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ON THE COVER Kortnie Maxoutopoulis by Butch Noble.

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Getting into the game - just not every game


s I begin this column I feel it important to point out the office building SportStars calls home has fallen under construction. Massively-loud, pounding, overwhelmingly-bothersome, wall-shaking construction. But we’re powering through. Athletes are asked to make big plays during adversity all the time. We should only try to follow suit. On the bright side, the bobbleheads in my office have never looked so spruce and lively. As we were planning this issue, we knew that one of our primary focuses would be on girls golf. I liked this idea for two reasons: The first is that girls golf rarely gets any attention this early into the Fall season, and the second is that I was pretty sure I could find a way to play golf while working. In my previous job, a colleague of mine and I had the occasional opportunity to place ourselves on the field with the athletes. Most of the time it was completely in jest, and solely purposed for the amusement of all who watched. What we found, though, was that the kids loved it. We were down on their level, and we were clearly demonstrating our respect for their talents and what they can do as athletes. And most of the time, it was fun. It was in that spirit — and the fact that I do enjoy golfing, and moreover, golfing and not paying for it — that I called Antioch girls golf coach John Luis and asked him if his top golfer, Kelsey Cast, would be willing to play against me for nine holes while I interviewed her. She graciously accepted, was a very kind host, and the tales of our match can be found on Page 16. The match with Kelsey played out just as I had hoped. She showed superior golfing ability and at no point did I contract an injury. Its success made me think that there might be future opportunities for SportStars to join the athletes at play. But before anybody gets any ideas, I draw the line at the following sports and/or scenarios.

Cross-country Dear runners, you are insane. Insanely dedicated, that is. I’m not sure what could be gained by my running the course with any of you. Even if you wanted to be gracious and keep my pace, I’m not sure I would have the breath at the end of the course to actually interview you. I have a feeling that in the grand scheme of things, the distance runners feel pretty 6


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unappreciated as athletes. They shouldn’t. There’s a reason that cross-country is one of the state championship events held by the California Interscholastic Federation. Because anybody who puts in that amount of individual effort should have a chance at winning a state medal. Perhaps if a runner agreed for me to ride alongside them on a bike, or in a golf cart. Perhaps then we could work something out.

Sharing a football field with Dylan Wynn I’ve known the now Oregon Statebound defensive end of De La Salle for three years now. He’s a good kid, and has always been willing to answer my questions and accommodate my needs as a reporter. But I’ve always had the luxury of talking to him outside the lines. Dylan is a relentless beast once the pads are on and he breaks the huddle. It’s part of what makes him so dominant. Because I value all four of my limbs, I have no intention of sharing any on-field activity with Dylan. I’m sure he understands.

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Wrestling This goes back to valuing my limbs. And the fact that I’d prefer my joints stayed pain-free. Seriously, though. The wrestling unit of my high school P.E. class was all the wrestling I feel I needed. The training that wrestlers like De La Salle’s Luke Sheridan, College Park’s Ory Elor or Libery’s Jesse Baldazzo go through — or any wrestler for that matter — is beyond impressive. I’m not sure what any of us would gain by letting these guys turn me into a pretzel. One thing I could try and do with a wrestler, though, is cut weight. Although, I have a feeling that probably wouldn’t be too pretty, either.

Diving I will leave the aerial acrobatics to the likes of De La Salle’s Kristian Ipsen and Granada’s Melissa Parker. I will stick to the standard backyard diving board. I prefer my belly-flops to be of the Jelly Belly™ variety. That’s the list as it stands now. All other scenarios could be fair game, though I reserve the right to alter the list at any time. Thanks again to Kelsey for making the first experience a good one.

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There’s nothing like winning a race by a few feet. Or even a nose. It certainly makes for a dramatic finish. It can’t get any better. Well, Carrie Verdon begs to differ. Sparing the dramatics and a heart-pounding finish, she crossed the finish line first at the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Sept. 11 with a time of 12:07.09 — nine seconds ahead of teammate Grace Orders, who came in second. Verdon leads Campolindo on a mission to capture the NCS Division III girls cross country title. Perhaps it won’t come down to an arm’s length finish against two-time defending champion Maria Carrillo-Santa Rosa. SportStars: Your team finished runner-up to Maria Carrillo-Santa Rosa the last two years. What’s it going to take to finally claim that elusive title? Carrie Verdon: A lot of work. My teammates and I are really excited. We’re putting in more time and high mileage this season. SportStars: Cross country may not be as popular as other sports but what do you think makes it better? CV: The rewards make it the best. If you put in the work, you reap the rewards. I also like the atmosphere; it’s always a fun environment. SportStars: How do you train for cross country? CV: In summer, we start with low miles then progress to higher mileage. The tricks for being really fit are staying really healthy and not getting injured. CARRIE’S QUICK HITS Best place to go for a run: Bayview in the Oakland Hills Favorite website: Facebook Favorite chick flick: (500) Days of Summer — Erik Stordahl

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Kimiko Kearney Playing in the No. 1 slot for the Northgate girls tennis team, the junior didn’t lose a game in either of Northgate’s league matches on Sept. 14 and 16. She leads a team that has yet to drop a set in league.

Mike railton The Alhambra senior posted a sixth-place finish in a time of 10:44 in the varsity boys-small school race at the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Sept. 11. His efforts helped the Bulldogs take third place.

Mike behr The Wolverines’ senior QB scored 14 points inside the final five minutes to help lead the Deer Valley football team to a 30-29 comeback win over Washington-Fremont on Sept. 10. Behr scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards, and also had a 2-point conversion run. September 23, 2010



As the magazine gains popularity, the number of emails and posts to our Facebook page is starting to increase. So here’s what you’re saying, and what we think about it. Join the conversation whenever you feel like it by emailing us at, or posting to our Facebook page. ■ (In reference to Chace Bryson’s First Pitch “Friday Night Fever: Five FB Fields that feel like home,” Issue 6, Aug. 26) “I am a big high school football fan, too. I was a substitute teacher in Danville for six years, and in Concord before that. I love going to the Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley High games, also Concord HS. I went to the first Concord (night game) a few years ago — even bought the commemorative t-shirt!” — E-mail, Aug. 31. SPORTSTARS: We’re gearing up for our own trip to Concord. We’re eyeing that Oct. 1 game when red-hot Heritage comes to town. Between the vaunted Heritage run game led by Tyler McDonald, and Concord’s relentless air attack manned by QB Ricky Lloyd, we think it just might be one of those games in which the winner ends up being whoever has the ball last.

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■ “While Antioch High School hasn’t been in the limelight for girls volleyball, you may want to give a look at them this year. With several returning seniors ... and a junior (middle hitter) with a bright future, we expect to see great things from the girls volleyball team this year. So don’t say that someone didn’t give you the heads up.” — E-mail, Sept. 13. SPORTSTARS: That’s some good ol’ fashioned Panther Pride, right there. We’ll definitely keep our eye on the Antioch girls volleyball team. Meanwhile, one Panther athlete who already has our attention is girls golfer, Kelsey Cast, (above) who graciously put up with our editor over nine holes. Check it out on page 16.

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SHE SAID WHAT?!? Reasons we often look to avoid playing practice rounds when covering girls golf 1. 18 holes is hard work. It’s just so much easier to ride around in a cart eating a hot dog and slurping a soda. 2. Those girls chip better than us. 3. They putt straighter than us. 4. They drive farther than us. 5. Seriously. Have you ever been consistently out-driven by 50 yards by someone with braces and pink club covers? It’s demoralizing.

“He was really welcoming and answered all of my questions sincerely. ... I feel I developed a pretty good relationship with him. But I never got over (being star-struck) the entire round.” Foothill golfer Kortnie Maxoutopoulis on playing in the same foursome as actor and director Clint Eastwood during The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on the weekend of Sept. 3-5.


When it lost to De La Salle 40-14

on Sept. 17, the St. Mary’s-Stockton

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in 1991. With the win, De La Salle improved its NorCal record to 199-0-2 since that loss to the Pirates.

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Going mental: Welcome to the world of sports psychology


“You get more confidence when you’re was sitting at a laptop, plugged into a excited, and less confidence when you’re device that measured the sensors on nervous or anxious. But physiologically, my fingertips. the same things are happening in the I felt like Ben Stiller, sitting across from body,” she said. “Everyone struggles with Robert DeNiro in the lie-detecting scene that first five minutes and the last five, from “Meet the Parents.” too. You need to take advantage; that’s 10 But this wasn’t to find out if I belonged minutes every contest you can be thriving in the circle of trust. It was biofeedback, while others are struggling. to measure my thoughts, emotions and “Stress is manageable,” she continued. whether I was ready to get into the game “There are management techniques, and and make a positive impact. breathing exercises.” “Breath in,” said Erika Carlson, the How athletes employ those techniques sports psychologist. “One, two, three. gave many TV viewers their first glimpse Breath out. One, two, three.” of sports psychology. I followed her instructions and read Whether it was Kevin Costner saying the jagged lines on the screen. If I had “Clear the mechanism” in “For Love of the to guess, I’d say I was about a 7.3 on the Game,” or the sudden head-jerk of former Stressed-Out Wally (SOW) scale. MLB pitcher Mike Fetters, the “clear” There were green, red and blue lights. mechanism can be quite attention-getting. Green meant “high coherence,” blue was But, a majority of the time, it is not. medium and red was low. “What they actually do is not that “Coherence refers to your thoughts important, ” Carlson said. “It could be just and emotions. They are calm, yet focused, touching the brim of their cap. The idea is helping your heart beat smooth and to find a habit they already have and add regular,” she explained. “Research shows purpose to it.” us this is a state that allows for excellent The “purpose” is simple: Focus on the performance.” task at hand, and don’t dwell on whatever Where was this woman before I began just happened. walking 10 people a night in slow-pitch Carlson picks up on these signs all the softball? time while watching sports on TV. Think Finally, the lines settled into a clear, you notice subtle things in a game? Try consistent, pattern. watching with a sports psychologist. “It’s working,” she said. “Look at how While viewing a Little League World the levels are so much more defined after Series game between Japan and Hawaii, you started the breathing exercise.” Carlson was struck by the action of the It was my introduction to sports psyJapanese pitcher after a wild pitch. chology, and Carlson was my instructor. “He stopped and looked up — is that a MikeW@ When I was the same age as athletes we reset mechanism?” she wondered. feature in this magazine, “sports psychol(925) 566-8500 Could have been — the next pitch was ogy” meant Yogi Berra saying “90 percent Ext. 109 right over the plate. of this game is half mental.” Today, it’s a “Japanese Little League baseball redifferent ballgame. ally embraces sports psychology,” she Athletes, often beaten by their own explained. “They will do anything and mental demons as much as the opponent, everything to get a competitive advanare looking for every advantage they tage. They are so focused, they’re almost can get. This is especially true of young robotic. ” athletes, many of whom are feeling more But, by and large, kids are not robots. pressure to perform than ever before. And that’s a lesson Carlson wants parents That’s where Carlson, who has been in the to remember. field for about 12 years, can help. “When I have sessions with parents, I “We learn what we repeat,” said CarlCarlson tell them to set realistic expectations and son, who operates Excellence in Sport have patience. Kids are kids.” Performance in Pleasanton and Walnut Creek. “A lot of Carlson has a variety of programs, including an option athletes don’t have the knowledge to not repeat mistakes.” in which she will attend events and observe the athlete. With Carlson, it all starts in the beginning — as in, the The former nationally-ranked BMX rider (number four in beginning of the game. the nation) and equestrian horse jumper can neatly sum “One of the biggest mental challenges for any athlete up her best advice in just three words: is the first five minutes. When that whistle blows, there is “Think. Feel. Play.” a big spike in nervousness, anxiety and excitement,” she Yogi Berra couldn’t have said it any better. said. “A lot of what determines their success is how they You can reach Erika Carlson at Excellence in Sport were able to interpret that.” Performance, 510-331-0327, or on the web at www. In other words, the same hormonal surge that makes athletes nervous can actually be used to help them.


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After missing the state tournament cut by three strokes, the Falcons will rely on talent and depth in 2010


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hen Katie Sborov was in fifth grade at Walnut Grove Elementary in Pleasanton, she took up a point of contention with her physical education

teacher. For most kids, the beef with the P.E. teacher is about having to run so much. Not Katie. “We would do the running thing before each class,” Sborov recalled. “But as I was running I’d ask him, ‘Why don’t we play golf in P.E.? It’s a sport, right?’ ” The P.E. teacher may not have changed any of his lesson plans, but he gladly chatted with Katie and her twin sister Alex about the game of golf. Five years later, golfing for Foothill High, Katie would sink a 15-foot putt on the ninth green of the Hill Course at Castlewood Country Club to finish with a 4-under-par, nine-hole round of 33. The performance set a school record.

Among the first to congratulate her? Foothill coach John Taylor — the same John Taylor who teaches fifth grade P.E. for Walnut Grove Elementary. As far as Taylor is concerned, Katie, her sister Alex, and the rest of the Falcons can play as much golf as they want these days. Which is most often bad news for any other team that ends up walking the course with them. “The running joke (among most high school golf coaches) is you only need to get your players there, and get them there on time,” Taylor said. “My coaching philosophy is to pretty much stay out of their way.” It would be hard not take such a philosophy after seeing Foothill’s entire starting lineup return this year after it went undefeated in East Bay Athletic League play a season ago. Not only that, but the Falcons finished second at the North Coast Section Tournament in 2009 and missed the cut to make the California Interscholastic Federation state championship tournament by a mere three strokes. Butch Noble

Senior co-captain, Lauren Woolley eyes a putt during one of the team’s practice rounds at Callippe Preserve Golf Club in Pleasanton.Teammate Kortnie Maxoutopoulis praised Woolley has being one of the team’s hardest workers over the summer.

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Junior Anja Kong chips during a practice round. Coach John Taylor listed Kong as one of the most improved players from a year ago.“She is on the verge of really low scores,” he said. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Foothill has come back in 2010 more motivated than ever. “It’s a huge advantage to have all our players back together,” senior co-captain Kortnie Maxoutopoulis said. “We know our weaknesses and strengths. We set goals together at the beginning of this year, and absolutely one of them is to go to state.” The talent is most certainly there. Maxoutopoulis and the Sborov sisters — both sophomores — lead the way, but the Falcons’ true strength lies in their depth. The lineup also boasts a vastly improved Lauren Woolley — the team’s other senior captain — as well as junior Anja Kong and sophomore Winky Wong. “I think that since we came so close



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last year, a couple strokes (from state), it’s helped us realize how much each stroke counts this year,” Alex Sborov said “It’s motived us into knowing that we can really do this. Last year we weren’t sure and we were just going to go out and play our best. This year we have more confidence.” If anybody was meant to play golf for Foothill, it has to be the Sborov sisters. The two girls grew up just steps from the Falcons’ home course at Castlewood. “We walk out to our backyard and it’s Hole No. 4,” Katie Sborov said. “We were on a golf course as soon as we could walk, basically.” Naturally, it didn’t take long for the sisters to learn about the Foothill golf team. “Our work area at home where we do our

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homework faces windows with views of the third tee,” Alex Sborov said. “I remember being 8-years old and seeing the Foothill girls march out onto the tee. ... The day I got my (Foothill) golf bag. I rushed home. Put the clubs in the bag, and got so excited.” The sisters are twins, but they aren’t identical. Their golf games differ as well. “Alex, she concentrates and gets focused in a different way than Katie,” Taylor said. “She’s very calculated and will measure out every shot. Her strength is her short game. “Katie, she’s still serious about it, but she carries a different demeanor about how she goes about her game. Katie plays by feel, and her biggest strength is that she can hit it a country mile.” Like Taylor, Maxoutopoulis knew the Sborov sisters before they arrived as freshmen a year ago. And she knew they would make an immediate impact. “I had known them both for awhile,” the senior said. “I had competed against Alex in junior tournaments, and both girls were members at Castlewood just like I was. I knew they’d be great for us.” But Maxoutopoulis is no slouch herself. In fact, she’s in the No. 1 slot for the Falcons most of the time Taylor pens the lineup. She’s competed in junior golf amateur events since she was 12, and recently just played in The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach — a pro-am event for the PGA Champions Tour where she got paired with golf legend Tom Kite and screen legend Clint Eastwood. Her game is built around consistency, and that consistency has yielded some very strong scores and very steady leadership. “She hits the ball straight, and she hits it straight often,” Taylor said when evaluating Maxoutopoulis. “She has a very, very solid short game and she’s gained distance as she’s gotten older and stronger. But it’s that consistency that gives her more opportunities to shoot low scores.” But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the Falcons’ steely leader had to take a step back in order to make her leap forward. “It got to a point where I was putting too

Sborov said. Her round included an eagle on the par5 second hole, birdies on hole Nos. 5, 6 and 7, and a single bogey on No. 3. “I got a little too excited after my eagle,” she said with a laugh. Foothill won three of its first four EBAL matches by an average of 64 strokes and appears as though it will be in a seasonlong race with Amador Valley for the league crown. Both teams were undefeated in head-to-head play after the first three weeks of the season. As for tournament play, which is what they will need to be sharpest at if they hope to reach state, the Falcons have taken a sec-

ond-place finish to Mission San Jose in the San Leandro Fall Golf Classic at Monarch Bay Golf Club on Sept. 13. They followed that up by winning the Deer Valley Invitational at Lone Tree Golf Course on Sept. 20, edging Amador Valley by a stroke . The Falcons aren’t going to get caught up on daily mid-season performances, though. They know what needs to happen when the postseason tournaments arrive. They’ve been there. All of them. “We can all draw on that experience,” Katie Sborov said. “We know what to expect, and we know what it takes.” And so Taylor will focus on getting them there. On time. ✪

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Kortnie Maxoutopoulis leads the team by example from the No. 1 slot. much pressure on myself to do really well,” Maxoutopoulis said. “All the pressure was kind of piling up and it ended up hurting my game. I had to re-evaluate everything that I was doing, and in the end decided that I just needed to go out and have fun.” Having fun is a lot easier when the team is posting scores as low as the Falcons. Still, the Falcons have evolved into a fairly cohesive team in their second full year together. Striking a balance between playing for one’s team and playing for yourself can be difficult in such an individual sport like golf. But the Foothill golfers seem to have it figured out. “You can look at it two ways,” Alex Sborov said. “You can have a big putt and feel added pressure because you want to make it for your team. But at the same time, if you are part of a team, then you often have the encouragement of a teammate that helps make the putt a little easier.” It was that kind of encouragement that helped Katie Sborov make her 15-foot putt to close out her record-round of 33 on Sept. 15 against Carondelet. “Lauren (Woolley) just told me to get it to the hole and don’t leave it short,” Katie

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CB: Even with all of his recent problems? KC: (Laughing) Yeah. Why not? Maybe I could help him out a bit.

hen it comes to high school girls golf in Antioch, Deer Valley has remained the team to beat over the past several years. That may be true again this season, but Antioch High has made strides to close the gap a little. A major reason for that is Kelsey Cast. The senior played both basketball and softball for the Panthers before picking up a club for the first time two years ago. Now she’s already ascended to the No. 1 slot on the golf team. Here are a few things we chatted about when we played nine holes on the Diablo Course at Brentwood Golf Club on Sept. 17.

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Hole No. 1 Par 4, Distance 352 (Chace) / 302 (Kelsey), Chace’s score: 6, Kelsey’s score: 4 CB: What’s been the hardest part of learning the game over the past two years? KC: Probably keeping my concentration throughout the whole match. You have to focus on every single shot, and you have to think about so many different things, it’s kind of hard to stay focused. CB: And actual on-course technique? KC: Short game. Definitely short game.

Hole No. 2 Par 4, Distance 275 / 256, Chace: 7 (water hazard!), Kelsey: 4 CB: What’s the best round you’ve had? KC: Best round? I can’t remember who it was against, but I got a 40. I just remember every shot was where I wanted it to go. Every putt just seemed to fall in the hole. It was like all my hard work was paying off. CB: Was there a point where it crossed your mind that I might be pretty good at this? KC: Yeah, but at first I didn’t want to think that because I’m not the type of person that goes around thinking I’m real good at stuff. People started telling me I was getting better, and as my scores got lower I started to believe it.

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Hole No. 4

Hole No. 5 Par 3, Distance 149 / 121, Chace: 4, Kelsey: 3 CB: What it was like for you to adjust a very individual game after being a part of basketball and softball teams in the past? KC: It was hard at first not having anyone to rely but yourself. You do get used to it as you start practicing and playing. You have a team, but it’s based on how you play. You can’t rely on them to make a good shot for you. You have to do it yourself. It was hard at first, but you get used to it.

Hole No. 8 Par 5, Distance 495 / 454, Chace: 6, Kelsey: 7 CB: What’s an interesting fact about you that people probably wouldn’t know until reading about our round in the magazine? KC: I could probably memorize any song after hearing it just twice. I can’t remember anything from pre-calculus or anything. But if I hear a song twice, I can basically memorize the whole thing. CB: Do you play music yourself? KC: (Laughing) No. I can’t hold a tune, either. But I try.

KC: I think I tend to think that after every bad shot...It probably really came in a tournament when I seemed to go into the sand on every hole, sometimes it was twice a hole. I guess I just wanted to spend my day at the beach that day because that’s where I was all day long, on the sand. I try not to let those rounds get to me, but it’s hard when you have bad shot after bad shot.

Par 4, Distance 335 / 305, Chace: 5, Kelsey: 4 CB: What are your thoughts on this year’s Antioch team? KC: I like this team a lot. I think we’re going to do better than our previous years because we have a lot returners and everyone is really comfortable with each other. We help each other out at practices and give each other tips. I think it could be a good year for us.

Par 3, Distance 156 / 136, Chace: 5, Kelsey: 4 CB: Was it hard for you adjust from a softball swing to a golf swing? KC: A lot of people think it would be a hard thing, but I didn’t really find it too difficult. Sometimes after softball, I’d come out to the golf course and practice. And sometimes after golf I would go home and hit softballs into a net. I’d just keep the two things separate.

Hole No. 9

CB: What do you prefer? Being in a team-oriented sport, but be out in an individual setting? KC: I like both of them just because of the social part of the team. I’m usually good friends with my teammates. But it‘s also good to come out by myself and give me time to think and try my best and push myself.

Hole No. 6 Par 5, Distance 507 / 451, Chace: 6, Kelsey: 5 CB: What would be your dream golfing foursome? KC: I’d probably say Coach (John) Luis in there just to be comfortable, because he always gives me positive enforcement. Then, I’d go with Paula Creamer because I like her style. And then, let’s throw a guy in there. How about Tiger Woods?

Par 4, Distance 327 / 287, Chace: 5, Kelsey: 4 CB: What are you plans for college? Do you want to try to golf at the next level? KC: I have a few colleges in mind that I’d like to go to, but I haven’t really settled on it. I would like to try (and golf). If I had the opportunity to, I would. So far, I really like UC Santa Cruz. And I’ve got a call from CSU San Marcos in Southern California and I really like Sonoma State, too. CB: Do you know what you want to study? KC: Journalism. I just really like writing. I took an Intro to Journalism class last year, and I also did our school yearbook. I’m not sure exactly what type of journalism yet, but that’s what I’d like to do. Final score: Kelsey 40 (tying her career-best score over nine holes), Chace 49. ­— Chace Bryson, photo by Butch Noble

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One evaluation Kelsey’s take on Chace’s golf game? If you live near the course, duck

My nine holes with Chace Byrson were entertaining to say the least. What I enjoyed most was his complaining of the sand and water hazards on every hole they appeared. Yes, maybe he could have dodged a few sand shots and drop areas by just ignoring them, but I have the idea he only tried to challenge himself by hitting the golf ball in difficult spots! Excited to start the round I pull out my driver to take a few warm up swings when I look over to see that Chace had pulled out his good old 5-iron to start off. I was a bit confused at first, but it worked out well for him. A few holes into the round he finally had the courage to let the driver see the course. It was a great ball — for the residents living on the right side of the hole. His ball flew right into their backyard. As we made our way around the course, Chace improved. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t bad to begin with, but you could tell he was a bit rusty at the start. Overall, he played his hardest and shouldn’t complain because he kept up with me and I play and practice every day. The only words of wisdom I have for him is, keep your mind off of the bad shots and focus on making a good one. ­— Kelsey Cast

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Chace Bryson stares down yet another sand trap, much to Kelsey Cast’s amusement

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Golf and Travel shows join forces in Pleasanton It’s back. And it’s bigger than ever before. On Oct. 15-17, the Bay Area Golf Show will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for its sixth year. The event will feature an exhibition hall lined wall-to-wall with leading golf club manufacturers, retailers and industry representatives. Bay Area residents will get the opportunity to take advantage of blowout, end-of-season prices on clubs, equipment and apparel from some of the biggest names in the game. The Golf Mart will return as a presenting sponsor and will build its own “superstore” featuring the hottest drivers, irons and more from companies like Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Nike and TaylorMade among others. For those consumers who can’t decide between their options, there will be ample opportunities to sample the products thanks to an indoor driving range. Once shoppers finally decided on the items they like, several of the area’s leading pros and golf experts will be on hand all weekend to help the golfer maximize the potential of his or her new club in a free lesson area on the main stage.



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Patrons shop around at the Bay Area Golf Show “Beginners and pros alike will be able to stop by for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive a personal lesson from one of the area’s top golf instructors,” said one press release for the show. Finally, there are the items each attendee

gets just for buying a ticket and walking through the door. Complimentary goodie bags handed out include rounds of golf, golf balls, magazines, and plenty more. Last year’s bag was valued at $70. What makes this year different than the

previous five is that golf isn’t the only show going. This year the Bay Area Golf Show has combined forces with Bay Area Travel & Leisure Show, also being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. A ticket to one gets you entrance to the other. The Travel & Leisure show will offer consumers the chance to meet with dozens of representatives from the travel and leisure industry. Furthermore, attendees to the show will have a chance to participate in games, contests and gain show-only savings on vacation packages, cruises, RVs, boats, pool installations and more. AAA of Northern California is on board as a presenting sponsor and will have a significant presence at the show. The “AAA Pavilion” will be on the show floor with various interactive displays and information. One more reason to be in attendance, Firestone Complete Auto Care — another presenting sponsor — will be giving away a trip to Hawaii courtesy of Westin Maui. Bottom line: Two shows at one location and one low price for both. Get the latest information on both at BayAreaGolfShow. com or —­ SportStars

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PARK On Sept. 11, Hidden Valley Park in Martinez played host to the first big cross-country meet of the season — the Ed Sias Invitational. It was the 26th running of the ESI, and it featured some of the top running programs throughout the North Coast Section. Among the race winners were: Monte Vista’s Matthew Yap (JV boys), Campolindo’s Dylan Laucher (Varsity boys-small school), Castro Valley’s Benjamin Eversole (Varsity boys-large school), St. Mary’s Spencer Moore (JV girls), Campolindo’s Carrie Verdon (Varsity girls-small school), and Granada’s Sophie Hartley (Varsity girls-large school). SportStars’ cameraman Bob Larson was on the scene to document it all.

TOP LEFT: College Park’s Caitlin Schillngs (#648), and Monte Vista’s Mikaela Hammitt (1438) and Amy Ingram (1444) lead the pack at the start of the varsity girls-large school race . BOTTOM LEFT: In the varsity girls-small school race, Dougherty Valley’s Maria Fate (936) fights through the pain as she makes her final push and Campolindo’s Grace Orders (455) powers her way downhill en route to a second-place finish in the varsity girls-small school race. Meanwhile, fans lined along the side of the course shout encouragement. RIGHT: Alhambra junior Evan Quigley descends a hill as he pushes toward a second-place finish in the varsity boys-small school race.

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Seven tests young athletes should try to ace


articipation in sports requires a combination of strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination amongst other attributes. Young athletes that have a strong balance of these characteristics are less likely to become injured. There are a few quick and easy tests that can help determine whether your athlete or child is ready for competition. ■ Squat — Standing with feet hip-width apart, have the athlete squat until the thighs are parallel to the floor. A normal squat includes keeping your heels on the floor, bottom back, and knees in line with your second toe. A

poor squat may be due to decreased flexibility or strength. ■ Single-leg squat — Have the athlete stand on one leg and perform a squat. Note any losses of balance or uncontrolled movements in the trunk. Compare side to side for any obvious differences. A faulty single leg squat may be due to poor neuromuscular control. ■ Single leg balance — Have the athlete stand on one leg for up to one minute. Watch for increased movement in the ankle, hip, or trunk. ■ Hamstring flexibility — Position the athlete on his or her back. Have the athlete keep both knees as straight

as possible, then lift one leg up as high as possible. Estimate the amount of motion that occurs. At least 75 degrees is preferred. ■ Broad jump — Have the child jump as far as possible and stick the landing. The distance of the jump should be greater than the height of the athlete. ■ Single leg hop for distance — Have the athlete stand on one leg and hop as far as possible. Count the landing if the participant can stick the landing for approximately two seconds. Measure the distance and compare one side to the other. ■ Plank — The athlete lies down on his or her stomach before propping up on his or her elbows. The elbows should stay shoulder-width apart while the feet remain in a narrow base without touching. Then, elevate the trunk so that only the forearms and toes are on the ground. Make sure that the shoulders, hips, and ankles are in a straight line. Record the time until the athlete is unable to maintain the straight position. These are just a few examples of functional movements and positions that are repeated throughout athletic endeavors. Although they do not take the place of a complete physical assessment, they will help identify those athletes who may be at risk of future injury. ✪

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Three elements for an effective strength program Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series about the things to look for when choosing a trainer for a young athlete. The first three parts can be viewed at



trength is the crux of all athletic success and injury prevention. Strong athletes are fast, powerful and injury resistant. But strength training can be a confusing topic for a lot of people. Debates tend to rage about what types of strength training programs are best for young athletes with respect to weight room activities. Trainers should progress your young athletes through a safe and quality-based strength training program. First of all, there really is no ‘best’ way. There are some ways that are smarter and make more sense than others, but when all the chips are counted, any type of strength training program will have a positive effect on your young athlete. What trainers have to consider for your athletes is the benefit/cost relationship of the program they are considering. Here’s a list of what quality strength training programs should include, or at least consider:

Training Time Tim Rudd

Young athletes don’t have a ton of time to be spending in the weight room. Between classes, homework, after school jobs and sports, their schedules are often really full! A good strength training program needs to have maximum impact in as little time as possible.


Some trainers are letting kids get away with murder with respect to technique, not warming up, using too much weight, and a host of other factors. Young athletes should be assessed up-front by evaluating their health history and how well they move. They must be coached intensely in their initial sessions, making sure to get things right from the start. And, if an exercise doesn’t work for them, give them an alternative.Some kids may not have sufficient ankle or hip mobility to squat deep, so they might benefit more (and stay healthier) with other squat variations while they improve their mobility. Others may possess structural issues to even squat

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safely, so trainers should give them single-leg and dead lift variations. Regardless, trainers must “coach ‘em up” well from the start. A quality strength training program isn’t just about making young athletes stronger, it’s about keeping them injury-free as well. And that leads into my final point of strength training consideration.

Technical Ability Strength training programs must be based on technique with sets, reps, volumes, intensities and loads that young athletes can safely handle. Too many young athletes, coaches and trainers get caught up in seeing how much a high school kid can lift a load — and not concerned enough about how well they are lifting it. Many coaches and trainers make the mistake of making the strength training portion of their sessions far too difficult and far too complex. A trainer can get your athlete much stronger and keep them safe, if they know how. ✪ Tim Rudd is an IYCA specialist in youth conditioning (level 3), speed and agility (level 2), and nutrition specialist (level 1). You can contact him with questions or feed- back at

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RED ZONE SportStars’ Gridiron Glance

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De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston (13) just may be the key to success for the Spartans offense over the next five weeks as teams gear up to stop breakout running back Lucas Dunne. In De La Salle’s first two games, Houston threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more.

braces for tough five-week stretch By Chace Bryson | Editor

The smile had started to crack on Michael Barton’s face before the question had even finished being asked. The question? What did the De La Salle football team talk about when it went into halftime of its Sept. 17 game against St. Mary’s-Stockton tied 14-14? “We just talked about how our season is on the line, once again,” the Spartans junior linebacker said after the game. “And if we don’t win this game, we’re not



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going to state, basically. That’s how it is every time we’re tied up (or behind).” Barton would know. He was in the locker room at halftime as a sophomore a year ago when De La Salle trailed 7-0

in its season-opener against Serra-San Mateo, and again a few weeks later when Amador Valley held a 14-3 advantage at the break. The Spartan teams of the past few years have had their share of hiccups over the season’s first month or so. But after this year’s group opened up with a 45-7 trouncing of Serra on the road, many expected this team had already begun its march back to the California Interscholastic Federation state championship bowl games. Perhaps the players were thinking that, too. “We had a bad week of practice,” junior quarterback Bart Houston said. “I think our heads got a little hot.” It was Houston — with the help of the shifty, and very speedy, running back Lucas Dunne — that helped turn the St. Mary’s game into an afterthought. Houston threw for three touchdowns (two to Dunne) and rushed for another as De La Salle outscored the Rams 26-0 in the second half and went on to a convincing 40-14 win. Dunne, who had more than 250 total yards from scrimmage in the win, performed great in the Spartans first two victories. But it was clear in the St. Mary’s victory that Houston will hold the key to De La Salle’s offensive fate in 2010. And that’s OK with him. “A lot more is on my shoulders,” said Houston, who took over as the team’s

inside look: de la salle starting quarterback in the fifth game of the 2009 campaign and helped lead De La Salle to an 11-0 finish and a CIF Open Division bowl victory. “I don’t have (graduated running backs) Terron Ward and Tyler Anderson this year. I don’t have the same line from last year. I definitely have a lot more on my shoulders, and it’s up to me to help (defensive standouts) Dylan Wynn and Blake Renaud lead the team.” And the time for hiccups are over. On Sept. 25, De La Salle will play host to defending Nevada state champion Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas — a team coached by Tony Sanchez, who came one touchdown shy of knocking off De La Salle when he was the coach at California High in 2008. The game against Bishop Gorman begins a five-week stretch of football that will test every facet of the Spartans’ game. De La Salle’s first four East Bay Athletic League opponents will be Foothill (Oct. 1), Amador Valley (Oct. 8), Monte Vista (Oct. 15) and San Ramon Valley (Oct. 22). “Every day, the coaches remind us that every game is a test, and this was just test No. 2 for us,” Barton said. “This year we started on a good stride compared to last year, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

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RED ZONE DVAL Who will stop Ricky Lloyd? Nobody had an answer in the first three games as the Concord QB tossed for 1,011 yards for 11 TDs and just one interception. ... Northgate’s 3-0 start is the school’s best in more than 15 years. In fact, the school’s last winning season (1995) began with only two wins in its first three games. Also, the Broncos haven’t beaten crosstown rival Las Lomas since 2001. The teams meet at Las Lomas on Sept. 24. KEY STAT: One week after surrendering 270 yards rushing in a 45-3 loss to California, the College Park defense rebounded by holding Las Lomas to just 94 yards on the ground — that included holding Knights star RB Marquis Waters to just 58 yards. COMING UP: College Park hosts back-to-back home games against hot teams from the BVAL, Deer Valley on Sept. 24 and Freedom on Oct. 1.


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Concord QB Ricky Lloyd is backing up his scholarship to Southern Mississippi with his passing in the first three weeks.

Logan Lisle posted six TDs over Berean Christian’s first three games as the Eagles have gone 2-1 and outscored opponents 107-48. ... Defense has been an issue in the early season for Valley Christian. The Vikings surrendered over 130 points in their first three games. They allowed just 108 over their first six games in 2009.

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around the bay area KEY STAT: Aaron Prier of Salesian carried just four times and amassed 110 yards rushing in a 44-0 defeat of John Swett on Sept. 17. That’s 27.5 yards per carry. COMING UP: Salesian hosts a pair of key nonleague matchups, beginning with rival St. Mary’s on Sept. 25 and then McClymonds on Oct. 2.

BVAL Every once in a while there’s an occasion where uncertainty leads to a good decision. That was the case on Sept. 10 at Deer Valley when the Wolverines weren’t sure if there would be an overtime period, so rather than tie the game on a PAT kick with 8.6 seconds to go, they went for two and Miles Walker ran the ball in for a 30-29 comeback win. “It was just one of those wins,” coach Rich Woods said, shaking his head after the game. ... Pittsburg started the season 0-3 for the first time since coach Victor Galli took over the program in 2002. Their losses were to teams with a combined record of 7-1. KEY STAT: The Heritage offense compiled 1028 yards in rushing alone over its first three games. COMING UP: Heritage at Concord on Oct. 1 will feature two teams which scored a combined 283 points over the first three weeks.

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RED ZONE DFAL With a 3-0 start to the season, Acalanes had its best open to a season since it started 3-0 in 2002. In fact, the two seasons are eerily similar in the way they began. The Dons opened each year with a shutout: 9-0 over Ygnacio Valley in 2010, and 21-0 over El Cerrito in 2002. The current team has allowed just six points over the subsequent two games, and the 2002 group gave up just 14 points over Anderson weeks 2 and 3. ... Five of the league’s seven teams had winning records after three weeks, and three (Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte) were undefeated. KEY STAT: Miramonte QB Ross Anderson went the first three games without throwing an interception in 37 attempts. The streak actually stretches back to last season as he was also interception-free over 32 attempts in the Matadors’ final two playoff games of 2009. COMING UP: League play opens Oct. 1 with two key matchups, Alhambra at Las Lomas and Miramonte at Acalanes.

around the bay area ACCAL Through the first three weeks of the season, the teams which finished in the top three in the league standings in 2009 all have losing records with the exception of Pinole Valley (2-0-1). Berkeley (the defending champion), El Cerrito and Alameda are a combined 2-7. ... Richmond began the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005, and Hercules opened the season 2-1 for the first time since 2004. KEY STAT: Berkeley did not have an RB with a 100yard rushing performance in any of its first three games. The number of games this happened in 2009? Once. COMING UP: Pinole Valley has a chance to grab the early upper hand in league as it opens ACCAL play by hosting Berkeley on Oct. 1

EBAL New coach Greg Haubner has made an immediate impact at Livermore in his first season — an immediate impact that has translated to immediate victories. The Cowboys opened with wins against Liberty and Irvington. “The kids are just really doing a good job buying into the message that we’re conveying,” Haubner said on Sept. 21. “That message of committing to their teammates and

coaches poll The SportStars Top 10 coaches poll is

voted on by coaches throughout the East

Bay. Coaches vote for their top 10 teams,

with 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc. Only Division I-III schools are considered.

Team (first-place votes) Record Points

1 De La Salle (9)..........................2-0............90

2 Foothill......................................3-0............72 3 San Ramon Valley....................2-0............57

4 California...................................3-0............52 5 Deer Valley...............................3-0............44

6 Heritage....................................3-0............37 7 Monte Vista...............................1-1............35 8 McClymonds.............................3-0............27 9 Concord....................................2-1............23 10 James Logan..........................2-1............10 On the bubble: Miramonte (3-0) 9 pts.,

Alhambra (2-1) 9, Amador Valley (2-1) 6.

committing to our plan. ... We may not have everything figured out yet, but we feel we’re going in the right direction.” ... After three weeks, not a single EBAL team had a losing record. The only team without a winning record was Monte Vista at 1-1. KEY STAT: California offensive coordinator Dave Kravitz is having a lot of fun using all-purpose back Kyle Alvarez. In weeks 2-3 combined, Alvarez rushed 16 times for 204 yards and two TDs and also caught five passes for 71 yards and two TDs. COMING UP: Looking for a potential shootout, the EBAL-opener between of Monte Vista at California on Oct. 1 should deliver. Support Your Local Business • Say You Found Them In SportStars™

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Lockie is aiming to fill some pretty big cleats

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inside look: Monte Vista would have the junior quarterback strutting around campus with a perma-grin. You would think that Lockie had reached the top of the mountain.

You would think. This is Monte Vista we’re talking about, however. Being anointed the Mustangs’ signal caller is an honor, to be sure, but it comes with no small amount of expectation and pressure. The quarterback lineage at Monte Vista verges on dynastic. So don’t blame Lockie if he plays it close to the vest, deflecting attention in as many directions as he has options on offense. “Coach (Craig) Bergman does a great job of preparing all of us,” Lockie said. “For me, being the backup for Brett (Nottingham) last year was really helpful. I was able to learn what I was supposed to be doing, and learn how to be a leader on the field. …The receivers (standout seniors Bryce McGovern and Dane Turner) make it a lot easier on me. I know I just have to get the ball close and they are going to make a play. And (running back Michael) Sullas takes a lot of pressure off.” Three of the past five Mustangs signal-callers have gone on to play at big-time Division I football programs. There was Kyle Wright. You remember him, of course. When he came out of coach Craig Bergman’s quarterback factory back in 2003 bound for Miami (Fla.), he was the top-rated quarterback in the country. He even graduated from Monte Vista a semester early just to get a jump on his career at The U. Then there was Drew McAllister, who was such a phenomenal athlete (there was speculation that he might have been an even better baseball player than quarterback) that USC recruited him to play free safety, a position for which he is competing for the Trojans at present. And poor Lockie has the unenviable task of taking the reigns from quite possibly the best of the bunch. All Brett Nottingham — now redshirting at Stanford — did his senior year

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Jeff Lockie was the Mustangs backup quarterback as a sophomore in 2009.

“For me, being the backup for Brett (Nottingham) last year was really helpful. I was able to learn what I was supposed to be doing, and learn how to be a leader on the field. …The receivers (standout seniors Bryce McGovern and Dane Turner) make it a lot easier on me. I know I just have to get the ball close and they are going to make a play. Jeff Lockie

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RED ZONE in 2009 was complete 260 of 369 passes (70.5 percent) for 3,962 yards and 45 touchdowns with just six interceptions for an eye-popping NCAA quarterback rating of 197.64. That made him one of the top four quarterback recruits in the country. At six feet, two inches and 175 pounds, the lithe Lockie seems to have the frame to add some muscle and

follow in the footsteps of the likes of Nottingham (6-4, 210). Lockie bested senior transfer Seamus Finnegan in a spirited competition for the coveted title of Mustangs starting quarterback, in part because of his familiarity with the system, and in part because he is something of a natural leader. “He’s a very confident kid,” Bergman said of how ably Lockie is handling the

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scrutiny that goes along with his new role. “Having him up on varsity last hear helped, because he saw how Brett handled himself and situations, and that has really helped (Lockie). Even though he didn’t see a lot of (game) time last year, he got better and better every day in practice, and he had the experience of working with the receivers. We have some good receivers with experience,

and he’s already clicking with those receivers.” Apparently. In two games at the helm, Lockie went 26-for-53 for 373 yards with five touchdowns vs. just one interception. The fleet-footed Lockie also has a rushing touchdown. “Jeff is doing a really nice job,” Bergman said. “He’s making good decisions and doing a nice job of leading us.”

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impulse Find out what’s next SOS: Save Our Sports! What if your school’s sports program was just completely eliminated? No more rivalry games, no more pep rallies and no more buzzer-beaters. Well, that nightmarish scenario could actually become a reality for six local high schools. The United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation is here to the rescue and it’s their goal to raise $1.2 million ($200,000 per school) each year to keep these programs alive. Our friends over at Invision recently donated two $500 checks to the foundation’s cause. What can you do to help? Log on to www. to learn more about their eScript program, fundraisers and events.

Dwight Clark catches on with eTeam Speaking of winners — last issue, we mentioned that 49ers legend Dwight Clark was going to be part of the SportStars’ foursome at the 14th Annual Dan Ashley’s Friends of Camp Golf Event on Sept. 20. This issue, we’re letting you know that Clark has become an official sponsor of Contributed photo eTeam Fundraising, one of our partners. eTeam plans on becoming a winner in the fundraising industry so it certainly helps that a winner like Clark has joined on to promote their initiatives both locally and abroad. Something about five Super Bowl rings makes us think Mr. Clark is more than qualified to lend a helping hand. To learn more about eTeam check out

A Big Bang of a sale Calling all soccer teams and broke high schoolers: Evolution Soccer and Sport is having a huge, blowout sale going on now! Everything in the store is starting at 30% off. Jerseys, cleats, shorts, shin guards, you name it. Evolution has the latest and greatest in Nike and Adidas apparel. With the high school season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of these great deals. Be sure to stop by: 1539 Locust Street, Walnut Creek. For more information, call Dave at (925) 943-1041. 30


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SportStars teams up with De La Salle on the radio Want to get your De La Salle football and SportStars fix at the same time? Then, we’ve got the solution for you. SportStars recently partnered with MB Broadcasting and De La Salle to sponsor player of the game honors each week. Tune in to KFRC 1550 AM to hear every DLS football broadcast by play-by-play man Mike Bouve (bottom right) and color analyst Scott Armstrong (bottom left). At the end of each contest, they’ll choose an offensive and defensive player of the game. Also, SportStars editor Chace Bryson will be a guest on the halftime show from time-to-time. We could say that that would be more exciting than the game, but that would clearly be a lie. De La Salle is the defending CalHiSports State Team of the Year and set out in 2010 seeking its third straight East Bay Athletic League championship and 19th consecutive North Coast Section title. For a schedule of upcoming broadcasts, check page 36.

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Make sure you don’t just make your home on the range!

Looking for a simple formula to follow and one that will surely help you to shoot lower scores? I offer my One-Third Rule. Simply divide your practice time into three separate parts: range, putting and short game. Each one should be given equal time in a well-rounded practice session. Too often I will see someone who might have an hour or so to work on their game go straight to the range. Off they go with a large bucket, find their favorite spot and start pounding away. Like so many others, they are looking for that magic key that sets them right and turns their game around. They spend the majority of the time swinging an iron. But realistically they might

only hit that iron three times in one round. Next time you have one hour to practice, go to the putting green first and spend the first third of that hour putting. That’s 20 minutes spent on speed or pace control. Then, chip, pitch and hit sand shots for 20 minutes. Finally, spend the final 20 minutes working on some pre-swing fundamentals, rhythm and timing and finish it up with your on-course

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notes from the pros pre-shot routine. This is the most beneficial way you can spend that hour. I assure you that your whole game will improve. If you are particularly weak in one or more of those areas, get some help so you are not spending so much effort on your own experimenting. Just don’t ignore the other important parts of the game. Remember, most shots are played on the putting surface, approximately 30 to 40 putts per round. Next would be tee shots, and then wedges.

Be an athlete, not just a golfer Athletic development depends on a progression of training that will maximize your athletic IQ. Many of the most dangerous decisions by families is when they decide their child should become a power lifter at age 12, or a proteinlaced 14-year old.  Nothing can be more beneficial than beginning your child on a proper, habit forming workout regime of plyometrics, stretching, core development, band resistance and proper nutrition. Local companies like Absolute Core Training are focusing on the overall wellness of young athletes, specifically golfers. ACT’s main trainer, Clifton Peaker, is a Titleist Performance Institute certified instructor who trains and educates young golfers on flexibility, mobil-

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tee2green pounding is occurring to their hips, back, until you sucabs and neck. Have them start with a ceed. simple stretch so they can see the im■ Ask for portance of having flexibility and mobility.  help. No one knows all the answers. Asking for help allows With the beginning of fall, The First us to learn. So Tee is back. For some kids, back to when you have school means back to the golf course. a question, The First Tee wants everyone in the speak up. You program to enjoy discovering golf, so will get the anthis fall we will be giving our kids tools to swer, and you may be surprised that you help them not only enjoy learning golf, in turn can help someone else to learn. but to enjoy learning in the classroom, By simply remembering these tips, too. With the right attitude and approach, learning the challenging game of golf belearning becomes more enjoyable. Parcomes more enjoyable. Of course, these ticipants in our PAR Level will work on tips will help you not only in golf, but with mastering three tips for having fun. school challenges, too. ✪ These simple tips are: Compiled by Gary Xavier (Northern Cali■ Be patient. Establish a regular fornia Junior Golf Tournament director), practice and keep trying. No one masters a skill overnight. By developing your Angela Paradise (Executive Asst. of First Tee Contra Costa), and Dave DeLong patience you will be able to keep your (PGA professional and director of instruccalm and stay focused. tion at Boundary Oak GC). Contact them ■ Be positive. Enjoy what you’re doing. If you think you can, you can! at the following addresses: gxavier@ Keeping a positive attitude will keep your; angela@thefirstteecontraemotions in check so you can try again;

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Carondelet’s Miranda Zuleta takes a putt during a match on Sept. 2. More than a third of one’s strokes in a round come with the putter. ity and agility techniques. Having young golfers conducting exercises with instruments like core balls, resistance bands and ropes aids development and reinforces the importance of core training.   The core makes up the essential strength and power to the golf swing. Most people don’t realize the core is

made of two parts: inner and outer. Your arms, chest and legs are not primary to either one. However, when you start to develop your core, you begin to develop the other muscle groups of your body.   So, next time you allow your young athlete to just go hit golf balls at the driving range, keep in mind how much

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twenty-four7 BASKETBALL Oct. 2-3, Oct. 9-10: Concord — Excel In Basketball Competition Camp. At De La Salle High School. 925-798-6502,; BOWLING Through Dec. 31: Concord — Bowling Parties for kids at Clayton Valley Bowl. 925-689-4631,; COMMUNITY EVENTS Sept. 24: Walnut Creek — 4th Friday Dinner ~ Asian Night. At Boundary Oak Golf Course. Time and reservations: 925-934-4775, Sept. 25-26: Pleasanton — Kidsfaire: America’s Family Expo! At Alameda County Fairgrounds. 866-



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SportStars Magazine publishes complimentary listings of youth sports-related events. Our print publication is released twice each month, and our Web site is available 24/7. To have an upcoming or ongoing event considered for publication, please submit all pertinent information (name of event, location, brief description, and event contact information), including a way to reach you in case we have questions, to calendar@ If you wish to post your event directly to our Web site, please log on to, click on the Calendar option at the top of the home page, and choose “Sign Up or Log in to Create Your Teams or Events.” Simply fill in the required fields, click Submit, and your entry will be posted to the Web site the next business day. If you wish assistance or have questions, reach Deb Hollinger at 925-566-8500. 283-8600, www.thekidsfaire. com. Oct. 2-3: Pleasanton — Pleasanton Sports Collector Show. Roger Neufeldt & Mark Macrae host “Two-Man-Show” at the Marriott Courtyard. Mark Macrae, 510-538-6245,; Roger Neufeldt, 405-8239163, Oct. 22: Walnut Creek

— 4th Friday Dinner ~ Oktoberfest Dinner. At Boundary Oak Golf Course. Time and reservations: 925-934-4775, www. Dec. 3-6: Martinez — Community Event Holiday Frolic & Snow Park. For all ages, downtown. 925-228-3577, www. CYCLING

Through Dec. 26: Walnut Creek — Cycling Mountain Bike Group Ride. Meet at 8 a.m. Sundays at Sports Basement. All levels. 925-941-6100, www. Oct. 23: Richmond — Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay’s Youth Mountain Bike Adventures. At Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. RSVP, Jeff Edmonston, 510-325-2417.

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twenty-four7 FITNESS Through Dec. 20: Walnut Creek — Bootcamp and Cardio Self-Defense. At All In One Fitness. 925-939-1001, www. Through Dec. 22: Walnut Creek — Fitness CPR Certification. At Sports Basement. Register by emailing your name, address and phone number to sb.cpr.walnutcreek@ Through Dec. 31: Pleasant Hill — Tae Kwon Do, Fitness Kickboxing, Kickboxing, Yoga, Birthday Parties. In County Square Shopping Center. 925-6858338,; Through Dec. 31: Walnut Creek — Youth training program. Ongoing at Forma. 925-262-1339, www. Through Dec. 31: Concord — Sports Performance. At East Bay Sports Academy. Schedules and fees: 925-680-9999, info@; www.eastbaysportsacademy. com. Through Dec. 31: Martinez — Sports, Fitness & Recreation. At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley. 925-370-6838, www.bgcdv. org. Through Dec. 31: Brentwood — Treading Trends LVL 1-3; Group Cycling LVL 1-3. At InShape Health Club. Fees and registration: 925-6025600, www.inshapeclubs. com.

Through Dec. 31: Concord — Mix It Up LVL 1-3. At In-Shape Health Club. Fees and registration: 925-6025600, www.inshapeclubs. com. Through Dec. 31: Antioch — In-Shape Kids LVL 1. At In-Shape Health Club. Fees and registration: 925-6025600, www.inshapeclubs. com. Through Dec. 31: Concord — Rocktopia. Open climb Saturdays at Encore Gym. 925-932-1033, office@; www. Through Dec. 31: Concord — Mix It Up LVL 2-3. At In-Shape Health Club. Fees and registration: 925-6025600, www.inshapeclubs. com. Through Dec. 31: Martinez — Ultimate Sport FitnessMMA and Personal Training. At Gorilla Fit Club. 925-822-7268; www. FUNDRAISER Oct. 9: Walnut Creek — Light the Night Walk: Taking Steps To Cure Cancer™. At Civic Park. Shana Aires Olson, 415-6251107, Shana.Olson@LLS. org. 877-586-9255, www

Through Dec. 31: Berkeley — Junior Academy. At Tilden Park Golf Course. 510-848-7373, doi@; www. tildenpark. Oct. 3: Antioch — Junior Golf Clinics. At Roddy Ranch. Information and registration: 925-978-44653, Oct. 9, 23: Brentwood — B.A.Y. Intermediate Junior Program Golf Clinics. At Shadow Lakes Golf Academy. 925-516-2837. Online registration: www. Oct. 15-17: Pleasanton — Fall Bay Area Golf Show. At Alameda County Fairgrounds. Visit http:// Sept. 27: Antioch — Junior Golf Clinics. Information and registration: 925-97844653, www.roddyranch. com. GYMNASTICS Through Dec. 31: Concord — Open Gym. At East Bay Sports Academy. 925-680-9999, info@; www.eastbaysportsacademy.

com. Oct. 16-17: Concord — Fall Fest Gymnastics. Sponsored by Community Youth Center. 925-671-7070, www.communityyouthcenter. com. MARTIAL ARTS Through Oct. 1: Concord — Martial arts Taekwondo and Kenpo-YouthBeginning; Martial arts Taekwondo and KenpoYouth-Intermediate; Martial arts Taekwondo and Kenpo. All at Baldwin Park Dance Studio. 925-6713404, www.cityofconcord. org. Registration: www.; by fax or in person drop-off sites available.

for St. Judes Children Hospital. At Concord Kung Fu Academy. 925-672-9800, RECREATION Through Dec. 31: Antioch — Public Skating. Admission: $8 general/$2 stay over to next session; group rates and inline skate rentals available. 925-7790200, www.paradiseskate. com. SOCCER Through Oct. 1: Pleasant

Hill — IFX International Futbol X-Change High School Study Abroad. Downloadable application packets at www.ifxsoccer. com. 510-599-4625. Through Nov. 5: Pleasanton — BUSC U7/8 Summer Academy. At Hansen Park. Info: Tony Chavarria, Tonyatallstar@; Registration: Cindy Free, 925-463-6313, buscsoccer@

Through Dec. 31: Concord — Kids Karate LVL 1. At In-Shape Health Club. Fees and registration: 925-6025600, www.inshapeclubs. com. Nov. 13: Concord — Seminar by Sifu Evelina Lengyel. At Concord Kung Fu Academy. Fees and registration, 925-672-9800, Oct. 16: Concord — Annual Kick-a-thon Fundraiser

Oct. 10: Concord — 2nd Annual 5K Run & Walk. Begins at Newhall Park. Save sports in the MDUSD High Schools. Co-chairs: Marci Finley and Pat Middendorf. Fee info. and sponsorships: www. GOLF

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GOLF Oct. 3 Brentwood — Shadow Lakes & Deer Ridge 2010 Junior Tournament. B.A.Y. Golf Junior Club Championship, 2 p.m. 925516-2837. Registration: www. Oct. 8 Walnut Creek— Tournament benefitting the Walnut Creek Soccer Club. 11:30 a.m. registration; 1 p.m. shotgun start, at Boundary Oak Golf Course. $500/ foursome; $125/individual. Registration: FOOTBALL Sept. 24 Freedom vs. Golden Valley @ home, 7 p.m. Liberty @ Miramonte, 7 p.m. Acalanes @ Healdsburg’s Recreation Park, TBA. Pinole vs. Oakland Tech @ home, 7 p.m. Hercules vs. Mission San Jose @ home, 7 p.m. Martinez @ El Molino, 7:30 p.m. Dublin vs. Sonoma Valley @ home, 7 p.m. Las Lomas vs. Northgate @ home, 7 p.m. Mt. Diablo @ Tennyson, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 Saint Mary’s College High @ Salesian, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 Northgate Frosh @ Alameda High, 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Saint Mary’s College High@

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Valley, 3:30 p.m. Concord @ Northgate, 3:30 p.m. Berean Christian @ Mt. Diablo, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 Northgate vs. Concord High, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Northgate vs. Campolindo High, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Northgate vs. Ygnacio Valley, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7 Ygnacio Valley @ Mt. Diablo, 3:30 p.m. Northgate @ Clayton Valley, 3:30 p.m. Berean Christian @ College Park, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7 Northgate @ Clayton Valley, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Northgate @ Mt. Diablo, 3:30 p.m. Concord @ College Park, 3:30 p.m. Berean Christian @ Ygnacio Valley, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Northgate High @ Mt. Diablo High, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 Northgate @ Berean Christian, 3:30 p.m. Mt. Diablo @ Clayton Valley, 3:30 p.m. Ygnacio Valley @ Concord, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 Northgate High @ Berean Christian, 3:30 p.m. Cross COUNTRY Sept. 25 Campolindo Cross Country @ Stanford Invitational, 9 a.m. Sept. 29 DFAL Center Meet. @ Hidden Valley Park, Martinez. Oct. 2 Campolindo Cross Country in Scott Bauhs Invitational @ Shadow Cliffs Park, 9 a.m. Oct. 6 At hidden valley park Mt. Diablo vs. Ygnacio Valley Mt. Diablo vs. College Park College Park vs. Ygnacio Vlly Oct. 13 At castle rock park Berean Christian vs. Northgate, Varsity Race 2 Concord vs. Clayton, Varsity Race 2 College Park vs. Northgate, Varsity Race 1 Clayton Valley vs. Mt. DiabloVarsity Race 1 WATER POLO Sept. 24 Freedom Falcons girls @ Florin, noon. Las Lomas Knights V/JV girls

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There was a bug on your forehead, I swear! De La Salle’s Patrick Kezer (10) does his best to distract Miramonte’s Charlie Wiser during a water polo match on Sept. 17.The host Matadors won the nonleague match 9-7. It was the first time the two schools had played since Miramonte defeated De La Salle 11-6 in the semifinals of last season’s North Coast Section tournament. Miramonte went on to win the NCS title, its fifth in a row. Photo by Jonathan Hawthorne

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