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Locals light up the Cap Classic

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Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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High School standouts participate in CKA All-Star Game

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CKA All-Star Game teamsThe combined all-star teams that participated in the CKA Senior All Star basketball game.               PHOTO BY BRANDY L. SIMMS  

COLUMBIA – Nearly 30 of the best senior boys basketball players gathered at Howard Community College on Thursday to participate in the annual CKA Senior All Star game.

Eighteen schools, eight counties and two states were represented on the court as the students were divided into two teams: Team CKA and Team SAVE.

Even though Team SAVE led by nine points at the half, Team CKA rallied together and pulled off a win, 99-93.

After the game, St. Andrews guard Lorenzo Bascon and Gwynn Park guard Justin Faison were each named the Most Valuable Player of their respective team. Faison finished the game with 33 points while Bascon posted 20 points.

“It’s a great honor for me to be considered an all-star in high school,” said Faison. “It’s a blessing for me to win MVP and I’m very grateful for that.”

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Cal Ripken League All-Stars Take One in Cuba

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Historic trip sends local baseball players to Cuba in a series of goodwill games before enthusiastic crowds

DSC 0458 Craig Lopez (Baltimore Red Birds) strokes a hit up top during the goodwill games in Cuba. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

HAVANA, CUBA – Some of the best talent from the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League competed for the first time ever in Cuba last week against professional teams in the Cuban National Series.

The CRCBL squad ended up 1-2, earning a 3-2 victory against Pinar del Rio that surprised Bruce Adams, director of the Office of Community Partnerships in Montgomery County and one of the organizers behind the trip.

He noted the Ripken team “amazingly won the first game.”

“We found it extraordinary that we were able to win a game against these top teams,” said Adams. “Our record was 1-2 but we were glad.”

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