Students Receive MVP Awards at Lions Club All-Star Game

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Athletes from West Valley and Orland high schools took home Most Valuable Player honors after the 19th annual All-Star basketball games on April 6 organized by the Redding Breakfast Lions Club.

Kavi Ram from Orland High School and Aubrey Mendonca from West Valley High School were selected MVPs after their performance in the girls’ and boys’ games. Basketball coaches from Simpson University, which hosted the games, selected the MVPs for their outstanding play on offense and defense.

The teams—two boys’ and two girls’—comprised 54 high school athletes from throughout far Northern California. Ram played for the Boys South team, which beat Boys North in a close match, 87-84. Mendonca played for Girls South, which won over Girls North, 95-43.

Volunteer coaches were Bill Hall from Modoc High School, Curt Eller from Corning High School, Keith Weber from Modoc High, and Todd Dwyer from Redding Christian High School.

About 600 people attended the games, whose purpose is “to promote all-star athletics and all-star citizenship through a positive community experience,” said Lions Club member Guy Piche.

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club began the tournament in 1996.

Pictured: Archer Pugh of the Lions Club gives MVP award to All-Star Kavi Ram of Orland High School; Lions Club member Mike Robinson gives MVP award to Aubrey Mendonca of West Valley High School.


The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which has more than 45 members, supports numerous north state programs and organizations, including vision care, student speaking contests, swim and soccer clubs, YMCA, Flag Day programs, Sober Graduation, Turtle Bay programs, Special Needs Camp, Ronald McDonald Foundation for burn victims, youth literacy, youth violence prevention, diabetes camp, ministries feeding the homeless, Think Pink, Redding police K-9 unit, Christmas and Easter programs, and more.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include bachelor's degrees in Spanish and nursing, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Learn about our new Science & Nursing Building at For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations