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Provided by Steve Johnson
The Royals captured the Tiburon Peninsula Little League's AA Championship on June 9. The players are, kneeling from left, Roman Bell and Charlie Muller; standing from left, Jack Lapic, Charlie Kotarba, Chase Johnson, Noah Gersch, Bryce Burns and Kell Chamberlain; and rear from left, coaches Jordan Gersch, Steve Johnson and Rob Lapic.

Royals capture AA division crown in Tiburon Peninsula Little League


The Tiburon Peninsula Little League's AA Royals captured the division championship June 10 with a 15-0 victory over the Rangers in intraleague play.
The Royals jumped out to an early lead, notching five runs in the bottom of the first, and never looked back. The team tallied 18 hits in the game while enjoying a three-hit shut-out pitching performance by Noah Gersch, Jack Lapic and Chase Johnson.

The Royals were Tiburon's only undefeated team, finishing 13-0-2. The one-two dynamic duo of Gersch and Johnson recorded 125 strikeouts over the course of the season and were selected to the AA All-Star team. Joining them on the All-Star team were Royals sluggers Jack Lapic and Bryce Burns.

The AA division is for 8-9-year-olds. The league's other regular-season champions were the Rookie Minors-division's Twins, ages 7-8; the Minors-division's Indians, ages 9-11; and the Majors-division's Giants, ages 11-12.
Tournament of Champions interleague play — against the other division winners in District 3, which runs from San Francisco to Novato — begins tonight.
— Steve Johnson & Kevin Hessel

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Belvedere Tennis Club women's 3.0 team is heading to nationals

The Belvedere Tennis Club's women's 40-and-older 3.0 team is heading to the U.S. Tennis Association's national championships for the first time in club history.

The team earned a trip to the championships, to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 13-15, by winning the sectionals tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club, just east of Sacramento, June 2-4.

Belvedere Tennis Club finished the regular season in second place with a 7-3 record, and then went on to win the U.S. Tennis Association's Marin County League championship. At the district championships, the team went 3-0 to advance to the sectionals with three other teams and finished with a 2-1 record after three days of play, winning the title over San Carlos Tennis Club with 11 individual matches won to seven for San Carlos.

The team was captained by Tiburon resident Beth Jenkyn and co-captained by Tiburon resident Ana Barretto. Other Tiburon residents that helped the team win sectionals were Cynthia Hills, Lori Horne and Laura Zhang.

The national championships will include winning teams from 16 regional areas across the U.S. and the Caribbean, including the Northern California section.
— Kevin Hessel

Pastalka, a 35-year Dipsea runner, named this year's 'Dipsea Demon'

Belvedere's Christie Patterson Pastalka, who made her Dipsea footrace debut 35 years ago and who won the race in 1987, has been given the Jack Kirk "Dipsea Demon" Award for "dedication, perseverance and performance over time."

First run in 1905, the 7.4-mile Dipsea from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is the oldest trail race in the U.S. Pastalka, 69, finished 585th overall — husband Tomas finished 454th — in the 107th annual race on June 11.

The annual race features 1,500 runners, with about twice that applying. Kirk, the original "Dipsea Demon," ran the race 67 consecutive times, stopping only after he collapsed atop so-called Cardiac Hill at age 96. He died in 2007 at age 100.
— Kevin Hessel

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