Photo by Christine Troyke
The 97 Georgia Ice fast pitch softball team, which practices out of Buford City Park and features players from six different Gwinnett high schools, finished second out of 41 teams at the USSSA 14U/A World Series.
The tournament featured teams from 12 states and Puerto Rico and was held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
The Ice went 10-3 over the course of the week, losing in the championship game to the Oklahoma Twisters 4-1. They outscored their opponents 59-37.
Team members are Emily Crocker, Tyra Holliday, Tahra Johnson, Kayla Louie, Rebecca Meade, Abbey Mitchell, Gabby Puckett, Avery Reppel, Sabrina Sieber, Courtney Space, Macy Stovall, and Noah Sudderth, who was named the offensive MVP of the tournament.
Duluth top Georgia team at tourney
The Duluth 16U-A girls fast pitch team reached the ASA National Championship in Chattanooga. The team is base out of the Duluth Youth Baseball and Softball Association and play out of Shorty Howell Park and Bunten Road Park.
The Wildcats won the first four games, defeating the Washington AbsoluteBlast, California American Pastime, Illinois Midland Magic and Tennessee Mustangs. They lost to the Texas Blaze and Tennessee Cyclones on Friday and finished tied for 33rd, which was the highest finish by a Georgia team at the tournament.
Team members are assistant coach Luis Falcon, bench coach Wes Garland, bench coach David Kellet, Amberly Hays, bench coach Joe Cox, head coach Mario Perrucci, Taylor Campbell, Courtney Czentnar, Meghan Kellet, Kala Brown, Kyra Odum, Jeanie Perrucci, Shelby Heirs, Toni Perrucci, Mason Garland, Lauren Pettit, Reina Sycamore, Chelsea Murphy and Amanda Falcon.
GFC places third in national tournament
The GFC Black U11 boys 3v3 placed third at the Soccer National Tournament on July 29-31 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando. GFC Black is part of the Georgia Futbol Club at Bethesda Park and has only been competing in the 3v3 format for two months.
Team members are Teddy Bockhop, Alessandro Castro, Anthony Diaz, Angel Guevara, Ben McKettrick, and Michael Neacsu. The team is coached by Marius Neacsu, Daniel Guevara and Mark McKettrick.
Creekside ranked nationally
Creekside Indoor Soccer Center in Loganville is ranked in the 10 in the nation for their age group in 3v3 soccer. On Sunday, July 31, The team won the Southeast regional championship in Rock Hill, S.C. on July 31 and will go to the World Championships at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando in January
The team is coached by Tim Cochran and team members are Cody Wortman, Ben Anderson, Logan Porter, Danny Kierath and Noah Elam.
Team Crease qualifies for national championship
Buford-based Team Crease, an elite high school travel lacrosse team, qualified for the Dick's Sporting Goods National Championship. The tournament will be held in Tampa, Fla., over New Year's weekend.
Team Crease qualified by winning the Georgia Shootout tournament in Gainesville. North Gwinnett's Ronnie Adams scored 12 goals, including the game winner in the championship game against Cannon Royal from Cherokee County.
Local team wins state title
A group of local tennis players won the U10 division of the Georgia State Tennis State Championships, which featured 13 teams. Teammates Roberto Martinez, Isabella Peluzzo, Ariella Stepleman, Maria Moffa, Carson Dickson, Connor Murphy, Brett Friedman and Jilliane Jackson took ohm the win in the Under 10 division. The group also won the Atlanta division in March.
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