Congratulations to the Sting 12U Hornets for taking first place in the Gold bracket this weekend in Redding! July 26 & 27
Congratulations to the Sting 12U Wasps for taking second place in the Silver bracket this weekend in Redding! July 26 & 27
Hard to believe, but our 31st spring season of recreational softball has come to a close. I don't know about you, but this season has flown by for me. Reports I have received are in line with what I have witnessed firsthand: this has been a resoundingly successful year of safe and fun softball skills development and healthy and respectful competition.
The only reason I'm not overly despondent right now is that summer softball, the Solano Stroll, Fall clinics, November/December registration, January assessments, February clinics, coach/manager orientation, and March opening day of our 32nd year are all right around the corner! As great as our history, as fabulous as this season was - next year will be even better.
That's because of you, our volunteers. Thank you for all you have done to make this year so successful for our girls. We worked and played together as a team, and we all should be very proud of ourselves. Specifically, I wish to thank:
All of our Coaches and Managers - the lifeblood of the League. Without you we are nothing.
Our Commissioners - Brad Whitaker (League), Meridi Williams (Older), Dee Owens (Middle), Mark Hennig (Younger), Jane Hammond (Micro) and Michael Lewis (Sting).
Our Coach Consultant, Coach Bo (aka, Karen Bonini).
Our recent players who worked with Micros: Maggie Gallagher, Erin Hoynes, Claire Simpson.
Our Coordinators - Lee Kempf (Bat-A-Que, Photos, Awards) Linda Moran (Bat-A-Que), Negar Souza (Managers & Website), Justin Thewlis (Registrar), Debbie Hayakawa-Wing (Equipment), Mark Shafer (Equipment), Matt Rasband (Fields), Dave Paige (Fields), Michael Saaf (Umpires), Maureen Sullivan (Merchandise), Rysa Pitner (Reporting), Stacey Owens (Fields Status Coordinator), Elaine Davenport (Sponsors), Steven Tiffin & Tuula Tilander (Bookkeeping), Monte Meyer (Taxes) and Mark Galbraith and Katherine O'Brien (Older Division Tournament Directors).
Our Sponsors -
Jane Hammond Events, Berkeley Children's Dentistry, Love in the Mix, Berkeley Design Build, Berkeley Hills Realty, Fabric on Demand, Five Little Monkeys, Precision People's Car Repair, Red Oak Realty, Brushstrokes, FB Design Build, JCC East Bay, Koff and Associates, Le Petit Cochon, Galaxy Desserts, Steve Klucharich, Emily Bergstrom, UPS Store, Zonta, Alliance Graphics, Almost Everything Communications, North Berkeley Investment Partners, Prins Chiropractic, Strategic Economics, Michael Lewis, Title Nine, and Lantesplitters Pizza.
All of our Bat-A-Que Donors, including -
Janet Curl/Fit First Fitness, Meridi Williams/Life Pilates, Albany Bowl, Albany Rotary, Mary & Joe's, Danny & Sarah Chester/4Cats Art Studio, and Michael Lewis.
Our Board of Directors -
John Cain, Willie Fleishman, Jane Hammond, Mark Hennig, Jason Kaneko, Bruce Keilin (Secretary), Lee Kempf, Michael Lewis, Dee Owens, Dave Paige, Shari Posner, Matt Rasband, Negar Souza, Michael Saaf (Immediate Past President), Stephanie Sala, Justin Thewlis, Jim Thomsen (Chief Financial Officer), Brad Whitaker, Meridi Williams.
And former Board Members who "graduated" from the League this past season: Walt Gill, Ed Murray, and David Wampler.
Thank you for being such great stewards of the great tradition that is the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League. We are always looking for parents to step up and take on these and other volunteer roles for next season. If you are interested in anything in particular, please feel free to let me know. ABGSL is such a strong, fun, supportive community. I highly recommend getting more involved.
Thanks again to all of you for a great 31st season. Enjoy your summer!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Older Division Tournament Champions!