involved in recreational and school sports. Sadly, there is also a need for adults to learn to honor the game, and that includes many professional athletes. Don’t be that guy that doesn’t value good sportsmanship.

          I have played team sports since I was in first grade, beginning with Paso Robles Pony Baseball league. Looking back when I first started playing baseball, kids as young as I, were just happy to be on the field holding a mitt, wearing a uniform, and swinging the bat. In fact, many kids this young sit in the outfield unaware of the game going on around them. Let’s face it, infielders rarely see action at this age. My point is, when children start sports at a young age they do not know (or care) about the stigma of losing or the gloating that comes with winning. Parents think every play (or non-play) their child does is cute, and coaches are not yet in it to win it. But, we tend to grow up and so does the expectations of parents and coaches.

          After my first couple of years playing baseball I noticed the difference in parents in the stands, teammates, and coaches. I realized that coaches and adults put value in winning, and teams were branded for losing. It seemed that parents were no longer just cheering and smiling from the bleachers, and coaches were losing their tempers, questioning plays, and games were stopped to review the rules. By the age of ten sports were serious business. That’s when it all started- that’s when I began to see teammates throw bats, throw helmets, walk off the field during practices, make fun of less skilled players, coaches throw clipboards, etc. My mom saw it to and that’s when we had ‘the talk.’ I remember my mom telling me about the word sportsmanship and what it meant. I remember her telling me win or lose it doesn’t matter-what matters is if I gave 100% to the game, my team, and the coach, and if I did that then she would be proud of me no matter the outcome. We talked about me being a leader on the field or the dugout. Be that guy that encourages and doesn’t discourage. I remember we made a deal that day that we would not embarrass each other. I would not embarrass her on the field with poor sportsmanship, I would hold my head high with a loss and thank my opponent for a tough game with a win, and I would always no matter the score on the board give the team my all. She agreed to not embarrass me in the stands with poor sportsmanship. She would be my biggest fan but would always be respectful to those around her and coach’s decisions. I am proud to say, from the day we made that pact, we have never disappointed each other, and I have played many years of baseball, football, and basketball.

          As athletes, we have all had those teammates that cannot win without gloating, lose with grace, or respect opponents, coaches, or the team. As responsible athletes, we need to recognize that behavior and be willing to be that guy who makes good sportsmanship legit on the field, court, and dugout. But, responsible athletes cannot do the job themselves. Coaches need to reward good sportsmanship and call out displays of poor behavior. Parents also owe a pledge to responsible athletes to cheer from the sidelines and be strong examples of what it means to be a good sport.

          My article would not be complete without talking about the need of   professional athletes to think about the influence they have over young athletes. We have all seen Odell Beckham Jr. and his sideline antics and tantrums. We have also seen his awesome end-zone catches. So, what do young athletes seek to imitate? His crazy skill or his character traits? Professional athletes are larger than life and closer to super heroes than human beings to the many young athletes that idolize them. I have many favorite players in the NFL, NBA, and the MLB. I am personally a fan of the athlete, more than a fan of an entire team. I have athletes I look up to across all professional teams (loyal to the core to Ducks football, however). I would be lying if I said I didn’t watch these athletes and dream of reaching those same levels of play. It’s hard not to desire to be just like them. But, since we can’t rely on all athletes to use their celebrity power responsibly the responsibility falls to parents and coaches for shaping young athletes character traits.  

          So, don’t be that guy. Don’t be that guy that no one forgets because of poor displays of behavior. Instead, be that guy that no one forgets because they played the game with integrity, determination, respect, and above all never put themselves before the team.

Weston Hooten

Kids Sports Reporter

AMS 8th Grade Boys Demolish the Competition All Season

posted Feb 22, 2017, 9:04 AM by Ryan Allison

When I interviewed Coach West at the beginning of the basketball season I asked him to create a hashtag for his 8th grade team. Coach West came up with #hustle. In my opinion, and I am sure all of the AMS fans would agree, Coach West predicted the theme of the 8th grade team’s season with six letters. There is no doubt that hustle wins games and there was no shortage of it on the hardwood when this 8th grade team came to play. AMS 8th graders racked up win after win in the regular season. No team goes into a season expecting an un-defeated record to be handed to them. In all my years of playing youth sports I learned that hustle separates great teams from good teams. Coach West coined #hustle and his boys bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Unfortunately, I was not able to see the 8th grade team play every game. However, the games I did watch were impressive. A team with hustle has confidence and plays with a polished style. The key difference between the 8th grade AMS team and their competition was their hustle. The boys worked as a team and executed plays very well. The games I watched, the intensity of AMS’s defense and offense created turnovers and put points on the board, and their running game was always firing on all cylinders. The Saint’s passing game was sharp, they did well at driving the ball and hitting the open man, and they beat the opponents pressure every time by wasting little getting up and down the floor.

There were consistent scorers this season for the 8th grade team: Mitchell Carpenter led the scoring parade for the 8th grade team with 123 points on the board, Jayden Fischer lit up the board with 97 points, and last but certainly not least was Dylan Talley with 61. These top scorers had the confidence to drive, score points, and open up opportunities for their teammates. Will Shoemaker was also able to drive the lane. His defense was top-notch-a fun player to watch. Shoemaker was able to slash through traffic and his height allowed for an all- out attack on the rim.

Congratulations to Coach West and the 8th grade basketball team for an outstanding season! I am sure that we have not heard the last of this talented team. Next year they will be making their mark as freshmen basketball players. I wish them the best of luck in their high school careers.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

Reaching High Kept 7th Grade AMS Basketball Team on it’s Toes

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:32 PM by Ryan Allison

AMS 7th grade boys played their last two games on two consecutive nights: January 18th against Laguna and January 19th paired against Templeton Eagles. AMS played an impressive two nights of basketball giving Saint’s fans plenty to cheer about.

The Saints easily swept past Laguna with a 43-21 victory January 18th.  This is the second opponent that AMS lost to initially, and beat them easily the second time around on Saint’s terms. Saints made short work of Laguna’s attempts at a defense with an aggressive non-stop offensive assault at the rim. Laguna’s offense was no match for Saint’s defense. Sluggish scoring quarters were Laguna’s downfall. Offensively, Reyes and Waiters for the Saints led the scoring parade with a combined 17 points, including Waiters two points made from the charity line. Evan’s led the rebound action with four offensive and six defensive. This win left AMS with a record of 10-1.

         Saint’s easily handled the Eagles on January 19th with a 36-18 win. Templeton tried to counter Saint’s scoring attack with one of their own in the 4th quarter, but still came up short. Templeton recorded nine fouls and AMS capitalized on that with eight points added to the board. Evans and Moscardi led offensively for baskets and Reyes had two baskets from downtown. Meeks had four assists, while Evans and Porter persisted under the rim for four offensive rebounds each. This win left AMS with an impressive season record of 11-1. Way to go Saints!

Saints blew the competition out of the water during their season ending tourney January 27th and January 28th. This AMS team I watched beat Mission, Los Osos, and Lewis for first place was heads and shoulders better than when I watched the season opening tourney last November. In eleven games Coach Ballinger made offensive and defensive wizards out of this group of 13 boys. Reaching high kept these boys (and their coach) on their toes and that produced a near perfect season with a first place ending. Congratulations Coach Ballinger and 7th grade boys for an amazing season!

Until next season, this has been Hoot’s scoop on the hoop.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter

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