West Coast Olympic Gymnastics had a proud day as their boy's team competed at the Golden Bear Gymnastics Invitational in Berkeley recently.
The level 5 boys took first place for the team award. Zion English and Scott Mackanic both took first place all-around for their age divisions (middle and older, respectively), and Dominic Costa and Evan Young placed second and third all-around, respectively, for the "younger" age division. The boys swept the gold medals in all age divisions for pommel. Congratulations go to Zion English, Scott Mackanic and Dominic Costa.
Competing for the first time, the level 4 Boys took the 3rd place team award. While all boys competed very well, three boys placed in top 10 for the older division- Jackson Gabler, Mortiz Tamm and Trygg Fong. Congratulations also go to all level 4 boys Mikal Bronnenberg, Trygg Fong, Jackson Gabler, Ryan Kobayashi, Robbie.
Competing for the first time at level 7 was Jeremy Inchauspe. He received three medals in the following categories: pommel, rings and parallel bars.
The WCOGA boy's team is coached by Vince Miller, Izy Mlay and Joshua Ruby. The academy is home to Christopher Turner, a current member of the USA National Team.
BUSC U12 move on to Morgan Hill
BUSC U13 Division III Select team won its flight in the opening round of the CYSA Association Cup last weekend and will move on to the next round of play in Morgan Hill. The boys won their first match 2-0, dominating the Sunnyvale Lightning both offensively and defensively. BUSC outshot Lightning with 14 shots on goal to six over the 60-minute match. The first goal was scored at the eighth minute of the 1st half by Lucas Warzyniak with an assist by Matt Teng. The score was the result of a "9 consecutive pass" offensive attack rewarding the boys for their effective ball control and team work. The second goal came 20 minutes later, with the ball deflecting off a number of Ballistic players before finally glancing off Dylan Tuell's head and finding the back of the opponents net.
The second match of the day was with the Folsom Vipers which ended in a 2–2 tie. Folsom came out strong demonstrating an aggressive front line with speed and agility. They jumped out to an early lead by scoring their first goal at the 11th minute of the 1st half. They scored their second goal with only one minute remaining in the first half, taking a two goal lead into the half. But, the Ballistic boys regrouped and began the second half with a number of offensive attacks driving deep into the Vipers end of the pitch. Joshua Cole received a pass and was driving toward the opponent's goal when he was fouled in the opponent's goal box, setting up a Penalty Kick at the third minute of the second half. Dylan Tuell lined up for the PK and drilled a low line drive past the Vipers's keeper, into the right corner of the net. BUSC continued to play aggressive soccer, shutting down Folsom's strong offensive attack. Tomas Rozsa and Chris Goldhawk neutralized the Vipers attackers, matching them stride for stride and being credited with several "killed attacks." Folsom outshot BUSC with 17 shots on goal to only eight for Ballistic. Sammy Hanson did a phenomenal job rejecting their attacks from his keeper position and was credited with 12 saves, many of which were point blank shots. In the 23rd minute, Ballistic tied the score with a perfectly placed shot into the upper left corner of the Vipers net from Brian Kinnee, receiving a pass from Chris Goldhawk on the right side of the pitch. With the "winner of the flight" now being in BUSC's control having only to tie Folsom to win based on "tie breaker" rules, the intensity of the match increased on both sides with the last five minutes of the match played in a desperate frenzy. BUSC held on to shut out Folsom in the last few minutes to maintain the tie (and flight win) and move on to the "round of 32" match next weekend. Every one of the Ballistic players did an outstanding job during both matches to secure the team win. The remainder of the Select team consists of Andrew Griehshammer, Chris Klahr, Drake Hartland, Mason Picone, Pierre Marie, Reed Marques, Roberto Beard and Ryan Vicencio.