Auburn Little League turns 60

Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray
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Auburn Little League will celebrate its 60th year in existence this season and in accordance with the local youth organization reaching a coveted “birthday”, the league is planning gala Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday, March 16.

According to league vice-president Matt Anderson, besides a parade of teams through the city, the introduction of teams, games and a barbecue, members of the 1959 Auburn Little League All-Stars, which reached the Little League World Series, will take part in the parade and also be on hand to help get the season going.

The 1959 Auburn All-Star team, which in that Summer of 1959 captured the hearts of all Northern California, won 13 straight games to reach the ’59 Little League World Series championship game, where the locals fell to Hamtramck, Michigan.

Speaking of the 1959 All-Stars, the squad will also be feted later this year as part of a special exhibit honoring their exploits at the Placer County Museum located in the old Placer County Courthouse building on Maple Street.  


Big Game Scramble

Auburn Valley Golf Club has come with a unique idea for golfers who like football. The local golf course is hosting a Big Game Scramble, which is set for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3.

The event will consist of a four-person scramble with golf getting going with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Golfers are then invited to stay and watch the Super Bowl following the tournament.

Entry fee for the day is $89, which includes golf, cart, range, a free drink and appetizers during the football game. To sign up as a team or a foursome, contact 530-269-2776 or email


Colfax High HOF

Nominations are being taken until Feb. 8 for the Colfax High School Hall of Fame, which will induct its next class in April of 2020. Persons interested in nominating distinguished Colfax High alumni can do so by visiting the school’s website and filling out the accompanying HOF form.  

Speaking of nominees for the Colfax HOF, one that shouldn’t be missed by the committee this time around is 1993 graduate Kelli Kuelper.

A multi-sport standout, Kuelper starred in basketball where in four varsity seasons, she totaled 2,073 points and grabbed 1,160 rebounds. Her points total is a Colfax High record for both boys and girls.

Remarkably, Kuelper, a two-time All-Metro pick and a Cal-Hi All-State choice in ’93, participated in 106 Colfax wins in her career. She later went on to play on scholarship at Sacramento State where she enjoyed a fine career with the Hornets. She still ranks among the Hornets’ career top-10 in free throw shooting at 77 percent.


Baseball fix

If you’re going through baseball withdrawals as you look at the rain falling outside, don’t forget that William Jessup University opens its 2019 baseball season next Friday, Jan. 25, when the Warriors host Corban University in a doubleheader at Lincoln’s McBean Park.

Game times Friday are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trevor Paine, a former assistant coach at Menlo College and an assistant last season at Jessup, will make his debut as Jessup’s new head coach. Local area players on the Warriors’ roster include former Forest Lake Christian players Zach Sween, Austin Metz and Hayden Piner.