June 24, 2013
Pennsylvania stars to play area boys basketball teams

The 41st Annual Sacramento-West Reading, Pa., Basketball Exchange boys tournament will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at Inderkum High School.

On Tuesday, the Reading All-Stars will play Grant at 6 p.m., followed by Inderkum against Jesuit at 7:30.

Tuesday's losers will play in Wednesday's 6 p.m. consolation game. Tuesday's winners will meet for the championship at 7:30 p.m.

This summer the West Reading stars will tour Sacramento State and visit San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Next summer the Sacramento Stars team will visit West Reading to play games, then tour New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

June 23, 2013
Sheldon and up-and-comers enjoy Summer Jam experience

While it's only summer basketball - where scorebooks aren't kept, games are played to running clocks and player rotations are deep - Sheldon, Christian Brothers and Lincoln came away from the 60-team Sheldon Trail Summer Jam boys basketball tournament this weekend pretty pleased.

Sheldon three-peated as the highest Platinum Division champion, going 8-0 over the three days of the tournament.

In Sunday's divisional finals at Monterey Trail High School, the Huskies beat Rodriguez of Fairfield 72-59, Bay Area power Campolindo of Moraga 56-48 and Delta River League rival Jesuit 61-38 in the semifinals.

The Huskies capped the tourney with a 69-46 win over Christian Brothers.

June 21, 2013
Granite Bay hires Skip Albano as interim football coach

Granite Bay High School has hired James "Skip" Albano, a former Grizzlies assistant, as the interim head football coach replacing Ernie Cooper.

Cooper, who led the Grizzlies to the CIF State Division I Bowl Championship last December, resigned earlier this month.

"It is never easy replacing a legend, but Skip Albano is a perfect fit for Granite Bay High School," said Tim Healy, the school's athletic director, in a news release. "He coached with Ernie and he is intimately familiar with the commitment and keys to our program's success."

For Albano, 64, the hiring marks a return to the Granite Bay campus where he was a part of Cooper's staff in 2011, 2008 and from 2000 to 2003. Albano also has worked as an assistant at Woodcreek, Oakmont and Sierra College.

In addition to his previous experience at Granite Bay, Albano has coached football throughout Europe, including this spring as head coach of the Thun Tigers of the Swiss American Football League.

"It is a real thrill to return to Granite Bay and it is exciting to have the chance to build on the success we have become accustomed to here in the community," said Albano in the release. "I can assure people we will be prepared, we will play hard and we will continue Ernie's tradition of developing great teams and even better individuals."

June 20, 2013
Charles Jergo memorial will feature plenty of basketball

Charles Jergo loved basketball. The popular Auburn coach, trainer and referee died June 11 at age 55 after a short illness,.

So in honor of Jergo, friends are being asked to wear basketball attire - Jergo's favorite team was the San Antonio Spurs - to his memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkside Church, 3885 Richardson Dr., in Auburn.

Since there is a gym located across the street from the church, teams will be put together to play games in his honor.

Jergo is survived by his wife Keiki Schoening-Jergo and children Nani Schoening, Sean-Michael Jergo, Anthony Jergo and Joey Jergo.

June 19, 2013
Granite Bay will soon announce an interim head football coach

Before meeting with parents at Granite Bay High School tonight, athletic director Tim Healy still was trying to coax Ernie Cooper back to the head coaching position he abruptly resigned from on June 5.

But Healy said Cooper said no - again.

So Healy and principal Michael McGuire told parents - some of whom voiced frustration with the administrators - that they plan to move ahead by naming an interim coach for this season, then opening a nationwide search for a new coach in January.

They said all the current football staff will be retained, and they will announce the interim coach next week.

Cooper, who for now will remain as the program's strength and conditioning coach, wanted to bring another coach from off-campus to be his on-campus co-head coach to take some of the workload off his shoulders.

But there wasn't a teaching position open at Granite Bay that would fit the person's qualifications.

Healy said that he tried to talk Cooper into returning as head coach several times, including last night.

McGuire left the door open should Cooper want to return after the season.

"I welcome that conversation," McGuire said.

The Granite Bay football coaches and Cooper were not at the meeting. They were conducting scheduled strength and conditioning workouts nearby.

June 19, 2013
Ziegenhirt, Moore named to USA national softball team

Former Sheldon standout and Cal graduate Lindsey Ziegenhirt and former Sutter High and Oregon star Jessica Moore are among 18 players selected to the USA Softball Women's National Team.

Moore, a pitcher who graduated from Oregon on Sunday, was the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-American with a 27-6 record and 1.71 ERA in leading the Ducks to their first conference championship. She finished her Ducks career with 100 wins and 915 strikeouts in 903 innings.

Ziegenhirt, a catcher, had 17 home runs and 54 RBIs for Cal this season and was an All-Pac-12 second team and NFCA All-Pacific Region first team selection. She also was the Pac-12 Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year, having maintained a 3.77 grade-point average during her Cal career.

She finishes fourth in career home runs with 42 and fifth in RBIs with 151 for the Golden Bears.

Both will compete for the USA in the World Cup of Softball July 11-14 in Oklahoma City; the Canadian Open July 16-22 in Surrey, B.C.; and the International Women's World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier Aug. 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

June 18, 2013
Elk Grove's Carlson is Cal-Hi State Baseball Coach of the Year

Elk Grove's Jeff Carlson, who led the Thundering Herd to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship this season, was today named Cal-Hi Sports' State Baseball Coach of the Year.

He becomes just the fifth area baseball coach and the first since Cordova's Guy Anderson in 1981 to receive the honor in the award's 80 years.

"Wow, you've caught me completely off-guard," Carlson said when told of the news. "That's a pretty cool honor and certainly has to be shared with my assistants, my players and my wife - she's a big part of this award."

June 14, 2013
Elk Grove is No. 3 in Cal-Hi's final state baseball rankings

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion Elk Grove (29-7) finished No. 3 in Cal-Hi Sports' final state baseball top 40.

Southern Section D-I champion Harvard-Westlake (26-4) of North Hollywood finished No. 1 and Central Coast Section champion St. Francis (29-4) of Mountain View was No. 2.

Pleasant Grove (24-9) finished No. 23 and Davis (22-8) was No. 28. Del Campo (25-7), Franklin (18-15) and Woodcreek (20-7) were honorable mention.

Elk Grove also finished No. 3 in the D-I state rankings. Del Campo was No. 8 in D-II. Yuba City (21-11) was No. 8 and Whitney (28-3) was No. 9 in the final D-III rankings.

Capital Christian (25-5-1) finished No. 2 to 31-0 Pacific Grove in D-IV. Bradshaw Christian (24-6) finished No. 2 to Desert Christian Academy (29-2) of Bermuda Dunes in D-V.

June 14, 2013
Three area teams are in Cal-Hi's top 40 state softball rankings

Pleasant Grove, Rocklin and Casa Roble finished among the top 40 teams in Cal-Hi Sports' final state softball rankings.

Pleasant Grove (22-11) finished No. 22, Rocklin (26-5) No. 27 and Casa Roble (29-5) No. 29.

Santiago (28-5) of Corona (28-5) finished No. 1, James Logan (26-1) of Union City No. 2 and Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion Vintage (34-1) of Napa No. 3. Vintage's only loss was to Pleasant Grove.

Casa Roble, the section's D-II champion, finished No. 6 in Cal-Hi's State D-II rankings.

June 14, 2013
Former Elk Grove star named to NAIA softball All-America team

California State University, San Marcos, senior pitcher Cortney Allen of Elk Grove was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) softball All-America First Team for the second consecutive year.

The 26-year-old Allen finished the year 34-7 with a 1.12 ERA in 249.2 innings. She struck out 203.

The No. 9 Cougars lost 3-1 to St. Xavier of Chicago in the NAIA national championship playoffs in Columbus, Ga., to finish 43-12.

June 14, 2013
Penguins' volleyball standout uses football skills to teach kids

Here's a nice read from David Albee about former Ponderosa volleyball standout Samantha Rains using her previous youth tackle football experience as an offensive lineman and linebacker to teach children about the game at the San Rafael college's summer sports camps.

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Rains comes from a football family.

Her father Randy played defensive tackle at Sacramento State. Brother Connor is an offensive tackle at Wyoming. Her other brother, Clay, played football at the United States Military Preparatory School and is now on the Army Black Knights' club boxing team.

Rains, a 6-foot junior middle blocker, led the Penguins' volleyball team in blocks last season. She also is a stellar student and heavily involved in campus and community activities.

For more, go HERE

June 14, 2013
Cal-Hi names Pioneer's Merrida state softball coach of the year

Cal-Hi Sports has selected Pioneer's Linda Merrida as its state Medium Schools Softball Coach of the Year.

Merrida, named The Bee's Coach of the Year earlier this month, led Pioneer to a 24-6 overall record and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship this season.

After upsetting Whitney 1-0 in nine innings in the first round, then losing to Antelope, the Patriots rebounded to win their last four games, including beating Antelope twice, to claim the school's second section softball title. Pioneer also won the D-IV title in 2006 with Linda's daughter, Christina, playing a leading role.

June 14, 2013
Football father of Bee Player of the Year scores Raiders gear, brings it back to needy program

A poker game yielded more than good eats and cash winnings for KJ Monroe.

He scored some Raiders gear.

The father of 2012 Bee Player of the Year Brandon Monroe of Del Oro High School, Monroe took up a conversation with a strength coach with the Raiders. Monroe learned that a lot of Raiders players discard cleats and practice pants after OTA and mini-camp sessions. Monroe was invited to stop the Raiders headquarters on Friday afternoon to pick up a box of gear - 15 pairs of cleats and just as many practice pants.

He delivered the goods to first-year Foothill coach Tim Trokey, whose brother Mike played for Monroe 20 years ago when he coached high school ball in Southern California.

"The Raiders giving back to the community," Monroe said. "Some of these cleats have only been used a few times. The kids can use these. Money's tight at some of these schools."

Monroe plans to make a lot of Bay Area trips this fall. Brandon Monroe will play safety for San Jose State, a rising program that went 11-2 last fall, its best season since 1940, when Pop Warner served as an advisory coach.

Brandon was a 1,500-yard rusher for Del Oro last fall, despite missing four games with a knee strain. In the Team USA versus Team Canada All-Star game this spring, Monroe earned MVP honors with 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 29-14 victory.

His drive to return to action as a senior and to help the team in any way possible drew accolades from across the region, and he was named the Character Combine Student/Athlete of the Year for such leadership.
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June 12, 2013
Tourney director offers insights on CRC Summer Challenge

Here are insights/highlights from tournament director Mat Bradley on last weekend's fifth annual Cosumnes River College Summer Challenge boys basketball tournament at Cosumnes River College and Monterey Trail High School.

Championship: Natomas d. Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco 63-60
Final Four: Natomas 65 Laguna Creek 59, Sacred Heart Cathedral 43 Rio Americano 40
Third Placer: Laguna Creek defeats Rio Americano
Consolation Championship: Antelope defeats Oakland Tech

Cosumnes Oaks, Oak Ridge, Encina Prep, Atwater

Pleasant Grove, Capital Christian, River City, Liberty Ranch, Monterey Trail

It's always exciting to have an annually competitive field, especially with successful and respected programs such as Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pleasant Grove, Antelope and Capital participating, but it was refreshing to watch programs like Natomas, Rio Americano and Laguna Creek have solid showings this year. These are programs that have been highly successful in the past and look to make competitive runs this upcoming basketball season. Some other teams that we expect to have playoff promise are Cosumnes Oaks, River City and Liberty Ranch. These teams displayed experienced youth, size and athleticism that is geared for playoff pushes. This weekend was a nice taste of what's to come this upcoming season in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and CIF NorCals.

Most all star games are full of individual play, but this year was a different story. It was truly enjoyable to watch elite-level players sharing the ball while still being aggressive throughout the game. The game had good flow, and the score was close throughout. Sometimes you'll find all-star games slow paced and without much of a defensive showing. This game felt different. Guys were hustling, moving the ball, and creating some great highlights. Whether it was dunks, no-look passes for easy scores, or contested deep threes that touched nothing but net, I just felt a satisfaction of solid, competitive basketball with a nice balance of elite-level players from D1 to D5. I noticed both teams were a reflection of the coaches that led them...John DePonte of Plesasant Grove (North Team) and Darrell Barbour and Demetrius Jackson of Sacred Heart Cathedral.


1) Nilo Yuson - senior point guard from Excel Academy of Stockton played with a motor, pushed tempo and involved his teammates.
2) Connor Sende - senior guard/forward from Oak Ridge played explosive, rebounded well and knows how to score.
3) Others who impressed - senior Jalen Davis of River City, freshman guard Ryan Chappel of Capital Christian, junior forward-center Marquese Chriss of Pleasant Gove, senior swing Phil Morgan of Natomas and senior guard Anthony Lewis of Lodi.

June 11, 2013
Granite Bay's Anderson to compete in open water world finals

2012 Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson of Granite Bay has been named to the United States' FINA World Championships open water swim team.

Anderson will compete in the 5K final at July 20-27 event at Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta.

Anderson qualified by winning the 5K title at last month's USA Swimming Open Water Swimming National Championships in Santa Clarita.

June 11, 2013
Tellez among seven Cal-Hi state Mr. Baseball nominees

Elk Grove's Rowdy Tellez is one of seven Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year finalists.

Tellez, a first baseman, helped the Thundering Herd win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title this season. He hit .500 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs.

His 176 career RBIs is a Sac-Joaquin Section best and second all-time in Northern California to Lowell of San Francisco's Charlie Cutler. He had 203.

June 10, 2013
Cal-bound Brendel wins boys 800 at Golden West Invitational

Trent Brendel got a head start Sunday on what it will be like to run on Cal's Edwards Stadium track surface.

The Golden Bears' signee and recent Granite Bay graduate won the boys 800 meters and placed fifth in the mile at the 54th Annual Golden West Invitational on Sunday in Berkeley.

It was the first time since the mid-1960s that the event was run anywhere other than Sacramento.

Brendel won the 800 in a personal best time of one minute, 53.09 seconds. His mile time was 4:21.27.

Two other area athletes also were winners at the meet.

Davis' Nick Denton won the boys shot put with a toss of 58 feet, 8.75 inches and was third in the discus (151-07).

Center's Xavier Howell placed first in boys high jump (6-5.50). Howell had the state's best jump this year of 7 feet.

St. Francis' Kayla O'Brine placed second in the girls hammer (140-10) and sixth in the discus (119-9) and Whitney's Ryan Hodgens was third in the boys 3,200 (9:41.90).

Del Campo's Joy Weems placed fifth in the girls 400 (58.27), and Trent Brendel's younger brother, Tyler, a Granite Bay sophomore, placed sixth in the boys 100 (11.30) and 200 (22.48).

June 10, 2013
Meza's hit delivers North Optimist 10-9 win over South

MVP Gabe Meza of Granite Bay's walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth gave the North a 10-9 win over the South in the large school Optimist All-Star baseball game Saturday night at McAuliffe Field near Sacramento State.

Del Campo's Derek Rodigo also homered for the North.

Franklin's Tyler Blake, who had a double, was selected the South MVP in the 42nd annual game featuring some of the area's top graduated seniors.

Behind MVP Ethan Liddle of Lincoln's triple, double, single and five RBIs, the North defeated the South 11-7 in the small school game.

River City's Byron Farrell, with a double and two singles, was selected the South MVP. Vista del Lago's Nick Rametta also had a double and two RBIs for the South.

The games were dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist Ray Ramirez, who was killed in Afghanistan June 1. Ramirez played in the 2010 Optimist Game for Florin.

June 8, 2013
MLB draft: Blue Jays take Tellez; 4 former Jesuit stars tabbed

Thirteen area players, including Elk Grove standout Rowdy Tellez, were selected on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball player draft.

Players were selected in Rounds 11 through 40.

Tellez, The Bee Player of the Years and considered the third best first baseman by Baseball America entering the draft, was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 30th round, the 895th pick overall.

June 7, 2013
Former Sheldon pitcher selected by Brewers in ninth round

Former Sheldon pitcher Tyler Linehan, now at Fresno State, was taken in the ninth round of today's Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

A 6-foot, 240-pound junior left-hander, Linehan was the No. 272 player selected in the second day of the three-day draft.

Blessed with a fastball in the low 90s with good cutting action, Linehan compiled a 17-16 record and struck out 171 in 179 2/3 innings during his career at Fresno State.

Linehan's best season was as a sophomore. He went 9-7 with a 3.83 ERA. He struck out 82 in 83 innings.

Linehan struggled with consistency this season moving between the rotation and the bullpen. He finished 3-7 with a 5.90 ERA.

Linehan wasn't the only imposing Fresno State player to be drafted.

Junior Aaron Judge, a 6-7, 255-pound outfielder who was born in Sacramento and graduated from Linden High near Stockton, was taken in the first round Thursday by the New York Yankees.

June 7, 2013
Rockies take Elk Grove's Dom Nunez in the sixth round

The Colorado Rockies have selected Elk Grove High's Dom Nunez in the sixth round of today's Major League Baseball draft.

Nunez is the first area high school player and second overall to be selected.

Former Granite Bay catcher Andrew Knapp, now at Cal, was taken in the second round (53rd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Rockies selected the multi-talented Nunez, the 169th pick in the draft, as a third baseman. The position is slotted for a signing bonus of $265,000.

He was the seventh player selected by Colorado and the second third baseman chosen. The Rockies took Mater Dei of Santa Ana's Ryan McMahon with the 42nd pick.

Nunez, who played shortstop for the USA junior national team in 2011 and 2012, was a catcher for Elk Grove this season, making him one one of the draft's most intriguing prospects.

The 6-foot Nunez, who has signed a letter of intent with UCLA, was projected as the No. 89 pick and a catcher in MLB.com's pre-draft top 100.

The Bee All-Metro first team catcher this season batted .390 and drove in 37 runs for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions.

June 7, 2013
CRC Summer Challenge basketball tourney tips off today

The Cosumnes River College Summer Challenge gets underway this afternoon at CRC and Monterey Trail High School.

CIF State Division I boys basketball champion Pleasant Grove, two-time D-II Sac-Joaquin Section champion Antelope and two-time D-V section champion Capital Christian are among 32 teams that will compete today through Sunday.

Also entered is CIF Northern California Regional D-III champion Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, which lost to Sheldon in last year's summer tournament title game after winning it in 2011.

An sll-star game is set for CRC Gym 1 at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The consolation title will be played 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Monterey Trail Gym 1 with the title game at the same time at CRC Gym 1. The third place game will be played at 3:15 p.m. at CRC.

Here are today's first-round games:

Cosumnes River College
4 p.m. - Ripon vs. Pleasant Grove, Gym 1; Liberty Ranch vs. Bradshaw Christian, Gym 2; 5 p.m. - Antelope vs. Natomas, Gym 1; Elk Grove vs. Dixon, CRC 2; 8 p.m. - Rio Americano vs. Capital Christian, Gym 1; Lodi vs. Cosumnes Oaks, Gym 2.

Monterey Trail High School
4 p.m. - River City vs. Colfax, Gym 1; Vanden vs. Edison-Stockton, Gym 2; 5 p.m. - Vista del Lago vs. Laguna Creek, Gym 1; Atwater vs. Excel Academy, Gym 2. 8 p.m. - Encina vs. Oak Ridge, Gym 1; Escalon vs. San Juan, Gym 2.

Here are Saturday's first-round games:
Cosumnes River College
10 a.m. - Oakland Tech vs. Vacaville, Gym 2; Bear River vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gym 1.
Monterey Trail
10 a.m. - Johansen vs. Monterey Trail, Gym 1; Sequoia vs. Merced, Gym 2.

June 6, 2013
Phillies select former Granite Bay standout in second round

Andrew Knapp credits his father for helping him find the way in baseball.

Mike Knapp was a pretty good catcher in his day.

He played at Mira Loma, Sacramento City College and Cal before becoming a 15th round draft pick of the California Angels. He played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, seven at the AAA level, but never made it to the Major Leagues.

But now his son may have the chance - and at the same position as Dad.

The former Granite Bay star, a junior at Cal, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 53rd pick in the second round of Thursday's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

The 21-year-old Knapp was the only area player selected in the first two rounds, 73 selections in all, on the first day. The draft continues today with rounds three through 10.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Knapp is a switch hitter who batted .350, third in the Pac-12, with a team-high 16 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season. He was selected a first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and was named All-Pacific-12.

Upon graduation from Granite Bay High School, Knapp was selected in the 42nd round by the Oakland A's but chose to attend Cal instead.

As a junior at Granite Bay, Knapp batted .500 with six home runs and 37 RBIs and was named Maxpreps.com's 2009 Junior Player of the Year. He hit .315 as a senior in helping the Grizzlies win the Sierra Foothill League championship.

Knapp also was a standout defensive back for the Granite Bay football team and had five interceptions his senior year.

His younger brother, Aaron, also a football-baseball standout at Granite Bay, will play baseball at Cal, too.

June 6, 2013
Track standouts Dorner, Ankhelyi to receive diplomas tonight

The Folsom Cordova Board of Trustees tonight will confer high school diplomas to two stellar athletes who had to skip their graduation ceremonies because they competed in last weekend's CIF Strate Track and Field Championships in Clovis.

Cordova's Nia Dorner, who won the girls 400 title, and Vista del Lago's Madeleine Ankhelyi, who finished sixth in the girls 3,200 run, will be honored during the special ceremony.

"They were representing the best of our district (at the championship) and while they missed their initial graduation ceremony, we are pleased to honor them in this way," said Debbie Bettencourt, district superintendent, in a press release.

Both also stellar students, Dorner will attend Texas and Ankhelyi Harvard.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Tri County Conference teams

Here are the spring All-Tri County Conference teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

Defensive MVP: Angelica Dark, Pioneer.
Offensive MVP: Kelsey Goodner, Woodland.
All-League: Cailin Garmon, Inderkum; Tori Bellin, Rylie Carlier, Gabriela Davis, Angelica Navarro, Pioneer; Mikayla Brown, Kaitlyn Combo, Ahlee Paterno, River Valley; Kiley Bair, Kaylee Davis, Bailey Lerch, Rachel Tadlock, Woodland; Chelsea Braun, Anjelica Cisneros, Yuba City.

Offensive MVP: Hailey Maxwell, Inderkum.
Defensive MVP: Stacy Larson, Natomas.
All-League: Ivarie Bourrage, Danielle McCarthy, Cierra Quintana, Makayla Ruvalcaba, Maia Torres, Inderkum; Evelyn Cordero, Victoria Gutierrez, Natomas; Ally Martin, Tanya Rodriguez, Pioneer; Princessa Ceja, Jazzmyne Garcia, Jackie Koch, Lizzie Milner, Karinna Recendez, River Valley; Stephanie Doss, Brianna Hernandez, Cheyenne Romero, Alli Ward, Woodland; Cassidy Fix, Yuba City.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Sierra Valley Conference teams

Here are the spring All-Sierra Valley Conference teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Sarah Phillis, Union Mine.
Coach of the Year: Javier Martinez, River City.
All-League: Jessica Dager, Laura Dager, Madi Heape, Calista Almer, Shyanne Winjie, Union Mine; Sabryna Scott, Julia Morales, Jennifer Palmeras, Samantha Kile, Melia Roberts, Cosumnes Oaks; Catelyn Parker, Alejandra Medina, Makayla Bryant, Liberty Ranch; Karina Callazo, Ashlend Rodriguez, Jordin Sanchez, River City; Ashley Muzzi, Cherise Silvan, Vista del Lago; Kailey Olcott, Trinity Jackson, El Dorado; Baylee Hirtel, Galt.

MVP: Galvin Griffin, Vista del Lago.
Coach of the Year: Glenn Linka, Golden Sierra.
All-League: Daniel Deloney, Connor Tevenan, Hunter Ales, Patrick Reinking, Vista del Lago; Matt Smith, Rocky Sacks, Gracen Christensen, Brian Cann, Golden Sierra; Brandon Koons, Zach Melgoza, Capital Christian; Elijah Magat, Tait Miller, El Dorado; Newton Vong, West Campus.

MVP: Michael Majewski, Vista del Lago.
Coach of the Year: Rusty McDonald, El Dorado.
All-League: Nick Schumacher, Josh Pfeffer, Nick Rametta, Zach Stolarow, Tyler Kaim, Vista del Lago; Chris Swineford, Zach Culp, Matt Smith, Nick Bonniksen, Tim Hinrichs, El Dorado; Donovan Palma, Alex Smith, Spencer Ubois, Cosumnes Oaks; James Reilly, Jake Oliver, Zach Bartelme, Liberty Ranch; Joseph Oliveria, Jarrod Person, Jared Brunet, Galt; Byron Farrell, River City; Sean Tow, Union Mine.

June 6, 2013
Here are spring All-Sacramento Metro Athletic League teams

Here are the spring All-Sacramento Metro Athletic League teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Jimmy Shaw, Valley Christian.
Coach of the Year: Bob Greene, Trinity Prep.
All-League: Jeremiah Moore, Caleb Van Patten, Will Hammond, Zach Sween, Valley Christian; Tony Scaicca, Machael Rowles, Trinity Prep; Sam Ithurburn, Evan Treanor, Faith Christian; Morgan Bennett-Smith, Sacramento Country Day; Anthony Alameda, Buckingham Charter.

MVP: Francis Arend, Trinity Prep.r
Coaches of the Year: Michael Rossi, Trinity Prep; Tong Ly, Buckingham; George Champayne, Sacramento Country Day.
All-League: Bitty Bach, Patricia Williams, Ahley Huss, Trinity Prep; Marissa Kindsvater, Kelsi Thomas, Madeline Wright, Sacramento Country Day; Symone Salmon, Sheena Weller, Shelby Liddicoet, Alyssa Davis, Buchingham.

Co-MVP: Amanda Diego Buckin, Buckingham Charter; Katie Urban, Valley Christian.
Sabrina Joseph, Juliana Page, Alexis Galvan, Natalie Gomez, Buckingham Charter; Cassidy Bowen, Erin Patterson, Grace Magni, Valley Christian; Sarah Lego, Allie Rollins, Megan Evans, Faith Christian.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Sierra Foothill League teams

Here are the spring All-Sierra Foothill League teams that have been submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Mallory Asaro, Rocklin.
All-League: Jenna Curtan, Frankie Orlando, Amanda Horbasch, Crystal Vierra, Woodcreek; Sam Moffat, Maddie Wuelfing, Cali Lewis, Jaclyn Amader, Kendall Chambers, Rocklin; Kayla Fields, Delany DeMello, Taylor McDowell, Alison Manzo, Roseville; Molly Fowkes, Hanna Miller, Sam Strong, Del Oro; Gia France, Nina Murphy-Cook, Granite Bay.

MVP: Bryce Johnson, Woodcreek.
All-League: Blake Abercrombie, Andrew Penney, Rocklin; Brandon Baumgarten, Mason Troike, Granite Bay; Justin Raskin, Josh Sedeno, Louie Euer, Del Oro; Derek Frank, Logan Lowe, Nevada Union.

Co-MVP: Trevor Bryant, Bobby Curtis, Nevada Union.
All-League: Ryan Cernik, Nico Duvekot, Rocklin; Evan Kittle, Austin Marks, Lucas Vojak, Nevada Union; Christian Habeil, Roseville; Connor Drake, Mason Humes, Adrian Giron, Del Oro; Greg Smith, Zach Wilson, Vaughn Petersen, Granit Bay.

MVP: Lauren Stafford, Roseville.
All-League: Sabrina Guzman, Sierra Sanchez, Marissa Vaughan, Lindsey Anderson, Milana Wolsleben, Roseville; Dani DeRosa, Lindsay Erl, Laura Purdy, Lydia SUmmers, Michelle Tran, Rocklin; Julia Beck, Makenzie Brito, Bridgid Lummis, Chloe Dobson, Granite Bay; Kayla Collins, Marisa Grattan, Jessica Hinsken, Elle Gollnick, Del Oro; Madeline McArthur, Emily Kitchen, Erien Matsueda, Woodcreek; Meshon O'Conner, Nevada Union.

MVP: Matt Thompson, Granite Bay.
All-League: Gabe Ezcurra, Max Hennessey, Gaylin Champlin, Del Oro; Mitchell Iwahiro, Bradley Chee, Chinar Sheth, Granite Bay; Alex Agelokopoulous, Hunter Snider, Brandon Yates, Rocklin; Dallas Guerrero, Alex Bychoviak, Roseville; Jan Arendain, Woodcreek.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Sierra Delta League teams

Here are the spring All-Sierra Delta League teams submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

Co-MVP: Hollie Johnson, Golden Sierra; Lindsey Rose, Rio Vista.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Aly Stiles, Rio Vista; Becky Pratte, Golden Sierra.
All-League: Savannah Stephens, Kenna Barth, Samantha Bastein, Alexis Hall, Haley Laird, Carly Kauffman, Golden Sierra; Kylee Hagan, Holly Chandler Carli Schulz, Mariah Hernandez, Rio Vista; Sara Moffet, Cassandra Powell, Hannah Thompson, Vacaville Christian; Brooke-Ashley Castillo, Cindy Van Bogart, San Juan; Nicole Filbert, Highlands.

Offensive Player of the Year: Jessica Syracuse, Bradshaw Christian.
Defensive Player of the Year: Natalie Parks, Bradshaw Christian.
Coach of the Year: Dan Sisneros, Highlands.
All-League: Micheala Thorn, Lauren DeCarlo, TaylorShubert, Madison Kelly, Vacaville Christian; Rebecca Hegge, Amanda Dukes, Alix Nordby, Taylor Gleason, Kayleigh Brothers, Golden Sierra; Jennifer Lawson, Savannah Grant, Kennedi Barkley, Olivia Gula, Bradshaw Christian; Karla Cruz, Miriam Brajas, Highlands; Hannah Dumas, Lindsey Hawkins, Gabby Ortega, Rio Vista; Hannah Till, Cassidy Carrera, San Juan; Natalie Ebler, Encina.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Pioneer Valley League teams

Here are the spring All-Pioneer Valley League teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Devon Loomis, Colfax.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Tim Day, Colfax; Troy Peterson, Lincoln.
All-League: Ryan Glazner, Dave Campbell, James Dean, Colfax; Ethan Liddle, Isaiah Garcia, Jake Sola, James Pallas, Kody Kencke, Julio Martinez, Lincoln; Logan Markstein, Chip Mitchell, Placer; Michael Raigoza, Travis Anderson, Andrew Reis, Andrew Harris, Bear River; Devin Eldredge, Brandon Goad, Center; Briar Litz, Foothill.

MVP: Andrew Carducci, Placer.
All-League: Andrew Leaonard, Bear River; AJ deCastro, Alex Bgaton, Foothill; Drew Detwillier, Colfax; Connor Fergeson, Lincoln; Kyle Fontes, Andrew Dahlin, Placer.

All-League: Deja Kitchinar, Victoria Lavor, Center; Justine Hanson, COlfax; Clare McInery, Kristen Schasuble, Placer.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Metro Conference teams

Here are the spring All-Metro Conference teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

All-League: Allie Stewart, Jane Ferguson, Sydney Kushida, Emily Griensebeck, Elena Redman, Eleanor Hunts, Kayla Arakaki, Hannah Ross, Sophie Porter, McClatchy; Valerie Vessels, Valley; Christina Trimingham, Sofia Amezcua, Julia Ng, Hayleigh Lynch, Kennedy.

All-League: Jesse Walker, Andrew Paiva, Owen Martin, Jesse Glick, Matt Gevercer, Nevada Schultz, McClatchy; Brandon Bulfer, Jonathon Hutton, Brendon Collins, Andrew Johnson, Bradley Collins, Kennedy.

MVP: Jalen Brown, Rosemont.
All-League: Adam Takeuchi, Alex Okamoto, T.J. Hicks, Kennedy; Michael Valli, Eddie Sievers, Jorge Perez, Raul Ortiz, McClatchy; Kevin Beatty, Greg Hartley, Rosemont; Kirk Crump, Caden Voges, Sacramento; Andre Ruiz, Jake Hanson, Florin; Dwight Alston, Valley; Shawn Franklin, Burbank.

MVP: Peter Vang, Valley.
All-League: Joe Healow, Kennedy; Eric Tau, Florin; Grant Fong, Justin Hu, Kramer Wong, McClatchy; Van Yang, Johnson; Alan Yang, Chia Vang, Valley; Warren Davis, Nate Hernandez, Sacramento; Wan Lee, AJ Isaako, Burbank.

All-League: Jayda Jordan, Janiece Jackson, Sacramento; Leia Gaspar, Leslie Pilgrim, Cynthia Garcia, Josie Fong, McClatchy; Aaliyah Oliver, Alexandra Pudlo, Hannah Trabucco, Janessa Rocha, Rosemont; Cheyenne Crump, Hortencia Lugo, Kiana Bailey, Burbank; Breon Hall, Keari Hutt, Kennedy; Gail Oliver, Florin.

Additional lists:

Spring All-Tri County Conference teams

Spring All-Sierra Valley Conference teams

Spring All-Sacramento Metro Athletic League teams

Spring All-Sierra Foothill League teams

Spring All-Sierra Delta League teams

Spring All-Pioneer Valley League teams

Spring All-Golden Empire League teams

Spring All-Delta Valley Conference teams

Spring All-Delta River League teams

Spring All-Capital Valley Conference teams

Spring All-Capital Athletic League teams

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Golden Empire League teams

Here are the spring All-Golden Empire League teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

Co-MVP's: Jenna Bassler, Kristina Brown, Dixon.
Coach of the Year: Maurice Clavelle, Marysville.
All-League: Tressa Arostegui, Morgan Welch, Brina Buttacavoli, Ajza Matta, Mikayla Anderson, Cassidy Clavelle, Marysville; Shawna Hulsey, Kaylie Wofford, Asailah Brown, Hailee Gilbert, Lindhurst; Naomi Kubo, West Campus; Megan Karber, Kaeli Tully, Dixon; Hannah Lipka, Capital Christian; Kelsey Stigal, Samantha Marmolejos, Mesa Verde.

MVP: Chad Perry, Marysville.
Coach of the Year: Scott Winslow.
All-League: Terrance Bremby, Mauricio Dubon, Ben Ritchey, Tyler Schimpf, Capital Christian; Aric Cortes, Keanu Cortes, Chris Sisco, Andrew Sutton, Lindhurst; Korey Hall, Jo Jo Quintanilla, Sam Stiltner, Dixon; Alex Johnson, Ryan Whalen, Mesa Verde; Trevor Lopez, West Campus; Hayden Paige, Austin Winona, Marysville.

MVP: Garrett Brown, Marysville.
All-League: Logan Brown, Marysville; Mike Cordova, Mesa Verde; Tyler Fulton, Dixon; Drake Hankins, West Campus; Jeremiah Thiel, Matt Bailey, Capital Christian.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Delta Valley Conference teams

Here are the spring All-Delta Valley Conference teams, as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Torrey Smith, Elk Grove.
Coach of the Year: Rick Faraimo, Grant.
All-League: Dan Bonetti, Sam Manderfield, Davis; Kenneth Huynh, Daniel Teranishi, Franklin; Aleksey Kiselev, Cameron Nunn, Cheng Thao, John Vang, Grant; Gabe Tavora, Tim Thompson, Uzo Okemiri, Monterey Trail.

MVP: Preston Walchli, Davis.
All-League: Patrick Cajandig, Michael Chen, Chase Dossa, Cyrus Espino, Spencer Salk, Davis; Eric Tam, Franklin.

All-League: Chris Chinn, Andrew Dumit, Manraj Gill, Chase Kellison, Dan Segedin, Davis; Dylan King, Diego Reitano, Elk Grove; Alan Hu, Alex Hu, Franklin; Tommy Luu, Tuyen Ngu, Monterey Trail.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Delta River League teams

Here are the spring All-Delta River League teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

Co MVP's: Amber Murray, Pleasant Grove; Bailey O'Mara, St. Francis.
All-League: Taylor Gisler, Folsom; Lauren Bertoy, Jackie Schmaeling, Oak Ridge; Vanessa Washington, Marissa Maligad, Celina Matthias, Pleasant Grove; Rachel Timberman, Taylor Eilders, Ponderosa; Danika Bailey, Amy Marks, Alejandra Garcia, St. Francis; Anessa Kaylor, Zamari Hinton, Erika Lane, Sheldon.

MVP: Alec DeWatteville, Oak Ridge.
All-League: Craig Stafford, Folsom; Chris Loeb, Julian Barron, Andy Snow, Jesuit; Logan Marsten, Ross Dwelley, Mickey Meinhofer, Tommy Hummer, FP Santangelo, Oak Ridge; Bronson Grubbs, Dalton Gomez, Nico Toni, Matt Stafford, Josh Adams, Pleasant Grove; Hunter White, Sheldon.

MVP: Corey Pereira, Ponderosa.
All-League: Connor Bell, Chad Kubes, Austen Sandoval, Steve Griggs, Jesuit; Charlie Cameron, Quinn Carlsen, Oak Ridge; Chad Vander Dussen, Pleasant Grove.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Capital Valley Conference teams

Here are the spring All-Capital Valley Conference teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

All-League: Jared Briggs, Brayden Gomez, Matt Gunter, Austin Hennen, Keith Judd, Bella Vista; Matt David, AJ Hall, AJ Masters, Jake Rodrigues, Oakmont; Zach Ewertsen, Austin Johnson, Steven Talbert, Christian Brothers; Tim Hall, Mike Hatfield, Sam Long, Mike Phelan, Derek Rodigo, Tyler Swank, Del Campo; Kendall Menard, Charles Osborne, Casa Roble; Leo Skateboo, Rio Linda.

MVP: Sean Alves, Casa Roble.
All-League: Gojko Gojkovich, Jacob Lampl, Scott Putty, Bella Vista; Arthur Guitarte, Adrian Karp, Taylor Phan, Oakmont; Matt Haynie, Winston Limhengco, Christian Brothers; Aram Hosseini, Julian Matteoni, Del Campo; Glen Lai, Rio Linda.

June 6, 2013
Here are the spring All-Capital Athletic League teams

Here are the spring All-Capital Athletic League teams. For corrections or omissions, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Trevor Abrams, Whitney.
All-League: Robert Contreras, Steven Mercado, Joaquin Sequeria, Tyler Winston, Antelope; Jerome Brown, Jamari Campbell, Nathan Jacobson, Cordova; Josh Crawford, Logan Korn, El Camino; Pierce Edminton, Mira Loma; Kody Gardner, Alec Kazanjian, Mark Lyon, Payton Morena, Guillermo Salazar, Josh Savea, Rio Americano; FJ Floyd, JR Robinson, Drew Romo, Aaron Winter, Whitney.

MVP: Elizabeth Hutchison, Rio Americano.
Offensive Player of the Year: Aliyah Utush, Antelope.
Defensive Player of the Year: Emily Hansen, Rio Americano.
Coach of the Year: Jennifer Smiley, Rio Americano.
All-League: Lillie Ahpo, Kendra Boargingham, Shannon Boyce, Angela Gonzalez, Alyssa Walker, Natalie Wison, Antelope; Brittany Brungs, Cordova; Mia Evans, Paige Greer, McKenna Jackson, Hannah Klinger, Jaqui Ortega, El Camino; Julia Butterfield, Katelyn Chandler, Mel Hoskins, Lizzie Moulton, Rio Americano; Tara Armstrong, Mallory Erl, Nich Schnable, Molly McConnell, Whitney.

June 5, 2013
Granite Bay's Ernie Cooper says he's lost fire and is retiring

Less than six months after leading Granite Bay High School to its first State Bowl football championship, a teary-eyed Ernie Cooper stunned his players at the start of Wednesday's practice by telling them he no longer had "the fire in his belly" and was immediately stepping down as the school's football coach.

Cooper, 51, is just the latest high-profile coach to step away from the year-round grind that is the evolution of high-level prep coaching. He joins Nevada Union's Dave Humphers and Vista del Lago's Chris Jones as high-profile coaches who have retired since last season.

Cooper steps down after 17 seasons as Granite Bay's only football coach having compiled a 155-43-1 win-loss record. The Grizzlies won 10 league and five Sac-Joaquin Section titles.


June 5, 2013
Area players help Concordia win national NAIA softball title

Two former area softball standouts helped lead Concordia University of Irvine to the NAIA National Championship on Thursday in Columbus, Ga.

Concordia (52-3) went 7-0 in the tournament and beat Spring Hill College of Mobile, Ala., 8-3 in the championship game.

Freshman third baseball Hannah Howell from Del Campo and junior catcher-first baseman Annette Merjano of Del Oro (by way of Sierra College) helped the Eagles win their first national championship.

Howell, an all-tournament selection, batted .359 and drove in 42 runs for the season. Merjano batted .320 and had 41 RBIs. The duo combined for 17 home runs.

June 5, 2013
Area athletes named lacrosse high school All-Americans

Four area players are among 49 named High School All-Americans by US Lacrosse.

They are Jesuit senior Elijah Gaea, Davis senior Mikie Schlosser, Oak Ridge junior Josh Wellman and Franklin junior Harley Whitham.

Pleasant Grove senior Chase Crimmins was named to the 24-man All-Academic Team.

June 4, 2013
All-star game to be dedicated to soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Evening Optimist Club of Sacramento is dedicating this Saturday's 42nd Annual High School Baseball All-Star Games at McAuliffe Field to United States Army Specialist Ray Ramirez.

Ramirez, 20, was killed by an improvised explosive device on Saturday in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

Ramirez attended Florin High School, where he pitched and caught for the Panthers' baseball team.

June 4, 2013
National football recruit Vanderdoes says he is not going to Notre Dame and is off to UCLA

Ending weeks of speculation, Eddie Vanderdoes made it official this morning through a text first released to The Bee late Monday: he will not attend Notre Dame on a football scholarship and will instead head to UCLA.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound All-American defensive end from Placer High School expressed gratitude to Notre Dame for being "gracious" of his deciosn. He nearly signed with UCLA in February after a whirlwind recruiting process that had him listed as a top 10 national recruit.

Vanderdoes did not shed any light on what went wrong with Notre Dame. He suggested that the switch to UCLA is primarily because of a desire to remain close to family. It's a one-hour flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles as compared to flights to South Bend, Ind.

Though still not formally released from his letter of intent, Vanderdoes is hopeful of a smooth transition, his father Eddie Vanderdoes III said. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said today the school will not release Vanderdoes but wishes him well otherwise.

Wrote Vanderdoes in a text, "I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for lifting the recruiting ban and allowing me to sign an athletic scholarship with UCLA. Over the past four months, circumstances have changed for me and my family. For very personal reasons, I feel a strong need to remain close to home and be near those who are most
important in my life.

"I am honored and humbled that Note Dame thought enough of me as a person and a football player to offer me a scholarship. They have been very gracious to recognize not only how difficult a decision this was, but also how important it was for me to be near my family at this time. I take my commitments seriously, but as circumstances changed, the most important commitment is the one made to family."

To be more specific, Vanderdoes signed a grant-in aid with UCLA. Gaining a letter of intent release includes appeals, making for a delicate, time-consuming process, said Vanderdoes III. A binding letter cannot prevent Vanderdoes from attending UCLA, but it can road-block any easy path to the football field.

Said Kelly in a statement released by Notre Dame, "Eddie Vanderdoes will not be attending the University of Notre Dame. We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program, but we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home.

"We understand Eddie's interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well."

If Vanderdoes does at some point gain a release, he can play this fall for UCLA. If he doesn't gain that release, Vanderdoes will have to sit a year, per NCAA rules, and then have four remaining years to play three.

Vanderdoes has already appealed the National Letter of Intent board, and was denied. He can still appeal the Notre Dame decision.

Vanderdoes has not spoken publicly on the matter besides two statements. Vanderdoes III said in a lengthy phone conversation that a lot of this is a private family matter, well beyond a simple "change of heart."

With the recruiting ban lifted, UCLA was able to sign Vanderdoes. UCLA coaches will visit Vanderdoes today in his home town of Auburn.

"We're very excited to welcome Eddie to the Bruin family," said excited UCLA assistant coach Angus McClure by cell. "We know what kind of quality person Eddie is."

McClure denied that UCLA coaches tampered by reaching out to Vanderdoes in recent weeks.

"When the recruiting ban was lifted, we were able to make contact, and he showed interest in UCLA," McClure said.

Vanderdoes will be assigned classes today and start summer sessions on June 24. That will trigger the transfer rule. The family is hopeful that once it's official that Vanderdoes is a UCLA student, he'll be released from his letter of intent from UCLA.

Vanderdoes III said the last few months have been a strain on his son and the family. They have found out just how passionate college football fans are, and how rumors and speculation run rampant.

"During the whole time, the biggest issue was not talking about some of this, because it is a process," Vanderdoes III said. "He asked out of his letter in March. It's been weeks, then months. This statement at least cools things off and answers the main question of where he's going, and it let's him hopefully finish his senior year in peace with graduation on Saturday."

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June 3, 2013
Bee All-Metro basketball players past and present compete in local SPDL summer hoops

The Sacramento Professional Developmental League tips off a new season at Capital Christian with double-header games Mondays and Wednesdays, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bee All-Metro players young and older will take the floor, as they have since 1990 under the direction of noted area strength and conditioning coach Guss Armstead as this has been an ideal venue to hone skills, compete at a higher level and prepare for the college game. The SPDL also features athletes in college and who are competing professionally in the NBA D-League or overseas.

Tonight, Bee Player of the Year Dakarai Allen of Sheldon High School takes on Darin Johnson, his Huskies teammate headed to Washington.

June 1, 2013
400 winner Nia Dorner becomes area's first girls state sprint champ; Jesuit's Austin Mitsch takes third in 200, sixth in 100

CLOVIS - Cordova's Nia Dorner learned well from last year's girls 400 meter race at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.

Dorner finished second in that race, losing when Serra of Gardena's Renetia James ran her down in the final 20 meters, and missing out on a chance at history.

On Saturday, on the very same Buchanan High School track in which she competed the year before, Dorner turned on the jets in the final 100 meters to easily overtake Serra's Chimere Ezumah, winning the 400 in a national No. 2 and lifetime best 53 seconds, and becoming the first girls sprint champion in area and Sac-Joaquin Section history.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Dorner, who also finished fourth in the girls 200 (23.74). "...I felt a lot faster this time than I did last year. That was do to hard work and determination."

June 1, 2013
Dorner wins state 400 to become area's first girls sprint champ

Cordova's Nia Dorner made area sprint history tonight by winning the girls 400 meters in a lifetime best 53 seconds at the 95th CIF State Track and Field championships at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Clovis.

Dorner becomes the first Sac-Joaquin Section girls athlete to win a state sprint title.

Dorner's 53.00 is the second best time in the United States this season and breaks her day-old personal best of 53.12 set in Friday's preliminaries.

Serra of Gardena's Chimere Ezumah, the girls 400 state champion as a freshman in 2010, led for most of the race. But Dorner overtook her on the fnal turn and pulled away on the straightaway with a strong kick. Eumah finished second in 54.15

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