Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blog Notebook

I got quite a smattering of things, so here we go ....

Remember Emily Caruthers? She was a part of the 2009 Pleasant Grove softball team that won the Sac-Joaquin Section championship in an upset win over Jolene Henderson/Danielle Henderson/Lindsey Ziegenhirt's Sheldon Huskies.

I got this video above sent to me by her father, Stephen, of Emily with a bunt single. She was just named First Team All-Ivy League this week. She's playing her college softball for Columbia.

"I am most proud of her hard work at school and (she is) now fluent in Chinese," he wrote in an email. 

Emily, who batted .344 and stole 17 bases, a school record, this season, is planning on spending her summer in China on a special internship. Caruthers has just completed her junior year at Columbia where she is majoring in economics.

Whitham Named H.S. All-American in Lacrosse

Harley Whitham, a junior at Franklin  High School, was named a high school All-American as a lacrosse goalie. Below is a video of Whitham in action, playing for his local lacrosse team, the Elk Grove Gladiators.

This season the Gladiators were 16-3 and made it to the NorCal semifinals. Named to the all-NCJLA team, besides Whitham, were  Billy Huss, Nicholas Spencer and Lane Kiracofe.

Gill Commits To Oregon

Pleasant Grove sophomore Sumeet Gill has verbally committed to play her college volleyball at Oregon.

"She received multiple offers from other universities and finally she decided to play for Oregon after visiting their campus and meeting with coaches and existing team players," Sumeet's father, Gulinder, wrote in an email.

On the Eagles' team last fall, the younger Gill was a middle blocker and hitter.

Pleasant Grove was 19-16 last season and finished fourth in the Delta River League with a 4-6 record.

It's not too often I report on volleyball, so when I hear something from a coach or parent, I like to stick the info in here. Like just about all the other team sports, college coaches are recruiting kids at younger and younger ages.

Ploeg To Lead EGHS Track Into D-I Finals Friday

The finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I Track and Field meet will be Friday at Elk Grove High School. One of the top local runners is Elk Grove's Jack Ploeg. In Wednesday's preliminaries he had the fourth best time in the 1600 meters and was in the top ten in the 800 meters. He's also a member of the Herd's 4X400 meter relay team.

What is amazing about Ploeg is that he is autistic and yet is competing at a very high level.

I talked with his mother Jessie Thursday and will be interviewing Jack for the Citizen. Be looking for that story.

The Monterey Trail girls are the defending Div-I champions in track and have quite a few girls in Friday's finals including Ciara Levy. 

Jesuit, Davis and St. Francis are the early team favorites for this year's D-I championships.

The field events start at 3 p.m. with the track events beginning at 6 p.m. at Elk Grove-Laguna Creek Stadium. The top 12 in each event will advance to the Section Masters Track and Field Championships. That will be next Thursday and Friday also at EGHS.

Jesuit Wins Section Masters' Golf Title

Jesuit's golf squad easily ran away with the Section Masters' Golf Championship Monday with a team score of 367, 18 strokes better than second place Oak Ridge.

Shooting a 79 for the Marauders at The Reserve at Spanos Park was John Burke. He was one of the pitchers on Laguna Youth Baseball's 10-year-old Cal Ripken World Series championship team in 2007.

His teammates that summer included Hank LoForte of Franklin High School, Nick and Ty Madrigal and Carlos Moseley of Elk Grove High School. 

Jesuit, Oak Ridge and Del Oro will next play in the NorCal Championships next Monday in Patterson. 

Other Events .....

- Franklin's soccer team will take on Davis for the Section's Division I championship Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cosumnes Oaks High School. The Wildcats were runner-ups last season.

Interesting note: there has never been an EGUSD soccer team win a Section title. The Wildcats' second place finish last year was a first for our local schools.

- The Section softball championships get into full swing this weekend with Divisions I and II playing at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

The games we'll be watching Saturday are Pleasant Grove vs. St. Mary's, 9 a.m., West vs. Sheldon, 11 a.m. and Elk Grove vs. Vacaville, noon. The first round games at single elimination. The winners will play a second game later that afternoon to begin the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

- The Cal Bears open the trek to the Women's College World Series Friday with a game in Ann Arbor, Mich., against Central Michigan. If they win they'll next take on the winner of Michigan and Valparaiso on Saturday. 

It's the last hurrah for Cal seniors Jolene Henderson and Lindsey Ziegenhirt. They want to make the WCWS for the third time.

Lindsey in planning on returning to Sacramento this summer to start her Masters' studies and will help Mary Jo Truesdale next spring with the Huskies' softball program.

- I will be at the Elk Grove vs. Franklin baseball playoff game at noon Saturday at City College. The Wildcats will go with senior Trent Spallas on the mound. Coach Jeff Carlson has not officially announced his starter and I have no idea who that might be.

As a P.S. to Wednesday's 8-5, 8-inning win over Woodcreek, many of us in the press box were saying the game was a real championship caliber contest. You could not find a more exciting baseball anywhere. 

Saturday begins the double-elimination portion of the D-I championships.

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