Category: Softball

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

USA Games Spotlight: Dustin Plunkett

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dustin Plunkett has a variety of titles, roles and experiences that would make for great conversation starters. Special Olympics Southern California manager of development and athlete leadership. Inspirational speaker. On-air ESPN analyst. He's even had dinner with former President Barack Obama at the White House. That's just scratching the surface, and it's ...

USA Games Spotlight: Paul Lapre

Two days from the start of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, an opportunity more than 4,000 athletes from around the country will get to experience, it's only fitting to spotlight one of the elder statesmen who knows just how fleeting moments in life can be. Meet 64-year-old Paul Lapre. As a refresher, Paul has ...

#SundaySpotlight: Tyler Cribbs

Tyler Cribbs is more than just an athlete, and one day he hopes to parlay his love for sports into a broadcast career. Tyler, a radio and television major at Long Beach City College, has dreams of being a sports broadcaster or radio DJ. He currently works on two radio shows at the school. “I’ve ...

USA Games Spotlight: Matthew Lawrence

By Sean Minnihan Matthew Lawrence will be the first to admit the influence that Special Olympics has had on him in recent years. Matt, in an interview about his upcoming trip to Seattle with the Lakewood Dirtbags softball team, acknowledged how Special Olympics has transformed his life. His time with the organization helped him control ...

#SundaySpotlight: Fall Coach Honorees

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- At the conclusion of the fall sports season, Special Olympics Southern California honored the Coaches of the Season for Fall 2017. Earning the honor were Kayla Edwards (softball, Santa Barbara), Eileen Malumaleumu (bowling, Carson), Jacque Martin (tennis, Oceanside), Carly Matera (volleyball, San Luis Obispo) and Adam Sutphin (soccer, Glendale). Special Olympics ...

Paul Lapre: Banner Year

Few have had as thrilling a 2017 calendar year than Special Olympics Southern California softball athlete Paul Lapre, whose highlights include throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium and a selection for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “All my dreams are finally coming true,” said Paul, who first started competing in 1968. The ...

Driven by Competiton

By Christian Barel Danielle Moore’s life has always been sports-centric. At a young age, she was regularly involved in different sports, playing in leagues for local churches and parks. It was through these organizations that Danielle got to practice what she loves to do: compete. She would play in the leagues until she surpassed the ...