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Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks GU 17 Elite girls team ready to defend national championship

Jim Madrid of Advance Sports Technology with the DMCV Sharks GU 17 Elite team (back row): Mari Briggs, Huli De Armas, Shelby Lee, Samantha Staab, Hannah Keogh, Gianna Montini, Kirsten McBeain, Angel Meriweather, Dominique DeCoy, Rachel Carroll, Riley Dixon, Coach Felicia Kappes.  Front row: Lili Andino, Melissa Lowder, Natalie Saddic, Jennifer Ballez, Crystal Cordova, Hailey Harbison, Jordan Sanders, Sydney Wootten, Brooklyn Gonzalez. Photo by Karen Billing

The 2013 US Youth Soccer National Champion Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks GU 17 Elite girls team has been playing together for five years — traveling all over the country and world from Hawaii to Sweden. In July, the close-knit, “fiercely competitive” team will defend its championship in the national tournament in Germantown, Maryland.

The tournament will cap an accomplished five years together and serve as a farewell to six departing seniors: Angel Meriweather, Dominique DeCoy, Rachel Carroll, Jennifer Ballez, Mari Briggs and Hailey Harbison.

Del Mar youth wins Pitch, Hit & Run competition

Matty Allen won the Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition.

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run is an exciting skills event for boys and girls where participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.

Del Mar Nationals win Little League Championship

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The Del Mar Nationals completed a great season as regular season champions and post-season champions of the Del Mar National Little League. The team started the season with eight straight wins, and seven of the team’s players connected for home runs during the season. The Nationals went undefeated through the League playoffs before playing the Del Mar American champion Angels in the Del Mar Cup, where the Angels came out on top. Congrats to all of the boys on a great season!

Surf Girls Academy champs in Pegasus Cup

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The Surf Girls Academy U12, coached by Steveo Leacock, were recent champions in the Pegasus Cup. The girls outscored their opposition 11 to 1 over the weekend. Pictured, top row: Ally G., Melanie G., Mia K., Kate O., Ari M., Casey W., Alyssa B., Angelica C., Coach Steveo. Front row: Anya R., Kelly L., Sam Q., Zaylin T., Hannah S., Angelina P., Dorian S. Not pictured: Mia G., Sophie P. and Olivia J.

Attack Muchnick BU15 wins Kickin’ it Challenge

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The BU15 Attack team, managed by Coach Marc Muchnick, managed to go unbeaten on their way to winning the Championship at the recent Kickin it Challenge in Escondido. The Kickin’ it Challenge was established to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. This is the Muchnick BU15 Attack team’s second year participating and second year in the finals. This was also the final prep tournament before the team heads to the Keele Cup Tournament outside of Manchester, England, where teams from 25 countries will compete at Keele University.
Pictured from left to right: (Front) Conner Hunt, Sean Bridges, Michael McGowan, Matthew Rosenfield, Eli Colin, Josh Molyneux, Connor Wood, Blake Muchnick; (Back) Coach Marc Muchnick, Uli Ramirez, Joe Woo, Zach Evans, Ethan Tao, Tyler Weinrich, Justin Diehl, Paul Bartlett.

Three North Shore softball teams qualify for state championship

12U Girls: Front row (L-R):   Lauren Z., Kristen B., Alex W., Sophia K., Nikki K., Madi W.  Back row:  Ava F., Chloe B., Valeria C., Hanna S., Ruby W., Jordan R., Leah T.

North Shore Softball All-Star teams achieved unprecedented success this past weekend at the ASA District Tournament. Players in three separate age categories finished among the top teams in the North San Diego County District, each earning a spot at the State Tournament in Lancaster on July 4-6.

This is the first time in the league’s 26-year history that all of North Shore’s All-Star teams have qualified for States in the same year.

Surf Academy GU10 takes Pegasus

Surf Academy (Madrigal) GU10 placed first in their flight at the June 21-22 Pegasus Cup.  The team, under the direction of Coach Danny Madrigal, won each of their pool play games, advancing to the final match, where they emerged as champions with a 6-1 victory. Pictured (L-R): Coach Danny Madrigal, Grace Feron, Anna Nichols, Katie Toomey, Jordyn Mariam, Kyah Otholt, Claire Curran, Isabella Bombelli, Marissa Gaut, Kailyn Pitt, Brooke Stadtherr, Juliana Caldarelli. Not pictured: Revere Schmidt.

Surf Academy (Madrigal) GU10 placed first in their flight at the June 21-22 Pegasus Cup. The team, under the direction of Coach Danny Madrigal, won each of their pool play games, advancing to the final match, where they emerged as champions with a 6-1 victory. Pictured (L-R): Coach Danny Madrigal, Grace Feron, Anna Nichols, Katie Toomey, Jordyn Mariam, Kyah Otholt, Claire Curran, Isabella Bombelli, Marissa Gaut, Kailyn Pitt, Brooke Stadtherr, Juliana Caldarelli. Not pictured: Revere Schmidt.

Sand Diego Rowing Club women take home bronze

Rowing Club members (L-R): Mariko Kelly, Sarah Hoskin, Coach Benton Sparks, Jillian Renly and Marissa Gibson.

Varsity women with the San Diego Rowing Club have brought home a bronze medal from the U.S. Rowing’s Youth National Championships in Sacramento. The event was held over three days earlier in June at Lake Natoma where top high-school-age rowers from across the nation raced on a 2,000-meter (1.25 mile) course to cap off the 2013-2014 season.

The club’s time of 7:26.852 made them the country’s third-fastest Women’s Youth boat in the “4x” (4 rowers, 8 oars) division. Junior rowers Marissa Gibson, Jillian Renly, Sarah Hoskin and Mariko Kelly earned their medals after competing against 19 teams in multiple heats. The club’s junior women advanced to U.S. Nationals after racing to a gold medal in the same event at the Southwest Junior District Championships in May, beating a field of 30 women’s teams in multiple heats.

Solana Beach swim coach wins marathon Manhattan swim

Grace Van der Byl, a renowned open-water swimmer who coaches at the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs, won the 31st annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim recently.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Coach Grace Van der Byl, of the Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team, won the 31st annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim recently.

Van der Byl, 35, completed the 28.5-mile counterclockwise course in 7 hours, 14 minutes 3 seconds. The first male finisher was Samir Barei, in 7:17:59.

“Gracie is such an amazing individual,” said Joe Benjamin, Pardee Aquatics Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “Her mental toughness, work ethic and willingness to prepare for such extreme endeavors is truly amazing and such an inspiration to all of our young swimmers and masters swimmers alike.”

Carmel Valley runner ‘flips hourglass’ to create stellar career

When Tal Braude first surfaced at Torrey Pines as a freshman, it was assumed he’d be following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, both excellent soccer players for whom competing in track was a secondary activity.

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