Youth Sports Report: Area player named to All-American Team |

Youth Sports Report: Area player named to All-American Team

Grass Valley’s Shane Soria has been awarded 16U USSSA All-American Honors after an impressive performance at the 2010 USSSA All-American Games. To participate in the All American Games Soria was selected through a series of qualifying events this summer. ABR Scouts selected players from the heavily talented 16U & 18U USSSA World Championships as well as ABR Regional Tryouts that took place across the country.

The USSSA All-American Games took place Aug. 6-8 at the Osceola Sports Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Soria was one of 140 participants at the 16U & 17U divisions that battled on the field for USSSA All-American Honors and a spot on the USSSA National Team.

The coaching staff and evaluation team were comprised of college coaches, scouts, and former MLB players including 10-year MLB veteran Brian McRae and former All-Star Walt Weiss. The 1st Team and select members of the 2nd Team will be named to the USSSA National Team.

The 14U, 15U & 17U National Teams will compete in international competition in the Gold Medal Games next summer, while the 16U National Team will compete internationally.

Youth Basketball

The Magnolia 8th Grade Lady Rattlers pushed their record to 6-0, completing the first half of the NCAL season with a 57-40 win over Seven Hills. The Rattlers were led by Michelle Whiting with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Malone Pearson also had a “double, double” with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Autrey contributed 13 points nine rebounds and Jessica Meylor tossed in 10 points and played tough defense.

Lady Rattlers also scored a 41-8 win over Pleasant Valley. The Rattlers were led offensively by Jessica Meylor with 10 points. Olivia Peterson and Michelle Whiting scored eight points apiece. The defense was led by Jessica Meylor and Darian Coggan. Coggan also scored three points.

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