For Girls on Wrestling Mat, an Uphill Struggle to Compete –

For Girls on Wrestling Mat, an Uphill Struggle to Compete –

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Holding the narrowest of leads, Rachel Hale kept the boy subdued on his hands and knees, then on his belly. Both wrestlers were 103 pounds of leverage and intent. She hooked her leg tightly around his, flattening his hips toward the mat, trying to turn him on his back and pin his shoulders, careful not to let him score decisive points by escaping or reversing positions or pinning her.

Rachel Hale, top, won the 103-pound final at the Vermont high school championships Saturday, becoming the first girl to win a title in her state.


Both Rachel and Zak Hale won state championships Saturday.

The tiny gym was packed Saturday night, and the fans grew loud, as if the volume of their voices could hurry the clock toward history. Finally, the referee tapped Hale, a 15-year-old freshman, on the shoulder. She got to her feet and leapt jubilantly, and the referee raised her right arm.

By a gripping 10-9 decision, Hale became the first girl in Vermont and the third girl in the nation ever to win a state wrestling championship while competing against boys, according to the United States Girls Wrestling Association

Supermodel praises Plant City 13-year-old for Little League feats

Supermodel praises Plant City 13-year-old for Little League feats

PLANT CITY – Supermodel Niki Taylor visited City Hall this morning to deliver a $1,000 check from Reader’s Digest and to recognize Little League pitcher Chelsea Baker, who will be featured in the May issue.

Taylor presented the check to Mayor Dan Raulerson, who said the city will donate the cash to Little League. Raulerson praised Chelsea, who gained nationwide fame after pitching two perfect games in less than a year…

Hope for Cal baseball program? –

Hope for Cal baseball program? –

Though the program took a third strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a game it was losing, supporters of Cal baseball believe that the game isn’t over – not yet, not by a long shot.

‘There was a foul tip in there,’ said former Cal pitcher Doug Nickle, leading the effort to get the sport reinstated. ‘All we asked for is another pitch.’

By all accounts, they will get that pitch.

Nickle and his group will meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour and other university officials this week to discuss what needs to happen for Cal baseball to return.

‘Conversations between key people on campus and Cal baseball supporters are ongoing,’ UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. ‘Now we focus on the future and the possible reinstatement of Cal baseball if and when sufficient funds are raised to support the team’s expenses…