Pioneer Sports Shorts for January 2022

Pioneer Sports Shorts for January 2022

Pioneer Sports Shorts for January 2022
The contingent of 24 Terrapin swimmers at the Pacific Association Winter 14 and under Junior Olympic Championships included, from left, Miley Ulicky, Claire Meissner, Ariel Fruge, Marina Didenko, coach Justine Trimble, Aubrielle Dorset, Kyle Stillinovich, Morgan Wendler, Giovanni Castaneda and Fedor Igoshen. Wendler, Didenko and Igoshen all earned high point honors at 2021’s final meet. (Photo courtesy Terrapin Swim Team)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Jan. 25, 2022) — The Pioneer wants to publish your sports news items.

Please let us know about your sports news, special events, fund raisers, tryouts, signups and accomplishments. Youth leagues, clubs, schools and adult programs are all welcome to send us a rundown on what you’re doing. Include all the necessary details (too much information is better than too little!) and your contact information. It’s as simple as sending an email to

St. Bonaventure CYO track and field signups open; practice starts Feb. 1

St. Bonaventure CYO track and field online registration is now open for boys and girls in second through eighth grades. Practices begin Tuesday, Feb. 1, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:15pm at Newhall Park in Concord. Saturday meets begin in March and the season runs through May 7, culminating with the Oakland Diocesan championship meet. For more information visit or email head coach Matt Tillman.

Terrapins offering spring technique clinics for summer recreation swimmers

Spring technique swim clinics for summer recreation swimmers offered by the Terrapins Swim Team return after a two-year absence. The clinics are designed to give the rec swimmer a technique foundation going into this summer’s season. Clinics are held at Concord Community Pool on Sunday afternoons from Mar. 6 through April 24. Terrapin senior coach Dan Cottam and other full-time TERA coaches run the clinics, which are 100% instructional, focusing on all four strokes, turns and starts. Swimmers are taught specific drills and techniques that they can use for the upcoming summer season. Download the clinic flier here. To register for the clinics or more information visit

Concord American Little League registration for spring ball open

Concord American Little League is accepting registration for its spring baseball and softball seasons. The league’s website has complete information for t-ball through senior baseball and softball (4-14 years old). Evaluations are this month with the season opening in March. Visit for details.

Clayton Valley Charter flag football program starts Jan. 23

Clayton Valley Charter High School will host a Be Elite Flag Football Season on 10 consecutive weekends. The co-ed program is open to kindergarten through eighth grade students. There are no tryouts or draft, and everyone plays offense and defense. Weekend practices and games are the same day starting Jan. 23. Non-contact environment games are 5 on 5 except seventh and eighth graders play 7 on 7. Coaching is by student athlete mentors. Fee includes participant’s custom jersey (name and jersey number) and shorts. For registration information contact CVCHS football coach Nick Tisa by email or visit

Spring soccer for Concord AYSO coming in March

Concord AYSO will offer a Spring Soccer Program running from March through May for Playground (3-4 years old), 6U through 14U. Registration opens Feb. 1. Information will be made available on the Concord AYSO website

Diablo Valley Wolves Drive-through Crab Feed Jan. 28

Diablo Valley Wolves youth soccer program is holding its annual Crab Feed at Centre Concord on Friday, Jan. 28. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, it will be a Drive Thru event with advance orders taken and pickup times selected by customers between 5 and 8 p.m. The meal includes crab, spring salad, pesto pasta and garlic bread. To get an order form and more information on this fund-raising event visit Download the Crab Feed flier here.

Concord Cup XXVII coming back May 14-15

After being canceled for the past two years, the area’s largest annual youth soccer tournament, Concord Cup, returns for its 27th edition at a variety of Concord parks May 14-15. Boys and girls club and AYSO teams from under 10 through U19 are eligible to participate. Diablo Valley Wolves, Mt. Diablo Soccer and Concord AYSO co-sponsor the tournament. Visit for registration information.

Junior Optimist taking spring baseball signups

Junior Optimist Baseball League is taking registration for boys 4-9 and girls 4-10 for its spring season. JOBL started in 1963 and plays all its games at the JOBL Complex in North Concord. Visit or email for more information and to register.

31st College Park High Athletic Boosters Crab Feed Feb. 5

College Park Falcons teams and athletes will be the beneficiaries of the 31st College Park High School Athletics Boosters Crab Feed & Auction Fundraiser at Pleasant Hill Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75. Attendees must be 21 years or older. For more information visit

MDSA spring league registration open

Registration is open for Mt Diablo Soccer Association’s spring season. The program is open to boys and girls ages 4-18. The 12U and older divisions are co-ed. For more details and to register visit

Terrapins end 2021 on high note at Winter Junior Olympic Championships

The Terrapins age group swim team concluded its 2021 competition calendar last month in Santa Clara at the Pacific Association Winter 14 and under Junior Olympic Championships and the local USA Swimming team came away with three high-point swimmers.

Marina Didenko won high point for 10 and under girls, Fedor Igoshen was top point earner for 10 and under boys and Morgan Wendler won high point for 11-year-old boys.

The Terrapins had 24 swimmers take part in the three-day meet.

Senior coach Dan Cottam said, “All the swimmers really stepped up and the team had over 98% best times, which is well above what the team has accomplished at any previous championship meet.”

The 10 and under girls relay teams of Didenko, Kaitlyn Whittlinger, Aubrielle Dorsett, Ava Cottam and Miley Ulicki were second in the 200 medley relay and first in the 200 free relay, to lead the Terrapin relay teams in point scoring.

Coach Cottam said the highlight in Santa Clara for the coaches “was the amazing team spirit and comradery the swimmers showed throughout the meet.”

The Terrapins will travel with over 60 swimmers to Arizona in mid-February for the Phoenix Winter Invitational to kick off their 2022 schedule. In March, the Terrapins senior group goes to Carlsbad for the CA/NV Sectional Championship and the 14 and under swimmers have Spring Junior Olympics.