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Belmont heads to NorCal tourney; Slammers celebrate a solid year; Badminton for all
July 20, 2013, 05:00 AM By Julio Lara Daily Journal

Now things get super exciting for the baseball wrecking ball that is the Belmont-Redwood Shores 11-12 Majors team.

After running roughshod through the District 52 and the Section 3 tournaments — doing it with the bats and on the mound throughout — the boys in blue and red head to Woodcreek Little League over in Roseville’s Mahaney Field for the Little League Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The seven-team, double-elimination tournament begins Saturday, July 20. Belmont Redwood-Shores will start the tourney off with a 1 p.m. game against Section 7 champion River Park National.

The winner will take on the Section 4 champion — a team that is yet to be determined.

The Northern California Divisional Tournament’s championship game is scheduled for July 27 with a “what-if” game on the calendar for July 28.

The winner of the NorCal Divison heads over to the West Region Tournament with the winner of the Region stamping a ticket to the Little League World Series.


The San Mateo Slammers 10-C White team concluded their summer tournament season with a strong performance at the California State Games down south in San Diego.

While the Slammers lost their last two games, they gave both opponents, Kerman Heat and Five Cities Eagles, a run for their money. Consistent pitching, heads-up base running and a couple of double plays kept the Slammers competitive.

Highlights from the Slammers’ season include a first place finish in the Capital Sports Association Tournament in Dixon-Davis, a second place finish in the Brentwood Bat Buster Tournament and a fifth place finish in the NorCal Championships at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale.

The fifth place finish in Sunnyvale qualified the Slammers for play in the state championships.

The Slammers 10C White team played more than 30 games in eight weeks.

The Slammers were coached by Colin Hurd and Joan Grech.

The Slammers 10C White team got balanced play from the entire team: Lei’Aloha, Ah Tou, Erika Bagtas, Kennedy Berthiaume, Bella Canziani, Abigail Fa’aita, Jalen Fa’aita, Jessie Grech, Alyssa Hurd, Cassie Lectura, Maddie Mitchell, Eva Montgomery, and Karly Paganucci.

The San Mateo Slammers 10C White team is an all-star travel team made up of girls ages 9 to 11 who recently finished regular season play through the San Mateo Youth Softball Association.

Chanteloup Field, at Beresford Park, is home to SMYSA.


The Peninsula Nationals 12-under baseball team from San Mateo has advanced to the final 16 teams at the annual Cooperstown baseball tournament in New York.

The Nationals have compiled a 7-0 record to date in the 104-team tournament — the largest in the U.S. — with teams throughout North America.

There are a couple of local represensatives in Cooperstown including the South San Francisco Fog, managed by Rodney Caton. The Fog were champions of the Burlingame Tournament and runner-up at Santa Cruz and San Bruno. The highest a Fog team has ever finished in Cooperstown is second. The 15-player squad includes Noah Agius, Bryce Almario, Patrick Cadigan, Vincent Campana, Marty Cole, Dylan DeBono, DJ Ferrari, Danny Gamba, Johnathan Gip, Camron Grant, Aaron Hoch, Jon Kallas, Erik Leonor, Carlo Lopiccolo and C.J. Pino

Teams in Cooperstown complete play this weekend.


Foster City will be the place to be on July 24 if you’re a lover of badminton.

Two former Olympians, Ben Lee and Howard Bach, will present a free badminton clinic demonstration at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. The demonstration will be held at the Dan Cook gymnasium from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. when attendees will learn about badminton shots, footwork, game strategy and, after the demo, may practice shots with the olympians themselves. 

Lee and Bach are instructors with Synergy Badminton Club in Menlo Park.

Bach is a three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) and the 2005 Badminton World Champion, while Lee has represented the U.S. in more than 36 countries and is the only person in the U.S. to have been both a badminton competitor (1992) and coach (2012) to participate in the Olympics.

His daughter, Allison Lee, just wrapped up a great showing at the U.S. Junior Nationals.


With the on-going efforts of the NFL all the way down to Pop Warner to increase education (and decrease contact) with regards to head injuries, young Bay Area football players will have a chance to be educated by the very best.

Five hundred youth football coaches and 300 cheerleading coaches from throughout the Bay Area, from Marin County in the North to Greenfield near Salinas in the South, will spend Sunday, July 21 learning how to keep kids safe from concussions and spinal cord injuries. 

The two-session event will take place at Napredak Hall in San Jose.

The morning session begins at 8 a.m. for football coaches and from noon to 4:30 p.m. for cheerleading coaches.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc., Valley Medical Rehabilitation Center and the San Francisco 49ers medical director are teaming up to put on a training seminar for Pop Warner coaches. They’re hoping to train football and cheerleading coaches to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and other brain injuries during practices and games.

This is the first time, the seminar will emphasize training cheerleading coaches.

Garza, medical director for the NFC champion 49ers, will present proactive prevention and treatment of concussions, brain and spinal cord injuries.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars is a non-profit organization that offers youth football, cheer and dance programs for children ages 5 to 16 years old. The national program consists of 425,000 youth, making it the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the world.



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