PGA Junior League Golf
West Regional at Haggin Oaks Country Club
A team of junior golfers (ages 7-13) from Livermore captured the PGA Junior League Golf West Regional held at Haggin Oaks Country Club in Sacramento, on Aug. 17-18, and will now compete in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., on Sept. 6-8.
Other teams that competed in the West Regional were: Portland, Ore. All-Stars team, Simi Valley All-Stars Team and San Diego All-Stars Team.
Last season, the Livermore team (out of GRIP Golf Academy) won the 2012 PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill.
The PGA of America and League Golf of Norcross, Ga., partnered to create PGA Junior League Golf, an exciting new team concept for aspiring young golfers. Nearly 9,000 children, ages seven to 13, compete on 740 teams from 160 leagues playing throughout June and early July. The program has seen an approximate 345 percent increase in participants since 2012, rising from more than 1,800 young golfers competing on more than 120 teams in 22 cities last year. Following the regular season, four teams advanced to six Regional Championships. The six Regional champions then compete for the Junior League championship.
Six students from Taylor's Martial Arts-Livermore traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the NBL Sin City Rumble Karate Tournament on Aug. 9-10. Taylor's Martial Arts results:
Advanced Kajukenbo: 1st. Joseph Ventura (Grand Champion)
Advanced Kajukenbo: 3rd. Rachel Bryant
Intermediate Kajukenbo: 2nd. Alexis Aying; Jaden Husser
Novice Kajukenbo: 2nd. Mayalanni Erediano
Advanced Sparring: 1st. Joseph Ventura
Black Belt Sparring: Tanya Sharetskaya
Advanced Sparring: 1st. Tanya Sharetskaya, 2nd. Rachel Bryant
Intermediate Sparring: 3rd. Alexis Aying
Novice Sparring: 1st. Mayalanni Eredianoe
8U-Team Sparring: 3rd. Taylor's Martial Arts (Alexis Aying, Mayalanni Erediano, Vanessa Pallen-Pallens Martial Arts)
Soccer by the Bay
Girls 19U-Division 3
The BUSC U19 Select got their season off to a spectacular start after reaching the finals (and finishing second) in the Soccer by the Bay tournament. The Select (3-1-0, 0-0-0 NorCal) will next be in action over Labor Day weekend at the Newark Invitational.
East Bay Eclipse 1, BUSC Select 0: In the 11th minute, Foote had a point blank try that was knocked away with a diving save. Foote and Kanu worked a give-and-go that sent Kanu into goal, but he was denied. The Eclipse hit a crossbar, and Cabrera made two close saves in the last five minutes, as the half ended at 0-0. The Eclipse broke through in the 47th minute from in close, and the Select trailed for the first time all weekend. The Select squad pressed to the end, but as time expired their closest attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
BUSC Select 1, Folsom Red Bulls 0: For the Select, Luis Garcia sent a ball through two defenders to Simmons, who lofted the ball to the back post to Kanu, who finished for lone goal in the 24th minute. The Red Bulls came out hard in the second half, but the Select held strong. Backs Zac Pinard, Repac, Petrie, and Williams were stout on defense. Alex Codik shook off an injury and turned in strong minutes on the wing, while Gershman and Kanu took turns shutting down the Folsom center midfielder. Cabrera, in goal, punched out a free kick in the 60th minute and the Select earned a championship birth.
BUSC Select 1, Union City Chaos 0: The Select came out attacking and had several shots on net, and were led by Drake Foote and Arthur Kuo. After a scoreless half, midfielders Collin LaPorte, Jack Simmons, and Garrett Leone controlled possession, and in the 44th minute the hard work paid off. Kuo led Ryan Cabrera into the right corner, who lofted the ball into the box, before Ogb Kanu challenged the Chaos keeper and two defenders in a train wreck goal. The Select almost scored again, when Juan Anaya led Foote with a perfect free kick that landed just wide. Goalie, Jeremy Schuler, made two acrobatic saves to preserve the win.
BUSC Select 2, San Jose Gunners 0: The Select came out with strong pressure and got on the scoreboard early. Alex Williams stripped his mark and sent a back pass to Joey Repac, who lofted a one-time to an onrushing Foote, who slotted it home for a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. The Select defense stifled every effort by the Gunners offense, and were led by Grant Petrie's play and leadership. Foote put the game away in the 42nd minute, on a free kick by Kuo.
U.S. Open Swimming Championships
July 30-Aug. 3
The (PLS) Seahawk women took 13th place overall. Celina Li recorded four best times: second in the 200 IM and 400 IM, fourth in the 200 breaststroke and 10th in the 200 butterfly. Nick Silverthorn had two new best times, 100 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke, and Moriah Simonds swam to four best times, 200/400/800/1500 freestyle. Simonds now joins Li in the top 100 fastest swimmers in the world in their best respective events.