SPORTS: Ballistic U15 Select crowned champions in Soccer by the Bay tournament

Seahawks finish 2nd in Far Western Long Course swim meet

The Ballistic U15 Select team took first place in its age group last weekend at the Soccer by the Bay tournament, the largest soccer tournament in Northern California.

The U15s went 4-0-0, scoring nine goals and conceding only one. After winning the group games against The Mission Valley Red Kaos, Palo Alto Gunners and Belmont Rapids, the scene was set for a thrilling final against Mission Valley White, which also had won in its group.

The game was scoreless approaching the last 10 minutes when Kevin Vigallon scored with a powerful header from an Albert Wiseman corner. The game was clinched when Jack Simmons calmly stroked the ball past the keeper from the top of the box, boosting the score to 2-0 for the Ballistics.

The team is coached by Graham Bennett.

--Jeanne Morgan


Pleasanton Seahawks finish 2nd at 2010 Far Western Long Course championship

The Pleasanton Seahawks swim team finished second at the recent Far Westerns swim meet in Concord.

Competing against approximately 140 teams from all over the U.S, Canada and Mexico, The Seahawks took second place with 38 out of 60 swimmers scoring during the meet. The team finished the meet with top scorers in three age groups. Countless new records and cuts were also accomplished.

High-point winners and runner-ups included the following: 11-12 Boys – Maxime Rooney (2nd); 13-14 girls – Rachel Knowles (1st); 13-14 Boys - Nick Silverthorn (2nd); 15-16 girls – Celina Li (1st), Allison Brown (2nd); 17-18 girls – Catherine Breed (1st).

Senior Group - Iris Brand: 5/7 life time best times, including 1 new sectional time and 1 new FW time &6th place in the 100 free; Jason Chen: 100% best times, including 1 new sectional time; Elise Cox: 100% best times; Chris Dourov: 100% best times, contributing to 5th place finish of the 800 Free Relay; Chelsea Finn: 100% best times, including 4th place finish in 200 breast; Frank Horpel, 6/7 best, including top 8 finishes in 200, 400, 800 & 1500 Free; Nick Johnston: 100% best times, including top 8 finishes in 100 and 200 back, and 100 and 200 free.

Also achieving honors in the Senior Group were Kevin McLaughlin: first sectional qualifying time in the 400 IM, and an 8th place finish in the same event; Tim McLaughlin: 7/8 best times, including new sectional time in the 800 free and top 8 finishes in the 200 back, 100 free, and 200 IM; Roshni Nair: 100% best times; Tony Shen: best time and 8th place finish in 400 free, and a critical member of the 13-14 relays which scored 3rd in the 200 Free Relay, 7th in the 400 free relay, and 5th in the 800 Free Relay.

Pre-Senior Group – 21 swimmers from the Pre-Senior group participated in the meet with terrific results. Congratulations on a great team effort. Results ranged from multiple Far Western Champions to some very deep scoring relays.

Three Pre-Senior swimmers were selected to represent Pacific Swimming at the North American Challenge Cup and 1 more was selected to represent Pacific Swimming at Western Zones.

Junior Group - Adrien Rooney contributed to some great swims in the 11-12 relays; Emma Kauffeld had some great swims with new best times; Wolf Lachance made finals in the 400 free and placed 6th.


Rage U14AC earns 2nd place in summer classic tourney

The Pleasanton Rage U14AC enjoyed a great weekend at the North vs. South Summer Classic held on the fields of Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.

In their first game, the girls defeated the Cal Odyssey South U14 team 1-0 with the goal being scored on a break away from the mid-line by Julia Amos.

In the second game, the girls won 2-0 over Bakersfield Elite as Jackie Gilbert scored less than a minute into the game, one-timing a beautiful cross from Kendall Morrissey into the net. Later in the first half, Alyssa Behiel found Katie Reed with a pass on an overlapping run which Reed confidently pounded into the net.

In an evenly matched semi-final with Legacy United, Rage was able to keep its opponents off the scoreboard while center back Jessica Amos was able to find the back of the net from 30 yards out. That meant that heading into the final game, the Rage's defensive effort, led by the backline of Allie Nickel, Jessica Amos, Kalyn Epps and Rachel Barta, and the goal-tending of Maddie Aston and Raquel Nino, had yet to surrender a goal.

The championship game was a true North vs. South battle as the Rage faced Santa Barbara SC. While the girls gave a super effort, they were unable to find the net with their shots, while Santa Barbara earned a goal on a fierce shot from 20 yards out.

The coaches' choices for the top offensive players in the Classic are Julia Amos, Jessica Amos, Jackie Gilbert, Katie Reed, Alyssa Behiel, and Kendall Morrissey,

The choices for the top defensive players are Ally Nickel, Rachel Barta, Jessica Amos, Kalyn Epps, Maddie Aston, Raquel Nino, Katrina Zhu and Haley Hjerpe

-- Mark Hjerpe

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