May 16, 2012
Optimist All-Star volleyball games are Friday at Capital Christian

The Sacramento Evening Optimist Club will hold boys and girls all-star volleyball games on Friday at Capital Christian High School.

The 5 p.m. boys game - the 15th annual - and the 25th annual girls match to follow feature many of the areas top graduating seniors.

Mike Yates, who led Union Mine to the CIF State Division IV volleyball championship and was The Bee Volleyball coach of the Year last fall, will coach the Girls South Team that includes his own Maddy Berridge, Lea Howton, Jacqueline Swarbrick and Mikayla Tucker, The Bee Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Bear River's Matt McDonald will coach the North team that includes 11 members of the Bee's All-Metro team, including first team selectees Natalie Riddering of El Camino, Katelyn Ivy of Rocklin and Kaylin Squyres of Whitney.

Ponderosa's Amy Stockett will coach the boys south team that includes Bruins standouts Duncan Alexander, Riley Moore and Griffin O'Camb.

Granite Bay's Bruce Honberger and Rocklin's John Kirk will lead the the North team that includes Sierra Foothill League tri-MVPs Jake Neptune of Granite Bay, J.T. Janowski of Rocklin and Roman Seghezzi of Nevada Union.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and students with ID and $5 for children younger than 12.

Here are the complete teams:

South Team - Janai Johnson, Bradshaw Christian; Missy Fuerst, Capital Christian; Brionna Thompson, Franklin; Erika Clay, Christen Williams, Monterey Trail; Alexa Becker, Haley Simmons, Oak Ridge; Lianna Sybeldon, Ponderosa; Paige Folger, St. Francis; Maddy Berridge, Lea Howton, Jacqueline Swarbrick, Mikayla Tucker, Union Mine. Coach - Mike Yates, Union Mine. Assistant - Scott Ellison, Monterey Trail.
North Team - Iona Lofrano, Colfax; Megan Hentschke, Tatum Jungsten, Del Oro; Nicole Hareland, Natalie Riddering, El Camino; Lindsey Nelson, Granite Bay; Madison Heppe, Nevada Union; Michaela Leonard, Gabby Orteza, Placer; Ariana Garner, Rio Americano; Katelyn Ivy, Cailyn Prewitt, Rocklin; Kaylin Squyres, Whitney. Coach - Matt McDonald, Bear River; Assistant - Cindy Harrison, Bear River.

South Team - Dylan Sellers, Nick Warren, El Dorado; Greg Grady, Shaft Wesley, Grant; Vince Kuppamala, Jake Miller, Anthony Tomlin, Patrick Webb, Jesuit; Trent Stigerts, Oak Ridge; Duncan Alexander, Riley Moore, Griffin O'Camb, Ponderosa; Sam Millas, Vista del Lago. Coach - Amy Stockett, Ponderosa; Assistants - Cassie Barton, Ponderosa; Alan Magat, El Dorado.
North Team - Matt Austin, Bryan Berry, Jake Neptune, Travis Vincenzini, Granite Bay; DT Grininger, Roman Seghezzi, Nevada Union; Ryan Siu, Oakmont; Sam Bennet, Placer; Scott Brest, JT Janowski, Matt Laughrea, Kyle Loria, Rocklin; Jake Frost, Roseville. Coaches - Bruce Honberger, Granite Bay, and John Kirk, Rocklin.

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