Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kropp Out, But For How Long?

This Friday Cosumnes Oaks will take on their stadium rival, Franklin, but without a key member of the team.

Wolfpack starting quarterback Alex Kropp suffered a broken left wrist in the win over Sacramento two weeks ago, sidelining the righthanded thrower for a while. Coach Ryan Gomes said he really didn't know how long Kropp would be out. 

Junior Jaaron Stallworth will take over the signal calling duties. Stallworth, a point guard on the Wolfpack basketball team, isn't known for his throwing ability, so the lack of someone throwing the ball to Alex Van Dyke, the all-everything receiver, might hurt Cosumnes Oaks, particularly in this week's game against Franklin.

The Wildcats are 2-1 following last week's loss to Oak Ridge. The Wolfpack is 1-1 and had a bye week. Last year, Franklin won the first meeting between the two schools, 23-3.

Hill Verbally Commits To Oregon

Elk Grove High School baseball player Derek Hill has verbally committed to play collegiately at Oregon. The senior centerfielder spent much of his summer playing for USA Baseball and in mid-August participated in the Perfect Game All-American game in San Diego.

Earlier in the month he played for the Athletics’ team in the Area Code All-Star Games in Long Beach. Other locals on that squad included Cameron Avila-Leeper of Grant, Matt Trask of Davis and Tyler Schimpf of Capital Christian.

Hill batted .417 for the Division I Section champions last season.

He will make his decision to play for the Ducks official in early November during the NCAA’s early letter-of-intent signing period.

Frazier Opens Big For Butte College

Former Elk Grove running back Robert Frazier began his collegiate career in a big way Sept. 8 when he carried the ball 18 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns in leading Butte College to a 45-14 win over Feather River College.

"It's gotta be fun to be a tailback in our offense," Butte head coach Jeff Jordan said to the media after the game. "It's no secret, that's what we do, that's Butte College football. I don't know what the stats are, don't really care, but what I care about is what (Frazier) did with the ball and it was awesome."

"I'd heard throughout high school about the run game, did my research and knew (Butte College) is where I wanted to be," Frazier said in a school media release. "Our first game kind of showed that. They show good trust in the running backs and we had a good night on the ground."

He believes Butte College will be one of the top junior college teams in California this season.

"I feel this team has something special," Frazier said. "Everybody's all in and committed and we're looking great."

Three Locals On CSUS Roster

Sacramento State celebrated its first win of the season Saturday with a 63-56 overtime victory against Southern Oregon.

There are three Elk Grove-area players on the squad this season. They are freshman defensive back Marcus Green from Franklin High School, freshman defensive lineman Taka Umufuke from Monterey Trail and redshirt freshman tight end Cole Hikutini from Pleasant Grove.

Green has three tackles in the first three games for the Hornets. Hikutini has seen action in one game thus far.

Former Eagles Key For UCD

Marcus White and Jonathan Bias, both sophomores at UC-Davis and teammates at Pleasant Grove High School, are key members this season for the Aggies.

Bias is the third-leading tackler for Davis with 17 total tackles in the Aggies’ first three games.

White kicks off for the Aggies.

Another former Eagle, Desmond Lewis, is a freshman defensive back on the squad.

This Saturday night, the Aggies host Portland State. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

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