These two teams accomplished something that had only been done once before, more than 20 years ago, by winning the Northern California State Championship for their respective age groups. The only other Danville team ever to accomplish this was the 1985 11/12-year-old team. To put the feat in perspective: Both teams finished first out of more than 470 Little Leagues or approximately 6,500 players in their age group in Northern California.
"The Danville families, coaches and league management are all immensely proud of these fine young players," Danville LL President Bill Erickson said. "For Danville to place first out of 470-plus Little Leagues from all over Northern California is remarkable to say the least, but to have done it at two of the three Little League tournament-age levels in the same year is amazing in the fullest sense of the word."
"We're immensely proud of each of these boys and their tremendous coaches," he added.
The Danville 10/11-year-old team consisted of Brian Barcellona, Conor Maloney, Joey Spears, Nick Moroney, Riley Moore, Joe Vranesh, Clayton Tennant, Ryan Murphy, Joey Matulovich, Jake Hughes, Jake Lloyd, Greg Polosky, Manager Brent Hughes, Coach John Spears and Coach Mike Lloyd.
The Danville 9/10-year-old team consisted of Nick Venezia, Nolan Bartnick, Ryan Bowman, Nathan Roberto, Mason Banks, Jared Dawson, Darroch Koel, Chris Lonestar, Cole deFlores, Jack Morgan, Kyle Batza, Ryan Mladinich, Manager Mark Dawson and Coach Brent Bowman.
Both teams had to win their district tournament and section tournament to advance to the State tournament. The State Championship is as far as Little League All-Star teams can go at these age groups. The 11/12-year-old teams go on to West Regional in San Bernardino and then the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., which just finished.