More on the Cougars’ visit to Staples Center

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Most high school athletes don’t get the opportunity to compete under the bright lights of some of the more famous sports facilities around greater Los Angeles.

To get there, a team must advance to a CIF Southern Section final in a sport such as baseball, football or basketball.

For the members of the Glendale Adventist Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, they had the luxury of each playing a nonleague game against Redlands Adventist Academy on Monday afternoon at Staples Center.

For at least one day, the Cougars didn’t have to play inside a cramped gymnasium, instead competing in the cavernous Staples Center.

“It’s a great experience and something we hope we can do again someday,” said Glendale Adventist boys’ Coach Kevin McCloskey, whose team was handed a 55-54 defeat.

Glendale Adventist girls’ coach and athletic director Chris Lindstadt, whose team fell, 29-26, agreed with McCloskey.

“It’s something the players are going to remember forever,” Lindstadt said. “It’s cool because the kids are lucky to get that kind of an opportunity to play here.”

Added Glendale Adventist girls’ sophomore basketball player Chantel Robinson: “It’s a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity and I’d definitely like to come back here again and play.”

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Written by Charles Rich

December 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Posted in Sports

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