The Central Coast Baseball Academy Wolfpack, a summer team comprised almost entirely of San Luis Obispo County players, won the California Wood Bat Invitational championship this past weekend.
The Wolfpack went 6-0 at the 26-team tournament in Redondo Beach, topping APS Academy of Danville, 8-6, in the semifinals before edging the Bakersfield Braves, 6-5, for the title.
The Wolfpack’s roster included Paso Robles High infielder Thomas Bernal, an ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports all-state third-team selection who’ll continue his career at the University of Kentucky.
Others on the squad expected to play at the next level include: Arroyo Grande’s Clark Goossen (UC Santa Barbara), Seth Spears (Long Beach City College) and Erin Norton (Allan Hancock College); San Luis Obispo’s Scott Shields (Cal State East Bay), Dylan Candaele (Monterey Peninsula College), David Murillo, Michael Nieporte and Jordan Goldsmith (all at Cuesta College); and Atascadero’s Bryce Cherry, Brent Poulin and Andrew Stahlman (each at Cuesta).
Wildcats AAU team wins four tourneys
The Central Coast Wildcats Amateur Athletic Union basketball program captured four tournament championships and two second-place finishes over this past spring and summer.
Most recently, the Wildcats — who feature sophomores-to-be Kwabena Farkye, Jacob Hock (both of San Luis Obispo) and Travis Robison (Atascadero), as well as seniors-to-be Anthony Maez and Frank Concepcion (both of San Luis Obispo) — reached the 16-and-under semifinals of the Desert Invitational Tournament in Phoenix this past week.
Prior to that, the program won a 17-and-under silver-division championship at the Star Vision Sports Center Stage tournament in Las Vegas from July 22-26.
The Wildcats, founded in 2002, are an NCAA-registered program meant to help provide college recruiting exposure for local players.
Grover Beach's Ricketts wins at USA Junior Olympic meet
Christian Ricketts of Grover Beach finished 10th in the 1,500-meter run in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 55.76 seconds at the USA Junior Olympic National Meet on Sunday.
Ricketts, competing in the midget category (10-12 years old), had the best time among boys not yet 12 years old.