Impressive community showing in support of Panthers

The McKinleyville community showcased its support for local sports once again over the weekend, with an enthusiastic turnout for the third annual McKinleyville High baseball team’s golf tournament.

And so too did some rival coaches.

“I want to give a special thank you to coach (Matt) Tomlin and coach (Jeff) Giacomini,” McKinleyville baseball head coach Scott St. John said. “They’re a couple of my rivals and they came out and they supported us, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Tomlin of St. Bernard’s and Giacomini of Eureka were among the many competitors to show up for the fundraising tournament at Beau Pre Golf Course on Saturday, with all proceeds going toward the Mack High baseball program.

And overall the annual event was well received once again.

“It was a huge success,” St. John said. “This is the third year we’ve had it and Beau Pre helped us out tremendously, and the McKinleyville community is so supportive of its sports.”

The tournament was won by Steve’s Septic Service, a team made up of Travis Gosling, Travis Brunner, Thomas Richards and Nick Roney, who collectively shot a 21-under.

“I want to give a special thank you to (assistant coach) Kevin Pelascini, that guy did a great job putting the tournament together and getting people to come out,” St. John said. “And to Beau Pre and their staff, they did a great job. New owner Travis Evans, he’s really trying to get things established there.”

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