Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weds.Notebook/Pride's Hawkins One To Watch

The Bradshaw Christian football team has been known for its excellent running game almost since the first day the Pride suited up a team for high school competition. Each year the backs carrying the ball have notched big stats with large enough numbers for everyone to notice.

Last season the Pride led the state in rushing averaging more than 430 yards a game.

This year the young man grabbing attention is junior Jacoby Hawkins. The transfer from Pleasant Grove never got much action on the Eagles’ JV team the past couple seasons. He was also cut from the baseball squad his freshman year.

But, now at Bradshaw, Hawkins is showing something no one at Pleasant Grove saw. In the Pride’s season opener last Friday, Hawkins gained 182 yards on only 12 carries and scored three touchdowns. Bradshaw defeated Maxwell, 42-13.

As a team, the Pride gained 438 yards on the ground in their season opener.

Bradshaw also fielded its first-ever junior varsity football team last Friday. They lost to the Maxwell JV, 14-6. …

The high school girls’ volleyball season started Monday with the annual “Foundation Games.” The results do not count towards a team’s standings, rather half the gate revenue goes to the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Scholarship Fund. The same thing happens in the winter with the first set of games in boys’ and girls’ basketball.

There were 67 volleyball contests played around the Section Monday. Locally, the matches were Wilton Christian at Victory Christian, Modesto Christian at Bradshaw Christian, Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks,  Kennedy at Elk Grove, Laguna Creek at Florin and Monterey Trail at Inderkum.

Section officials say last year they handed out $35,000 in scholarships to 50 student-athletes. ….

After starting his recent stint with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds three-for-18 at the plate, David Freitas has been on fire with his bat. He’s hitting .423 over the past ten games for the Oakland A’s affiliate and has raised his batting average to .341.

Freitas, who played his high school baseball at Elk Grove, told a friend the day he was traded to the A’s organization Oakland general manager Billy Beane phoned him saying, “We traded (starting catcher Kurt Suzuki) specifically for you. We see you playing (with the major league team) very soon and staying here for a long time.” 

David texted me Tuesday night saying he might be sent up next week to the A's, but doesn't know for certain. He's promising me a sit down interview when he comes home to Wilton. …

The Class of 2014 defeated the Class of 2013, 131-128 Sunday at the fourth annual Nor Cal Clash at Contra Costa College.  The game showcased the top junior boys’ basketball players in Northern California against the top seniors.

The junior class was led by Cameron Oliver of Grant who had 19 points. Laguna Creek’s Malik Pope played in the game but did not score.

Sheldon senior Derin Johnson had 19 points while Huskies’ teammates Dakarai Allen had six and D’Erryl Williams scored two points.

The game’s top scorer was Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty High School who had 41 points and 14 rebounds. He was named the game’s most valuable player. ….

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