Piedmonter youth sports results
Kick or Treat Tournament
The Montclair Soccer Club Clippers placed first in the 2012 Mission Valley United Kick or Treat Tournament held on Oct. 28th at at Central Park in Fremont. After a 2-2 draw the Clippers defeated the Almaden FC Quicksilver, 4-2, on penalty kicks to secure the championship.
The Clippers team consists of: Bella Walters, Sophia Cavalieri, Isabel Turner, Zoe Benjamin, Claire Van Ness, Liza Woolard, Margi Brayer, Katherine Hillesland, Tai Owen, Maddie Hahm, Nelao Niesar, Shay Hempeck, Kiana Zucker, Samantha Patterson-Kohout, and coaches Jim Cavalieri and Blair Coffman.
Young rowers from Oakland and Alameda made a splash this month at one of the world's largest and most prestigious crew regattas.
Eli Solomon, Josh Morgan, Blanca Seiter and Christine Hovermale, all 14 years old, competed in the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston Oct. 20-21. They were among the youngest and newest rowers at the 9,000-athlete event but defeated crews much older and more experienced.
Blanca and Christine, rowing in a double, finished 10th out of 39 boats competing in the girls' high-school division. The boys, also competing in a double, finished 40th out of 44 boats.
"For the girls to break into the Top 10 showed extraordinary effort and accomplishment on their part," said Coach Will Stevens, a former coach at Harvard and a varsity heavyweight rower at Yale. "There were crews there from all over the world, and they were competing against rowers three or four years older than them. They did an amazing job."
Christine attends St. Joseph in Alameda and Blanca is a freshman at Oakland Tech. Eli and Josh attend Alameda Community Learning Center. Christine and Blanca's time for the approximately 3-mile course was 21:14:765; Eli and Josh's time was 21:16:485.
The four represented Oakland Rowing Association, the newest rowing club along the Oakland Estuary. The club started in Fall, 2011 with 11 rowers and has grown to approximately 75 middle and high school rowers, and 20 adult rowers.
Oakland Rowing Association takes a more inclusive approach to the sport than many other rowing organizations. Stevens and his staff strive to bring a diverse range of kids and adults to rowing, especially those who have traditionally not been well represented in the sport.
Among other things, the club offers free after-school rowing classes to West Oakland middle school students, and encourages club members to bring friends who might not otherwise consider the sport.