Burt’s Eye View

by Tim Burt

LOCAL GYMNAST WINS INDIVIDUAL TITLE
Woodbridge graduate Reagan Trussell, who used to compete with South Coast Gymnastics in Irvine, captured an individual national championship for the University of Oregon. She was a senior on the school’s acrobatics and tumbling team and her six-element tumbling pass earned a score of 9.875. While Trussell was at Oregon, the squad moved on to the national finals in three out of the four years.

 

SOFTBALL ALL-STARS COMPETE AT BARBER PARK
Woodbridge’s Joanna Michaels and Hannah Sasaki represented the City of Irvine in the Orange County Softball All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 5 at Bill Barber Park. The two players were on the Orange team (which included players from the Pacific Coast League) which lost to the Green team (players from the Trinity and Freeway League) 9-5. Sasaki drew two walks and Michaels also reached on a walk. Michaels is headed to Bowling Green University and Sasaki to University of Illinois.

“The All-Star Game is a great experience to give these girls another opportunity to play together,” said Woodbridge Coach Jerry Rose, who coached in the game.

 

ELY STUART OF NORTHWOOD IN FINAL GAME
Northwood’s Ely Stuart played his final high school baseball game in the Ryan Lemmon Showcase on Saturday, June 9. Stuart, who will play at Golden West College next year, was the starting shortstop and was first team all-PCL for three years. His father, Rob Stuart, who was his coach for three of his four years at Northwood, was also one of the coaches in the game.

 

PONY BASEBALL TOURNEY HELD AT HARVARD PARK
More than 220 youth baseball teams competed in the annual Irvine Pony Baseball Memorial Day Tournament at Harvard Park over the Memorial Day weekend. Nineteen teams came from Mexico. Opening day included a parade featuring most of the teams in the tournament, followed by a home run hitting contest. Then, the games began.

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Tim Burt has covered Irvine sports since 1984, writing for the Irvine World New, Orange County Register and OC Varsity.