Watch these Stockton athletes in the Olympics: Ali Gibson, Ty Kelly


A yr after initially scheduled, the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games are formally set to start this week, with occasions beginning Tuesday night time forward of Friday night time’s Opening Ceremony. 

Originally scheduled for late July final yr, the video games have been postponed one yr on account of the coronavirus pandemic. And as athletes have settled into the Olympic Village this week, optimistic instances proceed to be an issue inside Japan. According to an ESPN report, the chief of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee mentioned a last-minute cancellation of the Olympics may nonetheless occur, as extra athletes examined optimistic for COVID-19. 

There have been 67 instances of COVID-19 infections in Japan amongst these accredited for the video games since July 1, in keeping with ESPN. 

If the video games go on as deliberate, there are quite a few taking part athletes with Stockton connections, together with 4 former St. Mary’s High School college students.

Here is who to look at for in this Summer’s Tokyo Olympics:

Gabe Vincent

Vincent, a former St. Mary’s and Stockton Kings participant, will likely be a part of the Nigerian males’s basketball group in Tokyo this summer season. Vincent, who performs for the Miami Heat, has already made waves forward of the Olympics, scoring 21 factors to guide Nigeria in a historic 90-87 upset over Team USA in an exhibition contest. Vincent additionally represented Nigeria at the 2019 FIBA World Championship in China. 

Last yr, Vincent was named the NBA G-League’s Most Improved Player.

Schedule:

July 25: vs. Australia (1:20 a.m.)

July 27 vs. Germany (6 p.m.)

July 30 vs. Italy (9:40 p.m.) 

Ali Gibson

ICYMI: Ali Gibson set to make historical past with Puerto Rico at Tokyo Olympics

Gibson will compete as a part of the first Puerto Rico Women’s Basketball group to qualify for the Olympics. Gibson, a St. Mary’s and Oregon State graduate, has ties with Puerto Rico via her mom, which permits her to compete for the territory. Over the previous few seasons, Puerto Rico has been upping its recruiting efforts, bringing in gamers like Gibson with Puerto Rican ties, which has elevated its success on the worldwide stage. 

Schedule: 

July 27: vs. China (5 a.m.)

July 29: vs. Belgium (6 p.m.)

Aug. 2: vs. Australia (5 a.m.) 

Chelsea Gray

Gray, a St. Mary’s and Duke graduate, leads a star-studded USA ladies’s basketball group, in search of its seventh consecutive gold medal when it heads to Tokyo. After enjoying with the Los Angeles Sparks over the previous 5 seasons, Gray moved to the Las Vegas Aces this season, the place she has averaged over 11 factors, 4 assists and three rebounds a sport. 

Schedule: 

July 26: vs. Nigeria (9:40 p.m.)

July 29: vs. Japan (9:40 p.m.) 

Aug. 1 vs. France (9:40 p.m.)

Ty Kelly

In the first Olympic baseball match since 2008 in Beijing, Kelly will compete as a part of the Israeli baseball group. Kelly, a St. Mary’s graduate, final performed in the MLB in 2008 with the New York Mets. In his three-year professional profession, he recorded 32 hits, three homers and 21 RBIs. Since acquiring Israeli citizenship in 2019, Kelly has competed with Team Israel in the 2019 European Championships in addition to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. 

Schedule: 

July 29: vs. South Korea (three a.m.) 

July 30 vs. USA (three a.m.)

Goran Tomasevic

Tomasevic, a University of the Pacific males’s water polo participant, will compete on the Australian males’s group in Tokyo. Originally from Croatia, Tomasevic scored 202 targets throughout his time with the Tigers water polo group, the place he was named an All-American in three separate seasons. 

Schedule: 

July 24: vs. Montenegro (11:30 p.m.) 

July 27 vs. Croatia (three:50 a.m.) 

July 29 vs. Serbia (three:50 a.m.)

July 30 vs. Spain (7:30 p.m.)

Aug 2 vs. Kazakhstan (three:50 a.m.)

Alex Obert 

Obert, a member of Team USA’s males’s water polo group, will likely be making his second Olympics look, after competing in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. Obert, who performed on the Pacific water polo group that misplaced in the 2013 NCAA Championship, scored 157 targets throughout his profession with the Tigers. Like Tomasevic, Obert was additionally a three-time All-American.

Schedule: 

July 24: vs. Japan (10 p.m.) 

July 26: vs. South Africa (6 p.m.)

July 28: vs. Italy (10 p.m.)

July 30: vs. Hungary (10 p.m.)

Aug. 1: vs. Greece (7:30 p.m.)

Ben Stevenson

During his profession with the Pacific males’s water polo group, Stevenson scored 173 targets for the Tigers. Now, he’s making his first Olympics look with Team USA. Like his former Pacific teammates, Stevenson was additionally a three-time All-American. 

Schedule: 

July 24: vs. Japan (10 p.m.) 

July 26: vs. South Africa (6 p.m.)

July 28: vs. Italy (10 p.m.)

July 30: vs. Hungary (10 p.m.)

Aug. 1: vs. Greece (7:30 p.m.)

Kyra Christmas

Christmas was considered one of the finest Pacific ladies’s water polo gamers in program historical past, falling 20 targets shy of third all-time in program historical past, ending with 211 over her profession. Christmas will compete with the Canadian ladies’s water polo group in Tokyo. During her profession in Stockton, she was named convention participant of the yr in 2018 and 2019. 

Schedule: 

 July 23: vs. Australia (11:30 p.m.) 

July 26: vs. Spain (three:50 a.m.)

July 27: vs. South Africa (11:30 p.m)

July 31: vs. Netherlands (11:30 p.m.)

Clara Vulpisi

Vulpisi, who’s presently a member of the Pacific ladies’s water polo group, will be a part of Christmas on Team Canada in Tokyo. In 2019, Vulpisi was a convention All-Freshman choice, recording 150 saves and a .470 save share in 17 stats and 22 appearances for the Tigers. 

Schedule: 

 July 23: vs. Australia (11:30 p.m.) 

July 26: vs. Spain (three:50 a.m.)

July 27: vs. South Africa (11:30 p.m)

July 31: vs. Netherlands (11:30 p.m.)

Balazs Erdelyi

Erdelyi additionally makes his second Olympics look after competing with the Hungarian males’s water polo group in Brazil. The former Pacific water polo participant has received quite a few accolades each on the collegiate and worldwide phases throughout his profession. With the Tigers, he set a NCAA Championship sport document by scoring seven targets. With Hungary, Erdelyi received gold at the 2020 European Championship and silver at the 2017 World Championships. 

Schedule: 

July 24: vs. Greece (7:30 p.m.)

July 27: vs. Japan (2:20 a.m.) 

July 28: vs. South Africa (6 p.m.)

July 30: vs. USA (10 p.m.) 

Aug. 1: vs. Italy (6 p.m.)

Record reporter Justin Frommer covers prep and school sports activities. He may be reached at jfrommer@recordnet.com or on Twitter @JustinbFrommer. Support native information, subscribe to The Stockton Record at recordnet.com/subscribenow.



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