Thursday, August 6, 2020

2018 Optimist Club Sports Fiesta Largest in Last Decade

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The 47th Annual Sports Fiesta took place on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, presented by the Optimist Club of Coronado. This year’s event was the largest in the last ten years and featured 399 participants in seven events:

  • a mini-triathlon (longest continuously running triathlon in the world)
  • a 5k run
  • 1-mile ocean swim
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Pickleball
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Cornhole
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The expanded Sports Fiesta also included an afternoon picnic and carnival games at Sunset Park.

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The Optimist Club of Coronado donates to more than 50 local youth causes annually: numerous athletic teams, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, scholarship programs, oratorical and essay contests and much more. For full Sports Fiesta results or to donate, please go to

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2018 Optimist Club of Coronado Sports Fiesta Winners

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1st Place – Courtney Clifford 28:03
2nd Place – Amy Steiner 29:12
3rd Place – Ashley Mendham 30:23

1st Place – Jonathan Shoop 24:19
2nd Place – Sean O’Brien 24:25
3rd Place – Ferris Thompson 26:12


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5K Run
1st Place – Jessie Ehret 20:19
2nd Place – Sofia Van Arsdale 21:12
3rd Place – Lauren White 22:37

1st Place – Isaiah Labra 16:15
2nd Place – Abraham Hueso 17:23
3rd Place – Henry McLish 17:24


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1-Mile Ocean Swim
1st Place – Erin Brown 24:23
2nd Place – Jennifer Hauser 28:25
3rd Place – Kendra Torres 28:26

1st Place – Kenton Jones 22:55
2nd Place – Andrew Packer 23:17
3rd Place – Patrick Stinger 24:10

Hard Rock (best combined time in triathlon, 5K, 1-mile ocean swim)
1st Place – Elizabeth Granquist 1:30:46
2nd Place – Debra Yniguez 1:40:31
3rd Place – Kelly Hopson 1:44:41

1st Place – Jonathan Shoop 1:11:56
2nd Place – Ferris Thompson 1:13:09
3rd Place – Glenn Hopson  1:32:17

Beach Volleyball team tournament
A bracket
1st Place – Troy Oliveira & Isabel DeNardi
2nd Place – Dominic DeNardi & Serafina Fieweger
3rd Place – Knightly Dugger & Griffin Book

B bracket
1st Place – Sean O’Brien & David McColl
2nd Place – Katie Jacobs-Bonnet & Amid Abdul Samad
3rd Place – Juleon Weimann & Alana Austin

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Cornhole Team Tournament
1st Place – Bo Blumenthal & Scott Hart
2nd Place – Dean Baker & Ben DiGrazia
1st Place – Connor Wray & Wilson Blumenthal
2nd Place – Leo DiGrazia & Luke Baker

Pickleball Tournament 7/29 at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Women’s 3.0 – 3.5
1st Place – Beetzie Ballinger & Denise Ricci
2nd Place – Teresa Youngberg & MaryAnn Curran

Women’s 4.0 – 4.5
1st Place – Joy Paraiso & Jacqueline Paraiso-Larsson
2nd Place – Barbara Greiert & Marion Braun

Men’s 3.0 – 3.5
1st Place – William Sutjiadi & John Tran
2nd Place – Henry Fusco & Dave Criddel

Men’s 4.0 – 4.5
1st Place – John Paraiso & Joey Paraiso
2nd Place – Jim Wefald & Paul Frisbie

Lawn Bowling Tournament 7/29 at Spreckels Center
1st Place – Berie Grobe & Maureen Sweeney
2nd Place – Barry Thurman & Rich McCaskill
3rd Place – Stan Silver & Betsy Gill

The Optimist Club of Coronado thanks the community!


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