Softball camp features Olympians Fernandez, Granger

Team DeMarini tryouts Aug. 10, 17; Cure for Leukemia golf tourney Aug. 26; Granite Bay teen breaks pole vault record
By: Staff reports
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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Fernandez will hold a Gold Medal Youth Softball Camp and Coach’s Clinic from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, at Foskett Park in Lincoln.

The coach’s clinic will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 26, and the youth camp will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28.

Instructors include Fernandez, fellow U.S. Olympic pitcher Michele Granger, now the softball coach at Granite Bay High School, U.S. Olympic catcher Jenny Topping, national team member and Roseville native Lyndsey Klein and University of the Pacific coach Brian Kolze.

The camp is open to girls of all skill levels from the ages of 8-18 and includes instruction in pitching, catching, hitting, fielding, base running and agility.

The camp costs $150 if pre-registered by Aug. 15 and $200 on the day of the camp. The coach’s clinic, which costs $50, will include hitting and fielding mechanics, game strategy, practice time and a Q&A session.

For information, call (916) 787-4201, ext. 12, or visit California Police Youth Charities online at

Premier 12U softball team to hold tryouts
Tryouts for Team California DeMarini 12U are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 and 17, at Foskett Park in Lincoln. The head coach is U.S. national team member and Roseville native Lyndsey Klein. The assistant coaches are U.S. Olympic gold medalists Jenny Topping and Michele Granger, now the head coach at Granite Bay High School.

Granger also is the head coach for Team California DeMarini 16U, which also will hold a tryout from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at Foskett Park.

Call the California Police Youth Charities at (916) 787-4201, ext. 12, for more information.

Gelfand Cure for Leukemia golf is Aug. 26
The second Gary Gelfand Cure for Leukemia Classic golf tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln.

Gelfand, a longtime Sacramento-area sports broadcaster, is battling acute myelogenous leukemia. He was part of the “Good Day Sacramento” team and hosted “The Sports Show” and “Good Evening Sacramento.”

The tournament costs $150 per player and $600 for a foursome. Visit for an order form and more information.

Granite Bay teen breaks pole vault record
Melissa Maneatis of Granite Bay finished third and broke a record in the youth girls pole vault at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Wichita, Kan.

Maneatis, 14, vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches to break the Pacific Association Region 14 record of 9-8 held by Katie Zingheim, also of Granite Bay. Zingheim graduated from Granite Bay High School last spring and will attend Stanford.

Junior golf camp at Woodcreek
Woodcreek Golf Club will hold its final three-day junior camp from Aug. 10-12. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day and is for boys and girls ages 6-15, from beginners to players with a small amount of experience. The fee is $129 for nine hours of instruction.

Putting, chipping, bunker play and full swing will be covered along with equipment, rules, etiquette and sportsmanship.

For information, contact Bill Childs at or (916) 724-9319.