SPORTS BRIEFS: Water polo, soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis


The Pleasanton Seahawks swam as champions at the California-Nevada Spring Championship in Las Vegas earlier this month, with swimmers breaking a number of "best time" records.

Those new records, including setting new Pacific Swimming records, were achieved as the Pleasanton Seahawks sliced through the water.

Catherine Breed took 2nd place in the 1650/1000 Free, 3rd place best time 500 Free, 6th place 100 Free, and 10th place 200 Fly. Allison Brown placed 3rd in the 1650 Free. Tory Houston took 6th place in the 200 Breast.

Bryan Hughes, 13, succeeded in setting two new Pacific Swimming records: 200 Fly and 400 IM) He received two best times in the 1650/1000 Free, and achieved a Junior National time in the 500 Free.

Joshua Meints took 3rd place in the 100 Breast, and 7th place in the 200 IM and 100/200 Back. Karen Wang had a strong time in the 100 Back and grabbed 3rd place in the 200 Back.

The women's 400 Free Relay consisting of Karen Wang, Katrina Anderson, Allison Brown and Catherine Breed, finished strong taking 6th place, while the 800 free relay finished 2nd with the same members. Overall, the Pleasanton Seahawks' team came in second in their division.

Stoneridge Water Polo takes second in tourney

The Stoneridge Water Polo Club's 16 and under boys team placed second in the A division of the 2009 Winterfest Water Polo Tournament in Southern California.

The Winterfest team roster included Bram Sciammas, Leo Colbert, Matt Beadle, Ian McNair, Michael Hawkins, Geremy Blandino, Matt Jacobe, Conner Sharpe, Tyler Sharpe, Daniel Usedom, Jase Roessler, Chris Dotson. Head coach Dale Shephard and assistant coaches Randy Usedom and Kurt Roessler directed the team at the tournament.

Ballistic U11 handed loss in championship

The Ballistic United U-11 boys concluded their season with a 3-1 standing in the championship game of the Norcal Cup Bronze Division under the direction of Coach Todd Higley.

Players included Chudi Atuegbu, Jackson Still, Max Gershman, Sam Molz, Jeffrey Klei, Jack Traube, Cameron Owens, Coach Todd Higley; (front) Bryce Veit, Cameron Ritchie, Ryan Racer, Jacob Guzman, Sebby Perry, Mitchell Wilson and Tylor Silva.

Lacrosse club celebrates players' achievements

The Pleasanton Lacrosse Club had seven players selected to represent the club on Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association All-Star teams following tryouts recently.

Defender Connor Veit and midfielder Jamirr Holland were selected for the Under-13 all-star team that will compete in Vail, Colorado this summer. Josh Miller was picked as the goalie for the team that will travel to the U.S. Lacrosse Festival in Ohio, also this summer.

In the under-15 tryouts, Steven Patrick and Mike Barbier were tabbed for the team that will travel to the U.S. National Championships in Baltimore this summer, with Jerome Rigor and George Curtis being selected for the U-15 Vail team.

Lady Panthers finish No. 1

The Pleasanton Lady Panthers won the 2008-09 Tri-Valley Athletic League Girls' Basketball Championship, the first time since 2001 that the championship was played at Pleasanton Middle School.

The Lady Panthers, coached by John Ehlert, Adrian Cukar and Dave Miller, won all of their regular season games by a large margin.

Team members are Haley Brodnick, Emily Christensen, Chole Connolly, Cambi Cukar, Rebecca Dumanski, Sabrina Ehlert, Kirsten Jensen, Nisha Kale, Rachael Miller, Emily Oakland, Jaime Rinetti, Courtney Seams and Madison Steele.

The seventh-grade Pleasanton Middle School Lady Panthers basketball team finished with an undefeated regular season after a victory over Harvest Park.

Team members are Sabrina Ehlert (No. 20), Rachael Miller (No. 10), Haley Brodnick (No. 12), Cambi Cukar (No. 24), Emily Christensen (No. 42), Nisha Kale (No. 25), Chole Connolly (No. 3), Jaime Rinetti (No. 13), Madison Steele (No. 23), Emily Oakland (No. 44), Courtney Seams (No. 30). Coaches: John Ehlert Adrian Cukar Dave Miller; Missing are Kirsten Jensen (No. 21) and Rebecca Dumanski (No. 32).

Amador Dons tennis are victorious in final

The Amador Dons finished in first place in the James Logan High School Tennis Tournament. It ws the third firdst place finish in four years of competition.

The first round was a clean sweep, 7-0 as the Dons four singles positions and three double positions won handily allowing their competitor, Salesian High School, a game or two in each position. Amador freshman Dev Rishi playing in 4th position singles experienced a tough competitor Richard Cartagena. Performing with a superior first serve, Dev prevailed 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles partners Josh Briones and lefty T.R. Malko promptly took out their opponents 8-1 with sharp volleys and great court positioning.

Friday afternoon's second round was against James Logan High School, with the Dons taming the Colts 5-2.

First position singles Don sophomore Arjun Kolady had a difficult afternoon battling Colt Brandon Lew. In his first set Arjun traded service holds for six base line games until he got a break. After getting ahead 4-3 Arjun won the first set 6-4. Feeling the momentum of the first set victory, Arjun powered ahead to 5-2 in the second set, then secured the match 6-4.

Senior Ryan Paul and sophomore Henry Boswell, 2nd position doubles, also were matched up against a strong doubles, but in the end they dominated the court.

In the third round it was Amador Valley over Drake High School from Marin. Double specialists Greg Vuoto and A.J. Gorton played a great match against a difficult opponent, pressing the net and wounding the Pirates with cutting volleys. Freshman Spencer Germain earned his 3rd win of the tournament using his all-court game with plenty of spins and accurate placement 6-3, and 7-6. In the end the Pirates walked the plank 6-1.

Saturday afternoon found the Dons victorious over Moreau Catholic. The doubles team of Jake Lorentz and T.R. Mako faced an inspired doubles team from Moreau. In the first set, after a slow start, the "two lefties" from Amador prevailed 6-2.

In the second set Jake and T.R. stepped it up with some brilliant net play and solid serving to put away their opponents 6-2 to win the match. Sophomore Becker McGuire found himself dominating the courts once again, defeating Neil Enriquez 6-3, 6-2. The Dons sank the Mariners 5-2.

Mariah girls lacrosse victories

The Pleasanton Under 15 girls lacrosse team was victorious in both games on its opening day last Sunday.

In the first game against Lamorinda Flash, the team was victorious with a 6-10 win. The offense included Meghan Serrano with four goals, Emily Barrett with two goals, and Kendra Cheda and Samantha Kim, each with one goal, with saves by goalies Tanja Kovacevic and Alyssa Marceno.

In the second game against the Walnut Creek Warriors, Pleasanton team prevailed with a 8-6 win. Serrano added another four goals; Barrett made three goals.

Hurricanes stomp Danville Scorpions

The Pleasanton Hurricanes under-13 A team ran it's record to 4-0 for the season with a pair of big wins last weekend.

The team opened the weekend with a 7-3 win over the Danville Scorpions. Matthew Maria Cui scored three times, with Conner Neads, Justin May, Jamirr Holland and Ben Rittler adding one each. Holland had two assists, while Josh Miller also had an assist from his goalie spot.

The defense of Connor Veit, Zane Manaa, Enrico Schiaffino and Kevan Knaggs turned in big performances, along with Miller in the goal, who

had six saves.

In the next game against Southern Marin, the Hurricanes came back with a 7-1 win. Maria Cui had three more goals, with Holland adding two and Rittler and Nick Stivers one apiece. Holland had three assists and Clint May added one.

Miller had 10 saves, with Veit, Manaa, Schiafinno and Knaggs playing well once again. Luke Legins, Andrew Totaro, Christian Son, Daniel Payne and Tor Heggelund played well in the midfield for Pleasanton, who stands on top of the league through the first two weekends on play.

Swimmers to participate at All Star Meet

Six swimmers from Tri Valley Aquatics were selected by Pacific Swimming to participate in a Zone All-Star Developmental meet 1 in Burlingame. Tri Valley Aquatics is a USA year-round swim team that practices locally at Pleasanton Valley Swim Club.

City softball leagues and swim programs

The City of Pleasanton's Department of Parks and Community Services offers a full range of sports programs for adults and children in the spring, including: adult basketball league, adult softball leagues, co-ed softball leagues, basic water rescue class and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.

For more information about adult basketball or softball registration, call Marty Bell at 931- 3439. For information about any of the classes or other aquatics programs, call the Aquatic Center at 931-3420.


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a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 13, 2009 at 7:39 am

Wow it is nice to see that Pleasanton boys are being recognized as great LAX players......I heard that our A teams are doing really well and giving the SCORPIONS a run for their money lately...this is great to see and hear!!!!!!!!

Go Pleasanton!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by LaxFan
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

yep, Pleasanton is taking the Scorpions down so far this year -- it's been great to see...

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a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Looks like PTOWN has made a statement!!!!!!!!looks like they are the teams to beat this season...

Anyone seen these kids play.. they are fun to watch!!!!

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Posted by justlaxin
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Pleasanton Lacrosse U15A Thunder won their game before the Easter break against the Burlingame Firehawks with a convincing score of 12-4 pushing their record to 8-1. Outstanding defense led by George Curtis (2 ground balls), Colin Dal Porto, Trent Morgan and Ryan Almeida controlled the Firehawks offense. The team also got excellent middie plays from Zack Wilhite, Brandon Becker, Elijah Caluya, Conner Francesca, Cale Rubinson, Daniel Arthur, Tommy Yozzo (4 ground balls), Mike Barbier (4 ground balls), Josh Yu (3 ground balls) Attackmen Josh Allen and Jeff Snyder played hard and kept the offense moving. Goals- Connor Chin with 3, Jerome Rigor 3, Steven Patrick 2, Mike Barbier, Joe Kluj, Elijah Caluya and Daniel Arthur. Assist- Rigor 5, Chin 1. Goalie Zach Beata had a great game with 6 saves.

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