Locals take runner-up honors

The North Huntington Beach Soccer girls' Under-10 team earned a second-place finish in the 2011 Coast Soccer League's Silver Central division. The team began the season with two losses but rallied to win all but one of its remaining games in the season. By finishing second in the division, the team qualified for promotion to the Silver Elite division for 2012. The Silver Elite division is the top division for girls' U11 and open to the top seven teams in the Coast Soccer League, NHB girls' U10 Coach Cameron Beaulac said.

This fall, NHB advanced to the elite eight of the league cup (77 teams competed in the tournament) and along the way defeated Celtic, champion of the Silver East division. The team resumes play in January and will compete in February at the Sate Cup.

The NHB girls' U10 team is: Megan Larson, Diana Naughton, Abby Edwards, Camille Heidelbaugh, Katie Freeman, Maddy Alaluf, Lori Mandarino, Delaney Trounce, Trinity Rodman, Cecelia Odou, Alexis Beaulac, Peyton Kassouf and Jayd Sprague.

For tryout information for the 2012 team, email Cameron Beaulac at Cbeaulac@socal.rr.com.


Barons' Rivera commits to Monmouth

Fountain Valley High pitcher Cerissa Rivera is one of four student-athletes to commit to play softball at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., the school announced Friday. Rivera, a senior pitcher/outfielder who had a four-year varsity career at Fountain Valley, was a first-team All-Sunset League selection and led the league in strikeouts during the 2011 season. She will enter Monmouth next fall.


Girls' softball registration ends Friday

Huntington Beach Girls Softball, an Amateur Softball Assn. recreational league, is holding open registration for its spring 2012 season through Friday. Girls ages 5 to 14 are welcome to join the league. The 2012 season runs January through May, with practices and games held at Circle View Elementary School (6261 Hooker Drive, Huntington Beach). For more information, visit http://www.hbgs.org.


Bartovich takes longboard event

Tony Bartovich of Huntington Beach again surfed to a first-place finish last weekend in the Open Longboard division at the seventh event of the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. Southwest Conference Open Season. Bartovich took first with a combined score of 11.60 at Seaside Reef at Cardiff by the Sea. Second place went to Dane Peterson (9.10) of Trabuco Canyon. Lucas Foster (8.24) of Carlsbad was third and Stephanie Schechter (3.96) of San Diego was fourth.

Bartovich was coming off a first-place finish at the Dec. 4 sixth event of the Open Season at the Huntington Beach Pier.


Kaitin surf contest starts in January

The Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge will run for two days between Jan. 6-12 at the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The event will combine elements of team and traditional surfing competition formats and champions will be decided in both team and individual divisions. Past winners at the contest, which began in the 1960s, include World Champions Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Sunny Garcia and Kelly Slater.

Registration is still open for the challenge. Information can be found at http://www.katinusa.com.


Fastpitch online sign ups still open

Registration for South Huntington Beach Girls Fastpitch Softball is available online through Dec. 31 at ww.shbgfs.org. The league is an Amateur Softball Assn. recreational softball league for girls ages 5 to 14.

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