What does a year of hard work which includes training/practicing Monday through Thursday, then spending the weekends playing in tournaments get you?
For the AZFC 93 Hammers it translated into several titles including Western Regional U.S. Club Soccer premiere champions.
The regional championship, which the Hammers captured with four straight victories in San Bernardino, Calif., sent the team to the club soccer national tournament last week in Burlington, N.C., where it finished as runners-up.
“These young men represent what’s right with kids,” said Nick Markette, who coached the 14-and-younger team at the tournament. “The boys had a goal to get to nationals, worked extremely hard and got there. These boys are A-students, too.”
The boys are Patric Pray, Michael Markette, Bryan Suarez, Brian Hoyt, Sheldon Carr, Tony Flores, Daniel Rocha, Brian Piotrowski, Shay Connors, Ryan Leach, Greg Ketterer, Anthony Broglia, Michael Schellenbaum, Kyle Seeger, Connor Shea, Esteban Obregon and Christian Johnson.
“It was a great experience to go to nationals,” Ketterer said, adding he hopes they get to go again next year but win it all.
Nathan Fairchild is the team’s new coach but was unable to travel to North Carolina due to the commitments of a new job. Greg Leach is the team manager (PR guy, travel secretary, fund raiser, you name it).
The Hammers play in the Futbalito Bimbo league which is composed of teams from all over the Valley.
The boys — who have been playing together anywhere from three to eight years and are freshmen this fall at Chandler Hamilton, Gilbert, Tempe Corona del Sol, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Phoenix Desert Vista, Mesa Dobson and Phoenix Brophy high schools — also received some help and inspiration from Major League Soccer’s Greg Vanney.
Vanney, a graduate of Tempe Marcos de Niza and currently playing with D.C. United, is one of the co-founders of the 93 Hammers who, as coach Markette said, “knows the boys well.”
But before the pros, come their prep careers.
Markette said a goal for the boys is to build on success and begin the college preparatory process.
Members of the Papago FITA Archers have been very busy this summer. Competitors ranging from 10 to 60 years of age participated in the 2007 Payson Shoot in early July. Jim Cantillo of Chandler won the age 50-and-over recurve with a score of 704 out of a possible 900. Mesa’s David Twigg won the 50-and-over barebow recurve with 705, a personal best. Richard Doria from Chandler, took second on the first day of the two-day event with 596 and returned on Sunday to win the second day barebow shoot with 615 points, also a personal best.
Doria also took third place in archery at the 2007 State Games of American National Championships held Aug. 4 in Colorado Springs, with a score of 708 points out of 900. He competed in the adult (18-54 years of age) traditional barebow division.
The State Games of America attracted more than 10,000 athletes in dozens of sports, including 150 archers from Hawaii to Connecticut. Doria qualified for the national by placing in the top three at the Grand Canyon State Games in March, at the Papago Park Archery Range, 64th Street and McDowell.
The Papago FITA Archers are always looking for new members.
“As of now, the club has been very successful in gaining new membership, nearly 70 now from 25 a year ago,” said Doria.
“The kids’ program, Junior Olympic Archery Development, is sailing faster than we had hoped for and (we) are over the moon about it. We see the need now to shift from a children’s emphasis to a family emphasis. So while Bobbie and Sallie are shooting, mom and dad are shooting, and from that eventually develop an adult team for those who decided to “get into the sport” on the competitive level, advancing beyond the recreational level.”
Visit www.papagoarchery.com for more information.
The Chandler-based Arizona Cheetahs repeated what is becoming annual success at the USA Track and Field Association Junior Olympic National Championships. This year’s event was July 24-29 in Walnut, Calif. Dominic Nappe, an 11-year-old who competed in the midget boys category, placed first in the shot put with a distance of 12.77 meters. Cadija Caldwell-Harris won the youth girls gold medal in the pentathlon event. Hannah Carson won the youth girls javelin with a throw of 52.90, bettering the national record of 44.19, which Carson set last year. ...
The Arizona Aqua Stars Team I of Alexandra Beckett, Cheryl Cheah, Hannah Creaser, Jamie Flanery, Shannon Noble, Samantha Schmidt and Jessica Webb returned from the 2007 U.S. Open Championships (July 15-21, in Waipahu, Hawaii) with a fifth-place finish after advancing to the 12-team finals at the Junior level. Team II (Erin Hannam, Caitlin Hoffman, Mariel Jacobs, Heidi Liou, Haleigh Martinez and Stephanie Massey) finished 11th. The Aqua Stars are coached by Jill Parr, Jessica McMahon and Jaime Hendren-Hyatt. Parr was also a member of the USA’s team coaching staff for the Pan American games and will be a consultant for the Olympic squad scheduled to compete in Beijing next year. For more information about the team visit www.azaquastars.org.
Frankie Capan of Scottsdale shot 34-36-37—107 to finish fourth in the boys 7 division of the 2007 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship played Aug. 2-4, at Pinehurst, N.C. Capan finished four shots behind Galven Green of Malaysia in his age group. The three-day tournament, which is the world’s largest for boys and girls under age 12, attracted 1,175 players from 45 states and 32 countries. Younger age groups played nine-hole, par 36 courses and older age groups played 18-hole, par 72 courses that were shortened to age-appropriate distances between 1,300 and 6,000 yards.
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Looking for a champion: Amateur male golfers who want to compete in the 2007 Chandler City Amateur Golf Championship — slated for Aug. 18-19 at Bear Creek Golf Complex (500 East Riggs Road) — have until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit their entry form and fee to the course. The tournament will be contested over 36 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes played each day. The field is limited to the first 120 golfers who submit the entry form and $100 fee. Golfers also must have an USGA Handicap Index established through a group or club sanctioned by the Arizona Golf Association, or a similar state or local governing body. Complete rules and entry forms are available at www.chandleraz.gov/golf or at www.bearcreekgolfcomplex.com.
Golf for hoops: The Gilbert Perry High School girls basketball boosters will sponsor a golf tournament Sept. 8 at Trilogy Golf Course at Power Ranch, 4415 E. Village Parkway in Gilbert. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with the tournament scheduled for a 7 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player for the four-person scramble event with early bird registration being accepted for $100 if received by Friday. The tournament will feature a $50,000 hole-in-one shootout, putting contest, hole-in-one prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction. Participants will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, team awards and skill awards. Contact Dan at (480) 290-8911, Stacey at (480) 917-9202, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tis the season: The Satchel Paige (All-Stars) Baseball Team is looking for youth and high school players ages 13-15 and 16-19 who would like to be a part of the 2007 Christmas Baseball Tour in the Dominican Republic, Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. Registration will run through Sept. 30, or until the team is full. Interested players should contact Michael Mayden for more information at (888) 833-7688, ext. 3 or visit www.satchelpaigeallstars.com.
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