Youth Scene: Atkins, Browning capture gold

December 15, 2010
(Courtesy of John…)

Newport Beach residents Madison Browning and Haley Atkins won gold medals at the So Cal South State Championships for the compulsory levels 4-5-6 in girls' gymnastics last month.

Competing in Level 4, Atkins won gold medals on the balance beam, floor exercise, and the all-around gold medal in the 8-year-old division.

Browning won a gold medal on the floor exercise in the 7-year-old division, and finished 10th in the all-around competition.

Atkins' team, Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin, won the first-place trophy for the Level 4 team competition.

Browning and Atkins are in second and third grade, respectively, at Newport Heights Elementary School in Newport Beach.

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Aim High wins title

The Aim High Hoops Basketball Club boys' 12U team won the Game Point Holiday Classic title in its division last weekend led by Coach Daniel Lim at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

Aim High dominated the competition with aggressive defensive to beat San Gabriel Valley, 28-24, PBC, 50-23, San Diego Mambas, 45-18, and host team Gamepoint, 41-20, in the championship game, to win its first tournament of the season.


The club was led by the stellar overall play of Tyler Chacon (12 points, four assists and five rebounds), Anthony Beltran (13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks), Shan Dharod (seven points and six assists), Kyle Hatch (three points and two assists) and Chris Cox (two points and six rebounds).

The backcourt duo of Dharod and Hatch set the tone defensively while Beltran, Chacon, and Cox dominated the boards to lead the team. Aim High kept its opponents to a 21-point average throughout the tournament with a margin of victory of 20 points.

Contributing off the bench, Luke Vaflaidis (four points and four rebounds) and Kevin Ray (two steals, one assist and two rebounds) provided key minutes and depth throughout the weekend tournament for Aim High.

The Aim High Hoops boys' 12U will play next at the American Sports Center in Anaheim Dec. 18-19.

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Girls win tourney

The Newport-Mesa girls' softball team won the Toys for Tots 10U Tournament last weekend in Fullerton.

The Mustangs won all five of their games, including a close-shave win in the final against the host team, OC Dynasty.

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