The area’s most successful youth baseball team of the 2012 season is a group of 15- and 16-year-olds from Peninsula Little League.
The team is composed largely of players who competed for Point Loma High School during the prep season at the varsity or junior varsity level.
Last weekend, the locals traveled to Yucaipa to play in subdivision tournament after earning championship banners at District 32 and Section 6 tournaments.
If the Peninsula team is successful in Yucaipa, its next stop will be in Ontario, Calif., for a scheduled battle between Northern and Southern California champions, followed by a regional tournament in Ontario matching the best from Western states.
The regional winner will be off to Bangor, Maine, the site of the Little League World Series for this age division.
Team members include Cole Lemmel, Alaric Lopez, Joe Daluz, Lawrence Perez, Jayson Pappas, Lukas Stauderman, Chane Jimenez, Joaquin Avalos, James Klueber, Kye Miranda, Keegan Otsuka, Ryan Arnold and Jordan Goulet.
The team is coached by veteran Peninsula mentor Paul Eide. Alex Perez and Kevin Otsuka serve as coaches.
Ex-Pointer Cox proving her worth at UNLV
A 2011 graduate of Point Loma High School has already made a big splash at her university.
Freshman swimmer Erin Cox, on scholarship at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), is competing at the varsity level for the Rebels, but also scored a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in her classwork.
Cox achieved the highest GPA among the entire Rebels women’s swimming and diving team, earning a spot on two all-league academic teams.
Because her GPA was 3.0 or above, Cox was named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, along with a record 22 other Rebels in women’s swimming and diving.
Also, by achieving 3.5 or above, Cox was named a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete team member, one of a record 12 Rebels qualifying.
Cox swims in the fly and individual medley events for UNLV and is majoring in pre-business studies.
Her parents are Tom and Sue Cox of Point Loma. Their son, Coleman, is an infielder on the Menlo College baseball team.