Grown men ‘Take Pride’ in adult basketball league

Local adult basketball players Justin Sadler and Eric Varela of the Nike Drew League ( Team Kobra Kai ) stand with owner Jon Cantrell (middle) at last week’s championship game. Connor Moore photo.
Local adult basketball players Justin Sadler and Eric Varela of the Nike Drew League ( Team Kobra Kai ) stand with owner Jon Cantrell (middle) at last week’s championship game. Connor Moore photo.

Sundays in the city of Murrieta have turned into a who’s-who among local adult basketball players. Grown men from all over the valley have been flocking to Murrieta Mesa High School for the past two years to get an hourlong game in, either to relive their youth or to just stay competitive on the court.

The Take Pride Mens League (TPML) was formed a few years ago by owner Jon Cantrell, who started the league in Hemet, but then moved it to Murrieta at the Courthouse when more players showed interest. The games there were played out as 4 on 4 and “it worked for a while,” says Cantrell, “but we couldn’t grow it due to court size and the league was in such high demand, then the opportunity came to have it at Murrieta Mesa High School and it immediately took off even more.”

Grown men from all over the valley have made Murrieta Mesa High School their go-to place for Sunday night’s adult basketball games. Connor Moore photo.
Grown men from all over the valley have made Murrieta Mesa High School their go-to place for Sunday night’s adult basketball games. Connor Moore photo.

Murrieta Mesa, behind a very driven Athletic Director, John Broussard, jumped at the opportunity to bring in more of the members of the local community to their facilities. The motto Broussard and his staff have lived by since taking over in 2015 is “Character, Community and Championships” and this fit right in with what they are trying to do, said Broussard.

“Adult men from all walks of life show up to not only compete every week, but the common theme is they want to help build a great culture around this league. I hear a lot of them talking about how they love the family vibe, not only amongst their teammates, but they love that they can actually bring their families to root them on,” exclaimed Broussard.

Take Pride Mens League player, Princeton Joshaway (left), who also coaches high school basketball in the valley, drives in on members of another Take Pride team. Connor Moore photo.
Take Pride Mens League player, Princeton Joshaway (left), who also coaches high school basketball in the valley, drives in on members of another Take Pride team. Connor Moore photo.

This Take Pride Men’s League is truly one of a kind and is very well run. Despite the fact that not everyone loves the calls a ref makes, there are some great refs and great scorekeepers that keep track of stats and update the standings weekly.

“I have to give a special thanks to my loving girlfriend and her daughter for all the support and a huge shoutout to Mo Rezkalah (Big City Sports) for all the opportunities. On that same note, I can’t do this all without my loyal refs and to Cisco, Gerald and Jarred because without those guys this league wouldn’t be ran the same, they help keep it a family environment,” added Cantrell who also sent big thanks out Nato Bobadilla and Jordan Punsalan for being there every step of the way with any help needed and devoted dedication, Mr. Broussard for believing in the league, all the supportive sponsors, Charles and Jeremy from Icon Sports, Ken from Pole Position, Baden Sports, Brad from Goat and Vine, Ken from Devilicious Eatery, Paul from Organic Roots, Patrice from Kori Cryotherapy, Will from BC Fit Meals, Johnny from the W Training facility and Kenny from Temecula T-shirt Printers.

The awards that are given out go to the champions, top scorers, top shooters and Take Pride is always seeking new sponsors and other partners to help grow the league. Cantrell, who also coaches, can be contacted about youth mentorship and about youth travel teams as well. Of course for those interested in good fun Sunday nights, check out the highly anticipated TPML, the #1 adult mens basketball league in the area, visit them online at www.takepridebasketball.com or find out more info via email at takepridebasketball@gmail.com.

 

 

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