Pioneer Sports Shorts

Terrapins place third at Arena Grand Challenge

The Terrapins swam to a third-place team finish at the recent Arena Grand Challenge in Clovis earlier this month. The local USA Swimming team scored 1054 points behind the host Clovis Swim Club and Santa Maria SC. Terrapin swimmers posted over 75% best times with Serafina Celentano, Ryan Cesmat, Aden Li and Jasmine Kohlmeyer leading the effort. New Terrapin member Celentano (15) had best times in all six of her events, as did Jasmine Kohlmeyer (15) and Aden Li (12). The recent meet was interrupted by a 7.1 earthquake that shook the team hotel and put all swimmers on edge. The aftershocks continued strongly throughout the meet and provided a very unusual backdrop to the competition. The Terrapins are gearing up for the Pacific Swimming Far Western Championships the last weekend of July.

Chris Santiago, Alex Brown honors omitted in June issue

Senior athletes from Carondelet and De La Salle high schools were not included in last months’ stories after their names were not included in the information provided to the Pioneer.

Chris Santiago of North Coast Section champion De La Salle was named all East Bay Athletic League but the EBAL postings failed to also recognize him as Most Valuable Player to go along with his junior teammate Kyle Harrison, who was MVP Pitcher. The Saint Mary’s College-bound Santiago led the Spartans with 38 RBIs, 13 doubles and five saves on the mound and he had a .407 batting average.
Alex Brown was honored as the Carondelet Senior Athlete of the Year. She was a two-time first-team all-EBAL goalie in water polo and a four-year varsity member of the four-time NCS champion Cougars. She is headed to the University of Michigan water polo team this fall.

De La Salle High School announces 2019 Hall of Fame class

De La Salle High School’s inductees to its Athletic Hall of Fame includes six student athletes, two teams and one longtime supporter of Spartan athletics. The Class of 2019 will be recognized during a halftime ceremony of the De La Salle football game against Buchanan on Sept. 20. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Sunday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m., in the Kenneth H. Hofmann Student Center.

Athlete inductees are Justin Alumbaugh (Class of 1998) football and baseball, Brian Bacharach (2002) water polo and swimming, Matthew Boelk (2000) volleyball, Parker Hanks (2004) baseball and football, Terrance (TK) Kelly (2004), Robert (Bam) Portis (1994) football and baseball. The other honorees are Brother Raymond Michael Saggau for contributions to the school in numerous capacities and the 2006 golf and 1995 football teams. The event is open to the public. For more information contact Lloyd Schine III at or by phone at 288-8171.

Concord Cobras football, cheer signups taken online

Concord Cobras tackle football and cheer programs are taking signups for the fall season online. The football and cheer programs are open to youth six to 14 years of age. For more info on football email or call 917-0785 and for cheer email or call 383-1146. Visit for more info.

Terrapins Swim Team fall technique program starts Sept. 7

The Terrapins fall technique development program will run from Sept. 7-Dec. 13 at Concord Community Pool. The program is open to swimmers of all abilities, including those just concluding the summer recreation season. For additional information and to register visit

Not too late to try out for Diablo FC competitive teams

Formal tryouts for Diablo Futbol Club boys and girls for birth years 2001-2013 have concluded. However, the area’s premier youth school club has openings on teams. Contact director of coaching Zach Sullivan at or visit to arrange a tryout.

Gabby Riva named lacrosse all-America

Midfielder Gabby Riva of Clayton was one of 11 players awarded US Lacrosse All-America status for the North Coast/San Joaquin region for the recently completed spring high school season. The Carondelet High School junior had earned all-East Bay Athletic League honors for the Cougars. Three other EBAL players received the same all-America recognition from US Lacrosse including league MVP Bella Mayo of Amador Valley. Carondelet reached the quarterfinals of the NCS playoffs this spring before losing to eventual champion and No. 1 seed San Ramon Valley.

MDSA fall recreational soccer program taking final registrations

Registration for Mt. Diablo Soccer Association’s fall recreation program for boys and girls born 2001-2015 is open. Practice starts after Aug. 1. Games and practices are held at Concord and Clayton fields. Email or visit for more info and to register.

Registration open for All Out Sports Leagues programs in Clayton

Summer youth basketball and volleyball leagues begin this month while fall adult softball league starts in September. AOSL is taking registration online for all programs. For complete information on All Out Sports leagues, camps, clinics and other programs, visit

Diablo FC presenting free recreation soccer league this fall

Diablo FC is offering a completely free fall recreation soccer program for boys and girls born in 2005 to 2015. The program at Newhall Park in Concord runs 10 weeks from mid-August through October. There is one training session each week and Saturday morning games. Contact coach Chelsea Stewart at or visit for complete info.

Concord High looking to fill school coaching vacancies

Athletic director Megan Coddington has listed coaching vacancies for girls varsity and JV basketball, boys JV basketball, girls and boys varsity golf and also a stadium announcer for Minuteman football games. Interested people should ­submit a cover letter and resume to Megan Coddington at ­

Walnut Creek Aquanuts offer special summer programs

Walnut Creek Aquanuts are offering “Try It” days to introduce athletes 4-18-years-old to its synchronized swimming program. The 90-minute sessions are held Aug. 5 and 31 and Sept. 1.

Registration is $10 for a session with top WCA coaching staff on hand. The world renowned Aquanuts also offer trainee sessions over the summer and fall, each running 4-5 weeks. The trainee sessions are for ages 4-18 who are new to the sport. Swimmers must be comfortable in deep water and able to swim 25 yards. Registration is open for sessions through September at Clark Memorial Swim Center in Walnut Creek. Registration for both programs can be found at

Concord AYSO taking fall soccer registrations

Concord AYSO is accepting registrations for its fall soccer program online. The fall season starts Aug. 3 through mid-November. Programs for boys and girls range from Playground (3-year-olds) through 18U. Practices and games are in Concord parks. Registration fee includes a uniform, ball and insurance. Visit to register and get more info.

Final First Tee of Contra Costa summer camp next week

Registration is still open for The First Tee of Contra Costa at Diablo Creek summer camp that runs 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. For more information call 446-6701 or visit