We ended our 2015 Spring season yesterday in rare form by winning four league championships at Boys 13A, Girls 13A, Boys 15A, and Girls 15A. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, and parents on this amazing feat. Read about each squad and their journey below.
2015 NCJLA Champion Boys 13A Kings
The Boys 13A Kings were a team built on a tenacious defense, only surrendering an average 2.5 goals per game, and an explosive offense, averaging more than 12 goals per game. The team battled through early season injuries and grew together, gaining momentum as the season progressed and became explosive as the playoffs approached. In the championship game, they played their most complete game as they beat Skyline 12-4. Their smothering defense and high powered offense makes this one of the most complete teams in NCJLA 13A history. Congratulations to Coach Colman, Coach Flanagan, Coach Braun, Coach Tagliaferri and the players of the 13A Kings on an unbelievably successful season.
2015 NCJLA Champion Girls 13A Venom
The Girls 13A Venom respectfully rolled through the regular season posting a 14-0 record and outscoring their opponents 165-41. However, they faced a very strong Pleasanton team who wanted to knock them off their perch in the championship game. Down by one goal with two minutes to go, the Venom tied it up and then scored the game winner with 30 seconds on the clock for a 5-4 win in the championship game. Congratulations to Coach Leonardi, Coach Iorio, Coach Mescall, and the girls for completing an undefeated championship season with class and respect.
2015 NCJLA Champion Boys 15A Kings
The 2015 Boys 15A Kings were led by two coaches who returned to the Scorpion program despite not having any other sons involved in the youth game. Driven by the desire to coach this group of players, Coach Butler and Coach Nelson, joined by Coach Woerner, got the absolute most out of this team, posting a 17-0 regular season record and overcoming two 4+ goal deficits in the playoffs to beat an extremely talented El Dorado team in the finals by the score of 9-8. Congratulations to Coach Butler, Coach Nelson, Coach Woerner, and the 15A Kings players for a remarkable season.
2015 NCJLA Champion Girls 15A Venom
The Girls 15A Scorpion Venom overcame adversity early in the season by losing their goalie in early February. Insert Reagan Bach, who was called up from 13B to fill some big shoes. The team came together as the season wore on, posting a 13-1 regular season record and avenging their one defeat in the championship game with a 9-8 victory over a very tough Novato team. Congratulations to Coach Tom Perry, Coach Andre Jolie, and all the girls for a tremendous season
It is with the great sadness that we deliver the heartbreaking news of the passing of our good friend, esteemed coach and colleague, Todd French. Todd was a fighter to the end, having bravely battled cancer and the doctors who originally told him he had less than a year to live. Now almost four years later, his spirit and positive energy will rage on.
Todd impacted nearly a generation of youth in our community, coaching with the Scorpion club for 13 years in addition to T-Birds Football, and San Ramon Valley High School football and lacrosse. A two-time US Lacrosse Man of the Year recipient, US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year, and Scorpion Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Todd's impact spread far and wide. And while he will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the extended San Ramon Valley youth sports community, he leaves behind both the fond memories we have of him and the positive influence he had on so many of our sons and daughters.
Prior to his passing, Todd requested that we not grieve his death, but rather celebrate his life and continue to live our own lives to the fullest. So let us remember Todd with a fist pump and smile, and send loving and supportive thoughts to his wife Michelle and sons Austin and Cole.
A celebration of Todd’s life will be held on Sunday February 15th from 1-3pm at the San Ramon Valley High School football field with reception to follow at Primo's.
In the meantime, we thought many of you would enjoy celebrating and remembering Todd’s life by learning more about him. Written by Laura Navarro, the mother of one of his players, this story provides a glimpse into Todd's life and the impact he had on so many in our community.
And remember that "those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and forever dear".
Rest in Peace, Todd. We love you.
- Scorpion Lacrosse players, coaches, families… past and present.