THE MAR VISTA SPARKS of the Mar Vista Recreation Center earned the first-place trophy in the “Get Spark” basketball tournament at Staples Center after defeating the Baldwin Hills Scholars 22-17.

THE MAR VISTA SPARKS of the Mar Vista Recreation Center earned the first-place trophy in the “Get Spark” basketball tournament at Staples Center after defeating the Baldwin Hills Scholars 22-17.

A team representing the Mar Vista Recreation Center’s girls basketball program won a Los Angeles Sparks-sponsored tournament, “Get Spark,” after defeating a Baldwin Hills team 22-17 in overtime at the Staples Center late last month.
The Mar Vista Sparks, comprised of 11- to 14-year-old girls, reached the tournament finals against the Baldwin Hills Scholars Aug. 27 after competing in weeks of elimination games.
The two teams were tied at the end of regulation and went into two minutes of overtime, where the Sparks pulled ahead to take the championship. The Mar Vista team is coached by basketball veterans Sherland Chensam and David Trujeque.
“It was great to coach such a great group of girls. From the start they got along very well and worked well together,” Trujeque said.
“I’m very proud these girls have such character to represent for Mar Vista.”
Trujeque has been at Mar Vista Park for 16 years, first as a player (coached by Chensam) and then as coach and basketball coordinator. Chensam has been coaching at the park for 16 years, juggling as many as four teams at a time.
The girls and coaches were awarded the tournament trophy at halftime during the LA Sparks game against the Connecticut Sun.
The team players include Emylee Anderson, Brisa Cruz, Junie Dickson, Carmen Donate, Devon Jackson, Yoaxi Olivera, Daisy Rivas, Clarissa Santiago and Malia Verge.

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