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Christian Chew/special to the s.f. examinerOn the attack: Lick junior outside hitter Jade Sparks

Convent shakes off slow start to prevail

It would be hard to imagine a more foreboding start to the…

 

Courtesy photoCole Valley resident Yuri Morales plays beach soccer for the U.S. National Team

Fast-paced fun in the sun for international standout

Yuri Morales takes the pass with his back to the goal. He…

 

mike koozmin/special to the S.F. examinerNick Cruit and San Francisco-based skateboard company Freebord are working to reach out to riders — not parents — about boarding safety.

Skateboard agency seeks to build helmet culture

“Wear a Helmet 4ST” is a battle cry from Freebord, a San…

 

mike koozmin/special to the s.f. examinerIn the blood: Emerald Across the Bay 12K organizer Dave Rhody

Former runner living vicariously through 12K

The Emerald Across the Bay 12K is considered by Dave Rhody, promoter…

mike koozmin/special to the s.f. examinerIn the blood: Emerald Across the Bay 12K organizer Dave Rhody
courtesy photoLast call: Tony Rossmann has enjoyed a 35-year career running marathons

Tony Rossman aiming to go out on top

Tony Rossmann was only a college sophomore when, at Fenway Park, he…

courtesy photoLast call: Tony Rossmann has enjoyed a 35-year career running marathons
cindy chew/special to the sf examinerSetting the pace: Sixty-year-old Sharlet Gilbert

Passion for running hit Sharlet Gilbert at an early age

It was a childhood experience from more than 50 years ago, but…

cindy chew/special to the sf examinerSetting the pace: Sixty-year-old Sharlet Gilbert
Courtesy photoScott Dipman competes in 12 to 15 bass tournaments a year and finished sixth place out of a field of 80 on the weekend of Jan. 14 at Lake Shasta.

Angler's hooked on competitive fishing

By age 43, it is standard for most professional athletes to have…

Courtesy photoScott Dipman competes in 12 to 15 bass tournaments a year and finished sixth place out of a field of 80 on the weekend of Jan. 14 at Lake Shasta.
Cindy Chew/Special to The SF ExaminerMukesh Nath dove back into soccer upon retirement

Semipro soccer at the top of retiree's to-do list

Two weeks after scoring two goals to lead his high school to…

Cindy Chew/Special to The SF ExaminerMukesh Nath dove back into soccer upon retirement
courtesy photoDrive: Atherton resident CiCi Bellis can only be convinced to take a day off from tennis once every two weeks.

Young tennis star finding recognition

Hollywood honors its finest with an Oscar, and the adult athletic world…

courtesy photoDrive: Atherton resident CiCi Bellis can only be convinced to take a day off from tennis once every two weeks.
Cindy Chew/Special to The SF ExaminerElite competitor: Stanford graduate Chris Mocko will be running in the 29th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon on Feb. 5.

Marathon runner sets sights on 2016 Olympics

When the leaders hit Great Highway for the home stretch of Feb.…

Cindy Chew/Special to The SF ExaminerElite competitor: Stanford graduate Chris Mocko will be running in the 29th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon on Feb. 5.
Courtesy photoLike a fish: Former Sacred Heart Prep swimmer Nick Caine has completed 17 Alcatraz crossings and swam the English Channel.

Distance is no obstacle for former SHP swimmer

Among the hearty souls who jump into San Francisco Bay with nothing…

Courtesy photoLike a fish: Former Sacred Heart Prep swimmer Nick Caine has completed 17 Alcatraz crossings and swam the English Channel.
Cindy Chew/Special to The ExaminerMadellena Conte Thornton's coach has gone from calling her "Baby Giraffe" to "Gazelle" after taking on a new style this season.

Figure skater Madellena Conte Thornton thriving out of her comfort zone

This year’s figure skating season was a breakout one for 16-year-old San…

Cindy Chew/Special to The ExaminerMadellena Conte Thornton's coach has gone from calling her "Baby Giraffe" to "Gazelle" after taking on a new style this season.
joseph schell/special to the examinerA natural: T.J. Arcangel fell in love with muay Thai after his parents dragged him off his couch and into the gym in 2005 and has since won a national championship.

T.J. Arcangel went from the couch to national muay Thai champ

It was time for T.J. to get off the couch.A sophomore at…

joseph schell/special to the examinerA natural: T.J. Arcangel fell in love with muay Thai after his parents dragged him off his couch and into the gym in 2005 and has since won a national championship.
cindy chew/special to the examinerStill on top of her game: Jodi Hiraoka

Jodi Hiraoka bowling to strike out hunger

With each strike rolled at Charity Turkey Bowl XI, Serra Bowl will…

cindy chew/special to the examinerStill on top of her game: Jodi Hiraoka
Paul Goldstein

Former tennis pro Paul Goldstein dusts off his paddle for TopSpin

Considering his pingpong lineage and professional tennis experience, Paul Goldstein may be…

Paul Goldstein
Darpan Saini grew up in India and recently moved to the Bay Area from Pennsylvania. Wherever he calls home

Darpan Saini carries passion for cricket across borders

Moving to the Bay Area from Pennsylvania last December, Darpan Saini jumped…

Darpan Saini grew up in India and recently moved to the Bay Area from Pennsylvania. Wherever he calls home
Martin Connolly

Father and son team a winning combination at golf tournament

Eighty father and son teams from eight different countries teed off in…

Martin Connolly
St. Ignatius’ Nkosi Djehuti-Mes is eyeing a big-league baseball career after college

Playing baseball abroad ‘eye-opening’ for St. Ignatius star Nkosi Djehuti-Mes

Opening Day of the Latin American Baseball Classic, Nkosi Djehuti-Mes was in…

St. Ignatius’ Nkosi Djehuti-Mes is eyeing a big-league baseball career after college
Leave the Jimmy Choo’s at home: Kate Ellmer

San Francisco ‘girly girls’ band together to run two-day relay race

On Friday morning, Kate Ellmer will walk from her San Francisco apartment…

Leave the Jimmy Choo’s at home: Kate Ellmer

Kimmy Fung dares herself to go distance in Giant Race

Runners new to the racing scene generally select minimally challenging venues their…