Monthly Archives: June 2008

Starz Cup Championship Update


North Division Review

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The north division opened Starz Cup Championship play at the beautiful Campus El Segundo this past weekend.  With Youth and Middle School brackets being played on Saturday and High School and Elite on Sunday, the turf got a serious workout!  Heat in the low 90’s turned the sidelines into the perfect pop up tent advertisement.  Players and parents found shade under the tents as they watched the competitive action.  The 101 Starz made their innagural appearance winning a number of games at the Youth and Middle School level and playing a veteran OC Starz Elite team tough on Sunday.   South Bay and Hill Starz got their rivalry off to a hot start as the two Youth teams went at it early Saturday morning.  Hill’s youth team prevailed but expect the rematch tomorrow to be tight. 

At the High School level we had four new programs on display, the Culver City Starz, the Lions Starz, the 101 Starz, and the Breakers Starz all competed in their first weekend of Starz action.  Culver City got off to a great start and impressed with two strong wins.  Lions Starz and Breakers are both talented teams who will certainly be in the mix for the Starz Cup come August 2nd. 

With games in the South Bay, Irvine, and Las Flores this weekend, competition in the North Division will continue to heat up!

South Division Review 

 WCS PictureCompetition in the south division opened at Rancho Bernardo HS with Youth, Middle School, High school and Elite all having games.  The usual suspects were strong as the Shredderz, Laxdawgs, and RC played well at all levels.  The Olympian Youth team got their first taste of South Division competition and did well splitting their first two games to open the summer at 1-1. Fighting through unseasonably hot weather, Quad City HS team went 2-0 to open up the season, as did the Rebels A team.  

Elite action opened as RC knocked off the SD Pride for a season opening victory.  The Jr. Rip played well in their first Starz games ever and, the Shredderz opened the season with a victory over a tough OC Elite club.  This weekend will bring some highly anticipated matchups back to Rancho Bernardo High School as the first game of the day Saturday pairs perennial powers RC and Shredderz at 2 pm.  Good luck to all of the Southern Division teams in their second weekend of competition!


Girl’s and Mini Starz
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Action for both the Girls Starz and Mini Starz programs begins this coming weekend.  With Girls High School play opening at Venado Middle School in Orange County and Middle School play at Valley Center Primary School (14249 Fruitvale Rd, Valley Center, CA 90282).   Mini Starz games are kicking off in Manhattan Beach at Mira Costa HS, as well as at Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego.backyard_1  Starz will have Wagner Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Karen Rife on hand at Venado MS to watch the games and evaluate the Starz Girl’s program.  We are lucky to have a Division 1 head coach at our first weekend of games and look forward to applying her constructive criticism to the program.

Mini Starz has it’s largest participation in the history of the program this summer with teams from the Valley to San Diego competing for the Starz Cup Trophy.  Good luck to all of the Mini Starz teams playing this weekend!




And Now For Something Slightly Different…Polocrosse..

The growing global popularity of polocrosse is taking two Upcounty teens below the equator next week to promote the sport in Australia.

Nick Balogh and Shannon Molsky, both 17, will travel to New South Wales on Tuesday as part of the American Polocrosse Association’s youth development team. They and their four teammates will compete against Australian squads during the 23-day trip and serve as ambassadors for the sport, which is like lacrosse on horses.

“It’s really a fast-paced, exciting game for all ages,” said Molsky, a Germantown resident who began riding when she was 8. “You see little kids playing and old men playing. It’s a lot of fun.”

Balogh and Molsky, who both graduated from Poolesville High School this year, were introduced to the game through the Potomac Pony Club, which began offering polocrosse lessons about five years ago. Polocrosse seemed more exciting than such traditional horse sports as dressage or show jumping, Balogh and Molsky said, and they took to it immediately.

“I liked that it was more of a game,” said Balogh, who lives in Boyds and began riding when he was 4. “It’s a race or it’s jumping or showing your control over the horse.”

Polocrosse began in England as a way to exercise horses but developed as a sport in Australia in the 1930s, according to the American Polocrosse Association. Two teams of three compete on a 160-by-60-yard field, each player on horseback with a bamboo racquet. A match consists of four to six eight-minute periods called “chukkahs,” and the object is to throw the ball through the opposing team’s goal posts.

Balogh and Molsky practice several times a week and compete in national tournaments, which are nearly every weekend in the spring and fall. They were selected for the APA’s 31-member 2008 youth development team but had to separately apply for the Australian tour, according to the team’s coach, David Brooks of North Carolina.

The teens have been competing as part of the United States Pony Clubs’ regional polocrosse program, but members of the group’s Potomac Pony Club are starting a group this year: the Sugarloaf Mountain Polocrosse Club.

“We’re hoping the bug will catch on and it will start to snowball,” said Kathleen Balogh, Nick’s mother. There are 6,000 polocrosse players worldwide, according to the APA. The sport is slowly growing in the United States and is concentrated especially on the East Coast, Brooks said, where the number of tournaments has tripled over the past several years.

The Montgomery teens said they are unsure whether they will continue competing after going to college in the fall. Balogh will study engineering at Virginia Tech, and Molsky plans to pursue interior design at East Carolina University. But both have already sought out the closest barns to their respective campuses.

“It’s an addiction. It really is,” Molsky said. “You can’t get enough of it. It’s an adrenaline rush.”

To learn more about the Sugarloaf Mountain Polocrosse Club, contact Dee Cook For more about the American Polocrosse Association, visit

Spring Orange County All-League Boys Lacrosse Teams



MVP: Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, Jr.)

First Team: Bryce Hirschburg (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Hudson Parker (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Duke de Lancelotti (San Clemente, Jr.); John Grubert (Capistrano Valley, Jr.); Colin McCracken (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Scott Anderson (Tesoro, Sr.); Chad Bollman (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); David Wallace (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Greg Sherman (Mission Viejo, Jr.)

Second Team: Taylor Brooks (Tesoro, Sr.); David Fallon (Tesoro, Sr.); Taylor Strane (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Dylan Denso (Dana Hills, Jr.); Matt Grey (San Clemente, Sr.); Preston King (Tesoro, Jr.); Brian Ewing (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Scott Graves (Tesoro, Jr.); Josh Leff (San Clemente, Jr.); Nick Werner (Tesoro, Sr.)

Honorable Mention: Ethan Heine (Dana Hills, Jr.); David Klassen (Aliso Niguel, Sr.); Ted Chung (Mission Viejo, Sr.); Cameron Evangelo (Tesoro, Jr.); Charlie Johnson (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Patrick Olney (Mission Viejo, Jr.); Andrew Grandstaff (Capistrano Valley, Sr.); Anthony Kaspar (Dana Hills, Jr.); Bryan McCarthy (Aliso Niguel, Jr.); Ryan Tuley (Dana Hills, Jr.)


Offensive MVP: Hunter Steffien (St. Margaret’s, Sr.)

Defensive MVP: Kelly McMinn (JSerra, Sr.)

First Team: Connor Edgecomb (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Max Sutro (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Jeremy Baileys (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Jeff Askin (St. Margaret’s, So.); Eric Evans (JSerra, Jr.); Kyle Snyder (JSerra, Jr.); Brendan Yount (JSerra, Jr.); Jack Cranston (Santa Margarita, Jr.); Michael Fice (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Tristan Pace (Servite, So.); Kevin Murphy (Servite, Sr.)

Second Team: Mark Aghajanian (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Dorian Farhang (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Brad Smith (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Devin Dugard (JSerra, Sr.); Bobby Brown (JSerra, So.); Chris Whitman (JSerra, Sr.); Justin Gabriel (Santa Margarita, Jr.); John Eastman (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Omair Syed (Santa Margarita, Sr.); Mike Churnok (Servite, Sr.); Bruce Statton (Servite, Sr.)

Honorable Mention: Alex Brolick (St. Margaret’s, Jr.); Cameron Hiller (St. Margaret’s, Sr.); Sammy Inman (JSerra, Jr.); Max Luburic (JSerra, So.); Chris Fox (Santa Margarita, So.); Cameron Kilar (Santa Margarita, Jr.); Sean Cameron (Servite, Jr.)

Tara Arolla: WSL California Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

La Costa Canyon Senior Attack Tara Arolla

2007: Brandi Jones, Poway
2006: Haley Geller, Berkeley


By James Joseph
WSL Senior Features Writer

Tara Arolla did not begin playing lacrosse until the winter of her freshman year of high school.

But just a couple months after she learned how to throw and catch, Arolla tried out for the team at La Costa Canyon — and emerged with a spot on the Mavericks’ varsity.

“It was really incredible how quickly she learned,” La Costa Canyon Coach Katie Dolan said. “She’s a gifted athlete, so it came naturally. And she worked hard on it.”

Natural ability plus hard work added up to a standout career for Arolla. In four seasons, she scored a jaw-dropping 296 goals and dished out 97 assists. And from 2006 through 2008, with Arolla prominently involved , the Mavericks won 63 of 66 games.

“Tara stepped up for our program even as a freshman — immediately she was a contributor and played a huge role on the team,” Dolan said. “And every year after that, she continued to grow as a player and added more value.”

Arolla’s play crested her senior year, when she scored 98 goals and added 24 assists to lead La Costa Canyon to a 23-0 record, a second consecutive CIF-San Diego Section title, the No. 2 ranking in WSL’s Top 25 and the top spot in WSL’s California rankings.

“She really shined and led the way for us,” Dolan said.

Arolla, who will be playing NCAA Division I lacrosse next season at UC Berkeley, capped her career by scoring five goals and assisting on another in the Mavericks’ CIF-San Diego Section championship game victory over Coronado. The title game triumph was La Costa Canyon’s 37th straight victory, and it completed a perfect season that even Arolla said was unexpected.

“I’d never had a perfect season in high school,” Arolla said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Dolan noted Arolla’s quickness, “explosive” speed and shooting ability as what made her such a good player. But Dolan was quick to point out that Arolla did not rely on her athletic ability alone.

“She was always looking for new ways to improve her game,” Dolan said. 

Cameron Piorek: Rehabilitation At The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland

Cameron will still be released on Thursday from St. Jude, but he will NOT be going home to Laguna Niguel. Instead, he will be staying at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brea Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday, he and Brandon and his Grandparents will board a plane and head off to The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the center that treated Christopher Reeve and it a leading center in the world for spinal cord recovery and rehabilitation. It was a huge victory for Kelly to get this opportunity and a VERY special Thank You goes out to all of the people who helped make this happen. For more information on the center, please go to their website at

While at the center, Cameron will undergo four to five hours of VERY intensive rehabilitation therapy every day for the next three weeks. He will then return home for an addtional six weeks of treatment at the St. Jude Outpatient Center in Brea. It is hoped that he can then begin rehabilitation at Project Walk in Carlsbad, California.

In addtion to all of his rehabilitation, Cameron will also be catching up on his school work. At this point, he will only need to complete the work for his World History class. He is looking forward to September, when he can resume classes at Aliso Niguel High School with his classmates as a JUNIOR!!

The Piorek’s are still planning on having a coming home party for Cameron, but it will now be rescheduled for when he comes home from Baltimore.

Please continue to keep Cameron, and his family, in your prayers !!

The Orange County Register will be coming to the Embassy Suites on Saturday to interview Cameron and take pictures of him with his flag. They will be featuring Cameron on the front page of the Aliso Niguel News, which is published by the OC Register. It is distributed on Thursdays, so look for it either next week or the following week. Whichever week it is printed, the same article will also be printed in the Sunday paper of that week.

San Diego Hall of Champions Announces 2008 High School Girls All-County and All-Section Teams

 Selected by league coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions. Selection committees can recognize athletes in excess of the authorized number, but only those whose names will appear on the Hall of Champions certificates are listed below.

North County Conference
First team – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Ashley Inman (Poway) Jr.; Jackie Candelaria (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Becky Trees (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Tori Cameron (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Kelly Jablonski (Poway) Sr.; Liz Donahue (Poway) Sr.; Melanie Garces (Westview) Sr.; Taylor Fiehler (Valley Center) Jr.; Anne Morgan Yeatman (Rancho Bernardo) Jr.; Brooke Smith (Carlsbad) Jr.; Haleh Nourani (La Costa Canyon) Sr.
Second team – Mailin McCormley (Westview) Sr.; Torre Price (Valley Center) Jr.; Holly Hayes (Westview) So.; Anessa Jamison (Poway) Sr.; Samantha Slattery (Carlsbad) Jr.; Alexa Golden (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Katie Trees (Torrey Pines) Fr.; Erin Menefee (Mt. Carmel) So.; Kristen Sondag (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Liza Dutcher (Rancho Bernardo) Jr.; Barb Thunder (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Lauren Carter (Poway) Sr.
Player of Year – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon).                                                             Tara Arolla

League champion – La Costa Canyon.

City Conference
First team – Melissa Humphrey (Coronado) Jr.; Hannah Sebenaler (Coronado) Sr.; Greer Goebels (Coronado) Sr.; Bria Phillips (Coronado) Sr.; Alyssa Litten (Coronado) Sr.; Margaret Nettleton (La Jolla) Jr.; Mia Cohen (La Jolla) Sr.; Mackenzie Gloven (La Jolla); Jr.; Megan Moser (Patrick Henry) Sr.; Lauren Nardi (Cathedral Catholic) So.; Tawni Gotbaum (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Gina Holslag (Scripps Ranch) Jr.
Second team – Kristen Dillard (Patrick Henry) Sr.; Anna Ponting (Patrick Henry) Jr; Nicole Fleury (Patrick Henry) Jr.; Shelly Scarborough (Patrick Henry) Jr.; Alex Botte (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Alex Weiss (Serra) Sr.; Lainey Mebust (Coronado) So.; Kristen Krock (Coronado) Jr.; Annette Pulliam (La Jolla) Sr.; Megan Blahnik (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Kaitlin Phillips (Cathedral Catholic) Sr.; Katie Kuhnert (Cathedral Catholic) Jr.
Player of Year – Greer Goebels (Coronado).                                                                 Greer Goebels

League champion – Coronado.

Grossmont Conference
First team – Dana Harvey (Helix) Sr.; Melissa DeJack (Helix) Sr.; Jill Stafford (Grossmont) Sr.; JoAnn Stoddard (Grossmont) Sr.; Kacie Lewis (Granite Hills) Jr.; Caroline Poleshak (Granite Hills) Sr.; Alanna Parker (Monte Vista) Jr.; Samantha Anderson (Monte Vista) Jr.; Matti Miller (Santana) Jr.; Marin Martinez (Santana) So.
Second team – Himiko Randolph (Helix) Sr.; Alexandra Reardon (Helix) Jr.; Bonnie Alexander (Grossmont) Jr.; Rowan Dionisopoulos (Grossmont) Jr.; Jill Bejar (Granite Hills) Sr.; Julie Miller (Granite Hills) Sr.; Heather Penfold (Monte Vista) Jr.; Hannah O’Gara (Monte Vista) So.; Sea-Anna Thompson (Santana) Sr.; Alyssa Padgerg (Santana) So.
Player of Year – Dana Harvey (Helix).
League champion – Helix.

Coastal Conference
First team – Kaihla Corso (Santa Fe Christian) Sr.; Nicole Wimsatt (Santa Fe Christian) So.; Tiffany Su (Canyon Crest) Jr.; Tace Higuchi (Canyon Crest) Fr.; Erin Keitel (Francis Parker) Sr.; Amanda Martin (Francis Parker) Sr.; Brooke Norling (San Dieguito) Sr.; Elizabeth Siemion (San Dieguito) Jr.; Jacqueline Rhodes (Bishop’s) Sr.; Ali Bishop (Bishop’s) Jr.; Hillary Halter (Bishop’s) So.; Sophia Mueller (Bishop’s) So.
Second team – Sean Znachko (San Dieguito) Jr.; Charlotte Huguenor (Santa Fe Christian) Jr.; Ashley Bertz (Francis Parker) Jr.; Rachel Niddrie (Francis Parker) Sr.; Chelsea Jensen (Francis Parker) So.; Shayla Malauulu (Francis Parker) Sr.; Laura Bernard (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Olivia Jacobs (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Heidi Curry (Canyon Crest) Sr.; Jamison Kearney (Bishop’s) Jr.; Haley Geier (Bishop’s) Jr.; Jodi Morris (La Jolla Country Day) So.
Player of Year – Erin Keitel (Francis Parker).
League champions – Bishops, Francis Parker.

 Selected by San Diego Section Advisory Committee with input from coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions.
First team – Greer Goebels (Coronado) Sr.; Bria Phillips (Coronado) Sr.; Melissa Humphrey (Coronado) Sr.; Hannah Sebenaler (Coronado) Sr.; Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Haleh Nourani (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Jackie Candelaria (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Stephanie Ullrich (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Becky Trees (Torrey Pines) Jr.; Kelly Jablonski (Poway) Sr.; Elizabeth Donahue (Poway) Sr.; Mackenzie Gloven (La Jolla) Jr.
Second team – Alyssa Littin (Coronado) Sr.; Erin Keitel (Francis Parker) Sr.; Dana Harvey (Helix) Sr.; Barbara Thunder (La Costa Canyon) Sr.; Kristen Sondag (La Costa Canyon) Jr.; Tori Cameron (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Mara Harry (Torrey Pines) Sr.; Anessa Jamison (Poway) Sr.; Alanna Parker (Monte Vista) Jr.; Gina Holslag (Scripps Ranch) Jr.; Brooke Norling (San Dieguito) Sr.; Mia Cohen (La Jolla) Sr.
Player of Year – Tara Arolla (La Costa Canyon).
Section champion – La Costa Canyon.

PHOTOS: OC Starz 9th Sunday Games At Camp El Segundo

Connor “Quan” Cummins clears “rock” out of OC Starz 9th defensive end on Sunday’s Game against South Bay (1st Picture)…..Cameron Cole fires his patented side arm cannon shot (Picture #2)….Jill Cole, aka Super Mom and OC Starz All-Everything, ices Quan’s bone bruise after OC Starz game against South Bay…OC Starz won game….Photos by LaxBuzz