Going Out With A Bang

Mary Iakopo is currently a senior at Los Al high who has plans to continue her education at University of Oregon next year via softball scholarship. Her softball career began at age 7 when her dad wouldn't allow her to play tackle football because her to try something else. Low and behold softball season was right around the corner and thus her journey began! In her career as a Griffin they have pushed the bar further and further as a team and in their final season they hope to bring home the hardware. Last season she recorded a stellar .667 batting average and a .750 on base percentage, but the Griffins fell one game shy of the championship. With 13 seniors total on this years team the desire to win resignates not just with Iakopo, but with the entire roster. Long term she hopes to go on to win a World Series Championship in her career as a Duck, and eventually make her way on to the USA team. Iakopo says now that softball is back in the Olympics she'd be proud to earn a gold medal for her country. Follow Mary Iakopo on Twitter/IG and keep an eye on this rising softball star!

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Bigger Than Me

Chris Spencer graduated from Long Beach Jordan in 2012, and is currently down in South Carolina running the show at Benedict College. Spencer picked up basketball at age 4 and has had a strong connection to it ever since. He began his career at Jordan as a dual sport athlete, playing both football and basketball with more focus on football. During 9th grade summer his AAU career began and he left football behind which caused a huge jump in his game skill wise. As a junior Spencer averaged the most assists on the team, but had to make a sacrifice the next season moving from the PG spot to SF for the good of the team. Even with the position change he lead the Panthers rebounds, blocks, and assists! After high school Spencer was recruited by UCI but they wanted him to wait a year and with him being impatient and dealing with financial problems he decided to chase a scholarship somewhere else. He came back home an attended what he thought was an open gym at LBCC and ended up peaking the coaches interest and eventually enrolled. In his career at LBCC he averaged 14pts, 9.2rebs, and 3.4asts, had a career high 33pt/13reb performance, finished a back to back conference champ, and earned a scholarship from Benedict College. This is where another adjustment in his career came because he had never played for such hard-nosed, balanced, defensive minded coaches. Spencer was also being moved back and forth from Guard to Forward until this year when the coach realized he was best fit as the primary ball handler and team captain. This season Spencer is averaging 7.8pts, 7.6rebs, 4asts, and he leads the team in assists, steals, and rebounds as well as holding the 2nd spot in assists in the whole conference. In his life Spencer has dealt with lots of hardship and tragedy, losing his mom at age 15 and losing his teammate and good friend Rashee Hodges he has learned from these losses and uses them as motivation. He plays this game for those loved ones he's lost knowing that it's more than just a game it's bigger than him. After he finishes at Benedict he wants to play professional and eventually go into coaching/training. Wherever he plays at the next level they will be receiving a true talent and work horse in Spencer can't wait to see how far he goes with this game! Follow him on Twitter/IG to stay current with his career!

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New Oppurtunity

The Saigon Heat have released 6'4 Guard Josh Munzon in a very confusing move after the rising star showed his potential averaging 18ppg, 3rpg, 3apg, 4spg, and shooting 31% from beyond the arc. With that being said when one door closes another one opens.....well in Munzon's case a bunch of doors open seeing that just about every other team in the ABL wanted a piece of the pie. If Munzon has learned anything from this it's that he can be a valuable asset to ANY organization and he has set quite the foundation for himself overseas. He will begin a new with the Westpoint Dragons of Malaysia this Sunday and you can bet that the Heat will be regretting this decision for years to come.