Sports digestSeahawks collecting Toys for Tots at swim meet
The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim Team will host an age group swim meet this weekend at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue and at the event will collect new, unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots program.
The meet is expected to draw about 1,200 swimmers plus their families who will begin to arrive each morning at 7 a.m., with competition beginning at 9 a.m. The meet will continue each day until approximately 6:30 p.m. The city of Pleasanton has been working closely with the Seahawks to develop plans for a reduced impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the Aquatic Center. Call 931-3423.
Pleasanton grads help Chico soccer advance to Final Four
Amador 2008 graduate Melissa Pease and Foothill 2011 graduate Megan Tabler helped the Chico State women's soccer team advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in the college's history.
Going into the NCAA D2 tournament, Chico State was the fifth seed in the West Region. The Wildcats upset 4th-seeded Cal State Stanislaus to open the tournament, knocked out top-seeded UC San Diego to advance past the second round for the first time in school history, and then beat No. 2 seed Cal State L.A. to win the West Region. In the quarterfinal game, Chico beat Abilene Christian of Texas to advance to the final four.
Chico State then moved on to the NCAA Championship Tournament semifinals in Pensacola, Fla., where the Wildcats were defeated Dec. 1 by Grand Valley State in a shootout to end a 1-1 tie.
Wrestling up victories
All seven Amador wrestlers placed at the tough McNair Tourney in Stockton the weekend of Dec. 3-4. Tourney MVP Richard Nevearez and Travis Chubb were champions, while Tomm Yozzo finished second in the toughest weight class of the tourney.
Tommy Barrera finished third, losing a close semifinal match to his weight's eventual champion. Austin Hamilton and Brett Lewis lost close consolation finals to place fourth. Connor Oleary finished sixth to close out the scoring.
Amador champs at Irvington
Amador Valley girls basketball won the Irvington Classic Championship on Dec. 3, and Kathleen Wagner was named tournament MVP. Alysse Ketner was named to the All Tournament Team, and Blair Guilfoile was awarded the Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
Pleasanton goalkeeper makes GSAC
Lindsey Smith of Pleasanton, sophomore goalkeeper, has been named to the 2011 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team from Westmont Women's Soccer, along with three of her teammates.
"I have thought of Lindsey as an All-American prospect from the moment she arrived here," said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. "She has grown and developed in her fitness. She has vision and she has confidence that the entire goal box is hers. She has great hands, incredible distribution and enjoys leading from the back. She has been recognized by our conference and nationally as a defensive player of the week."
Westmont College is located in Santa Barbara.
Registration is open for the 2012 season with the Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL). Girls living in Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol are eligible. Register either online at www.pleasantonsoftball.org or by mailing a registration form from the website to: PGSL, P.O. Box 911, Pleasanton, CA 94566.