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Youth Scene: Newport grabs runner-up finish

Lightning fifth-grade boys take second place in Big City Sports Great American Bash.

October 28, 2010

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club's fifth-grade boys' team placed second in last weekend's Big City Sports Great American Bash continuing on a great fall season.

In pool play Saturday, the Lightning beat Rock Solid from Anaheim and NSAA from Los Angeles to advance to the semifinals where they faced All-Time Ballers from the opposing bracket.

The game was tough throughout, but the Lightning prevailed, led by the stellar play of Ben Coffman, Preston Hartsell, JT Murphy and Cole Whitelaw.

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In the championship game, the Lightning held tough against a much bigger and faster West Coast Results team with the game going back and forth until the final few minutes and the Lightning coming up short in the finale.

Jason Yasukochi, Morgan Cortens, Jake Griffin, Eann McKasson, Jake Bashore, AJ Stefano, Jack Fairon and Will Black also played extremely well in the tournament.

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13U boys take second

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club boys' sixth-grade team also finished runner-up in the tournament facing some great competition from all over California.

In pool play on Saturday, the Lightning beat West Coast Results and Corona Lakers to advance into the semifinals where they beat HCE in a very close game. Chase Furey, Connor Kincaid, Colin Pipkin and Tyler Flood had tremendous games to get into the finals.

In the finals, they faced NSAA where they eventually lost in a very close game. Max Nanula, Will Rodosky, Zach Blaine and Chase Garbers played key minutes throughout the weekend.

The Lightning teams were coached by Nick Flamson.

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Mariners Christian School Youth Sports Update

Mariners Christian School's sports teams have gotten off to a great start in Christian Athletic League of Orange County play this fall with girls' basketball and boys' flag football and posting impressive victories.

Boys Flag Football

The sixth-grade boys flag football team at Mariners Christian split games this week with crosstown rival Harbor Day School. The Dolphins beat Harbor Day in the first meeting on Tuesday, 24-14.

Seifu Pierce, Richie Simons and Leyton Bond scored touchdowns for the visiting Dolphins. The following day saw the Harbor Day team coming to Mariners and beating the Dolphins in a thriller 28-26. Touchdowns by Seifu Pierce, Leyton Bond kept the Dolphins close, but Harbor Day was just too quick for Mariners and pulled out the win in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins are now 4-1 on the season with two games left in regular season.

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