Softball All Stars take third


The Malibu Little League 11- to 12-year-old Traveling All Star Softball Team finished a strong third place in the District 25 All Star Tournament at Culver City this year, after defeating the teams from Playa Del Vista and Culver City.

Against Playa Del Vista, the Malibu All Stars exploded for 12 runs in the first inning before an out was recorded, with big hits from Becky Ottusch and Brittany Cowart, followed by a grand slam by Sarah Zweig.

They won the game 25-9, behind the pitching of Brittany Cowart and Kelsey Farrar. The Malibu team went on to win the next round against Culver City in a fine defensive battle, 3-1, behind the pitching of Zweig (a complete game, 4-hitter).

The victories were sparked by defensive gems by Rebecca Gray, Gina Rogari, Christie Brydon, Lili Hodgins and Lauren Haag, and smart base-running by leadoff hitter Brianne Horner. The All Star effort was also supported by strong play from Maddie Biglow, Searra Silverberg, Ilana Friedman and Thea Stutsman.

The team was managed by Al Cowart, with coaches Michael Zweig and Christy Farrar, with

the help of team mom, Colleen Brydon.

Malibuite wins track and field competition

Sports massage therapist Annelies Steekelenburg of Malibu won the high jump last weekend at the American Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. She also placed second for a silver medal in the javelin throw.

Master-sports consists of men and women over age 35, divided into five-year age groups.

Local helps win

tennis tournament

During the 2003 Suzanne Lenglen Cup tennis competition in Germany, outstanding play by Amy Alcini of Malibu helped secure a 4th place win against some of the world’s finest players. Alcini is a member of the U.S. Women’s 35 tennis team. The Cup was a tough multination competition that concluded on Aug. 16.

-Cortney Litwin