Tracy went 7-0 through the tournament as local firemen competed with fire department teams from around all of California.
Games included a 12-6 win over San Mateo, 18-6 over El Segundo, 25-1 over Berkeley, 20-8 over Menlo Park, and 11-10 over Garden Grove. In the final games, Tracy beat third-place San Mateo 18-8 and second-place Menlo Park 14-10.
The Tracy Fire Department team’s previous success at the games included the gold medal in San Diego in 2005 and the silver medal in San Jose in 2006.
Members of the 2010 team are Bobby Arnold, Brian Bagley, Jeff Brown, Mike Frederick, Matt Gates, Nate Howell, Matt McLellan, Paul O’Neal, Tony Perez, Steve Pine, Andy Sansaver, Oscar Sharp, Pat Vargas and Trent Vick. Express 8U All-Stars win in Pleasant Hill
The Tracy Express 8-and-under All-Stars added a tournament win to their record over the weekend, July 16 through 18, at the Pleasant Hill Baseball-Softball Association’s annual Fastpitch Tournament.
The girls went 6-0 for the weekend, starting with scores of 4-0 over the Hughson Hot Shots, 2-0 over the Benicia Outlaws and 4-1 over Concord Glory.
In Sunday’s single-elimination bracket, they beat the Benicia All Stars 7-1, faced the Hughson Hot Shots for a 2-1 win in the semifinal and beat the Benicia Outlaws again in the championship in a 10-0 game that ended after two innings on the mercy rule.
Top batter for the team was Isabel Cargill with an average of .846. Isabel Starr batted .818, and Rylie Costa batted .814. The team as a whole batted .586, including two home runs, two triples and 11 doubles.
Cargill, Starr and Costa also pitched for Tracy Express, allowing eight hits and two runs in Sunday’s three games. They combined for 25 strikeouts over nine innings.
Other players in the Pleasant Hill tournament were Jessica Vu, Alexis Dawe, Madison Sanders, Stephanie Strmiska, Alyssa Wagner, Angelina Costa, Gia Alegre and Leah Richardson. The team is coached by Amy Costa, Joel Cargill and Veronica Starr.
Girls who played with the team this summer but didn’t make last weekend’s tournament include Grace Mathews, Jaiden Martinez, Isabella Ellis, Emma Andersen and Jenna Noe.
The tournament win concludes a season in which the team reached the quarterfinals in two previous tournaments and the semifinals in another, including the Campbell Crush tournament the weekend of July 10.
The weekend of June 26 and 27, the girls played in the United State Specialty Sports Association Last Chance Tournament at Big League Dreams in Manteca, where they went 1-1-1 in pool play, beat Chaos of Gilroy in the first round of single-elimination and then faced the Benicia Outlaws for a 2-1 loss in the semifinal. The Hughson Hot Shots went on to win that tournament.
Tracy Express started its season June 12 at the Bob Gray Classic, hosted by Almaden Valley Girls Softball League in San Jose. They beat Los Gatos Magic 7-6, lost to the West Valley Slammers 9-3, and beat the host team Almaden Lightning 8-3. They outscored the Los Gatos Magic again in the first round of single-elimination and lost to the West Valley Slammers in the quarterfinal. Liberty softball 14U team takes win in Manteca
The Liberty 14U fastpitch team of Tracy took first place in the United States Specialty Sports Association 14U-B state championships this month at Big League Dreams in Manteca.
Liberty went 4-0 through the seven-team tournament, which took place July 3 to 5, starting with a 5-2 win over the Vallejo Hurricanes. They also recorded a 2-0 win over Valley Ice, a 4-0 win over the East Bay Vipers and a 5-4 win over the East Bay Vipers in the championship.
The team is Samantha Alvarado, Samantha Asbra, Tiana Auten, Michelle Fink, Priscilla Franco, Sylvia Guasch, Jasea Gutierrez, Alyssa Lewis, Amber McHugh, Kiyanna Moneski, Serena Parungao, Olivia Perea, Sophia Perea, Courtney Perrilliat, Amanda Riley, Vanesa Riley, Riquel Rivera, Hailey Rockwell and Nia Shakur. Wood competes in B Feature at Charlotte
Tracy driver Jeremy Wood placed 12th in the Legends Million First B Feature race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 17, in Charlotte, N.C.
Wood placed 87th in qualifying heats out of a field of 153 cars. Only the top 34 racers competed in the Legends Million A Feature 100-lap race.
Wood competed in the first of five B Feature races and took 12th place out of 21 drivers in the 25-lap race. Daniel Henric of Kannapolis, N.C., was the winner of the A Feature race, claiming a $250,000 share of the $1 million purse. Tracy wrestlers medal at regional meet
Tracy athletes wrestled July 10 and 11 in a summer folkstyle meet at Freedom High in Oakley, hosted by Save California Wrestling Association for Youth. Eli Blackwell won four of five matches in the 7-8 age division, and Sammo Blackwell won three of four matches in the 9-10 age division. Each took second place. Noah Blackwell, an eighth-grader, placed third among the high school wrestlers in his weight class, winning four of six matches. Local wrestlers head to Cadet Nationals
Amrit Singh and Trent Nicholson of Tracy USA Wrestling Club have joined the California state team competing in the Greco Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., this week. The host organization, USA Wrestling, the governing body that runs the US Olympic Freestyle and Greco teams, calls on the top wrestlers from every state for the tournament.
Both wrestlers qualified because of their ranking after the Greco California State Championship. Nicholson took third place in the 130-pound cadet division, and Singh was third in the 189-pound cadet division. Both will train with the California team in North Dakota leading up to the tournament.
Singh has quickly established himself in just a couple of years as a wrestling competitor at the national level. Nicholson follows in the footsteps of his father, Larry Nicholson, a Tracy High graduate who is a multi-time California Interscholastic Federation state qualifier and a state finalist who eventually became a member of the U.S. Freestyle team, and a 1989 PamAm Champion, among other wrestling accomplishments. U19 Cougars win Davis Legacy College Showcase
The California Cougars Girls U19 team followed up a recent win in the U.S. Club Soccer Regional Championship in Turlock with a championship finish in the 2010 Davis Legacy College Showcase tournament, which was July 9 through 11 in Davis.
The Cougars opened with a 4-0 win over the Mission Viejo SC Shamrocks. Jessica Cervantes scored two goals, and Valeria Ordaz and Joanna Ortiz scored one each. Marena O’Leary, Ortiz and Alyssa Strope had an assist each. Goalkeeper Brianna Murawski posted the shutout behind the defensive play of Karly Dunning, Vannesa Haro, Sydnee Koscielecki, Sarah Manseau, Strope and Stephanie Vanni.
The Cougars then beat Diablo FC 92 Blue 4-0 with two goals from Ortiz and two goals from Alexis Poppoff. Megan Mata had two assists, and Cervantes and goalkeeper Murawski had one each.
The Cougars matched up against rival team the East Fresno Fusion for a 1-1 tie, with Poppoff scoring the tying shot with five minutes left in the game on a pass from Ortiz.
In the semifinal, the Cougars faced Federal Way USA Reign 92 of Washington. Poppoff scored all four goals for the local team, and Haro, Ordaz, Ortiz and Regan Porteous recorded an assist each.
In the final, the Cougars once again faced East Fresno Fusion. The Cougars opened with a Poppoff goal on a Cervantes assist for a 1-0 score. Fusion took the lead back for a 2-1 score at halftime and then made it 3-1 at the start of the second half. With 20 minutes left, Jessica Cervantes beat the Fusion goalkeeper one-on-one to make the score 3-2 and then 10 minutes later chipped the Fusion goalkeeper to tie the game 3-3. With just three minutes left in the game, Megan Mata got on the end of a loose ball and finished under the Fusion goalkeeper for a 4-3 win and the team’s second tournament championship of the season. Poppoff had three assists.
The California Cougars girls U16 team finished 0-2-1 at the Davis Legacy College Showcase. The team opened up with a 0-0 tie against Elk Grove Everton. Goalkeeper Victoria Case posted the shutout behind the strong defensive play of Grace Cabri, Katia Gaytan, Taylor Long, Kristina Miles, Diana Murillo and Stephanie Pawek.
The U16 Cougars then matched up against the No. 2 team in Cal-North, the Santa Rosa Avalanche. The Cougars spotted the Avalanche an early goal and ended up losing the match 1-0. Needing a win to advance to the semifinals, the Cougars battled Mission Viejo SC Elite. The Elite scored an early goal, but the Cougars’ Jessica Hufford tied the game right before the end of regulation. In injury time, the Elite scored a goal off a counterattack and defeated the Cougars 2-1.