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SPORTS BRIEFS: Cavaliers rugby creams Danville Oaks 57-10

 

In their fourth undefeated game of the season, the Pleasanton Cavaliers creamed the Danville Oaks Rugby Football Club, 57-10, Saturday at San Ramon Middle School.

Oscar Harris propelled the team with the first try of the game, leading 5-0. Sprinting headlong down the field, Justin Marino scored, 24-5, hot on the heels of a Ryan Maples' quick-footed try minutes earlier.

Danville pushed back with an equally unchallenged leap, which sped the team up 24-10. Marino kicked it up a notch with two tries while Ryan Mende continued reeling in the points, furthering the Cavaliers' lead, 41-10.

Barreling through the Danville players, Estavan de Jesus Ibarra fed the ball to Kingston Cameron, who scored, 48-10. Joshua Parr landed the final score, 57-10, with a last try and conversion. After a grueling back-and-forth between the two teams, the Danville Oaks barely managed to squeeze by with 10 points to their name.

On March 22, the Cavaliers won, 22-10, in Orinda against the Miramonte Matadors.

Although the Matadors put up a mean fight, the Cavaliers came out on top after key tries by Parr and Mende, as well as a strong defensive line.

On March 14 the Cavaliers triumphed over the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club, 20-15, at Treasure Island in their second game of the season.

Mende scored a try within the first few minutes of the game, launching the team to a sound win. Close on Mende's heels was Aaron Parr with a swift conversion try, continuing the lead, 7-0.

The Cavaliers won with a total of three tries, one conversion, and a successful penalty kick. Offensively, the team "drove tight when needed, with support, and moved wide with loops when we had faster ball," according to Coach Giles Wilson.

The team thundered through a victory, 27-5, in their first game of the season on February 28 against the Berkeley Rhinos Youth Rugby Football Club.

Although Berkeley had almost twice as many players, the Cavaliers came out on top with precise coordination and game planning. Working the field, the team showed off their weeks of diligent training and started the season with a perfect win.

While key scorer, Jake Isabel, led the team to victory, it was Harris who stopped the Rhinos in their tracks. Harris performed several hard-hitting tackles, plowing over the opposition every time they so much as touched the ball.

Although this is the Cavaliers' first season as a team, they are forging ahead with four wins under their belt.

The Cavaliers' next game will be this Saturday in Livermore. For more information visit www.pleasantonrugbyclub.com

--Anne-Marie Harrison

Rage wins again

Pleasanton Rage U16 played in the Association Cup in Ripon March 21-22. On Saturday they faced Clovis Oddyssey Eagles and in the sweet 16 round they won 4-0. In the quarter finals on Sunday, the team faced Elk Grove Kraze and tied 1-1 in regulation time.

Softball league team highlights

Pleasanton Girls Softball League Micro Division (1st-2nd graders) Older's Landscaping Co. and Richert Lumber Co. played a hard fought game against one another on March 21. Abigail Fried, Ananya Goel and Jazmen Howe from Older's Landscaping Co. all excelled defensively and Rachel Lemmon, Peyton Pozzi and Samantha Krier shined at the plate.

Seahawks dominate at SR swim meet

In spite of the gusty downpours of wind over the weekend, the Pleasanton Seahawks turned in a blow up performance at the San Ramon Junior Olympics Swim Meet March 27-29. Many new Far Western cuts, best times, and strong swims were accomplished. Team members are Kayla Lindsay, Adrien Rooney, Maxime Rooney, Naomi Chan, Eva Chung, Hannah Folmar, Maggie Kauffeld, Rachel Knowles, Katie Woods, Regis Lachance, Jon Ong, Roshni Nair, Brian Lee, Kevin McLaughlin, Caleb Wang, Cassidy Booe, Kristine Doan, Chelsea Finn, Catherine Fong, Krissy Stroud, Natalie Wong, Caitlin Dourov, Tim McLaughlin, Pete Huang, Kyle Lindsay and Anna Parker.

Gymnastics team off to Regionals

The West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WCOGA) Girl's Optional Team competed at the Level 8-10 Norcal State Championships March 27-29. All four of the competitors qualified to compete at Regionals which will be held in Sacramento April 17-19. The results are as follows: Level 8: 13 B Age Group: Katelyn Kleinheinz: Vault 9.15 (10th), Bars 9.2 (8th), Beam 9.1 (10th), Floor 9.05 (10th) , AA 36.5 (8th); 14A Age Group: Stacia Sackett: Vault 9.025 (5th), Bars 9.25 (4th), Beam 8.575 (9th), Floor 9.025 (7th) , AA 35.875 (6th).

Nationals top Rockies 12-11

The PFLL AAA Division Nationals were fired up and ready to play last Saturday, edging out the Rockies 12-11. Every player made it to base and scored at least one run. Nationals also had 16 stolen bases to go with a season-high nine hits. Both pitching and hitting improved significantly as Nats pitchers struck out 12 batters but Nats batters only struck out 4 times. It was still a nail-biter that required a clutch grand slam by Griffin Dees late in the game and a courageous pitching effort by Jose Garcia to close out the win. Other notable efforts included Will Brendel going 2 for 2 with a key RBI, Ryan Wilson with a key sacrifice fly/RBI with Eric Shields tagging up. Bobby Fjerstad "took one for the team" getting hit by a pitch and stealing around to score our first run and punching an RBI single in the third.

Ballistic United off to the finals

Playing in the Norcal State Cup Bronze Division Quarter-finals, Ballistic United won a hard-fought game against Napa moving into the semifinals March 29 playing Athletico Santa Rosa with a solid performance winning 2-0. The team moves onto the finals which will be on Sunday, May 9. Outstanding team effort by Brandon Ruiz, Cody Hall, Danny Glascock, Graham Lindgren, Eric Rogstad, Oliver Castillo, David Busch, Thomas Janjigian, Connor Silcox, Eddie Castillo, Bruno Andres, Matt Klei and Nate Evans.

Twisters win weekend games

The Pleasanton Twisters girls U-15 lacrosse team battled hard for two back-to-back wins on March 28 in Davis. In the first game against El Dorado Hills, the Twisters won 15-2. Offensively, Lynnea Flaherty, Tori Larsen, and Evan Murphy led the team. On defense, Olivia Deutsschman, Haley Brodnick and Molly Grozier kept pressure around the crease and controlled El Dorado Hills drives to the goal. Lindsey Kail led the team with assists and turnovers. In the second game against Davis Crossfire, Pleasanton prevailed 11-8. Hannah Stapp, McKalee Mooney, Cambi Cukar, and Kira Ewanich led the team offensively, while on the other end of the field, the defense showed its determination with great plays by Madison Steele, Sabrina Ehlert, and Lexi Nicholas.

Warriors defeat Torados 7-5

The Warriors overran Pleasanton's Tornados 7-5 March 29. Goals were made by Michael Roeder, Devin Bell, Jake Ackman, and Alex Acosta, with shots on the goal also made by Joseph Chacon, Justin Garcia, and Kevin Costello. Grounders were picked up by Jordan Cain, Devin Bell, Justin Gibson, Logan McHone, Alex Olguin and Andrew Natsch. Three faceoffs were won by Michael Roeder, and Conner "The Cyclone" McFarlane made 20 saves.

Amador girls divers earn 5th place

The Amador girls dive team earned fifth place out of 31 teams and the boys received 13th place out of 29 teams at the Monte Vista Invitational held March 28. Amador finished in seventh place out of 39 teams for their combined total with Campolindo coming in first and Monte Vista in fifth.

The dive team held their own amongst heavy competition in the 11 dive meet. The top two divers were Tyler Pullen, who came in fourth place out of 16 with a score of 459.05, and Alexa Hernandez, who came in 18th (out of 42 girls) with 343.25. Pullen, Hernandez, Emma Rigl and Marina Mihov have all now qualified for the NCS championships (a 275 qualifying score) that will take place in May. Tyler also qualified as an 'NCS Automatic' score.

The team also qualified all six relays for North Coast, thanks to the efforts of Natalie Wong, Tory Houston, Catherine Breed, Jenn Docto, Marie Schmidt, Lindsey Baxter, Rachel Miller, Eric Gates, Krishnan Rajagopalan, Jake Bahls, Scotty Arellano, Edward Zhang, Jason Cunningham, Jack Payan and Joey Silva. And the following swimmers qualify for North Coast individually: Marie Schmidt, Natalie Wong, Tory Houston, Catherine Breed, Casey Coughlin, Danielle Stickler, Jake Bahls, Scott Arellano and Krishnan Rajagopalan.

Monsoon wins sudden death overtime

Having lost a pre-season scrimmage and motivated to stop the undefeated Pleasanton Monsoon, the Livermore Phantom played determined in U13 B1 boys lacrosse. Phantom scored four in a row before Monsoon really started coming together as a team. Monsoon had good individual plays with Imhof winning a hard-earned faceoff, great defense moves by Sereda and Johnson, save after save by goalie Watkins, fast-dodging footwork and smart teammate blocking by Brawley, a wicked check from behind by Zatorski, and interceptions by Beston and Burnap. Steiner began a trend of always being in the right place at the right time , and assisted Klahr to the first Monsoon goal right before the half for a score of 4-1 Phantom.

The second half began with Smedley doggedly pursuing the ball, kicking and golfing for possession to score one for Monsoon. Superb team-wide defense followed before Burnap got possession and tied the score 4-4. Acosta got the faceoff, Roeder scooped a groundball and DeMaria had a one-handed deflect that saved a goal. The game went into overtime and Fey got possession and ran the whole field. Sereda and Brawley showed how to hold the line against Phantom offensive drives with stick, foot and teamwork and Burnap dodged and scored the tiebreaker to end a close contest at 5-4 Monsoon.

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