Who are they: Gatorball 11u Sapp baseball team — Kendall Carter, Brant Bivens, Zai Bond, Tyler Thurmond, Troy Fleming, C.J. Saylor, Roen Kresak, Hudson Sapp, Trevor Byrd and Aidan Michaux
What happened: Team was on a 21-game winning streak capped by a USSSA 11u Global World Series championship. The team also won the 12u Battle of the Belt, USSA Summer Bash and USSSA Super NIT.
Of note: The team is ranked 22nd nationally by USSSA. Perfect Game features Gatorball 11u Sapp as the favorites in the 2021 PG World World Series.
Coaches: Landon Sapp, head coach, Chris Kresak, assistant coach, Ed Thurmond, assistant coach, and James Sapp, Scouting and analytics
Who are they: Gainesville Juniors 16U Elite volleyball team — Kate Johnson, Cameron Bendel, Cate Cannon, Jalyn Stout, Faith Marquis, Sophia Aulisio, Rylie Tam, Nicole Brandt and Bailee Musgrove.
What happened: Team won the 2020 AAU Premier Division National Championship in Orlando, defeating Ocala-based Max Performance Volleyball in the championship match 25-19, 25-17. The team went 9-1 over the four days of competition.
Of note: The win marks the team’s fourth consecutive AAU Premier Division National Championship dating back to their 13U Premier Division championship in 2017. Gainesville Juniors also advanced to the final four of the tournament each of the last seven years.
Coaches: Head coach Eric Marshall and assistant coach Nicole Stout.
Quote: "You can’t mimic the competition in practice no matter how hard you try." – Eric Marshall
Up next: Tryouts for the 2020-2021 club volleyball season are scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Gainesville Juniors’ five-court facility located at 3606 SW 34th Street. For more information contact GJ Co-Director Eric Marshall at 281-4004.