Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Hilltoppers News
Hilltoppers All-Star Teams Announced
Congratulations to all of the kids selected for postseason Clairemont Hilltoppers teams. Check back here or on Facebook to follow along as they begin tournament play.
The CHLL 9 & 10 Year old All Stars begin play Saturday, June 24th at 10 a.m. against University City. The tournament is being held at CHLL this year. VOLUNTEERS are still needed to help us host this tournament !!!
Manager: Ross Majam
Coach: Tony Majam
Coach: Steve Matsumoto
11-Year-Old District Stars
Our 11-Year-Old team begins tournament play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 against Allied Gardens. Their tournament is being played at Coronado Little League
Manager: Justin Pallamary
Coaches: Joe Adlesh, Scott James, Ken Herschman, Doug Reichenberg
Our Intermediate All-Stars begin tournament play on Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. against Mira Mesa at the Rancho Penasquitos Little League field. Their tournament is being played at multiple locations, so check back here or on Facebook for schedule and results.
Manager: Mike Van Cleave
Coach: Ben Limosnero
Coach: Dave Granfors
Our Juniors All-Stars start tournament play on Monday, June 19 at 5 p.m. against Peninsula. Their tournament is being played at University City Little League.
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Manager: Anthony Valentine
Coach: Jeff Pallulat
Coach: Tom Albright
Three other tournament teams will also be representing Clairemont Hilltoppers in the next couple of weeks. Good luck to all of these kids as well.
Our two 8/9-year-old Little Stars teams will play in a weekend tournament at Rancho Penasquitos Little League June 15-18
Our 9-year-old tournament team will play in a weekend tournament June 15-18 at Scripps Ranch Little League
Manager: Everett Gutierrez
Coach: Tony Majam
Coach: Alex Jennings
Don't Miss This Day!
Our Final Big Bash!
Closing Day will be held on Saturday, June 3, featuring a great day of championship games, ceremonies, a big BBQ, our annual elections, and lots of other fun.
The day will begin with our Farm Championship (and perhaps Minors Championship as well) at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will have one of the most spectacular sets of jumpers for the kids that we have ever had. Our annual elections will be from 11 a,m, to 1 p.m. Our Closing Ceremonies begin at noon, with trophies and/or medals to all of the league’s players, our special Spirit of Hilltoppers awards, other special awards, and lots of great raffle prizes. We have a great BBQ planned, with food from Spice & Soul restaurant, and after the ceremonies, we will have fun Home Run Derby contests for our Minors and Intermediate players. It's been a great season, and we want to be sure to recognize not only our kids who have made it so much fun, but the volunteers who have made the season possible.
If you want to be part of making our league better, please consider running for office for the 2018 Board of Directors. The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Player Agent and Senior Player Agent will be voted on on Closing Day. If you would like to be on the ballot for one of those positions, please contact Election Chair Kristin Luck-Slay at email@example.com by May 31. Voting is open to all parents (two votes per family), coaches and league volunteers.
As we head into our tournament season and several more weeks of fun and excitement, we will look back and remember fondly the year we had, and realize that Fall Ball signups in August will be here before we know it!
Big Finish To A Big Year!
End-of-the-season playoffs began in mid-May in our Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions, determining champions in each division. Congratulations to all of our teams who played their hearts out and gave us so much to cheer about throughout this season. Check back here to see the progress of our playoffs, which all culminate by Closing Day, June 3rd. Winners of our Minors, Intermediate and Juniors Divisions will represent our league in the District 32 Tournament of Champions.
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., Padres field: Jimmie Johnson (Hemmerly) defeated Jersey Mike's (Rozsnyoi)
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., North field: Crown Computers (McGinty) defeated Clairemont Emmanuel (Meyer)
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., South field: Trowbridge Mills (McKewean) defeated Watering Hole (Heeney)
Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., North field: S.D. Madres (Butler) defeated Best Western (da Luz)
Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m., South field: Jimmie Johnson defeated S.D. Madres
Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m., Padres field: Trowbridge Mills defeated Crown Computers
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m., Field TBA: Trowbridge Mills vs. Jimmie Johnson (Championship)
Game 1: Tuesday, May 16 - Rose Canyon (Griffiths) defeated Troy's Restaurant (Kaplan)
Game 2: Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m., South field - Comfort Mechanical (Maher) defeated South Amer. Imports (Jennings)
Game 3: Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Black Storm (Majam)
Game 4: Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m., South field - Maher defeated Genesis (Wood)
Game 5: Saturday, May 20, 1:30 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Jennings
Game 6: Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., South field - Wood defeated Kaplan
Game 7: Wednesday, May 24, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Maher
Game 8: Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Wood
Game 9: Tuesday, May 30, 5 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Maher
Game 10: Thursday, June 1, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Majam
Congratulations to the Rose Canyon (Griffiths) Padres, who are the champions of our Minors division. They will now represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game will be on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. against Coronado. Game to be played at Scripps Ranch Little League field.
Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., Padres field: Padres defeated Angels
Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m., Padres field: Cubs defeated Padres
Tuesday, May 30, 5 p.m., Padres field: Rays defeated Orioles
Thursday, June 1, 5 p.m., Padres field: Rays defeated Cubs
Congratulations to the Rays, who are the champions of our Intermediate division. They will now represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game will be on Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. against Point Loma. Game to be played at Point Loma Little League field.
Season Doesn't End June 3rd
Tournament Season Is Coming
It may seem like the season is winding down, but the end of the regular season just means it's time for league playoffs, followed by postseason tournaments.
For those of you who are new to our league, or have kids old enough to be playing in postseason tournaments for the first time, here is a heads-up on what to expect after our regular season and playoffs come to an end. We hope you'll keep these dates in mind as you plan summer vacations and make other plans.
District 32 offers a Tournament of Champions for Minors, Intermediate and Juniors division champions from each league in our district. Our Intermediate champions will begin TOC around June 3rd, and that will run for about four days. Minors and Juniors TOC tournaments will begin about June 10th, and run for about a week.
Once our Tournament of Champions play is completed, we will have additional tournament teams participating in All-Star play. The Intermediate All-Star tournament begins on Saturday, June 10th, and runs for two weeks. The 9/10-year-old (which we are hosting at Cadman) and Juniors All-Star tournaments begin on June 21st and June 19th, respectively. Each of those tourneys run until about July 5. We also have an 11-year-old tournament, which will run concurrently (June 21-July 5).
The champions of our District All-Star tournaments (9/10, Intermediate, Juniors & Seniors), will then advance to Sectional play against district champions from three other San Diego area districts in late June to mid-July, with the opportunity to further advance to Divisional, Regional and World Series tournaments later in the summer.
There are also non-All Star tournament opportunities which will be hosted by Scripps Ranch (9-year-olds) and Rancho Penasquitos (Farm players) the weekend of June 15-18. More details to follow.
All Day June 4
|2014 tournament winner Whitey Wietelmann|
SOFTBALL TOURNEY MOVED TO JUNE 4
Our 21st annual “Never on Mother’s Day” Adult Coed Softball Tournament, originally rained out in May, will now be played the day after Closing Day, on Sunday, June 4th, and promises to once again be a day to remember.
This annual tournament brings together Hilltoppers parents, coaches, families and friends for a day of fun, food, camaraderie... and even a little softball.
Teams of adults will take part in this all-day coed tournament. Every team plays a minimum of two games, and every participant goes home with the beautiful souvenir tournament t-shirt. This is a great chance for kids from our league to come out and see the parents and coaches who have been giving them "advice" all year, try to live up to those standards.
Games start bright and early at 8 a.m., and continue until our champion is crowned in the early evening. Our snack bar is open all day, serving up breakfast, lunch and plenty of drinks and snacks in between.
We still have room for teams and players, but don't wait to sign up. Contact Bill Salonius at 619-208-2522 or Ken Cicalo at KenC1313@yahoo.com as soon as possible to join this great event!
Petco Park, May 21
|Hilltopper Hudson Gartland announces "Play Ball" before the 2015 game|
Little League Day
Sunday, May 21 is our annual Hilltoppers Little League Day trip to Petco Park.
The day will start with the pre-game parade on the field (see details below), with dozens of Hilltoppers players and coaches marching in their Padres uniforms. That will be followed by pre-game activities, which will include our very own Hilltopper Nate Heyer taking infield on the same field where the big boys will play.
Game time for the May 21 tilt against Arizona is 1:40 p.m., and we have 325 tickets for our players, coaches, families and friends. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to get your order into your team parent, who has an order form for your team. There will be a Kids Fest in the park before and during the game, and all kids can stick around and run the bases after the game.
See you there!
Here is all the information that you and your teams need to know about our pre-game parade on Sunday, May 21st. Please make sure that this information gets forwarded on to all participating teams.
Who Can Participate: Only players and coaches will be able to participate in the parade. Those not eligible who try to participate will be asked to watch the parade from the seating bowl. Each team will be allowed two coaches. Coaches will be responsible for their team throughout the parade and until their teams are in their seats or paired back up with their parents. Due to the large number of attendees expected, we cannot include parents (other than coaches) in the parade.
Parade Starting Location: 7th Avenue between K Street and L Street. Participants will be staged outside the Western Metal Building and Padres representatives will be on hand for directions. Participants will stage on 7thAvenue southbound towards Tony Gwynn Drive. Please follow all traffic directions and cross the streets in designated crosswalks – 7th Avenue remains an active thoroughfare for vehicular traffic.
Parade Start Time: 12:05 p.m. - Teams and coaches should start lining up beginning at 11:00a.m. Participants must be in line no later than 11:45a.m. in order to participate in the parade. Please note friends and family will be able to access the seating bowl starting at 11:45 a.m. from the Gaslamp and East Village Gates.
What to Wear: All participants (including coaches) should attend the parade dressed in their uniform tops and sneakers. (No cleats will be allowed on the warning track.) Only uniformed players and coaches will be allowed to participate in the Parade.
League/Team Banners: Team and/or League banners can be presented during the parade. Banners cannot contain any corporate or sponsor logos and must be able to be folded away during the game. Poles to hold up the banner will not be allowed.
Parade Route: The parade will start through the Western Metal Building breezeway entering the playing field at the Left Field foul pole. The parade will make its way down the Left Field Line, around home plate, up the Right Field line, exiting the playing field at the Right field foul pole. Participants will proceed up the East Ramp of Petco Park and exit the building through the Park Boulevard Gates at the near the corner of 10th Avenue and Park Boulevard. Participants must remain on the warning track at all times and will not be allowed onto the grass.
The parade will end outside the gates of Petco Park (10th Avenue). Guest Services staff will be there to assist parade participants to the nearest available gates. Participants with non-scanned tickets will be directed to public gates and those with previously scanned tickets will be directed to specific "Re-entry Gates". Parents needing to reconnect with their children can arrange with their coaches a spot to reconnect with the team inside the park, or they may go to the Park Blvd. Re-entry Gate to receive a stamp and meet their children outside of the gate on 10th Avenue.
In order to get the large number of participants through the parade route in a timely manner, the Padres ask that coaches keep their team moving at all times. No pictures will be allowed to be taken during the parade.
Please Note: Each parade participant should be in possession of their game ticket. Everyone participating in the parade will need to show their ticket. The parade will end outside the gates of Petco Park (Park Boulevard Gate). Once outside, the participants may enter any gate with a non-scanned ticket. Coaches should be prepared to stay with their team and escort them to their seats or back to their parents after the parade. The closest restrooms while in line for the parade are located inside of the Padres Team store. You will need to have your ticket scanned in, and then exit the Gaslamp Gate where you can get a reentry stamp. From there you can rejoin your team and that stamp will allow you back into the game after the parade.
Saturday, April 22, Best Western Seven Seas
|Last year's final table|
Poker Tournament is Flush with Fun!
Our 14th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament on April 22, was another great night of fun.
Over 70 Hilltoppers parents, coaches, friends and alumni came together for this excellent event, held at the Best Western Seven Seas in Hotel Circle.
Congratulations to Ralph Martino, this year's champion, who outlasted seven others at the Final Table to walk away with 4 Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland.
On a night when we honored longtime supporter Audrey Bonner, two of her family members (Chris and Kevin Bonner) finished second and third, respectively.
If you missed this year's fun tourney, be sure to plan ahead to join us next April, when we'll shuffle up and deal again.
Handout: 2017 Poker
Everybody Wins On Opening Day!
Opening Day on Saturday, March 4 was a great way to begin the 61st season of Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.
After weeks full of rainy days, we had nothing but dry weather and beautiful ballfields to enjoy. From the start of the T-Ball games at 7:45 a.m., to the last out of the final Intermediate game in the afternoon, big smiles were in plentiful supply at Cadman Park.
So many people to thank for making it special. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the talented singers of the Pacific Sun Quintet for a beautiful National Anthem. To the Cub Scouts of Pack 299 for our Color Guard. To Caroline Perry of the Padres, who along with the Pad Squad made our day more special.
To Katie Jennings for a great job as our Master of Ceremonies. To John Soderman of KUSI for the nice piece on the evening news. To all of the great volunteers who spent the day working the snack bar, the BBQ, the P.A. system, as umpires, and doing all the setup and tear-down that Opening day requires. And special thanks to the folks who spent so much time the last few weeks getting our fields in such spectacular condition for our special day.
With 11 games on Saturday and three more on Sunday, the weekend featured lots of great ballplaying on all our fields. So much more fun to come this season, but we couldn't have asked for a better debut.
2017 Schedules & Rules Available Here
Schedules and rules for our T-Ball, Rookie, Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions are all available for download in the Handout following this article. Juniors schedules will be added soon.
Handout: 2017 Schedules
2017 Sponsorship Forms are Here!
If you are one of our esteemed returning sponsors and you need the forms to renew for this year, are a first timer, or it's been a while since you have taken advantage of our sponsorship opportunities, the forms are located here for your convenience. Simply download and print the forms and email or mail them in.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Jennings, our sponsorship coordinator at 858-336-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org@pacbell.net.
Thank you for 61 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.
Handout: 2017 Sponsorship Forms
Big Changes Coming in 2018
Don't Buy A Bat Until You Read This
If a new bat is on your baseball player’s wish list, there are some important things you may want to think about before making your purchase this year.
Beginning on January 1, 2018, Little League will begin using a new standard established by USA Baseball, and the current rules will no longer be the standard for Little League-approved baseball bats. Baseball bats with the new USA Baseball Standard won’t be commercially available until late 2017, for use in 2018, so, while your Little Leaguer’s current Little League-approved baseball bat will be good through next season, he or she won’t be allowed to use it in 2018.
For more information on the new bat standard, and to know if your bat will be allowed, visit LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
|Serving The Kids of Clairemont Since 1957!|
Why Play Clairemont Hilltoppers?
As part of the oldest and largest youth sports organization in history, Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League is proud to offer the finest experience possible for the youth of Clairemont.
For 75 years, the name "Little League" has been the most respected and recognized brand in all of youth sports. Now entering our 61st year, Clairemont Hilltoppers represents that brand as both the longest-running youth organization in Clairemont, and also its only Little League program. Over 20,000 boys and girls have passed through the Hilltoppers program since 1957, and we take special pride in the number of second- and third-generation players in our league.
Clairemont Hilltoppers had 400 kids playing ball in our Spring 2016 season, and we continue to find new ways to bring fun, safety, competition and life lessons to every child who joins our program.
Here are just a few of the reasons for our growth and popularity:
• We offer divisions for kids of every age. Little League has teams for youth from 4- to 16-years-old. Any child who will be 4-years-old by August 31, 2017 is eligible to start in our T-Ball program. And, while many leagues end when players are 12-14-years-old, Clairemont Hilltoppers offers teenage divisions in the 13-14 & 15-16 age groups in 2017.
• Reasonable costs. With many families facing challenging economic times, we have long made a commitment to make playing Little League affordable for everyone who wishes to play. Our registration fee for 2017 is just $68, the lowest of any youth sports league in town. We also ask participation in our fundraiser, selling 50 candy bars or making a $60 buyout. Plus, if you sell 75 candy bars, your registration fee is just $48! If you sell the candy, the fundraiser has a net cost to you of nothing, and you really can place your child in a full season of 20+ Little League games (plus all the associated fun and activities) for a net cost of just $48!
• Developing neighborhood and community relationships. With so many families living such busy lives, and sending kids to schools and activities in other parts of town, it's sometimes difficult to even get to know your neighbors. At Clairemont Hilltoppers, though, it's all about Clairemont. All of our players live within the community. We only advertise in our community. Most of our sponsors are in the community. We plan fundraisers within our community. The bonds that develop as kids and parents make friends in their neighborhood often last for a lifetime.
• Safety, training and education priorities. Little League has always been the leader in safety, and Clairemont Hilltoppers believes in that model. All of our managers and coaches are taught to make the safety of our children the number one concern. From our leaguewide ASAP Safety Plan, to mandatory background checks for every league volunteer, to continuing training programs for our coaches and umpires, our league will never take shortcuts on keeping our players out of harm's way. Our coaches and umpires are given rules and skills training on a regular basis, and our annual Parent Orientation is designed to make all parents part of the solution, rather than the problem, for our program.
• The Little League World Series. Certainly no event in youth sports is more recognized around the world. Each year, ABC and ESPN televise over 70 games in the various Little League All-Star tournaments. Not only is this an exciting summer tradition, but it gives Little League exposure to kids in every part of the country and in dozens of countries around the world. In addition to the World Series for the 11-12-year-old division in Williamsport, championship games in all of the teenage and softball divisions are also televised. Excitement has been high in Southern California recently, as two recent United States Champions (Park View Little League and Eastlake Little League) have come from our area. Every year, Clairemont Hilltoppers places teams in the All-Star tournaments. You can't get to the Little League World Series unless you sign up for Little League!
• Great fun activities for our parents. We strive very hard to bring fun beyond just the practices and games... and some of it is for the adults. Every year we have a great fundraiser dinner & auction at a local restaurant , an adult coed softball tournament, a trip to a USD game, a poker tournament, Little League Day at a Padres game, and more. And, we're always looking for new ways to get together for some fun.
We know that families have lots of choices when it comes to their kids' activities. If you choose to join us at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League, please know that we will be doing everything we can to make that the best decision possible!
Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame
Named as Charter Members were 17 individuals whose achievements, contributions and leadership will forever be recognized with this honor. A few others have been added since. A permanent plaque listing the names of all original and subsequent Hall of Famers hangs in our scorebooth building.
Following are the Inductees along with year named:
• Frank Adams (2006)
• Ron Conkle (2006)
• Ken Henderson (2006)
• Tom Franklin (2006)
• John Adams (2006)
• Link Lincavage (2006)
• Harold McCoy (2006)
• Jim Gerstenslager (2006)
• Dave Stephenson (2006)
• Mike Winters (2006)
• Dave Bermudes (2006)
• George Kovacevich (2006)
• Bill Salonius (2006)
• Jeanne Morrow (2006)
• Cesar Carmona (2006)
• Dave Pursel (2006)
• Mike Van Cleave (2006)
• Steve Conner (2008)
• Judy Salonius (2011)
• Ken Cicalo (2011)
• Kyle Holder (2015)
These members are recognized for their contributions in one or more of these four categories: Inspirational, Leadership, Volunteer and Special Recognition. Future members will be selected by a committee of current and former Hilltoppers.
Congratulations to all of these Hall of Famers, and many thanks for all you have meant to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.
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