Pioneer Sports Shorts for July 15, 2022

Pioneer Sports Shorts for July 15, 2022

Pioneer Sports Shorts for July 15, 2022
Walnut Creek Aquanuts.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 14, 2022) — 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 are doing. Include all the necessary details (too much information is better than too little!) and your contact information. It is as simple as sending an email to

Aquanuts offering summer clinic, camp Fall Show returns Sept. 1-4

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts recreational trainee program runs through August and the Week in the Creek Camp is July 27-29. The world-renowned artistic swimming club in Walnut Creek presents its annual Fall Show, a Labor Day Weekend Tradition with lights, costumes and a full stage Sept. 1-4. For more information about the Aquanuts go to

Free Bay Area Boys Football Academy at De La Salle this Saturday

The free Bay Area Boys Football Academy is this Saturday at De La Salle High School in Concord from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Youth 7-14 years of age are invited to learn skills and techniques for the 2022 football season. Reservations are required. Email or visit their website.

Summer recreation swim season culminates on final two July weekends

Summer recreation swimming season concludes over the final two July weekends with the 55th Concord City Swimming Championships at Northgate High School for the second year in a row July 22-24 and the 61st Contra Costa County Championships July 29-31 at Acalanes High in Lafayette. The Dana Hills Swim Team of Clayton will be out to defend both its city and county meet championships from 2021 after the entire 2020 rec swimming season was wiped out by the pandemic. The Otters have won A Division in 28 of the past 29 Concord meets and broke through for their first-ever county title last summer. Gehringer Park is hoping to rake up its third consecutive B Division championship in the Concord meet.

Swimmers from Carondelet (clockwise) Kylie Williamson, Aubrey Newton, Jenna Ravarino and Kelsey Macaulay.

Carondelet, De La Salle swimmers named Academic All-America

Carondelet High has had six simmers from this year’s team met the standards to be selected for the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Academic All-America team. Roder Thomas of neighboring De La Salle also earned the laurels. Cougar swimmers Kelsey Macaulay of Clayton, Concord’s Aubrey Newton and Jenna Ravarino, Kylie Williamson of Pleasant Hill, Ellie O’Sullivan and Annika Sharma made the grade for NISCA honors. Seniors must meet three standards to qualify for the award including having a minimum 3.75 GPA (on a 4.0 point scale) for seven semesters, be a graduating senior and have lettered this school year in their high school swimming, diving or water polo season. Over 353,936 students participate in aquatics at the high school level in over 17,454 programs for boys and girls. Less than 2% of these students are recognized as high school Academic All-Americas.

Junior Optimist hosting summer, fall baseball programs

Junior Optimist Baseball League is hosting its baseball and softball camp for boys and girls on Saturday mornings through Aug. 13 for 4–14-year-olds. Fall Ball co-ed program is also taking registration now for a Saturday program starting Sept. 10 through Oct. 29. JOBL plays all its games at the JOBL Complex in North Concord. Visit or email for more information and to register.

Concord AYSO accepting fall season player registrations

Concord AYSO Region 305 is accepting player registrations for its fall soccer program. The season begins Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 29 with regional and area tournaments following in November. Girls and boys ages 3-18 can register. Concord AYSO also hosts a free VIP program open for kids with special needs. All fields for practice and games are located in Concord. Fall registration closes July 31. Visit to register and for more information.

Basketball programs running at All Out Sports in Clayton Gym

All Out Sports League in Clayton is offering its popular basketball camps this summer and is now accepting applications for fall league, all held in Clayton Community Gym. There are two more summer camps this month. Fall league begins with player evaluations on Sept 16. Leagues games are on Saturdays from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12. For complete information visit

St. Bonaventure CYO seeking assistant basketball athletic director

St. Bonaventure CYO is looking for an assistant basketball athletic director to work alongside the current AD this year to take over the 2023 program serving youth in Concord and Clayton. The CYO assistant athletic director is a volunteer position responsible for assisting the senior AD in organizing and overseeing the CYO athletic program. For a full job description visit

Final First Tee of Contra Costa summer camp next week

Registration is still open for final First Tee of Contra Costa summer camp next week. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-14. Camp includes instruction in full swing, chipping, pitching and putting. Equipment can be provided to campers. Registration for First Tee fall session opens Aug. 15-16. The fall session is Sept. 12 to Nov. 5. For more information call 446-6701 or visit

MDSA fall recreational soccer program taking waitlist registrations

Registration for Mt. Diablo Soccer Association’s fall recreation program for boys and girls 4-28 years is taking waitlist registrations. Practice starts after Aug. 1 and games kickoff Aug. 20. Games and practices are held on Concord and Clayton fields. Email or visit for more info and to register.


Jay Bedecarré
Jay Bedecarré
Sports and Schools Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer | | Website

Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.