Big Bear Valley’s girls did our community proud over the weekend, as two teams from the Big Bear Valley Youth Soccer League took top spots in the Commissioners Cup competition in Temecula on December 5 and 6. Within their bracket, the soccer stars of Team Avalanche, a girls team ages 14 and under, took first place in the Commissioners Cup, beating out seven other teams. In fact, Team Avalanche, coached by Monte Smith and Mark DeRochers, were not scored on once in the four games they played and, in the finals, took victory over Temecula in a 3-1 shootout after a scoreless overtime. Commissioners Cup champions on Team Avalanche include Alicia Smith, Alyssa Lee, Hailee Burkman, Jacqueline Caldwell, Jennifer Bakhos, Joy Daniel, Justine McGowen, Kalynn Kough, Kaysi Pilcher, Kortney Carmody, Rachael DesRochers, Renae Ellis, Riley Ludwig, Stephanie Faraci and Zoe Gustason. Big Bear Valley Youth Soccer’s other girls-under-14 team the Killer Tomatoes, coached by Bill Sweet, took second place in their bracket at the Commissioners Cup. The Killer Tomatoes include Coral Aviles, Niya Custer, Alexis Egerer, Diana Escorcia, Savannah Fleishmann, Elysse Lopez, Wendy Mancilla, Taylor Markowich, Soleil Olsen, Haley Paul, Samantha Rhodes, Sophia Sauceda, Jennifer Schick, Daphne Sweet, Allisun Thomas, Ariel Valenzuela and Aaron Wilson.
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