November 30, 2012
McClatchy-Elk Grove boys; Florin-Brookside girls reach Saturday's Bill Cartwright Classic title games at Elk Grove High

The field is set for Saturday's Bill Cartwright Classic boys and girls and basketball tournament final rounds.

Boys
11 a.m. - 7th Place Game - Florin vs. Nevada Union
12:30 p.m. - Consolation Game - Fairfield vs. Lodi
3:30 p.m. - 3rd Place Game - Folsom vs. Lincoln of Stockton
7 p.m. - Championship Game - McClatchy vs. Elk Grove

Girls Schedule
2 p.m. - 7th Place Game - Elk Grove vs. Beyer-Modesto
12:30 p.m. - Consolation Game - Inderkum vs. Franklin
2 p.m. - 3rd Place Game - Napa vs. Rocklin
5 p.m. - Championship Game - Brookside Christian-Stockton vs. Florin

November 30, 2012
Turnovers doom Vista del Lago in D-III title game vs. Oakdale

Sandwiched geographically between two renowned football programs in Folsom and Oak Ridge, Vista del Lago has had to fight for every bit of attention during its six-year existence.

A statement win in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game might have helped the steadily improving program escape the giant shadows cast by their well-established neighbors, who, like the Eagles, reached this year's section finals, albeit in higher divisions.

Instead second-seeded Vista del Lago was done in by another esteemed section football program in top-seeded Oakdale Friday night at Lincoln of Stockton.

November 29, 2012
Girls basketball roundup: Florin coasts in Cartwright opener

Daijah Joe-Smith had 16 points, Dalayna Sampton 13 and Kynnidi Ricardo 12 to lead Florin past Inderkum 54-29 in tonight's opening round of the Bill Cartwright Classic girls basketball tournament at Elk Grove High School.

Lydia and Kelsey Summers combined for 24 points in Rocklin's 59-35 win over Elk Grove in another Cartwright game.

In other highlights:

November 29, 2012
Boys basketball roundup: Jesuit wins Jack Scott opener

Lake Lutes scored 27 points and Isiah King added 22 as Jesuit defeated Kennedy 63-51 in tonight's Jack Scott boys basketball tournament first-round game at Rio Americano High School.

In other first-round Jack Scott contests, Monterey Trail defeated Oak Ridge 66-64; Foothill topped El Camino 68-67; and Rio Americano beat Center 66-48.

In second round games Friday at Rio Americano, El Camino faces Kennedy at 4 p.m.; Oak Ridge plays Center at 5:30; Foothill plays Jesuit at 7:15; and Monterey Trail plays Rio Americano at 9 p.m.

November 28, 2012
Folsom (No. 6), Elk Grove, Oak Ridge in Cal-Hi state football rankings; Granite Bay omitted

Folsom moved to No. 6 but Granite Bay still couldn't climb into this week's Cal-Hi Sports state top 25 football rankings.

Folsom (13-0), which jumped three spots from No. 9 last week, is second in Northern California in the state rankings behind only No. 1 De La Salle (12-0) of Concord.

That only solidifies an anticipated open division showdown between the two in next week's inaugural CIF Northern California Regional playoffs, but only if they win respective section championships this weekend.

November 27, 2012
Latest Bee high school football rankings and NorCal bowl projections

A new era looms after this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section football championships with the introduction of the Northern California Regional Playoffs.

In short, the Section D-I, II and III champions will be in the discussion to advance to NorCal Regional games the following weekend - perhaps all at Sacramento State - and take on Bay Area heavies for a shot to play in a CIF State Bowl game in Carson.

This section has become so strong over the years that the Regional games will finally allow us all to see how this region fares against the Bay Area. If Folsom beats Elk Grove in the D-II section title game Saturday night at Sac State, and De La Salle of Concord wins its 21st North Coast Section D-I title, then the NorCal Open game will likely pit Folsom against the longtime national powers.

November 27, 2012
Former area boys basketball stars to play against Sac State

Four former area Bee All-Metro high school boys basketball standouts return to Sacramento tonight when Dominican University of San Rafael plays Sacramento State 7:05 at Hornet Gym.

Junior Connor Haysbert from Center is joined by freshmen Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten of Sacramento Waldorf, K.J. Logue of Bella Vista and Matt Hayes of Yuba City on the Penguins (2-2).

Through four games, Haysbert is averaging 12.5 points and six rebounds. The 6-foot-8 center had 20 points and seven rebounds in Dominican's 115-110 triple overtime win over San Francisco State Nov. 16.

November 25, 2012
Sac, Deer Valley combine for 193 points in Tip-Off Classic

Pleasant Grove and Antelope won and Sacramento High lost a wild one in Saturday's Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic boys basketball showcase at Newark Memorial High School in Newark.

In the nightcap of the seven-game, day-long event, Player of the Game Kendall Smith, a 6-foot-1 guard, had an event record 48 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in leading Deer Valley of Antioch to a 97-96 double-overtime win over Sacramento.

Kentucky-bound Marcus Lee, a 6-10 post, added 22 points, 25 rebounds and eight assists.

November 24, 2012
Banged up Franklin rushing trio had little impact vs. Grizzlies

Franklin must have felt like it went into Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinal against Granite Bay with one hand - make that leg - tied behind its back.

The Wildcats' three leading rushers, seniors Kyran Harris, Christian Fonbuena and Steven Rogers, who had combined for 2,480 yards and 36 touchdowns, were all banged up.

So they had almost no impact in the Wildcats' 37-7 loss to the Grizzlies.

Fonbuena did not have a carry from scrimmage. Rogers carried twice for three yards and had a fumble. Harris had two carries for minus four yards.

That left Trevon Lampley (10 carries, 46 yards) and Joey Banks (seven carries, 10 yards) to try to fill the gap while playing defense, too.

Franklin also had several other players battling injuries, but coaches like the Wildcats' Mike Johnson are loathe to mention because they don't want to appear to be whining, making excuses or downplaying a strong effort by their opponents.

Even diehard Franklin followers agreed that Granite Bay's defense is the real deal, especially its helmet-rattling linebacking corps.

November 24, 2012
Vista del Lago rallies to top Inderkum, moves to D-III title game

This report comes courtesy of our colleague Trevor Horn:

Josh Pfeffer scored on an eight-yard run with 22 seconds remaining to rally Vista del Lago past Inderkum 28-21 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football semifinals tonight at Folsom High School.

No. 2-seeded Vista del Lago (12-1) will play top-seeded Oakdale (12-1) Friday at Lincoln of Stockton for the D-III championship.

No. 6 Inderkum (10-3) took a 21-20 lead with 2:02 to play on a 75-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Spencer to Larry Hardy.

Vista del Lago then returned the kickoff to the Inderkum 34-yard line before Pfeffer scored six plays later.

November 24, 2012
Granite Bay to meet St. Francis for NorCal girls volleyball title

St. Francis, Granite Bay and El Camino have advanced to Tuesday's CIF Northern California Regional Girls Volleyball championships after winning home semifinal matches tonight.

In Division I, top-seeded St. Francis defeated No. 4 Menlo-Atherton 25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-17 and No. 2 Granite Bay topped No. 3 California of San Ramon 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. Granite Bay will play Tuesday at St. Francis. The Troubadours are ranked No. 18 nationally by Maxpreps.com.

In Division II, No. 2 El Camino defeated No. 6 Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa 25-22, 25-22, 25-20. The Eagles will play Tuesday at top-seeded Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, which is a perfect 36-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation by Maxpreps.com.

In Division IV, No. 4 Bear River lost 25-12, 23-25, 25-9, 25-15 at top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton.

November 24, 2012
Granite Bay freshman wins girls D-II state cross country title

Granite Bay's Maggie Bell, running the third fastest mark all-time by a freshman in the 26-year history of the CIF State Cross Country Championships, won the Division II girls title on Saturday in Fresno.

Bell covered the 5,000-meter Woodward Park course in a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds. Sophomore Samantha Ortega of Saugus placed second in 17:33.

Bell's time was the fourth fastest among girls racing in the five divisions.

D-I champion Sarah Baxter, a junior from Simi Valley who won her third state title, set a new course record of 16:40, bettering the old mark of 16:43 set by Julia Stamps of Santa Rosa in 1996.

Bell becomes only the fifth area girl to win a state title in the history of the event.

November 24, 2012
Three area boys teams in today's Nor Cal Tip Off Classic

Pleasant Grove, Antelope and Sacramento High are playing in today's sixth annual Nor Cal Tip Off Classic at Newark Memorial High School in Newark.

The seven game event features some of Northern California' top boys basketball teams.
Pleasant Grove plays St. Patrick's-St. Vincent's of Vallejo at 2:15 p.m.; McClymonds of Oakland faces Antelope at 5:30 p.m.; and Sacramento High takes on Deer Valley of Antioch at 8:30 p.m.

High.com, the Global Youth Network, and Ihoops will broadcast live video at HERE

November 21, 2012
A's prospect Max Stassi to hold home run benefit in Yuba City

Former Yuba City High baseball star Max Stassi will help raise funds for families in need during his fourth annual Homers for the Hungry 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Honkers' baseball diamond.

For every home run the Oakland A's prospect hits, he and other sponsors will donate money to area food banks and Hands of Hope, which provides resources and services for homeless families.

Stassi is scheduled to begin hitting at 12:30 p.m.

November 20, 2012
More area athletes announce their letter of intent signings

Several more area athletes have announced signing NCAA National Letters of Intent.

They are:

• Maddie Cannon, Rio Americano, volleyball: The Bee 2011 first team selectee will play for Santa Clara. She led the Raiders this season with 570 kills and 309 digs.

• Megan DeLallo, Pleasant Grove, gymnastics: A Level 10 gymnast since 2008 who finished 24th in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Olympic nationals, DeLallo will compete for Washington.

• Chandler Eden, Yuba City, baseball: Rated the nation's No. 96 high school player by Baseball America, the senior right-hander will play for Oregon State. He went 7-1 with a 2.03 earned run average last season with the Honkers.

• Griffin Galvin, Vista del Lago, volleyball: Last year's Sierra Valley Conference MVP, who has led the Eagles to back-to-back Division II sections boys volleyball championships, will compete for UC San Diego next fall.

• Taylor Massengale, River Valley, volleyball: A two-time all-league selection, the 6-foot-2 senior middle blocker will play for Stanislaus State. She had 341 kills, 61 blocks and 119 digs this season in helping lead the Falcons to their second consecutive Tri-County Conference title.

November 20, 2012
Cal AD's letter explains firing of football coach Jeff Tedford

Here is a copy of the letter Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour crafted regarding the termination of football coach Jeff Tedford. She explains that while she appreciated Tedford's overall body of work, it was time for change, based on several factors, including slumping graduation rates for players and lost team momentum....


Dear Donors and Season Ticket Holders:

This morning I met with Coach Jeff Tedford as we continued conversations about the state of Cal football and how we can, collectively, as a football program, an athletics administration and a campus community, redirect both our competitive and academic performance. Throughout the course of the conversation, it became evident that there was not a clear, direct or expeditious path to reversing worrisome trends. Therefore, I informed Coach Tedford that I have decided the time has come to seek new leadership for the Cal football program. This decision was not made lightly, or easily, and comes only after careful consideration and complex evaluation of our football program. After weighing all of the variables and extensive consultation with Chancellor Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor Wilton it is evident that this level of change is what is needed and is in the best interest of Cal.

November 20, 2012
Latest Bee high school football rankings with comments, schedule

A closer look at The Bee's Top 25 high school football rankings. We're going with 25 for the playoffs and momentum, with comments, scores and a peek ahead with this week's schedule.

November 17, 2012
Del Campo's Derek Rodigo signs to play baseball at Westmont

Del Campo two-sport athlete Derek Rodigo has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, an NAIA school, where he plans to pursue a degree in pre-med/physical therapy.

Rodigo, a senior, quarterbacked the football team to a 9-3 overall record and Capital Athletic League championship this fall.

In 11 games, Rodigo passed for 1,432 yards and 11 touchdowns and also rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown.

Last spring, Rodigo, an infielder, batted .378 and drove in 20 runs for a Cougars squad that finished 14-15 overall.

Rodigo will play this spring for new coach Paul Martinez, who has had stellar teams at San Juan, Mira Loma, El Camino and Rosemont.

November 17, 2012
Nevada announces signings of Pride's Jones, Patriots' Galart

The University of Nevada has signed Bradshaw Christian basketball player Ashlee Jones and Pioneer baseball player Thomas Galart.

Jones, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, averaged 19.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals for the Pride as a junior. She made the All-State Division V third team and was a Bee All-Metro honorable mention selection.

"Ashlee is a three-point specialist who can score quickly and in many ways," said Nevada women's basketball coach Jane Albright in a press release. "She handles the ball well and gets up and down the floor quickly. We expect her to be a combination guard and to contribute immediately."

November 17, 2012
Playoff stars: Browning's 5 TD passes leads Folsom to victory

Here are 15 area leading performances from the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinal and semifinal football playoff games this weekend.

• Jake Browning: Threw for 380 yards and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-13 D-I win over Vacaville. The sophomore has a state-leading 55 touchdown passes.

• Grant Caraway, Granite Bay: Completed 9 of 12 passes for 99 yards and four touchdowns in the Grizzlies' 56-20 D-I win over Downey of Modesto.

• Gracen Christensen, Golden Sierra: Had a 95-yard kickoff return in the Grizzlies' 24-22 D-V semifinal loss to Le Grand.

November 17, 2012
Behind Browning, Folsom beats Vacaville in D-II football playoffs

It was miserable in every regard in the second half Saturday night.

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Sideways rain from the wind soacked Folsom's home field. Moisture bounced off helmets, fans and the rubberized track. Miserable except for the Folsom Bulldogs, who again proved to be a machine in all conditions, belting Vacaville 49-13 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal game to move to 12-0 for the first time since 1990 when that group went 13-0.

Jake Browning passed for 380 yards and five touchdowns, and the defense was superb in denying the Bulldogs of Solano County much running room in avenging the D-II title loss last season. In 2010, Folsom blasted Vacaville 75-6 en route to a CIF State Division II championship.

November 17, 2012
UC Davis beats Sacramento State in 59th Causeway Classic to send coach Biggs out a winner

"Blue Sky Biggs."

That's what UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs said his nickname could be if the heavens held off the rain today in the 59th Causeway Classic.

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Talk about working wonders in his farewell act.

In his farewell game as an Aggie, the revered UCD coach Biggs rejoiced in a gutty 34-27 victory over Sacramento State in Davis. It was Biggs' final effort for UCD, a place he has called home since his freshman season at quarterback in 1969.

Randy Wright threw the clinching touchdown and the Aggies didn't have to endure the sort of wind and rain that hammered the Causeway Classic in 2010 at Aggie Stadium. UCD was outgained 480-327 in yards but made big plays, and the Hornets were undone by special teams gaffes.

Biggs was involved in 40 Causeway games as a player, an assistant coach and , for the past 20 seasons, head coach for UCD. His third consecutive Causeway triumph gave Biggs a 16-4 record against the Hornets as a head coach and 27-9 overall as an assistant or head.

Biggs said in retirement he will take courses in Spanish, learn to play the guitar and travel the world. UCD finished 4-7.

Garret Safron passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns for Sac State, which needed a win to cling to its slim playoff hopes.

For more, check The Bee after midnight here or in Sunday's print edition.

Bee file photo of Bob Biggs by Brian Baer

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On podcast: ESPN1320.net

November 17, 2012
Green helps lead unbeaten Burbank past Pleasant Grove 32-27

Calvin Green rushed for a 49-yard touchdown, caught a 16-yard scoring strike from Ernest Jenkins and intercepted two passes to lead No. 2 Burbank to a 32-27 win over No. 10 Pleasant Grove in today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals at Burbank High School.

Isaiah Williams had a 59-yard touchdown run and Jenkins ran 61 yards for a score in addition to throwing two touchdown passes as the Titans (12-0) move into the semifinals next Saturday against No. 3 Oak Ridge, the team that knocked the Titans out of last year's D-I playoffs, 30-28.

The game will be played 1 p.m. at Titan Stadium.

November 17, 2012
Sac State men's basketball off to 3-0 start for first time since 1999 after stunning Utah

This giant killer role seems to work just fine for Sacramento State.

The Hornets beat longtime NCAA big name Utah of the Pacific 12 Conference 74-71 on Friday night at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, rallying from 13 down in the final 12 minutes to move to 3-0.

Dylan Garrity, a sophomore guard, had 19 points and five assists and his jumper put his Hornets ahead with 1:29 to play.

Sac State hasn't been 3-0 since the 1999-2000 season. John Dickson, a senior, had 16 points for Sac State, which beat Oregon State in 2009 under coach Brian Katz, who has indicated that this could be his best team. Joe Eberhard had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Hornets.

Sac State opened with a 96-62 win over UC Merced and followed with an 85-67 effort over Cal State Bakersfield.

Utah, certainly, provided the highest level of competition.

"Our goals are simple," Katz told reporters Friday night. "One, we want to get better every day. Two, we want to win our next game. Three, we want to have more fun than any team in the country.
"And I tell my guys, we aren't going to have any fun if we don't do No. 1 and No. 2."

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On podcast: ESPN1320.net

November 17, 2012
Pleasant Grove at Burbank; Vacaville at Folsom on tap today

The Bee's Joe Davidson breaks down today's playoff games:

* Pleasant Grove (7-4) at Burbank (11-0), 1 p.m.
The teams met in a grueling scrimmage a week before the regular
season, and here they are meeting for the first time in Division I
play. PG is coming off a 22-21 victory over 9-1 Stagg, thanks to
defense (five sacks, three by Earl Chism, four interceptions), the
versatility of Dre Terrell (passing, running, cornerback, special
teams) and a late 22-yard field goal by sophomore Chad Phillips.
Burbank fields its finest team team since opening nearly 50 years ago,
thanks to the triple-option run game that averages 547 yards and
features Isaiah Williams (1794 yards, 24 touchdowns), Ernest Jenkins
(1,244, 12) and Calvin Green (1,087 and 11). Burbank defensive tackle
Ngalu Tapa leads the state with 22 sacks.

* Vacaville (8-3) at Folsom (11-0), 7 p.m.
Teams that go by Bulldogs meet for the third successive seasons in
D-II, each owning a victory. Folsom lives by the pass out of the
spread with Jake Browning (50 touchdown passes) and the Bulldogs of
Solano County prefer to run out of the wing-T, a scheme that allows
them to rush for 343 yards a game. Curtis Goins (1,132 yards, 11
touchdowns) and Daniel Mewborn (857, 10 and Jacob Te'o (507, 9) lead
the ground attack, with quarterback Nic Ardave also a threat,
having passed for 14 touchdowns. Folsom has unsung runners in Harry
Lipnosky (599 yards rushing, five scores), Bailey Laolagi (520, nine)
and Josiah Deguara (251 and 1) who expect to be a factor in a rain
game.

November 16, 2012
Letter of intent update: Pioneer has fourth baseball signee

Pioneer's Marcus Vidales, in signing with Fullerton State, becomes the fourth Patriots' baseball player to sign a National Letter of Intent, joining Robert Daugherty (Washington), Zack Aukes (Oregon) and Thomas Galart (Nevada).

Here are 10 additional area athletes who have announced signing National Letters of Intent.

• Jenna Bassler, softball, Dixon, Notre Dame De Namur
• Justin Beskeen, volleyball, Bear River, CSU Northridge
• Trevor Bryant, volleyball, Nevada Union, CSU Northridge
• Giana Bilotta, softball, Ponderosa, St. Mary's
• Maddy Gedeon, golf, Oakmont, Rutgers
• Ashlee Jones, basketball, Bradshaw Christian, Nevada
• Paige Lee, golf, Granite Bay, UC Davis golf
• Matthew Poulin, baseball, Ponderosa, Sonoma State
• Haley Shaner, basketball, West Campus, Eastern Washington
•Jimmy Shaw, baseball, Valley Christian, San Diego Christian

November 16, 2012
Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs schedule and results

Schedule and results for the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. We will be updating scores throughout the night beginning around 9:30 p.m. Make sure to check back often to find your favorite teams score.

FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD

DIVISION I

Quarterfinals

Franklin 42, Lincoln-Stockton 6

Granite Bay 56, Downey-Modesto 20

Oak Ridge 17, Pitman-Turlock 16

DIVISION II

Quarterfinals

Buhach Colony-Atwater 35, Antelope 28

Elk Grove 35, Del Campo 14

Del Oro 21, St. Mary's-Stockton 10

DIVISION III

Quarterfinals

Oakdale 35, Benicia 12

American Canyon 28, Cosumnes Oaks 20

Inderkum 69 Sierra-Manteca 47

Vista del Lago 35, El Camino 31

DIVISION IV

Quarterfinals

Escalon 27, Placer 26

Los Banos 42, Capital Christian 14

Central Catholic-Modesto 40, Ripon 21

Center 19, Argonaut 14

DIVISION V

Semifinals

Waterford 28, Highlands 12

Le Grand 24, Golden Sierra 22

DIVISION VI

Semifinals

Foresthill 32, Ripon Christian 26

Brookside Christian-Stockton 52, Big Valley Christian-Modesto 0


SATURDAY'S GAMES

DIVISION I

Quarterfinal

No. 10 Pleasant Grove at No. 2 Burbank, 1 p.m.

DIVISION II

Quarterfinal

No. 9 Vacaville at No. 1 Folsom


SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

(All games at 7 p.m., unless noted)

DIVISION I

Next Friday's semifinal

No. 3 Oak Ridge vs. No. 2 Burbank/No. 10 Pleasant Grove

Semifinal (Day TBA)

No. 5 Granite Bay at No. 1 Franklin

DIVISION II

Next Friday's semifinal

No. 15 Del Oro at No. 3 Elk Grove

Semifinal (Day TBA)

No. 5 Buhach Colony vs. No. 1 Folsom/No. 9 Vacaville

DIVISION III

Next Friday's semifinal

No. 4 American Canyon at No. 1 Oakdale

Semifinal (Day TBA)

No. 3 Sierra-Manteca at No. 2 Vista del Lago

DIVISION IV

Next Friday's semifinals

No. 8 Escalon at No. 5 Los Banos

No. 10 Center at No. 6 Central Catholic

DIVISION V

Championship

Nov. 24

At Lodi Grape Bowl

No. 1 Waterford vs. No. 3 Le Grand, 6 p.m.

DIVISION VI

Championship

Nov. 24

At Lodi Grape Bowl

No. 1 Foresthill vs. No. 2 Brookside Christian-Stockton, 1 p.m.

November 16, 2012
Youth Shrine Bowl to compete at Hughes Stadium on Saturday

A glimpse of the future with blockers, skill players and tacklers will be on display Saturday at Hughes Stadium in the 17th Youth Shrine Bowl.

The event benefits Sacramento Youth Football and Ben Ali Shriners. Kickoff is set for noon. Crowds in the past have exceeded 5,000 fans.

Some $50,000 was raised last year from the contest that pits youth programs from around the region against each other, from Placer County to El Dorado Hills to Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Athletes and cheerleaders from this event could be selected to compete in the California vs. Florida Youth Shrine Bowl in Orlando next month.

Visit www.youthshrinebowl.org for information.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

November 16, 2012
High school football playoff news, notes, insight, flavor, rankings, schedules

Here's a full menu of game-day, game-face high school football material. News, notes, rankings, schedules, more...

* Clean sailing - Six unbeaten teams remain in the mix: Franklin and Burbank in Division I, Folsom in D-II, Placer, Ripon and Arognaut in D-IV.

* Del Oro uprising - We cannot call Del Oro's 45-21 demolition of No. 2-seeded Yuba City in D-II an upset because Del Oro was so battle-tested from a murderous schedule. And kudos to the coaching staff and players from Yuba City who heaped praise on the Golden Eagles as a physical, skilled, well-coached lot, serving as a gauge for their own program.

* More DO - Del Oro running back Brandon Monroe is a new man with that healthy knee, and he's sprinted past or through his last three foes for 190 or more yards, including 225 and four first-half touchdowns against Yuba City. Next is a great test at St. Mary's-Stockton.

* First-time bruisers - As storied as these programs are with 13 combined titles and 61 total playoff wins, Escalon and Placer have never met in the playoffs until now. Placer's championship heyday in the 1970s and '80s was in D-II. Escalon has rolled for years in smaller divisions.

* Coaching rapport - Placer coach Joey Montoya said he and Escalon coach Mark Loureiro "are buddies," even though they haven't played each other. They have, however, met many times at clinics and wing-T camps. Wing-T gurus remain loyal to each other. Loureiro is one of the section's all-time winners and class acts. His teams have won eight section titles in 13 title appearances with a state crown in 2010 when, soaked with mud and rain, he barked, "This is for every public school in the state!"

He told James Burns of the Modesto Bee about Placer this week, "In my 23 years doing this, this Placer team ranks with the great Central teams, the Hilmar teams, the Hughson teams that I've gone against in the past. Some of the great teams in the history of those schools. Placer will tell you this is the best team they've had, too. This is an unbelievable challenge for our program. We know we're in deep."

* Browning patrol - Jake Browning of Folsom leads the state with 50 touchdown passes, the benefit of his accuracy, poise and drive, and his great offensive line, and his skill players such as Troy Knox and Phillip Carter. He now takes on Vacaville in a D-II game, with those Bulldogs from Solano County looking to run the ball to keep Browning on the sideline (we will have a SacBee story in print and online on Browning on Saturday). Folsom beat Vacaville in the playoffs two years ago, and Vacaville returned the favor in the D-II finals last season.

* Zwahlen watch - Second in the state with 46 touchdowns is Aaron Zwahlen of Downey, whose program won a playoff game for the first time since 1987 and now braces for the defense of defending D-I champion Granite Bay, featuring DE/LB brute Beau Hershberger.

* Bulldog Troy - True story: Vacaville has a play called a "Troy Taylor." It's not in honor of Folsom co-coach Troy Taylor, but rather a coincidence as it was named after a previous Vacaville player, with a slight tweak. Vacaville old timers still grimace at the thought of Folsom's Troy Taylor, from his Cordova quarterbacking days in 1985 when he powered the Lancers to a 17-7 Division I title win over Vacaville to cap the section's first 14-0 season.

* BC vs. A - * In another D-II game, Buhach Colony and Antelope feature physical lines with Aaron Cochran anchoring the trenches for BC and Daren Echeveria for Antelope. Cochran is a national recruit at 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds of Earth-moving terror, and Echeveria has allowed one sack and has 102 pancake blocks this season. He has an offer from the Air Force Academy, with interest from Nevada and Fresno State, among others.

* More DE - Echeveria consumes oncoming rushers and has triumphant McDonald's challenges, too. He recently scarfed down 50 nuggets, one chicken sandwich, fries, pumpkin pie and a milk shake in one setting. No total on burps recorded just yet.

* BC Backs - BC has three swift backs in Stefon Gold, Leon Miles and Jayce Webster who run the fly sweep. The only regional team that runs the fly sweep with continued playoff success is Granite Bay.

* Franklin D vs. Lincoln O - How a Franklin defense headed by William Vi, Marcus Green and Joey Banks deals Lincoln superback Justin Davis will be telling in a D-I game. Davis went for 311 yards and five touchdowns to blast Merced 52-7, an amazing team effort against a Bears team that beat Downey this season, and Downey beat Central Catholic, and CC beat St. Mary's, and St. Mary's lost 21-13 to state No. 1 De La Salle to offer a glimpse of how tight this all is. And Lincoln has QB ace Zack Greenlee, too.

* Trojans vs. 209 - Oak Ridge draws another 209 team in a D-I game. After beating Enochs-Modesto 49-21, the Trojans now welcome Pitman of Turlock, a team that was 10-1 and got clobbered in a D-I playoff against Pleasant Grove last season, speaking of Delta River League heavies. Oak Ridge is so balanced on offense, so strong in the trenches and so fierce with defensive end bruiser Zach Claiborne.

* Eagles vs. Titans - Pleasant Grove and Burbank on Saturday is shaping up to be a thriller, too, just like when the teams met in a spirited scrimmage on the eve of the season. I saw those teams square off way back in the heat of August and thought, "darn good clubs. Fast, physical, well coached." PG has Dre Terrell, Wyatt Demps and Isaiah Saunders to go against Isaiah Williams, Calvin Green and Ernest Jenkins. And the coaches are good friends - Joe Cattolico of PG and John Heffernan of Burbank. They will coach the South Optimist All-Star Game along with Franklin's Mike Johnson on Dec. 22 against the North, headed by Casey Taylor and Mike Alberghini.

* CO vs. AC - In D-III, Cosumnes Oaks plays at American Canyon, a newer school off to a 10-1 start and sporting one of the state's outlandish athletes in Oregon commit Chris Seisay. CO counters with running back Kaelin Willhite and receiver Alex Van Dyke.

* DA at DE - Also in D-III, Dedric Allen of Inderkum is in the midst of a terrific senior season as a defensive end with 94 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, a safety - and two receiving touchdowns on offense. In a word: Stud. He'll be a mudder tonight at Sierra of Manteca and something called real grass.

* QB showdown - More D-III, the El Camino-Vista game should be a terrific show, with the quarterbacks alone. Jonah Lessard is a senior leader for El Camino and Matt Jimison has admirably stepped into a leadership role at quarterback for Vista. Both teams have unsung defenses, too.

* Center fears - Center's 42-0 wipeout over a good 9-1 Dixon team on Dixon's home turf is telling. The Cougars, remember, lost 15-14 to Placer in Week 10. Center has terrific team speed and will test it in the mud and muck at 11-0 Argonaut in D-IV play.

* Doppler patrol - Speaking of mud and muck, there will be none of it in any of the D-I, II or III games except one. Only Sierra of Manteca plays on real grass. Everyone else has synthetic turf. Every D-IV, V and VI game will be on natural grass, and rain will pound the section this weekend.

The Bee's Top 25
1. Franklin 11-0
Sluggish first half against Nevada Union, then turned on jets with running game, D
2. Folsom 11-0
Rolled Atwater behind 421 yards and 7 TDs by Jake Browning; great O-line play.
3. Elk Grove 10-1
Roared back to life with a resounding rout of solid Ponderosa team; D looks great.
4. Burbank 11-0
Titans survived slug fest with rival Grant; needed tough game after easy Metro romp.
5. Granite Bay 8-3
GB was 1-3 not long ago; rolling now with balance, D; take on 10-1 Downey passing.
6. Placer 11-0
Hillmen were clicking on all cylinders in devastating Hilmar; offense is back in gear.
7. Oak Ridge 10-1
Slow start, fast middle and fast finish for the Trojans; teams from 209 will despise OR.
8. Del Campo 9-2
Cougars last lost in heat of September to Elk Grove, 7 weeks ago; face EG next.
9. Del Oro 6-5
Bruising lines, run game, D were too much for talented Yuba City team; more tests loom
10. Antelope 10-1
Terrific effort to hold off loaded Rocklin for first home playoff win - ever.
11. Pleasant Grove 6-4
Eagles rallied to beat 9-1 Stagg behind do-all marvel Dre Terrell; now its 10-0 Burbank
12. Center 9-2
Steamed 9-1 Dixon 42-0 with speed, power, D; monster dark horse in D-IV.
13. Vista del Lago 10-1
Rolled Lincoln with scores on offense, defense, special teams; 10 straight wins.
14. Cosumnes Oaks 9-2
Alex Van Dyke looks the role of major recruit; run game, D impressed vs. CBS.
15. Yuba City 9-2
Honkers overwhelmed by rising-fast Del Oro; YC's best team since 1987 group.
16. Inderkum 9-2
Tigers haven't lost since Yuba City; now take on a 10-1 Sierra team with 209 return
17. El Camino 8-3
Eagles scored every which way in impressive rout of Sac for 1st playoff win since '93.
18. Rocklin 5-6
Lost thriller to Antelope; will return a ton of talent, including ace QB Logan Webb.
19. Whitney 8-3
Lost thriller to Del Campo with close losses to Rocklin and Antelope, too.
20. Grant 5-6
Lost battle royale at Bubank; return a ton of talent and elevate 10-0 JV stars.
21. Rio Linda 8-3
Lost at defending D-II champion Vacaville; lot of key players back for another run.
22. Capital Christian 10-1
Best start in school history continues; now face 10-1 Los Banos.
23. Nevada Union 5-6
Battled Franklin for a half before falling 35-14; great programs always return.
24. Foresthill 9-1
Opened D-VI field with a bye; favorites to win first such title.
25. Highlands 6-4
Held off Bradshaw Christian in D-V shootout; itching for title game.
Others: Ponderosa (6-5), Monterey Trail (5-5), Christian Brothers (6-5), Sacramento (8-3), Bear River (8-3), Dixon (9-2), Lincoln (5-5), Rosemont (6-5), River Valley (6-5), Davis (5-5).

First-round results
DIVISION I
Franklin 35, Nevada Union 14
Oak Ridge 49, Enochs-Modesto 21
Downey-Modesto 41, Bethel-Vallejo 6
Granite Bay 52, Napa 0
Pitman 49, Tokay 19
Pleasant Grove 22, Stagg-Stockton 21
Lincoln-Stockton 52, Merced 7
Burbank 26, Grant 19
DIVISION II
Folsom 59, Atwater 12
Del Oro 45, Yuba City 21
Elk Grove 41, Ponderosa 0
Antelope 31, Rocklin 24
Buhach Colony 42, McNair-Stockton 14
Del Campo 34, Whitney 27
St. Mary's-Stockton 34, Tracy 6
Vacaville 35, Rio Linda 21
DIVISION III
Vista del Lago 44, Lincoln 0
Oakdale 63, Pacheco-Los Banos 12
Sierra-Manteca 28, Rosemont 8
American Canyon 37, River Valley 8
Inderkum 30, Manteca 21
Benicia 27, Patterson 24
El Camino 39, Sacramento 14
Cosumnes Oaks 19, Christian Brothers 14
DIVISION IV
Placer 59, Hilmar 3
Argonaut 42, Hughson 14
Ripon 40, Amador 0
Capital Christian 41, Modesto Christian 0
Summerville 41, Los Banos 18
Central Catholic-Modesto 63, Bear River 20
Center 42, Dixon 0
Escalon 44, Calaveras 14
DIVISION V
Highlands 60, Bradshaw Christian 41
Le Grand 50, Rio Vista 12
First-round byes
No. 1 Waterford, No. 2 Golden Sierra
DIVISION VI
Ripon Christian 42, Elliot Christian-Lodi 22
Big Valley Christian-Modesto 19, Woodland Christian 12
First-round byes:
No. 1 Foresthill, No. 2 Brookside Christian-Stockton

Round II
Games at 7 p.m. unless noted
DIVISION I
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 8 Lincoln-Stockton vs. No. 1 Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks
No. 5 Granite Bay at No. 4 Downey-Modesto
No. 6 Pitman-Turlock at No. 3 Oak Ridge
Saturday's quarterfinal
No. 10 Pleasant Grove vs. No. 2 Burbank, 1 p.m.
DIVISION II
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 5 Buhach Colony-Atwater at No. 4 Antelope
No. 6 Del Campo at No. 3 Elk Grove
No. 15 Del Oro at No. 7 St. Mary's-Stockton
Saturday's quarterfinal
No. 9 Vacaville at No. 1 Folsom
DIVISION III
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 9 Benicia at No. 1 Oakdale
No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks at No. 4 American Canyon
No. 6 Inderkum at No. 3 Sierra-Manteca
No. 10 El Camino at No. 2 Vista del Lago
DIVISION IV
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 8 Escalon at No. 1 Placer
No. 5 Los Banos at No. 4 Capital Christian
No. 6 Central Catholic-Modesto at No. 3 Ripon
No. 10 Center at No. 2 Argonaut
DIVISION V
Friday's semifinals
No. 4 Highlands at No. 1 Waterford
No. 3 Le Grand at No. 2 Golden Sierra
DIVISION VI
Friday's semifinals
No. 4 Ripon Christian at No. 1 Foresthill
No. 6 Big Valley Christian-Modesto
at No. 2 Brookside Christian-Stockton

- Joe Davidson
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November 15, 2012
A Bee peek at some of the region's top high school football linemen

claiborne.JPGLinemen - you've got to love them, and you must have them in order to compete.

With that, here's a glance at some of the top movers and shakers in the playoffs:

* Dedric Allen, Inderkum, OL/DL, 6-2, 220
Keys Tigers wing-T run game in D-III playoffs and primary run stopper; has caught TDs, too.
* Bwon Canada, Elk Grove, DE, 6-1, 178, Jr.
"Squdward" leads the Herd in forced fumbles;"nonstop motor" allowed him to score 2 TDs on D.
* Devar Card, Del Campo, DT, 6-0, 260, Sr.
"Earthquake" has emerged as dominant run stopper for surging Cougars in D-II.
* Zach Claiborne, Oak Ridge, DE, 6-1, 195, Sr.
2nd in state with 20.5 sacks is relentless; all-time school sack man plays in honor of his ill grandfather.
* Daren Echeveria, Antelope, OL/DL, 6-4, 260
Two way leader for 10-1 Titans says he's only nice outside of shoulder pads; bruiser otherwise.
* Chris Grunsky, Vista del Lago, DE, 6-2, 185, Sr.
"Bear" makes tackles, sacks, blocks punts for scores for surging D-IV Eagles.
* Beau Hershberger, Granite Bay, DE, 6-2, 230
Defensive leader also plays LB; can gloat that he can outlift fit father in the weigtht room.
* Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, OL/DL, 6-4, 270, Jr.
Fashion guru is national recruit; the best is yet to come.
* Jason Perry, Center, DE, 6-0, 190, Jr.
Joins D-lineman pal Preston Dobbins for terrific 1-2 punch; has 13 sacks
* Kyle Saxelid, Cosumnes Oaks, OL/DL, 6-7, 250, Sr.
Scholar with charm is a recruit prospect; joins Kameron Schroeder for formidable fronts.
* Ngalu Tapa, Burbank, DT, 6-3, 270, Jr.
Rising recruit leads the state with 22 sacks; draws double/triple teams.
* Nick Terry, Pleasant Grove, DL, 6-4, 270, Sr.
Has multiple offers; aims to have a statement game vs. Burbank
* Eddie Vanderdoes, Placer, DT, 6-4, 303, Sr.
Area's No. 1 recruit created own burger aptly named "The Big Eddie." Teams with another recruit in Sacramento State-commit Stone Sander at DE.
* William Vi, Franklin, DT, 6-0, 210, Sr.
Weight room demon also plays fullback with head of steam; charmer who knocks helmets off.
* Tanner Woods, Del Oro, OL/DL, 6-1, 240, Jr.
2-way man makes sacks & leads way for run game to free Brandon Monroe.
* Josh Wormley, Folsom, OL, 6-1, 260, Sr.
"Big Lovely" is superb pass protector & insists he's a top rap artist/dancer, too.
- Joe Davidson
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PHOTO CAPTION: Eagles Isiah Saunders is brought down by Trojan Zach Claiborne for no gain in the first quarter in a game between No. 7 Oak Ridge plays No. 8 Pleasant Grove in Delta River League football game at Sheldon High School. Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee

November 14, 2012
Four Bella Vista athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Four Bella Vista seniors were honored during a school National Letter of Intent day signing ceremony, reports athletic director Andi Wright.

They are:

• Shelbie Holden, Fresno State, diving
• Hanna Schneider, UC San Diego, water polo
• Kyndra Trevino-Scott, Hawaii-Hilo, volleyball
• Haley York, UMass-Amherst, rowing.

November 14, 2012
Former Kennedy player Kimi Nakamura hopes to lay foundation for a successful basketball season at Dominican University

Dominican University Associate Director of Public Relations's Dave Albee has a nice story on former Kennedy High player Kimi Nakamura, now a senior captain at the San Rafael school.

For the start of the conditioning drills this season, Dominican University of California head women's basketball coach Brianna Chambers passed out bricks to all her players.

They were symbols of stability, inscribed with either "Past," "Pride," or "Fight" -- words Chambers believes are vital to building a solid foundation for this year's rebuilt team, which plays its home opener in San Rafael Saturday against Stanislaus State.

Chambers for two weeks instructed her players to carry the bricks with them where ever they went as a team-bonding reminder to themselves and a statement to their teammates and classmates that they were united in commitment.

"The bricks were actually Coach (Cornell) Littlejohn's idea. When he suggested it, I fell in love with the idea," says Chambers. "It just fit into everything we are trying to build as a program by combining the things we hold important."

November 14, 2012
Roseville's Jorgensen signs to swim for Boise State

Boise State swimming and diving coach Kristin Hill announced today that Roseville High's Whitney Jorgensen has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Broncos.

"When I arrived at Boise State, I knew immediately this was the school and team for me," Jorgensen said of her earlier recruiting trip. "Boise State exceeded my expectations in a school and swim team. I felt like I was already part of the team."

Under Roseville coaches Kelly Capell and Emily Dodds, Jorgensen earned All-America recognition in the 200-yard individual medley and is a three-time all-league honoree in four different events.

November 14, 2012
Woodcreek's Orlando and Fellows sign letters of intent

Woodcreek held a ceremony honoring these athletes for signing NCAA letters of intent today:
• Frankie Orlando, softball, San Diego State.

• Allyson Fellows, swimming, San Jose State.

Oregon-bound baseball star Stephen Nogosek will make his college choice official Thursday night at a signing involving the area's top baseball players.

November 14, 2012
Ten St. Francis athletes sign letters during morning ceremony

In a festive ceremony this morning, 10 St. Francis seniors signed NCAA letters of intent or "likely" letters (Ivy League) to continue their athletic careers in college next fall.

They are:

• Meagan Bennett, lacrosse, St. Mary's College
Helped lead the Troubadours to two league championships and was league MVP as a junior.

• Lauren Bryan, lacrosse, Fresno State
Overcoming season-ending knee injuries her previous two seasons, she was an impact player as a junior.

• Alexey Chandler, water polo, Wagner College
American River Water Polo club 2010 MVP made the All-Sac-Joaquin Section first team this season.

• Kaitlyn Cozens, water polo, Michigan
All-section player helped lead the Troubadours into four D-I section finals.

November 14, 2012
Three athletes sign letters of intent at Casa Roble today

Three Casa Roble athletes signed national letters of intent today in a morning ceremony at the school.

The signees are:

• Ali Aguilar, Washington, softball
• Demi Muses, volleyball, New Hampshire;
• Eric Stutteville, basketball, Sacramento State

November 14, 2012
Four athletes sign letters of intent at Pleasant Grove today

Four Pleasant Grove athletes signed letters of intent during a school ceremony today.

They are:

• Josh Adams, UC Santa Barbara, baseball
• Amber Murray, Eastern Kentucky, softball
• Morgan Carter, Utah State, softball
• Dejza James, Arizona, basketball

November 14, 2012
Twelve athletes sign letters of intent at Oak Ridge today

Oak Ridge had another big haul of NCAA letter-of-intent signees today, all recognized during a ceremony at the school.
Those signing are:
• Cypress Lampe, UC San Diego, swimming
• Dylan Kubick, UC Santa Barbara, swimming
• Brandon Mills, Arizona State, swimming
• Jordan Gotro, South Carolina, diving
• Tori Trylovich, Sacramento State, tennis
• Alec de Watteville, San Jose State, baseball
• Lauren Bertoy, Stanford, softball
• Jackie Schmaeling, St. Martin's University, softball
• Keaton Subjeck, Stanford, wrestling
• Haley Anderson, UC San Diego, basketball
• Sarah Meltz, Creighton University, rowing
• Maggie Drysch, Oklahoma State University, equestrian

November 14, 2012
Live-Storify: Follow high school athletes as they sign letters of intent today

Plenty of high school athletes playing boys and girls sports other than football are signing college letters of intent today, making public their choices of where to continue their athletic careers and educations. We will bring you the latest news and images from these signings.

If you have photos or other information, please post it to our sacbee preps Facebook page or use Twitter to send information and pictures using the #sacpreps hashtag.

November 14, 2012
Andreatta to sign letter of intent to play water polo for VMI

Roseville High's Michal Andreatta is signing a letter of intent today to play water polo for the Virginia Military Institute.

A member of the Sacramento Water Polo Club, Andreatta last season helped Del Oro win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls water polo championship.

She had 128 goals and 64 assists as a junior and sophomore at Del Oro.

November 14, 2012
College baseball recruits to be recognized at signing celebration

An NCAA signing ceremony for a number of area baseball seniors will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento.

The players will be recognized during a 30-minute presentation, followed by food and refreshments.
Those scheduled to participate are:

• Jimmy Boras, Jesuit, UOP
• Brett Bautista, Granite Bay, San Jose State
• Aaron Knapp, Granite Bay, Cal
• Andre Gregory, Jesuit, Sacarmento State
• Tyler Blake, Franklin, Sacramento State
• Dom Nunez, Elk Grove, UCLA
• Ryan Tellez, Elk Grove, USC
• Josh Adams, Pleasant Grove, UC Santa Barbara
• Stephen Nogosek, Woodcreek, Oregon
• Alec DeWatteville, Oak Ridge, San Jose State

November 14, 2012
Del Campo's Megan Roberson to play basketball for Air Force

Del Campo senior post Megan Roberson has announced her commitment to play basketball at the Air Force Academy.

The 6-foot-4 Roberson averaged 8.6 rebounds, 8.3 points and 2.9 blocks as a junior last season for the 16-12 Cougars.

November 14, 2012
Oak Ridge's Haley Anderson signs letter with UC San Diego

Oak Ridge senior forward Haley Anderson, who helped the Trojans to a 25-9 record last season, signed an NCAA letter of intent today with UC San Diego.

The 5-foot-9 Anderson was an All-Delta River League and Bee All-Metro honorable mention selection last season.

At UC San Diego, Anderson will play for new Tritons coach Heidi VanDerveer, the former Sacramento Monarchs assistant.

November 13, 2012
More playoff stars: Tyrel Anderson leads Center past Dixon

Here are 15 more standout performers from the opening week of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. An additional list of 15 was posted on Saturday Here

• Tyrel Anderson, Center: Completed six of six passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars' 41-0 D-IV win over Dixon.

• Bwon Canada, Elk Grove: Had a sack, interception and 11-yard touchdown catch in the Thundering Herd's 41-0 D-II win over Ponderosa.

• Chris Grunsky, Vista del Lago: Had a fumble recovery, blocked a punt, a sack and five tackles in the Eagles' 44-0 D-III win over Lincoln.

November 13, 2012
Area schools to host signing ceremonies throughout Wednesday

Several area high schools will hold NCAA letter of intent signing ceremonies Wednesday on their respective campuses.

Here's a list of schools received by The Bee:

•: St. Francis athletes Meagan Bennett, lacrosse, St. Mary's College; Lauren Bryan, lacrosse, Fresno State; Alexey Chandler, water polo, Wagner; Kaitlyn Cozens, water polo, Michigan; Marisa Kolokotronis, water polo, Brown; Hannah Lissera, volleyball, Seattle; Bailey O'Mara, softball, Pacific; Gabriella Palmeri, volleyball, Pepperdine; Maile Seto, crew, Tulsa; and Dana Vestman, volleyball, Montana State, will sign jointly at 8:30 a.m. Kolokotronis will sign a "likely" letter with Brown, an Ivy League school that does not give athletic scholarships.

November 13, 2012
Preps Plus Live Chat Replay: Special playoff edition, noon

After a compelling first round in the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs, we figured we better get together and talk about it awhile.

Please join The Bee's Joe Davidson and Bill Paterson at noon for a special edition of Preps Plus Live, and share your thoughts about the action so far and what could happen as the playoffs progress.


November 12, 2012
Bee high school football rankings with comments, scoreboard, schedule

burbank.jpegHere's a peek at The Bee's Top 25 football rankings. Yes, we're stretching it to 25 for a postseason run, with comments.
Also included in this post is first-round scores and Round II schedules....
And this reminder: On Tuesday at noon, Bill Paterson and I will host a Bee live chat to talk about prep football. Fire away with questions...

The Bee's Top 25
1. Franklin 11-0
Sluggish first half against Nevada Union, then turned on jets with running game, D
2. Folsom 11-0
Rolled Atwater behind 434 yards and 7 TDs by Jake Browning; great O-line play.
3. Elk Grove 10-1
Roared back to life with a resounding rout of solid Ponderosa team; D looks great.
4. Burbank 11-0
Titans survived slug fest with rival Grant; needed tough game after easy Metro romp.
5. Granite Bay 8-3
GB was 1-3 not long ago; rolling now with balance, D; take on 10-1 Downey passing.
6. Placer 11-0
Hillmen were clicking on all cylinders in devastating Hilmar; offense is back in gear.
7. Oak Ridge 10-1
Slow start, fast middle and fast finish for the Trojans; teams from 209 will despise OR.
8. Del Campo 9-2
Cougars last lost in heat of September to Elk Grove, 7 weeks ago; face EG next.
9. Del Oro 6-5
Bruising lines, run game, D were too much for talented Yuba City team; more tests loom
10. Antelope 10-1
Terrific effort to hold off loaded Rocklin for first home playoff win - ever.
11. Pleasant Grove 6-4
Eagles rallied to beat 9-1 Stagg behind do-all marvel Dre Terrell; now its 10-0 Burbank
12. Center 9-2
Steamed 9-1 Dixon 42-0 with speed, power, D; monster dark horse in D-IV.
13. Vista del Lago 10-1
Rolled Lincoln with scores on offense, defense, special teams; 10 straight wins.
14. Cosumnes Oaks 9-2
Alex Van Dyke looks the role of major recruit; run game, D impressed vs. CBS.
15. Yuba City 9-2
Honkers overwhelmed by rising-fast Del Oro; YC's best team since 1987 group.
16. Inderkum 9-2
Tigers haven't lost since Yuba City; now take on a 10-1 Sierra team with 209 return
17. El Camino 8-3
Eagles scored every which way in impressive rout of Sac for 1st playoff win since '93.
18. Rocklin 5-6
Lost thriller to Antelope; will return a ton of talent, including ace QB Logan Webb.
19. Whitney 8-3
Lost thriller to Del Campo with close losses to Rocklin and Antelope, too.
20. Grant 5-6
Lost battle royale at Bubank; return a ton of talent and elevate 10-0 JV stars.
21. Rio Linda 8-3
Lost at defending D-II champion Vacaville; lot of key players back for another run.
22. Capital Christian 10-1
Best start in school history continues; now face 10-1 Los Banos.
23. Nevada Union 5-6
Battled Franklin for a half before falling 35-14; great programs always return.
24. Foresthill 9-1
Opened D-VI field with a bye; favorites to win first such title.
25. Highlands 6-4
Held off Bradshaw Christian in D-V shootout; itching for title game.
Others: Ponderosa (6-5), Monterey Trail (5-5), Christian Brothers (6-5), Sacramento (8-3), Bear River (8-3), Dixon (9-2), Lincoln (5-5), Rosemont (6-5), River Valley (6-5), Davis (5-5).

First-round results
DIVISION I
Franklin 35, Nevada Union 14
Oak Ridge 49, Enochs-Modesto 21
Downey-Modesto 41, Bethel-Vallejo 6
Granite Bay 52, Napa 0
Pitman 49, Tokay 19
Pleasant Grove 22, Stagg-Stockton 21
Lincoln-Stockton 52, Merced 7
Burbank 26, Grant 19
DIVISION II
Folsom 59, Atwater 12
Del Oro 45, Yuba City 21
Elk Grove 41, Ponderosa 0
Antelope 31, Rocklin 24
Buhach Colony 42, McNair-Stockton 14
Del Campo 34, Whitney 27
St. Mary's-Stockton 34, Tracy 6
Vacaville 35, Rio Linda 21
DIVISION III
Vista del Lago 44, Lincoln 0
Oakdale 63, Pacheco-Los Banos 12
Sierra-Manteca 28, Rosemont 8
American Canyon 37, River Valley 8
Inderkum 30, Manteca 21
Benicia 27, Patterson 24
El Camino 39, Sacramento 14
Cosumnes Oaks 19, Christian Brothers 14
DIVISION IV
Placer 59, Hilmar 3
Argonaut 42, Hughson 14
Ripon 40, Amador 0
Capital Christian 41, Modesto Christian 0
Summerville 41, Los Banos 18
Central Catholic-Modesto 63, Bear River 20
Center 42, Dixon 0
Escalon 44, Calaveras 14
DIVISION V
Highlands 60, Bradshaw Christian 41
Le Grand 50, Rio Vista 12
First-round byes
No. 1 Waterford, No. 2 Golden Sierra
DIVISION VI
Ripon Christian 42, Elliot Christian-Lodi 22
Big Valley Christian-Modesto 19, Woodland Christian 12
First-round byes:
No. 1 Foresthill, No. 2 Brookside Chr.-Stockton
Round II
Games at 7 p.m. unless noted
DIVISION I
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 8 Lincoln-Stockton vs. No. 1 Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks
No. 5 Granite Bay at No. 4 Downey-Modesto
No. 6 Pitman-Turlock at No. 3 Oak Ridge
Saturday's quarterfinal
No. 10 Pleasant Grove vs. No. 2 Burbank, 1 p.m.
DIVISION II
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 5 Buhach Colony-Atwater at No. 4 Antelope
No. 6 Del Campo at No. 3 Elk Grove
No. 15 Del Oro at No. 7 St. Mary's-Stockton
Saturday's quarterfinal
No. 9 Vacaville at No. 1 Folsom
DIVISION III
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 9 Benicia at No. 1 Oakdale
No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks at No. 4 American Canyon
No. 6 Inderkum at No. 3 Sierra-Manteca
No. 10 El Camino at No. 2 Vista del Lago
DIVISION IV
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 8 Escalon at No. 1 Placer
No. 5 Los Banos at No. 4 Capital Christian
No. 6 Central Catholic-Modesto at No. 3 Ripon
No. 10 Center at No. 2 Argonaut
DIVISION V
Friday's semifinals
No. 4 Highlands at No. 1 Waterford
No. 3 Le Grand at No. 2 Golden Sierra
DIVISION VI
Friday's semifinals
No. 4 Ripon Christian at No. 1 Foresthill
No. 6 Big Valley Christian-Modesto
at No. 2 Brookside Christian-Stockton

- Joe Davidson
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November 12, 2012
Vista del Lago's Ankhelyi runs section's fastest time in girls; Del Oro upsets Eagles for 13th girls cross country title banner

Vista del Lago's Madeleine Ankhelyi, one of the state's top distance runners, turned in another dominating performance but it wasn't enough to prevent her team from being upset at the Sac-Joaquin Section cross country championships on Saturday in Folsom.

Ankhelyi won the girls Division III race, covering the 3.1-mile Willow Hills Reservoir course in 17 minutes, 44 seconds, the best time of the day among those competing in the five girls divisions. It also was the senior's second section title, having won in 2010.

But even with Ankhelyi and teammate Clare Carroll (18:46) finishing one-two, Del Oro upset the Eagles for the team title, 45-47.

November 10, 2012
Playoff stars: Abalos has 391 total yards in Highlands victory

Here are 15 top performers from the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs.

• John Abalos, Highlands: Completed 9 of 11 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 185 yards and two scores on nine carries in the Scots' 60-41 D-V win over Bradshaw Christian.

• Jake Browning, Folsom: Passed for 444 yards and seven touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 59-12 D-II win over Atwater.

• Grant Caraway, Granite Bay: Completed 12 of 14 passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns in the Grizzlies' 52-0 D-I win over Napa.

November 10, 2012
Van Dyke nabs 11 passes in Cosumnes Oaks win over CBS

Junior wide receiver Alex Van Dyke caught 11 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown and senior running back Kaelin Willhite rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to lead No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks to a 19-14 win over No. 12 Christian Brothers in tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football game in Elk Grove.

Van Dyke scored on a 69-yard touchdown toss from junior quarterback Alex Kropp, who was 13 of 19 for 214 yards. Senior Defensive end Kai Davis had 11 tackles.
For Christian Brothers (6-5), Avante Yarber scored on a three-yard run and Caden Noon on an 11-yard run.

Cosumnes Oaks (9-2) will play Friday at No. 4 American Canyon (10-1), a new school located between Vallejo and Napa. This is American Canyon's second varsity season.

November 10, 2012
Freshman goalie comes up big for Bella Vista in D-II soccer final

Here is the report by James Burns of the Modesto Bee of today's Division II boys soccer game at Lincoln of Stockton.

The Turlock boys soccer team pushed unbeaten and regionally ranked Bella Vista to the brink of defeat.

But in a sudden-death shootout, with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 championship hanging in the balance, Bella Vista pushed back.

Strike that, punched back.

November 10, 2012
River Valley beats Ceres foe for first section boys soccer title

Here is James Burns report for The Modesto Bee on the Division III soccer matched played today at Lincoln of Stockton.The cheers started in with three minutes left, building slowly into a roar from the opposite stands.

"RV! ... RV! ... RV!"

Reality set in shortly thereafter -- that winner's chant was clearly not intended for Central Valley.

November 10, 2012
Williams, Jenkins key Burbank ground game to beat rival Grant in D-I playoffs

Isaiah Williams is every bit a bulldog. Short, compact and snarling with a ball in his possession.

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The Burbank High School senior tailback epitomizes the grit and tenacity of his upstart program, one that moved to 11-0 for the first time with a spirited 26-19 victory over Grant on Saturday afternoon.

The Sac-Joaquin Section Division I opener on Florin Road played out in front of an overflow crowd that seemed to exhale or gasp with every game-turning play and with the backdrop of dueling drum-line sounds.

November 10, 2012
Hansen's hat trick leads Jesuit over Granite Bay in D-I final; Vista del Lago claims third consecutive D-IV soccer banner

Behind senior midfielder Niko Hansen's second hat trick in as many games, top-seeded Jesuit routed second-seeded Granite Bay 5-0 in today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boy soccer championship game at Cosumnes Oaks High School.

It was Jesuit's 10th D-I section title and third in the last four seasons.

The match drew a large crowd and was much anticipated, since Granite Bay had tied nationally ranked Jesuit 1-1 in the Capital Challenge on Sept. 7 at Capital Christian High School.

November 10, 2012
Star striker gets in goal to help Sac Country Day win soccer title

Sacramento Country Day's boys soccer standout Morgan Bennett-Smith had an ominous feeling today.

Victory Christian, a team Country Day had beaten 2-0 during the season, had pushed the Cavaliers to a penalty-kick shootout in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game at Cosumnes Oaks High School.

Despite his best efforts - Bennett-Smith had 34 goals coming into the match - Sacramento County Day was held scoreless through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.

November 9, 2012
Former Granite Bay player helps UCLA win Pac-12 soccer title

Former Granite Bay soccer standout Ryan Hollingshead scored one of UCLA's two goals this afternoon to lead the Bruins to their fourth Pac-12 title in five years after defeating visiting San Diego State 2-1.

Hollingshead, a senior midfielder, is a four-year starter for the Bruins who helped his team to reach the NCAA semifinals last season, where they lost on penalty kicks to North Carolina. Hollingshead had a goal in the match and four assists during the playoffs to make the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

This season Hollingshead leads the Bruins, ranked fourth nationally, in points with 20, six goals and eight assists.

He's also been named one of 30 men's soccer candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. The award honors male soccer players for their accomplishments both on and off the field.

Hollingshead has maintained a 3.5 grade point average in psychology and has twice earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

He also is active in the community, volunteering for programs such as UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort. He also participates in UCLA's Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children.

Hollingshead, a four-year lettermen in soccer and tennis at Granite Bay, led the Grizzlies boys soccer team to two Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships, including in 2008 when he had three assists in the 5-2 title game win over Oakmont.

He finished with 18 goals and 18 assists that season.

Ryan's older brother, Scott, played for UCLA in 2006 and 2007.

November 9, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: First-round football playoffs, 6:30 p.m.

Tonight begin the Sac-Joaquin Section high school football playoffs - as well as playoffs in other sections throughout the state - on a night that marks the final 2012 edition of our Preps Plus Live chats.

We invite you to share you opinions and comments as well as scores, updates and highlights from tonight's games. Photos and videos are welcome, too.

The chat begins at 6:30 p.m., and we hope you join us for it.

November 9, 2012
Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff schedule, results

Here is the schedule for the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Game results will be added as they are obtained.

Throughout the evening, updated scores will be posted on the Preps Plus Live chat.


SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Games begin at 7 p.m. unless noted.

DIVISION I

• No. 16 Nevada Union vs. No. 1 Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks

• No. 14 Enochs-Modesto at No. 3 Oak Ridge

• No. 13 Bethel-Vallejo at No. 4 Downey-Modesto

• No. 12 Napa at No. 5 Granite Bay

• No. 11 Tokay vs. No. 6 Pitman at Turlock H.S.

• No. 10 Pleasant Grove at No. 7 Stagg-Stockton

• No. 9 Merced at No. 8 Lincoln-Stockton

DIVISION II

• No. 16 Atwater at No. 1 Folsom

• No. 15 Del Oro at No. 2 Yuba City

• No. 14 Ponderosa at No. 3 Elk Grove

• No. 13 Rocklin at No. 4 Antelope

• No. 12 McNair-Stockton vs. No. 5 Buhach Colony at Atwater H.S.

• No. 11 Whitney at No. 6 Del Campo

• No. 10 Tracy at No. 7 St. Mary's-Stockton

• No. 8 Rio Linda at No. 9 Vacaville

DIVISION III

• No. 16 Pacheco-Los Banos at No. 1 Oakdale

• No. 14 Rosemont at No. 3 Sierra-Manteca

• No. 13 River Valley at No. 4 American Canyon

• No. 11 Manteca at No. 6 Inderkum

• No. 9 Benicia at No. 8 Patterson

Thursday's Div. III result

• No. 2 Vista del Lago 44, No. 15 Lincoln 0

DIVISION IV

• No. 16 Hilmar at No. 1 Placer

• No. 15 Hughson at No. 2 Argonaut

• No. 14 Amador at No. 3 Ripon

• No. 13 Modesto Christian. at No. 4 Capital Christiancq.

• No. 12 Summerville at No. 5 Los Banos

• No. 11 Bear River at No. 6 Central Catholic-Modesto

• No. 10 Center at No. 7 Dixon

• No. 9 Calaveras at No. 8 Escalon

DIVISION V

• No. 5 Bradshaw Christian at No. 4 Highlands

• No. 6 Rio Vista at No. 3 Le Grand

DIVISION VI

• No. 5 Elliot Christian-Lodi vs. No. 4 Ripon Christian at Modesto Christian

• No. 6 Big Valley Christian-Modesto at No. 3 Woodland Christian

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Division I

• No. 15 Grant at No. 2 Burbank, 1 p.m.

Division III

• No. 10 El Camino at No. 7 Sacramento, 1 p.m.

• No. 12 Christian Brothers at No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks

November 9, 2012
Guide to high school football playoffs: Players to watch

As we bound into the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs, we take a closer peek at some players who expect to make a difference.

We can't list them all, or we'd have something about the size of a Los Angeles phone book, but here's a sampling of some top achievers expecting to maintain the momentum ...

November 8, 2012
Vista del Lago beats Lincoln to kick off the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs

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Not bad for such a young bunch.

Behind a cool-under-fire sophomore quarterback and a host of underclassmen on offense, Vista del Lago kicked off the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with a resounding 44-0 triumph of Lincoln on Thursday night in a Division III opener.

Seeded second in the D-III field opposite of field favorite Oakdale, the Eagles of Folsom won their 10 consecutive game with offensive balance, an unyielding defense and a big special teams play, doing so in conditions that suddenly felt like winter. It was 84 degrees in practice on Monday and still warm on Wednesday. It was coldest prep night of the year here as fans huddled in blankets and didn't seem to mind shelling out $2 for a cup of hot cocoa to restore blood flow in their bodies.

November 8, 2012
Sheldon's Merker threw for 507 yards in loss to Ponderosa

It was a tough season for Sheldon's football team.

Under interim coach Herbie Berry, the Huskies lost their last five games, all in the Delta River League, to finish 3-7 overall.

But behind quarterback Nolan Merker and wide receivers Taron Johnson and DeVionn Holmes, Sheldon didn't go down without a fight in its season finale against visiting Ponderosa last Friday.

Before falling 49-46, Merker completed 32 of 59 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for a score; Johnson had six catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns and Holmes had six catches for 133 yards.

Merker and Johnson are juniors; Holmes a senior.

Former Folsom quarterback Tanner Trosin, now at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, holds the section and Northern California records.

He passed for 601 yards in a 49-46 win over Deer Valley of Antioch last season.

November 8, 2012
Former Ponderosa teammates to be on opposing sides

Two former Ponderosa post players, Steve Lackey and Brad Waldow, could be matched up against one another on Saturday night when St. Mary's College plays host to Sonoma State in a men's basketball season opener.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Lackey is a senior forward-center who sat out last season while recovering from a knee injury. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds as a sophomore.

The 6-9, 260-pound Waldow, a sophomore center, made the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team last season. He started 24 games and averaged 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Lackey (Class of 2009) and Waldow (Class of 2010) were members of then coach Dave Millhollin's back-to-back Sierra Valley Conference championship teams in 2008 and 2009.

Lackey set a school record for field goal percentage of 67 percent his senior year, which Waldow broke the next season (72 percent).

St. Mary's went 27-6 last season. Division II Sonoma State was 17-11.

Former Christian Brothers standout Sterling Arterberry (9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds) also plays for Sonoma State.

November 7, 2012
Encina's boys soccer section title bid is halted by Gustine; Jesuit, Granite Bay to meet Saturday for D-I title in Elk Grove

Encina's bid to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive area Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer championship came to an end today in Merced County.

Second-seeded Gustine defeated the visiting and third-seeded Bulldogs 3-1 in the Division VI semifinals.

"Gustine played a very aggressive, physical game, and controlled the tempo," said Encina coach Glenda Claremon. "We had our chances, but we were not able to play our game. ..It has been a great run, but a fourth championship just wasn't there."

Defending D-I champion Davis also saw its season halted in the semifinals.

The Blue Devils lost 3-1 at Granite Bay as Dominic Scotti had two goals and Felipe Zegarra one for the Grizzlies.

November 6, 2012
More Week 10 stars: Allen rushes for 302 yards in Rosemont win

Here are 25 more notable standout performers from Week 10 football:

• DeShawn Allen, Rosemont: Rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns on eight carries in the Wolverines' 51-20 win over Hiram Johnson.

• Wes Archbold, Foresthill: Rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns, had a touchdown catch and recovered a fumble in the Wildfires' 47-0 win over Cristo Rey.

• D'Juan Bellaire, Center: Rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the No. 15 Cougars' 15-14 loss to No. 6 Placer.

November 6, 2012
American River College and rival Sierra ranked in NorCal and state football polls and play Saturday

American River College is ranked third in this week's California Community College Football Coaches Association Northern California poll compiled by Fred Baer with Sierra College No. 9.

And how fitting.

ARC (7-2) plays host to the rival Wolverines (5-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Valley Conference championship on the line.

ARC last won a Valley title in 1967 when it went 10-0, but that factoid is also a bit misleading. It's not as if the Beavers stopped winning in subsequent decades. ARC played in different conferences. It went 10-1 in 2006 and11-0 last season in winning Mid-Empire League crowns.

But make no mistake. The Valley is nation's bruiser JC conferences, an A-level league that rewards winners with top-tier JC bowl games. ARC is ranked sixth in the state behind defending state champion City College of San Francisco, Mt. Sac, Ventura (led by former Sacramento State coach Steve Mooshagian), Riverside and Butte. San Francisco and Butte play on Saturday in a NorCal Conference title bout.

"Oh, it's been a blast playing in this conference," ARC coach Jerry Haflich said. "Everyone kept telling me the NorCal and Valley conferences were the best, and every single week, players are playing their fannies off. It's a great level of football, state-level football. Talk about a blast - a ton of peed, great athletes, great games, great finishes."

ARC had another great finish on Saturday, rallying to beat Sequoias 31-27 with a late 96-yard drive that was capped by the winning 15-yard touchdown run by Drake Tofi. It was the third consecutive week that ARC rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit.

ARC is tied for the Valley lead with Fresno City and Sierra, which beat Delta in double overtime on Saturday. The winner of the ARC-Sierra game could face the NorCal Conference winner. If it's San Francisco, that will provide a chance of payback for ARC, provided the Beavers take care of business on Saturday first. San Francisco, the longtime national power, beat ARC 52-33 on Sept. 29 to snap the Beavers' 22-game winning streak. The team that previously beat ARC was Sierra.

Mike Hicks played well for ARC against Sequoias, passing for 305 yards and two touchdowns, including a strike to Diondre Batson. Devontae Booker has rushed for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns for ARC. But Booker has been slowed a bit of late. In his first four games, the sophomore rushed for 800 yards and nine scores. Since the San Francisco loss and through four conference games, he has averaged 73 yards a game with one 100-yard effort. Then again, ARC has also implemented Baton, the Olympic Trials sprinter, into the mix for more balance.

Sierra and coach Jeff Tisdel have won three consecutive games, last losing to Fresno on Oct. 13. Myles McKee has passed for 1,936 tards and 26 touchdowns for Sierra. He has hit Vince Mayle for a state-leading 15 touchdowns. Sierra is led on defense by 6-3, 230-pound linebacker recruit Devante Bond, one of the state's top sack leaders with 14 with scholarship offers from Kentucky, Washington State, Fresno State and Oregon State.

"The kid just creates havoc," Tisdel said.

Sacramento City College is ranked No. 14 in NorCal, thanks in large part to the efforts of tailback Logan Lanier, who is eighth in the state in rushing with 1,247 yards and and six touchdowns.

NorCal Top 20
1. San Francisco 9-0
2. Butte 8-1
3. American River 7-2
4. Fresno 7-2
5. De Anza 7-2
6. Siskiyous 9-1
7. San Joaquin Delta 6-3
8. San Mateo 5-4
9. Sierra 5-4
10. Diablo Valley 5-4
11. Chabot 5-4
12. Modesto 4-5
13. Contra Costa 5-3
14. Sacramento 5-4
15. Sequoias 4-5
16. Laney 4-5
17 Hartnell 6-3
18. Santa Rosa 3-6
19. Los Medanos 6-3
20. Foothill 3-6
Others: Cabrillo (4-5), Reedley (3-6), Feather River (3-6), Mendocino (4-
5), Yuba (4-5).

State Top 25
1. San Francisco 9-0
2. Mt. San Antonio 9-0
3. Ventura 10-0
4. Riverside 8-1
5. Butte 8-1
6. American River 7-2
7. Bakersfield 7-2
8. Fresno 7-2
9. De Anza 7-2
10. Citrus 7-2
11. Santa Ana 7-2
12. Siskiyous 9-1
13. Delta 6-3
14. Southwestern 8-1
15. San Mateo 5-4
16. Saddleback 5-4
17. Mt. San Jacinto 8-1
18. Hancock 5-4
19. LA Harbor 5-4
20. Fullerton 5-4
21. Sierra 5-4
22. Santa Monica 8-1
23. Grossmont 5-4
24. Diablo Valley 5-4
25. LA Pierce 7-2.
Others: Chabot (5-4), Modesto (4-5), Canyons (4-5), Antelope Valley (7-2), Contra Costa (6-3), Cerritos (4-5), Sacramento City (5-4), Hartnell
(6-3), Sequoias (4-5).

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November 5, 2012
The Bee's final regular-season prep football rankings, playoff projections

The real season kicks off mere days from now - the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs.

Until then, here is a peek at our final regular-season Top 20 rankings. Also included is this week's playoff schedule by division with comments and projections

The Bee's Top 20
1. Franklin 10-0
Top seeds in D-I playoffs in midst of dream season with balance, skill and desire.
2. Folsom 10-0
Top seeds in D-II, the young Bulldogs compete with bite and snarl; 4 punts all year.
3. Elk Grove 9-1
Eager to win D-II title after falling to Folsom in 2011 semis; great run game, O-line.
4. Burbank 10-0
Titans crave a D-I title but open tough with rising-fast Grant in great Saturday matchup.
5. Granite Bay 7-3
Grizzlies aim to defend D-I section title; won Sierra Foothill League with 5-0 showing.

November 4, 2012
Breaking down the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff fields

Is it kickoff yet?

The Sac-Joaquin Section playoff scramble starts Thursday night with Vista del Lago playing host to Lincoln in a Division III opener. Folsom will use the home field on Friday in its D-II opener against Atwater, prompting Vista to either go with a Thursday or Saturday kickoff.

The intrigue game on Saturday at 1 p.m. is Grant at Burbank in a D-I opener between rivals. Burbank beat Grant earlier this season 36-27.

All other games kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday, unless noted

November 3, 2012
Week 10 stars: Bist, Bonniksen lead respective teams to wins

Here are 10 more notable performances from Week 10 football:

• Jake Bist, Ponderosa, Completed 10 of 17 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins' 49-46 win over Sheldon.

• Nick Bonniksen, El Dorado: Completed 18 of 31 passes for 189 yards and five touchdowns in the Cougars' 65-20 win over Galt.

November 3, 2012
Johnson's 6 TD passes help Sac to beat McClatchy in Bell Game

Josiah Johnson completed 22 of 35 passes for 388 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to lead Sacramento High to a 58-21 win over McClatchy in the annual Bell Game today in Oak Park.

It was the 78th game between the two longtime city rivals, a series that McClatchy still leads 42-33-3.

Johnson, in only his second season as a quarterback, came into the game as the Sac-Joaquin Section leader in total offense with 3,448 yards.

November 3, 2012
Franklin, Burbank, Yuba City draw formidable first round foes

Franklin, Burbank and Yuba City, enjoying special seasons and earning high seeds for the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs, will face dangerous first-round opponents on Friday.

Franklin (10-0), the No. 1 seed in Division I, will play host to No. 16 Nevada Union (5-5) and No. 2 Burbank (10-0) will play No. 15 Grant (5-5), a rematch of their nonleague meeting earlier this season won by the Titans 36-27.

Yuba City (9-1) earned the No. 2 seed behind Folsom (10-0) in Division II but the Honkers will face No. 15 Del Oro (5-5), the two-time defending D-III section champions and a team some view as capable of winning the division.

November 2, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 10 live chat, 6:30 p.m.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for our weekly live chat focusing on high school football in the Sac-Joaquin Section and beyond. share your comments, opinions, scores, updates and highlights, as well as your photos and videos.

November 2, 2012
High school football: Week 10 schedule and results

Here's the Week 10 schedule and results for high school football games involving Sac-Joaquin section teams in The Bee's general coverage area. The schedule will be updated with results as they are received.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Ranked teams

• No. 1 Franklin 28, Monterey Trail 6

• No. 2 Folsom 30, No. 9 Pleasant Grove 14

• No. 3 Elk Grove 17, Davis 10

• No. 4 Burbank 68, Kennedy 0

• No. 5 Granite Bay 38, No. 15 Nevada Union 7

• No. 6 Placer 15, No. 14 Center 14

• No. 7 Oak Ridge 28, Jesuit 14

• No. 8 Del Campo 34, No. 19 Rio Linda 28

• No. 13 Del Oro 38, No. 10 Rocklin 35

• No. 11 Yuba City 29, River Valley 3

• No. 20 Antelope 35, No. 12 Whitney 27

• No. 16 Vista del Lago 42, Union Mine 21

• No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks 31, River City 9

• No. 18 Inderkum 56, Natomas 0

Other games

• Bear River 42, Foothill 13

• Bradshaw Christian 50, Encina 6

• Capital Christian 62, Lindhurst 0

• Christian Brothers 40, Bella Vista 14

• Dixon 39, Mesa Verde 7

• El Dorado 65, Galt 20

• Florin 32, Valley 12

• Foresthill 47, Cristo Rey 0

• Golden Sierra 37, San Juan 0

• Grant 55, Laguna Creek 6

• Lincoln 28, Colfax 20

• Marysville 41, West Campus 26

• Mira Loma 35, Cordova 6

• Oakmont 40, Casa Roble 35

• Ponderosa 49, Sheldon 46

• Rio Vista 54, Vacaville Christian 6

• Roseville 49, Woodcreek 42

• Woodland 15, Pioneer 14

• Woodland Christian 62, Valley Christian 26

SATURDAY

• El Camino 21, Rio Americano 0

• Sacramento 58, McClatchy 21

• Rosemont 32, Johnson 0

November 1, 2012
Encina, Jesuit and Vista del Lago advance in boys soccer

Pavel Condruic scored two goals and Brando Alvarez and Mark Lemus one apiece to lead Encina past visiting Millennium of Tracy 4-0 in today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI boys soccer quarterfinals.

The win advances No. 3 Encina to Wednesday semifinals at No. 2 Gustine, a 2-0 winner over Summerville.

Encina is trying to become the area's first boys soccer team to win four consecutive section championships.

November 1, 2012
St. Francis and El Camino earn top girls volleyball seedings

Bee No. 1 St. Francis is the top seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls volleyball playoffs as announced by the section office this afternoon.

The Troubadours will play the winner of Friday's Franklin of Elk Grove at Tokay match on Tuesday at St. Francis.

Bee No. 2 Granite Bay is seeded No. 3 in D-I. The Grizzlies will play the winner of Friday's West at Enochs match on Tuesday at Granite Bay.

Bee No. 3 El Camino is the top seed in Division II and will not play until Thursday.

For the complete brackets go here

November 1, 2012
Rocklin-Del Oro to be part of Great American Rivalry series

Friday's Rocklin at Del Oro football game will be part of the 2012 Great American Rivalry Series.

As part of the series that celebrates the pageantry of Friday night football, a preview of the game is posted on its web-site. After the game, fans can look through photo galleries and read a recap of the game.

The winning team will receive a commemorative trophy and a game MVP will be announced. A top student athlete at each school will receive a scholarship award and an alum member from each school will be honored at halftime.

For more, go here



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