take the 209 by storm
By DENNIS D. CRUZ
The American Basketball Association is a historic organization. Founded in 1967, the ABA is still going strong. The red, white and blue basketball is bouncing its way to the Central Valley as the Stanislaus Superkats get ready to tip off their inaugural season.
A roster filled with local players and respected basketball players from across America forms the exciting young team. Superkats basketball is a relocated franchise from Yuba City; team owner Spencer Norman moved the team from Yuba City to the 209 in the spring of 2017.
“I moved the team out here because the Valley is a wonderful place,” the former National Basketball Association player and team owner said. “One thing that drove the franchise to Stanislaus County was the fact that the community needed more family-oriented events. It is affordable basketball. You can’t get into an NBA game for less than $100. A family of four can go to a Superkats game for less.”
Local players on the current roster include Alek Carlson, Rob Walters, Vondell Faniel, Mike Estrada Jr., Chris Reid and Josh Allen. These young athletes are well known on the court from California State University Stanislaus and local high school courts.
“ABA and the Superkats are a way for fans to see high intensity, and fast paced basketball. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday night with the family,” forward Rob Walters said.
Although this is the team’s first season, the ABA has seen the promise of the team and gave them a preseason top 25 power ranking. The team did not disappoint in their season opener. Entering the season as the #25 ranked team in the league (out of 120 teams) the Superkats defeated the visiting Orange County Nova Stars 124-110. The Nova Stars entered the game ranked 14th in the country.
Off the court the team is looking to make an impact in the region. During the season the team will be having special events like canned food drives, coat drives, toy drives and even running youth basketball camps. The team will be working with local youth as Junior Kats. The Junior Kats will give youth hoopsters the opportunity to work out with professional basketball players and learn about sportsmanship, the game and how to be a winner both on and off the court.
For more information on how to be a part of Stanislaus Superkats partnership program or Junior Kats, email [email protected]. For more info on the team and game information, visit stanislauscountysuperkats.com.
Superkats Home Game Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m. and are played at Modesto Junior College
Dec. 9 — Super Kats v. Seakings
Dec. 16 — Super Kats v. Las Vegas Wizards
Dec. 17 — Super Kats v. Chicago Bulldogs
Jan. 13 — Super Kats v. San Diego Kings
Jan. 14 — Super Kats v. Oakland Bayhawks
Jan. 27 — Super Kats v. Henderson Hawks
Feb. 24 — Super Kats v. Oakland Bayhawks