Stuart Yoshida qualified into the World Long Drive Championship by placing third in regional competition on Sept. 6 in Warner Springs. Yoshida's third-place drive was 399 yards and he had the second farthest hit of the day at 420 yards.
Yoshida, a 2004 Amador graduate, had not considered long drive until this past July when his friend Jon Greenwood suggested he try it. Greenwood, who has been fitting Yoshida with clubs for a while, worked with Yoshida for a week before Yoshida decided to enter in the qualifier.
The qualifier was held at the Pleasanton Driving Range on July 20. Yoshida placed second, making him eligible for the recent regional competition. In Warner Springs, Yoshida won all three of his first rounds and advanced to the final round. In the final round, Yoshida's furthest ball was 399 yards, which placed him in third and qualified him for the World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nev. Oct. 23-25. First place hit 407 yards and second his 402 yards.
Six people total out of 70 qualified for the championship where they will compete with 128 golfers.
Ballistic finds success in south land
The Ballistic United boys U-13 soccer team traveled to Orange County over the Labor Day weekend to play in the North Huntington Beach Cup soccer tournament. The Ballistic team started strong that Saturday morning with a 2-0 win over Fram CQ of Southern California. Eric Toombs started the scoring by driving a penalty kick into the lower left corner early in the second half after Nimarit Wallia was fouled in the box. Joey Devivo capped the scoring by launching a 40 yard rainbow shot over the Fram goalie, who was caught off his line. Daniel Slominski played strong in goal making a number of solid stops to preserve the shutout.
On Saturday afternoon, Ballistic came back to play Real So Cal and came up short, losing 1-0. Needing a strong game on Sunday to advance from their pool, Ballistic played hard to beat the host team, North Huntington Beach, 1-0. The goal came on a set play when Salvatore Morales took a free kick and served the ball to Nate Grixti, who timed his run perfectly, and headed it past the off balance keeper. The defense, led by Nate Grixti, Sam Olson, and Max Molz played solid the whole game allowing few scoring opportunities. On Sunday afternoon, Ballistic advanced to play PROS of Glendale, Ariz. in the quarterfinals. In another close game, Ballistic prevailed 1-0 on beautifully constructed goal. Monday Ballistic advanced to the semifinals against the South Bay Force from Los Angeles. But, in the afternoon championship game, things did not go as well for Ballistic. In a tough game, RSF Attack from North County San Diego outgunned Ballistic 3-1 to take the championship. Ballistic had to settle for a second-place finish.
Lady Hustle bats rockin' in Stockton
The New Lady Hustle U16 girls kicked off their new fall season at Arnaz Fields in Stockton Sept. 6 and 7, earning the No. 1 seed by winning the first three games by scores of 9-1 over Yard Sharks, 18-6 over Delta Diamonds and a 10-0 shutout over Fremont Flyers. Lady Hustle fell short on that Sunday 4-3 in a close game with West Bay Nuggets. Leading hitters during the tournament were Sami Schiller (four hits), Erin Cathey (five hits), Caylee Heller (four hits). Nicole Borchard (four RBI) and Bri Visentin (six RBI) also contributed with clutch hitting. Defensively, Lady Hustle was led by solid pitching from Montana Berg, Katie Keller and Katie Mannion and solid defense from Kaitlyn Windsor. Altogether, Lady Hustle had a solid tournament and outscored opponents by a combined total of 40-11.
Lady Hustle 14U started the fall season on Sept. 6 at the California Grapettes Tournament held at the Lodi Sports Complex, also earning a No. 1 seed on Saturday. They came in third place with the first loss of five games to the Grapettes, 2-1. Standout offensive players were Karen Chaw with seven hits, Rachel Norman, Jillian Ceccanti and Morgan Taylor. Excellent pitching by Alyssa Beights (nine strikeouts), Josie Howatt (six strikeouts) and Ashley Lotozynski (five strikeouts) and standout defensive players Chaw, Bianca Devoto, Alyssa Lanza and Alexis Meyer led the team to a strong start for their season.
Seahawks rout Steelers, 28-12
After suffering a tough loss to open the season, the Seahawks came out on a mission last Saturday and walked away with a 28-12 win over the Steelers in Pleasanton Junior Football League Senior play.
Paced by the stellar blocking of Kevin Miller, Tyler Rains, Ryan Walsh, Nate Vickers, James Frair, Harrison Heiser and Ushman Kahn, the Seahawks were able to move the ball throughout the game. Cale Rubinson rambled for a pair of touchdowns on offense and added a kickoff return for another score for a huge day. Mark Luey also scored a touchdown on the ground and had several key runs throughout the game. Seahawks quarterback Nick Mendonca had a great game running the show for the Hawks offensive unit as the team improved to 1-1 on the season. Not to be overlooked by the offensive explosion from the Seahawks was a big game from the defense. Defensive ends Alex Jader and Frair did a great job controlling the sweep, with Raymond Bartolmucci came up big at safety, making a pair of touchdown saving tackles. K.C. Chism. Eli Karlson and Logan Finley all had big games at defensive back stopping the pass, with linebackers Grant Sherrod, Parker Dalton and Dylan Isquirdo all making big plays as well. Finally, defensive linemen Mike Harris, Brandon Charley and Sean Flynn shut down everything up the middle.
Rage U15AC beats Newark on scoring frenzy
The Pleasanton Rage U15AC team went on a scoring frenzy last Saturday, beating the Newark Freedom 7-0 on their own turf. Stephanie Little got the Rage started just 10 minutes into the game with Ashley Jenezon following with two goals, Little with a second goal, followed by Megan Ash, Olivia Zhu and Erin Schoendienst. Assisting the goals were Haley Paxton, Jillian Beck and Marisa Victor. Lindsay Rigel, Cassie Scroggins and Carly Boehmer played a tough defense not allowing the Freedom to score.
U12 continues win streak
The U12 Black Division 3 team won its second league game to remain undefeated, beating the Ballistic White team 5-2. Although, the game was much closer than the final score would indicate as the White team played an extremely competitive first half scoring the game's first goal and going into halftime tied 1-1. In the second half, the Black team began executing to their game plan, making accurate passes, driving the ball up the pitch and culminating with four additional goals. The team continues to have a balanced attack as shots on goal were made by nine different players. Brian Kinnee and Brad Pilkington accounted for a combined six of the 21 total shots. Goals were scored by Alex Lee with two, Roberto Beard, Brendan Gold and Mason Picone with one apiece. Assists came from Ben Smedley with two, Joshua Cole and Brendan Gold with one each. The defense played well, intercepting passes, clearing the ball and generally preventing the opponent from generating any consistent offensive pressure. Strong defensive performances came from Chris Goldhawk with four clears, Jack Geasa, Jared Siegel and Ryan Vicencio. Goal keepers Andrew Griehshammer and Sam Hansen continue to anchor the defense and provide excellent protection, helping preserve the win.
Rage U15 fight for 2-1 victory
Pleasanton Rage U15 Premier faced off against the Diablo FC Velocity in a battle of unbeaten GSSL gold teams Saturday, with Rage earning a hard-fought 2-1 victory to remain in first place. Rage jumped out to an early lead with some beautiful soccer when Kiley Zietler made an overlapping run to receive an outside pass from Courtney Stonesifer, then crossed the ball eight yards in front of the goal where Gabe Stange one-timed a shot inside the far post. Diablo evened the game in the 14th minute by converting a Rage defensive turnover that led to a breakaway. Two minutes later, Rage regained the edge when Florife Nichols intercepted a pass and rocketed an 18-yard blast past the outstretched keeper and found the upper corner of the net. The second half was evenly played, but Rage survived a last-minute scare when center back Brett Scheckla raced back to head away a Diablo shot that was going into an open net, which preserved the win.
U19 White fight WC in 0-0 draw
It was a spirited game in the heat of the midday in Walnut Creek as the U19 White took on the Walnut Creek Revolution last weekend. The White, whose play continues to be on the rise, put together a great team effort to almost pull this one out in the second half. Kudos to Mike Tomin and Nick Anderson, who took turns marking the Revs dangerous No. 77, and to Alex Martinez for his able back-up as the second defender. The WC striker had two good shots in the first half, but they were from far out and he was shut out in the second half. Kevin Shadd, Brian Bidwell, and Michael Ubaldi cleaned up the rest of the attack to keep the Revs at bay. The most dangerous attempts were on corner kicks and set plays, but GK Evan Zolfarelli was aggressive in his box and controlled the area. The White worked out their offense and had some great attempts in the second half. Brian Bui put one off the crossbar, Edris Bemanian went just wide far post after a through ball, and the Revs survived a goalmouth scramble when the White had several attempts but the Gk stood tall. Jordan Matson had an excellent game at outside midfield, driving the corner and sending several dangerous crosses in the box. The final was a hard fought 0-0 draw.
The Ballistic United White narrowly defeated Livermore United at Robertson Park last Saturday, 3-2. The Ballistic scored first in the fourth minute with a brilliant shot by Luis Castillo into the back of the net with an assist off a well-placed cross from Jaesung Lee. Livermore United struck back with a goal in the 12th minute leveling the match and then scored again in 18th minute moving ahead 2-1 over the Ballistic. A foul by Livermore in the 22nd minute resulted in a direct kick taken by Luis Castillo from 40 yards out that was an untouchable shot over the keeper's head and into the top left corner of the net for his second goal of the match. The first half ended tied at 2-2. Keeper Josh Cho had five saves in the first half. The second half was a defensive battle lead by Frank Morley, Eric Brooks, Chandler Bullock, Tyler Mende and Vik Aulakh. In an exciting finish, Jake Lorentz scored the game winning goal in the 79th minute off a corner kick from Luis Castillo. The Ballistic had a total 22 shots on goal including shots from Hunter Meurrens and defender Eric Brooks.
The Pleasanton Ballistic Black under-19 boys team improve its record to 3-0 with two wins over the weekend, a 8-0 trouncing of the Newark International on Saturday and a 2-0 over Mustang Mustangs on Sunday. Strong team play through out the weekend with 10 goals scored and none allowed. Jonathan Ramirez knock in a five-yarder from a left cross by Nathan Roberts to start the scoring against the Newark International. Brandon Lee scored with a fine pass by David Norton. Norton power one in from 22 yards out. Julio Gomez punches one in from a long pass by Patrick Yee. Nikko Lecco makes it 5-0 early in second half. Gomez scored off a shot by Justin Dorsey. Norton scored from the base line. Roberts scored off an assist by Nick Navarini. Ballistic scored both of the goals early in the first half against the Mustang.
The BUSC Division 4 Under 6 Captains battled the Crusaders last Saturday as Owen Maratsos, Derek Nassar, and Evan McConnaghey each scored goals to lead the offense. The defense was led by the solid play of Aidan Roloff, with John Serrano and Evan Beland providing support.
Top offensive players: Owen Maratsos,Derek Nassar,Evan McConnaghey--captains; Dongkun Lee,Kevin Lee,Ryan Nielsen--centipedes; top defensive players: John Serrano, Aidan Roloff, Evan Beland--captains; Tyler Mahoney, Luke Neely, Charley Jetter--centipedes.
The Serpents played the Scorpions in the Under 7 BUSC league. The Scorpions started off very strong and attacked relentlessly in the first half. Nolan Jetter was solid in the defense for the Serpents, thwarting a number of attacks. Serpents warmed up after the half and the pace of the game picked up. Both teams were in attack mode, with the Scoropions scoring a few goals. Vinay Srinivasan scored the lone goal for the Serpents with a volley off a feed from Nolan Jetter. Top offensive players: Thomas Babati, Travis Muat, Vinay Srinivasan--Serpents. Top defensive players: Nolan Jetter, Danny McGowan, James Hunt--Serpents
The Under 8 Cobras slithered past their opponents led by the talents of Joao Pais and Sabiq Khan,who each scored twice, and by Eric Andre, who scored in the final seconds of the game. On defense, goalies Aaron Carrol and Conrad Edwards repelled ball after ball, and Robbie Miller fought off the pouncing Cougars in superb fashion.
The Under 9 Dynamos played excellent as a team on offense by spreading the field and making great offensive plays with stellar passes.
The Under 10 Admirals came in strong with their first win of the season, beating the Avalance 6-3. Aaron Zagar was a star with four goals, with Caleb Henze and Graham Catudal each scoring an exciting goal each. In the second half, Paul Meyere served the admirals well as goalie, fending off several Avalanche goal attempts. Scores: Admirals - 6, Avalanche 3; Aces 0, Avengers 16; Top Offensive Players: Aaron Zagar, Caleb Henze, Maxamillian Kim, Admirals; Top Defensive Players: Graham Catudal, Darshanth Naidu, Dhruv Pradhan, Admirals; Goals by Rod Hajian and Patrick Ronan led the Under 12 Renegades to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Rush. Curran Johal played a key role in assisting with the goals. First half goal tending by Dylan Devries gave the Renegades a 2-0 lead by halftime. Excellent passes from the mid field to the forwards provided numerous scoring opportunities by the attacking line. It was a well played game with strong defensive play by Bryce Fan and Chris Bayley to uphold the lead and victory.
The Rage U13 Div3A team took on the tough Newark Hot Shots this weekend, coming away with a 1-1 draw. Both teams were in it for the win, and it became a very physical battle. The Rage offense led by Nikki Cerri, Paige Peterson and Kayla Bautista did a great job pressuring the Newark defense. Goalie Nikki Costello made two amazing saves off of direct kicks to keep the game alive. Newark was first to score in the 30th minute making it a 1-0 game at the half. Rage defense led by Cassie Santana, Kayla Cerri and Olivia Deutschman stepped it up in the 2nd half, denying all Newark attempts at goal. Midfielders Vanessa Villanova and Ariel Gershman did a great job moving the ball down the field. With only one minute left to play, Paige Peterson made a beautiful cross which deflected off one of the Newark players into their goal, tying up the game 1 to 1 and denying Newark the win.
Rage U13 battle Fury in 1-1 tie
A hard-fought battle ended in a tie for Pleasanton Rage U13 Premier team last weekend. The U13 Premier team faced a fierce and physical battle against the Dublin Fury on Saturday at Val Vista Community Park. The new Fury, made up of former Danville Mustang, San Ramon Illusion and Livermore players, scored first after a 30-yard free kick sailed just under the top crossbar of the goal.
Great stops and passes were made by Lindsey Kail and Haley Chow. Kira Ewanich broke away on the left side and kicked it hard and low into the corner of the net to tie the game. Goalie Lexi Nicholas had an amazing leap to stop a free kick. Goalie Brittany Gray also came out for a great save. Final score was 1-1.
Ballistic United U-15s looked to extend their league unbeaten run on Saturday when they entertained SAC Northstars at the Val Vista complex, coming away with a 5-2 win. They got the best possible start when Duke Driggs fired home from a corner by Dane Shaffar after only two minutes. However SAC fought back and equalized when one of their forwards got behind the Ballistic defense and capitalized on the opportunity to score. SAC were enjoying a good spell and took the lead with a brilliant shot from near the touchline, but Ballistic managed to tie it up again through Duke Driggs just before half-time. In the second half Ballistic simply took control of the game. First Dane Shaffar scored on an assist by Colin Hartland. Next Toby Harvey provided the cross for Jason Chow to score Ballistics fourth. Finally,Colin Hartland added a fifth goal to put an exclamation point on an impressive Ballistic win. Top Offensive Players: Duke Driggs, Dane Shaffar
On Sunday Ballistic traveled to Newark to take on the Newark Victory, posting a 5-0 victory. Continuing a welcome recent trend, Ballistic opened the scoring early when Jason Chow got on the end of a cross to tap it in at the near post. Chow turned provider on the second goal when he crossed from the left for Seth Niermeyer to head home powerfully from the edge of the 18 yd area. In the second half Toby Harvey was the grateful recipient of a Jason Chow cross and finished with a cheeky flick of his heel. With the Newark defense in disarray, Ballistic added two more goals before the final whistle. First Suhau Kuo latched onto a superb through-ball to slot past the keeper. Finally Duke Driggs capped an excellent personal performance by heading home a free-kick by Suchi Kuo. With maximum points and sixteen goals from their first four league games, Ballistic stand alone atop the standings as they look forward to next weekend. Top Offensive Players: Duke Driggs, Jason Chow, Suhau Kuo
The Rage U18 improved their record to 3-0 in league with another 3-0 victory over Bay Oaks last Saturday. In the first half Kelly Rowse scored the first goal off a corner kick assist from Mikayla Swinkels. In the second half Rowse scored her second goal on a nice assist from Ailsa Smith. Gina Watkins scored the final goal on an assist from Tiffany Leung. The defense pitched its third straight shut out on nice defensive play by Marie Shier and Claire Kennedy. Top Offensive Players: Kelly Rowse - two goals Gina Watkins - one goal Mikayla Swinkels, Ailsa Smith and Tiffany Leung each had an assist. Top Defensive Players: Claire Kennedy and Marie Shier.
The Ballistic United U-16 team traveled to Fremont on Saturday to play Fremont United in a thriller that produced a single goal with only nine seconds left in the game. The goal came from a corner kick by Eddie Schoennagel to the penalty area where a scramble took place before Stefan Agustsson struck the ball into the back of the net for the United 1-0 victory. During the game, Ryan Cox and Parker Quesinberry made several good runs and crosses from the wings. United had several shots on goal that were blocked by the experienced Fremont keeper. Joey Pereira and Brandon Krumbach controlled the midfield and made some excellent tackles and passes. The United defense, led by goalkeeper Adam Bailey, played solidly throughout the game to record another shutout. Zacharias Laranang and Wesley Ostrowki played steller defense, making several last-second tackles on the speedy Fremont breakaways. Defenders Sam Fox and Lucas Crawbuck were also solid. On Sunday, United U-16 played Diablo FC 92 Blue at Pleasanton's Val Vista field. In the fifth minute, Gustavo Rivera scored the first game goal from 18 yards out, shortly after a long throw in by Sam Fox. Zac Savoy nearly scored with a header, and Evan Larsen also had a shot that closely missed going into the goal. In the 21st minute, Eddie Schoennagel took a quick corner kick, and the ball curved straight into the goal, where the goalie caught it, but the ball had already crossed the line and was ruled a goal. The Diablo team answered back, bringing the score to 2-1 at half-time. In the second half, Gustavo Rivera nearly scored again, and Zac Arellano had what appeared to be a goal that was called back after he was ruled offside. Diablo got back into the game when the team tied the score in the 56th minute. The United offense pressed unflaggingly, and in the 65th minute, James Metz made a perfect cross from the left wing to find Jamie Somerville, who headed the ball for the winning goal. The final score was 3-2 in favor of United.
Jenna Sparks scored in the first half to lead the Rage U16 1-0 at halftime last Saturday against Diablo FC 92, helping the team to a 2-0 victory. With an assist from Tracy Hong, Lauren Floro crossed a kick into the goal in the second half to secure the win 2-0. Natasha Springer, Annie Amos and Ally White played great defense. Top Offensive Players: Jenna Sparks, Tracy Hong, Lauren Floro. Top Defensive Players: Natasha Springer, Annie Amos, Ally White.
Pleasanton Rage U11 Grey played a good game against San Ramon Spirit but lost by one goal, 2-1. Kailyn Coleman scored the team's goal with an assist from Sophia Martinez. Great defensive play by Hannah Schwartz and Mildreth Gil. Great offensive runs by Kailyn Coleman, and Christy Jensen. Top Offensive Players: Kailyn Coleman, Christy Jensen. Top Defensive Players: Hannah Schwartz, Mildreth Gil.