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Pleasanton Preps: RAGE squad posts strong results in women's soccer league

Also: Synchronized swimming gold, Higgins signs with Barca, Chabot football reunion in Dublin

The last day of June brought the end of the 2019 Pleasanton RAGE Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in Sacramento against the California Storm. The RAGE squad's season record ended at a very respectful 3-3-2 against strong competition from San Francisco to Reno.

The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women's soccer league in the world with 119 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes.

This season's roster included current college players from Pleasanton, with former Foothill players such as Tami Kwong (2017 Foothill graduate, currently at UC Davis), Julia Densmore (2016, Notre Dame de Namur), Ariana Nino (2017, Sacramento State) and Sarah Mirr (2018, Loyola, Md.), as well as 2019 graduate Peyton Raun (Penn).

Former Amador players on the team included Molly Murphy (2018, Sonoma State) and 2019 graduates Allison Hunter (Carnegie Mellon) and Michaela Riter (NYU).

This season, which saw all games played in June, consisted of four home games in Pleasanton, along with road matches in Sacramento, San Ramon and Reno.

All games were streamed and available to those interested online. For more information or to contact the team, visit https://pleasantonragewpsl.org.

Nakari wins gold

Selina Nakari, a 14-year-old who will be a freshman at Amador Valley in the fall, won a pair of gold medals at the Hungarian Open as a member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids the last weekend in June.

As a member of the Aquamaids (13-15 years old) synchronized swimming team, Nakari earned golds in the team and free competition, as well as a bronze in the duet.

The team was the only one representing United States at Hungarian Open 2019.

Higgins signs with Barca

Cory Higgins, the son of former NBA player Rod Higgins, as well as a former Monte Vista High star, recently signed a contract with the FC Barcelona basketball team.

The 30-year-old shooting guard/small forward is coming to Barcelona after winning the Euroleague with CSKA Moscow and is regarded as one of the finest players in the European game.

Higgins played his college ball at Colorado from 2007-11. He joined the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) and played 44 games in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Chabot football reunion

Over a decade and a half of former Chabot College football players will come together to reminisce and reconnect this month when more than 150 alumni will attend the Chabot College Football Reunion at Dublin's Shannon Community Center.

The July 28 event, organized by former head coach Keith Calkins (1968-78) and committee members Gerry Fisher (1962-63), Rich Statler (1963), Rusty Anderson (1965-66) and Larry Aguiar (1972-73), is the only thing coach Calkins wanted to celebrate an upcoming milestone.

"Last year, my wife asked me what I wanted for my 80th birthday," Calkins said. "I told her I wanted a reunion of former Chabot football players. I asked four of my former players and assistant coaches to serve on a committee to make this happen. We decided to start with 1962, the first year of Chabot football, and end in 1978, my last year as head coach."

Calkins, who turns 80 this year, said the informal, athletes-only reunion will also have a number of special guests, including 10 former Chabot College management and physical education staff members, four former local high school head coaches, 16 coaches from Chabot, six former sportswriters from the Tri-Valley, Hayward, Fremont and Oakland areas, and former program supporters.

Among the registered football players are: three California Sports Hall of Fame members, 10 California Community College Football Hall of Fame members, five former Golden Gate Conferences Players of the Year, 37 Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame members, 27 Football Team of the Decade members (1962-1971), 43 Division 1 football scholarship winners, over 100 college graduates and 18 players who played professional football.

For more information, visit www.chabotfootballreunion62-78.com.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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