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TV30 recognizes Tri-Valley high school athletes

'Play hard, play fair and play clean,' says Vida Blue

Tri-Valley Community Television recognized outstanding high school athletes last Thursday at an event with guest speaker legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Vida Blue.

Each of the 46 teens was a 2013 Athlete of the Week on TV30's Sports Final, featuring George "Dr. B" Baljevich, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Ian Bartholomew and Anna Kagarakis.

Blue, who was a star pitcher for the Oakland A's as well as the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals from 1969-86, grew up and played ball in Louisiana before he was drafted by the pros.

"I didn't know they were going to pay me," he recalled. "I would have played for free."

Blue, 63, who now lives in Tracy, said he occasionally pitches at Little League practices for fun.

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"I can still get those kids out," he commented.

But the evening was about the young athletes, not about him, he noted.

"Don't let anyone tell you you can't accomplish your dream because you can," he said. "I'm from Mansfield, La. -- who knew I would play 17 years of professional baseball and win three World Series (1972, 1973, 1974 with the A's)."

He concluded, "Congratulations to all the recipients -- play hard, play fair and play clean."

Willie Harper, a former linebacker for the 49ers, complimented the event and recognition of the high school athletes.

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"Someone has taken notice," he told the athletes, "and it up to you to exploit these gifts and talents."

The awards were presented by Dr. B, Sbranti, Mayor Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton, Mayor John Marchand of Livermore, Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Malcolm Brudigam of state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier's office.

Each awardee stepped onto the stage to be handed a trophy and congratulated by Dr. B while videos showed them playing their sport. Then each athlete proceeded across the stage for further congratulations from Vida Blue and the others.

This was the eighth year for the Tri-Valley Community Television Athlete of the Week awards, and the third year for the Outstanding High School Athletic Awards event.

"Our leagues are doing so well in sports that it's made our job really easy," said Dr. B.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore. It will be shown on TV30 and TV28 starting in mid-June. For a schedule or to buy a DVD of the event, go to www.trivalleytv.org.

2013 Outstanding High School Athletic Awards

Yura Ahn - golf, Granada High

Jamir Andrews - basketball, Dublin High

Izzy Ayad - basketball, Valley Christian

Nina Bessolo - basketball, Valley Christian

Iris Brand - swimming, Amador Valley High

Kyle Campiotti - football, Granada High

Jojuan Carrington - basketball, Dublin High

Kristina Dunworth - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Griffith Gates - football, Foothill High

Ryan Genn - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Johanna Grauer - softball, Amador Valley High

Tiffany Harris - volleyball, Dublin High

Louis Hernandez - football, Livermore High

Jamirr Holland - football, Foothill High

Ray Hudson - football, Foothill High

Kameron Johnson - basketball, Granada High

Alysse Ketner - basketball, Amador Valley High

Ryan Kirby - baseball, Granada High

Greta Kohlmoos - water polo, Granada High

Nicolas Lang - wrestling, Livermore High

Alyssa Lanza - softball, Livermore High

Celina Li - swimming, Foothill High

Kimberly Liu - golf, Amador Valley High

JoJo McGlaston - basketball, Dublin High

Zach McPherson - football, Livermore High

Grant Miller - football, Amador Valley High

Jason Moran - basketball, Livermore High

Kyle Moreno - football, Amador Valley High

Milan Moses - basketball, Dublin High

Cameron Moses - basketball, Dublin High

Vi Nguyen - tennis, Dublin High

Josh Nobida - football, Dublin High

Steven Patrick - basketball, Foothill High

Jacob Payne - baseball, Granada High

Jena Pianin - cross country, Amador Valley High

Tyler Rardon - wrestling, Livermore High

Ondre Rudolph - football, Dublin High

Alex Sborov - golf, Foothill High

Katie Sborov - golf, Foothill High

Nick Silverthorn - swimming, Granada High

Myiesha Simmons - tennis, Dublin High

Collin Sommerhauser - basketball, Granada High

Marisol Tracy - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Amanda Tuazon - volleyball, Foothill High

Dylan Tupper - basketball, Granada High

Howard Wikle - football, Valley Christian

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TV30 recognizes Tri-Valley high school athletes

'Play hard, play fair and play clean,' says Vida Blue

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jun 3, 2013, 2:54 pm
Updated: Fri, Jun 7, 2013, 6:32 am

Tri-Valley Community Television recognized outstanding high school athletes last Thursday at an event with guest speaker legendary Major League Baseball pitcher Vida Blue.

Each of the 46 teens was a 2013 Athlete of the Week on TV30's Sports Final, featuring George "Dr. B" Baljevich, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Ian Bartholomew and Anna Kagarakis.

Blue, who was a star pitcher for the Oakland A's as well as the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals from 1969-86, grew up and played ball in Louisiana before he was drafted by the pros.

"I didn't know they were going to pay me," he recalled. "I would have played for free."

Blue, 63, who now lives in Tracy, said he occasionally pitches at Little League practices for fun.

"I can still get those kids out," he commented.

But the evening was about the young athletes, not about him, he noted.

"Don't let anyone tell you you can't accomplish your dream because you can," he said. "I'm from Mansfield, La. -- who knew I would play 17 years of professional baseball and win three World Series (1972, 1973, 1974 with the A's)."

He concluded, "Congratulations to all the recipients -- play hard, play fair and play clean."

Willie Harper, a former linebacker for the 49ers, complimented the event and recognition of the high school athletes.

"Someone has taken notice," he told the athletes, "and it up to you to exploit these gifts and talents."

The awards were presented by Dr. B, Sbranti, Mayor Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton, Mayor John Marchand of Livermore, Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Malcolm Brudigam of state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier's office.

Each awardee stepped onto the stage to be handed a trophy and congratulated by Dr. B while videos showed them playing their sport. Then each athlete proceeded across the stage for further congratulations from Vida Blue and the others.

This was the eighth year for the Tri-Valley Community Television Athlete of the Week awards, and the third year for the Outstanding High School Athletic Awards event.

"Our leagues are doing so well in sports that it's made our job really easy," said Dr. B.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore. It will be shown on TV30 and TV28 starting in mid-June. For a schedule or to buy a DVD of the event, go to www.trivalleytv.org.

2013 Outstanding High School Athletic Awards

Yura Ahn - golf, Granada High

Jamir Andrews - basketball, Dublin High

Izzy Ayad - basketball, Valley Christian

Nina Bessolo - basketball, Valley Christian

Iris Brand - swimming, Amador Valley High

Kyle Campiotti - football, Granada High

Jojuan Carrington - basketball, Dublin High

Kristina Dunworth - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Griffith Gates - football, Foothill High

Ryan Genn - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Johanna Grauer - softball, Amador Valley High

Tiffany Harris - volleyball, Dublin High

Louis Hernandez - football, Livermore High

Jamirr Holland - football, Foothill High

Ray Hudson - football, Foothill High

Kameron Johnson - basketball, Granada High

Alysse Ketner - basketball, Amador Valley High

Ryan Kirby - baseball, Granada High

Greta Kohlmoos - water polo, Granada High

Nicolas Lang - wrestling, Livermore High

Alyssa Lanza - softball, Livermore High

Celina Li - swimming, Foothill High

Kimberly Liu - golf, Amador Valley High

JoJo McGlaston - basketball, Dublin High

Zach McPherson - football, Livermore High

Grant Miller - football, Amador Valley High

Jason Moran - basketball, Livermore High

Kyle Moreno - football, Amador Valley High

Milan Moses - basketball, Dublin High

Cameron Moses - basketball, Dublin High

Vi Nguyen - tennis, Dublin High

Josh Nobida - football, Dublin High

Steven Patrick - basketball, Foothill High

Jacob Payne - baseball, Granada High

Jena Pianin - cross country, Amador Valley High

Tyler Rardon - wrestling, Livermore High

Ondre Rudolph - football, Dublin High

Alex Sborov - golf, Foothill High

Katie Sborov - golf, Foothill High

Nick Silverthorn - swimming, Granada High

Myiesha Simmons - tennis, Dublin High

Collin Sommerhauser - basketball, Granada High

Marisol Tracy - volleyball, Amador Valley High

Amanda Tuazon - volleyball, Foothill High

Dylan Tupper - basketball, Granada High

Howard Wikle - football, Valley Christian

Comments

soccerfan
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm
soccerfan, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Congratulations to all the athletes! I do not see any teens from boys or girls soccer on the list. Is this sport not covered by TV30's Sports Final?


LAS
Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm
LAS, Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Yeah, where's the soccer athletes?


Marty Sborov
Castlewood
on Jun 5, 2013 at 8:41 am
Marty Sborov, Castlewood
on Jun 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

What a terrific presentation by TV 30 to award the local athletes. It was so well done and made every athlete feel so proud of their work, the work of the community and the hard workers at TV30


LaxDad3
Registered user
Foothill High School
on Jun 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm
LaxDad3, Foothill High School
Registered user
on Jun 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Congratulations to these fine athletes. In the future, TV30 should include all high school sports (Lacrosse, Track & Field, Soccer, etc) when recognizing athletes.


Sportysport
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Sportysport, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I agree with LaxDad3 if you want to recognize these athletes you should make sure you cover all sports.


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