Burt’s Eye View

by TIM BURT

Portola Bulldogs 2018 Varsity Football Team

Portola steps up on the Gridiron

Portola High School, coached by former Irvine High star Peter Abe, launched its first varsity football season on Aug. 17th with a 39-20 victory over rival Fairmont Prep. Portola’s Kaveh Wojtowich embodied the team’s pedigree, scoring the first touchdown of the season with a 42-yard pass from Brandon Yue.

“The program has been working hard to take deliberate steps every day, every play to grow as a varsity football program and develop student athletes who will rise to the expectations of our Bulldog pedigree,” Abe said.

 

Irvine Girls Softball Association 10-and-under gold softball team
Members of the team were Carson Cruz, Ellie Daboub, Payton Harris, Dyllan Harris, Maddie Heimann, Gianna Ioja, Katie Liu, Diya Malik, Kiyomi Okamoto, Katelyn Park, Abby Sasaki, Audrey Song, Mia Tamkoc and Baylie Wong.

 

Irvine girls softball reaches new heights

It was a great finish for the Irvine Girls Softball Association 10-and-under gold softball team, which took third place at the USA National Softball Fast-Pitch Championships.

The team, coached by Greg Sasaki, finished the all-star season with a 36-8 record.

Sasaki said the finish is the highest for an IGSA softball team in any age division in the 20-year history of the organization.

The coaching staff consisted of Jay Tamkoc, Rich Song, Casey Harris, Greg Sasaki and team parent Audra Heimann.

Former baseball star heads home

Michael Fuchs, a former Beckman star shortstop
Michael Fuchs, a former Beckman
star shortstop, has returned to be
an assistant coach at Beckman.

Former Vanguard University baseball standout Michael Fuchs returned to his high school campus recently to help out in the Beckman World Series.

Fuchs, who starred at Beckman from 2013 to 2014 as a shortstop, will be an assistant coach with the Patriots baseball team next spring.

The Irvine resident won four Gold Glove awards at Vanguard. Beckman coach Kevin Lavalle said, “he will be a welcome addition to the team.”


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