SPORTS: Rage Orange team honors breast cancer victim


Members of the Rage U16 Orange team participated in Relay for Life earlier this month in Tracy to honor the loss of Angie Okumura, who died of breast cancer in March, as well as others who have succumbed to the disease.

The team collected donations for the relay and also donated $250 of team funds that were collected from their recycling efforts during the year, for a total of $600 in breast cancer research donations.

In other sports:

Pleasanton's Rage U11 ties Lamorinda

Pleasanton's first place Rage U11 Premier team tied with second place rivals Lamorinda United Soccer Club 98 in a game last week. The tie leaves the Rage still sitting on top of the division.

In the first half, Ariana Nino opened up the scoring with a penalty kick into the net. Then Lamorinda answered back with a goal of their own. After halftime, both teams scored equally, with the Rage's Rachel Rice popping the ball into the net after an enormous team effort to get the ball in front of the goal.

That was followed by another Lamorinda goal with the final score 2-2. The tie keeps the Rage in first place.

Free swim lessons being offered in Tri-Valley

The American Swim Academy is celebrating National Water Safety Month by offering a free swim class to anyone wanting to learn. Classes are open at the academy's facility in Dublin at 6948 Sierra Ct., and at its locations in Fremont, Newark and Livermore.

"With summer quickly approaching, now is the best time to begin water safety instruction," said Matt Alberti, owner of the academy." We are hoping that the free class will encourage new or apprehensive students to try it out. Water safety and learning to swim are crucial. There are many sports and activities for children, but swimming is the only one that can save a life."

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 4 years old. The National Institute of Health recently reported that providing very young children with swimming lessons appears to have a protective effect against drowning and does not increase a child's risk of drowning. Children even as young as 6 months of age are able to learn how to hold his or her breath under water and keep afloat until able to reach a safe place.

Lacrosse U13 winds quarterfinals

The Pleasanton Lacrosse U13A team won the quarterfinals Saturday 14-9 against the Walnut Creek Warriors.

On Sunday, the team upset the number one seed, Diablo Scorpions with a final score of 7-5.

Goals were scored by Ben Smedley, Ryan Racer, Eric Carrolan, Daniel Payne, Tristan Baylor, and Javon Holland. Late in the fourth quarter Max Gershman, Mark Gaynor and Aaron LaCourse had a huge four-minute defensive stand to keep the game out of reach for the Scorpions.

Also great defensive plays by Colin Roeder and the goalie, Trey Cranney had 11 outstanding saves leading Pleasanton to victory.

Next, Pleasanton will play in the league championship on Treasure Island and will be going for the gold medal.

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