The Pioneer’s Sports Shorts for December, 2022

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 9, 2022) — The Pioneer wants to publish your sports news. 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) with your contact information. It’s simple. Send an email to

Here are the announcements for December 2022.

Saint Bonaventure CYO cross country celebrates successful season

Saint Bonaventure CYO cross country completed the fall season with an Oakland Diocese championship for its middle school boys runners. St. Bonnies had 41 runners on the elementary and middle school teams. All four teams placed in the top seven at the Diocese Meet in Alameda. The local elementary girls were fifth and boys seventh among the 32 CYO programs taking part. The middle school girls took third and the boys beat a field of 20 teams for the championship for head coach Zainah Kanso and her staff, all of whom will also be coaching St. Bonaventure track and field teams in the spring. Katie Buechter, Maren Ahonen-Lytal, Ruby Rainsberg and Damian Wojciechowski all placed in the top seven in their one-mile races.

Concord American Little League registration for spring ball open

Concord American Little League is accepting registration for its 2022 spring baseball season. The league’s website has complete information for t-ball (ages 4-6) through senior baseball (13). Evaluations will be Jan. 21 and 28 for all players seven and older. Practice begins Feb. 4, opening day is Mar. 18 and closing day June 3. Visit for details and to register.

Clayton Valley Little League softball, Baseball player registration open

Registration for Clayton Valley Little League is open for the spring 2023 season for softball and baseball. Those registering after Jan. 10 will be on a waitlist. Baseball and softball programs are offered for boys and girls ages four through 16. Tryouts are in January and the season runs through early June. The CVLL program includes a Challenger Division for players with disabilities and special needs. Players must reside within CVLL boundaries. Visit for complete information and to register.

Spring Alliance program coming to Concord AYSO

Concord AYSO Region 305 will be participating in the new Area 2C & 2D Spring Alliance Soccer league for 2023. This program is taking the place of Select. The Alliance program is open to all kids in birth years 2009-2014 in the Concord AYSO geographic area regardless of where they played fall soccer. For more information on alliance and spring programs visit website.

Junior Optimist taking spring baseball signups

Junior Optimist Baseball League is taking registration for boys and girls 4-11 for its spring season. There are two weekly games for teams, one a weeknight and the other on Saturday. JOBL started in 1963 and plays all its games at the JOBL Complex in North Concord. Visit or email President Mark Northrup for more information and to register.

Clayton Valley Charter baseball offers Holiday Camps this month

Instruction in throwing, fielding, hitting and baserunning will be offered at the Clayton Valley Charter Holiday Baseball Camp on Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 27-29 at the Concord school’s varsity field. Ugly Eagles coaches and players will instruct players 5-15 years of age in all skill levels. Sessions are held rain or shine 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will also be involved in friendly competitions. For more information or to register for one or both sessions contact head coach Casey Coakley by email at
Basketball programs gearing up at

All Out Sports in Clayton

All Out Sports League in Clayton is gearing up for its most popular basketball program this winter. Winter Youth Basketball League at Clayton Community Gym begins Jan. 6-7 for boys and girls kindergarten up to 12th grade. For complete information visit

Pleasant Hill Baseball Assoc. open for signups

The all-volunteer Pleasant Hill Baseball Association, which was founded in 1958, is accepting signups until Jan. 18 for its spring 2023 baseball and softball season for girls and boys ages 4-18. For more information visit the PHBA website

Terrapins offering winter pre-season high school swimming training starting January 3

The Terrapins Swim Team announced details for its winter pre-season high school training program. The program offers high school swimmers the chance to get a jump start on their technique and conditioning in preparation for the 2023 high school swim season next spring. The Terrapins program begins Jan. 3 and runs through Feb. 2. All 80-minute practices Monday through Thursday starting at 4 p.m. are at Concord Community Pool. For more information visit the club website.

Clayton Valley Charter flag football program kicks off Jan. 22

Clayton Valley Charter High School hosts its Be Elite Flag Football season on 10 consecutive weekends starting Jan 22. The co-ed program is open to kindergarten through eighth grade students. There are no tryouts or draft, and everyone plays offense and defense. No football experience is necessary. One-hour weekend practices are followed by 5v5 non-contact environment games the same day from Jan. 22 – Mar. 26. 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 at or visit

Newest Ygnacio Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame class to be honored May 20

The Ygnacio Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame dinner for the Class of 2020 has turned into the Class of 2023, which will finally be installed May 20 at Zio Fraedo’s in Pleasant Hill, three years after the original induction date. Visit for more details and to reserve tickets when they go on sale early in the new year.
MDSA spring league registration now open

Registration is now 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

Clayton Valley Athletic Hall of Fame will be back with new class in 2023

Clayton Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame will host is seventh induction ceremony May 19 at Centre Concord. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the presentation of inductees. Ticket info for the induction dinner will be announced soon. The Hall of Fame committee is delighted that they will finally be able to select another class of honorees after what will be a four-year hiatus since last celebrating its sixth class in May 2019. Check for more information.