Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ziegenhirt Playing For USA National Team

Former Cal Bears’ and Sheldon High School catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt was selected to play for the USA National Softball team. She and her USA teammates, which include former Cal teammate Val Arioto, just completed play in the World Cup of Softball this week in Oklahoma City.

They took the silver medal at the event. 
Lindsey Ziegenhirt, a member of the 2013
USA National softball team

They are now competing through July 22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada.  August 5-18 Team USA will move on to the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ziegenhirt hit 17 home runs with 54 RBI’s finishing her career fourth all-time at Cal in homers.

Letters of Intent

Franklin soccer player Kyndall Taylor has signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the University of La Verne. She was a member of the team that won the Section Division I championship in the spring.

Former Laguna Creek softball player Makayla Fama has committed to continue her playing career at Dave and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.

Fama was a recipient of the Dr. Ervin Jackson Academic and Leadership Award, and also received the Academic Excellence award twice at Laguna Creek. She was named to the All-Delta Valley Conference team three times between 2010 and 2012.

Richard Cooper, a long jumper this past year at Pleasant Grove High School, has decided to accept an offer from Sacramento State University.

Local 10U Softball Team Advances To Arizona

A fundraising car wash will be Saturday to help provide funds for the Elk Grove Gold Age 10-and-under softball team to compete in Arizona in the ASA National Tournament, Aug. 1 – 4.
Jason Morgan-Voyce coaches the team. His assistant coaches are Jill Sanchez, the current varsity softball coach at Franklin High School, and one of Sanchez’ former players, Sarah Valdivia. 
Elk Grove Gold 10U team, on their way to the ASA
Nationals in Arizona

The car wash will be at 10481 E. Stockton Blvd in the parking lot of Decorative Specialties. Hours will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Football Safety Clinic Saturday

Former Los Angeles Rams special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Artie Gigantino will be heading up a coaches’ clinic Saturday at Elk Grove High School
that aims to help develop a better and safer game of football for Sacramento-area youth.

Youth football coaches are participating in a first-of-its-kind player safety clinic that is part of the “Heads Up Football” program, a new initiative led by USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.

During the clinic, Gigantino will guide coaches through a series of drills to reinforce proper tackling mechanics that focus on reducing helmet contact, feature education on concussion recognition and response, and instruct on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. According to a spokesman for USA Football, this group of coaches will then teach Heads Up Football to their youth league coaches, players and parents.

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