Category Archives: CQ Athlete Success Story

Three Cheers For ASU & Nicole

 

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Nicole, Amanda, Emma

Three years ago, goalkeeper Emma Malsy verbally committed to play soccer at Arizona State University. A year later, midfielder Amanda Jones verbally committed to play soccer for the Sun Devils and now, our third athlete and defender, Nicole Soto, has verbally committed to play soccer for Arizona State Sun Devils.

In November 2014, Nicole was featured in one of our blog posts as we talked about the dedication of a group of soccer girls that were training to have the best opportunity to make their high school Varsity teams.

“…Nicole continually works on her strength and using her mental toughness to shut down her opponents….”

nicole-soto-socal-bluesSince that blog post, Nicole has had a lot of changes happen in her soccer career: joining the So Cal Blues ECNL team, earning a spot on the Los Alamitos high school Varsity team as a Freshman, being scouted by the Mexican Youth National teams, and actively taking a hold of her college recruiting process.

Nicole is the athlete that every coaches wish they had on their team. She pushes her teammates in practice from start to finish and always is one of the first to finish all fitness tests and training. Nicole has open, frank conversations with her coaches about her performances in games and the steps she needs to take to raise her ability to play at her best. Nicole invites constructive criticism and does not shy away from an opportunity that she knows will only make her a better soccer player.

nicole-sotoIn Nicole fashion, playing soccer in college was not a choice but a goal waiting to be conquered. Watching her older sister Ashley go through the process and verbally commit to play soccer at USC, Nicole wanted to forge her own path and be in control of the process. After looking at several colleges on the west coast, Nicole weighed out the options between academics, athletics, and the social culture of each college. Then last month, Nicole decided that Arizona State University was the right fit for her.

It doesn’t surprise me (Coach Brittany) that every goal Nicole has set for herself, she has accomplished each one with a strong belief in her abilities and the fight to push herself as far as she can go. That’s the Nicole-way of accomplishing goals: Go 100% with honesty, perseverance, and strength -and- of course, she’ll come out on top!

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

 

 

Soccer Star on the Rise: Cameron Smalls

Cameron Smalls walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in May of 2016 with goals of improving his speed, power, and agility. Cameron is a 10-year old multi-sport athlete, who plays soccer, baseball and basketball. His long-term aspirations are to play soccer or baseball in high school, college, and eventually professionally.fullsizerender-24

In just over 2 months of training, Cameron showed a 119% increase in his total athleticism. Cameron showed his biggest improvements in his agility, strength and speed. He lowered all three of his agility scores by 4 seconds. Cameron improved his linear agility from 15.39s to 10.69s and his lateral agility from 16.70 to 11.64, however his biggest improvement was shown in his single leg agility on his SST (shark skill test) by reducing his time from 12.59s to 7.88s! Single leg agility is crucial to soccer athletes as many technical aspects such as passing, trapping, dribbling, and shooting require one foot to be elevated off the ground while the other leg stabilizes the body.

cameron-smallsCameron also made huge strides in his strength as he improved his push up score from 45 to 51 repetitions in a minute and his pull up score from 4 to 7 repetitions! Cameron showed his biggest improvements in his core strength as he increase his plank hold time from 2:27 minutes to 4 minutes! Core strength is essential in soccer and other sports that require athletes to body up against opponents without losing their balance and center of mass.

All soccer athletes know how important speed is out on the field and it can be the difference between betting your opponent to the ball or gaining an extra step to be able to get off a shot on goal. Cameron improved his acceleration in his 10-yard sprint from 2.06s to 1.83s. He also showed improvements in his change of direction as he lowered his 5-10-5 test from 6.07s to 5.46s!

Cameron has recently joined the FC Premier club soccer team , where he plays for Coach Eddie Chavez’s 2005 flight 2 team. Cameron is a 2006 year birthday so he regularly plays against other soccer players who are a year older than he is to challenge him. At Champion’s QUEST, Cameron attends the B.A.S.E and Soccer clinics to develop his athleticism and skills out on the soccer field to compete against the older kids.

Keep up the hard work Cameron and I’m excited to watch your continued success!

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

Success Story: Luis Escolano

Luis Escolano is one of our talented Senior left-handed ball players here at Champion’s Quest. His transformation as an athlete in this past year of work, has been exciting to watch, to say the least. At 6’4″ 190 pounds, Luis has an outstanding Pitcher/ Outfielder’s frame, and has proven himself to be uniquely explosive for his size. Since training here Luis has dropped his 60 yard dash time to 6.8 seconds, and increased his vertical jump by a whopping 6 full inches. Unsurprisingly, this has directly translated to his abilities out on the diamond.

100008991_largeCombine the work that Luis has put in to his lower body power, with his strength work on the posterior side of his body (THE ARM FARM), and he has done something that most people would say couldn’t be done. However, here at Champion’s QUEST we don’t focus on skepticism, just the task at hand. In one year Luis has developed elite level tools on the diamond… His bat is noticeably stronger, and on the mound he is 9 MPH harder with his fastball. To top it all off he has gained a nearly polished repertoire of balance, coordination, and mechanics in all aspects of his game.

It is amazing to see that the ambitious goals we set out to tackle a year ago, HAVE BEEN TACKLED. Even better yet, Luis still has a lot in the tank with his projectable frame, and it is certainly going to be an extremely exciting year to continue watching him grow. One thing I always say to my ball players is that if they put in the work that it takes to be elite, they will achieve what they set out to do, period. It becomes a matter of WHEN it will happen, not IF it will happen. Expect more good news as we follow Luis’s progress, as he is on the verge of breaking into the elite prospect scene. I hope that this inspires those who are reading this today. Big change CAN happen in a short amount of time, it’s just a matter of how bad you want it.

Coach Kyle Richter, CSCS, USAW, TPI

USC Baseball Alumni, BA Human Performance

 

Success Story: Volleyball Star on the Rise

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When Champion’s QUEST first opened the doors to youth athletes, the focus was all geared to helping the local Seal Beach Volleyball Club. Now we have been open for over fifteen years and have been able to help athletes in all sports with their athleticism. We have continued to provide the training for many young volleyball athletes in the Los Alamitos-Long Beach area and we are now working with a phenomenal athlete that is on the 14-1’s team for Seal Beach by the name of Grace Abdoo.

Grace started back in 2011 with our Summer Volleyball Camps and continued doing theunspecified-1 camps for the next couple of years. She joined our program as a full-time athlete in the Spring of 2014, which was a little less than a year after her older sister started the program. After doing three years of the Summer Camps along with seeing all the improvements her older sister was able to gain, her mother wanted to give Grace the same advantage her sister was gaining since she competes in a sport where height is an advantage. From her first evaluation back in the Spring of 2014, up to her most recent in the month of August, Grace has been able to increase not only her athletic ability but her confidence on the court.

Her Mother had told meIf you could have seen how she served in a game back when she was 12, and how she serves now, it’s night and day. Also, she doesn’t get nervous in big games, even if she knows a lot of people are watching. For example, when they made the finals at Junior Nationals early this year.

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CVBA Santa Monica Women’s B Tournament Winners

Earlier this month, Grace was able to win the California Beach Volleyball Association Women’s B Doubles Tournament. She started playing in unrated and B women’s tournaments this just year, just to get some experience playing against adults since she has been playing Beach Volleyball for just about three years now. Grace is currently a Freshman in the Pace program at Long Beach Poly High School and is a starter on their girls JV Volleyball team.

 

Grace has gained a lot over these past couple of years and she continues to grow in her athletic ability. She may not have the height most Volleyball coaches look for in their athletes but she makes up with tons of talent and ability on the court. Her game knowledge is a level above her peers and she will continue to grow in her sport from her coaches at LB Poly, Seal Beach VC and her Beach Volleyball Coach Misty May-Treanor.

Being a freshmen in high school comes with different struggles and I am very confident that Grace will have that mental strength to push herself beyond any situation that may be presented to her within the next four years. We at Champion’s QUEST will continue to provide her with a strong direction and guidance in her sport and life!

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September 2016

Article By: Coach Derrick Campbell, USTF-L1

Parent Testimonial: Maya Gonzales

rosary-maya-gonzales“Hi Brittany! This is Manny, Maya’s dad. I wanted to thank you for everything you and your staff do for Maya! I had a dad approach me this weekend and was amazed on how much faster Maya had gotten from the last time he saw her play! He asked what she was doing and I gave Champion’s QUEST all the credit! I thought you and your staff would like to her that! Keep up the good work!” – Manny Gonzales
Maya Gonzales, now a Sophomore at Rosary High School in Fullerton, California plays an attacking role on her Varsity high school team for Coach Sean Melendez and her club soccer team, FC Premier formerly known as Cypress FC for Coach Dave Sabet. Whether it’s playing forward or outside midfield, Maya always wants to add to her team’s attack and pursuit of the goal

maya-gonzales-rosaryAlthough Maya and Coach Brittany joke she started training at Champion’s QUEST because they have the same last name, Maya’s true goal was to become the best soccer player she can be for her team and for her self. That is exactly what sets Maya apart from her opponents, she wants to push herself to be her best and at the same time, push her teammates to become their best. In order t do this, Maya would drive from South Orange County to train once a week at Champion’s QUEST with her FC Premier teammates. Maya knew that in order to be better, you have to make sacrifices.

In these pictures of Maya, you will notice her intensity and her fearless attitude going towards the ball and into traffic with her opponents. This upcoming high school season at Rosary will be one to watch as Maya joins forces with two other Champion’s QUEST athletes, Katie Searle – Senior Defensive Midfield verbally committed to Cal State Monterey Bay, and Naomi Dodd – a Sophomore transfer ready to contribute to the Rosary soccer program.

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

 

Natalia Banos: “A Swimmers’ Pursuit of Greatness”

 

fullsizerender-2Natalia is a 14 year old exceptional athlete that has been at Champion’s Quest for only 4 short months.  Her performance is moving at record pace on land and in the pool. Natalia is an outstanding swimmer, student and person. She exhibits confidence, gives respect to all coaches, fellow athletes and friends at Champion’s Quest.

I asked her Dad what is Natalia’s strongest quality and he responded with a smile and an answer that I had never heard before during my coaching my experience. He replied her ability to have very strong time management skills. This time management quality is an invaluable asset especially at such a young age.

Natalia applies this skill at The Oxford Academy in Cerritos.  This school provides a highly competitive academic environment where she is challenged each and everyday. She takes multiple high level courses, studies for hours daily, while still making time to do her dry land training and complete chores at home. You would think,she has no extra time at all for anything else. But, she takes a deep breadth, smiles and then she does what she loves to do, and that is, getting in the swimming pool.

fullsizerenderNatalia’s hard work is truly paying off and it was on full display at the Junior Olympics Competition in Arizona. She posted personal best in all of her swimming events:
– 200 meter freestyle: seed time 2:16.76 (dropped 0:03.39) final time 2:13.37
– 400 meter freestyle: seed time 4:44.63 (dropped 0:01.13) final time 4:43.50
– 100 meter butterfly: seed time 1:07.3 (dropped 0:01.34) final time 105.96 1st place
– 200 meter butterfly: seed time 2:29.74 (dropped 0:03.38) final time 2:26.36
– 200 meter individual medley: seed time 2:33.58 (dropped 0:02.70) final time 2:30.88
– 400 meter individual medley: seed time 5:23.87 (dropped 0:07.13) final time 5:16.74.  Keep up the great work in school, keep training and pursuing greatness in the pool.

Congratulations and we are proud of you at Champion’s Quest!!!

Coach Reggie Ward

Assistant Athletic Director

Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy

reggiew@championsquest.com

562-598-2600

 

Success Story: Athena Sandoval

athenasurfcuprunnerupOctober 1st, 2015, Athena Sandoval, a Freshman at Los Alamitos High School decided to take her soccer career into her own hands here at Champion’s QUEST. Literally, Athena jumped up and touched her hand 99 inches above the ground to record a Vertical Jump of 16.50 inches.

The vertical jump was just the first of 10 athletic tests that Athena completed in her initial evaluation. 

Fast forward to this past summer, Athena now has a vertical jump of 21 inches, an increase of 4.50 inches in 9 months. From the image below, you can see Athena improved in every aspect of her athleticism and has become a stronger, faster, quicker, and smarter soccer player.

athena-sandoval-cqWith all the work completed on and off the field, big rewards came for Athena this summer as she made the Flight 1 CDA Slammers Cerritos ’01 EGSL team (Coach Randi Martinez.) Not only did Athena make a competitive Flight 1 team, she also started as an outside defender and played in front of college soccer coaches at the nationally acclaimed soccer tournament: Surf Cup in Oceanside, CA. Athena helped her team reach the finals and take home second place at Surf Cup. Athena’s soccer team also WON the Pleasanton showcase and took runner-up at the West Coast soccer showcase.

It’s no doubt that Athena’s dedication to her physical and mental abilities has led to her success on the soccer field.

Athena’s confidence continues to rise each game and allows her to showcase her increase in speed, quickness, and total body strength. Athena increased her speed in her 10 yard sprint by 3 tenths, making her faster to help in the attack on the wings and able to sprint back on defense. Athena’s lateral cutting agility increased her speed by over 3 seconds and has allowed her to cut quicker when a forward is attempting to challenge her. Athena also increased her plank to over a 3-minute hold and improved her total athleticism by 240%

Athena is now ready to start knocking on college doors and telling college soccer coaches that she is ready to take her game to the next level in college and she is serious about making a difference in their soccer program. 

Congrats Athena on your recent success this summer in soccer. We are all so excited to see which college flag will hang in the gym with Athena’s name on it in 2019.

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING