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GetSportsFocus Rapid Fire 7v7 Tournament

Posted March 1, 2018 by in

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San Jose, CA – The first ever GetSportsFocus Rapid Fire 7v7 tournament is set to take place Saturday, March 3rd on the campus of Fremont HS in Sunnyvale, CA.

Twelve teams will battle it out for the tournament’s first GSF Rapid Fire 7v7 championship plaque.

In the past few years, 7v7 has grown similar to basketball’s AAU boom in the mid 90’s, and now major 7v7 tournaments have popped up all across the nation. Pylon, one of the nation’s biggest tournaments featuring 100+ teams from all over the country, just finished their 2018 national championship this past weekend in Las Vegas.

Even though the GSF Rapid Fire 7v7 tournament will only host 12 teams, executive producer Alf Joaquin thinks it’s the right move, at the right time for GetSportsFocus to get in the business of hosting tournaments.

“We want to start solid and provide a quality product.”

This is the first of a series of tournaments in the works by the GSF crew, with the last being an open-type championship tournament.

“It’s exciting and my team is really looking forward to providing some quality media exposure for the teams and players participating.”


Teams Participating:

Pro-Sport Training (San Jose, CA):
Having existed for 18 years and counting, Pro-Sport Training is the original South Bay 7-on-7 team. Pro-Sport Training is the brainchild of Coach AJ Rangel, who has a distinct method of naturally developing talent. Instead of taking in star players, Coach Rangel prefers to develop athletes for his 7v7 squads. Kiko Alonzo (LGHS/UO/MIA), the Olugbode brothers (BCP/CU/STAN), and Shane Smith (LGHS, SJSU, NYG) are all notable players that have been coached by AJ Rangel. Pro-Sport Training is a talented team, featuring league MVPs from Aptos’ Marco Reyes and Piedmont Hills’ Gabe Reclusado, also Santa Teresa’s 3-sport stud Ethan Janto.

EXPRESS 7v7 (East Palo Alto, CA):
The College of San Mateo’s assistant coach Eric Washington Jr. is determined to cultivate talent in the East Palo Alto area. EXPRESS 7v7 has two Saint Francis junior studs at the helm in Darrell Page and Evan Williams. Page, an electric halfback, thrived under Coach Greg Calcagno’s run-heavy offense through his speed in the open field and inability to be dragged down easily. Baby Ballhawk Evan Williams has recently received his first Power Five offer from his brother’s school, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is expected to make an even greater impact for the Lancers in his senior season. Troy Franklin, a Menlo-Atherton Bear and GSF Freshman All-Star, is also a key player in EXPRESS’ lineup.

GRINDMODE Elite (San Jose, CA):
Grind Mode Elite is a new 7v7 organization founded by Oak Grove JV coach Brandon Younger. Recently, this team competed at Pylon, a two day, national tournament featuring 100+ teams from all around the country. GRINDMODE Elite is a young, but talented team led by Valley Christian defensive back Kavir Bains and Oak Grove’s Justin Munday.

Mann Up Athletics (Monterey, CA):
Representing the Monterey area, Mann Up Athletics might have one of the most talented quarterbacks in the entire tournament. Salinas Cowboys sophomore Carl Richardson is a standout on Coach Maurice Mann’s team, having been invited to compete in the Rivals 3 Stripe Competition in San Francisco. Mann is joined by assistant coaches DeAndre Mann (KSU) and Ralph Ward (Carmel HS).

Team IAM Savage Elite (Oakland, CA):
IAM Elite is an incredibly talented team largely hailing from the East Bay. Coached by Adrian Cooper, this squad is expected to make a deep run in the GSF 7v7 Rapid Fire Tournament. This team features stars such as Montrell Smith (RB, McClymonds), Reese Bickart (WR, Galileo), and Noah Hoskinson (RB, Moreau Catholic). Smity and Bickart are both from State Championship caliber football programs.

Bay Area Titans (Pittsburg, CA):
Under Coach Victor James, the Bay Area Titans have become a longstanding 7v7 football organization. This year’s lineup is commanded by Junipero Serra QB Luke Bottari, a rangy and confident junior pocket passer whose team claimed the 2017 Division II-AA State Championship. Bottari began playing with the Bay Area Titans as a freshman. He has been a starter for BAT during the KT Prep 7-on-7 Tournament, Quick 6 Air to the Throne Tournament and Pylon in Las Vegas.

Reno Heat Ballers (Reno, NV):
The Reno Heat Ballers are an out-of-state team looking to contend with California’s best in the GSF 7v7 Rapid Fire Tournament. Hopate Kaho, Sydney Helu and Stephanotis Tupou-Fulivai, the founders of the Ballers, are passionate about helping the next generation reach their full potential on the gridiron. Their 2018 lineup has several standouts that are looking to gain exposure in an out-of-state market. Jackson Laduke (ATH, Spanish Springs HS), Wyatt Draeger (OL/DL, Reno HS), Preston Helu (OLB/TE, Bishop Manogue), and Vailahi Kaho (Bishop Manogue) are among the standouts on this squad.

Other Team Entries:
North Bay Natives
Team GIFF 7v7
Diverse (Stockton)
Elevate (Stockton)

For updated information stay connected to @GetSportsFocus

About the Author

Alforde Joaquin

ALF’s passion for shooting and editing has earned him several awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 for Videography. He was also a nominee for the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Videography. A 6-time Emmy recipient for five different categories: Director/Producer, Videography, Editing, Feature Segment and Sound Mixing, Alf has produced over 1,000 video segments and is committed to developing GetSportsFocus as one of the best sports video magazine on the web.


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