December 31, 2012
Granite Bay's Ernie Cooper named state's top football coach

Cal-Hi Sports has selected Granite Bay's Ernie Cooper as its 2012 California State Football Coach of the Year.

Cooper is a back-to-back Bee Coach of the Year recipient who led the Grizzlies to two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles as well as CIF Northern California Regional and State Bowl championships this season.

He is just the third football coach from the Sacramento area to be placed on the all-time state list of honorees that dates back to 1896. Cooper joins Cordova's Ron Lancaster in 1978 and Grant's Mike Alberghini in 2008.

Cooper was named Cal-Hi's Medium Schools State Coach of the Year in 1999.

To view Cal-Hi founder and editor Mark Tennis' entire story on Cooper, plus its all-time state coaching list, go HERE

December 22, 2012
Bellaire, Victoria pace South to win over North in first All-City Small-School Football Classic

It was wet and windy, but as game-event creator and coordinator Mike Finnerty told a frozen crowd before kickoff, "Hey, it's football weather!"

And it was some game.

D'Juan Bellaire of Center High School rushed for 68 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 13 and four yards, and linebacker Joe Victoria of Galt had a superb defensive game to key a 16-12 South victory over the North in the first All-City Small-School Football Classic on Saturday night at Del Oro in Loomis.

Bellaire set Center school rushing records in powering the Cougars to their finest season, a deep run into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and he looked the part of All-Star on his driving, twisting and turning 13-yard score.

Victoria earned South MVP honors for his defensive stops in a scoreless fourth quarter. The powerfully built 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was a bright spot for an otherwise dreary Galt season in which low numbers forced the forfeiture of a game. South coaches knew they had a player this week in practice when Victoria took a blocking sled and upended it - by himself.

Bear River quarterback Dillon Smith was the North MVP, passing for 82 yards and hitting Deion Blakely of Lindhurst for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Michael Robinson of Placer rushed for 32 yards and had a two-yard score for the North. Korey Hall of Dixon ran for 70 yards for the South. Quinton Kirk ran for two two-point conversions for the South after a stellar fall season for the Cougars.

Finnerty, the veteran SureWest Sports cable and radio host, came up with the game concept to highlight small-school talent. The game will continue to follow the 56th Optimist All-Star Football Classic that is heavy on large-school players.

This showcase featured athletes from Divisions IV, V and VI, from tiny Foresthill, Bradshaw Christian, Valley Christian, Woodland Christian and Capital Christian to D-IV powers Bear River, Dixon and Colfax.

All-City Classic
North 0 6 6 0 - 12
South 0 8 8 0 - 16
N-Michael Robinson 2 run (kick blocked)
S-D'Juan Bellaire 13 run (Quinton Kirk run)
N-Deion Blakely 30 pass from Dillon Smith (run failed)
S-D'Juan Bellaire 4 run (Kirk run)

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December 22, 2012
North beats South in offensive showcase in return of Optimist All-Star Football Classic

By Joe Davidson

In the storied history of the Optimist All-Star Football Classic, this was the first one that included frigid fans huddled in blankets and nursing any hot liquid they could get their lips on.


The 56th annual event for senior high school stars from the Sacramento region unfolded Saturday afternoon at Del Oro in Loomis under threatening skies and a sea of at-the-ready umbrellas.

The action on the field sizzled, however, with the North prevailing 61-34 over the South in a shootout that didn't feel like a rout in an encouraging return of the showcase charity event that had lost steam and star power in recent years.

December 19, 2012
Granite Bay High to celebrate its state champions on Friday

Granite Bay High School's state championship football team will be honored during a ceremony in the school's stadium 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Grizzlies beat Long Beach Poly 21-20 in the CIF D-I State Bowl title game on Friday in Carson. The players and coaches will be honored along with the boys state champion golf team and girls state cross country champion Maggie Bell, a freshman.

Football coach Ernie Cooper will speak and the school's marching band and dance and cheer team will perform, rain or shine, at the free event open to the public.

December 19, 2012
56th Optimist All-Star Football Classic is Saturday at Del Oro; news, notes, rosters

There isn't a better way to formally close the season to a fine high school football season than this:

The 56th Optimist All-Star Football Classic is set for Saturday at Del Oro High School at noon. Tickets are $10 with kids under 8 free. Tickets are only sold at the event.

Some players originally picked pulled out this week do to other conflicts or football fatigue, including lineman Parker Doyle of Granite Bay, receiver Ian Davis of Nevada Union, linebacker Tanner Vallejo of Nevada Union and lineman Garrett Strohmaier of Jesuit.

For the South, the Folsom crew of linemen Dalton Bledsoe, Quincy Capel and Josh Wormley and receiver/defensive back Phillip Carter pulled out, as did Sacramento quarterback Josiah Johnson.

Still, tons of terrific talent.

Look at the quarterbacks. The North is led by Sierra Foothill League rivals and now sudden teammates. Kyle Cota of Nevada Union set Miners passing marks, and Zach LaBar of Del Oro, whose tremendous courage to gut out a playoff game against Elk Grove with a badly strained knee spoke of his grit and leadership.

The South will be quarterbacked by Oak Ridge ace Jason Samuels, whose accuracy is matched by his perfect grades, and Trent Spallas of Franklin, also an honors student and fine leader.

The South team includes defensive end ace Zach Claiborne of Oak Ridge, who led the state with 25.5 sacks and hopes to run into Cota and LaBar a time or two. Then again, the North has Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who led the region in recruiting mail, to say the least, not to mention Placer defensive end Stone Sander.

How about running the ball? The North will go with Del Oro superback Brandon Monroe, who dazzled and dominated down the stretch of the season. And there's Granite Bay durable back John Cooley and a power burst in Marquise Carter-Petit of Grant.

The South has a bevy of backs in 2,000-yard rushers in Isaiah Williams of Burbank and Robert Frazier of Elk Grove and backs who can run with fury and a but of burst in Isaiah Saunders of Pleasant Grove and Kyran Harris and Steven Rogers of Franklin.

Even the defensive backs are of star quality. The North included Grant safety/receiver Trayvon Henderson and Placer's Pineiro, who led the Sac-Joaquin Section with nine interceptions, and Tyler Winston of Antelope. Winston is also a superb receiver, as is Henderson.

For the South, Marcus Green of Franklin and Keith Marcus of Burbank head the secondary. Jalen Walker can play in the secondary or at receiver.

And there's personality everywhere. The North includes Vanderdoes, who created a hamburger in Auburn called "The Big Eddie" - four quarter-pound patties, four slices of cheese, a fistful of veggies and a requirement to take a 4-hour power nap.

Also for the North, lineman Daren Echeveria of Antelope is as comical as he is talented, known to gulp down a bucket of wings or nuggets before tearing into a bag of chips as a chaser.

The South linemen with personality include Kyle Saxelid of Cosumnes Oaks, who can't talk enough about mechanical engineering at UNLV, his scholarship destination, though others wonder about the casinos. And CBS lineman Vince Johnson is headed to Iowa State on scholarship, reminding that his father, Vincent, played tennis and he plays in the trenches.

The North has the best live arm in the region, too, in Woodcreek defensive back Stephen Nogosek. He's playing his final football game before embarking on a scholarship tour at Oregon to pitch.

And there's a Bear on the loose for the South as in Chris "Bear" Grunsky, a defensive end.

Here's a link to a SacBee column this week on the return of the Optimist All-Star Classic and some of the names of note involved...

NORTH ROSTERDedric Allen, DL, Inderkum
Tyler Arneson, DL, Granite Bay
Kevin Blueford, LB, Inderkum
Josh Cardoza, LB, Woodland
Marquise Carter-Petit, RB, Grant
Rae Cherry, DL, Antelope
John Cooley, RB, Granite Bay
Max Corry, DL, Casa Roble
Kyle Cota, QB, Nevada Union
Darren Echeveria, OL, Antelope
Andrew Endicott, K/P, Jesuit
Kyle Evanski, OL, Del Campo
Aaron Froidevaux, DL, Whitney
Dominic Giampaoli, WR, Rocklin
Mitchell Gums, OL, Rio Linda
Leonard Hazewood, OL, Antelope
Trayvon Henderson, WR/S, Grant
Hank Humphers, LB, Nevada Union
Justin Hyde, DB, Oakmont
Grant Jansen, FB, Roseville
Zach LaBar, QB, Del Oro
Austin Marks, TE, Nevada Union
Brandon Monroe, RB, Del Oro
Stephen Nogosek, DB, Woodcreek
Michael Okorioke, Antelope, DL
Isaiah Pineiro, DB, Placer
Jordan Powell, DB, Whitney
Ricky Reynolds, OL, Grant
A.J. Samatatau, OL, Del Campo
Stone Sander, DE, Placer
Misi Taifane, OL, Grant
Eric Thomas, DB, El Camino
Abnor Toma, LB, Grant
JJ Tufu, DL, Del Campo
Sam Tupou, DL, Grant
Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, Placer
Jordan Vinson, LB, Rio Americano
Torre Watson, DB, Mira Loma
Tyler Wharton, LB, Del Oro
Tyler Winston, WR/DB, Antelope
Sam Woods, OL, Rocklin
Coaches: Casey Taylor, Mike Alberghini, Reggie Harris, Rob Alberghini, Carl Reed, Toshan Starks, Ronald Richardson.

SOUTH ROSTERConnor Adams, DL/OL, Pleasant Grove
Kareem Ballal, OL, Oak Ridge
DeVonte Castex, LB, Laguna Creek
Curtis Catron, DL, Ponderosa
Joseph Chapman, OL, Oak Ridge
Jason Champman, OL, Oak Ridge
James Cisneros, DL, Pleasant Grove
Zach Claiborne, DL, Oak Ridge
Jaime Cruz, OL, Elk Grove
Edwin Fautua, DL, Burbank
Robert Frazier, RB, Elk Grove
Marcus Green, DB, Franklin
Chris Grunsky, DL, Vista del Lago
Tyree Hanson, LB, Pleasant Grove
Trevor Haro, LB, Elk Grove
Kyran Harris, RB, Franklin
Ahmari Hayes, DB, Davis
Jakeen Hingano, OL, Burbank
Vincent Johnson, OL, Christian Brothers
Cartez Kirby, DL, Sheldon
Patrick Knowles, OL, Rosemont
Louis Macklin, WR, Sacramento
Keith Marcus, DB, Burbank
Ben McFadden, LB, Christian Brothers
Noel Pinnock, OL, Burbank
Sterling Powell, LB, Monterey Trail
Steven Rogers, RB, Frankin
Aaron Ross, DB, Cosumnes Oaks
Jason Samuels, QB, Oak Ridge
Damion Sanders, WR, Franklin
Isaiah Saunders, RB, Pleasant Grove
Kyle Saxelid, OL, Cosumnes Oaks
Riley Simmons, LB, Franklin
Justin Singh, K, Elk Grove
Byron Spain, WR, Oak Ridge
Trent Spallas, QB, Franklin
Viliami Umufuke, DL, Monterey Trail
Jalen Walker, WR/DB, Christian Brothers
Ben Walls, DB, Florin
Berrick Washington, DB, Burbank
Isaiah Williams, RB, Burbank
Deshun Williams, WR, Laguna Creek
Coaches: Joe Cattolico, Mike Johnson, John Hefferman, Jim Rubiales, Jim Hall, Randy Rubiales, David Danielson, Jason Vanderpol, James Pale, Ervin Kendall, Mason Mitchell, Chris Nesbit, Francisco Ragsdale

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December 18, 2012
Sac High, Pleasant Grove win St. Hope tourney openers

Freshman Devin Young had 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks and seniors James Hadnot and Aaron Cameron combined for 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Sacramento to a 68-45 win over Ponderosa in tonight's opening round of the 16-team, five-day St. Hope Elite Classic boys basketball tournament at Sacramento High School.

The win moves Sacramento into Thursday's 8:30 p.m. winner's bracket game against No. 2 Pleasant Grove, which beat Foothill of Sacramento 68-57.

In other first-round games:

• Colin Uda's long three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out as Chico held off Kennedy 61-59. Matt Nakatomi had 16 points, To'A Kolokihakaufisi 13 points and Cole Taira and Uda 10 each for the No. 19 Cougars.

• Despite 17 points by De'Sean Parsons, No,. 7 Grant fell 61-47 to Eisenhower of Rialto.

Here is the schedule for today's first-round games, which includes The Los Angeles Times' Top 25 teams, No. 9 West Ranch of Santa Clarita, No. 10 Chaminade of West Hills and No. 11 Inglewood:

4 p.m.: Inglewood vs. Fremont-Oakland
5:30 p.m.: West Ranch vs. Cleveland-Reseda
Dorsey-Los Angeles vs. Oakland
8:30 p.m.: Chaminade vs. Foothill-Palo Cedro

Tickets: Adults, $8; students with ID and seniors, $5; children 6-10, $2.

December 15, 2012
Girls top 20: No. 2 Oak Ridge defeats No. 4 CBS in tourney final

Jenn Hoffman and Hayley Anderson each scored 15 points to lead No. 2 Oak Ridge to a 58-47 win over No. 4 Christian Brothers in the championship game of the Trojan Toss-Up girls basketball tournament tonight in El Dorado Hills.

Kira McKechnie had 14 points and Alicia Gonzalez 13 for Christian Brothers.

In the third-place game, Lynette Johnson had 20 points and Jessica Lauderdale 17 as No. 3 Kennedy topped River City 60-41.

In other results reported to us involving The Bee's top 20 girls teams:

December 15, 2012
Boys Top 20: Bealer's 22 leads No. 6 Titans past No. 9 Del Oro

Gabe Bealer scored 22 points and Isaiah Ellis had five points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in leading No. 6 Antelope to a 60-44 win over No. 9 Del Oro in tonight's championship game of the Titan Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament at Antelope High School.

Isiah Quintero added 10 points, Rashard Thornhill nine points and sophomore Mister Harriel seven points for Antelope, which won its own tournament for the third straight year.

Ellis was named tourney MVP and Bealer and Harriel made all-tournament. Trevor Pistochini and Finney Keenan, who each had a team-high 10 points, made all-tournament for Del Oro.

In the third-place game, freshman Cole Taira had a game-high 19 points, including the game winner at the buzzer in overtime, to lead Kennedy past No. 5 Burbank 61-59.

Cole Uda and Matt Nakatomi each had 13 points and all-tourney selection To'A Kolokihakaufisi added 11 for the Cougars.

In other results reported to us involving Top 20 boys teams:

December 14, 2012
Girls Top 20: No. 2 Oak Ridge to play No. 4 CBS in tourney final

No. 2 Oak Ridge will play No. 4 Christian Brothers for the Trojan Toss-Up girls basketball tournament championship 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge High School.

Behind Hayley Anderson's 16 points, Oak Ridge defeated River City 54-43, and Ann Burch's 26 points lifted Christian Brothers over No. 3 Kennedy 55-50 in tonight's semifinals.

In other results reported to us involving The Bee's top 20 teams:

December 14, 2012
Boys Top 20: No. 6 Antelope to play No. 9 Del Oro in Titan final

(Editor's note: Because of an inaccurate scoring summary called into The Bee in the Granite Bay vs. Capital Christian game, the wrong winning team and score was reported in an earlier post)

No. 6 Antelope and No. 9 Del Oro, two teams that like to play around the basket, will meet in Saturday's 6 p.m. Titan Classic boys basketball championship at Antelope High School.

With 6-foot-5 Gabe Bealer and 6-6 Isaiah Ellis combining for 30 points and Antelope making 22 of 31 shots from the foul line, the Titans defeated No. 5 Burbank 58-46. Del Oro, leading 45-41 after three quarters, busted open their game with Kennedy in the final period for a 64-50 win. Keenan Finney had 18 points and Michael Moore 13 for Del Oro.

In other Titan Classic finals on Saturday, River City will play Edison of Stockton for seventh place at 1:30 p.m.; No. 20 Woodcreek faces Placer at 3 p.m. for fifth place; and Metro Conference rivals Kennedy and Burbank will play for third place at 4:30 p.m.

In other results reported to us involving Bee Top 20 boys teams:

December 14, 2012
Modesto Christian to play St. Joe's in Father Barry tourney

Modesto Christian will play St. Joseph's Notre Dame of Alameda at 6 p.m. and Campolindo of Moraga will face Damien of LaVerne at 7:30 p.m. in today's winner's bracket games of the Father Barry Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament at Jesuit High School.

Host Jesuit, which is playing without two injured starters in Lake Lutes and Nick Hilton, will face St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo in a 4:30 p.m. loser's bracket game.

Jesuit lost 52-48 to Damien in Thursday's opener while Campolindo defeated St. Patrick-St. Vincent 71-69 in double overtime. Modesto Christian beat St. Mary's of Stockton 77-43 and St. Joseph's Notre Dame, last year's CIF State Division V runners-up, beat Bellarmine of Tacoma, Wash., 47-29.

December 13, 2012
Girls top 20: No. 2, 3 and 4 teams win at Oak Ridge tourney

No. 2 Oak Ridge, No. 3 Kennedy and No. 4 Christian Brothers all won in tonight's opening round of the Trojan Toss-Up girls basketball tournament at Oak Ridge High School.

Shelby Peters' 14 points helped lead Oak Ridge to a 57-33 win over Will C. Wood; Jessica Lauderdale had 19 points and Lynette Johnson 18 in Kennedy's 69-33 triumph over Vista del Lago; and Alicia Gonzalez had 19 points and Ann Burch 13 in Christian Brothers' 64-54 win over Clovis.

In Friday's match-ups, Vista del Lago plays Clovis at 3:30 p.m.; Inderkum faces Will C. Wood at 5 p.m.; Oak Ridge plays River City at 6:30 p.m.; and Kennedy faces Christian Brothers at 8 p.m.

In other results reported to us involving Bee top 20 teams:

December 13, 2012
Boys Top 20 roundup: Three ranked teams win in Titan Classic

No. 5 Burbank, No. 6 Antelope and No. 9 Del Oro all won in tonight's Titan Classic boys basketball tournament at Antelope High School.

Burbank's big three of Jalen Coates, Clifford Lyles and David Straughter combined for 52 points as the Titans defeated No. 20 Woodcreek 65-62. Tyler Milani had 20 points and Noah Blackwell 18 for Woodcreek.

Trevor Pistochini's 22 points helped Del Oro to coast to a 62-36 win over Edison of Stockton while Gabe Bealer had 24 points, Isiah Quintero 15, Isaiah Ellis 12 and Tyler Winston 11 in Antelope's 71-57 win over River City.

In other results reported to us involving Bee Top 20 boys teams:

December 12, 2012
Former Granite Bay star Ryan Hollingshead invited to MLS combine

Pac-12 Player of the Year Ryan Hollingshead, a senior at UCLA from Granite Bay, has been invited to participate in the 2013 Major League Soccer Combine Jan. 11-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a prelude to MLS's SuperDraft on Jan. 17.

Hollingshead, a midfielder/forward and three-time all-Pac-12 selection, played in 81 matches during his UCLA career, scoring 16 goals and adding 21 assists.

In addition, the former Granite Bay High School star earned NSCAA All-America honors in this year and was named to the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team after leading the Bruins to the College Cup semifinals last season.

This year he started all 19 of UCLA's matches, captained the team to a 13-3-3 record and led the team with 22 points (seven goals; eight assists).

He will join UCLA teammate Fernando Monge as one of 54 NCAA Division I college seniors at the MLS Combine, which will be held at Fort Lauderdale's Central Broward Regional Park.

December 12, 2012
Twelve area seniors make NorCalPreps' baseball top 50

Twelve area players have been named to's Northern California Class of 2013 Baseball Top 50.

Leading the way are Elk Grove's Ryan Tellez at No. 2 and Dom Nunez at No. 8. Tracy pitcher Jonah Wesely, a UCLA recruit, is No. 1.

Here is the list of locals, including their schools, positions and colleges:

No. 2: Ryan Tellez, Elk Grove, 1B, USC
No. 8: Dom Nunez, Elk Grove, INF-C, UCLA
No. 18: Aaron Knapp, Granite Bay, CF, Cal
No. 19: Marcus Vidales, Pioneer, CF, CSU Fullerton
No. 29: Stephen Nogosek, Woodcreek, P, Oregon
No. 30: Chandler Eden, Yuba City, P, Oregon State
No. 33: Josh Adams, Pleasant Grove, OF, UC Santa Barbara
No. 34: Tyler Blake, Franklin, 1B, Sacramento State
No. 35: Zack Aukes, Pioneer, P, Oregon
No. 36: Robert Daugherty, Pioneer, P, Washington
No. 40: Andrew Gregory, Jesuit, OF, Sacramento State
No. 45: Thomas Galart, Pioneer, P, Nevada

For the complete list, go HERE

December 11, 2012
Ponderosa athletes to participate in college signing ceremony

Ponderosa will hold a NCAA signing ceremony 2 p.m. today in the school library.
Among those scheduled to participate, as announced by Bruins athletic director Tyson Escobar:

• Corey Pereira, boys golf, Washington
• Giana Bilotta, softball, St. Mary's College
• Makenzie Shivers- girls golf, Park University
• Alex Rader, girls volleyball, Montana State
• Corinne Tank, girls soccer, Corban University
• Paris Hallums, softball, Simpson University
• Taylor Eilders, softball, Corban University
• Sheridan Fox, girls soccer, Utah Valley State
• Matt Poulin, baseball, Sonoma State.

December 10, 2012
Folsom, Granite Bay head Bee's final Top 25 football rankings; also comments, a look ahead

Here's our final Sacramento Bee football rankings. We go with a Top 20 in the print edition of The Bee but go with a Top 25 here because it's football, it's fun and there's endless space to do so.

Folsom finishes No. 1 because it roared to a 14-0 start, beat a superb Elk Grove team for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship and was the overwhelming pick to represent the region in the first Northern California Regional Open game. That means De La Salle and Folsom were considered the two best teams in Northern California, and media polls everywhere showed that, too.

And this: there isn't a single NorCal team that has beaten De La Salle since 1991. That's a remarkable run of 238 games without a defeat against the North. I fielded quite a bit of Twitter, Facebook, texts and e-mails notes over the weekend that Granite Bay would beat De La Salle. False start, friends.

Hey, we all know Granite Bay is loaded, on a roll, superbly coached, anchored by a great offensive line, has a 4-headed backfield machine in Grant Caraway, Taft Partridge, Tony Ellison and John Cooley. But again, De La Salle hasn't lost to a NorCal team since before the Internet, before the bubble screen and when the first Bush was in office, saying, "Read my lips. No more taxes."

And no more De La Salle losses to NorCal competition, apparently.

In polling 15 media and coaches on Saturday night, it was overwhelmingly unanimous that De La Salle would've beaten Granite Bay this weekend. The key theme was that De La Salle is so dominant as a defensive team, particularly against the run.

How good is Granite Bay? Better than perhaps the rest of the Bay Area. At least at this point. Yes, the Grizzlies lost to Pittsburg in September on a 2-point conversion, and yes De La Salle shelled Pittsburg 35-13 in the playoffs, en route to its on-going record 21st consecutive North Coast Section championship. Again, it's De La Salle.

It's important to understand also that Granite Bay battered St. Ignatius-San Francisco 45-17 in the NorCal Division I game, and that's the same SI team that beat Bellarmine-San Jose 13-10 in overtime for the Central Coast Section Open title. And that's the same Bellarmine team that got hammered by De La Salle 41-7 in a season opener.

Bellarmine was NorCal ranked in the top 5 all season by MaxPreps. So was Serra-San Mateo, which beat Buhach Colony on a 2-point conversion run this season. Buhach lost to Folsom in the D-II section playoffs 49-22, and it wasn't even that close. It was 49-6 at one point before Folsom emptied the bench.

Just in comparing scores and by watching up close and in person, we can see that De La Salle stands alone. Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper never bets against his Grizzlies, but last week he said that De La Salle has no equal in the North, saying, "They're at a completely different level."

Bottom line: Folsom and Granite Bay are a fine 1-2 to cap the final Bee rankings, and likely No. 2 and 3 in the final MaxPreps NorCal rankings.

What's more, Granite Bay isn't finished. The Grizzlies have an excellent chance to win the region's third CIF State Bowl when it takes on Long Beach Poly on Friday in Carson, joining Grant in 2008 and Folsom in 2010.

And one final thought: Granite Bay and Folsom will meet in Week 1 next season in what very well could be a meeting of The Bee's top two ranked teams. Unless we can drum up a Sunday pick-up game rumble in the coming weeks, that game will have to do.

1. Folsom 14-1
Lost to De La Salle in NorCal Open; Jake Browning set state single-season passing mark; he and an army return.
2. Granite Bay 12-3
Grizzlies won first NorCal D-I Regional; have won 11 straight but badly crave 12 straight now.
3. Oak Ridge 12-2
Lost only to Folsom and Granite Bay; DE Zack Claiborne led the state with 25 sacks.
4. Franklin 12-1
Lost to Granite Bay in Section D-I semis; excelled work by coach Johnson & company.
5. Elk Grove 12-2
Lost to Franklin & Folsom; 1-2 RB combo of Robert Frazier and Wadus Parker fun to watch.
6. Burbank 12-1
Lost to Oak Ridge in D-I semis; lots of stars back for coach Heff and crew.
7. Del Oro 7-6
Recovered from 0-4 start; beat Yuba City, St. Mary's in playoffs.
8. Vista del Lago 12-2
Breakout year for coach Jones; QB Jimison returns.
9. Placer 11-1
Bid farewell to all-time program great Vanderdoes; fell to Escalon in D-IV playoffs.
10. Center 10-3
Amazing season for Cougars who fielded best team in school hstory.
11. Inderkum 10-3
Lost in final seconds to Vista in D-III; lot of key players will return for another run.
12. Del Campo 9-3
Two losses to Elk Grove; won the Capital Valley Conference; lot of guys return.
13. Antelope 10-2
Best team in brief school history with a host of talent coming back.
14. Whitney 8-3
Lost thriller to Del Campo in D-II; close losses to Rocklin and Antelope, too.
15. Pleasant Grove 7-5
Battled injuries but were typically tough; crushing loss in coach Cattolico stepping down.
16. Cosumnes Oaks 9-3
Close D-III loss to American Canyon; a wealth of talent returns.
17. Yuba City 9-2
Best team since 1987 Honkers outfit; lost to Placer and Del Oro.
18. Rocklin 5-6
QB Logan Webb leads an army of returners next season; lost to Antelope in D-II.
19. El Camino 8-3
Entire offensive line among key talents who return for bounce-back Eagles.
20. Grant 5-6
Emitional season amid personal loss; may return more talent than anyone.
21. Rio Linda 8-3
Lost D-II opener at Vacaville; lot of key players back for another run.
22. Capital Christian 10-2
Best start in school history ended with loss to 10-1 Los Banos.
23. Nevada Union 5-6
Battled Franklin for a half before falling 35-14 in D-I opener; top teams always return.
24. Foresthill 10-1
Play for D-VI title on Saturday after losing title last year.
25. Highlands 6-5
Lost to top-seeded D-V Waterford; other losses to larger schools.
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).

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December 10, 2012
De La Salle's Open Division win over Folsom, by the numbers

De La Salle of Concord defeated Folsom 49-15 in the CIF Northern California Regional Open Division football championship game Saturday at Sacramento State.

Here's a look at game's statistics, based on information provided by Sacramento State Media Director Brian Berger:

First downs - De La Salle 19; Folsom 22; Rushes,yards (net) - DLS 45-268; F 12-(minus)34; Passing yards (net) DLS 124; F 282; Total offensive plays,yards - DLS 56-392; F 76-248; Fumble Returns, yards - DLS 0-0; F 0-0; Kickoff returns, yards - DLS 2-25; F 6-76; Interception returns, yards - DLS 3-52; F 0-0; Punts - DLS 1-34; F 1-52; Fumbles lost - DLS 1-1; F 0-0; Penalties - DLS 11-98; F 1-5; Possession time - DLS 21:19; F 26:41; Third-down conversions - DLS 2-8; F 7-17; Fourth-down conversions - DLS 5-6; F 4-9; Red zone scores,chances - DLS 6-7; F 2-3.

Rushing - DLS: Tiapepe Vitale 25-117-3, Das Tautalatasi 12-94-1, John Velasco 2-40-2, Chris Williams 5-18-0; F: Bailey Laolagi 6-18-0; Jake Browning 6-(minus)52-0.
Passing - DLS: Williams 5-11-0-1; F: Browning 38-64-3-2.
Receiving - DLS: Austin Hooper 2-99-0, Andrew Buckley 2-16-1; Austin Lonestar 1-9. F: Rodney Ellison 12-126-0; Troy Knox 7-55-0; Phillip Carter 6-18-1; Bailey Laolagi 4-26-1.
Punting - DLS: Andrew Buckley 1-34; F: Harry Lipnosky 1-52.
Kick returns - DLS: Allan Marion 1-11-0, Michael Hutchings 1-14-0; F: Troy Knox 3-55-0, Calvin Garnder 2-35-0.
Tackles (unassisted/assisted) - DLS: Matt Baldacci 10-0, Michael Hutchings 7-0, Simba Short 4-1, Austin Hooper 4-0; F - Jake Morgado 7-3, Derek Stiles 3-5, Qunincy Capel 2-4, Eddie Flores 2-4.

De La Salle 13 15 7 14 - 49
Folsom 0 7 0 8 - 15
DLS - Vitale 3 run (Duncan kick)
DLS - Tautalatasi 9 run (kick failed)
DLS - Buckley 4 pass from Williams (Tautalatasi run)
F - Carter 2 pass from Browning (Trumm kick)
DLS - Vitale 1 run (Duncan kick)
DLS - Vitale 6 run (Duncan kick)
DLS - Velasco 25 run (Duncan kick)
DLS - Velasco 15 run (Marcotte kick)
F - Laolagi 4 pass from Browning (Knox pass from Browning)

December 9, 2012
Girls roundup: Oak Ridge coasts to title in its own tournament

Ali Bettencourt had 14 points and Hayley Anderson added 12 as Oak Ridge walloped Pleasant Grove 75-31 in the championship game of the Trojan Shootout Saturday in El Dorado Hills.

Nevada Union beat El Camino 64-43 for third place; Lincoln of Stockton topped West Campus 49-43 for fifth; and El Dorado beat Winters 41-23 for seventh.

In other girls highlights:

• Chaya Durr had 14 points and Allie Green and Aliceah Hernandez 11 each as Sacramento topped Brookside Christian of Stockton 58-41 in the St. Hope Classic title game at Sac High. Inderkum beat Sheldon 47-40 for third place; St. Francis topped Benicia 67-30 for fifth place; and Cosumnes Oaks edged Rosemont 42-41 for seventh.

December 8, 2012
Boys roundup: Stutevilles lead Casa Roble to Galt title

Eric and Mason Stuteville combined for 37 points to lead Casa Roble past Bear Creek of Stockton 51-50 in tonight's championship game of the Galt Warrior Classic boys basketball tournament.

Liberty Ranch defeated Rosemont 63-59 in overtime in the third place game.

In other boys highlights of note:

• Malik Thames had 25 points and Matthew Hayes added 13 points as Pleasant Grove defeated West of Tracy 77-55 to repeat as Mark Macres tournament champions at Monterey Trail. Granite Bay defeated Foothill 67-55 for third place; Campolindo of Moraga beat Monterey Trail 71-51 in the consolation final; and Christian Brothers topped Reno 55-44 for seventh place.

December 8, 2012
Mitty, Gordon hold off an injury-depleted Sheldon, 71-65

Behind star 6-foot-8 post Aaron Gordon's 24 points and jaw-dropping athletic play, Archbishop Mitty of San Jose held off a feisty and injury-depleted Sheldon 71-65 in a battle of two nationally ranked high school boys basketball teams tonight at Sheldon High School.

Mitty is the two-time defending CIF state D-II champion and ranked 12th nationally by USA Today and

Still, Sheldon (ranked No. 16 by Maxpreps) played the Monarchs tough despite missing four key players with injuries and another (Washington signee Darin Johnson) waiting to clear transfer eligibility.

Among the injured was returning Bee Player of the Year D'Erryl Williams, out with a bone bruise in his foot.

December 8, 2012
Folsom edges Woodcreek to take title of its own tournament

Edwin Olympio had 23 points and Folsom overcame illness to slip past Woodcreek 57-56 in today's Folsom-Vista del Lago Invitational boys basketball championship game at Folsom High.

Noah Blackwell led Woodcreek with 21 points.

Because Folsom's football team is still playing, the Bulldogs had only eight players available, and three were ill today.

Senior guard Zach Wolking was the MVP and freshman point guard Jordan Ford made all-tournament for Folsom.

Blackwell and Tyler Milani were all-tournament for Woodcreek.

The game was played in the late afternoon so Folsom fans could get to Sacramento State in time to watch the Bulldogs play De La Salle of Concord in the CIF Northern California Open Division playoff game.

In other tournament games, Rocklin beat Del Campo 49-43 for third place; Vista del Lago topped Sierra Valley Conference rival El Dorado 62-54 for the consolation title; and American of Fremont topped Center 42-26 for seventh place.

December 8, 2012
De La Salle rolls Folsom in NorCal Open game; Browning sets state passing record in loss

By Joe Davidson

"The Greatest Show on Turf" ran headlong into "The Green Machine" on Saturday night at Sacramento State.

The green guys won, and emphatically in leaving a black-and-bruise reminder at what another level of football looks and feels like.

De La Salle High School flexed its considerable muscle in offering an announced crowd of 10,197 a glimpse of precisely what makes for a football dynasty with no comparison. The nationally renowned Spartans of Concord exploded off the line of scrimmage on offense, relentlessly chased ball carriers on defense and rolled Folsom 49-15 in the first Northern California Regional Open game.

There's certainly no shame in losing to an outfit bearing this sort of pedigree, Folsom coaches said later as its season came to a grinding halt at 14-1. The Bulldogs will chalk this up to a learning experience. De La Salle - or De La Stomp as the Spartans have become best known - have habitually driven even the most formidable teams into the turf for decades, and they did so against a state-ranked No. 3 Folsom group that came in averaging 48 points. State No. 1 De La Salle (14-0) extended its unbeaten streak against NorCal foes to 238 games since 1991.

Since 1984, the Spartans have gone an unfathomable 318-5-2 against NorCal teams in pretty much putting a stamp on the art of execution, simplicity with the veer run game and overall effort.

And lifetime under famed coach Bob Ladouceur since 1979, De La Salle moved to 5-0 against Sacramento-area teams and 32-0 against Sac-Joaquin Section competition.
So the Spartans will head back to Carson next weekend in an attempt to four-peat in the CIF Open Bowl and to secure the program's 18th end-of-season state No. 1 finish by Cal-Hi Sports since 1987.

The Spartans left little doubt from the start in churning out methodical drives. Tiapepe Vitale scored on a three-yard run to cap his team's first drive, his one-yard score with 45 seconds left in the half produced a 28-7 lead and his six-yard run in the third made it 35-7. He rushed for 117 yards and backfield mate Das Tautalatasi went for 94.

Folsom, with a young roster and scores of talent on the lower levels, collectively promises to regroup. Bulldogs quarterback Jake Browning passed for 282 yards on 38 of 64 passing and two touchdowns. He set the state's single-season passing mark with 5,246 yards, eclipsing Tanner Trosin's total of 5,185 for Folsom last season and he finished two touchdowns shy of the single-season mark held by Robert De La Cruz of Cathedral High of Los Angeles from 1999.

But Browning was sacked six times, all in the first half in a De La Show of dominance. Remarkably, De La Salle rushed only four, but a Folsom line that had won the line of scrimmage tussle in the season's first 14 weeks met its match here.

Browning, just a sophomore, was intercepted three times. He had little time to set up in part because he hasn't faced a team this fast and this start studded with a national recruit defensive end in Austin Hooper (he has 18 major college offers) and USC-commit linebacker Michael Hutchings.

"He's good, and they pushed us a few times, but we didn't break," Ladouceur said of Browning.

Folsom coaches Troy Taylor and Kris Richardson said the plan was the maintain the same sort of demeanor and approach to this game as any other, even though everyone knew this was a game unlike no other.

"They're so good," Taylor said of De La Salle. "It's the best tackling team I've ever seen."

Assistant coach Bobby Fresques has known De La Salle defensive coordinator Terry Eidson for years. He said of the Spartans, who cleared the bench in the fourth with a 42-7 lead, "you can see why they're such a great program, and they do things the right way."
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December 8, 2012
Vista del Lago's Ankhelyi places 23rd at Foot Locker Nationals

Vista del Lago's Madeleine Ankhelyi finished 23rd at today's 34th Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego. The Harvard-bound senior covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18 minutes, 6.1 seconds.

Sophomore Anna Roher of Mishawaka, Ind., won the race in 17:24.8.

December 8, 2012
Pleasant Grove to play West of Tracy for Macres title tonight

Defending champion Pleasant Grove will play West of Tracy 6:45 p.m. today for the championship of the sixth annual Mark Macres Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament at Monterey Trail High School.

Pleasant Grove advanced to the title game by beating Granite Bay 83-59 in Friday's semifinals. Malik Thames had 32 points and Matthew Hayes added 23 to lead the Eagles.

West defeated Foothill 67-61 in the other winners' bracket semifinal.

Granite Bay will play Foothill for third place at 5 p.m. Campolindo of Moraga plays Monterey Trail at 3:30 for the consolation title. The Reno vs. Christian Brothers seventh place game is now under way.

The tournament, put on by Monterey Trail coach Ken Manfredi, is named in honor of Mark Macres, who served the Elk Grove Unified School District for 17 years, first, as a teacher and vice principal at Florin High School, then as a founding vice principal of Monterey Trail.

Macres, who died in 2007, was a strong supporter of athletics at Monterey Trail.

December 8, 2012
How Granite Bay dominated St. Ingatius, by the numbers

Granite Bay dominated St. Ignatius of San Francisco Friday in its 45-17 CIF Northern California Regional Division I football win at Sacramento State.

Here's a look at some of the statistical numbers, provided by Sacramento State Media Relations Director Brian Berger:

First downs - GB 22, SI 13; Rushing yards (net) - SI 21-88; GB 44-309; Passing yards (net) - SI 138; GB 122; Total yards - SI 50-226; GB 55-431; Punt return yards - SI 0-0; GB 2-5. Kickoff return yards - SI 7-191; GB 2-32; Punts (avg.) - SI 4-33.5; GB 1-27; Fumbles/lost - SI 3-1; GB 1-0; Interceptions (return yds) - SI 0-0; GB 1-52 (an Aaron Knapp touchdown); Penalties - SI 2-18; GB 4-35; Possession Time - SI 21:47; GB 26:13; Third-down conversions - SI 3/10; GB 4/7; Fourth-down conversions - SI 2/2; GB 0/1; Red-zone scores (chances) - SI 2/2; GB 5/6.

Rushing - SI: Elijah Dale 10-49; Jack Stinn 4-17; Albert Waters 3-12; Brian Wollitz 2-9; GB: John Cooley 24-206-4 (TDs); Tony Ellison 8-47; Taft Partridge 7-31-1; Grant Caraway 2-13.
Passing - SI: Stinn 13-29-1 138 2 (TDs); GB: Caraway 6-11-0 122 0.
Receiving - SI: Joe Lang 5-79-1; Andrew Vollert 4-38-1; Connor Hulbert 1-15; Austen Molano 1-8; GB: Tony Ellison 3-80; Taft Partridge 2-33; Steven Graber 1-9.
Tackles (unassisted/assisted) - SI: Jack McGovern 6/7 13; Matt Emery 2-9 11; Dennis Shanagher 3-5 8; Noah Bull 1-6 7; GB: Cameron Smith 4-7 11; Luke Bussey 1-4 5; Joey Blackwell 2-3 5; Beau Hershberger 1-4 5.

St. Ignatius (10-4) 3 0 7 7 - 17
Granite Bay (12-3) 14 10 21 0 - 45
GB - Cooley 23 run (Brown kick)
GB - Cooley 11 run (Brown kick)
SI - M. Capitolo 31 FG
GB - Brown 43 FG
GB - Cooley 3 run (Brown kick)
GB - Cooley 19 run (Brown kick)
GB - Knapp 52 interception return (Brown kick)
SI - Vollert 4 pass from Stinn (M. Capitolo kick)
GB - Partridge 2 run (Brown kick)
SI - Lang 55 pass fromm Stinn (M. Capitolo kick)

December 8, 2012
Tickets still available for Folsom-De La Salle NorCal Open football

Contrary to some panicked belief, tickets are indeed still available for tonight's Folsom-De La Salle high school football showdown otherwise known as the Northern California Regional Open.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Sacramento State at Hornet Stadium. The stadium box office opens at 3 p.m. and will have thousands of tickets on sale.

Folsom sold out its allotment of tickets issued on campus, but that is not to be confused with the game being sold out, said CIF Associate Executive Director Ron Nocetti.

The CIF is urging fans to purchase tickets at a reasonable hour to best avoid long lines.
Folsom is 14-0, state-ranked No. 3 by Cal-Hi Sports and coming off a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship at rain and wind-whipped Sac State, beating Elk Grove. De La Salle is 13-0, state-ranked No. 1 and 235-0-2 against NorCal foes since 1991.

The Spartans of Concord are coming off a rain-soaked 52-7 rout of Logan of Union City to win their ongoing record 21st consecutive North Coast Section D-I title and 28th in 31 seasons.

This game tonight is the most significant prep event in area history because of the stakes and because De La Salle is involved and because Folsom has surged as a powerhouse program in recent seasons, including winning the CIF State D-II Bowl in 2010.
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December 8, 2012
Character Combine 8th grade All-Star football game a glimpse into prep life, character building

The Character Combine Youth All-Star Football Classic toay at Del Oro High School is a showcase of tomorrow's stars as 8th graders from across the region will compete. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Casey Taylor of Del Oro coaches one team and Phil Grams of Capital Christian the other. Famed area coach Max Miller of Rio Americano, the Sac-Joaquin Section's all-time winningest coach, is the game commissioner. Former Highlands High star Scott Galbraith, who played at USC and in the NFL, is the defacto player commissioner who will
give a breakfast speech today on the merits of the game at all levels, specifcally on creating a brotherhood and using sports and activity as a vehicle to life.

"We want to give these young people a glimpse of what it looks and feels like to be in a high school environment, to create a fraternity, to teach them to compete against each other with class and character and to showcase two things: honor the game and hustle on the field," said Jason Harper of Character Combine. "I reached out to area coaches
and we all thought, 'let's coach these kids up and let's be pro active on character development.'"
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December 8, 2012
Girls roundup: Sac High reaches St. Hope Classic final

Allie Green had 18 points and Chaya Durr added 15 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Sacramento High to a 64-28 win over Inderkum in the St. Hope Classic girls basketball tournament Friday at Sacramento High.Sac High will play Brookside Christian of tonight at 7 o'clock for the championship.

Avonna Lee had 24 points to lead Pleasant Grove over Nevada Union 60-44 and 10 players scored in Oak Ridge's 63-24 win over El Camino in the Trojan Shootout in El Dorado Hills. Pleasant Grove will play Oak Ridge 4 p.m. today for the tournament title.

December 7, 2012
Boys roundup: Mitty beats Jesuit; will play Sheldon Saturday

Nationally ranked Archbishop Mitty tuned up for Saturday's boys basketball showdown at Sheldon by beating Jesuit 64-42 tonight in San Jose.

It was the season opener for the two-time defending CIF Division II state champion, ranked 12th nationally by USA Today and Sheldon, the defending CIF NorCal D-I champions, is ranked No. 16 by

In other boys highlights tonight:

• C.J. Wilson scored 21 points and Nifae Lealao 12 to lead Capital Christian past Bella Vista 63-47 and advance to Saturday's championship game of the Del Oro Tournament. The Cougars will play host Del Oro, a 70-51 winner over River City. Jack Huizenga led the Golden Eagles with 17 points.

December 7, 2012
Granite Bay's Cooley and Company roll over St. Ignatius in NorCal D-I game; on to state

By Joe Davidson

Ernie Cooper has a motto, short and sweet: "System over Star."

The plan has worked marvelously for Granite Bay High School to the tune of 10 league championships and five Sac-Joaquin Section banners since 1999 under Cooper, the fiery coach who leads his team onto the field on game night in a full gallop and doesn't slow down on the sideline.

But the veteran coach may have to tweak his mantra a bit: System over Star, with a playoff exception.

A week after backfield mate Taft Partridge rumbled for a career-best 235 yards, John Cooley chugged and sprintd for a lifetime-high 206 yards on 24 carries and four touchdowns to power the run-heavy Grizzlies past St. Ignatius of San Francisco 45-17 on Friday night in the first Northern California Regional Divison I contest.

A chilled crowd of just under 5,000 at Sacramento State saw Granite Bay's vaunted Fly offense grind away a sound defense that produced a 13-10 Central Coast Section Open overtime upset of NorCal power Bellarmine last week. But here, for much larger stakes in the form of a CIF State D-I Bowl game at Carson next week, the Wildcats (10-4) were no match for Granite Bay's physical and technically sound offensive line.

Nor did they have any answer for Cooley, who scored on his three of his team's first five drives in the first half on runs of 23, 11 and three yards. The powerfully built 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior capped the Grizzlies' opening drive of the second half with a 19-yard score.

Cooley was all star here, in performance and aduration of students who circled him before being ushered away. But Cooley talked like a team player. System over Star? It's deeply rooted into the core of every Grizzlies player.

"It's completely the offensive line," Cooley said. "Without those guys, no way I do this. Every week, someone does something big for us on offense."

And on defense, too. More stars within the system reside on that side of the ball, a unit that has excelled this postseason.

Aaron Knapp, a defensive anchor all season along with linebackers Beau Hershberger, Mason Cohen and Cameron Smith, put the finishing touches on his team's 11th consecutive victory and fifth success playoff effort with a 52-yard interception return for a 38-3 lead. Partridge made it 45-10 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter on a two-yard scoring dive.

In beating Oak Ridge 35-23 in the Section D-I title game, Granite Bay ran for 547 yards and had 606 total. Against St. Ignatius, granite Bay ran for 309 yards and had 122 yards passing from Grant Caraway.

Cooper emptied his bench in the fourth quarter. He said later amid hurried breaths that a key to his team's turnaround from a 1-3 start was going back to old-school Granite Bay football. In other words, hold onto the ball, run with purpose, pass efficiently and defend.

"We needed to go back to what made us Granite Bay football, and we have," Cooper said. "We're a really good running team and we can really play defense. We don't want to be a one-dimensional team, and we're not, but I went with the hot hand, and the hot hand was the running game."

The Grizzlies will rely on the run in Carson against a big and physical team of great tradition in Long Beach Poly, which beat Clovis North 28-7 in the SoCal D-I game.

"We'll milk this another week," Cooper promised.
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December 6, 2012
Girls roundup: Pleasant Grove wins Shootout tourney opener

Dejza James had 23 points, Kim Schmelz 14 and Avonna Lee 13 to lead Pleasant Grove over Lincoln of Stockton 59-52 in tonight's opening round of the Trojan Shootout girls basketball tournament in El Dorado Hills.

In other Shootout games, Sydney Porter's 13 points led Nevada Union past El Dorado 48-20; Shelby Peters' 13 points helped Oak Ridge top Winters 54-16 (Baylee Opperman scored all 16 points for Winters); and Alexis Price had a team-high 19 points in El Camino' 55-44 win over West Campus. Haley Shaner scored 30 points for West Campus.

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December 6, 2012
Boys roundup: Saraba scores 34 in Del Campo's overtime win

Vasilije Saraba scored 34 points as Del Campo defeated Vista del Lago 77-76 in overtime of the Folsom-Vista Classic boys basketball tournament tonight.

In other games, Woodcreek defeated Center 66-44; Folsom downed El Dorado 74-59 and Rocklin beat American of Fremont 61-30.

In other boys highlights:

• D.J. Wilson scored 17 points and Tyler Jennings and Nifae Lealao 14 apiece as Capital Christian defeated Lincoln 74-55 in the opening round of the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis. Thirteen players scored in Del Oro's 86-38 win over Paradise; Bella Vista downed Whitney 65-48; and River City topped Oakmont 66-61 in over Del Oro tourney contests.

December 6, 2012
Here are the area all-league football teams

Here are the area's all-league football teams that have been submitted to The Bee. For corrections, e-mail

Offensive MVPs: Tyler Winston, Antelope; Sutter Choisser, Whitney
Defensive player of the Year: Rae Cherry, Antelope
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Daren Echeveria, Antelope
Defensive Linemen of the Year: Michael Okorokie, Antelope; Aaron Froidevaux, Whitney
Coach of the Year: Matt Ray, Antelope
All-league: Demariee Braziel, Johnathon Crippes, Nick Golovoko, Leonard Hazewood, DJ Hollingshead, Tyler McCombs, Steven Mercado, Nathan Rhodes, Johnny Rogers, Antelope; Lorenzo Bermudez, Charles Ellington, Trent Hernandez, Cordova; Evan Brandt, Quentin Hagan, Donnie Hibbs, Jonah Lessard, Desmond Tanner, Eric Thomas, Herman Thomas, Kevin Wise, Justin Yip, El Camino; Yaroslav Doroshuk, Joe Hancock, Jonnie Hilliard, Wes Van Der Mik, Torre Watson, Mira Loma; Ryan Burns, Robert Crandall, Rhys Hershey, Matt Laffey, Connor Shatz, Zach Suarez, Jordan Vinson, Rio Americano; Jason Brunet, Tony Coelho, Cody Johnsrud, Francis Kim, Jordan Powell, JR Robinson, Drew Romo, Drew Sopinski, Jordan Traynor, Whitney.

MVP: Leonard Skattebo, Rio Linda
Offensive player of the Year: Jalen Walker, Christian Brothers
Defensive player of the Year: Trey Olsen, Oakmont
Offensive Lineman of the Year: A J Samataua, Del Campo
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kyle Evanski, Del Campo
All purpose player: Keenan Hunt,
All-league: Josh Blumhold, Dre Martinez, Cam Purcell, Devar Card, Mike Hatfield, J J Tufu, Del Campo; Marcel Brown, Mitchell Gums, Dustin Rossiter, Vaughn Hingano, Aaron Mc Nealy, Riley Smith, Rio Linda; Omari Gray, Vincent Johnson, Hayden Jones, Caden Noon, Brendan Gromley, Logan Snyder, Christian Brothers; Austin Harmer, Tyler Miguel, Jesse Downs, Jacob Stapp, Bella Vista; Justin Holmes, Taylor Laird, Tino Loconte, Robert Walton, Michael Schmitt, Oakmont; Jake Romine, Michael Branson, Max Corry, Casa Roble.

December 6, 2012
Here are the area girls golf all-league teams

Here are the area all-league girls golf teams that have been submitted to The Bee. For corrections, e-mail

MVP: Haley Ayres, Rio Americano
All-league: Erika Bennett, Melissa Bohn, Audrey Hale, Michelle Tafoya, El Camino; Amy Patamakomol, Mira Loma; Maddy Miller, Sydney Selix, Rio Americano; Mallory Andrada, Addie Hemming, Starlyn Snitko, Kelsey Ulep, Whitney.

MVP: MaryJane Daley, Casa Roble
All-League: Camille Phillips, Casa Roble; Maddy Gedeon, Kestly Dietrich, Oakmont; Karlee Hormell, Paige Perkins, Del Campo; Kat Jacinto, Marissa Lopez, Lauren Seitz, Raquel Cornejo, Christian Brothers.

December 6, 2012
Here are the boys and girls all-league water polo teams

Here are the area all-league teams that were submitted to The Bee.

MVP: John Price, Rio Americano
All League: Mark Barton, Dallen Eddenfield, Jacob Faulkender, Josh Jordan, Chris Lunger, Ben Moser, Jimmy Willey, El Camino; Ian Brady, Miles Brady, Jack Dubois, Wally Harmon, Luke Hastie, Connor Jang, Rio Americano.

MVP: Austin Stevenson, Bella Vista
All League: Ryan Eyman, Brody Nesemann, Stephen Blevins, Bella Vista; Matt Fors, Matt Mason, Dalton Smith, Oakmont; Josh Gerardy, Rio Linda; Lucas Mclean, Casa Roble; Mack Jarvis, Carter Hafter, Zane Janich, Drew Morris, Austin Takahlashi, Christian Brothers.

December 6, 2012
Here are the area boys fall soccer all-league teams

Here are the all-league boys soccer teams that have been submitted to The Bee. For corrections, e-mail

MVP: Mark Ledbetter, Rio Americano
Offensive player of the Year: Rogan O'Connor, Antelope
Defensive player of the Year: Ian Kinn, Rio Americano
Coach of the Year: Alan Posner, Rio Americano
All-league: Renzo Bozzala, Warren Dahlberg, Nathan Neufeld, Bogdan Ponomar, Antelope; Austin Luong, Cordova; Yoan Chamberlin, Everett Mitchenko, Hayden Smith, Spencer Whelan, El Camino; Ahmed Kamil, Omar Mahmi, Mira Loma; David Behrman, Erik Hubbard, Blake Reed, Alex Rizzo, Randall Rude, Zach Sampo, Rio Americano; Zachary Monroe, Nich Schnable, Pierre Schulling, Soren Smith, Zachary Watkins, Whitney.

MVP: Preston Davis, Bella Vista
All-league: Robert Belme, Daniel Sipes, Christian Brothers; Mark Caliguire, Justin Childs, Trevor Jackson, Preston Davis, Tyler Miguel, Matthew Waldron, Bella Vista; Joseph Cisneros, Dakota Fink, Kevin Perrine, Kyle Sakaurada, Del Campo; Jesus Duarte, Jose Lopez, Raul Lopez, Joel Martinez, Frank Parks, Rio Linda; Javier Gomez, Charlie Mortensen, Casa Roble; Jonny Gonzalez, Brandon Powers, Kyle Sprague, Oakmont.

Coach of the Year: Rob Maxey, Victory Christian
League MVP - Matthew Almas, Victory Christian
All-league: Jaime Romero, Francisco Valdivia, Delta; Fernando Ramirez, Moises Rincon, Ernesto Lepe, Cristo Rey; Lane Reiseq, Sac Waldorf; Justin Dimeola, Charley Maxey, Victory Christian; Colin Moore, Hunter Seman, Forest Lake Christian.

December 5, 2012
Here are the girls all-league cross country teams

Here are the girls all-league cross country teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email

All-league: Kandace Compton, El Camino; Kaitlyn Liu, Mira Loma; Elizabeth Hutchison, Macaulay Porter, Ariel Young, Rio Americano; Ozora Cheek, Jenica Dodge, Megan Hill, Jordan Sienkiewicz, Nicole Wellington, Whitney.

All-league: Kendall Derry, Sedona McNerney, Sahley Feldkamp, Sara Lack, Renny Castanon, Jessica Terry, Bella Vista; Kristi Capello, Joy Weems, Del Campo; Kylie Michaels, Whitney Lelis, Oakmont.

December 5, 2012
Here are the boys all-league cross country teams

Here are the boys all-league cross country teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections, please e-mail

All League: Kevin Lozoya, Dakota Fierro, Antelope; Marcos Reese, Cordova; Evan Cross, George Halvorsen, Kenji Anzai, Rio Americano; Taylor Bradshaw, Ryan Hodgens, Nathan Wellington, Jacob Zufelt, Whitney.

All League: Drew Childs, Kyle Roux, Bella Vista; Jason Morris, Casa Roble; Antonio Aguirre, Sean Jagerson, Denis Pyryev, Patrick Jagerson, Casiano Aguire, Edward Chance, Sam Aguirre, Del Campo.

December 5, 2012
Here are the area girls fall all-league tennis teams

Here are the area fall girls all-league tennis teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections, e-mail

All-league: Emily Ward, Antelope; Jennifer Tu, Cordova; Michelle Brown, Gabby Dashiell, El Camino; Uma Desai, Noa Elliott, Rikki Hu, Olga Yuloyova, Mira Loma; Julia Butterfield, Olivia Carreon, Jessica Crockett, Sydney Komlenic, Rio Americano; Brani Mojsich, Reema Patel, Lina Tran, Whitney.

MVP: Rachel Putty, Bella Vista
All-league: Kendall Derry, Kaitlin Derry, Katherine Anderson, Bella Vista; Sohie Lee, Clara Johnson, Angelica De Turo, Christian Brothers; Megan Sullivan, Kate Smith, Oakmont; Jordan Bucher, Casa Roble; Masha Tkachuk, Del Campo; Chelsea Xiong, Rio Linda.

December 5, 2012
Here are the area fall girls volleyball all-league teams

Here are the area all-league girls volleyball teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections, please e-mail

MVP: Maddie Cannon, Rio Americano
Coach of the year: John Grix, Rio Americano
All-league: Libby Dahlberg, El Camino; Cassidy Denny, El Camino; Devin Herenda, El Camino; Mikaela Nocetti, El Camino; Erianna Williams, El Camino; Shireen Sayareh, Mira Loma; Midison Hunziker, Rio Americano; Maddie Merlino, Rio Americano; Caitlyn O'Neil, Rio Americano; Brooke Watson, Rio Americano; Lainey Basques, Whitney; Mackenzie Berlin, Whitney; Lexie May, Whitney.

Co-MVP's: Michelle Hernandez, Bella Vista; Katie Carte, Oakmont.
All-League: Natassja Bowman, Christian Brothers; Jamee-Lee Bulda, Christian Brothers; Rayna Girth, Rio Linda; Brennah Gladwell, Oakmont; Sarah Hibbs, Bella Vista; Yuna Kim, Del Campo; Meghan Larson, Christian Brothers; Amanda McCurdy, Rio Linda; Hannah Miller, Casa Roble; Demi Muses, Casa Roble; Kyra Rogers, Oakmont; Ally Wubbin, Oakmont.

December 5, 2012
Morris, Claudy and Tooker are area model coach recipients

Rio Linda's Michael Morris, Monterey Trail's Kingsley Claudy and Del Oro's Jill Tooker are among six selected as Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coaches for 2012-13.

Morris joins Downey of Modesto's Jana Osgood for CIF statewide honors.

Here's are brief look at why each was selected for the prestigious honor:

• Morris is the athletic director, football coach and track and field throws coach at Rio Linda.
While he's had a number of successful football teams during his 22 seasons as head coach, including a section champion in 2004, he is best known for teaching and mentoring skills.
"I will forever be indebted to him for the caring and guidance he has provided me during my youth and throughout my adult life," said Howard Holcomb, a former player for Morris who is now a vice principal at the school. "He instilled in me a value system that, for me, only a positive male role model could have done."

• Claudy has coached volleyball at three South Sacramento/Elk Grove schools - Monterey Trail, Florin and Valley - over a span of 23 seasons. He has won 10 league titles in boys volleyball and his girls teams have advanced to the postseason for eight straight seasons. He's been named a league coach of the year 13 times.
Claudy, a physical education teacher for 30 years in the Elk Grove Unified School District, has been a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor the last four years. He also volunteers with the South Sac Volleyball Club.
He's patient and calm under pressure, but also with a commanding presence, says Monterey Trail AD Rick Arcuri.

• Tooker has coached a variety of sports at Del Oro but is most well known for her tennis coaching. She has coached girls tennis for 13 seasons and boys tennis for the last four years. Her Golden Eagles boys were the Sierra Foothill League and Sac-Joaquin Section champions in 2012.
She spearheaded the fund-raising campaign to build one of the area's top high school tennis facilities at the Loomis school in 2003. She also started a Women's Athletic Club to promote confidence, unity and strength through athletics. The organization works on women's health issues, helps to fund-raise for charity and to promote school spirit.
"She is respected by peers, trusted by student-athletes and supported by the community," said Del Oro principal Dan Gayaldo. "Simply put, Jill doesn't take days off. She consistently projects hope and energy to everyone around her."

Osgood, Pitman of Turlock and Mark Miller of Linden are the other model coach recipients.

December 4, 2012
Girls roundup: Sophomore has hot hand for Christian Brothers

Kira McKechnie, a 6-foot sophomore post, scored 19 points Tuesday to lead Christian Brothers to a 74-54 nonleague girls basketball win at Rocklin.

McKechnie also scored 30 points in the Falcons' 88-71 loss to state power St. Mary's of Stockton in the Christian Brothers Holiday Classic championship game on Saturday.

In other girls games of note tonight:

December 4, 2012
Boys roundup: Pope scores 35 in Laguna Creek's win tonight

Malik Pope scored 35 points to lead Laguna Creek to an 80-66 win over St. Mary's of Stockton in a nonleague game tonight in Elk Grove.

It was the Burbank transfer's second 30-points-plus performance. The 6-foot-8 junior wing had 33 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 76-59 win over Woodcreek on Friday.

The two performances come after Pope, considered the top junior prospect in Northern California, was held to nine points in a 62-55 loss to Del Oro in the season opener six days ago

In other boys games of note tonight:

December 4, 2012
Pleasant Grove football coach Joe Cattolico resigns

UPDATED...just talked to Pleasant Grove coach Joe Cattolico....I blend in our conversation below...

I stopped by the Granite Bay High School football practice today to see coach Ernie Cooper jet from one place to another and to observe a Grizzlies team hungry for more titles for a Bee story on the program on Thursday.

Cooper and I talked about an old coaching friend of his in Butch Cattolico, who on Monday stepped down after 41 seasons at Los Gatos High, including 26 as the head man. Butch won 16 league championships and 12 section titles as one of the state's guru leaders.

Barely 30 minutes later, I learned that Butch's son Joe Cattolico had also stepped down today at Pleasant Grove. Cattolico is one of this region's truly great young football minds, leaders and winners, beyond his four Delta River League championships, three Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title trips and championship in 2010. I relayed the word to Cooper, who couldn't believe it. The news seemed to suck the life out of Cooper. He plucked his cell phone from his pocket, thumbed out a number and walked away.

Coaches, you see, are a coaching fraternity. They root for each other. They understand each other's language. Only a coach can comprehend the daily grind it is to run a program.

Talking to Cattolico at length tonight, and there was relief in his voice. He said he didn't come to the decision to step down until after the season, nor did he step away due to illness in the family. That he and his father stepped aside a day apart was sheer coincidence.

Cattolico will remain at Pleasant Grove as a social studies teacher. His wife Natasha is also a teacher. They have two young sons.

"I am a man at peace," Cattolico said of his choice to step away at 38, for now. "I am at peace with a heavy heart. I love teaching. I love coaching football. I love spending time with my family. But whoa. There's not enough hours in the day to do it all. Teaching means a lot to me. It's something I'm passionate about. Teaching and coaching have a lot of merit - working with young people.

"I can't stop teaching because it's (what I do). It's kind of a three-prong deal. I can't stop being a dad and husband."

So he stopped being a coach, for now. Cattolico said he may well return to the sideline, but when and where, who knows. He certainly doesn't. He might return as an assistant. Some coaches step aside and never miss the grind, too.

Ask those who played for him or coached against him and they will tell you that the Cattolico impact resonates. And every coach who walked away for a spell or for good can relate to the grind, the expectations, and yes, sometimes the parental pressure to do more.

Cattolico said the emotion was heavy when he met with his team. The athetes were crushed. Dre Terrell, Cattolico's gutty junior quarterback and team leader, fought back tears. There's no shame in chocking up when a coach means that much to you. Terrell tweeted that Cattolico isn't just loved as a coach, but as a person. That's deep respect.

"There were a lot of hugs and there were some tears," he said. "That's what makes it hard - the players and coaches."

Cattolico was a bold hire by Pleasant Grove athletic director Jeff Caton in 2005, a school so new in the Elk Grove Unified School District that the summer breezes nearly up-rooted infant trees. Cattolico was an ambitious move because he was not a local name. He was in the Bay Area, as was his father and mentor.

He's a big name now, an expert leader, a shrewd tactician and proof that old-school football works then and now. Cooper and Granite Bay slugged out a win over Pleasant Grove for the D-I title last season. Said Cooper today of Cattolico, "One of the great football coaches in America."

Cattolico downplayed his success and said it was a combined effort that included talented players and top-notch assistants, adding, "I get more credit than I deserve."

Cattolico went with power football, disdained headsets and play sheets and was a heavy thinker during games. The running joke out of admiration by his peers and assistants was that only a Princeton graduate could get by during a game without a headset and play sheet. The mere mortal coaches would have their brains explode otherwise.

And of course, Cattolico is a Princeton grad.

Cattolico grew up in the greater Bay Area, attending countless coaching clinics with his father. He was a high school star in San Jose and later got the coaching itch.

So now in a sense, there are two coaching Cattolico's on the loose. The elder Cattolico put in his time. Young Cattolico has a lot of years left to give to his craft.

Pleasant Grove remains a plumb job. There will be scores of candidates. The program will march forward, though Caton the AD knows replacing Cattolico is no easy chore.

Cattolico will coach the South team in the 57th Optimist All-Star Football Classic on Dec. 22 at Del Oro along with coaching pals Mike Johnson of Franklin and John Heffernan of Burbank. They'll match wits against the North squad coached by Casey Taylor of Del Oro and Mike Alberghini and Reggie Harris of Grant.

Here's hoping it's not the last time we see Coach Catt on a regional sideline.
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December 4, 2012
Photo gallery: Preview Folsom vs. De La Salle, and Granite Bay vs. St. Ignatius

Folsom and De La Salle play for the Northern California regional championship and a chance to play for the state high school Open Division football title. In Division I, Granite Bay plays St. Ignatius for the NorCal crown..

Out photo gallery provides a preview of these key games

December 4, 2012
Former CBS volleyball star earns honors at Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton senior Kayla Neto, a former Christian Brothers star, has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association West All-Region team.

Neto, a native of Clarksburg, also recently was named to the Big West Conference First Team for the fourth consecutive year, marking just the eighth time in the league's history a women's volleyball player has become a four-time honoree.

The all-region honor is also the second for Neto during her four-year career at Fullerton. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter was named to the all-region team in 2009 after earning AVCA All-West Freshman of the Year honors as well.

December 2, 2012
Granite Bay plays St. Ignatius in first NorCal D-I football playoff

The grind continues for the Granite Bay Grizzlies, and that is a chore warmly embraced by a surging football program in Placer County.

Fresh off its second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship, beating Oak Ridge 35-23 on Friday night at Sacramento State, the Grizzlies learned Sunday that they will indeed play another game at Hornet Stadium.

Granite Bay (11-3) will play similarly surging St. Ignatius of San Francisco (10-3) next Friday at Sac State in the first Northern California Regional D-I game.

December 2, 2012
Folsom draws national football power De La Salle

You've heard about them, read about them, perhaps even seen them up close and personal.

The Spartans.

De La Salle is the most storied, most celebrated and most accomplished high school football team in the land in recent years, certainly on the West Coast, and it now takes its act to Sacramento for the first time next Saturday.

The Spartans of Concord (13-0) in the East Bay will take on Folsom in the first Northern California Regional Open game at Sacramento State for a shot to compete in the CIF State Open Bowl the following weekend in Carson.

December 1, 2012
O'Keeffe, Ankhelyi qualify for Foot Locker national finals

Fiona O'Keeffe of Davis and Madeleine Ankhelyi of Folsom have qualified for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships after finishing among the top 10 in today's West Regionals girls race in Walnut.

O'Keeffe, a ninth grader at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High, finished fifth in a time of 18 minutes, 33 seconds over the five-kilometer course.

Ankhelyi, a senior at Vista del Lago, placed seventh in 18:37.

Marissa Williams of Palisades, Calif., won in a time of 17:46. Benjamin Saarel of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the boys race in 15:28.

The national finals will be held Dec. 8 in San Diego.

December 1, 2012
Monterey Trail to face Jesuit for Jack Scott tourney title tonight

It will be a battle of contrasts tonight at 8 o'clock when Monterey Trail plays Jesuit for the championship of the 38th annual Jack Scott Basketball Tournament at Rio Americano High School.

Jesuit features one of the area's tallest teams, led by 6-foot-8 Brady Anderson, 6-6 Lake Lutes and 6-4 Isiah King. Guard-dominated Monterey Trail has no player taller than 6-3.

Both have something in common, too. They are young, each with only two seniors on their respective rosters.

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