Each week, NORCAL Hockey selects three teams, players, coaches or volunteers as their Three Stars of the Week. Winners will be featured during an intermission report on an FSN Bay Area telecast during a Sharks game and on SJSHARKS.com. Here are this week’s winners.
Anthony Zapanta is one fast guy. This eleven year old, from the Santa Clara PeeWee A team, recently took first place in the California State Speed skating Championships, which took place on February 11, 2007. Anthony went on to represent California in the US Nationals Short Track Speed skating Championship in Cleveland, OH on February 22-25.
At the event, Anthony competed in both the quarterfinal event and the semifinals. He raced the 200, 300, and 500 meter races and qualified to move up to the super final 700 meter event. Anthony placed 2nd in the three quarterfinal races and 3rd place in one of the semifinals. Anthony’s blazing speed and great sportsmanship make him a huge asset to the Blackhawks PeeWee A team. Your team and the San Jose Sharks congratulate you for all your success in both hockey and speed skating.
Nathan Churchill can stop pucks. This past weekend, the Tri-Valley Blue Devils Squirt A goalie faced two very strong and high scoring teams in the Oakland Bears and the San Jose Jr. Sharks. There wasn’t a dull moment as the ten year old faced 77 total shots for a 92% save percentage. Although his team was defeated in both games, Nathan played a major role in keeping both of the games close. Congratulations Nathan on the outstanding goaltending effort.
Not only the current NORCAL Roster Manager, Mike Donahue has spent countless time and effort serving in various volunteer roles that include that of team manager, registrar, and President of the Santa Rosa Flyers Hockey club. In the second year of his vital position, he spends many hours educating the various clubs representatives regarding the various league rules and registration requirements. Also, if necessary, Mike handles major assistance with disciplinary issues. Finally, and this can’t be overlooked, he is in the first yea of a two year term as a member of the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) board of directors. Thank you Mike for your dedication and efforts toward youth hockey.