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Shockwave pulls plug on its season

The Big Valley Shockwave of the American Basketball Association has suspended operations for the remainder of the 2006-07 season, team president Catrice Claxton confirmed Wednesday.

Claxton said she and the players haven't been paid since January, and the team decided to disband following Saturday's loss to Bellingham (Wash.).

She added that the ownership group retains the ABA rights to the region for next season and will make an effort to return this fall.

"I'm going to do everything possible to stir up some community support," Claxton said. "There are a lot of good things that have happened since I took over as president in December, and I have the desire and the time to get things together in time for next season."

The Shockwave, with a roster comprised primarily of former college players from the region, posted a 2-17 record while playing home games at Pitman High School in Turlock and Modesto Junior College.

The team had three home games remaining on its schedule. Claxton said persons seeking ticket refunds for those games should contact her at

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