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Locals shine on USA Ultimate teams

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
LECCO, Italy -- The USA Ultimate national teams have dominated the first five days of international competition of the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Lecco, Italy.
Local players, Leah Farris and Josiah Mort, have made a name for Atascadero and the Mud Pit Gladiators on an international stage.
Mud Pit Gladiator coach Sean Sommerville traveled to Italy as a volunteer
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SCVA team suffers first loss in Tulsa

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Southern California Volleyball Association's National Select team won the first three games of pool play at the 2014 Indoor High Performance Volleyball Championships, and Templeton's Jena Kelly is putting her stamp on the tournament for the USA.
The SCVA Select team is coached by Andrea Buckner, and won the first three matches by dropping only one set.
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Heat burn Raptors early

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- After clinching first place for the season, the Atascadero Youth Basketball summer league junior high school division Heat went into the final week of the regular season protecting an undefeated season. The first team standing in their way was the Raptors, led by Jake Featherstone, who piled up a game high 27 points.
The game began as a
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Future track stars take down records

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Two teams from Central Coast Elite broke records in the 4X100-meter relay at Atascadero All Comers. Both the girls and boys 10- to 12-year-old division records fell, with the girls nipping at the heels of the boys.
Rayann and Reann Booker, Olivia Labastida, and Carrina Tuck would have broken the record on Wednesday, if they had not already
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Templeton to host NFL competition

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
TEMPLETON -- An NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick event is coming to Templeton thanks to the Templeton Youth Football League. The TYFL will host the event on Sunday, August 24 at Templeton High School beginning at 10 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the NFL, and is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15. There is no cost
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Underdogs bite back in rematch

Posted: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Early in the season, the Atascadero Youth Basketball summer league Supersonics shocked the Underdogs, but the ‘Dogs were missing their No. 1 big man to summer camp, and with Kyler Warren back in the lineup, the Sonics were unable to keep up and the ‘Dogs earned the 74-47 win to even their records at 3-3 each.
The Underdogs
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Attendance breaks records again

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
ATASCADERO -- If one thing is breaking records at the Atascadero All Comers track and field meets, it has been the attendance. In its 16th year as an event, the meet was swarmed on Wednesday, July 16 with a record 268 participants.
Due to the high volume of participants, the meets have run later than scheduled and one of the
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Indians camp sharpens youth skills

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
TEMPLETON -- Sandwiched between wins against the Paso Robles Reds, the North County Indians hosted a youth baseball clinic at the Vineyard Athletic Park to give back to the community on Saturday morning.
The one-day camp focused on baseball fundamentals, including hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching and baserunning.
As North County head coach Dan Marple explained, the annual summer camp allows
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Baller Bootcamp begins on Monday

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
ATASCADERO -- International basketball professional Augie Johnston has traveled halfway around the world, taking the rock to the rack, playing the universal language of basketball, and is bringing it all back to the indoor courts at Colony Park Community Center for the Baller Bootcamp beginning Monday, July 28.
Boys and girls ages 8 to 15 are encouraged to attend the
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AYFL leads with Heads Up Football

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Conditioning week starts on Monday, July 28 for the Atascadero Youth Football League, in preparation for putting on pads and getting ready for the league jamboree. Players need to put in 10 hours of conditioning prior to putting on pads and making contact, so any kids, aged 7 to 13, still interested in playing football need to get
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Spurs chase the first-place spot in the division

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Teams are fighting for top seeding in the summer youth basketball league of Atascadero as the season heads toward the end of season tournament and a face-off between the 4-6 grade division Spurs and Lakers was a landslide as the Spurs chase the first-place Red Runners.
The Spurs came into the game with a 4-2 record, a game
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Red Runners hold onto first place in division

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23rd, 2014
ATASCADERO -- In the second blowout of Monday evening at Colony Park Community Center, the 4-6 grade division first-place Red Runners took down the last-place Blue Ninjas, 35-15.
The Red Runners were trying to stay a game ahead of the Spurs, who had beaten the Lakers to tie with the Runners at five wins each. The Runners held onto first
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Jena Kelly takes her talents to Tulsa

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
The last couple seasons have been banner years for Templeton volleyball, highlighted by UCSB NCAA Division I recruit Henri Cherry, and Pierce College's Autumn Russell, playing their senior high school season in 2013-14, but their departure to institutions of higher learning does not leave the community without a volleyball star.
Jena Kelly, who turned 13 years old in May, has
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Supersonics hold on for the overtime win

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The Supersonics and the Spurs went into overtime during Tuesday's junior high division Atascadero Youth Basketball summer league game at Colony Park Community Center, before the Sonics bested the Spurs, 50-45.
The Spurs started only four players, before Riley Coalwell showed up to take the fifth place on the floor, and Justin Fetzer led the Spurs to the
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Too hot for the Ballerz

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The junior high division Heat of the Atascadero Youth Basketball summer league ran out to a big lead over the Ballerz on Tuesday through three quarters, but a 26-point fourth quarter by the Ballerz put the fans on the edge of their seat through the final minute.
The Heat jumped out to a 16-point lead at the end
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Mutton Bustin’ a must see

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
PASO ROBLES -- All it takes is a quick glance at the daily schedule for the California Mid-State Fair to get an idea of what the people really want to see.
The answer is action, specifically the kind that involves small children putting on helmets and riding sheep before inevitably tumbling to the dirt.
The event, of course, is Mutton
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Heavy Metal

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Throwing heavy metal around has made Atascadero High School senior Sarah Stafford a force to be reckoned with on the track and field team, but when she decides to put her energy into raising money for great causes, not many can match the weight she moves.
Stafford began restoring tractors as a freshman, when she found an old
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CIF champion returns to Greyhounds

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- The end of the school year at Atascadero High School left a large vacuum at the varsity level of boys basketball, with a handful of college-ready seniors graduating and AHS alum Matt Knudsen stepping down as the head coach.
Instead of being in a rebuilding year, talent-wise, the incoming juniors and seniors are relatively strong, led by senior
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French Muay Thai champion returns to Atascadero

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
ATASCADERO -- Pierre Lefebvre returned to Atascadero for his second stay with his Education First host Sue Christian this summer, this time as the reigning French national amateur Muay Thai 81-kilogram champion.
Lefebvre grew up in Normandy, France, in a city called Rouen. Rouen is about a one hour and 45 minute drive from Paris, where he fought in the
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All Comers track and field week two

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News
Atascadero All Comers pole vault leader Jan Johnson gives Thalia Basulto, left, and Alex Wysocki, right, an early pole vaulting experience during the July 9 meet at Atascadero High School.
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