Tubert sisters enjoying separate success

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Sarah and Emily Tubert excelling in different sports: It has been an exciting summer in the Tubert household.

Sisters Emily and Sarah Tubert have been able to enjoy major accomplishments in separate sports during their time off from school.

Emily, 18 — a recent Burroughs High graduate — has had a wealth of success in women's golf, as she has done well in tournaments across the nation.

Sarah, 16 — a senior at Burbank High — battled a fine group of competitors to earn a spot on a prestigious national women's volleyball team.

A versatile player, Sarah, who is deaf, has emerged as an impact all-league athlete for the Bulldogs. The 5-foot-11 setter and opposite hitter recently took part in a grueling two-day tryout in Northern California. After the two days, she was chosen as one of 14 players on the USA Deaf National Women's Volleyball Team.

She is the youngest player on Team USA. The oldest player on the squad is 28.

Tubert — who plays for the prestigious Santa Monica Beach Club travel team — will be representing the USA at the Deaf Olympic Games in Greece in 2013. Until then, she will be playing in national and international tournaments with the team.

Next year, the U.S. squad is scheduled to play in the Pan American Deaf Games in Brazil, along with the World Volleyball Championship in 2012.

Tubert will be a captain on this year's Burbank volleyball team.

Along with her success in volleyball, Tubert is also an accomplished goalkeeper for the Bulldogs' girls' water polo team. An all-league standout as a sophomore in 2009, she helped Burbank win its first-ever league championship.

Emily, a CIF Southern Section champion who is headed to the University of Arkansas, has spent her summer participating in a host of amateur tournaments.

This week, Tubert took part in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina. She made the cut and advanced to match play.

In the round of 64, Tubert, seeded 41st, won her first match, defeating No. 24 Beverly Mendoza of the Philippines, 3 and 2. However, in the round of 32, Tubert was beaten by No. 9 Sara-Maude Juneau of Canada, 6 and 4.

During stroke play Tubert shot even-par, with rounds of 76 and 72 for a two-day total of 148.

In June, she captured a title in the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Along with winning a CIF title as a senior for the Indians, Tubert also captured her second straight Pacific League championship.

CIF tightens standards for metal baseball bats: In a move to better protect high school athletes, save schools money and ensure a level playing field on prep baseball diamonds throughout the state, the CIF Wednesday announced tighter standards for non-wooden baseball bats that will go into effect for the 2010-11 baseball season.

The new standards, ratified last week by the CIF State Executive Committee, come on the heels of decisions at the national level, several high-profile accidents and a recent California legislative proposal from State Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), according to CIF officials, who underscored that the changes reflect the broader concerns of its members and the high school sports community statewide.

Highlights of the new performance standards include:

The implementation of the new National Federation of State High School Assn. Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution performance standards for composite baseball bats to the 2011 season; initially the national standards for both composite and aluminum bats were to go into effect in 2012.

The acceleration of the new performance standards for aluminum bats to the 2010-11 season (a provision that allows for the use of current aluminum bats in 2010-11 if new aluminum bats are commercially unavailable by Jan. 1.)

All non-wood bats must be affixed with a stamp/decal that shows the bats are "tamper-proof" so they cannot be modified to enhance performance beyond what they have been tested for, otherwise known as "bat rolling."

"In addition to addressing safety issues raised by legislators, our approach is intended to minimize the fiscal impact on schools and families, who could otherwise have been required to purchase expensive bats twice — for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons," CIF State Executive Director Marie M. Ishida said. "Additionally, our decision helps protect the integrity of baseball by weeding out modified high-performance bats that provide an unfair advantage and have no place on the baseball diamond."

Ishida commended Assemblyman Huffman for closely working with CIF to find a workable solution to address the concerns of all stakeholders.

"This approach was highly constructive, and we appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with him on this important matter," she said. "Our agreed upon approach gets to the core issues without imposing increased costs and a wooden-bats-only policy as originally proposed."

Jeff Tully

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