Local youth column: Team Florida dazzles at regional AAU gymnastics championships

The Collier Cougars U11 baseball team won the Omaha Champions Village national tournament on June 15 in Omaha, Neb. Contributed photo

Contributed photo

The Collier Cougars U11 baseball team won the Omaha Champions Village national tournament on June 15 in Omaha, Neb. Contributed photo

The 2012 AAU Gymnastics Southeast Regional Championships last weekend brought together hundreds of athletes from across the Southeast to Germain Arena.

The gymnastics were held June 16 and 17, bringing athletes from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Last year year's inaugural event was held in Charlotte, N.C.

Team Florida, comprised of gymnasts from across the state from beginner Level 2, to the more advanced Level 10, performed very well. A number of athletes representing Naples Progressive Gymnastics, located on Mercantile Avenue, earned medals in their various events.

"It was our last meet of the season," said Debra Ponczoch, the program director at Naples Progressive. "We finished on a high note. It was a lot of fun for our gymnasts, who were able to reconnect with many of the kids from other states they competed against last year."

Here is a breakdown of how the Naples Progressive athletes placed:

Level 2: Chloe Goldenbaum placed eighth on bars & floor and the Team Florida placed second.

Level 3: Elizabeth LeMay was SEC all-around champion in the younger division, placing first on bars, second on vault, third on beam and fourth on floor. Team Florida placed first. Mallory Tarvin was SEC all-around champion in the older division placing first on vault, beam, floor and third on bars and Team Florida placed first. Marissa Diaz was second on beam, third on bars and fourth all-around and Team Florida placed second. Meghan Doran placed fifth on bars, beam and fourth on floor and all-around and Alyssa Vespo's Team placed fourth.

Level 4: Isabella Ramirez was SEC all-around champion with a team high score of 37.85, placing second on vault, bars, beam and first on floor and Team placed first. Savannah Zettler placed third on floor and fourth on bars. Team Florida placed fourth.

Level 5: Alexandria Ramirez placed seventh all-around and Esabella Ramos placed fifth on vault and eighth all-around. Modified Optional's Hannah LeMay was SEC all-around champion placing first on vault, bars, fourth on floor and Team placed first. Isabella Russo placed second on vault, bars, third all-around and Team Florida placed second.

Valerie Gunning placed first on beam, third on floor, fourth on bars and Team placed third.

Katherine Carr placed third on vault and Team placed third.

Level 8: Sarah Myers placed second on floor, third on bars, fourth on vault, fifth all-around and Team Florida placed first.

Level 9: Brittany Smith placed second on beam, third on floor, fifth all-around. Valerie Gresham placed first on vault, fourth on bars, floor and all-around. Brittany and Valerie's team placed first.

Collier Cougars take national tournament: There were many impressive aspects to the Collier Cougars U11 victory at the Omaha Champions Village national tournament on June 15 in Omaha, Neb.

With 15 teams competing from across the country, the Cougars blazed through the tournament with an 8-1 record, defeating the Nevada Wildcats 9-2 in the championships game.

"We have come along way in less than 10 months together," Cougars manager Anthony Escobedo said. "This truly is a testament to the time and commitment each player and their families have to the program and to one another."

The team's collective batting average for the tournament was .443, with 16 home runs and 89 runs scored in their nine games. Max Ripple led the Cougars with 14 RBI while leadoff batter Will Cialone had a .700 on-base-percentage with 10 stolen bases.

Outstanding pitching performances were turned in by Clayton Toth, Derek Rascher, Austin Quinones and Brendon McNabb.

Home runs were supplied by Rascher (5), Jake Thorne (3), Quinones (3), Kasey Ross (2). Tyler Prell, Cialone, and Ripple had one each.

Other members of the Cougars who contributed on the field and the plate during the tournament are Nick Tenley, Emmett Maritato, Josh Braverman, and Lewis Evans.

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Sports Club Center open gym: Pre-K through 8th grade. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and largest foam pits in Southwest Florida as well as other fun activities at the Sports CLUB Center. Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB.

Youth strength and conditioning class: Put on by Magic Benton and 24/7 Sports. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $30. Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, brian247sports@yahoo.com.


Collier Knights: 12U team. Summer tryouts to be announced. Play to start in fall. Contact: John Landi 289-6297

Fort Myers Miracle Camp: Ages 9 through 12. June 25 to 27. Open to the first 100 players. The cost is $115 per child. 9 a.m. to noon. Contact: 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.

Juan Romero Camp: Four camps — Carlos Alfonso, Tampa Bay Rays Director of International Scouting will join the camp during the week of June 25 to 29. Other camps begin July 23 to 27, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Cost is $175 per week or $600 for all four sessions if registered by June 18 with full payment. To sign-up, visit JuanRomeroBaseball.com to print and mail the registration. Contact: 732-9664.

Florida Prowlers/Team Easton: Seeking 10U players interested in travel baseball for the fall season. Tryouts will be mid-June in Bonita Springs. Season starts in August. Contact: Randy at 293-3081.

Golden Gate Hammerheads: 11U travel team seeking players for fall, ages 10 to 11. Contact: Walter Rascher, 340-5025.

Naples Cyclones: 11U travel team. Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos 986-9118.

Southwest Florida Red Hawks: 13U travel team seeking players. Contact: 682-3299.

SWFL Hawks: 13U travel team seeking experienced players. Contact: Lou Marsala, 784-5965.


Celtic Evening Clinic: Girls and boys from 7-13 years old. June 25 to 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. St. John Neumann High School. Led by varsity girls basketball coach Shannon McFee. Limited to the first 60 participants. Cost is $75 per child; 2 for $120; 3 for $165; 4+ for $200. Contact Shannon or Michele McFee at mcfee6@embarqmail.com for a registration form or call 455-3352 or 404-8585.

Scott Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Four remaining sessions. Weeks 2 and 3, July 9 to 13, and July 16 to 20. 9 a.m. to noon Cost is $120 for one week, $200 for both. North Collier Regional Park. Week 4, Elite Camp, ages 10 to 12. July 23 to 27, 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Week 5, Elite Camp, ages 13 to 15. July 30 to Aug. 3. 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Contact: Scott Stewart 269-7473, scottstewart11@yahoo.com.

Don Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Week 3, June 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at North Naples Community Park. Contact: Don Stewart, 417-3662.

Naples Youth Basketball Camp: Weekly camps through Aug. 10. New Hope Ministries. Half day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $99 per week. Full day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $149. Monthly rates available. Contact: l Bill Clark 239-330-4947 or register online at www.playnybl.com.

K6 Sports Future Stars Basketball Camp: For boys and girls entering grades 2 through 8. June 25 to 29. Community School of Naples. Morning session 7:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session, noon to 5:30 p.m. All Day session 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Limited to 135 players. Contact: Bill Carufe 290-3430 or carufewi@comcast.net, www.sportsclubnaples.org.

FGCU Girls Basketball Camp: Overnighter $345, Commuter $295. Alico Arena. June 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register at FGCUAthletics.com.

Gulf Coast Rebels: Boys travel team seeking skilled fourth-graders. Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or gulfcoastrebels@gmail.com.

Naples Magic: Looking for seventh grade experienced travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.


Adrenaline Naples: Girls and boys from beginner to advanced. Ages 3 to 18. Contact: 261-6221.


Kiwanis Club of Downtown Naples Summer Run for Fun: Every Monday evening through July at Naples High School athletic field. Free. Registration and activities begin at 5:30 p.m., and running will start at 6:15 p.m. Children who participate five of the eight weeks will receive a trophy and a T-shirt. Contact: Mimi Watson, 564-2411.

Kiwanis Club of Golden Gate and Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition Summer Run4Fun: Golden Gate Athletic Field. Every Tuesday evening through July. Free. Registration and activities begin at 5:30 p.m. and running will start at 6:15 p.m. Children who participate five of the eight weeks will receive a trophy and a T-shirt. Contact: Paula DiGrigoli 552-7788.

FGCU Camp: June 25 to 29. Cost: Resident campers, $400; Commuters, $275. (Groups of four or more receive $75 off tuition). Contact: Caleb Baker, 590-7097.


Summer Springboard Diving: Sun & Fun Lagoon. Beginner/Intermediate: Mon. and Thurs., 9: to 10 a.m.; Advanced: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12/session or prepay $100 for 10 sessions. Call 239-252-4074 to register. Privates also available at $30/hr. Instructor, Nancy Geiman (25-plus yrs experience). Contact: Nancy Geiman, 572-4739.


Football University: Will be holding tryouts for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade FBU Youth National Championship teams on June 26. 4 to 8 p.m. Community School of Naples. Please wear shorts and cleats. FBU will provide shirt. Cost is $35. Players will represent SW Florida teams that will compete in a 64 team bracket style national tournament that will begin play Thanksgiving weekend. For more information and to register for this event go to www.footballuniversity.org/fbuncSports CLUB K6 Future Stars Football Camp: Boys, grades 2-8. July 16 to 20. 7:30 a.m. to noon $75. Affordable camp that will mix skill, conditioning, and scrimmage. Designed to prepare pop warner and flag football players for the fall season. Contact: Leo Rowe 645-0055, or carufewi@comcast.net, www.sportsclubnaples.org

Naples Football League: This full-contact, non-traveling is for 3rd through 8th graders. Never more than 3 days a week involvement and only one weigh-in prior to games starting. Contact: naplesnfl.org.

1-on-1 instruction: Skill position players ages 6-18. Individual lessons and instruction. Visit skillpositionpride.com. Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, mwexler@skillpositionpride.com.

Marco Island Optimist football and cheerleading: Open registration. Boys and girls. Ages 7 to 14. Contact: hometeamonline.com/mioptimist or call Coach Webb 394-0494.


Sports CLUB Gymnastics: Classes for 3 years and up. Monday to Saturday. Adult open gyms Monday to Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Friday Night Open Gym: K through 8th grade 7-8:30 p.m. $10 or 7-10 p.m. $20. Includes pizza. Contact: Kevin 570-417-1121 or Sports CLUB 566-CLUB.

Naples Progressive: Extended Open Gym, Friday, 6 to 10 p.m., $20, includes pizza and drink. Every Friday Open Gym 6 to 7 p.m., $10; 6 to 9 p.m., $15; 7 to 9 p.m.,$10. Summer camp information is available. Classes are in session. We start taking the children at 2 years old. Contact: 455-3700, naplesgymnastics.wordpress.com.


City of Naples Summer Camp: Girls ages 10 to 13. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July 12. Fleischmann Park Football Field. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Players must have their own mouthpiece. $50. Register at the Fleischmann Park Community Center. Contact: 213-3020.


Roller hockey: Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 8. Contact: 566-2367.

Pro elite hockey skating and skills clinic: Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Ages 7 to 12. $120 for six weeks. Contact: Coach Joe 431-7090, www.proelitehockey.com.


Naples Community Sailing Center: Instruction for youths and adults. Contact: CC Cramer 403-7193, ncscnaples@gmail.com or visit naplessailingcenter.com.


Mizuno Edge: Ages 10 to 14. Seeking coaches. Contact: Joe Sutherland, 561-436-1443.

Tropic Wave Fast Pitch (12 and under): Looking for a couple of players. Practices held at St. John Neumann High School. Contact. Andrea Peterson 239-269-4280, TropicWaveFastPitch@yahoo.com.


Robby Gemert Camp: Two sessions: July 9 to 13, Junior elite girls 11-14; July 16 to 20, pre-college boys and girls. Contact: Robby Gemert 564-0237 or dutchsoccermasteracademy.com.


Swim Florida: Golden Gate Aquatic Facility. Year round swim program for ages 5 and older. Summer league through Aug. 15. Cost is $200 for summer, includes USA Swimming registration. Contact: Daryl Sullivan 455-6122 or swimdmcp@aol.com.

Neal Studd FGCU camp: Ages 7 and up. July 9 to July 13 at the FGCU Aquatic Center. Half day (8 to 11:30 a.m.) $200; full day (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $375; overnight $525. Contact: Justin Glover, 239-590-1327jglover@fgcu.edu.


South Florida Riptide: Fielding girls travel teams ages 10U-17U for USAV and AAU tournaments. Also looking for assistant coaches and junior coaches (volunteer and paid positions). Contact: riptidevolleyball@gmail.com, riptidevolleyball.net.


Bear wrestling club: Sign-ups Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Ridge High School. Ages 5 to 18. Practices Tuesday and Thursday. $100. Contact: Josh McIntosh 938-6316, Dave Parmenter 353-0265.

Naples Sharks: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Gulf Coast High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, giolexi@yahoo.com.

Naples Titans: At Golden Gate High School. Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio (816) 520-7617 or giolexi@yahoo.com.

Wildcat wrestling club: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Estero High School. Ages first grade through high school. Free. Contact: Matt Brock 851-7630, matthewjbr@leeschools.net.

To have an activity listed, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34110. You can fax info to 263-4816 or email sports@naplesnews.com. Email preferred by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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