Sunday, November 29, 2015

Champions! Bradshaw Takes D6 Crown

It’s typical that a football team that turns the ball over five times in a game loses. But, Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game wasn’t a typical football contest.

First, it was played in 38-degree weather, conditions more suited to football in the Midwest, not in California.

Despite the chill in the air, Bradshaw Christian’s four lost fumbles and intercepted pass were offset by a missed field goal and three unsuccessful two-point conversions by Hilmar. Plus, the Yellowjacket’s talented quarterback Daniel Texeira was picked off three times by Pride defenders, including a key pick by Trevounte Bobo in the fourth quarter.

It all resulted in the Pride winning, 28-18, at Lincoln High School’s Spanos Stadium in Stockton, the fifth small school Section championship in Bradshaw Christian’s nine seasons of varsity football.

All smiles following the Pride’s 11th win of the year was head coach Drew Rickert, this despite sporting a black eye from taking an elbow while playing scout team quarterback on Friday and shirking warm clothing, wearing shorts all night despite the nip in the air.

“I don’t wear pants coaching,” he grinned. “Besides that I have a couple sweatshirts on so I’m fine.”

It helps that his Pride team won because, as he’ll tell you, championships are warming to the heart. Rickert should know. He’s now 5-1 in Section championship games, winning Division VI banners in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and a Division VII title in 2008.

This time, the championship means a little more, Rickert said.

“Hilmar is an excellent program,” he said. “They’ve won seven Section titles in the bigger divisions. This (championship) came against an accomplished opponent.”

The Pride fans and parents, though, had quite a few moments of tenseness to overcome on Saturday before they could celebrate.  

“We didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball,” Rickert said. “That’s pretty weird because we did a good job of handling it this year. It showed our resilience because the kids just kept on battling. Sometimes when that happens you drop your head, but our kids didn’t. That was impressive.”

(Volleyball Flash: Pleasant Grove loses NorCal Regional semi-final game to Monte Vista, Saturday,
19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 30-28, 15-12)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Eagle Volleyball Wins NorCal Opener

Pleasant Grove defeated Foothill High School of Pleasanton three sets to one on Tuesday to advance in the CIF Northern California Regional Volleyball Tournament. The scores were 25-22, 25-18, 20-25 and 25-22.

This means the Eagles will travel to Monte Vista High School in Danville Saturday night for round two. Monte Vista is the top-seed in Division I. The Eagles are the fifth seed.

 ** Here are the brackets for the CIF State Volleyball Championships.

In Division V, Bradshaw Christian was defeated by Notre Dame High School in Salinas, 3-0. The scores were 25-16, 25-13 and 25-9.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PG, BCHS Lose V-ball Championship Games

Brian Contreras had a big frown on his face. He just finished talking to a teary-eyed group of young ladies, downcast after losing a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I volleyball championship for the second year in a row.

“You can’t pass, uh, you can’t do, oh, I don’t know,” he mumbled.


He then spoke louder and tried to explain his scheme planned carefully for a very talented Pitman squad that he knew, if executed correctly, would earn a Section banner for the Eagles.

“They really didn’t move that much,” Contreras tried to explain. “We knew what they were going to do. It was stuff we practiced three days for. I don’t know, we didn’t show up tonight.”

But, the scores Saturday night at Tokay High School, site of the Section volleyball championships, were really quite close. The Pride took this year’s title, 19-23, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-23.

Last year, Pitman defeated Pleasant Grove in a tight five-game match and Saturday was much the same, especially during a fourth game that for the fans was worth the price of admission. 

Contreras, though, didn’t appear impressed even though 6-5 outside hitter Alexis Light was pelting the Pitman court with slam after slam. Equally impressive was he play of St. Mary’s-bound outside hitter Sienna Young and 5-11 senior Erika Sullivan.

“We couldn’t service well,” he said. “We couldn’t get the ball to our hitters. We need to take swings on the ball.”

The Eagles took the opening set playing quite like the Delta League champions that went 32-4 this season. But, something happened to open the second set that no one could explain. The re-directs and slams just didn’t seem to drop for the Eagles.

BCS Football Honored At Championship Dinner

It’s a place where weddings and fancy banquets are served. There’s an opulent spa for folks that, well, like that kind of body treatment.

In the front of this sprawling complex is a wine tasting bar and an eloquent hotel and all this in the middle of the vineyards that surround the City of  Lodi.

But, this night Wine and Roses was the host site of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s football finalists in divisions four through seven.

The head coaches brought a school administrator and six of his players to hear congratulatory words from Section Commissioner Mike Garrison, eat a terrific barbeque chicken dinner, topped off by creamy vanilla ice cream, and then hear an encouraging, motivational speech from Sacramento State’s football coach Jody Sears.

One would think Bradshaw Christian seniors Phillip White, Kyle Wilburn, Michael Sinclair, Nik Altamura and Zack Moody along with sophomore Mateo Bromstead would be used to such fanfare because these boys are all playing for the school’s fifth Section championship over the past eight years. But, no, they are all excited and looking forward to what they hope Saturday night will be another football championship for their school.

“It would be great to go out and win a championship in our last season at Bradshaw Christian,” Wilburn, the team quarterback, said. “This is the only sport I play, so for me it would wrap everything up for me. I’d say it’s pretty important for us to win.”

“It’s what we’ve been working for all four years,” Sinclair, a safety and wide receiver, said. “It’s something to leave a legacy so the underclassmen remember you.”

“To me it’s leaving a legacy, to go out on top,” White, a big defensive end and tight end, said.

This year the opponent is Hilmar, a club that was 9-3, 4-1 and co-champions in the Trans-Valley League. Two years ago when these Bradshaw seniors were sophomores when they beat Ripon Christian, 35-28, in an exciting game played at Lodi’s Grape Bowl.

Saturday, the Pride will take on the Yellowjackets at Lincoln High School’s Spanos Stadium in Stockton. Kick off is 6:30 p.m.

“They are a big team, real fast, very disciplined and well-coached,” Sinclair said. “They are in the championship for a reason, so we’ve got to go out and play our game.”

(from left) Michael Sinclair, Mateo Bromstead, Zack Moody, Nik Altamura, Phillip White, Jr. and Kyle Wilburn

In Hilmar, the Pride will have their hands full. The Yellowjackets are the number one seed in Division VI and are on a six-game winning streak. Head coach Frank Marques expects a big send-off by their small dairy farming community Saturday afternoon when the team loads the buses and heads north to Stockton.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Bradshaw, PG Play For V-ball Championships

There are two local volleyball teams vying for Sac-Joaquin Section championships beginning tonight.

In Division V, Bradshaw is taking on Vacaville Christian tonight. I'll be texting a score as soon as I get that @EGSportsCorner.

On Saturday, it's a rematch of last year's Division I championship as Pleasant Grove will try to unseat Pitman. The first slam will be at 7:30 p.m. at Tokay High School. Last year, PG took Pitman to five games before dropping the match.

I'll be on the sidelines with tweets from Saturday's championship match.

Congrats to Elk Grove, who lost to Rocklin Tuesday in the Division II semi-finals. EG was the runner-up in the Delta League this year to the Eagles.

A Dirty Team?

Because of a personal matter I won't be covering second round football action Friday night, but football fans may want to take on the Division VI showdown between Bradshaw and Gustine at BCHS.

The reason, some Pride fans say, is that Gustine plays some of the dirtiest football in the Section. In last year's playoff opener, won by Bradshaw, 47-6, coaches were constantly complaining that Gustine players were putting elbows into Pride players, poking them in the eyes and stomping on Bradshaw's guys even well after the play was over.

To further disgust the Pride coaches, officials acted like they didn't see anything. Section officials claim they haven't had any negative report this year about Gustine's play this year.

Friday's game at Bradshaw is the semi-final round in Div. 6 and football followers in the south Section say this may be one of Gustine's best teams in many years. The winner will take on the Hilmar/Ripon Christian victor for the Section championship on 11/28. That game could be played at Elk Grove H.S.

Last week the Pride easily dispatched Amador, 49-15, to open the post-season.

The only other local playoff game in town will be Merced at Elk Grove in Division I. Franklin is on the road to face Folsom, but Mike Johnson's squad is dealing with injuries. However, this could be a great opportunity for Lamar Jackson to really show his stuff for the Wildcats.

Also in Division I, Cosumnes Oaks will be at Oak Ridge. The winner of that game will face the Elk Grove/Merced victor next Friday in the Section semi-finals.

Basketball Opens Nov. 30

We are just over a week away from the season openers in high school basketball.

The annual "Foundation" games played that night won't count in the win-loss standings, but it is a good opportunity to see area teams. The money from the gate of those games go to the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship and Women in Sports Conference.

One game to see will be Franklin at home against Burbank.  It will be the debut of new Wildcats' boys coach Ken Manfredi. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.

Other foundations games will be: Bradshaw Christian at McClatchy, Laguna Creek at Enochs, Elk Grove at Tokay and Sheldon at Yuba City.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Berry Out At Sheldon

Another coaching casualty of the fall season has occurred. Sheldon's Herbie Berry is out as head football coach at Sheldon.

After four seasons at the helm, the former Elk Grove and Stanford quarterback was 10-30, 2-8 this season including a 0-7 record in the Delta League.
Herbie Berry (left)

Berry, one of the real gentlemen amongst the local coaching fraternity, has been at Sheldon for almost all the school's 19 years.

He joins Valley's Dave Filan and Laguna Creek's Dave Morton on the sidelines. Filan resigned at mid-season citing family issues. Morton announced his retirement last week.

With Berry now out at Sheldon, the question is who will be in? Here are three really good suggestions:

1. Joe Cattolico

The former Pleasant Grove coach who was the head guy for the "other" football team at the stadium on the Shelton campus, could easily slide right in and feel comfortable.

His success at Pleasant Grove that includes a Sac-Joaquin Section championship and two runner-up finishes would be enough, but he's the kind of coach that would bring real stability, discipline and leadership that the athletes at Sheldon need. Plus, he's a great social science teacher.

He would make Sheldon a threat once again on the gridiron.

2. Josh Crabtree

Because of wanting to be with his ailing father four years ago, Crabtree stepped down from coaching football at Sheldon and Berry stepped in. After a year away from the sidelines, he returned to coaching and since has been an assistant on the staff at American River College.

Bringing Crabtree out of his classroom in the back pasture at Sheldon and back to leading up the football program would be a good decision. But, he may be having too much fun on the JUCO level.

3. Ryan Gomes

His energy coaching football is contagious and his hard work with athletes, as shown at both Laguna Creek where he was an assistant, and at Cosumnes Oaks as its first head coach, is evident of what he could do at Sheldon.

He, like Crabtree, has been coaching the last couple seasons at American River, but has kept his teaching job at C.O. Don't know if "Scooter" would want the Sheldon job, but he definitely has the experience and would be a great motivator.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bradshaw, EG, Franklin, CO Win Playoff Openers/ PG, MT Is Done

Division I Playoffs - 

Elk Grove 55, Gregori 0
Franklin 41, Turlock 24
Cosumnes Oaks 62, Lincoln (Stockton) 27
Napa 26, Pleasant Grove 0
Oak Ridge 35, Monterey Trail 14

Division VI Playoffs -

Bradshaw Christian 49, Amador 15

This is an odd-numbered year and that means Bradshaw Christian is in line for another Division VI football championship in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Much like the San Francisco Giants who have won three World Series Championships every other season over the past five years, the Pride have taken the D-6 banner in similar succession, in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Their march to a prospective fourth championship in the last six years, and fifth title in the last seven seasons, got off to a good start Friday night with a big 49-15 win over No. 7-seeded Amador.

“Going in we knew this was going to be a football game and I thought they were one of the top four teams in our bracket,” head coach Drew Rickert said. “They were a good football team and they played in a tough league.” 
Kyle Wilburn takes advice from BCHS coach Drew Rickert

Traditionally a running team using a tight double-wing formation with the fullback directly behind the quarterback, Bradshaw kept the Buffaloes off balance with the accurate throwing of senior signal caller Kyle Wilburn. Rickert  said that may have been the first time any Bradshaw quarterback threw three TD passes in a game.

“Not that I remember,” he chuckled. “Maybe someone down the line, but that doesn’t happen very often. We knew all along we could do that, but all year we’ve been running the ball successfully and in our league games we got up quickly.”

The Pride ran out to a 35-7 halftime advantage.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Playoff Previews/MT Short-handed

A brawl at the end of Monterey Trail's win Friday night at Davis may have cost them at least four players for Friday's playoff opener at Oak Ridge. Coach T.J. Ewing commented Monday night he felt as though Davis players, officials and fans allowed on the sidelines "bullied" the Mustangs all night and the tension exploded into a big fight on the field at the conclusion.

Still, he didn't excuse his players for the fisticuffs nor did the school athletic director David Coronado.

"Unfortunately, we had a few athletes display poor sportsmanship," Coronado wrote in an email. "Players responded physically to members of the Davis team and others who rushed the field in the last seconds of the game."

However, Coronado likewise acknowledged there were issues with the way the game was run on Friday night.

"I can say that there were several incidents throughout the game that contributed to the tense atmosphere and that we will be working with our league and CIF to address our concerns," he wrote.

Neither Coronado nor Ewing would elaborate. Ewing did say four Mustang players were ejected by game officials which mean they are ineligible for Friday's game at Oak Ridge.

Coronado added in his email: "We at Monterey Trail under Head Coach TJ Ewing, have always prided ourselves in displaying high integrity, character, and positive sportsmanship which have always been pillars in the foundation of Monterey Trail Athletics. This incident does not reflect our high standards, school, community or how we represent Monterey Trail High School. "

This means the 14th seed Mustangs will play without some key boys on Friday at 3rd seeded Oak Ridge.

With the help of Sac-Joaquin Section Communication Director Will DeBoard, here are some previews of Friday's action with our local squads:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

National Letter-of-Intents Signed Around EG

It's the big day for many high school athletes. The NCAA National Letter-of-Intent “early signing” day across the country was Wednesday with several locals making their collegiate choices official.

The seven-day “early signing period,” which runs through Nov. 18, is called that because most of the student/athletes are committing prior to their senior season in high school. Hundreds of baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, track and field and volleyball players made their collegiate commitments nationwide this day.

Football players will sign beginning Feb. 3 and then there will be the official signing period for the other sports starting April 13. In recent years, though, many of the high-profile athletes have used this week in November to make their commitments.

Because of the Veterans' Day holiday; Elk Grove High School held its own signing ceremony Thursday evening in the school library. Topping the list of signees was senior baseball player Dylan Carlson, who has committed to play at Fullerton State. 
EGHS' Dylan Carlson signed with Fullerton State

The Titans made it to the College World Series last year, its eighth appearance since 1999. That was what attracted Carlson to the school.

“Fullerton is a baseball school, it reminds me of Elk Grove,” Carlson said. “Baseball is the thing everyone loves. They’ve got a great fan base. I love the coaches. It’s the place I’ve always wanted to play growing up.”

With no football program at Fullerton, the students come out in big numbers at the baseball games.

“That’s one thing that made me fall in love with it,” Carlson said. “The place is packed. Everyone knows who you are.”

He’ll follow former Herd players Raymond Hernandez, J.D. Davis and Jared Deacon who played at Fullerton.

Carlson is considered one of the top first basemen in the country coming out of high school. He is the oldest son of Herd baseball coach Jeff Carlson.

In Titan head coach Rich Vanderhook he sees some similarities between his dad and “Coach Hook.”

“They’re both tough, you’ve got to get the job done,” Carlson said. “They know what they are talking about. It’s a similar style.”

Teammate Josh Urps signed with Sacramento State on Thursday. Another EGHS baseball player, Alex Zalasky, signed with Concordia University.

Also making college commitments were softball players Miranda Miles (Texas A&M) and Kiana Evans (Holy Names), along with soccer players Jessy Santos and Skylar Houze, both going to Cal State - East Bay.

At Bradshaw Christian, there was a ceremony for softball player Kimmie Uher who inked with Truman State University in Missouri and for Ramia Griffin, a basketball player, who will play collegiately at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. 
Bradshaw's Kimmie Uher ( 2nd from left) and Ramia Griffin (right)

Griffin may become one of the very few athletes locally to win four Section championships in one sport in high school. The Pride has won three Section girls’ basketball titles and shape up to be one of the best teams in Division IV this winter.

Uher is a two-time All-Sierra Delta League selection and last year batted .555.

Wednesday morning, St. Francis had a large signing ceremony of its own. Thirteen girls simultaneously signed their letters. Included in that group was Elk Grove resident Mel Baccay, a softball player who committed to Michigan State University.

“They have a family aspect to the program,” said Baccay. “I’ve built a really strong relationship not only with the girls on the team but with my coaches.”

Baccay will play for Jacquie Joseph, who has led the Spartan program since 1994 and amassed over 700 career wins and made four NCAA regional appearances.

“I was looking for schools that met both my academics and athletics needs,” Baccay said. “Michigan State being part of the Big10 has great athletics with the resources to be successful academically.”

Baccay was named to the All-Delta League first team as a junior and was the team’s Most Inspirational Player. She hit .571 in league play (4th-best) and posted a .447 overall mark for the season with a team-best tying 30 RBI.

She verbally committed to Michigan State during her sophomore year at St. Francis.

“I am so excited to sign,” said Baccay. “It has been so long. First there was the wait to get recruited and make a commitment, finding a school that is eight for me. Now that I have found it, making it official will make all the hard work worth it.”

Sheldon hosted its signing ceremony Wednesday. Three softball players - Jordan Fines, Jessica Scott and Sarah Fukushima - and one baseball player, Matt Manning, signed their letters.

Fines has committed to Cal, Fukushima to Cal State - East Bay and Scott to Sacramento State.  In the 19 seasons that Mary Jo Truesdale has coached softball at Sheldon, this trio makes the 24th, 25th and 26th players to sign National Letters-of-Intent to play at a four-year school. 
(from left) Jessica Scott, Coach Mary Jo Truesdale, Sarah Fukushima and Jordan Fines

Fines actually committed to Cal’s long-time coach Diane Ninemeier her freshman year in high school.

“Coming from the Lady Magic (her tournament team), it was family-oriented and I got that same vibe at Cal,” she said.

She said she grew up around Jolene and Danielle Henderson, both former Sheldon Huskies and Cal Bears, and that also affected her decision to play in Berkeley.

“My dad grew up with Joe Henderson (the girls’ father) and I got to hang around with Jolene,” Fines said. “I got to see her personality and how Cal helped shape that.”

Fukushima, an outfielder, felt playing at East Bay in Hayward would let her play collegiately close to family.

“It was a good fit,” she said. “I loved the school environment and really like its diversity which is really important to me.”

Scott, the Huskies’ catcher, will join another former Sheldon player, Zamari Hinton, at Sacramento State.

“We played together for two years here at Sheldon,” she said. “It’s close to home and I like the environment at Sac State. It works for me.”

Manning, who is also a big major league baseball prospect as a pitcher, signed with Loyola-Marymount. Playing in several showcase tournaments the past few months he’s shown a fastball clocked at 95 mph and a wicked curveball.

“It’s been unbelievable the past few weeks,” he said.

But, college baseball is in Manning’s plans. 
Sheldon pitcher Matt Manning

“LMU, (pitching) Coach (Dan) Ricabal has been calling me every day,” he said. “It’s the right spot for me and the area is just perfect.”

The Lions were the runner-ups in the West Coast Conference last season.

Early Thursday morning Elk Grove Unified School District had one large ceremony with all these student/athletes present plus:

Pleasant Grove - Sienna Young, volleyball, St. Mary's University
Franklin - Riki DesJarlais, soccer, Dominican University
Franklin - Taylor Lemmond, soccer, Oregon State University
Franklin - Peyton Rawls, softball, Barry University
Cosumnes Oaks - Leanne Newell, volleyball, UC - Riverside
Cosumnes Oaks - Jennifer Palmares, softball, Cal State - East Bay
Cosumnes Oaks - Myan Oden, soccer, Cal State - Bakersfield

St. Francis' Baccay Signs With Michigan State

By Steven Shaff, St. Francis Ass't. A.D.

St. Francis senior Mel Baccay signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play softball at Michigan State on Wednesday.

“They have a family aspect to the program,” said Baccay. “I’ve built a really strong relationship not only with the girls on the team but with my coaches.”

Baccay, a resident of Elk Grove, will play for Jacquie Joseph, who has led the Spartan program since 1994 and amassed over 700 career wins and made four NCAA regional appearances. 
Mel Baccay, now a MSU Spartan

“I was looking for schools that met both my academics and athletics needs,” Baccay said. “Michigan State being part of the Big10 has great athletics with the resources to be successful academically.”

Baccay was named to the All-Delta League first team as a junior and was the team’s Most Inspirational Player. She hit .571 in league play (4th-best) and posted a .447 overall mark for the season with a team-best tying 30 RBI.

She verbally committed to Michigan State during her sophomore year at St. Francis.

“I am so excited to sign,” said Baccay. “It has been so long. First there was the wait to get recruited and make a commitment, finding a school that is eight for me. Now that I have found it, making it official will make all the hard work worth it.”

Saturday, November 07, 2015

EG Earns #2 Seed In D-1 Football Playoffs

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its football playoff brackets Saturday and five EGUSD teams found out who they need to prepare for this Friday.

Elk Grove, champions of the Delta League and 10-0 overall, will host #15 seed Gregori while #6 Cosumnes Oaks, who went 7-3 and placed third in the CVC, will be at home Friday to face #11 seeded Lincoln of Stockton.

Having to go on the road will be 6-4 Franklin, the third place club from the Delta, which earned a nine seed. They'll travel to #8 Turlock. Pleasant Grove, which finished the year at 5-5 and fourth place in the Delta, has earned a 13-seed and will go to #4 Napa, which was 10-0 this year.

Monterey Trail, also a 5-5 club, snuck into the post-season but will take on Oak Ridge, the #3 seed in Division I. One item to note is that there was a post-game brawl Friday in their win over Davis and word is that a few Mustangs may have to serve a game-suspension. More on this as we get more details.

In Division 6, Bradshaw Christian earned a #2 seed and will host Amador Friday.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Franklin Shuts Out PG/EG FInishes Season 10-0

Week Ten Scores:

Franklin 42, Pleasant Grove 0
Elk Grove 55, Sheldon 6
Cosumnes Oaks 42, Ponderosa 21
Grant 42, Jesuit 16
Monterey Trail 36, Davis 29
Valley 58, Florin 28
Bradshaw 58, San Juan 0 

Ask any coach and they’ll tell you that their goal is to have their team peaking going into the playoffs. That’s exactly what has happened at Franklin High School.

“Talk about waiting to the last night to peak,” head coach Mike Johnson remarked. “It’s a good time to be playing your best football.”

In defeating Pleasant Grove, 42-0, Friday, the Wildcats put a hurt on an Eagle’s team that had solidified a playoff spot the week prior. Franklin, on the other hand, knew they needed a win Friday – and win by two points – to grab the third seed out of the Delta League going into this weekend’s post-season play.

But, they won by forty more points than they really had to.

“It was pretty good,” Johnson said of the shutout win. “(Pleasant Grove) got a bad start tonight with the turnover and that’s tough way to start. The other thing was that this was our best offensive night as a team. When you put your best offensive and defensive night together, this is what is going to happen.”

On the other side of the ball, the evening belonged to Franklin quarterback Lamar Jackson. He showed the week ten fans exactly why he was an invitee to the nationally-televised Under Armour High School All-Star Game in December.

Lamar Jackson who ran for 184 yards and passed for 121 more.
Playing quarterback for just the second time this year, due to the injury to senior Jacob Lopez two weeks ago in the loss to Jesuit, Jackson rushed 15 times for 184 yards and four touchdowns. Those scores came on runs of  three, two, 13 and 96 yards.

“It was clicking tonight,” Jackson said.

Through the air Jackson was five-for-seven for 121 yards and one TD.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Wrap Up The Regular Season HERE

It's Week Ten, the end of the High School football season. For some clubs, it's a must-win Friday or their season is truly over. There should be several good games including Franklin at Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove at Sheldon and Valley at Florin for the Highway 99 trophy.

Follow all the action from around the Section here:

Live Blog Live coverage: Sacramento-area prep football Week 10

Monday, November 02, 2015

Granite Bay Takes SJS Masters Golf

Granite Bay easily won the team championship Monday at the Sac-Joaquin Section's Girls' Masters Golf event at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Despite the rain and breezy conditions, the top seed from Division I North fired a combined score of 406, 16 strokes better than runner-up Oak Ridge and 43 strokes better than third-place Rocklin.

Those three teams will now advance to next Monday's CIF NorCal Championships, which will be played at the Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

The Grizzlies had two golfers shoot in the 70's despite rough weather conditions. They were Vanessa Richani, who fired a three-over-par 75, and Hailey Reitz, who shot a 78.

Finishing in fourth place was St. Francis with a compiled team total of 459. The Troubadours were led by Kristi Lee and Mikia Fang who both shot 87's.
Courtney Cervellin of Franklin warming up on the driving range

Four individual golfers from the Section Masters will also advance to NorCals next week. They include East Union's Brooke Riley, who grabbed medalist honors with a one-under-par 71 Monday, along with Beah Cruz of Christian Brothers (73), Natalie Pietromonaco of Placer (75) and Madeline Zunino of Lincoln of Stockton (75).

"It rained pretty hard through much of the round," Franklin High School golf coach Shelly Walsh said. "Then it quit and it was windy and cold. We were all hoping it would rain again and warm things up."

Walsh's lone representative at the Masters, freshman Courtney Cervellin, fired a 90. Other locals competing Monday were Elk Grove's Jillian Knox, who had a 86 and Allison Curtis of Pleasant Grove, who fired a 101. They will not advance to the NorCal tournament.

Vote For Rowdy

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Tellez, who plays in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization, had a great summer in Class A baseball and is doing quite well in the AZL.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Football Quick Hits

Franklin grad Ethan Westbrooks had a fourth quarter sack of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the St. Louis Rams’ 27-6 win over the 49ers. In that game, former Pleasant Grove defensive lineman Arik Armstead forced a fumble that his 49er teammate Ahmad Brooks picked up and ran for a TD.

That play, though, was called back for Brooks using a facemask on a Rams player before recovering the loose ball.

Kenny Wiggins, a 2006 Elk Grove graduate, once again started at guard for the San Diego Chargers. His team suffered a 29-26 loss to Baltimore Sunday. Former Laguna Creek Cardinal Jeremy Ross had three catches for 21 yards for the Ravens.

Former Chicago Bear and Elk Grove High School linebacker Lance Briggs will receive the key to the city from Mayor Gary Davis on Friday in a pair of special ceremonies. 
Lance Briggs

Briggs will be recognized during pre-game activities at the first-ever City of Elk Grove Night with the Sacramento Kings that night. This presentation by Mayor Davis at Sleep Train Arena at an ESPN nationally televised game will recognize Briggs for his success, his contributions to the region’s student athletics, and local philanthropy.

Tickets sold at the game that night will support the Elk Grove Food Bank, one of Brigg’s numerous local partners

Earlier in the day, Briggs and business partner Cameron Lee will host a special lunch at noon at their restaurant, the Double-Nickel Smokehouse.

In college ranks, Franklin’s Joey Banks scored his first collegiate touchdown Oct. 16 in Sacramento State’s 38-14 win over Idaho State. The Hornets’ rover intercepted a pass a returned the ball 41 yards for a score.

Earl Chism, a sophomore at Yale University, is starting at defensive end for the Bulldogs. He graduated  from Pleasant Grove.

National Letter of Intents

Matt Manning
The NCAA early signing period for National Letters of Intent opens Weds., Nov. 11.

Locally, at least five local high school players are scheduled to ink their letters that evening.

In softball, three Sheldon Huskies are scheduled to put their signatures to letters. They are infielder Jordan Fines, Sarah Fukushima and Jessica Scott. Fines will head to Cal next fall while Fukishima will sign with Cal State-East Bay and Scott with Sacramento State.

Baseball players Dylan Carlson at Elk Grove and Matt Manning from Sheldon may also sign. Carlson has verbally committed to Fullerton State while Manning has said he intends to ink with Loyola-Marymount. 

With both players, though, pro scouts have been watching with interest particularly in off-season all-star games. Carlson is a 6-4 first baseman with power and is a switch-hitter. Manning, an excellent basketball player, as well, is a 6-7 right-handed pitcher who has peaked the jugs guns at 95 mph.

Manning was the most valuable player recently at the World Wood Bat Assocation’s championships in Jupiter, Fla.