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I made dozens of Facebook posts and Tweets last night and was answered and followed by hundreds of Breakers fans, eager to hear the results and unable to go to the CCS Div. IV Championship game between the Pacific Grove Breakers and the Sacred Heart Prep Gators. To a person, they are supportive of the team and proud of them. It was a good one, but the Breakers went down to a powerhouse Sacred Heart team 56-21. Their ground-pounding style of play was more than our high-flying style could conquer.
Peter Nichols photo
Breakers varsity squad celebrates a record-breaking win (77-53) over Carmel in the CCS Div. IV playoffs Friday, Nov. 29. Next up: Championship game against Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton on Dec. 6 at Independence High in San Jose. And who knows? Win that one, and the Breakers “stand a very good chance of being invited to the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Regional Bowl game, according to Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports. CIF indicates they do not know where the game would be played, pending the outcome of Friday’s game.
(Photo by Peter Nichols)
CCS (Steve Filios) advises that the championship game this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 PM will be streamed live via
Peter Nichols photo: Final scoreboard for Fri, Nov. 29 playoff game between Pacific Grove Breakers and Carmel Padres. 77-53: Was it a football game or basketball?
Tweeting a playoff game: Fans texting the action to us; we’re spewing it back out because the hometown fans are hanging on every tweet. And what a game it was! Read more…»
Jason Leach, Pacific Grove’s #5, escapes the clutches of Carmel players at the Shoe Game Nov. 15. The Breakers are now in the playoffs, though they lost the Shoe Game.
By Marge Ann Jameson
At 66, the venerable old, bronzed shoe trophy that started life as the track shoe of former Carmel High athletic director Lloyd Miller is showing no signs of slowing down. Read more…»
By Big Sur Marathon Staff
On Sunday, Nov. 17, while you’re sipping your morning coffee, getting ready for church, or maybe even still asleep, more than 7,000 runners will be on the streets of Pacific Grove (Course maps at www.cedarstreettimes.com/pdf/BSIM5K3KCoursemapv4.pdf and www.cedarstreettimes.com/pdf/BSIMHalfCoursemapfinal.pdf) in pursuit of a well deserved Big Sur Half Marathon finishers’ medallion. Read more…»
MTAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET RESULTS
Location: Toro Park
Distance: 3.0 miles
MISSION TRAIL DIVISION – BOYS
1. King City 24
2. Pacific Grove 45
3. Carmel 95
4. Greenfield 108
5. Stevenson 126
MISSION TRAIL DIVISION – GIRLS
1. Pacific Grove 48
2. Santa Catalina 50
3. Greenfield 54
4. Carmel 106
5. Stevenson 139
The streets of Pacific Grove and Big Sur Marathon organization will play host to three races the weekend of November 16-17. On Saturday morning, November 16, two short distance races will be held – the Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K sponsored by Rabobank and the JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K. The following day, the 11th Presentation of the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay will bring nearly 9,000 to experience the city and coastline during the 13.1 mile footrace.
For aspiring half marathoners and local residents, the Saturday races offer two short distance fun runs beginning at 8 and 8:15 a.m. respectively. Approximately 1,200 runners and walkers are expected to participate. This year’s Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K is a certified race which will likely attract strong field of short distance runners. The 3K welcomes children and their families, and may be used as a ‘goal race’ for school groups entered in the JUST RUN youth fitness program. Sunday’s Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay will feature a top elite athlete field led by American record holder Ryan Hall. Read more…»
Just Run is off and running. The youth fitness program aimed at children five-12 has been experiencing phenomenal growth in the first two months of the school year. Already, more than 8,300 students from 70 schools in 13 states have been enrolled.
“This year’s initial growth is unprecedented,” said Susan Love, the program’s director. “Last year at this time we only had 2,000 children; this increase in number is extremely rewarding as well as motivating.”
Love attributes the early rise in the program to several factors. Of major significance is Just Run’s outreach into Santa Clara County, a largely populated area adjacent to the program’s home county of Monterey. The program, which offers free incentives marking mileage accomplishments within Monterey County, is also providing tokens, wristbands, t-shirts and other items free of charge to the Santa Clara schools. In addition, the team continues to make presentations and face-to-face contact with school principals, teachers and leaders to explain how to implement the program and the myriad benefits it brings to the children and the classroom setting. These efforts have succeeded in increasing the early sign-ups by 400 percent.
Just Run is a free, website-based program which was developed by the Big Sur Marathon non-profit running organization in 2004 as a way to combat childhood obesity and to promote physical activity. The annual enrollment has been steadily increasing over the years from a first year total of 4,376. Last year, a record was set with 11,418 students enrolled, and now the program is on a fast track to surpass that on its way to a goal of 15,000 children in the 2013-14 academic year.
In addition to running drills, relays and goal races, the program incorporates Just Deeds, acts of good citizenship, and Just Taste to encourage children to make healthy eating choices. The website tracks group mileage on a virtual run across the United States where the children can learn about the geographic and cultural aspects of areas through which they run.
While the physical benefits of running and exercising are obvious, numerous studies have shown an increase in classroom attentiveness and faster cognitive processing speed following exercise, as well as higher academic scores among those who are more physically active.
A recent testimonial comes from Amanda Johnson at Frank Ledesma School in Soledad, CA, a teacher with 31 students enrolled in her second grade class. When asked how she finds the time to incorporate Just Run, she replied, “How can I not do it? I start my day with the program and the kids are so much calmer when they get to class.” For more information call 625-6226 or visit www/bsim.org.
Pacific Grove takes another! Individual and team results at: http://email@example.com
Monterey Peninsula Lobos will play their last home game of the season this Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m. against Cabrillo College. Fans are urged to go out and support PG Alumni James Karasek (71), Jordan Borne (84) and the 2013 MPC Lobos, who are currently 2-0 in league play. After facing Cabrillo this Saturday, the Lobos will face San Jose State College in San Jose on Nov. 9 and Hartnell College in Salinas on Nov. 16.
Pacific Grove, undefeated in dual meet competition this fall, finished second in the team standings.
Pacific Grove girls came in second by five points.
Freshman Christian Hashimoto of Pacific Grove won the girls race in 19:21. Michelle Watkins took fourth in 19:31 for Pacific Grove.
Complete results at http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/newpdf/XC-MTAL-10-24-13
She started her brief golf career at age 10, when her parents signed her up for day golf camp. And it’s become a passion for Lauren Molin, standout on the Pacific Grove High School Girls’ Golf Team; so much so that she spent her fall break days touring five colleges to help her make a decision about her next few years of schooling. She has had one offer from a Pennsylvania school already, and believes that, for family reasons, that’s where she’ll be heading next year.
“Golf is not as competitive in Pennsylvania [where she's looking] as in California,” says the senior. But competition – and fun — is keeping her on the golf course.
“My PG Middle School coach, Debby, was the first to make golf fun for me,” says Lauren. “She boosted my confidence. She saw my potential and wanted me to keep pursuing golf.” That first coach found that putting was Lauren’s strong suit.
She also credits her current golf coach, Marcia Waitt, with shaping her to be a team player. “She has had a huge impact on me,” says Lauren.
She’s also seeing a personal performance coach to help her with her game. “If my shot is not perfect, I must learn to accept it,” she says. “It’s a game! Tee to fairway to green is boring. If I made a bad shot before, it would ruin my whole day. But now I can rebound.” She adds, “I’ve learned not to give up and to stay positive.”
Lauren Molin is likely in the top 6 of the CCS, though current standings are not out yet. Her team plays in the final league tourney at Salinas Country Club on Mon., Oct. 21. The team is 9-2. Pacific Grove is ranked second, with Stevenson.
Her major will not be golf, though lessons learned on the golf course will carry through to her chosen career. Her major will be electrical engineering.
Pacific Grove resident, 17 yr old Steven J. Moore breaks National and State records in San Jose Open Powerlifting Championship in the Junior Division, Sunday October 6, 2013 at Wild Iron Gym in Santa Clara, CA. This event is sanctioned by: United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). Steven’s coach, Ryan Charles of Crossfit Monterey wrote on his facebook; “Steven crushed his first powerlifting meet today with lifetime personal records in the Bench Press at 275 lbs and Deadlift at 523 lbs. Steven crushes the State and American back squat record by 44 lbs with a ridiculously easy 462 lbs, breaking State and American records in all three lifts!” Steven’s motto: STRENGTH & SPEED
by Marcia Waitt
The renaming of Pasadera Country Club to the Nicklaus Club-Monterey brought a unique opportunity to a few lucky souls on Friday Oct. 11th when golf legend and course designer Jack Nicklaus gave his time and attention to the local membership for an evening.
Dressed in casual golf attire and tennis shoes, Jack settled in to a comfy leather chair to discuss the likes of competition and the layout and design of Nicklaus Club-Monterey. Jack is a busy man at 73, traveling internationally with his company, Nicklaus-China venture operating as a full service operation that not only creates the golf courses, but also helps set up management, maintenance and residential development programs as part of the package. He has designed courses in 36 countries and 39 states. He notes that designing golf courses allows him an “expression about a piece of ground that will last longer than his golf game.”
Visiting the Peninsula is easy for Jack as he always comes back to his love for the area. “I love the Monterey Peninsula and I love Pebble Beach.” Or when he jokes, “I don’t like the Monterey Peninsula at all, and haven’t had much success here.” He absolutely loves California, as the courses are fun to design based on the natural landscape. The par 71 Nicklaus Club-Monterey naturally has a flatter front 9 and a hilly back 9 with wonderful valleys and vistas. The course allows for homes to look down on the course from above. Nicklaus shared, “You have great land, great weather, great variety.”
Nicklaus designs courses based upon the players who will play the course. Nicklaus joked, “Memberships usually don’t get younger.” He is a strong proponent of playing the correct tees, as you can “always move back.” He noted that only 1.8 percent of golfers play from the back tees. For the rest of us, it’s important to pick the right tees for your game and keep the game moving. “I want to take the driver out of the hands of the big player,” Nicklaus states, which he refers to as the “gorillas.” Nicklaus notes a designer’s job is to “find the golf course” not design the golf course.
As a local high school coach, I really wanted Nicklaus’s advice on how to handle pressure putts and shots. He told a great story as his answer. Once in a tournament at Oak Tree in the 80’s, he missed the cut. (He noted that there is nothing worse than missing the cut and staying home to watch it on television.)
Nicklaus added that they ate at McDonalds (yes, McDonalds) and saw a quote on a child’s cup. The quote said, “There is no excuse for not being properly prepared.” The next day, Nicklaus’ wife Barbara, put the cup with the quote next to his coffee cup.
Nicklaus thrives on the gallery who seems to be having as much fun as he is. He loves being in a position to have to make a shot. Sometimes he would look around at the crowd, and he would think, “Go do it, and have fun with it.” He recommends a player never try to make a shot when the odds aren’t in your favor. If there’s a 50 percent chance that the shot will not work, don’t take the chance, it’s not conservative, and it’s not smart.
Nicklaus is a true family man, thriving on the athletic events of his grandchildren. He rarely misses a family athletic event, and as a matter of fact, his wife Barbara was regularly texting him scores and updates. He commented that kids should be involved in all sports, not just golf. Nicklaus gets out to play golf himself about once a month, as his life is the reverse of an average retired person. Most people retire from work so they can play golf. Nicklaus played golf so that he could work at something he loves to do, and that’s designing and developing golf courses.
Coming from a family that has savors the game of golf, I have had the honor to have friendly chats with great golfers such as Phil Mickelson, and Johnny Miller. My father even played in a pro-am with Tiger Woods when my brother “won” the draw to play with Tiger. (He said, “Uh oh Dad, you play.”) For me, a life long golf fanatic and girls golf coach at Pacific Grove High School, nothing compares to this unbelievable opportunity to delve into the mind of the “Golden Bear,” the great Jack Nicklaus.
Jack Nicklaus- Major Tournament Wins
• Masters: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
• U.S. Open: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980
• British Open: 1966, 1970, 1978
• PGA Championship: 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980
• U.S. Amateur: 1959, 1961
From Tom Shymanski:
wow, a great day, and year, for the breakers on the trail.
congratulations to the team, and to you coaches.
and thank you to you coaches for the time spent to give this opportunity
to these students to experience cross country, to set goals, and to work
hard to reach them. what you are doing is huge, and as we remember
Richard Chamberlin so clearly, these runners will remember you too.
Results in pdf form at www.cedarstreettimes.com/newpdf/sc-car-ste-at-pg2013.pdf.pdf
Female Team Scores
Place School Points
1 Pacific Grove PAGR 32
2 North Tahoe NTAH 26
3 Greenfield GRNF 23
4 Adrian Wilcox WILC 10
5 King City KICI 8
6 North Salinas NSAL 6
6 Everett Alvarez ALVA 6
8 Monterey MONT 5
9 Christopher CHS 3
9 Bret Harte BRHA 3
11 Monte Vista Christian MVIS 2
Male Team Scores
Place School Points
1 Pacific Grove PAGR 33
2 King City KICI 28
3 North Tahoe NTAH 20
4 North Salinas NSAL 17
5 Adrian Wilcox WILC 10
6 Everett Alvarez ALVA 6
6 Greenfield GRNF 6
8 Bret Harte BRHA 4
Varsity boys win 24-31, Varsity girls win 19-44, Junior varsity boys lose a close one 30-26, junior varsity girls were incomplete
Complete results here as a pdf:
Greenfield at Pacific Grove - 9/26/2013 Cross Country Team Results
Varsity Girls, PG 18 Gre 39
Varsity Boys PG 16 Gre 47
Junior Varsity Boys PG 15 Gre 48
Junior Varsity Girls Gre 15 PG INC
Pacific Grove girls beat Carmel girls in a dual meet for the first time since 2000. Breaker boys beat Carmel for the second year in a row to start off the MTAL season. Michelle Watkins was only 3 seconds off her course record set last year. Next up for Pacific Grove is Greenfield at Pacific Grove.
Varsity Boys PG 15, Carmel 48
Varsity Girls PG 19, Carmel 40
Junior Varsity Boys PG 19, Carmel 36
Junior Varsity Girls Carmel 15, PG INC
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During the past few days, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff have received many reports of vessels (even paddle boards and kayaks) encroaching on humpback whales within Monterey Bay. Whales are following an influx of prey into the bay, and when this prey comes inshore, so do the whales. Other marine mammals are also pursuing these prey fish. Read more…»
Setting up for a pass, Breaker quarterback Luke Lowell contributes to the team’s victory over Watsonville. (Photo courtesy MontereyBaySportsPhotos.com)
by Peter Mounteer
Ten thousand dollars makes a priceless difference to the men of The Bridge Ministry, who seek to reform themselves and change their lives by accepting the teachings of Jesus as a way out of crippling drug addiction.
One such man is Duke Kelso, a graduate of the Bridge Restoration Ministry’s 2012 program. Read more…»
Pacific Grove High School Breakers repeated their championship season of last year, beating the Menlo Knights 10-4 on Saturday, May 25. And they did it as part of a no-loss streak, setting a record for the Central Coast Section. Parents watching the game at San Jose Municipal Stadium provided fans at home with running commentary on Facebook and great pictures of the action.
photos by Michelle Boatman
photos by Janice Russo
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The Pacific Grove High School Breakers just won over Menlo 10-4 and are CCS Div. III champions! Not only that, but with this with the Breakers have become the first team in CCS history to go undefeated. The closest any team came was the 1977 El Camino team that went 28-1 to capture the section championship.
Well done, guys, and congratulations to Coach Gil Ruiz!