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Basketball offers a player plenty of opportunities to be creative on the court.
The stylish no-look pass, the flashy follow-through on the jump shot, or maybe that extra second to hang and swing on the rim after the dunk.
Orange Lutheran has a couple of players who have explored their creativity away from the court.
Drake Ulmer is a painter, and sketch and graffiti artist. Jared Craver designs clothing.
They will collaborate athletically on the basketball court at Anaheim Convention Center, where the Lancers play Mission Viejo in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A championship game Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Ulmer liked to draw when he was a child, then figured out in junior high he was good at it.
"So I decided to pursue it, and I've been involved in it a lot more the past three years," he said.
Ulmer, like many others, has been influenced by the work of British graffiti artist Banksy. He has not worked on a wall on a building or under a bridge.
"But I'm thinking of doing my room," he said.
And mom and dad's take on that?
"My parents are pretty supportive," said Ulmer, who plans on majoring in art or graphic design in college.
Carver, like Ulmer a senior, created the Rozver clothing line that is getting 200-300 orders a month and already is turning a profit. He has established connections with some of the bigger firms in surfwear, and sponsors a wakeboarder and a skimboarder. He will be camped out at a surfing contest later this month at Trestles, where he hopes to land sponsorship deals with a couple of up-and-coming surfers.
Carver plans to do more than just make money from his designs.
"I want to use my abilities to help kids," he said. "I want to have this arrangement going where every model of shirt I can sell that 50 percent of the profit goes to a family that has a kid in the hospital because of leukemia or cancer."
Carver is a couple of weeks away from launching a Rozver website, but wants it to be a high-quality representation of the line before making it public.
Ulmer said painting and designing can be a lot like basketball.
"Basketball takes a lot of finesse and grace," Ulmer said. "Art takes a lot of precision and dedicated work. The little things matter, just like in basketball."
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•At the girls basketball Division 3AA final, in which Laguna Hills played Alemany of Mission Hills on Wednesday at Anaheim Convention Center, a basket by Alemany's Hannah Johnson was first ruled to have been after the game's final buzzer, thus making Laguna Hills a two-point winner. But officials convened and decided Johnson's shot did beat the buzzer to tie the score and put it into overtime. A video grab at ocvarsity.com proves Johnson's shot was after the buzzer, but it all worked out for Laguna Hills as the Hawks won in double-overtime, 59-55. Even so, there is no way that video replays should ever find their way into overturning calls in high school sports.
•Many county teams that were eliminated in the semifinals have not finished playing this season. Teams that reached the semifinals in Divisions 1AA, 1A, 2AA and 2A are guaranteed berths in the CIF Southern California Regionals, the qualifying tournament for the CIF State Championships, for which seedings and first-round pairings will be announced Sunday with first-round games Tuesday. So these teams that lost in the semifinals — El Toro girls and Sunny Hills boys — are in the Regionals, but because of the way the enrollment parameters can affect which teams will be placed in Divisions 3, 4 and 5 in the state tournament, it looks like Yorba Linda boys and Santa Margarita boys, eliminated in CIF-SS 3AA and 3A semifinals, respectively, will not be invited to the Regionals.
•CIF-SS boys and girls basketball championships will continue to be played at Anaheim Convention Center in the 2012-2013 and 2013-14 seasons, then move to another location in 2014-15, then return to the ACC for 2016-17. The capacity at the ACC's arena is 7,500. A crowd of a couple of thousand looks and sounds better there than it does in a giant place like Honda Center.
•Parking at Anaheim Convention Center is $12 for the basketball finals. That seems expensive for a high school event, but the ACC does have staffing and liability costs to consider. Hey, I remember when $1 to park at Anaheim Stadium seemed expensive because it was only 50 cents to park at Disneyland.
•Foothill boys basketball coach Rusty Van Cleave's name is the first one that comes up when county coaches are asked for a top candidate for the Santa Margarita coaching position, but Van Cleave has stated his commitment to remain at Foothill. Van Cleave coached Foothill to its first CIF-SS championship in 2010 and its first state tournament playoff victory last season. Longtime Santa Margarita assistant coach Brian Carmer would seem deserving of consideration as the Eagles next boys basketball head coach to replace Jerry DeBusk, who just coached his 20th and final season at Santa Margarita.
•As for DeBusk, he intends to coach somewhere next basketball season. He will be like an emeritus assistant coach, as longtime Foothill coach Jim Reames was for DeBusk at Santa Margarita for several years. It's a good gig — just coach the kids, go home and let the head coach worry about the parents and the administration.
•A ceremony Friday to honor Rudy Ledesma, a Cypress senior baseball player last spring who died in a single-car accident on the 91 Freeway in September, will precede Cypress' season-opening home game against Artesia. It is a Loara Tournament first-round game.
•Villa Park senior Blair Boyce, the Spartans starting quarterback the past three football seasons, will receive the Fox Sports High School Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Sports Awards on March 15 at L.A. Live's Club Nokia. Boyce has a 4.45 grade-point average, has been on the Villa Park principal's honor roll every semester, is a Senior Senate member at school and Student Regional Ambassador of the Servesurfer non-profit organization, and was one of the honorees this past Monday at the National Football Foundation Orange County Chapter's Scholar-Athletes event. He will be at Cornell this fall.
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