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San Clemente’s Solomon Craft on the winner’s podium at the 2015 Pan Kids Championships in Long Beach. Photo: Courtesy
San Clemente’s Solomon Craft on the winner’s podium at the 2015 Pan Kids Championships in Long Beach. Photo: Courtesy

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Martial Arts

San Clemente’s Solomon Craft kept up his winning ways on the youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit in February by winning gold in his division at the 2015 Pan Kids Championships in Long Beach.

Craft’s efforts helped his Jiu-Jitsu academy, The Art of Jiu-Jitsu, win its third consecutive team championship.

Craft has had a successful year, winning gold at the 2014 Kids Worlds, 2014 American Nationals and 2014 Kids International Championships.

Youth Soccer

The San Clemente Surf soccer club will take on a distinct European flavor over the coming years. The local club recently announced a five-year development partnership with Manchester City Football Club, a high-profile member of the English Premier League.

The partnership will allow SC Surf players to follow the Manchester City development curriculum and connect with the team overseas, according to a release.

SC Surf and Manchester City FC are planning on hosting joint exhibitions, youth camps and coaching education seminars.

The first official joint event will be the Manchester City FC Americas Cup on Memorial Day weekend. The event will host players ages eight through 16 and offer the tournament winners entry into the Soccer Loco XXXV Surf Cup.

“We are confident that the Manchester City deal will extend opportunities and exposure for the players and the community of San Clemente,” SC Surf director of coaching Chris Murray said in a release. “We are very proud to be able to be a part of making San Clemente not only a soccer destination, but a place where young players can come train properly and understand the philosophies of the game.”

For more information on SC Surf and the partnership with Manchester FC, visit


The Friends of San Clemente will hold their fifth annual benefit golf tournament at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on June 26.

The tournament, which raises funds for the foundation’s Fun on the Run program and sport scholarships, will kick off at noon with a shotgun start and 18 holes of golf. Golf contests on the course will include closest to the hole competitions, longest drive, beat the pro and other unique contests.

Youth sports leagues will also be competing for the perpetual Sports Group Winner trophy. San Clemente Little League currently holds the trophy.

A buffet dinner, raffle and awards ceremony will follow the golf.

The Fun on the Run program is essentially a traveling park on wheels. A bus, loaded with sport and recreational equipment, travels around the city to birthday parties or other recreational events and allows children to use the equipment. Last year, $20,000 was raised for the program and scholarships for local kids to attend city recreation classes, according to a press release.

Several San Clemente Sports Hall of Fame inductees are slated to be in attendance at the event.

Cost for individuals is $150 and cost for a foursome is $500.

For more information or to register, visit or call 949.276.8866.


The San Clemente High School football program will be hosting two events for youth players this spring.

The program’s annual one-day Friday Night Lights football skills camp will take place May 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for all youth players grades four to eight.

The camp will be run by the Tritons varsity coaching staff and participants will take part in offensive-defensive drills, core strength exercises and more. There is a $15 contribution cost and players are advised to bring football cleats or running shoes.

The 2015 Triton Football Academy is a spring football program geared at getting middle school-age players ready for high school competition. The camp runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May 12 to June 6. There will be no session on May 23.

Attendees will receive conditioning, weight lifting, skills and scheme instruction from the Tritons varsity coaching staff.

Cost is $135 for all 11 sessions or $25 per individual workout.

For more information on both of the upcoming football events, visit or contact head coach Jaime Ortiz via email at

Collegiate Diving

Former San Clemente High School standout diver and current member of the Northern Arizona University women’s swim and dive team Carlye Townsend can add another trophy to her case.

Townsend and the Lumberjack squad won their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference swimming and diving championship in Texas on Feb. 28.

Townsend, a junior, finished in the top-8 in both the 1-meter and platform springboard events. Four of the five Lumberjack divers finished in the top-8 in the 1-meter event.

Townsend was recognized as a WAC All-Academic student-athlete by maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher and was named an NAU Golden Eagle scholar-athlete as a junior.


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