Youth Scene: Axton doubles up

Willy Axton of Costa Mesa won both the OC Fair "Challenge in the Dirt" race as well as the Orange County Grand Prix, held in the West lot at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

The dirt event was held in the Speedway Action Sports Arena during the opening weekend of the OC Fair in July. The Grand Prix was two weeks ago.

Of the six people eligible to double up at both events Axton was the only competitor to do so. He was victorious in the junior class at both events. The 11-year-old moved up early this season into the junior class, a class for competitors ages 13 to 16 years old.

Axton is a sixth-grader at Kaiser Elementary in Costa Mesa.

"I'm proud to represent my hometown at these races that were held in our own backyard," Axton said. "I look forward to defending my title at next year's events."

Axton competes in a 125cc go-kart that is capable of speeds over 90 mph. In his first year as a junior, Axton has captured second place in the Pro-Kart South Regional Championship, one of the most competitive series in the country.

With a good finish in the upcoming Grange Motor Circuit he will also capture second place in the International Karting Federation Western Regional Championship, also a huge accomplishment for an 11-year-old, sixth-grader racing with high school kids.

"I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to my coaches, team, sponsors, friends and family, and especially mom and dad," Axton said. "Without the help of these people I would not have had the success or opportunities I have had this year."

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Seahawks thump Barons

The Newport Mesa Jr. All American Jr. Midget Seahawks were victorious over the Fountain Valley Barons, 35-6.

Defense was key in the win with two fumble recoveries by Jack Genova. Strong Safety Sutty Barbato made multiple tackles as did Toni Vasi, Connor Brazeel, Roman Hays and Derek Mathuny.

The offensive attack on the ground was led by Anthony Battista, who had 14 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver William Hunter had two touchdown grabs with one on fourth down with the ball on the 35. Hunter also converted four extra points.

Peter Bush and Jason Simaan made several completions with Simaan also running in for a rushing touchdown.

The offensive line of Mickey Quinn, Dean Ames, Kobe Benter and Karl Donovan allowed quarterback Stephen Von Der Ahe time to complete 10 of 13 passes for 170 yards.

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