More than 300 participants are expected to swim at the 9th annual Aqua Challenge at Lake Del Valle, 7000 Del Valle Road (off Mines Road), Livermore this Saturday. The competition includes a 2-mile, 1-mile and half-mile distance events, set to start with latter at 8:30 a.m.
Winners in the male and female open and masters division will receive carved glass trophies. Lifeguards will closely monitor the courses, which were set via GPS.
For more on this event, visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.
Pleasanton Heat headed to National Junior Olympic Finals
Several local area runners have qualified for the United States Track & Field Association Junior Olympic National Finals this week, to be held at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. Sac) in Los Angeles, from July 25th ? 29th. Members of the Pleasanton Heat track and running club qualified last week in Fresno for the prestigious six-day national event, by placing in the top 3 finishers in Region 14, one of 15 regions across the country.
As the International Olympic Committee announced the imminence of the world youth Olympics to start in 2010, these athletes could well be chosen to represent the United States in international competition. Many of the runners here have qualified in previous years, traveling to locations such as Florida, Nebraska, Oregon and Indiana, but the announcement of the international youth Olympics has made the trip to Los Angeles, an Olympic city, all the more exciting. It is widely known that over 80% of the adult U.S. Olympic team track & field members participated in the USATF Junior Olympic competition.
For the Region 14 Champion Pleasanton Heat Intermediate boys? 4x800 meter relay team (for runners age 15-16), the national finals will be a showdown with some record-breaking teams from Texas, as two years ago the Heat finished a close third to two of them, winning the national bronze medal. This year?s team returns nationals veterans and All-Americans Drew Callen from Granada High and James Langford from Amador Valley, and has added speedy Sean Colaco from San Ramon Valley, one of the season?s best frosh high-school milers who also qualified for the 3000 meters (ranked top 15 in the U.S.A. at 9:25), fleet-footed Toshi Kellogg from Acalanes, and Simon Graves from San Ramon, who sparked the team in Fresno.
Also qualifying as individuals for the nationals are Pleasanton middle-schooler All-American Theo Carter (age 13) with 2:09 in the 800 meters, standout Kyla Aiuto (age 12), in both the 1500 meters (5:11) and the 3000 meters (11:25), and Sahit Menon (age 10), in both the 100 meters (13.6) and 400 meters (1:06). Theo Carter and Sahit Menon also qualified for the expense-paid Hershey Nationals August 4 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with Carter returning as the reigning Hershey champion in the 11-12 year old division last year.
Many other Heat athletes will be making the trip to support the team. Heat runners have traditionally fared quite well in the nationals. Results will be posted at www.usatf.org.
Pony All Star Peninsula Region Section Tournament (July 14 -July 21, San Bruno)
Pleasanton defeated Foster City in Game 1 by a score of 7 to 1. Following a "suicide squeeze" play executed on a bunt by Taylor Menzel for the first run, Drake Rivenes (nicknamed "the Beast") hit a three run homer in the 5th inning to put Pleasanton in the lead. An additional single home run by Jackson Zarubin and base hits by Aaron Hafford, Dawson Graham, and Greg Shehtanian increased the lead. A trio of outstanding pitchers Greg Shehtanian, Dawson Graham and Drake Rivenes held the opposing team to only 1 run.
In Game 2, Pleasanton defeated Pacifica with 12 -4 as the final score. Taylor Menzel went 3 for 3 (2 RBIs) at bat and displayed excellent defense at third base to assist in 7 outs of the game. Matt Yount astounded the bleachers with his bunting ability by his excellent execution on 3 out of 3 sacrifice bunts. To break Pleasanton into the lead, Justin Brunnett hit a base hit followed by another key base hit double by Drake Rivenes.This was followed by a string of additional base hits by Jack Pilling, Greg Shehtanian, and Jackson Zarubin. Jack Pilling and Greg Shehtanian pitched with multiple strikeouts each to hold Pacifica to only 4 runs, allowing Pleasanton to win with a comfortable lead.
Jack Pilling pitched with finesse and confidence in Game 3 to lead Pleasanton to a final score of 5 to 1 against San Mateo. He pitched all seven innings and produced an amazing seven strike outs. To put Pleasanton onto the scoreboard in inning 3, Justin Brunnett walked, Patrick Gibbons singled and then Tyler Cook hit a shot (double, RBI). Drake Rivenes then delivered under pressure a key sacrifice fly to break open the lead on a pass ball score, 3 to 1. Good infield plays by Taylor Menzel at third base and Patrick Gibbons at shortstop to hold base runners and produce key outs, and Tyler Cook to Matt Yount to catch a runner stealing, maintained a strong defensive hold on San Mateo. Excellent outfield catches by Justin Brunnett and Jackson Zarubin kept San Mateo from any hope of further base hits. Justin Brunnett, Patrick Gibbons and Tyler Cook all produced additional base hits and RBIs to increase the lead.
In the double elimination round against South San Francisco, Pleasanton was defeated in both games 0-17 and 5-15. Greg Shehtanian started both games as pitcher, and other pitchers entered including Patrick Gibbons, Taylor Menzel, Matt Yount, Adam Yount and Keaton Housman. The South San Francisco offensive line up was impressive with 5 home runs total in both games and multiple base hits. Their defense was equally outstanding and prevented Pleasanton from breaking through. Despite the loss, there was notable hitting from Pleasanton in both games, including Tyler Cook (2 Doubles, 1 Single and 2 RBIs), Greg Shehtanian (1 Double, 2 Singles, 1 RBI), Justin Brunnett (1 Double and 1 Single), Jackson Zarubin (1 Single, 1 Sacrifice Fly RBI), Dawson Graham ( 2 Singles, 1 RBI), Patrick Gibbons (1 Single), Taylor Menzel (1 Single), and Keaton Housman (1 Single). In defense Jackson Zarubin caught two difficult fly balls, Jack Pilling made 2 good infield plays, and Justin Brunnett threw a runner out from left field to second baseman Matt Yount. South San Francisco will now advance to the next tournament.
BUSC Class 3 U19
The BUSC 19 Black took 5th place in the Seawolf 6v6 Tournament at Sonoma State University. The Black went 2-1-1 and missed playing in the final round of four by one point. Game one was against River City Vipers, and the Black won 5-1. Brent Cambra went off on the Vipers with 3 goals and an assist. Kieren McEntee added an goal and assist, Nate Weber also scored, and Willie Berger added an assist as well as the play of the game. With the score a tenuous 3-1, GK Garrett Clark made a sprawling save from in close but the rebound kicked out to a waiting Viper, looking at a seemingly open net. Berger never gave up and backed his keeper by filling the space and knocking away the try.
Game two was a rollercoaster against SR Crew, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead with pressure defense. BUSC came back with four straight, two by McEntee and one each from Berger and Weber, with Cambra and Aaron Scott assisting. The Crew came back with two of their own for the 4-4 final. Game three was for the flight vs. Barcelona. Goals by Joey Halim, Scott, and Cambra were not enough as the Black fell 4-3. McEntee, Scott, and Berger added assists, and Clark finished the 3 games with 23 saves. In the fifth place game, BUSC beat NW Oaks 4-3. Cambra had his fifth goal of the day, McEntee his fourth, and Kurt Lenamon and Scott added the others, with Berger, Weber, and McEntee assisting.
BUSC Class 1 U19
The BUSC U18 United defeated Hayward in an abbreviated NorCal game 1-0. The game started off with a very uneven rhythm due to mulitple whistles, preventing any flow. In the 6th minute, United used 5 one-touch passes to create an effective buildup and force a corner kick. The ensuing clear was volleyed into the box by Matt Carlucci, and David Norton made an outstanding keeper challenge to just miss knocking it in. In the 12 minute, United had a straight-on direct kick from 40 yards that Jay Jafarpour deftly dropped into the mix.
Jeff Squier came in hard and put the shot away for the lead. Hayward almost came right back with a couple of opportunities. One was a direct kick from the left side of the box that GK Brett Webber alertly punched out and was cleared by Mike Florian. The other was a great shot from the right side from 30 yards out that luckily struck off the left post and bounced away. Carlucci almost doubled up for BUSC when he drove left to right from 25 yards out and sent a screamer than he second half was more physical as Hayward pressed and Ballistic countered, but without further scoring. A double red, one each to BUSC and Hayward, in the 51st minute was a portent of what was to come. Later, aHayward winger made a trickly play on the left side to beat 3 defenders, but Jafarpour blocked his try from 15 yards out in the 62nd minute, and that was their last good chance. The United defense stayed fairly organized, let by Florian, who was seemingly everywhere, and Jafarpour, who stayed cool under pressure. An unfortunate turn of events led the game to be abandoned in the 70th minute and BUSC got the win. This raised their record to date this season to 10-3-2.
BUSC Premier U16
An outstanding offensive attack by Ballistic led by Jaime Alcantar with a Hat Trick! An additional two goals were scored by Sam Clark and another by Dillon Mullaney. Assists and shots on goal were provided by Bobby Regalado, Matt Donner, KJ Newbery, Weston Bergh, Trevor Dawson and Scott Sweetnam
The Ballistic defense, led by Shane Schvaneveldt, worked hard to hold off a strong attack by Modesto. Goalie, Niko Lecco, made seven saves in the game.
Del Prado Stingrays vs. Briar Hill Barracudas
The Del Prado Stingrays swam past the Briar Hill Barracudas, winnings with a score of 577 to 374. Del Prado's Taylor Peterson (17), for the girls and Jake Newman (9), for the boys, led the Stingrays,
by winning all their individual events. Taylor won the 50 Free, 50 Fly, and the 100 IM. Jake won the 25 Free, 25 Back, and the 100 IM. Taylor also anchored the winning 15-18 Women's 200 Free Relay Team. Other top performers for Del Prado were Emily Klein (14), Jaclyn Strom (13), Kathryn Kitayama (10), Eric Gates (14), Alex Beatty (17), and Andrew Goard (12). Briar Hill's Brittney Achziger (10) and Jamie Somerville (14), were the top performers for the Barracudas. Brittney won the 25 Breast, 100 IM, and placed second in the 25 Fly. Jamie led the boys by winning the 50 Free and placing second in the 50 Fly, IM and Back. Other top performers for the Barracudas were Marissa Bergh(12), Kayley Clesen (8), Bailey Varela(6), Joey (6) and Matthew Grywczynski (8), and Brent Reed (15).
Foothill Area Swim Team vs. Ruby Hill
Ruby Hill came through with a 580 to 362 victory over Foothill Area Swim Team (FAST) on Saturday, July 21st. Swimmers on both teams performed their best individual and relay times landing them in the top ten rankings in the Tri-Valley Swim League. Top ten individual Ruby Hill swimmers from this meet: Jessica Jensen, Taylor Sowers, Kirsten Hewitt, Courtney Seams, Kaitlyn Schnierer, Hannah McGillivary, Kirsten Jensen, Kenny Peng, Trent Knuppe, Nicholas Perry and Jason Cunningham. Top ten individual FAST swimmers from this meet: Hanna Fleshman, Emily Hill, Paige Heacox, Brandon Chen and Danny Carballo. Seven FAST relay teams and two Ruby Hill relay teams scored their best times of the season. Ruby Hill 6 & under girls free relay and FAST 7-8 girls free relay and medley relay teams are currently ranked first in the league.