Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sports

Alex Jackson Shows That Focus is the Key to Success

A Swing and a Hit and the Joy of Baseball By Deborah Tsogbe | Photos By Michael Valencia Alex Jackson has played and loved baseball his entire life. “I’ve been playing baseball since I could walk and swing a bat which is around the age of one,” commented Alex with a grand smile, as he thought about baseball. And just …

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Inspiration & Determination: Three Sport Athlete Jake Straughan Overcomes Broken Leg

Three Sport Athlete Jake Straughan Overcomes Broken Leg to Lead Colton to State Titles in Two Sports 
and Earn Player of the Year Awards (Photos by Jerry Morse and Max Aquino) Although today the three sport athlete is becoming a dying breed, Jake Straughan of Colton High School is one of those rare student-athletes who excels in everything. While maintaining …

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Follow Your Heart – Larry Tuileta Makes School Choice After Stellar High School Career

By Joey Ramirez Photos By Kristen Collat & Jessica Homrich “People are gonna have their opinions on what people think you should be doing,” Tuileta says. “But only you know in your heart what you should be doing for yourself.” For Larry Tuileta, sports have always been about giving back, whether to his family, teammates or community. So when it …

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Katie Ta: Capo Valley Tennis Star and 2014 Player of the Year

For Capo Valley High School junior Katie Ta, what started as a way to be more like her brother and sister has turned into a dedicated activity. Katie was just 10 when she started to tag along with her brother Matthew and sister Ashley to tennis matches and practices, and soon tagging along turned into championship tennis. “I really liked …

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Grady Williams: Support + Determination = Success

What is it in us that reaches for more? How do we decide whether something is worth every breath we take, every injury, every sacrifice? For Grady Williams, the Center Defender for the Dana Hills Dolphins, there is no question, you do something with focus and commitment or you don’t do it at all. A long-time swimmer, Grady craved the …

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New National Record Set in the 400-Freestyle Relay

Congratulations to the Granada High School (Livermore, CA) swimming foursome of Maxime Rooney, Bryce McLaggan, Trent Trump, and Nick Silverthorn for racing to history in the 4×100 freestyle. The team set a new record of 2:59.00 while helping the Granada High Matadors to an overall second-place finish in the North Coast Section swimming championships on May 17th.

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Ryan Betz: Marathon World Record for High School Athlete?

Ryan Betz has run a half-marathon in all 50 states, all in the past four years. The Park Tudor High School (Indianapolis, IN) said, “As far as I know, I’m the youngest to ever do it.” He will be asking the Guinness Book of World Records for verification. More impressive, Betz’s mission has been to raise $100,000 to create an …

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Discipline and Determination: Marcelle Preston – A great runner and a fine young man.

By Kevin Wilson Since 1996, Largo High School head track Coach Darryl Hamilton and Assistant Coach Michael Roberts have won countless county and state championships, with the support of former Largo Lion runners lending a helping hand. This 2A track and field program is a national powerhouse. And, this year, the Lions have a great runner who has been ranked …

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New National Pole Vault Record Set

Northwest High School (Justin, TX) senior Desiree Freier set the new national pole vault record at the Texas Relays. Freier, who stands just 5 feet tall and is a University of Arkansas commit, reached the record vault of 14 feet, 3.25 inches on her first attempt, breaking the old record of 14 feet, 2.75 inches.

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Carle Place High School (New York) Pitcher Strikes Out All 21 Batters in First Start

Mike Delio’s first start is a perfect game.In a 15-0 win over Hempstead High School, Delio struck out all 21 batters he faced. It was Delio’s first career appearance at the varsity level. Delio’s throwing arsenal consists of a fastball in the mid-80s and a knuckle-curve.

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