Sports Shorts 6/09/07 |

Sports Shorts 6/09/07

Four area fighters take first place

Perry’s Full Circle Athletic Training Center had four fighters earn first place in their respective divisions of a pankration tournament held last weekend at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building.

Perry’s Full Circle took first place, while City Boys (Sacramento) finished second, Marinobles Kickboxing (Roseville) was third, Total Control (San Jose) fourth and Ultimate Fitness (Sacramento) finished fifth. Teams from Redding, Rohnert Park, South Lake Tahoe and Carson City, Nev., also competed.

Taking the Advanced Light Heavyweight bracket in the Mens Division for Perry’s Full Circle was James Bancroft, while Nick Pocock won the Middleweight bracket. Jillian Early was the winner in the girls Bantamweight division and D.J. Stephenson finished first in the teens Featherweight bracket.

Finishing second in their respective divisions were Jeff Flecksteiner (Mens, Light Heavy), Dan Meyers (Mens, Middleweight), Wesley Hoskin (Mens, Bantamweight), Nick Sperling (Mens, Finweight), A.J. Landry (Mens, Welterweight), Rebecca Beier (Girls, Bantamweight) and Garrett Pearson (Teens, Featherweight).

Finishing third were Bobby Brown (Mens, Finweight) and Rico Stephenson (Teens, Featherweight).

County sailors go for gold

Several area sailors turned in strong finishes in the 26th annual “Go For the Gold Regatta” held at Scotts Flat Lake last weekend.

Fifty four sailboats competed in seven different racing classes on a weekend with nice weather and adequate wind.

Among local sailors, Gary Dowd turned in the top finish by steering “Bear” to first place in the Open Keel division. Ken Neeley was third in the division aboard “Potential.”

In the Open Multi-Hull division, Mike Peavy finished second on his Nacra 5.8. Peter Kraft was fourth on his Nacra 5.0, while Scott Muir finished fifth on an A-Class and Tony Loro finished sixth aboard a Windrider 17.

In the division with the most local sailors, Don Samuelson captained “MoBettah” to third place in the Catalina 22 division, while Don Hare was fifth on “NoCatHare.” Doug Epperson (“Myott”) was 10th, Chris Buti (“Nauti I”) was 11th and Wayne Buti (“Trouble”) was 12th.

Alan Taylor took fourth place in the Open Centerboard A division aboard “HeartBeat,” while John Palmer led “Caprice” to fourth place in the Open Centerboard B division.

Sierra College athletics second in nation

The California Community College Commission on Athletics and National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) recently named Sierra College second in the nation for overall athletic excellence.

In its four year history, the Pepsi/NATYCAA cup has ranked Sierra College Athletics in the top five each year. In 2003-04 Sierra captured first place to win the cup and in 2004-05 and 2005-06 the Wolverines came in fourth. This year the cup went to Orange Coast College.

The Pepsi Challenge Cup was created to honor the top schools in the nation in overall athletic performance as determined by the Commission on Athletics, a national association that monitors all sports each season. A college is awarded points based on its teams’ final positions in post-conference competition. Each college’s top-five men’s and top-five women’s team results count toward the school’s overall point total.

To view the latest news, information and updates of all 23 COA sanctioned sports, visit For more information about the Sierra College Athletics Program call Dawn Flannery in the PE and Athletics Division office at 916-789-2986 or to view other classes and programs offered at Sierra College, visit

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