Tag: softball

Farmers Insurance captures Lakes Division Tourney crown

The Farmers Insurance Champs: Kneeling (left to right) Stevie Kay, Gary Alexander, Billy Kreisman, Jerry Smith, Jesse Washington, Stan Weiss and Art Hamer; standing (left to right) Brian Jette, Ed Sowney, Mgr. Gary Hillabolt, Rick Ebel, Chris Jensen, Jim Dunn, Dennis McCarthy, Jeff Jay and Dennis LePore (photo by Core Photography)

Larry Wolfe A three-day modified double elimination tournament was held after the conclusion of the Lakes Division Winter League season. The exciting tournament included four one-run games out of the six games played. In the opener, the Wolfe & Associates team, managed by Randy Rothenbuehler, beat the A-1 Golf Carts squad, managed by TJ Tjernlund,…

Young Realty wins Sun Division Tournament

The Young Realtors Champs: Kneeling (left to right) Bill Cheney, Dave Lingen, Randy Neumann, Mgr. Mike Gloyd, Wes Reynolds, Mike Willits and Chuck Schaan; standing (left to right) Dick Bleich, Mike Otman, Gary Hatch, Steve Hilby, Tom Kasunic, Bill Corso and Dirk Close (photo by Core Photography)

Larry Wolfe A modified double-elimination tournament was held after the close of the Sun Division Winter League season. The three-day event featured many close and exciting games, especially on the final day of play. In the opening game, the Brenden Financial Planning Services team, managed and sponsored by Ken Brenden, came from six runs down…

Softball player profile:  John Whitman

Larry Wolfe To list all the accomplishments and accolades earned by Coach John Whitman would fill an entire book, not just this column, so here’s a very abridged version: Member of the Antioch (CA) High Legends Hall of Fame as Baseball/basketball coach; Three-time Eastbay Baseball Coach of the Year; Lesher Publications Baseball and Basketball Coach…

Brenden Financial Team wins Sun Division Pennant

Sun Division Softball Champs: Kneeling, l-r: Ron Carmichael, Steve Schaider, Dennis Bernaiche, Mark McKinnon and Tom Lorgan. Standing, l-r: Gene Grandquist, Doug Friesen, Larry Kaufmann, Mgr. Ken Brenden and Evan Hansen. Missing from photo is Sam Giordano; Photo courtesy of Core Photography, LLC.

Larry Wolfe Manager Ken Brenden led his Brenden Financial Planning team to a 10-6 record to win the Winter League Sun Division pennant. The Planners had three top ten hitters: Mark McKinnon, Larry Kaufmann and Tom Lorgan and a solid line-up from top to bottom. The Terry and Susan Young Realty team, managed by Mike…

Softball Player Profile:  Reyes Gonzales

Larry Wolfe Normally, describing someone as “selfish” would be negative, but with Reyes Gonzales, “S-E-L-F-ish” is all positive. “S” stands for Softball player extraordinaire, “E” is for Educator, “L” is for Likeable and, “F” is for Family man. Those are his main focuses and attributes. Reyes, an “almost native” Arizonan, moved from Watsonville, California, to…

Wolfe and Associates capture Lakes Division title

Lakes Division Champions: Kneeling, l-r: Joe Igelmund, Dan Bradfield, Ron Pennington, Denny Davidson and Manager Randy Rothenbuehler. Standing, l-r: Bill Gaston, Billy Maxwell, Gary Brinkman, Brian Jette, Hoot Gibson, Tom Vitolo and Doug Warwick; Photo courtesy of Core Photography, LLC

Larry Wolfe Rookie Manager Randy Rothenbuehler got his Sun Lakes Softball managerial career off to a great start by leading his Wolfe & Associates team to a 13-5 record and the Lakes Division Winter League Senior Softball title. The Farmers Insurance squad, sponsored by the Frank Margiotta Agency and managed by Gary Hillabolt, also finished…

Real Estate Rustler’s win Fall League pennant

The Fall League Champions: Front row kneeling, l-r: Bob Hutchins, Mike Willits, Larry Maggert, Gary Alexander and Jim Entwhistle. Back row, l-r: Manager Jim Leckner, Ed Sowney, John Whitman, Tom Kasunic, Tim Loeffler and Tom Vitolo (Photo courtesy of Core Photography, LLC)

Larry Wolfe The Real Estate Rustlers, managed and sponsored by Jim Leckner, captured the Fall League Softball Championship. The Rustlers’ 13-5 won-lost record edged out Gary Hillabolt’s Farmers Insurance squad by one game. The Rustlers’ John Whitman led all hitters with an unheard of .923 average! Reyes Gonzalez (.831), Tom Kasunic (.814), Mark McKinnon (.794)…

Softball Player Profile: Randy Rothenbuehler

Larry Wolfe It’s a good thing we don’t put names on our uniform backs ‘cause Randy Rothenbuehler’s wouldn’t fit! He has the “honor” of having the longest unhyphenated surname of anyone to ever play Sun Lakes softball! A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Randy graduated from Lincoln High, then went directly into the workforce.…

Softball Player Profile: Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson

Larry Wolfe Unlike Bad, Bad Leroy Brown who was from the south side of Chicago, Harry “Hoot” Gibson is a proud north sider from Libertyville. That explains his affinity for everything about the Chicago Cubs, but it doesn’t explain his nickname. Known as “Hoot” since he was four years old, his nickname apparently was derived…

Winter softball season extends to two divisions

Larry Wolfe Beginning on opening day for our winter league on January 3, we’ll have two divisions. Given the growth in our league to eight teams and, given the wide range of ages of our members (from mid-50s to low-80s), we’ll have two four-team divisions, the Sun Division and the Lakes Division. Thanks to the…