Friday, September 28, 2012

Week 5 Scoreboard

Here are the scores of local interest from Friday's games:

Cosumnes Oaks 55, Union Mine 7
Jesuit 43, Laguna Creek 7
Burbank 56, Sacramento 12
Del Oro 20, James Logan 13, OT
Vista del Lago 63, Liberty Ranch 21
Monterey Trail 28, Pioneer 3
Rio Linda 15, Ponderosa 13
Rosemont 44, Valley 0
Florin 47, Johnson 27

Byes this week: Elk Grove, Pleasant Grove, Franklin, Sheldon

Mtn Lions Set Roster/ Coulson Not There

The Sacramento Mountain Lions released a copy of their 54-man roster Thursday. Nowhere to be seen is former Elk Grove H.S. and Nevada defensive end Ryan Coulson. He was trying to make the UFL team roster as a long snapper.

Scanning the Mountain Lions' list there's a few Cal alums like guard Justin Cheadle, tight end Anthony Miller and tackle Mike Tepper. Former Sacramento State quarterback Jeff Fleming also made the squad.

The Mountain Lions, coached by Turk Schoenert, open the season tonight at Raley Field against Virginia.

Another former Herd player, Marcus Riley, played a few seasons in the UFL for the Las Vegas affiliate but he's now a graduate assistant at SMU.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday's Notebook/Scoreboard

Franklin's volleyball team defeated Pioneer in four games Wednesday, 25-15, 13-25, 25-16, 25-23. Brenna Leon had 8 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces. ...

We're nearing the end of the first academic quarter at the high schools. This is important because the athletes we follow must indicate the ability to be students, too. Unfortunately, this is the time of the year where coaches must also coach in the classroom to keep several players eligible to play the rest of the season. Be watching our football teams for there are some big names that struggle with their grades. ....

Girls' golf Wednesday, Franklin won the Delta Valley Conference event at Bartley-Cavanaugh. Here were the team and individual results:

Team results: Franklin 407, Davis 433, Laguna Creek 527, Elk Grove 591.
Individual results: Fong, F, 70; Kaur, F, 73; Masiel, D, 76; Xiang, D, 82; Hardy, F, 87.

In boys' water polo, Jesuit defeated Laguna Creek, 13-4.  In girls' St. Francis beat Laguna Creek, 15-8.

There are several local football teams not playing this week. Elk Grove, Franklin, Pleasant Grove and Sheldon all have byes.

Cosumnes Oaks opens its Sierra Valley League season at Union Mine. The Wolfpack look strong enough to run right through SVL this season, but Liberty Ranch and Vista del Lago both have quality squads.

Laguna Creek will host Jesuit in a non-conference game. The Cardinals need a win to bounce itself into the Delta Valley Conference schedule in a week.

Monterey Trail, who is much better than a lot of us thought before the season, will play at Pioneer High School in Woodland.  Bradshaw Christian plays at Rio Vista.

Florin will likely pick up its first Metro Conference win tomorrow night when it hosts Johnson. Valley is at Rosemont.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday's Scoreboard


Pleasant Grove 3, Sheldon 0


Elk Grove def. Pleasant Grove, 11-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7


#1 singles–Kilgrow, PG, def. Nguyen, S, 6-1, 6-0. #1 doubles–Ngo/Currameng, S, def. Flores/Sandhu, PG, 6-2, 6-2.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday's Scoreboard


Franklin lost to Lodi in three games, scores were 19-25, 17-25, 24-26
Katie Haley had 7 kills, 2 aces & 4 blocks.Essence Hitchcock did a great job coming in when the middle hitter rolled her ankle in the first game. She had 3 kills and 4 blocks.Jazlee Mahe had 5 kills and 2 blocks.

Cosumnes Oaks def. Liberty Ranch 25-20, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18.


Robert Frazier, Elk Grove's top running back, now has 815 yards in five games to lead all rushers in the North Sac-Joaquin Section. Jacobe Hawkins of Bradshaw Christian has 595 yards, eighth in the area in rushing. Pleasant Grove's Isaiah Saunders has gained 504 yards thus far.

Wadus Parker of Elk Grove has 499 yards in his first five games.

Arik Armstead, a freshman defensive lineman for Oregon and graduate of Pleasant Grove, had a pair of tackles in Saturday’s 49-0 Ducks’ win over Arizona.

UC-Davis may be 1-3 thus far but starting middle linebacker Jordan Glass is having a solid start to the 2012 season. The former Elk Grove star has 26 tackles, second on the Aggies’ team, including five for losses and a pair of sacks.

Jonathan Bias, a 2010 Pleasant Grove graduate, has four tackles thus far as a reserve linebacker. He is a redshirt freshman.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Coulson Signs With Mtn.Lions/James Commits To Arizona

Elk Grove High School graduate Ryan Coulson has signed a contract with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. Coulson, a long snapper who played defensive end at the University of Nevada, is a 2006 graduate of Elk Grove. 

After spending four years at Nevada, he was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots last July but was injured in the first day of training camp. 

 The Mountain Lions are expected to announce their final 54-man roster soon. Opening Night is Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. at Raley Field, when the Lions take on the Omaha Nighthawks. …

Pleasant Grove basketball player Dejza James has given a verbal commitment to play her college basketball at Arizona, according to Surewest Sports’ Mike Finnerty.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Week Four Scoreboard

Franklin 28, Jesuit 7 (Trevon Lampley 8 carries, 51 yards, 2 TD's; 4 receptions, 62 yards, 1 TD; 1 interception)
Elk Grove 43, Nevada Union 19 (Robert Frazier, 303 yards, 3 TD's)
Oak Ridge 24, Vacaville 21
Sheldon 27, Laguna Creek 21
Pleasant Grove 48, Roseville 14
Folsom 56, Casa Roble 7
Grant 31, Del Oro 30
Sacramento 42, Florin 2
Bradshaw Christian 35, Vacaville Christian 0
McClatchy 7, Valley 6
Monterey Trail 12, Rodriguez 7

Watch my post-game interview with Franklin's Mike Johnson:

Thursday Scoreboard/Tonight's Games


Franklin volleyball was defeated in three games Thursday by Bella Vista.
10-25, 12-25, 20-25

Pleasant Grove def. Inderkum 25-14, 25-11, 25-7.

#1 singles–Quin, F, def. Do, MT, 6-4, 6-2. #1 doubles–Narayan/Yee, F, def. S. Tran/Nguyen, MT, 6-2, 6-4.
#1 singles–Kilgrow, PG, def. Hayes, F, 6-3, 6-1. #1 doubles–Adams/Mihaljevic, F, def. Adetogun/Le, PG, 6-4, 6-3.
#1 singles–Tank, P, def. D. Nguyen, S, 7-5, 7-6, (7-4). #1 doubles–K. Ngo/R. Cuzanery, S, def. D. Green/K. Wright, P, 6-2, 6-6, 7-5.
PG–Mallicoat, Lee. RA–Vega, Brown.
CO–D. Wakefield 2, Arredondo, Addassi.
Jesuit vs. Franklin (Follow me tonight on Twitter with updates on this game)
Nevada Union vs. Elk Grove
Pleasant Grove vs. Roseville
Monterey Trail vs. Rodriguez
Laguna Creek vs. Sheldon
Sacramento vs. Florin
Bradshaw Christian vs. Vacaville Christian

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday Scoreboard/Girls' Golf


9 holes at Cameron Park, par 37
Low scorers: O'Bryant, PG, 37; Debnekoff, PG, 40; Olander, P, 47; Shivers, P, 49; Earl, P, 49.
9 holes at WildHawk, par 36
Low scorers: Fong, F, 33; Kaur, F, 37; Hardy, F, 43; Perera, EG, 54.

Personal Note:
I got a phone call early this morning ... Olivia Rose Osorno was born at 3:05 a.m. to my daughter, Sylvia, and her husband, Jack. She's got her mother's red hair, too. All are doing quite well, including big brother, Seth.

Also doing well are Grandma and Grandpa!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Notebook/Valley Hires B-Ball Coaches

Valley High School’s athletic director Rod Edmiston has hired a new varsity head basketball coach for both the boys’ and the girls’ programs.
The new boys’ coach will be Jerod Hyden, who replaces Mat Bradley, now an assistant basketball coach at Cosumnes River College.
“The kids love him,” Edmiston said of Hyden, who is also a teacher on campus. “He’s a good fit for the school.”
Bradley resigned this summer after four seasons as Valley’s head coach.
The Vikings will open the season Nov. 28 when they host Capital Christian, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champions.

Tuesday's Scoreboard


Pleasant Grove 4, Lincoln/Stockton 2
Capital Christian 4, Franklin 0
Sheldon 4, Monterey Trail 3
Cosumnes Oaks 4, Liberty Ranch 3


Elk Grove def. Casa Roble 25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19.
Pleasant Grove def. Franklin 25-18, 25-19, 25-21.
Monterey Trail def. Pioneer 25-7, 25-20, 25-18.


#1 singles–Stone, EG, def. Chen, LC, 6–0, 6–0. #1 doubles–Lim/Anastasio, EG, def. Raudess/ Espinoza, LC, 6-0, 6-2.
#1 singles–A. Spector, SF, def. Nguyen, S, 6-0, 6-0. #1 doubles–Beck/Gallia, SF, def. Ngo/ Currameng, S, 6-3, 6-3.
#1 singles–Trylovich, OR, def. Kilgrow, PG, 6-0, 6-1. #1 doubles–Dungham/Roppolo, OR, def. Adetogun/Le, PG, 6-2, 6-4.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Inderkum Upsets Pleasant Grove On Pooch Kicks

Hard to believe you beat a team on a pair of pooch kicks, but that's what Inderkum used Friday night to upset the Pleasant Grove Eagles, 42-28. Pleasant Grove started the game with a long drive that died out at the Tigers' 28 on downs. After the teams exchanged punts, Inderkum scored first on Terence White's one-yard plunge.

Isaiah Saunders gains yardage against Inderkum
On the ensueing kick return, the Eagles' Ian Broom fumbled the ball at midfield. Eight plays later White scored again on a two-yard run to make it 14-0, Inderkum.

Tigers' coach Terry Starks then told kicker/quarterback C.J. Spencer to pooch the ball to the right and land around the Eagles' 35. White sprinted downfield and was the first man to the ball so Inderkum kept possession at the Pleasant Grove 30. Five plays later Eric Walters  scored on a five-yard run and it was 20-0, Tigers.

Starks called for the same thing again and this time it worked, again. Spencer's pooch kick was recovered by Mark Mathews at the Eagles' 27-yardline. N.J. Falo bulled through the pile on a one-yard plunge five plays later and it was 28-0, Inderkum with a little under seven minutes remaining in the first half.

Four straight Tiger offensive possessions, four touchdowns and Pleasant Grove didn't touch the ball for a little more than eight minutes.

The Tigers led 34-6 at halftime and then held the ball for eight  more minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter to slow down an Eagle attempted comeback. Pleasant Grove got to within 34-21 heading into the final quarter, but could stop Inderkum's 15-play, 89-yard drive to open the final period.

Watch and listen to my post-game interview with Pleasant Grove head coach Joe Catollico.

With the loss, the Eagles drop to 2-2 while Inderkum remained undefeated at 3-0.

Other Week 3 scores:

Elk Grove 54, Sheldon 6
Burbank 28, Del Oro 23
Franklin 23, Cosumnes Oaks 3
Oak Ridge 42, Grant 14
Nevada Union 38, Chico 30
Pioneer 28, Valley 0
Laguna Creek 21, Rosemont 14
Monterey Trail 55, Florin 14
Ponderosa 45, Union Mine 7
Vista del Lago 63, Bradshaw Christian 35

Thursday's Scoreboard

Tonight I am covering Pleasant Grove's football game at Inderkum. Follow me on Twitter for score updates! Volleyball Coaches, please email me your game scores and statistics each evening.


Franklin High School defeated Sacramento High is three games, 25-18, 25-10, 27-25

Katie Haley had 9 kills & 4 Aces
Jazlee Mahe had 7 kills & 3 Aces

Roseville def. Monterey Trail 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18.
Kennedy def. Sheldon 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23.
Cosumnes Oaks def. Galt 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 25-14.


9 holes at Bartley Cavanaugh, par 36
Low scorers: Walker, CO, 40; Pierce, CO, 43; Whitford, LR, 46. 
Football Tonight
Elk Grove vs. Sheldon
Rosemont vs. Laguna Creek
Florin vs. Monterey Trail
Cosumnes Oaks vs. Franklin

Saturday - 
Davis vs. Rio Americano
Christian Brothers vs. Jesuit (at Hughes Stadium)

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9 holes at Bartley Cavanaugh, par 36
Low scorers: Walker, CO, 40; Pierce, CO, 43; Whitford, LR, 46.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday's Scoreboard


Franklin High School defeated Sheldon High School in three games. 25-15, 25-12, 25-18

Katie Haley had 7 kills and Heilani Hoeft had 6 kills for Franklin.

Pleasant Grove def. Kennedy 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-14.
Grant def. Florin 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-11.
Elk Grove def. West Campus 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 27-29, 16-14.
Union Mine def. Monterey Trail 16-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-19.


J–Coen 4, Mattern 4, Fairbrook 2, O'Neill 2, Peters 2, Wiese 2, Vas Dias 2, Friedrich, Glasky. F–Bryan 2, Gustine, Yip.


SF–Rubino 4, Reinl 3, Charter 2, Murbach 2, Frech, M.Zanodini, Cronin, DiGiambattista, Walsh, Helmsin, J. Zanodini. F–Ballesteros

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday's Notebook

Elk Grove High School alum Lance Briggs thinks this season’s Chicago Bears is the best squad he’s been a part of in his eight seasons with the NFL club.

"Adding to the team that we had last year can only make it better," said Briggs told the NFL Network. "That should only make it better. We made some great pickups, we got really aggressive, grabbing Brandon Marshall, bringing in Kelvin Hayden,  Wilhite, [return specialist Eric] Weems. It gives us a chance to make a championship run this year."

Plus, starting quarterback Jay Cutler is healthy this fall.

The seven-time All-Pro linebacker spent much of the pre-season as the ambassador to New Era’s NFL sideline hats.

Tuesday Scoreboard

Franklin defeated Inderkum in three games Tuesday. The scores were 25-11, 25-16, 25-9.
Jazlee Mahe had 9 kills. Brenna Leon had 5 kills and 5 aces. Alicia Madriago had 5 kills.
Tori Arcuri had 9 aces.

Other volleyball scores:
Pleasant Grove def. Laguna Creek 25-5, 25-3, 25-10.
Elk Grove def. Bradshaw Christian 25-22, 25-14, 24-26, 30-28.

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PG–Burkhart, Covert, Weber.
Local television note: Pleasant Grove at Inderkum on Friday night will be broadcast live on Access Sacramento (Ch. 17 on Comcast and SureWest, Ch. 99 on ATT


Delta River League Tournament
18 holes at Wildhawk, par 72
Team results: St. Francis 389, Pleasant Grove 401, Oak Ridge 447, Ponderosa 477.
Individual results: Kubes, SF, 74; Debnekoff, PG, 76; MacDonald, SF, 76; Vardenega, SF, 77; Shivers, P, 77.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sheldon Parents React To Principal's Decision

Sheldon High School principal Paula Duncan told me Thursday she completed a three-week investigation into parents' claims that varsity baseball coach Mike Hughes was recruiting players from other high schools, thus not giving their sons a chance for playing time. 

“I have interviewed many students, I have looked into the allegations, I can tell you there is nothing that sustains any recruiting,” Duncan said Thursday.

The parents in calling for Hughes' to be fired cite in their letter dated Aug. 10 and emailed to the Citizen that day four players by name who played for a tournament team coached by Hughes the past few summers. Two of those players were freshmen on the varsity squad at Sheldon this past spring and had playing time. 

CIF rules do not allow athletes to follow a non-school team coach to a high school and compete in sports. The parents say those two players should have been ineligible last season. 

EGUSD athletic director Jim Smrekar ruled about three weeks ago that those players transferred to Sheldon legally.

Duncan also said Thursday that she attempted to meet in person with the parents responsible for writing the letter.

“When (Sheldon athletic director) Denise (Aguilar) offered to meet with any parent, especially those who were involved in the parents’ letter, not one parent would come forward, not one,” Duncan said.

I contacted three parents for their reaction. I was the person that informed them of Duncan's decision. Upset and disappointed are understatements for their reaction. 

The parents asked their names not be used in this story because of the fear their sons would be harassed at school. 

Update (9/11) - One father of a parent did want to go on the record. Read his comments in Friday's Elk Grove Citizen. A copy of a letter signed by 21 parents of baseball players demanding Hughes' firing was also delivered to the Citizen's office today. The parent said a copy of the letter was also hand-delivered to Smrekar and to Duncan.