Community notebook: Showtime Baseball posts winning record on Arizona trip

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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A team from Showtime Baseball of Vancouver went 4-3 during a weekend trip to Arizona.

Showtime went 2-3 at the 18-and-under Perfect Game MLK Invitational in Phoenix. The team of current high school players also swept a doubleheader against Notre Dame High School, the defending Arizona state champions.

According to Billy Hayes, founder of Showtime, the tournament was witnessed by major league baseball scouts and included elite teams from around the country.

On Friday, Showtime played three games. It lost 2-1 to the Arizona Pilots in the tournament, then swept a doubleheader from Notre Dame.

On Saturday, Showtime won 13-0 over CBA Easton from Colorado Springs. On Sunday, Showtime lost 3-2 to a team from Garciapara Baseball Group of Los Angeles. On Monday, Showtime beat the PBC Vipers from Auburn, Wash., 6-0.

The 18-player roster included four players from the Seattle area and 14 from Clark County. The local players were Tyler Armstrong of Prairie High School, James Brooks of Skyview, Alec Cheney of Skyview, Blake Christopher of Camas, Dakody Clemmer of Mountain View, Brooks Hanson of Skyview, Justin Hughes of Prairie, McKinley Lefore of Camas, Mitch Lines of Hockinson, Matthew Olstead of Union, Parker Randle of Battle Ground, Colin Rubino of Battle Ground, Gunner Talkington of Battle Ground and Trevor Wharton of Heritage.

Boys volleyball clinic, tourney on Saturday

Mik Berzins, a former college all-American, will coach a boys volleyball clinic from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday at Evergreen High School. The clinic will be followed by a Columbia Empire Volleyball Association boys tournament.

Berzins played at Ohio State from 2009-2012, helping the Buckeyes reach the NCAA semifinals three times and win one national title. A Maryland native, Berzins is Ohio State's all-time leader with 902 digs. He is a graduate assistant coach at Oregon State.

Teams from Olympia to Salem are registered for the day-long tournament.

To sign up or to learn more, call 503-644-7468 or visit www.cevaregion.org.

Benefit for blind athletes on Feb. 1

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is hosting a benefit dinner and auction on Feb. 1 at the Hilton Vancouver.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the association that provides sports activities for blind and visually impaired people of all ages. The Vancouver-based NABA has served more than 1,500 individuals since it was founded in 2007.

Tickets for the event cost $60. To register, or to learn more, visit www.nwaba.org or call Billy Henry at 360-448-7254.

Area players shine in high school hockey

Team Gaustad from the Winterhawks Varsity Hockey League — a team that includes players from Southwest Washington — took second place at the Collier Cup Challenge.

The outdoor tournament for high school hockey teams was held over the weekend in Klamath Falls, Ore. Teams from Santa Rosa, Calif., Eugene and Klamath Falls joined Team Gaustad and Team Neely from the WHVL. Team Neely won the tournament.

Four Southwest Washington players were recognized for outstanding play at the tournament. Ashley Pham and Justin Bernstein each were named MVPs of one game, and Austin Martin of Hockinson was named the tournament defensive MVP.

VGSA schedules softball registration

The Vancouver Girls Softball Association will hold in-person registration for its 2014 season on three days in February.

The VGSA offers fastpitch softball for girls ages 5-14. Players ages 5-6 play T-ball.

The registration will be held at the VGSA Clubhouse, 800 NE 117th St. The times are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, 4-8 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Online registration is also available. Learn more at www.vgsafp.com.

Little League signups

Listed below are in-person Little League registration events between now and Jan. 28. Many area leagues also offer online registration.

Players can play in leagues whose boundaries include either their home address, or the school they attend. An interactive online league finder is available at http://www.littleleaguewa.org/find-your-league.

A baseball player's Little League age for this season is how old he will be on April 30, 2014. A softball player's Little League age for this season is how old she was on Dec. 31, 2013.

Battle Ground Little League — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Battle Ground Community Center.

Camas Little League — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Grass Valley Fire Station, 4321 NW Parker Street in Camas.

Cascade Little League — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Big Al's, 16615 SE 18th St., in Vancouver.

Central Vancouver Little League — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Round Table Pizza, 5016 N.E. Thurston Way.

Columbia Little League — 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at David Douglas Park.

Columbia Girls Softball League — 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at David Douglas Park. Columbia Girls Softball League encompasses the boundaries of Central Vancouver, Fort Vancouver and Columbia Little Leagues.

East County Little League — 5-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Papa's Ice Cream, 1700 Main St., Ste. 130, Washougal.

Evergreen Little League — Noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 N.E. Fourth Plain Rd.

Fort Vancouver Little League — 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Fruit Valley Elementary School; 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 21 at Minnehaha Elementary School; 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at King Elementary School; 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Discovery Middle School; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Hough Elementary School (pancake feed).

Highlands Little League — 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Hockinson Fire House, 17718 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.

La Center Little League — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the La Center Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St.

North Clark Little League — 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the North Clark Little League Snack Shack, 202 W. Christy St., Yacolt. (Late registration fee applies).

Salmon Creek Little League — 6-8 p.m. today in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room (second floor) at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.

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