January 31, 2013
Bennett-Smith's 53 points not enough vs. Valley Christian

Despite 53 points by Morgan Bennett-Smith, visiting Sacramento Country Day lost 115-94 tonight to Valley Christian of Roseville in a Sacramento Metro League boys basketball game.

Hunter Fenn led six Valley Christian players in double figures with 17 points.

January 31, 2013
Boys top 20: No. 20 Cordova falls in overtime to Raiders

Kyler Joaquin had 19 points to lead Rio Americano to a 58-57 overtime upset of No. 20 Cordova in a Capital Athletic League boys basketball game tonight at Rio Americano High.
Luke Moore and Zach Suarez each had 10 points for the Raiders (12-12, 4-3). Jordan Roberson led Cordova (15-8, 5-2) with 21.

In another game involving a Bee boys top 20 team, No. 5 Antelope defeated El Camino 79-42.

Isaiah Ellis led Antelope (18-6, 7-0) with 26 points. Gabe Bealer and Rashard Thornhill added 16 each as the Titans' win, combined with Cordova's loss, gives them a two-game cushion with three games to play in the CAL.

Dallen Eddenfield led El Camino (13-10, 3-4) with 12 points.

January 31, 2013
Girls top 20: No. 6 Nevada Union rallies to beat No. 16 Rocklin

Trailing 36-25 at halftime, No. 6 Nevada Union rallied to defeat No. 16 Rocklin 63-58 tonight in a Sierra Foothill League girls basketball game in Rocklin.

Sammy DeHart's 20 points led Nevada Union while Sydney Porter added 16, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Nicole Lierly 11. Lydia Summers topped Rocklin with 25 points.

In other games involving girls Top 20 teams:

NO. 1 SACRAMENTO 76, HIRAM JOHNSON 30 - Breanna Garrett had 22 points and Allie Green added 20 to lead the Dragons over the Warriors (0-15, 0-10) in a Metro Conference game at Johnson High. Chaya Durr added 12 points and freshman Andrea Butler eight as the Dragons (19-4, 10-0) remain unbeaten in Metro Conference play.

January 30, 2013
Girls top 20: No. 12 Rio Americano rallies past El Camino

Elizabeth Moulton scored 19 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to help No. 12 Rio Americano rally to beat El Camino in a Capital Athletic League girls basketball game tonight at Rio Americano.

El Camino held a 21-17 lead at the half.

Daizy Wilson added eight points, five assists and three steals and Emily Hansen also had eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds for coach Jeff Hart's Raiders (20-3, 6-0).
Michelle Tafoya led El Camino (11-11, 4-2) with 10 points.

In another game involving a Bee Top 20 girls team tonight, No. 5 Bradshaw Christian rolled past host Rio Vista 60-14 in a Sierra Delta League game.

Jordyn Bell had 17 points, Ashlee Jones 15 and Erica Bean and Briana Barnes 14 each for the Pride (20-2, 9-0).

January 30, 2013
Boys Top 20: No. 7 Granite Bay, No. 8 Rocklin fall in SFL

Unranked Roseville outscored No. 7 Granite Bay 15-7 in overtime to post a 99-91 Sierra Foothill League boys basketball win and hand the Grizzlies their first league defeat tonight in Roseville.

Matt Twalks had 22 points, Roman Tyukayev 19 and David Rios 18 to lead Roseville (18-5, 3-3). Aidan Naughton had 25 points and Scott Romuk 23 for Granite Bay (16-7, 5-1).

It wasn't the only upset in the SFL tonight.

Del Oro, which had fallen out of The Bee's Top 20, defeated No. 8 Rocklin 68-61 in Rocklin. Danny Becker had 26 points and Trevor Pistochini 17 to lead Del Oro (15-8, 3-3). Taylor Cherry topped Rocklin (15-8, 3-3) with 10 points.

In other top 20 boys games reported to The Bee:

January 30, 2013
Roseville to exit SFL in latest section realignment scenario

Several schools would move into different leagues under the latest Sac-Joaquin Section realignment revision released during Tuesday's second realignment hearing for the 2014-2018 school years.

Among the changes from the first proposed realignment:

• Roseville moves from the Sierra Foothill League, Cosumnes Oaks from the Metro and Oakmont from the Capital Athletic League into the Division II Capital Valley Conference. Instead of moving to the CVC as originally proposed, Rio Americano would stay in the D-III CAL. The CVC would be an eight team league that would include Antelope, Bella Vista, Del Campo, Ponderosa and Whitney.

January 29, 2013
Boys top 20: No. 5 Antelope cruises past Whitney 63-35

Antelope jumped out to a 32-12 halftime lead en route to a 63-35 win over Whitney tonight in a Capital Athletic League boys basketball game in Antelope.

Gabe Bealer had 16 points, Isaiah Ellis 13 and Isiah Quintero 10 as the No. 5 Titans (17-6, 6-0) remained unbeaten in league play. Whitney falls to 5-18, 1-5 in league.

NO. 20 CORDOVA 54, MIRA LOMA 26 - Troy Owens had 16 points and Jerome Brown added 10 as the Lancers (15-7, 5-1) topped the Matadors (6-17, 0-6) in a CAL game in Rancho Cordova.

January 29, 2013
Girls top 20: No. 2 Oak Ridge beats Pleasant Grove again

No. 9 Pleasant Grove has found Delta River League rival Oak Ridge to be a tough matchup in girls basketball this season.

It didn't get any better for the Eagles on Tuesday night in El Dorado Hills as Oak Ridge handed the defending DRL champions a 66-40 defeat to go 3-0 in head-to-head meetings this season.

Ali Bettencourt led Oak Ridge (19-3, 6-0) with 21 points and Haley Anderson added 11. Dejza James topped Pleasant Grove (15-7, 3-3) with 16.

On Dec. 8 Oak Ridge defeated Pleasant Grove 75-31 in the championship game of the Oak Ridge Shootout, then beat the Eagles again in league, 66-54, Jan. 8 in Elk Grove.

Last year, Pleasant Grove beat the Trojans in both league meetings to finish 9-1 and atop the DRL.

In other games involving Top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

January 29, 2013
Oak Ridge, Sac are No. 1 in girls divisional power ratings

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its first girls basketball power ratings this morning.

Sixteen teams qualify in Divisions I through IV; 12 in D-V and eight in D-VI. Under a new section rule, if a team wins at least 15 games and does not qualify for the tournament by the power rating system, that team will be added to the tournament.

Here's a brief look at each division:

Division I - Top four: 1. Oak Ridge, 2. St. Mary's-Stockton; 3. Kennedy; 4. Armijo-Fairfield. Outside looking in: Franklin, No. 22.

January 29, 2013
Sheldon, Capital Christian top seeds in 1st boys power ratings

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its first boys basketball power ratings this morning.

Sixteen teams qualify in Divisions I through IV; 12 in D-V and eight in D-VI. Under a new section rule, if a team wins at least 15 games and does not qualify for the tournament by the power rating system, that team will be added to the tournament.

Here's a brief look at each division:

Division I - Top four: 1. Sheldon, 2. Granite Bay, 3. Bella Vista, 4. Lincoln-Stockton. Outside looking in: Woodcreek, No. 18; Jesuit, No. 23.

January 26, 2013
St. Francis holds on to beat NorCal No. 11 Sacred Heart

St. Francis started strong and finished gritty in upsetting visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco 46-38 in a girls nonleague basketball game late this afternoon.

The Troubadours (12-8) jumped to a 22-9 first-quarter lead, making 9 of 13 shots and not committing a turnover while forcing the Fightin' Irish (15-4) into 10 missed shots and four turnovers.

Then it was time for the St. Francis faithful to grab the rail and ride the Troubadours' frantic rollar-coaster performance the rest of the way against a team ranked No. 11 in Northern California by NorCalPreps.com.

January 25, 2013
Girls Top 20: Sac tops Florin; Woodcreek upsets Del Oro

With the score tied 24-24 in the third quarter, top-ranked Sacramento went on an 11-0 run en route to a 54-38 Metro Conference girls basketball win over No. 11 Florin tonight in Oak Park.

Chaya Durr led the Dragons with 14 points and Aliceah Hernandez and Allie Green added 12 apiece as the Dragons won their 85th consecutive league game.

Dalayna Sampton led Florin with 17 points.

In other girls Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

January 25, 2013
Boys hoops Top 20: Sheldon, Granite Bay, Casa win thrillers

Darin Johnson scored 28 points, Dakarai Allen added 22 and D'Erryl Williams 20 as top-ranked Sheldon defeated No. 2 Pleasant Grove 85-79 in a Delta River League boys basketball game tonight in Elk Grove.

Antonio Lewis had 10 points and five rebounds, and Ryan Manning added five points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (16-4, 5-0).

Malik Thames led Pleasant Grove (17-4, 4-1) with 20. Cole Nordquist added 19, Marquese Chriss 18 and Matt Hayes 15 for the Eagles.

In other boys Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

January 25, 2013
Bee No. 1 Sheldon beats No. 2 Pleasant Grove 85-79 in thriller

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

How in the free world do you guard these guys?

In short - you don't.

The Sheldon Huskies trot out the most star-studded, versatile and balanced high school boys basketball team in the region. Runners, slashers, jumpers, spot shooters,. Rebounders, stoppers, dunkers. Pick your poison.

Bee No. 1 Sheldon unleashed its full arsenal again Friday night, taking down another formidable outfit in rival and No. 2 Pleasant Grove for a 85-79 victory in a Delta River League thriller in Elk Grove.

Darin Johnson scored 28 points for Sheldon, making 8 of 12 shots, including 3 of 4 from three-point range. The 6-foot-4 senior guard headed for Washington via scholarship has range and can dunk. Dakarai Allen, long and lean at 6-6 and bound for San Diego State, has an inside-outside game and showed it with his 22.

Fellow San Diego State-bound senior D'Erryl Williams, the powerful 6-2 point guard who can post up and defend, had 18 of his 20 in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds and five assists. Antonio Lewis had 10 points and five rebounds, and Ryan Manning, the fifth starter, had five points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
How do you defend this group?

"You can't," Sheldon coach Joey Rolling said. "You'd have to hope we miss shots. We're hard to match up with when we're playing well."

Pleasant Grove (17-4, 4-1) gave Sheldon (16-4, 5-0) all it could handle in suffering its first setback of the new year. The Eagles trailed 10-1 early but rallied. They were down 62-42 late in the third only to see the Eagles climb back in it. Williams, like he has so many times in his career, helped salt it away in the fourth with post-up moves, and Johnson iced it with four consecutive free throws in the final 40 seconds.

Pleasant Grove has lost to two Southern California state powers, Sacramento and here. Guards Malik Thames and Matt Hayes scored 20 and 15 points, respectively, for Pleasant Grove. Shooting forward Cole Nordquist had 19, and 6-6 sophomore post Marquese Chriss had 18.

"They're a tough matchup for anybody," Pleasant Grove coach John DePonte said. "I'm proud of our guys. We battled. Against a team that talented and that deep, we had our opportunities. It's testament to our kids character."

Sheldon is state-ranked No. 3 by Cal-High Sports and has just one in-state loss to two-time defending CIF State Division II champion Mitty of San Jose, a contest in which Johnson and Williams missed.

Sheldon students packed their side of the gym and engaged in dueling chants with the Pleasant Grove side that occupied every seat. It was a clean game that featured teams that have a great deal of respect for each other. A line stretching well in to the parking lot was turned away, it was that full.

"That's the funnest regular-season game I've been a part of," said Williams, The Bee Player of the Year last season. "(Pleasant Grove) is really good. I knew they wouldn't give up. Everyone respects each other and it was a very clean game."

Sheldon plays host to Folsom on Wednesday, at Jesuit on Friday and against NorCal No. 2 Salesian of Richmond in the Bay Area next Saturday.
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January 25, 2013
A closer look at the 8 Hall of Fame inductees into the Sacramento Running Association Hall of Fame

Here's a closer look at eight amazing athletes of yesteryear, some of whom are still inspiring countless runners today.

Those scheduled to be inducted into the Sacramento Running Association's first Hall of Fame at a dinner on Saturday night at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in
Sacramento are: Billy Mills, Rae Clark, Eileen Claugus, Chris Iwahashi, Helen Klein, Paul Reese, Dennis Rinde and Linda Somers Smith.

Bios written by John Schumacher:

January 25, 2013
Sacramento Running Association to induct 8 into Hall of Fame and honor others

The Sacramento Running Association will induct eight members into its inaugural Hall of Fame class Saturday at a dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

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They are legendary track and field names Rae Clark, Eileen Claugus, Chris Iwahashi, Helen Klein, Billy Mills, Paul Reese, Dennis Rinde and Linda Somers Smith.

The event also includes an Annual Achievement Awards for the area's top runners in track, road racing, cross country and ultra running.

The high school honorees include Trent Brendel and Maggie Bell of Granite Bay, Madeleine Ankhelyi of Vista del Lago, Edixon Puglisi of Oakmont and UC Santa Barbara and decades-long coaches in John DuCray of St. Francis and Bob King of Del Campo. For a complete list, go here or go to www.runsra.org for more information.

January 23, 2013
Girls basketball Top 20: Del Oro tops NU in SFL thriller

West Point-bound Stephanie Geyer had 25 points and Mia Maglinte added 12 as No. 8 Del Oro (14-7, 4-0) defeated No. 4 Nevada Union 58-53 in a Sierra Foothill League girls basketball game tonight in Loomis.

Kaylin Martin had 11 points and Sammy DeHart, Emma Peterson and Sydney Porter 10 apiece for the Miners (15-4, 3-1), who last season snapped Del Oro's 63-game league winning streak in Loomis.

Del Oro's latest win streak is now nine games.

In other top 20 games reported to The Bee:

January 23, 2013
Boys basketball Top 20: Saraba has 37 points for Del Campo

Vasilija Saraba scored 37 points, including 25 in the first half, to lead No. 9 Del Campo (16-5, 3-1) to a 66-54 Capital Valley Conference boys basketball win over Oakmont tonight in Roseville.

Namani Parker led the Vikings (6-13, 0-4) with 18 points.
- Trevor Horn

In other games involving boys top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

NO. 4 ANTELOPE 61, NO. 13 CORDOVA 37 - Rashard Thornhill had 15 points and Iasiah Ellis added 11 as the Titans (15-6, 4-0) defeated the Lancers (13-7, 3-1) in a Capital Athletic League game in Antelope.

January 23, 2013
Top-ranked Sac High girls top No. 5 McClatchy, 52-36

Sacramento High is one of the area's most feared and respected girls basketball programs. The Dragons are ranked No. 1 by The Bee and No. 10 in Northern California by NorCalPreps.com.

But before Wednesday's Metro Conference game against No. 5 McClatchy, Sac coach Michelle Massari still was looking for a little more grit from her Dragons.

She got what she was looking for as Sacramento put on a show of dominance in beating the young Lions 52-36 in Oak Park.

Other than the opening minutes, the Dragons never trailed and by halftime had built a 26-15 lead.

January 22, 2013
Girls basketball top 20: Vanderdoes gets USC offer, then win

No. 10 Placer withstood an 18-point, 17-rebound performance by Foothill's Elisha Anderson to hold on for a 49-48 Pioneer Valley League girls basketball win tonight in Foothill Farms.

Elena Daniel led Placer with 10 points. Freshman Baylee Vanderdoes added nine points and grabbed four rebounds for Placer (19-3, 4-1) just a few days after being offered a scholarship by USC women's coach Michael Cooper, according to her father.

Vanderdoes' older brother, Eddie, a Placer football standout, is being recruited by USC and took an official visit to the school this past weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder is considered the fourth best defensive lineman recruit in the country by Rivals.com.

Vanderdoes already has visited UCLA and he's scheduled to take a trip to Notre Dame this weekend and Alabama the next. National signing day is Feb. 6.
- Trevor Horn

In other girls top 20 games reported to The Bee.

January 22, 2013
Boys basketball Top 20: Kennedy upsets another Metro foe

Trailing by four points entering the final quarter, No. 19 Kennedy rallied to beat No. 10 Burbank 69-66 tonight to post their second consecutive Metro Conference boys basketball triumph over a highly ranked foe in Greenhaven.

Matt Nakatomi had 14 points, To'A Kolokihakaufisi 13 and Joey Healow and Devon Edwards 12 each as Kennedy (12-7, 7-0) remained unbeaten in league. On Friday, the Cougars beat No. 5 Sac High 66-59, also at home.

For Burbank (13-7, 5-2), which falls into third place, David Straughter had 21 points and Clifford Lyles 17.

In other boys Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

January 22, 2013
Here's a look at Common Good Classic Players of the Game

These players were named their respective team's True North Project Players of the Game at the Common Good Classic showcase fund-raiser on Saturday at Antelope High School.

Game 1: Antelope 48, Center 37 (girls) - Antelope: Rae Rae Terlaje-Taitano (16 points, three rebounds, two steals); Center: Danielle Robbins (eight points).

Game 2: Davis 134, Valley Christian 55 (boys) - Davis: Kevin Sorensen (25 points); Valley Christian: Hunter Fenn (11 points, three assists, two steals).

Game 3: Del Oro 47, St. Francis 43 (girls) - Del Oro: Stephanie Geyer (22 points on 10 of 13 shooting, eight rebounds); St. Francis: Susie Rogers (12 points).

Game 4: Foothill 51, Franklin 36 - Foothill: Douglas James (20 points); Franklin: Benson Osayande (11 points).

Game 5: Whitney 54, Center 47 (boys) - Whitney: Nolan Eger (19 points); Center: Lane Andrews (six points, three steals).

Game 6: Antelope 60, Bella Vista 50 (boys) - Antelope: Isaiah Ellis (16 points); Bella Vista: Tyler Berkness (17 points, eight rebounds).

Proceeds from the event help benefit teens who are emancipating from the foster care system.

January 20, 2013
Sacramento High, Salesian, Deer Valley, De La Salle highlight Martin Luther King event at Cal

young.jpegIt will be a full day of basketball intrigue and talent Monday in Berkeley in the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Haas Pavilion at Cal.

Bee ranked No. 5 Sacramento plays Bay Area power Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland at 3:45 p.m. in a meeting of young Dragons.

Sacramento coach Derek Swafford regularly plays five freshmen, including 6-6 forward Devin Young, the team's leading scorer at 12 points per game. Sacramento lost to Deer Valley 97-96 in overtime earlier this season and beat Bishop O'Dowd 86-85 two seasons ago in the MLK at Haas.

O'Dowd this season features 6-9 sophomore post Ivan Rabb, who averages 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7.5 blocked shots a game and is viewed as the top sophomore in the land, following in the big steps of recent Bay Area big men talents such as Mitty of San Jose's Aaron Gordon and Deer Valley's Marcus Lee.

Other highlight features Monday at Haas:

* Palo Alto (15-1) vs. De Anza (13-7), 10:30 a.m. - Palo Alto is where Jim Harbaugh played his senior season of football and hoops (yes, he frowned in those pictures, too). Palo Alto has long been a power in basketball and are off to another rousing start. Aubrey Dawkins averages 18 points and 7 rebounds.

The 6-4 senior guard is the son of Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, having scored 26 or more in four of his last six games.

* Analy (12-6) vs. Campolindo (11-5), 12:15 p.m. - Campolindo has a win against Bay Area power El Cerrito, though also coming off a tough loss to MaxPreps NorCal ranked Dublin. Analy beat Campolindo in the North Coast Section playoffs in 2011 and are led this winter by guards Mohannad Halaweh and Gabe Greenberg-Pines.

* Palma (12-3) vs. St. Patrick/St. Vincent (12-8), 2 p.m. - Palma will slowed a bit on offense with UCLA signee Noah Allen's broken wrist. St. Patrick/St. Vincent is led by 6-7 forward Jalen Canty, a 230-pound junior with skills who also blocks shots.

* Salesian (15-3) vs. De La Salle (14-2), 5:45 p.m. - Salesian is the No. 1 team in Northern California, according to MaxPreps, a defensive power led by standouts Jabari Bird, Markel Leonard and Mario Dunn. A dynamic combo guard talent at 6-6 averaging 20 points, Bird is a Cal commit.

De La Salle has long been known as a defensive power under coach Frank Allocco, whose team this season features Arizona-bound guard Elliott Pitts and a rising freshman in Devin Asiasi. Pitts is one of the great scorers in DLS history, able to score inside and out. He could encounter Dunn of Salesian a time or two. He's endless energy and effort.

* Newark Memorial (9-6) vs. Deer Valley (14-4), 7:30 p.m. - Deer Valley is coming off frenetic and fun 97-92 loss at Sheldon on Saturday. The Wolverines will again go with their terrific 1-2 punch in UNLV-bound guard Kendall Smith and Kentucky-bound post Marcus Lee, who had 30 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots against Sheldon. Smith had 34. Lee averages 20 rebounds.

Newark, led by veteran coach Craig Ashmore, beat Deer Valley last season. This season, Newark will have Damien Banford, a tree at 6-5 and 290 pounds, lean against Lee.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sacramento High freshman Devin Young, averaging 11.1 points and six rebounds, dunks in a Dec. 18 game against Ponderosa.

- Joe Davidson
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January 19, 2013
Bee No. 1 Sheldon beats Bay Area power Deer Valley 97-92; Johnson scores 42 to offset Marcus Lee

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

Short handed without one of its leading aces and also minus its fiery coach, but never short in desire and focus, the Sheldon Huskies on Saturday night scored their most significant victory this early season.

With 6-foot-6 do-all talent Dakarai Allen sidelined with a gash over his right eye from a game earlier in the week against Ponderosa and suffering from the flu, and with coach Joey Rollings out from Friday night's ejection, per CIF rules, the Bee's top-ranked squad went toe-to-toe with state power Deer Valley of Antioch - and then some.

Darin Johnson scored 19 of his lifetime best 42 points in the third quarter in a clinic of scoring. The 6-4 guard headed to Washington scored on a variety of jumpers, bombs and inside plays, and a host of other Sheldon players - young and older - contributed in a big way to key a heart-check 97-92 victory over the Marcus Lee and Kendall Smith-led Wolverines in a nonleague game.

This could also be a preview of a Northern California playoff showdown with the new Open division format of elite programs in play for the first time come March.

Lee, the Kentucky-bound 6-10 post, was sensational for Deer Valley, as was senior guard Smith. Smith had 34 points - driving, jump shots, bombs.

Lee had 30 on 14 of 18 shooting in a powerful display of inside dominance that included 11 dunks. He soared with one-handed dunks off steals, went high for thunder dunks off baseline alley-oops and off putbacks. He had 15 rebounds, seven blocked shots and four steals.

Mike Bradley, a guard for the 33-1 Highlands team of 1983 that won a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship, coached Sheldon against Deer Valley and left the gym as if he'd coached a triple header. He and Rollings chatted later, pleased with a team-wide effort, right on down to the contributions of freshman guard Devin Greene, and 6-6 shooter Ian Miller, who had 11 points on three three-pointers. Rollings was not on campus during the game.

Sheldon floor leader D'Erryl Williams barely played in the first half with three fouls, and the Huskies' other senior ace in Ryan Manning fouled out early in the fourth quarter with four points in a physical, frenetic game. But the Huskies (14-4) showed again that they are a deep, well-conditioned club.

Williams, a powerfully build guard, muscled inside for nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a bucket for a 92-87 lead with 1:15 to play. The San Diego State-bound star delivered a nifty bounce pass to Antonio Lewis down the lane for a 94-90 lead with 47 seconds to play. Williams also had four of his seven rebounds in the fourth.

Lewis, the team's grunt performer, scored 19 points with 11 rebounds. His buzzer-beating three pointer gave Sheldon a 73-63 lead after three, setting the Huskies crowd into a frenzy.

"It's always fun out there," Lewis said. "I'm smiling now because it was such a good game. I'll sleep in tomorrow. I'm pretty beat up."

Johnson of Sheldon had nine rebounds. Jalen Hicks had five assists for Sheldon.
Johnson said he was delighted to compete against his God brother Smith of Deer Valley (14-4). Each badly wanted this one.

"It's always fun to go against great competition, especially from the Bay Area," Johnson said. "We had a lot of players step up without Dakarai. We're all playing well together."
Sheldon next plays at Bee No. 3 Pleasant Grove on Friday in a battle for first place in the Delta River League. Pleasant Grove players and coaches packed in to watch this game.

Sheldon is state-ranked No. 3 by Cal-Hi Sports and NorCal ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps. Deer Valley is NorCal-ranked No. 5, owning a 97-96 victory over Sacramento earlier this season.
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January 19, 2013
Girls Basketball Top 20: St. Francis topples Pleasant Grove

Susie Rogers had 18 points and Marisa Boras added 10 as No. 13 St. Francis (9-7, 2-2) upset No. 4 Pleasant Grove 57-37 in a Delta River League girls basketball game Friday night in East Sacramento.

Avonna Lee led Pleasant Grove (12-5, 2-2) with 11 points.

In other girls Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

NO. 2 OAK RIDGE 56, SHELDON 37 - Ali Bettencourt's 15 points led the way for the Trojans (17-2, 4-0) in their DRL win over the Huskies (9-10, 3-1) in El Dorado Hills.

January 19, 2013
Kennedy boys take over Metro lead with upset of Sac High

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

Unranked Kennedy High School pulled the upset of this basketball season by downing Bee No. 2-ranked and MaxPreps NorCal No. 5 Sacramento 66-59 in a Metropolitan Conference game for first place Friday night in Greenhaven.

Freshman Cole Taira led the way for the Cougars with 14 points. Matt Nakatomi added nine. James Hadnot led Sac High with 20 points.

"We beat the mighty Sac High Dragons for the first time in forever, and they're good," Kennedy coach Robert Fong said. "It feels great to win but we've got a lot of unfinished business."

January 19, 2013
Boys Basketball Top 20: Capital Christian wins; Sac High falls

Anyone who had their doubts about the quality of small-school boys basketball should have stopped by Mesa Verde High School Friday night.

In a showdown of Golden Empire League unbeatens and 15-game winners, private school power Capital Christian and Mesa Verde's neighborhood kids from Citrus Heights put on an entertaining show that was as fast, furious and physical as anything seen at the big-school level.

In the end, Capital Christian's superior size and quickness proved impossible for the Mavericks to overcome as the Cougars, ranked No. 4 by The Bee, prevailed 65-53.

But Mesa Verde's Patrick Pavelchik, one of the area's gems, coached up his players well as the Mavericks stayed close through most of the game.

Roman Zazhitskiy's two-footer off an assist from Bret Lynch cut Capital Christian's lead to four points, 54-50 with 4:30 to play. But Nifae Lealao sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Justice Shelton-Mosely breakaway to help the Cougars finally pull away.

Lealao, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound post and a major college football recruit, dominated around the basket in finishing with a game-high 22 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the floor.

Junior guard Tyler Jennings added 12 points and 6-8 junior D.J. Wilson and 6-6, 245-pound sophomore Trey Belton each had eight for the Cougars (16-2, 4-0).
Lynch, a sophomore, led Mesa Verde (15-6, 3-1) with 14 points. Zazhitskkiy added 13, Jordan Marques 10 and Ja Quan Deary and Tyler Naso eight each.

In other games involving boys Top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

January 17, 2013
Boys Basketball Top 20: No. 7 Rocklin falls to Woodcreek

Trailing 46-41 entering the final quarter, Woodcreek rallied to beat No. 7 Rocklin 60-58 tonight in a Sierra Foothill League boys basketball game in Rocklin.

Tyler Milani and Noah Blackwell each had 21 points for Woodcreek (10-10, 1-2). Devin Moss led Rocklin (14-6, 2-1) with 14 points.

In other games involving Top 20 boys teams reported to The Bee:

January 17, 2013
Girls Basketball Top 20: No. 1 Sac holds off No. 3 Kennedy

If Sacramento High girls basketball coach Michele Massari knows how many consecutive league games her team has won, she won't say.

The streak precedes her five years at the Oak Park charter school.

But the players are well aware of it. And none want to be members of the team that sees "The Streak", as it's called, come to an end.

So Thursday's showdown at No. 3 Kennedy was more than a battle of Metro Conference unbeatens and defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions, Sacramento at D-III and Kennedy at D-I.

January 16, 2013
Girls basketball Top 20: Nevada Union tops Rocklin

No. 6 Nevada Union outscored No. 17 Rocklin 19-5 in the third quarter to break open a close game and go on to post a 57-36 Sierra Foothill League girls basketball win tonight in Grass Valley.

Nicole Lierly led Nevada Union (14-3, 2-0) with 16 points. Jaimie Curtis led Rocklin (12-7, 0-2) with nine points.

The Miners will play host to Granite Bay on Friday, then play a nonleague game 5 p.m. Monday at No. 2 Oak Ridge before traveling to Loomis 7 p.m. Wednesday to face perennial SFL champion Del Oro.

In other games involving Top 20 girls teams reported to The Bee:

January 16, 2013
Boys basketball Top 20: Sheldon, Sac, Eagles easy victors

Freshmen Devin Young, Christian Terrell, Jermaine Henderson, Andrew Williams and Josh Gonzalez combined for 28 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals in helping No. 2 Sacramento defeat Valley 79-22 in a Metro Conference boys basketball game tonight in Oak Park.

Young and senior Joseph Barnes both had 12 points and senior Simi Shelton added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Dragons (13-4, 5-0). Valley falls to 9-9, 2-3 in league.

In other games involving Top 20 boys teams reported to The Bee:

NO. 1 SHELDON 68, PONDEROSA 35 - Antonio Lewis and Darin Johnson each scored 17 points and Dakarai Allen added 11 as the Huskies (13-4, 3-0) defeated the Bruins (7-12, 0-3) in a Delta River League game in Shingle Springs. Lewis made eight of nine shots and had five rebounds and five steals. Allen had seven assists and five rebounds.

January 15, 2013
Girls Basketball Top 20: No. 1 Sac High coasts past Valley

Senior wing Allie Green led 10 players in the scoring column with 15 points as top-ranked Sacramento coasted to a 72-24 win over Valley in a Metro Conference girls basketball game tonight in South Sacramento.

Junior point guard Zonyia Cormier added 13 points and freshman guard Alana Myers 12 for the Dragons (14-2, 5-0), who will play at No. 3 Kennedy on Thursday in a battle of league unbeatens. Valley falls to 3-15, 0-5.

In other games involving Top 20 girls teams reported to The Bee:

January 15, 2013
Boys Basketball Top 20: Capital Christian hammers Dixon

Uchenna Iroegbu had 15 points, Trey Belton and Nifae Lealao 14 each and D.J. Wilson 13 as No. 4 Capital Christian defeated Dixon 86-49 in a Golden Empire League boys basketball game tonight at Dixon High School.

The win moves Capital Christian to 15-2 overall and 3-0 in league. Dixon, led by Jake Moraes' 19 points, falls to 8-12 overall, 1-2 in league.

In other games involving boys Top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

January 12, 2013
Christian Brothers soccer receives national academic award

For the fifth consecutive year, the Christian Brothers High School soccer program earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award.

In order to qualify for this award, a team must compile a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher for the entire school year.

The Falcons latest honor was the 2011-2012 school year.

Christian Brothers is the only California school to receive this award for both the boys and girls teams, according to Kristen McCarthy, the school's director of communications.

January 12, 2013
Manning scores 29 in Sheldon's breakthrough Bullard win

Sheldon's boys basketball team has traveled 6,800 miles this season playing powerhouse programs in Las Vegas, San Diego and New Orleans.

But the Huskies' biggest win of the season may have taken place Saturday night at home.

With Ryan Manning feeling great and D'Erryl Williams feeling lousy - and both having impact games - the Huskies beat Fresno power Bullard 85-74 at Sheldon High.

Bullard (13-2) entered the game ranked No. 8 in the state by Maxpreps.com. For state-ranked No. 16 Sheldon (12-4), it was the Huskies' first win in three attempts on their home court against a major state power.

January 12, 2013
Boys Top 20: Sheldon tops Jesuit; state-ranked Bullard next

Darin Johnson had 17 points, Ryan Manning 14 points and six rebounds and Dakarai Allen 13 points, six steals and three blocks in leading top-ranked Sheldon to a 69-42 Delta River League boys basketball win over No. 17 Jesuit (9-9, 1-1) Friday night at Sheldon High School.

The game was a tune-up for tonight's 6 o'clock home court battle between Sheldon (11-4, 2-0) and Bullard of Fresno (13-1), state ranked No. 8 by MaxPreps.com. Sheldon is ranked No. 16.

In other Top 20 boys games reported to The Bee:

January 11, 2013
Girls Top 20: Johnson's 25 points leads Kennedy over Florin

Lynette Johnson scored 25 points, including 11 of 12 from the foul line, in leading No. 3 Kennedy past No. 5 Florin 55-44 in a Metro Conference girls basketball game tonight in Greenhaven.

Kennedy, which remains undefeated and in a tie for first in the Metro with top-ranked
Sacramento, led by 18 points, 47-29, with a little more than five minutes to play when a pressing Florin went on a 10-0 run, cutting the lead to 47-39 with 2:40 remaining.

But Kennedy's Alicia Ng hit a jumper from near the foul line and Jessica Lauderdale made two free throws (13-3, 4-0) to end any hopes of a Florin (10-4, 2-2) win.

Sophomore Rhianna Jackson led Florin with 14 points and Deja Conger and Dalayna Sampton each had eight. Katie Lee had nine points for Kennedy, all three-pointers.

Kennedy will play host to Sacramento on Thursday.

In other games reported to The Bee involving girls top 20 teams:

January 11, 2013
Bee No. 1 Sheldon rolls rival Jesuit in Delta River League play

At long last, a home game. And what a homecoming.

Playing in front of a festive, full crowd that included the band, a halftime performance by the Sheldon High School universal rhythm dance crew and a rooting section that featured shirtless seniors with body paint, the Bee's top ranked boys basketball team entertained in every facet after a whirlwind holiday basketball tour.

Sheldon, fresh off national tournaments in Las Vegas, San Diego and New Orleans, didn't look like a club with jet lag. The Huskies raced past and jumped over rival and No. 17 Jesuit 69-42 in a Delta River League meeting of rivals on Friday night.

Last season, Sheldon beat Jesuit to take the DRL, Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship for a title three-peat and Northern California D-I championship.

The core of the Sheldon team returned, headed by San Diego State-bound senior leaders Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams and sharp-shooting forward Ryan Manning, another senior scholar who expects to land a scholarship. The Huskies looked the part of a club that is state-ranked No. 3 by Cal-Hi Sports and NorCal ranked No. 3 by
MaxPreps in taking apart a rebuilding Marauders team that has talent and competes but doesn't have near the experience, muscle, burst or skill as the Huskies.

"They're really good," Jesuit coach Greg Harcos said before the game.

Sheldon raced to a 62-24 lead before the reserves played the entire fourth quarter. The Huskies (11-4, 2-0) ran the floor, shared the ball on alley-oop dunks or bounce passes down the lane or to open shooters.

They hustled on defense, got on the floor for loose balls and used depth to keep a full step ahead of the Marauders (9-9, 1-1). Sheldon made 8 of 15 three-pointers in the first half.

Darin Johnson, a 6-5 forward headed to Washington, led Sheldon with 17 points. Manning had 14 points in hitting threes or throwing down dunks, and six rebounds. Allen had 13 with eight deflections, five steals and three blocked shots. Williams had seven points and six rebounds, and teammate Antonio Lewis had 10 points and five rebounds.

"We shot the ball well, shared the ball, and we're not at our peak," Sheldon coach Joey Rollings said.

Williams, the steady point guard, said a home atmosphere adds to the total package. Sheldon players hope for a similar crowd tonight when state No. 9 Bullard of Fresno (13-1) visits for a 6 p.m. nonleague affair.

"Always love the band here - the best band in the land," Williams said. "We have great atmosphere here, great support."

As for the national tournaments, Rollings and Williams agreed that the Huskies got what they wanted: experience against top-tier teams, a chance to bond away from home, improvement and no injuries.

"It was good for us," Williams said. "We're coming together as a team."

For all of Sheldon's star power, it's the efforts of the unsung performers that impress Rollings and his staff. Lewis is a 6-foot-1 senior forward who scraps for loose balls, loves to rebound and is capable of hitting shots. He hit two threes and goes by "Buck
Williams" - and not because of a 1980s high-rise 'do that the NBA rebounding guru sported during the 1980s and '90s.

Sheldon guards James Fox, Jordan Bradley and Devin Greene combined for eight points and a lot of ball handling.

"I'm old school - get after it, get the rebounds, play hard defense, hit open shots," Lewis said, all grins. "It's my role."
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January 10, 2013
Girls Top 20: Oak Ridge, River City pick up easy victories

In the only two girls basketball Top 20 games reported to The Bee tonight, No. 2 Oak Ridge defeated Folsom 62-26 in a Delta River League game and No. 19 River City beat Galt 59-12 in a Sierra Valley Conference contest.

Jenn Hoffman had 12 points and Ali Bettencourt 11 to lead the balanced Trojans (14-2, 2-0) past the Bulldogs (5-14, 0-2) while Aliyah Brantley had 15 points and Tori Torres, Katie King and Marrissa Tyler 10 each for the Raiders (10-8, 3-0) in their win over Galt (3-14, 0-3).

January 10, 2013
Boys Top 20: Bella Vista tops Del Campo in CVC opener

Ahmad Smith had 20 points, Dominic Driggs 17 and Tyler Berkness 12 as No. 6 Bella Vista held on to beat No. 10 Del Campo 63-58 in tonight's Capital Valley Conference boys basketball opener in Fair Oaks.

Bella Vista (13-4), which led by as many as 10 points late in the third period, couldn't rest easy until the final second when Driggs made two free throws.

Otherwise Del Campo was within one to three points through the game's final four minutes.

Semir Cahtarevic led Del Campo with 14 points. Joe Ramirez added 11 points and Vasilije Saraba 10 for the Cougars (12-5).

"They call it the Battle of the Oaks in football, and it carries over to us, too," Bella Vista coach Dave Gonzalez said. "It's a special rivalry.

"We knew when we got up 10 that they were going to make a run because they have such a good offense. We made some plays at the end to pull it out."

In other games involving boys Top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

January 9, 2013
Girls Top 20: Injury, illness force Johnson to forfeit vs. Sac

Top-ranked Sacramento's Metro Conference girls basketball game tonight against Hiram Johnson in Oak Park abruptly ended at halftime when the overmatched Warriors forfeited after a player injured her ankle, then had to be taken to the hospital when she started hyperventilating, according to Dragons coach Michele Massari.

Sacramento was ahead 55-1.

"A couple of others were throwing up," Massari said in a text message of Johnson's players. "It was sad. I felt bad for them....They really played hard in the first half. My thoughts and prayers go to the players that were affected."

Chaya Durr and Allie Green each had 10 points for the 12-2 Dragons, who are 3-0 in the Metro Conference. Hiram Johnson, which has won just one game in five years, falls to 0-3.

In other games reported to The Bee involving Top 20 girls teams:

January 9, 2013
Franklin is overtime winner in DVC opener vs Laguna Creek

Four-time defending Delta Valley Conference champion Franklin held off Laguna Creek 64-60 in overtime tonight in the boys basketball league opener at Laguna Creek High School.

Franklin outscored Laguna Creek 11-7 in the overtime period after the game ended 53-53 in regulation.

Benson Osayande led Franklin (8-9) with 17 points. Victor Rustin added 16 and Dionte Young 11. Andre Lewis and Malik Pope each had 14 points for Laguna Creek (9-9).

Franklin will play host to Monterey Trail and Laguna Creek plays at Elk Grove as DVC play continues on Friday.

January 9, 2013
Boys Top 20: No. 3 Pleasant Grove rallies to beat Oak Ridge

No. 15 Oak Ridge's bid for an upset over No. 3 Pleasant Grove fell apart in the fourth quarter in tonight's Delta River League boys basketball opener in Elk Grove.

The Trojans led 26-23 after three quarters but were outscored 14-3 in the final period of Pleasant Grove's 37-29 throwback win.

Malik Thames had 10 points and Matthew Hayes and Marquese Chriss eight each for Pleasant Grove (14-3). Connor Sende topped Oak Ridge (10-8) with 12 points.

In other games reported to The Bee involving Top 20 boys teams:

No. 1 SHELDON 78, FOLSOM 39 - Dakarai Allen had 16 points, D'Erryl Williams 15, Antonio Lewis 12 and Darin Johnson 10 as the Huskies (10-4) coasted past the Bulldogs (9-9) in the Delta River League opener in Folsom.

NO. 8 GRANT 69, MONTEREY TRAIL 56 - De'Sean Parsons had 25 points and Malek Mitschem added 14 as the Pacers (12-5) defeated the Mustangs in the Delta Valley Conference opener in Del Paso Heights. Leondre Lintz led Monterey Trail (9-9) with 26 points.

No. 16 DAVIS 62, ELK GROVE 56 - The Blue Devils overcame a slow start, falling behind 17-8 after one quarter, to beat the Thundering Herd in the Delta Valley Conference opener in Elk Grove. Grant Dickerson led Davis (10-6) with 15 points and Brandon Strong and Hayden Russell each added 10 points. Hasani Reese led Elk Grove (10-8) with 11 points and eight rebounds.

No. 17 JESUIT 56, PONDEROSA 47 - Six-foot-eight Brady Anderson and 6-6 Lake Lutes combined for 34 points to lead the Marauders (9-8) in the Delta River League game in Carmichael. Trevor Hammitt had a game-high 20 points for Ponderosa (7-10).

January 8, 2013
Girls Top 20: No. 2 Oak Ridge tops No. 4 Pleasant Grove

By Joe Davidson
Bee Staff Writer
The ingredients to success for the Oak Ridge girls basketball success isn't rooted in 6-footers or national recruits who fly up and down the floor. The Trojans, in fact, have none of this on their roster.

But cohesion, effort, fundamentals and just enough athletic grit? They boast plenty of that.

Using those elements and waves of depth, Bee No. 2 Oak Ridge downed No. 4 Pleasant Grove 66-54 tonight in a Delta River League opener in Elk Grove.

Ali Bettencourt, a 5-10 junior guard, scored 21 points for Oak Ridge (12-2), and Haley Anderson, a 5-8 guard/forward, contributed 13 points.

January 8, 2013
Boys Top 20: Oakmont upsets Granite Bay; Sac drills Burbank

Oakmont, which started the season 3-9, got a huge win tonight in upsetting No. 7 Granite Bay 74-69 in overtime in a nonleague boys basketball game in Roseville.

Dominic Marrero had 24 points and Shayne Baynes 15 to lead the Vikings (4-6) past the Grizzlies (11-6).

In other games reported to The Bee involving Top 20 teams:

NO. 2 SACRAMENTO 92, NO. 12 BURBANK 68 - The Dragons (10-4, 2-0) jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back in beating the Titans (9-6, 1-1) in Oak Park. Aaron Cameron led Sacramento with 21 points and fellow seniors Joseph Barnes and James Hadnot combined for 27 points. Freshman Devin Young had 18.

No. 4 CAPITAL CHRISTIAN 61, LINDHURST 46 - Trey Belton had 17 points and Nifae Lealao added 14 as the Cougars (12-2) beat the Blazers (9-9) in the Golden Empire League opener.

January 8, 2013
Sac-Joaquin Section realignment proposals include super football leagues (Folsom, Oak Ridge in SFL)

Realignment looms, and that means change.

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Here's a peek at what the Sac-Joaquin Section is proposing for the 2014-18 academic years in all Divisions (with the next realignment meeting scheduled for Jan. 29).

Realignment is based on enrollments, competitive scope and other factors. Some argue that realignment should solely be based on neighborhood programs. But some schools only have a few neighbors and travel becomes a must - Nevada Union, Woodland, Dixon, El Dorado, etc. One school in one neighborhood could be a great deal larger and more successful than any other closely-grouped schools.

Keep in mind that these are suggestions, not set in stone, and the Section isn't out to hose anyone, contrary to popular belief as we field a lot of these sorts of e-mails when realignment hits, "Why does Pete Saco and the section office hate us so much?" Um, the Section office doesn't have time or any reason to pick out teams and shower hate...

January 7, 2013
Girls Top 20: Kennedy hands McClatchy its first defeat

With senior Lynette Johnson making key plays late and scoring a game-high 20 points, No. 3 Kennedy held off No. 8 McClatchy 51-43 in a Metro Conference girls basketball game tonight in Greenhaven.

McClatchy, which trailed Kennedy 42-24 entering the final quarter, suffered its first loss of the season after 13 wins.

For Kennedy (11-3, 2-0), the win keeps the Cougars in a tie for first place in the Metro with top-ranked Sacramento High (11-2, 2-0), a 78-27 winner over Luther Burbank. Allie Green led the Dragons' balanced scoring with 15 points.

January 5, 2013
Sheldon falls in Sugar Bowl tourney finals in New Orleans

Dakarai Allen had 22 points and five assists and Darin Johnson 21 points and eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as Riverside Academy of Reserve, La. defeated Sheldon (9-4) 72-65 in tonight's All State Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic boys basketball championship game in New Orleans.

Sophomore guard Charvon Julien led Riverside (13-3) with 22 points and five assists and was named the tournament MVP.

January 5, 2013
Bella Vista routs Chico team in Trojan Toss-Up boys final

No. 6 Bella Vista jumped to a 35-16 halftime lead and then coasted to a 61-33 win over Pleasant Valley of Chico in tonight's Trojan Toss-Up boys basketball championship game at Oak Ridge High School.

Tyler Berkness led the Broncos (12-4) with 26 points. Dominic Driggs added 11 and Austin Hennen 10.

In other Toss-Up results:

Third place
Cosumnes Oaks 69, El Dorado 52 - Griffin Rutkauskas' 15 points helped lift the Wolfpack over the Cougars.

Fifth place
No. 15 Oak Ridge 50, Shasta 36 - Connor Sende had 12 points and Josh Simms 10 in leading the Trojans to victory.

Seventh place
Folsom 68, No. 18 Rio Americano 60 - Zach Wolking's 20 points paced the Bulldogs.

January 5, 2013
Kentucky-bound Lee dazzles; Pleasant Grove wins at Tribute

Kentucky scholarship signee Marcus Lee, a pogo-jumping 6-foot-10 center, put on a show of dunking, shot-blocking and behind-the-back, length-of-the-court dribbling in leading Deer Valley of Antioch to a 79-59 win over No. 12 Jesuit in tonight's finale of the four-game, 11th annual Father Kelly Tribute showcase and charity benefit at Jesuit High School.

Lee and teammate Kendall Smith, a dazzling 6-3 senior guard, each finished with 21 points for the Wolverines (10-3). Sophomore Isaiah Bailey had 16 points and 6-8 Brady Anderson added 11 for Jesuit (8-8).

In other games:

No. 3 Pleasant Grove 64, Newark Memorial 57 - Trailing 53-48 with 3:37 to play, the Eagles (12-3) outscored the Cougars (6-6) 16-4 in the final 3:37. Senior captains Malik Thames (22 points), Matt Hayes (20) and Cole Nordquist (19) scored all but three of the Eagles' points. Joey Frenchwood led Newark Memorial (6-6) with 21 points.

Campolindo-Moraga 75, Foothill 59 - Behind sophomores Chris Hansen and Matt O'Reilly, the Cougars (9-4) turned a one-point lead at halftime, 30-29, into an easy win over the Mustangs (5-10). O'Reilly had 22 points and the 6-6 Hansen added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Douglas James led Foothill with 15 points.

San Leandro 60, Franklin 43 - Behind senior Kenon Noble, the Pirates (10-3) unleashed a second-half three-point barrage to overcome a four-point halftime deficit against the Wildcats (6-9). Noble finished with a game-high 24 points, including five threes, all in the second half. Marvin Timothy led Franklin with 12 points.

January 4, 2013
Girls Top 20: Sac, Kennedy, McClatchy win Metro openers

Chaya Durr scored 14 points and Allie Green added 13 to lead top-ranked Sacramento High to a 63-54 win over No. 6 Florin in tonight's Metro Conference girls basketball opener at Florin High School.

Florin's Daijah Joe-Smith led all scorers with 28 points.

In other games reported to The Bee involving girls Top 20 teams:

January 4, 2013
Boys Top 20: Del Oro rallies to beat Del Campo in overtime

Del Oro's Ryan Takayama hit a three-pointer from above the key that tied the game 63-63 with 8.3 seconds in regulation, then the No. 10 Golden Eagles outscored No. 9 Del Campo 13-7 in overtime to post a 76-70 nonleague win tonight in Loomis, snapping the Cougars' 10-game winning streak.

Del Campo (13-4) led 55-40 entering the fourth quarter before coach Geoff Broyles' Golden Eagles (11-5) stormed back.

Keenan Finney had 19 points, Aaron Freeman 16, Danny Becker 15 and Collin Mitchell 12 for Del Oro, which rebounded from a 74-69 double overtime loss to unranked Lincoln on Wednesday.

Vasilije Saraba led Del Campo wtih 22 points and Semir Cahtarevic added 13 and Modesta Britten 11 for the Cougars.

In other games reported to The Bee involving top 20 boys teams:

January 3, 2013
Girls Top 20: Redmon helps Monterey Trail beat Ponderosa

Jasmine Redmon scored 24 points to lead No. 12 Monterey Trail to a 58-55 girls basketball win over Ponderosa tonight in Elk Grove.

In other results reported to The Bee involving Top 20 girls teams:

• Tyler Ellis had 22 points to lead No. 17 Antelope to a 54-17 win over Chavez of Stockton.

January 3, 2013
Boys Top 20: Johnson leads Sheldon to win in New Orleans

Darin Johnson made an immediate impact in his debut today for Sheldon's top-ranked boys basketball team.

The 6-foot-4 wing had 24 points to lead the Huskies to a 65-53 win over Northside of Lafayette, La., in the All-Star SugarBowl Classic in New Orleans.

Johnson, a scholarship signee with Washington, had to sit out the first 30 days of the season under the CIF's new eligibility policy after having transferred from Franklin.

Dakarai Allen added 17 points and D'Erryl Williams and Ryan Manning had nine points each for the Huskies.

In other boys games reported to The Bee involving Top 20 teams:

January 3, 2013
Video: Interview with All-America Bowl participant Eddie Vanderdoes

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes of Placer High School has been chosen to play in Saturday's U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Watch this video to see what he has to say about be honored with a place on teh West team's roster.

January 2, 2013
Bee No. 3 Pleasant Grove downs Franklin 68-45; Thames, Hayes, Norquist lead way

John DePonte sizes up his basketball team and sees the makings of a championship contender.

His veteran players agree.

With three core three-year starters at the helm for their calm coach DePonte, Pleasant Grove High School aims to make this a season to remember, and if Wednesday night offered even a glimpse of that hope, the Eagles should expect a run well into March. With ball handlers, shooters, runners and rebounders, the Bee-ranked Eagles throttled Franklin 68-45 in a nonleague contest in Elk Grove.

Guards Malik Thames and Matt Hayes lead one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's top backcourts, and fellow three-year varsity senior man Cole Norquist is among the region's top shooters.

Thames had 22 points on an array of twisting drives, runners and jumpers, and he played hawking defense for the 11-3 Eagles, whose only local loss was to Sacramento. Hayes, a virtual blur clone at 6-foot, had 15, and Norquist, a 6-3, had 11.

"That's what we're hoping - cash in on this experience," said DePonte, whose club went 24-7 a year ago in finishing a competitive third in the Delta River League behind Sheldon and Jesuit, teams that met in the Section Division I and Northern California large-school title games. "Our Big 3 of Hayes, Colfax and Thames has a lot of experience. If the guys around them can step up...."

Then sky's the limit.

Marquese Chriss, a 6-6 junior post, had 10 points. He got the game off to a roaring start with a dunk off the opening tip. DePonte said Chriss is capable of this sort of effort and needs to be consistent with his energy.

Thomas Fitzgerald is another 6-6 Eagles post expected to contribute inside efforts, and senior guard James Watson and junior Dre Terrell - the Eagles' quarterback in football - provide terrific guard depth. Eagles senior foward Matt Smrekar was a contributor last season who has emerged as a reliable starter this winter. He had four points and also provides rebounding and screeching-halt screens.

Thames is the younger brother of San Diego State starting guard Xavier Thames. The brothers talk daily - school, basketball, life. One wants to outdo the other in a good way.
"We've got a group of guys this year, and we know we can be pretty good," Malik Thames said. "A lot of people look at (Bee No. 1) Sheldon as the (Delta River League) champs, and we have a chip on our shoulder. If we win league, we wouldn't be surprised. We can be pretty good."

Thames said he's grown as a player and young man since his sophomore season when he was learning on the fly.

"I've become a better leader, and I know I have to get my teammates involved and I have to set an example on how I play pressure defense, get steals," Thames said. "We all have to do this together."

Pleasant Grove this early season has lost to state powers Centennial of Corona 71-65 and West Ranch of Valencia 66-60 in high-profile tournaments, gaining experience and reaffirming that it can compete with anyone.

Meanwhile, four-time defending Delta Valley Conference champion Franklin (6-8) has as young a team as seventh-year coach Jesse Formaker has fielded. And typical of the Wildcats, they competed even though outmatched here. Benson Osayande, a 6-6 junior, had 12 points and John Moscoso, a 5-9 junior guard, had nine.

Senior captain Victor Rushin is the one player who provides experience off last season's 22-6 team. The Wildcats went 249-8 in 2009 and 26-6 in 2010.

Franklin and Pleasant Grove will each compete in Saturday's Father Kelly Tribute at Jesuit. Franklin takes on San Leandro and Pleasant Grove faces Newark Memorial.
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January 2, 2013
Haysbert's transformation paying dividends at Dominican

Former Center High basketball standout Connor Haysbert, who dropped nearly 50 pounds over the summer, is having the best season of his career at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior biological sciences major, who aspires to be a doctor, is averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing nearly 22 minutes a game for the Penguins.

For a feature on Haysbert by David Albee go HERE

January 1, 2013
Granite Bay's Brendel tops All-SJS boys cross country team

Here is the boys All-Sac-Joaquin Section cross country team as presented by Joe Hartman and the Buffalo Babes Running Club.

RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Trent Bendel SR Granite Bay HS - D2 SJS Champion 15:35, 10th Place at State 15:30

FIRST TEAM
Jack Scranton SR Davis HS - D1 SJS Champion 15:50, 15:36 at State
Tyler Sickler SR Will C Wood HS - D3 SJS Champion 15:44, 16:19 at State
Sean Jagerson SR Del Campo HS - 15:44 at Sections, 1548 at State
Neilson Powless SO Roseville HS - 15:45 at Sections, 15:54 at State
Toby Qualls SR Placerville HS - 15:49 at Sections, 15:49 at State
Abdul Hamid JR Sheldon HS - 15:53 at Sections, 15:53 at State

January 1, 2013
Granite Bay freshman tops All-SJS girls cross country team

Here is the 2012 All-Sac-Joaquin Section girls cross country team as presented by Joe Hartman and the Buffalo Babes running club.

RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Maggie Bell FR Granite Bay HS - D2 SJS Champion 17:45, D2 State Champion 17:29
FIRST TEAM
Madeleine Anhkhelyi SR Vista Del Lago HS - D3 SJS Champion 17:44, 3rd Place at State 17:54
Peyton Bilo SO St Francis HS - 18:54 at Sections, 18:31 at State
Eleanor Ferguson SR St Francis HS - 18:51 at Sections, 18:34 at State
Lauren LaRocco JR St Francis HS - 18:22 at Sections, 18:10 at State
Fiona O'Keeffe FR Davis HS - D1 SJS Champion 18:08, 6th Place at State 17:49
Madison Rawson JR St Francis HS - 18:34 at Sections, 18:38 at State
Ankhelyi and O'Keeffe qualified for Foot Locker Nationals
Bell was invited to Nike Cross Nationals and won the Junior Olympic National Title (Youth Girls)



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