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Ex-Indians find success as teammates

May 17, 2008

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene:

White, Block continuing to enjoy softball success in college: Kimmie White and Cati Block have enjoyed a great deal of success as softball teammates.

White, a 2006 Burroughs High graduate, and Block, who graduated from the school last year, started playing together in the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Ponytail Softball league.

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They moved on to the travel-ball ranks and then to Burroughs, competing for Coach Jennifer Gomez.

The two even ended up playing together in college. After high school, White moved on to Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. A year later, Block joined her friend at the college, as they became dorm mates, as well as teammates again.

The Iowa Lakes team is in the midst of playing for a title in the National Junior College Athletic Assn. World Series.

Under Coach Mike Bosch, the Lakers (54-11 coming into the tourney) are coming off four straight wins in the Region XI Tournament.

During her freshman season, Block has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and was named to the Presidential Honors List both semesters.

During her sophomore season, White has been an honor student and earned a scholarship to Division I Tennessee Tech.

A second-team All-Foothill League selection as a senior at Burroughs, Block hit .288 with 15 hits and 12 runs scored.

As a senior, White — a first-team All-Foothill League selection — was a team leader on offense and defense for the Indians. She led the team with a .409 (27 for 66) average, scored 15 runs and had eight runs batted in.

There’s no word yet if Block intends to follow her friend and play for Tennessee Tech.

Local gymnasts win state championships: The Burbank-based Golden State Gymnastics continues to produce award-winning athletes.

Last month, a group of athletes from the gym had fine showings at the United States Assn. of International Gymnastics Clubs State Championships, hosted by Inland Empire Gymnastics Academy in Euless, Texas.

On April 26, members of Golden State, competing in their first state competition, took home 11 individual titles.

Lorraine Wong, 13, of Burbank, won the floor exercise title with the highest score of the day in the event (9.5).

Sisters, Angineh and Mineh Gharabegi, 14 and 10, both won championships in balance beam, with Angineh taking the Silver Level and Mineh winning the Bronze Level. Amanda Valencia, 13, won both the vault and floor exercise titles.

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