Category: Sports

#SundaySpotlight: Top Moments From USA Games

A week like the one Special Olympics Southern California athletes, Unified partners, coaches and staff experienced at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle creates a lifetime of memories. In fact, it's difficult to narrow down the defining moments in a simple list but let's give it a shot. The Action and Intensity Special Olympics is ...

USA Games Spotlight: Jonathan Pierce

By Naomi Cahill and Tracy McDannald FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- In the time leading up to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, one swimmer had officials buzzing. No way, the qualifying times couldn't possibly be right. Jonathan Pierce seems to have that "wow" effect -- whether it's his talent in the water or penchant for ...

2018 USA Games: July 6 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The full group of Special Olympics Southern California swimmers made up the bulk of the schedule Friday, the final day of competition at the 2018 USA Games. Swimming Team SOSC's 4x100-meter relay team closed out the Games in breathtaking fashion, jumping from fourth to second place in the final leg to win ...

2018 USA Games: July 5 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- As the competitions enter its final days, the intensity is palpable and Special Olympics Southern California seems to just get stronger. Swimming Five Team SOSC swimmers competed in separate divisions of the 50-meter freestyle, and one shattered a personal-best time Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Nicolette Jones and ...

USA Games Spotlight: Nicholas Laguna

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games represent quite the full-circle turnaround for 18-year-old Nicholas Kagasoff Laguna. It's also an emotional moment of joy for his fathers, Denny Kagasoff and Lawrence Laguna. The child who initially wanted nothing to do with the water has blossomed into a competitive swimmer for Special Olympics Southern California. ...

2018 USA Games: July 4 Round-up

A handful of Special Olympics Southern California athletes celebrated the Fourth of July in style, raking in medals as the competitions heat up. Golf REDMOND, Wash. -- All three Team SOSC golfers medaled in their respective divisions Wednesday at Willows Run Golf Course. Both Kent Menendez and Kyle Aragon had a host of supporters make ...

USA Games Spotlight: Kent Menendez

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Kent Menendez could be in line for a Fourth of July he won't soon forget. The golfer is one shot behind the leader in Level 5, Division 4 stroke play at Willows Run Golf Course. Kent has remained steady through the first two rounds, shooting a 79 on Day 1 and 82 ...

2018 USA Games: July 3 Round-up

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Two more Special Olympics Southern California teams felt the joy of a victory at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for the first time on Tuesday. Both the women's basketball team and Unified soccer team bounced back from 0-2 starts in pool play. Women's Basketball Bernadette Valencia scored 10 of her 12 ...

USA Games Spotlight: Heidi Sand

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Heidi Sand has the fortune of not only competing in her second Special Olympics USA Games, but her role model is right there by her side the entire time. Heidi, who also went to the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, is being coached at these Games by her mother, Jacque Martin. ...

2018 USA Games: July 2 Round-up

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Tyler Cribbs and the Special Olympics Southern California softball team set the tone Monday for the delegation. Tyler had a big day at the plate in a 12-10 win over South Dakota, the first of two victories on the day at Celebration Park. The shortstop went 3 for 3 and scored ...