Carlos Guizar honored for sportsmanship in Cambria Little League

Steve Kniffen Award goes to Cambria Reds’ Intermediate team member

Special to The CambrianJune 19, 2014 

Carlos Guizar won the Steve Kniffen Award for sportsmanship this season. Guizar, of the Cambria Reds, is flanked by Kniffen, left, and Reds coach Gary Stephenson.

HEATHER STEPHENSON

Carlos Guizar has been honored with the Steve Kniffen Award for this year’s Cambria Little League competition. An outfielder with the Cambria Reds’ Intermediate-level team (11- to 13-year-olds), Guizar plays the game with “enthusiasm, confidence and passion,” according to Reds coach Gary Stephenson.

The Steve Kniffen Award is given to a 12-year-old Little League player from Cambria each year based on his level of “sportsmanship and leadership on and off the field,” and based on a player’s “true love of the game,” Stephenson explained.

Guizar makes “great catches” in the outfield and he constantly strives to “get better”; and notwithstanding his competitive spirit, he is also a “kind soul that other players respect,” Stephenson said. “I see him congratulating players on the other team with the kind of honesty and friendship that I admire,” his coach continued.

After losing their last game to the Morro Bay Brewers (6-3), the Reds ended their season with a 9-5-1 record. Stephenson said “Our guys should be really proud of the way they represented Cambria.”

The Cambria Cardinals (AA Minors; 6- to 10-year-olds) ended their season with an 11-3 record (after finishing 1-11 in 2013). The Cardinals won their final nine games in a row, ending their season “on a great note,” said coach Bob Kasper.

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