Today was a wonderful day of soccer across the board, not just for BORP Crushers and Earthquakes but the Hollister Free Wheelers and the San Jose Rockets. All the teams have clearly focused on their passing and teamwork and exciting, attacking end-to-end play was on display in every game. I didn’t want the day to end and can’t wait for our next games in June.
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes and especially Chris Finn for hosting my Birthday Poker Slam ($1,000!) and organizing the big group “Happy Birthday to You” singing at the games. So far being 60 is pretty cool!
Free Wheelers 3 – Crushers 2
Goals: Jake Bath 1, Stanley Kuang 1
Assists: Milo Balcziunas 1
Earthquakes 7 – Rockets 1
Goals: Kendra Scalia 4, Brandon Johnson 1, Brian Larson 1, John Madigan 1
Assists: Johnson 4, Madigan 1, Scalia 1
Earthquakes 3 – Free Wheelers 0
Goals: Madigan 2, Scalia 1
Assists: Madigan 1, Scalia 1
Rockets 2 – Crushers 1
Goals: Balcziunas 1
In October/November 2013, the first ever international Powerchair Football tournament for national teams made up of players 18-and-under will take place in Paris.
Milo in traffic.
The United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) will be sending a team to this event and I am delighted to report that 2 BORP players have been invited by the USPSA to submit applications to participate. These players are: BORP Crushers Jake Bath (13) and Milo Balcziunas (12).
Jake moving the ball.
The deadline for applications is April 23. The selection process after that time will be determined by the number of responses. Only 6 players will make the team.
Both Jake and Milo’s families have started on-line fundraising campaigns to support their potential participation.
Congratulations to the BORP Bay Earthquakes for an excellent showing in the Glendale Invitational on April 6-7!
The Earthquakes went 3-1-1 with wins over the Desert Outlaws, the Glendale Rough Riders and the Arizona Heat Elite. The loss (1-3) and the tie (1-1) were both against the SoCal Vaqueros.
The tournament showed that the Earthquakes are on track for a strong performance at the Premier Conference Cup in Minneapolis (June 21-23).
Thanks to all the families and friends who helped make this trip possible and supported the team at the event!
PS: Just added to the calendar:
Home tournament at James Kenney on June 1. No other details at this time.
The Cal Triathlon team is opening up their program to all athletes.
You do not have to be a triathlete (or a Cal student) to take
advantage of this opportunity, just be someone who would like to
train and participate in any (or a combination of any) of triathlon's
If you are interested, please read the following message from the
Cal Triathlon Team and/or if you know someone who might be
interested, please help spread the word.
One look at the sport’s rich rich history, as well as our team’s
background and mission statement, will tell you that we have
always held to the belief that triathlon is for anyone and everyone.
Starting spring 2013, Cal triathlon will officially be an all-inclusive
team. We would like to invite athletes of all abilities to come
to our recruitment meeting on February 4th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
• Be part of the best collegiate team in the nation.
• Stay active. Stay Healthy.
• Have a dedicated coaching staff with an optimum training
• Meet a friendly group of triathletes that loves to train just as
much as you do.
• Find a training buddy that will keep you motivated throughout
• Have access to training facilities and equipment (with the
support from BORP**).
• Have the opportunity to represent UC Berkeley in races all
• Challenge your limits in relay races or full triathlons.
• And most important, a wide range of team practices designed
for all abilities.
• Swim: Hearst Pool @ 3:00 PM
• Run: Hearst @ 4:15 PM
• Run: Krobert @ 4:00 PM
• Bike: The Farm @ 5:00 PM
• Bike: RSF spin room @ 4:00 PM
• Swim: Golden Bear Pool @ 7:00-8:10 PM
• Swim: Golden Bear Pool @ 8:10-9:00 PM
• Run: Edwards Track @ 5:00 PM
• Swim: Hearts Pool @ 8:00 PM
• Bike: Krobert @ 3:00 PM
• Bike: Krobert @ 9:00 AM
• Run: Krobert @ 9:00 AM
• Swim: Spieker Pool @ 8:00 PM
Note: Practices are NOT mandatory. Come to as many or as little
as your heart and body desires. All abilities are welcome.
Find more information on our website: caltriathlon.com ;
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ! See you on Monday!
** Partnership with BORP**
For more than 30 years, Bay Area Outreach & Recreation
Program (BORP) has been providing accessible sports
and recreational programs to children, adults, and families
all over the Bay Area. Cal Triathlon is honored to have
the support of such a prominent non-profit organization.
BORP’s varsity and prep wheelchair basketball teams are hosting a tournament in Berkeley this weekend. Saturday is at James Kenney Rec Center and Sunday is at the Berkeley Young Adult Project (BYAP). They will be playing teams from Salt Lake City, Portland, Spokane and San Diego.
If you can get out to cheer for them I know it would be appreciated and you’ll get to see some great hoops (and its free).
Flier with exact game schedule 2013 Tournament Schedule
1720 8th Str. (cross street Virginia)
1730 Oregon Str. (near MLK Jr. Way and Ashby)
Golden State Road Warriors (including BORP participants: Chuck Gill, Trooper Johnson, Mickey Kay, Marcus Oden) will host a tournament in San Jose on Dec. 1/2, 2012.
See the attached flier.
2012 Road Warrior Tournament (1)
Congratulations to the Bombers and Crushers for their spirited and relentless play today. For the Bombers I especially want to salute their teamwork and never-say-die attitude in games in which they couldn’t find their offense and could easily have given up. For the Crushers I was impressed by the new-found aggressiveness that paid off with lots of offense and a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Kryptonite Pride. While there were many tremendous scores (and near scores) throughout the day, the one that stands out for me was the Bath to Balcziunas goal in the game vs the Pride. This was a precision strike that beat the Pride goalie, a former USA team player, with ease!
Offensive stars for the day were:
John Starks: 2 goals, 1 assist
Milo Balcziunas: 5 goals
Stanley Kuang: 2 goals (his first ever)
Ian Kinmont: 1 assist
Jake Bath: 2 goals and 3 assists
Defensive stars were:
The whole dang Crushers roster
Luis Campos with some amazing stops in goal for the Bombers.
Accolades of the highest order to the Booster Club for the delicious lunch and snacks.
The referees for their fair-minded, conscientious management of the games.
Matt, Jessica and Courtney for their volunteer assistance at the score table
Our outstanding pit crew for their usual but never to be taken for granted excellent work with everyone’s equipment.
Todd Kerr and the Berkeley Times for covering today’s matches. I’ll let you all know when the article is published.
Hope everyone has a joyous Sunday and Thanksgiving weekend!
See you in December,