Two 16U Collins Hill Park softball teams, the Lady Eagles and the Elite Eagles, finished tied for fourth out of 102 teams at the recent NSA World Series in Rock Hill, S.C.
Their fourth-place finishes earned each team a berth in the NSA Super World Series.
During the week-long tournament the Lady Eagles, who also qualified for the ASA World Series in South Dakota, finished with an 8-2 record and outscored opponents 55-19.
The Elite Eagles posted a 6-2 record, recorded four shutouts and outscored their opponents 25-9.
The two teams beat squads from New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Deleware, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Team members for the Lady Eagles are: Shannon Bear, Brittany Broome, Hannah Graham, Jesse-Lynn Groves, Katy Hackett, Amanda Hutcheson, Rebecca Osteen, Catherine Palmer, Kara Pollock, Kathleen Pulliam and Katie Myers. The team is coached by George Pulliam and assistants Tim Pollock, Steve Graham and Chuck Palmer.
Team members for the Elite Eagles are: Erin Collins, Caroline Cooper, Jaclyn Crumbley, Rachael Duval, Kellie Edmondson, Katie Fidler, Carmen Fowler, Kristen Gutierrez, Suzannah Kutney, Kimberly Mason, Nichole Smith and Emily Whitaker. The team is coached by Ken Duval and assistants Kent Fidler and Dave Cooper. Jim Kutney, Todd Smith, Rich Edmondson and Shawn Collins also assisted.
Buford Wolves win
The Buford Wolves 11-and-under baseball team capped off their 2005 season by winning the World Series in Orlando, Fla. It was the second tournament win of the year for the Wolves, which finished tied for seventh place in the USSSA AA national rankings.
For the season, the team finished with a 34-19 record.
Team members are: Clay Gant, Cole Thorton, Zach Nitzel, Matt Osterbur, Spencer Lovelady, Logan Rooks, Cameron Gazzaway, Scotty Hotsch, Alex Muret, Austin Wood and Chase Hulsey.
The coaches are Chris Gant, Dave Nitzel, Steve Osterbur and Forrest Wood.
Local players shine at Junior Olympics
Taylor Wood, Matt Hill, Ryan Griffin and Zac Bui all had solid showings at the recent 2005 AAU Junior Olympics at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, La.
Greater Atlanta Christian's Wood pitched his East Cobb Astros to two wins and helped them win the gold medal in the 30-team tournament. He was named to the All-Tournament team. Grayson High's Hill also won two games, for the bronze-medal winning East Cobb Raiders, and finished with just six hits allowed and two earned runs in 14 innings. He also hit .667 and was selected to the All-Tournament team as well.
GAC pitcher Griffin and South Gwinnett infielder Bui also earned bronze medals with the Raiders. Griffin batted .380 in the tournament and pitched 11 strong innings. Bui hit .385 in the tournament and played eight games at second base without committing an error.
17U team out of Duluth wins Score at the Shore
The 17 Boys Club soccer team, out of the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association in Duluth, won the prestigious Score at the Shore soccer tournament at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The Fire team defeated squads from Florida, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nebraska to win the event, as the squad won in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
It was the second straight Score at Shore title for the Fire.
Team members are: Jimmy Maurer, Sam Arthur, Blake Brettschneider, Jonathan Hull, Romy Lakip, Juan Carlos Nandi, Will Nixon, Evan O'Dell, Santiago Rios, Kevin Sawchak, Caleb Suri, Jordan Utley, Justin West, Bobby Zimmerman, Jeff Scannella, Steven George, Jonathan Collier and Nasar Onyeuku.
The team is coached by Massoud Roushandel.
Elite Panthers 10U travel team finishes seventh in nation
The Mountain Park Elite Panthers 10U travel team finished seventh in a 43-team national tournament in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Panthers, who had to qualify to play in the prestigious event, finished the tournament with a 7-2 record. They beat teams from Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Alabama and Illinois.
Team members are: Riley Weyher, Eryn Stepp, Kaitlyn Rygh, Amber Johnson, Jordan Corbin, Taylor Stercay, Breanna Buckley, Jordan Dean, Kaley Garmon, Nikki Sagermann, Kanani Cabrales, Emily Wood and Madyson Wyneger.
Coaches are Chris Dean, James Garmon, Mark Sagermann and Jon Weyher.
Soaring Eagles place second at nationals
The Collins Hill 12U Soaring Eagles fastpitch travel team placed second at the ASA "B" Nationals in Gasden, Ala. on Aug. 6. The team competed against squads from Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. And the Eagles' lone loss came to the champion Smokey Mountain Sting from North Carolina.
Team members are: Savanna Berkhiser, Emily Buck, Alyssa Burnette, Lauren Court, Melissa Kedzie, Channing Kirkman, Allyson Moore, Jessica Neidigh, Alex Raines, Gracie Shelton, Shelley Sweatt and Darsey Walker. The team is coached by Dave Sweatt, Jack Shelton, Doug Court and Ron Berkhiser.
SwimAtlanta completes sweep at state
SwimAtlanta completed the state championship sweep recently with a strong showing at the 2005 Georgia Long Course Senior state championships in Athens.
SwimAtlanta won the meet with a total of 1,934.50 points and placed first in the men's and women's side.
Individual winners were: Kevin Cargill in the 200 backstroke, Meg D'Urso in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, Denise McWhirter in the 800 freestyle, Rachel Myco in the 100 free, Matt Odom in the 200 breast, Kelly Rames in the 400 IM, Joseph Redmon in the 100 freestyle and the 100 fly.
The relay team of Ali Slack, D'Urso, Shannon Beall and Megan Land won the 200 medley, as did the men's team of Jack Brown, Nat Emmett, Joseph Redmon, Craig Jennings.
The relay team of Brown, Odom, Chandler West and Redmon won the 400 medley. Redmon, Michael Miller, Kyle Diedrich and Scott Wherry won the 400 free relay and the team of Craig Jennings, Redmon, Miller and Wherry won the 200 free relay.
Two Gwinnett teams win USTA titles
Stone Mountain Tennis Center and Lilburn City Park both took home titles in the USTA State Team Tennis competition on Aug. 1 in Macon.
Stone Mountain's 18U team, which won first place in its division, included Sonia Anand, Ariel Caldwell, Elias Crist, Feliz Flood, Grant Garner, Joe Hsu, Emily Orist, Amyn Soldier, Trenton Spinks and Jadon Phillips. The team was managed by Anne Crist and Julia Hsu.
The Lilburn City Park's 14's team finished second at the highest level of its age group. Team members are: Amanda Bantug, Emma Crist, Jacob Columbo, Charlotte Dawson, John DeRosa, Alyssa Hanson, Anna Hardin, Spencer Nash, Trevor Nash, Christina North, Devon Schmitt and Logan Taylor. The team, which also won the USTA City Finals, is managed by Mondra DeRosa.
Both squads advanced to the Southern Sectionals, which is being held this weekend in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A third Gwinnett junior team came in third place in the USTA tournament.
The 12-and-under Lilburn City Park team consisted of: Olivia Allen, Chris Columbo, Evangeline Crist, Jonathan Duffie, Isaac Goodspeed, Andrew Hill, Daniela Joel, Allison Miller, Carter Nilson, Jonathan North, Amryn Soldier, Parker Story and Erin Taylor. The team is coached by Regina Taylor.
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