Pleasanton couple's dog a winning wiener

"In the seven years they have been together, Patrick Major has seen Sammy Davis transform from a playful pet to one of the fastest dachshund racers in the state. Even though he stands only about 6 inches tall, Sammy can pump his stubby little legs and leap through the air to catch Frisbees nearly as big as he is. And, this pooch was a doggie pinup in the International Disc Dog calendar three years running." Read More Here

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Meet Kai Edwards of SMC Ladies Soccer, Winning A Tradition?

Support the work of Kai Edwards on September 25th, and his youth outreach for Ladies Soccer……..

The fifth head coach in the 29 years of women’s soccer at Saint Mary’s College, Kai Edwards enters his third season as the Gaels’ head women’s soccer coach in 2011. In 2010 Saint Mary’s finished the season with an 8-7-4 overall record and went 2-4-1 in West Coast Conference play, marking the Gaels’ first winning season since 2001. Edwards also continues to emphasize the school’s history of excellence in the classroom, guiding the program to a second straight NSCAA Team Academic Award, and landing four student-athletes on the WCC All-Academic Team. On the field in 2010, five Gaels were awarded all-WCC honors, marking the most since Saint Mary’s placed six players on the 2002 all-league squad. Freshman midfielder. Jordan Marada earned first-team All-WCC honors and was selected to the league’s all-Freshman team. She became the first freshman women’s soccer player to earn first-team all-WCC honors since 1992. Fellow freshman Brianna Campos also broke onto the collegiate soccer scene quickly, earning second-team all-WCC honors as a forward. In 2009, the attack minded Edwards improved the team’s goals per game average nearly half a goal per game, moving from 1.00 to 1.45 in just one season. The Gaels also jumped 63 spots in the national ratings percentage index, moving into the top 100, and were ranked in the top 10 in the West Region (NCAA/NSCAA) throughout the majority of the season. The Gaels also earned a Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Gaels improved to 9-11 overall with three players earning all-WCC honors. Jessica Menzhuber was a first team all-conference selection and a third team NSCAA All-West Region honoree. Daelyn Paul was an honorable mention all-WCC selection, and joined Christina Tognetti on the conference’s all-freshman squad. Edwards moved Menzhuber from defender to forward for her senior season and she responded by leading the Gaels with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. She finished fourth in the WCC in goals and points and helped the Gaels score at least one goal in 19-of-20 games. Paul had an outstanding freshman campaign, as she was second on the team with 16 points on five goals and a team-high six assists. In 2009, the Gaels had key victories over top-30 teams Texas (2-1) and San Diego (2-1). During the middle of the season, SMC won seven of 10 games, with its three losses during that stretch coming to No. 10 Texas A&M (2-1), No. 9 California (4-1) and No. 1 Stanford (1-0). Edwards came to Saint Mary’s after spending two seasons as the associate head coach for the women’s soccer program at UC Santa Barbara. Edwards served as the Gauchos’ recruiting coordinator and played an instrumental role in UCSB’s 2008 recruiting class, which was ranked 38th in the nation by Soccer Buzz Magazine, the highest in program history. The affable Edwards joined the UCSB coaching staff in the spring of 2007, after spending one season at Sonoma State, where he helped guide the Seawolves to a 12-6-3 record and a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament in 2006. Prior to his one season as an assistant at Sonoma State, Edwards spent two years as an assistant at Division II Western Washington. Heavily involved with the Region IV Olympic Development Program, Edwards has his USSF “A” license and his NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma. An offensive-minded coach, each team Edwards has coached has increased its goals per game average each year of his tenure. Edwards, a graduate of Sonoma State, played two seasons for the Seawolves. As a senior in 2003, he scored five goals and had four assists, and in 2002, he was a member of Sonoma State’s NCAA Division II National Championship team. Prior to his two years at Sonoma, Edwards played soccer for two years at San Francisco State where he was a team captain. As a high school player at Rolling Hills Prep in San Pedro, Calif., he was a first-team all-State choice, once scored 11 goals in a single match and still holds the school’s record for goals in a game, season and career. Professionally, he played for the Seattle Sounders Select team, Surrey United in Canada and semi-pro for the Bellingham Blaze indoor team. Edwards also competed on the U.S. National Tae Kwon Do team.

(originally printed by St Mary’s College of California)

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