January 20, 2014
Sacramento High beats Salesian to save day for area teams in showcase

By Joe Davidson

BERKELEY - Not bad for a group of kids.

With its lineup of sophomores, sometimes playing their age and sometimes competing beyond their years, Sacramento High School saved the day for Bee top-ranked powers in the MaxPreps Martin Luther King Showcase at Cal, rallying to beat longtime power Salesian of Richmond 68-61 in the late game capper.

Dragons coach Derek Swafford has had a number of terrific teams in his 11 years at the Oak Park school, but he hasn't had one quite this young and this tantalizingly talented.

No. 3 Sacramento trailed 52-39 in the second half and then surged, taking the lead for good 55-54 on a top-of-the-key Solomon Young three-pointer with 4:32 to go, and then getting just enough breathing room on a corner three by guard Tre Finch with 4:13 to go for a 58-54 advantage.

Young, a powerful post with skills, had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Finch had 24 points, including two free throws for a 66-61 lead with 34.8 seconds left. Christian Terrell, the sophomore guard and a fast-rising recruit, had a steal and dunk for a 60-54 lead with 2:28 left, and Young extended it to 63-57 with 1:35 left with a dunk and an and-1 free throw.

Just like that, the Dragons showed they can compete with the best on a day in which top-ranked Capital Christian lost to Bishop O'Dowd 86-60 and Bee No. 2 Jesuit fell for the first time this season, to Newark Memorial 60-50. All three teams, competing in different divisions, are heavy contenders to win Sac-Joaquin Section titles and make a run in the NorCal playoffs.

"We want these guys to be mentally tough because we know we're young," Swafford said of his team. "We're going to make young mistakes but we're growing. We can be really good. Our motto is to believe that we belong on this sort of stage, and we do."

The Dragons (14-3) have two losses to Capital Christian and one to one-loss El Cerrito. At Cal, they were also competing for their popular assistant coach Earl Allen, who was hospitalized last week with heart troubles.

"He'll be OK, and he'll get better," Swafford said. "He probably had another heart attack following our score tonight."

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December 28, 2013
Jesuit, Cosumnes Oaks, Del Oro, Del Campo win boys titles

Led by MVP and Air Force commit Lake Lutes (19 points) and all-tournament selections Isaiah Bailey (21 points) and Brady Anderson (16 points), No. 2 Jesuit (12-0) defeated Encina 72-60 to win the 38th Annual Cordova Christmas Classic boys basketball championship tonight at Cordova High School.

In other tourney events of note:

• No. 3 Sacramento (8-2) defeated Santa Monica 72-64 in the semifinals of the Holiday Hardwood Invitational at Westlake High School. The Dragons will play 12-0 El Cerrito for the championship on Monday.

• Colin Russell's 19 points wasn't enough as No. 4 Folsom (10-1) fell 56-55 to JW North of Riverside in the Bulldogs' bracket of the 100-team MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.

• No. 5 Sheldon (3-6) fell 74-61 to O'Dea-Seattle in the Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego. Devin Greene led the Huskies with 15 points. Sheldon lost earlier to Cal-Hi state No. 4 Loyola of Los Angeles and Torrey Pines.

• Alex Van Dyke led four players in double figures with 15 points as No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks (12-1) defeated East Union 82-59 in the Lincoln of Stockton tournament finale.

• Despite 32 points by Jalen Coates, No. 7 Burbank (9-2) fell 79-76 to Salesian of Richmond in the semifinals of the Modesto Christian Hoops Classic. The Titans will play Deer Valley of Antioch on Monday.

• MVP Kyle Setterlund and all-tourney selections Connor Drake and Jack Huizenga helped lead No. 8 Del Oro (12-1) to a 54-34 win over Whitney in the Whitney tournament in Rocklin.

• MVP Vasilije Saraba had 14 points and 11 rebounds and all-tournament Modesta Britten 12 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Del Campo (12-2) over host Placer 63-61 in the championship game of the 72nd Kendall Arnett tournament. Braxton Knox and Joe Ramirez also made all-tourney for Del Campo.

December 28, 2013
Cap Christian knocks off SoCal powers to reach tourney final

UC Iroegbu scored 29 points to lead Bee No. 1 Capital Christian to a 47-43 win over Westchester of Los Angles in tonight's Open Division semifinals of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.

Capital Christian will play Jackson of Mill Creek, Wash., in Monday's 8:45 p.m. championship game of the prestigious tournament.

Jackson defeated Long Beach Poly 53-52 on Brian Zehr's 3-point at the buzzer in overtime of tonight's other semifinal at Rancho Mirage High School.

Against Westchester (11-4), Capital Christian (14-1) battled basket for basket with one of Southern California's traditional boys basketball powers.

Westchester's Layon Gooden put his team up 43-42, but Iroegbu, a 6-foot senior guard, scored the game's final five points, all on free throws.

D.J. Wilson added nine points and Tiegen Jones seven.

Capital Christian played without 6-6 center Nifae Lealao, who is on his way to Army All-America Bowl football festivities against the nation's best seniors in San Antonio.

On Friday, Capital Christian upset Etiwanda unbeaten and ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today 48-42 by playing hardnosed defense and making 23 of 28 free throws.

Tyler Jennings had 12 points, including 10 of 10 from the free throw line; Iroegbu added 11 points as did the 6-9 Wilson, who also had 10 rebounds.

Etiwanda led 25-17 at the half.

But Capital Christian didn't allow a point for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter. During that period, Iroegbu made a layup and two free throws to give his team a 42-38 lead with 1:20 left.

After an Etiwanda free throw, Jennings made two to go up 44-39.

Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer for Etiwanda to cut the deficit to 44-42 but Jennings clinched it with two free throws with 15.1 seconds to go.

Etiwanda entered the game 12-0, including a 69-58 win over Centennial of Corona. Centennial beat Capital Christian 69-66 in the championship game of last Saturday's St. Hope Elite Classic at Sacramento High.

"This is a big win for Northern California and especially the Sacramento area, which doesn't get a lot of respect," Iroegbu told MaxPreps.com Senior Editor Mitch Stephens. "This is a big win for our city."

Capital Christian defeated Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove 76-34 and Beverly Hills 62-49 in earlier tournament games.

December 28, 2013
Cap Christian knocks off SoCal powers to reach tourney final

UC Iroegbu scored 29 points to lead Bee No. 1 Capital Christian to a 47-43 win over Westchester of Los Angles in tonight's Open Division semifinals of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.

Capital Christian will play Jackson of Mill Creek, Wash., in Monday's 8:45 p.m. championship game of the prestigious tournament.

Jackson defeated Long Beach Poly 53-52 on Brian Zehr's 3-point at the buzzer in overtime of tonight's other semifinal at Rancho Mirage High School.

Against Westchester (11-4), Capital Christian (14-1) battled basket for basket with one of Southern California's traditional boys basketball powers.

Westchester's Layon Gooden put his team up 43-42, but Iroegbu, a 6-foot senior guard, scored the game's final five points, all on free throws.

D.J. Wilson added nine points and Tiegen Jones seven.

Capital Christian played without 6-6 center Nifae Lealao, who is on his way to Army All-America Bowl football festivities against the nation's best seniors in San Antonio.

On Friday, Capital Christian upset Etiwanda unbeaten and ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today 48-42 by playing hardnosed defense and making 23 of 28 free throws.

Tyler Jennings had 12 points, including 10 of 10 from the free throw line; Iroegbu added 11 points as did the 6-9 Wilson, who also had 10 rebounds.

Etiwanda led 25-17 at the half.

But Capital Christian didn't allow a point for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter. During that period, Iroegbu made a layup and two free throws to give his team a 42-38 lead with 1:20 left.

After an Etiwanda free throw, Jennings made two to go up 44-39.

Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer for Etiwanda to cut the deficit to 44-42 but Jennings clinched it with two free throws with 15.1 seconds to go.

Etiwanda entered the game 12-0, including a 69-58 win over Centennial of Corona, though it played without USC commit Jordan McLaughlin (injured shoulder). Centennial beat Capital Christian 69-66 in the championship game of last Saturday's St. Hope Elite Classic at Sacramento High.

"This is a big win for Northern California and especially the Sacramento area, which doesn't get a lot of respect," Iroegbu told MaxPreps.com Senior Writer/Editor Mitch Stephens. "This is a big win for our city."

Capital Christian defeated Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove 76-34 and Beverly Hills 62-49 in earlier tournament games.

December 28, 2013
Cap Christian knocks off SoCal powers to reach tourney final

UC Iroegbu scored 29 points to lead Bee No. 1 Capital Christian to a 47-43 win over Westchester of Los Angles in tonight's Open Division semifinals of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.

Capital Christian will play Jackson of Mill Creek, Wash., in Monday's 8:45 p.m. championship game of the prestigious tournament.

Jackson defeated Long Beach Poly 53-52 on Brian Zehr's 3-point at the buzzer in overtime of tonight's other semifinal at Rancho Mirage High School.

Against Westchester (11-4), Capital Christian (14-1) battled basket for basket with one of Southern California's traditional boys basketball powers.

Westchester's Layon Gooden put his team up 43-42, but Iroegbu, a 6-foot senior guard, scored the game's final five points, all on free throws.

D.J. Wilson added nine points and Tiegen Jones seven.

Capital Christian played without 6-6 center Nifae Lealao, who is on his way to Army All-America Bowl football festivities against the nation's best seniors in San Antonio.

On Friday, Capital Christian upset Etiwanda unbeaten and ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today 48-42 by playing hardnosed defense and making 23 of 28 free throws.

Tyler Jennings had 12 points, including 10 of 10 from the free throw line; Iroegbu added 11 points as did the 6-9 Wilson, who also had 10 rebounds.

Etiwanda led 25-17 at the half.

But Capital Christian didn't allow a point for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter. During that period, Iroegbu made a layup and two free throws to give his team a 42-38 lead with 1:20 left.

After an Etiwanda free throw, Jennings made two to go up 44-39.

Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer for Etiwanda to cut the deficit to 44-42 but Jennings clinched it with two free throws with 15.1 seconds to go.

Etiwanda entered the game 12-0, including a 69-58 win over Centennial of Corona. Centennial beat Capital Christian 69-66 in the championship game of last Saturday's St. Hope Elite Classic at Sacramento High.

"This is a big win for Northern California and especially the Sacramento area, which doesn't get a lot of respect," Iroegbu told MaxPreps.com Senior Editor Mitch Stephens. "This is a big win for our city."

Capital Christian defeated Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove 76-34 and Beverly Hills 62-49 in earlier tournament games.

December 21, 2013
Late Centennial run hands Capital Christian first loss, 69-66

By Bill Paterson


The St. Hope Elite Classic boys basketball tournament championship match-up between state No. 5 Centennial of Corona and No. 13 Capital Christian developed as advertised Saturday night at Sacramento High School.

The action was fast, furious (three technicals) and physical between two well-coached teams with talented athletes. There were seven lead changes, six ties and no team led by more than six points until Centennial took a brief seven-point lead with 16.9 seconds.

But in the end, Centennial was able to pull away for a 69-66 win in the Gold Division final. The Huskies (8-1) outscored Capital Christian 12-6 in the final 3:43 to hand The Bee No. 1 Cougars (10-1) their first loss of the season.

December 13, 2013
Four area teams reach Del Oro boys basketball semifinals

Casa Roble will play River City at 7 p.m. and No. 10 Del Oro takes on Oakmont at 8:30 p.m. in the winner's bracket semfinals of the 51st annual Del Oro High School boys basketball tournament tonight in Loomis.

In quarterfinal games Thursday, Jack Huizenga scored 17 points and Keenan Finney added 13 as Del Oro topped Inderkum 73-55; Michael Briscoe led four Raiders in double figures with 18 points as River City beat Whitney 73-61; Jess Baucom had 21 points to lead Casa Roble over Riverbank 70-62; and Oakmont topped Ripon 55-50.

December 13, 2013
Jesuit to play St. Ignatius in tonight's Father Barry semis

Jesuit of Dallas, Texas, will play St. Mary's of Stockton at 6 p.m. and No. 4 Jesuit of Carmichael faces St. Ignatius of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. in tonight's winner's bracket semifinals of the 40th annual Father Barry Classic boys basketball tournament at Jesuit High School.

The host team advanced to the semifinals with a 77-51 win over Xavier of Melbourne, Australia in Thursday's quarterfinals. Brady Anderson led the Marauders with 16 points and Isaiah Bailey added 15.

In other first-round games, St. Ignatius crushed No. 13 Rocklin 81-48; Jesuit-Dallas defeated Marin Catholic of Kentfield 57-48; and St. Mary's topped St Joseph Notre Dame 57-52.

December 13, 2013
Pleasant Grove advances in Macres tourney with OT win

No. 6 Pleasant Grove, the two-time defending tournament champion, will play No. 16 Granite Bay at 7 p.m. and Monterey Trail faces No. 7 Cosumnes Oaks at 8:30 in tonight's winner's bracket semifinals of the 7th Annual Mark Macres Tournament at Monterey Trail High School.

Pleasant Grove, last year's CIF State Division I champions, beat No. 19 Christian Brothers 73-66 in overtime to highlight Thursday's first-round action.

Jaaron Stallworth had a game-high 25 points in leading Cosumnes Oaks over Foothill 81-67; sophomore Charlie Tooley had 19 points and freshman Darren Nelson 15 in Granite Bay's 81-68 win over Lincoln of Stockton; and Leondre Lintz led 10 Monterey Trail players in the scoring column with 13 points in a 51-46 win over Yuba City in other first-round games.

December 13, 2013
Pleasant Grove advances in Macres tourney with OT win

No. 6 Pleasant Grove, the two-time defending tournament champion, will play No. 16 Granite Bay at 7 p.m. and Monterey Trail faces No. 7 Cosumnes Oaks at 8:30 in tonight's winner's bracket semifinals of the 7th Annual Mark Macres boys basketball tournament at Monterey Trail High School.

Pleasant Grove, last year's CIF State Division I champions, beat No. 19 Christian Brothers 73-66 in overtime to highlight Thursday's first-round action.

Jaaron Stallworth had a game-high 25 points in leading Cosumnes Oaks over Foothill 81-67; sophomore Charlie Tooley had 19 points and freshman Darren Nelson 15 in Granite Bay's 81-68 win over Lincoln of Stockton; and Leondre Lintz led 10 Monterey Trail players in the scoring column with 13 points in a 51-46 win over Yuba City in other first-round games.

December 10, 2013
Boys basketball notebook: Rio Americano off to fast start; Capital Christian triumphs in Modesto; Jesuit wins in Reno

By Joe Davidson

Chris Jones challenged his Rio Americano High School basketball team to win a game, then another. And wow, wouldn't a 2-0 start look sparkling?

The Raiders did their old coach proud, and then some.

A 4-0 start is the best for Jones in his six seasons at his alma mater. In fact, his team hadn't even gotten off to a 2-0 start under Jones, so imagine his joy now.

"Really excited," Jones said. "This group plays hard and smart and together. We've been working hard since August with a vision to want to win, and it's been great."

December 4, 2013
There are plenty of area basketball tournaments for prep fans

Here is a list of upcoming high school boys and girls basketball tournaments and showcase events for December and the first week in January. For additions or corrections, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com


DEC. 5-7

35th annual Bill Cartwright Classic at Elk Grove

39th annual Jack Scott Tournament at Rio Americano

West Campus Tournament

Bronco Roundup at Bella Vista

Gold Dust Tournament at El Dorado

DEC. 12-14

Mark Macres Tournament at Montery Trail

5th annual Titan Classic at Antelope

Folsom-Vista Tournament at Folsom, Vista del Lago

Del Oro Invitational

40th Father Barry Classic at Jesuit

DEC. 17-21

St. Hope Elite Classic at Sacramento High

DEC. 19-21

49th annual Mel Good Tourney at Yuba City

Victory Christian Tournament

Mesa Verde Tournament

Davis Tournament

Running with the Pack Tournament at Cosumnes Oaks

Woodcreek Tournament

Inderkum Tournament

DEC. 23

Hoops for the Human Kind at Foothill

DEC. 26-28

Whitney Christmas Tourney

38th annual Cordova Christmas Classic at Cordova

72nd annual Kendall Arnett tournament at Placer High School

Seventh Annual Ram Jam Classic at Dixon

JAN.. 2-4

Rocklin Holiday Classic

Trojan Toss-Up at Oak Rige

JAN. 4

Father Kelly Tribute at Jesuit


DEC. 5-7

41st annual Dorothy Speck Memorial tourney at Davis High School

20th Cartwright Classic at Elk Grove

Christian Brothers Holiday Classic

Lady Warrior Shootout at Galt HS

Victory Christian tournament

DEC. 12-14

26th Claude Brock tournament at Center HS

River City tournament

Oakmont Rotary tournament

Valley Christian tournament

St. Hope Classic at Sacramento HS

Darren Tillotsen Memorial tourney at Golden Sierra HS

Oak Ridge Shoot Out

DEC. 19-21

Placer tournament

Del Oro Lady Eagle tourney

Liberty Ranch tourney

Chavez Classic at Lincoln HS

DEC. 20-23

Lady Trojan Toss-Up at Oak Ridge

DEC. 26-28

Cosumnes Oaks' Running With the Pack tourney

Ram Jam Winter Classic at Dixon HS

Lady Bulldogs Winter Classic at Folsom

DEC. 27-29

Jan Vittel tournament at El Dorado HS

JAN. 2-4

Sasha Brown Memorial tourney at Rocklin HS

Lincoln Invitational at Lincoln HS

JAN. 4

Mesa Verde High School Challenge

-Bill Paterson

Source: Maxpreps.com and high school web-sites

October 11, 2013
McClatchy to induct new hall of fame members tonight

Some 40 athletes and coaches plus five exceptional teams will be inducted at tonight's McClatchy High School Hall of Fame dinner at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation Hall.

The 2013 class includes many outstanding athletes and coaches primarily from 1963 to 1979, six athletes from 1944-59, and women athletes who were sports pioneers at McClatchy in the 1970s.

The class also includes three of McClatchy's greatest coaches in the 1960s and 1970s: Stan Dison (basketball, soccer), Scotty Bingham (track, cross country) and Jan Olmsted, who was instrumental in starting the women's sports program at the school.

Outstanding teams chosen for induction this year include the 1954 boys basketball team that went 19-2; the 1970-71 championship baseball teams; the 1970 Girls Sports Club that established girls sports at the school; and the undefeated 1975 boys soccer Metro League title team.

For the complete list of inductees, go to www.restoretheroar.org

October 8, 2013
Capital Christian forward D.J. Wilson makes verbal commitment to Michigan

Capital Christian senior forward D.J. Wilson has given a verbal commitment to play basketball next season at Michigan, reports Cougars coach Devon Jones.

The 6-foot-9 forward has helped Capital Christian win the last two Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships. Last season, he averaged 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds for the 26-5 Cougars.

Because of a back injury, Wilson missed the team's final four playoff games, including a 50-36 loss to St. Joseph's Notre Dame of Alameda in the CIF D-V Northern California Regional finals.

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 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 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 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 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.

May 14, 2013
Antelope big man Isaiah Ellis signs with Chico State

Antelope senior center Isaiah Ellis, this season's Capital Athletic League boys MVP, has signed a letter of intent with Chico State.

The 6-foot-7 Ellis was a key three-year player and defensive force for the Titans, helping them to win back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division II titles as well as a D-II runners-up finish his sophomore season.

A Bee All-Metro second team selection, Ellis averaged 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks before breaking his foot in the Titans' 70-63 D-II title win over Grant.

Isaiah's twin, Tyler, signed last month with the New Mexico State women's basketball team.

May 1, 2013
Sheldon's Allen makes Cal-Hi All-State elite first team

Sheldon High School senior Dakarai Allen was named to Cal-Hi Sports' 35th annual boys all-state elite basketball first team today.

The 6-foot-5 senior, The Bee's Player of the Year and a key contributor since his freshman season, helped the Huskies win an unprecedented four consecutive D-I Sac-Joaquin Section titles.

The San Diego State signee joins McDonald's All-Americans Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, Salesian of Richmond's Jabari Bird, Deer Valley of Antioch's Marcus Lee and St. John Bosco of Bellflower's Issac Hamilton on the elite first team.

April 25, 2013
Elk Grove district to hold spring NCAA signing ceremony

Fourteen Elk Grove Unified School District athletes, including boys basketball standouts Cole Nordquist of Pleasant Grove and Ryan Manning of Sheldon, will be recognized during a spring letter of intent signing ceremony 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Robert L. Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove.

They are:
• Arriana Rieland, Cosumnes Oaks, soccer, Jackson State

• Dylan Wakefield, Cosumnes Oaks, soccer, Chico State

• Scott Votino, Elk Grove, wrestling, Army

• Brianna Avila, Elk Grove, soccer, UC Riverside

• Mike Wright, Elk Grove, baseball, San Jose State

• Alex Gulseth, Franklin, soccer, Sacramento State

• Kaylah Valdry, Franklin, soccer, Texas Southern

• Tatyana Garrett, Franklin, soccer, UC Irvine

• Mark Langston, Franklin, swimming, Seattle

• Cole Nordquist, Pleasant Grove, basketball, Hawaii Pacific

• Avonna Lee, Pleasant Grove, basketball, Northern Arizona

• Madison McCann, Sheldon, soccer, Louisiana Tech

• Ryan Manning, Sheldon, basketball, Air Force.

• Donielle Hair, Sheldon, basketball, Dominican

April 19, 2013
Here are the All-SVC girls and boys basketball teams

Here are the All-Sierra Valley Conference boys and girls teams as released to The Bee by league commissioner Dave Johnson. For corrections, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

Player of the Year - Mike Meserole, Liberty Ranch
Co-Coaches of the Year - Greg Clark, River City and Josh Williams, Liberty Ranch.
First Team: LJ Reed, Alex Van Dyke, Raymund Gonzalvo, Cosumnes Oaks; Justin Morrison, Aaron Line, El Dorado; DeAndre Stallings, Matt Thomas, Liberty Ranch; Jose Chacon, Xavier Francois, Malik Dumetz, River City.

Player of the Year - Selena Moore, Liberty Ranch
Coach of the Year - David Moore, Liberty Ranch
First Team: Katelin King, Tori Torres, Rayelle Ross, Aliyah Brantley, River City; Stephanie Clawson, Rebecca Stephens, Caprina Pipion, Vista del Lago; Kimee Mueller, Madison Aliff, Sonya Watson, Union Mine; Damielle Hazlett, Galt; Sabrina Tate, El Dorado.

April 17, 2013
Oak Ridge, Oakmont, Sheldon to hold signing ceremonies today; Sheldon's Manning to Air Force, Sac's Garrett picks Sac State

Oak Ridge, Oakmont and Sheldon high schools are holding NCAA letter of intent signing ceremonies at their schools today while two other area athletes have announced their college plans.

Four athletes will be recognized 12:30 p.m. in Oak Ridge's multipurpose room.
They are basketball player Josh Simms (Concordia), diver Sydney Newman (Pepperdine) and cheer athletes Siena Potts (Concordia) and Nicolette Wichert (Texas Christian).

Oakmont volleyball player Brennah Galdwill (Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.) and wrestler Peter Santos (North Carolina State) will sign letters at 1:15 p.m. in the Roseville school's career center.

Sheldon basketball standout Ryan Manning (Air Force) will sign his letter at 7 p.m. during a ceremony in front of friends, family and teammates in the South Sacramento school's library.

Two other area athletes have announced their college choices: Sacramento High basketball player Breanna Garrett has given a verbal commitment to play for Sacramento State and Folsom swimmer Bret Bonzell has signed with Boston College.

April 16, 2013
Section honors Coover, A. Dale Lacky scholarship recipients

Rocklin's Shannon Garvella and Bella Vista's Brynn Sargent received Clark Coover Memorial Scholarships and 46 additional athletes received Sac-Joaquin Section A. Dale Lacky Scholarships at an awards ceremony this morning in Lodi.

The awards, which range from $600 to $1,500, are given to those athletes who show outstanding athletic, community service and academic success.

Garvella and Sargent received $1,500 Clarke Coover Scholarships as the top girls and boys award recipients.

April 11, 2013
McClatchy alumni group announces hall of fame nominees

The McClatchy High School Restore the Roar alumni group has announced 81 nominees for the 2013 CKM Athletic Hall of Fame.

According to Bob Sertich, Restore the Roar president, the primary focus of this year's class of inductees will be those McClatchy athletes who excelled in the 1960s and 1970s.

Among the nominees are former major leaguers Rowland Office and Ken Dowell and 1972 first-round draft pick Joel Bishop; football standout Morrison England, now a U.S. District Court judge; and track and field coach Scotty Bingham.

There also is a "legends" group of nominees which includes track and cross country standout Al Baeta and golfer Judy Ghilarducci. These were outstanding athletes at the school prior to 1963 but were not inducted in last year's inaugural hall of fame class.

The hall of fame selection committee is expected to announce inductees in June. They will be honored at a dinner Oct. 11.

"We face the same challenge as last year," Sertich said in a press release. "We plan to induct only the best 35 or 40 athletes, which means many of the nominees will have to wait until future years for induction."

For more, go HERE

April 5, 2013
Eight area players make NorCalPreps' 2015 boys hoops Top 20

Eight Sacramento area players have been named to NorCalPreps.com's 2015 Northern California Boys Basketball Top 20, including three players from two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion Capital Christian High School.

Capital Christian's 6-foot-6 forward Trey Belton is listed at No. 3, 5-10 guard Justice Shelton-Mosley is No. 19 and 6-5 forward Nick Aibuedefe is No. 20.

Others listed are No. 4, Noah Blackwell, 6-1 point guard, Woodcreek; No. 5 Marquese Chriss, 6-6 power forward, Pleasant Grove; No. 8 Kendrick Jackson, 6-3 shooting guard, Granite Bay; No. 14 LJ Reed, 6-3 shooting guard, and No. 17 Eric Toles, 6-2 shooting guard, Cosumnes Oaks.

Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland's 6-9 power forward Ivan Rabb is ranked No. 1.

For the complete list, go HERE

April 4, 2013
Curry, Bellotti among NorCal Sports' Hall of Fame inductees

Former Oregon football coach and UC Davis football player Mike Bellotti and former Olympic, UCLA and Davis High basketball star Denise Curry are among those who will be inducted into the 43rd annual Northern California Sports Association's Hall of Fame at a dinner on Saturday in Yuba City.

Also to be inducted will be Mark Cartwright (Yuba City High School, baseball), Richard McKray (Yuba HS baseball and softball coach), George Nicholau (Marysville HS, football, baseball and basketball; Cal football), Byron Randolph (Winters HS, baseball; Marysville High, baseball coaching), Rex Chappell (Nevada Union football; Sierra College football coach and player) and, posthumously, Homer "Buzz" Ostrom (as an athlete, coach and administrator).

In addition to the inductions, some $15,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to six high school seniors.

The event, which will be held at St. Isidore's Church, 200 Clark Ave. in Yuba City, starts with a reception at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

For more, call John Rice at (916)296-1501 or Joel Guthrie at (530) 743-2089.

April 2, 2013
Here are the All-Pioneer Valley League basketball teams

Here are the All-Pioneer Valley League boys and girls basketball teams as submitted to The Bee by league comissioner Bill Flake. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

Coach of the Year: Mike O'Connell, Colfax
MVP: Will Buell, Colfax
All-League: Marcus Salgado, Alexis Gonzales, Adam Felt, Lincoln; Anthony Williams, Douglas James, Foothill; Isaiah Pineiro, Placer; Justin Beskeen, Bear River; Matt Larson, Colfax; Isaiah Jones, Center.

Coach of the Year: Tony Camillucci, Placer
MVP: Kerri McCullough, Placer
All-League: Kaitlyn Reina, Savannah Welz, Sarah Hagar, Bear River; Ariana Jensen, Lauren Collins, Placer; Amber Tobiasz, Raegan Lilly, Colfax; Deija Smith, Center; Cassandra James, Lincoln; Elisha Anderson, Foothill.

March 30, 2013
Sheldon No. 5, Eagles No. 13 in final Cal-Hi boys state rankings

CIF Northern Regional Open Division runner-up Sheldon (27-6) finishes No. 5 and the CIF State Division I champion Pleasant Grove Eagles (28-6) end up No. 13 in Cal-Hi Sports' final Top 40 state boys basketball rankings.

CIF State Open Division champion Mater Dei (34-2) of Santa Ana finishes No. 1, followed by No. 2 Etiwanda (28-4), No. 3 Long Beach Poly (28-4) and No. 4 Archbishop Mitty of San Jose (28-6).

For the complete list, go HERE

March 30, 2013
Barnes, James lead South teams to Optimist game wins

Sacramento High's Joseph Barnes had 24 points to capture team MVP honors and lead the South over the North 113-105 in tonight's Optimist All-Star boys basketball game at Center High School.

Casa Roble's 6-foot-10 Eric Stuteville, a Sacramento State signee, had 21 points in earning North Team MVP honors.

Pleasant Grove's Arizona-bound Dejza James took team MVP honors with 17 points in leading the South girls over the North 85-58. Washington signee Brianna Ruiz of Del Oro was the North MVP with 16 points.

The two fund-raising games featured some of the area's top graduating seniors.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Tri-County Conference teams

Here are the winter All-Tri-County Conference teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Terrance White, Inderkum.
All-league: LD Dhaliwal, Andrew Ignont, Nef Torres, Inderkum; Phillip Morgan, Natomas; Gabriel Torres, Pioneer; Stuart Bradley, TJ Dove, Jordan Noall, River Valley; Carson Frank, Armando Madueno, Woodland; Travis Blas, Louis Mowers, Yuba City.

Co-MVP: Aleqse Hawkins, Taylor Massengale, River Valley.
All-league: Shymir Mitschan-Balwin, Sakara Brewer, Kyliyah Daniel, Inderkum; Halle Hamre, Sierra Maun, Natomas; Maddi Bellin, Pioneer; Sarah Brennan, Amrita Dale, River Valley; Emily King, Woodland; Destiny Fleenor, Tiffany Friend, Yuba City.

Lightweight MVP: Alex Rominger, Woodland.
Heavyweight MVP: Jordan Sepeda, Natomas.
All-league: Fermin Novoa, Pioneer; Mansoor Ahmadi, Wesley McMahon, Yuba City; Ruban Escalante, Jamie Villar, Inderkum; Esquiel Stringer, Woodland; Alex Gonzalez, Rafael Pantoja, Joey Ames, Natomas; Timmy Webb, Logan Morace, Jordan Davis, River Valley.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Sierra Foothill League teams

Here are the winter All-Sierra Foothill League teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Scott Romuk, Granite Bay.
All-league: Jacob King, Kendrick Jackson, Anthony Pedersen, Granite Bay; Danny Becker, Trevor Pistochini, Del Oro; Devin Moss, Rocklin; Matt Tawlks, Roseville; Noah Blackwell, Tyler Milani, Woodcreek; Lucas Vojak, Nevada Union.

MVP:Stephanie Geyer, Del Oro.
All-league: Lydia Summers, Shannon Garvella, Rocklin; Sydney Porter, Nicole Lierly, Sammy DeHart, Nevada Union; Aliya Davis, Liz Gehweiler, Woodcreek; Lauren Heyn, Del Oro; Daeja Black, Granite Bay; Lindsay Anderson, Roseville.

All-league first team: 106 pounds - Isaac Blackburn, Del Oro; 113 - Clay Shropshire, Del Oro; 120 - Zach Ruybal, Del Oro; 126 - Sean Brown, Granite Bay; 132 - Tanner Robison, Del Oro; 138 - Jonny Callas, Nevada Union; 145 - Johnny Zieour, Del Oro; 152 - Andrew Tyson, Rocklin; 160 - Patrick Neu, Del Oro; 170 - Dylan Kainrath, Del Oro; 182 - Skyler Gonzales, Rocklin; 195 - Mitchell Houston, Woodcreek; 220 - Jon Francom-Clark, Del Oro; 285 - Dominic Balmer, Woodcreek.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Sierra Delta League athletic teams

Here are the winter All-Sierra Delta League teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

Co-MVP: Dajon Green, Aaron Johnson, Encina.
Coach of the Year: Freddie Bryant, Encina.
All-league: Datwon Brown, Encina; Isaiah Brooks, Grant Heisinger, Dominic Bromstead, Justin Sobcoviak, Bradshaw Christian; Lincoln Gallegos, Brandon Hayworth, San Juan; Andrew Grabowski, Vacaville Christian; Marquez Fears, Egor Andreyev, Highlands.

MVP: Ashlee Jones, Bradshaw Christian.
Coach of the Year: Faith McKinnie, Encina.
All-league: Gabby Miller, Quashoma Johnson, Encina; Erika Bean, Jordyn Bell, Briana Barnes, Bradshaw Christian; Robin Martinez, Kashay Johnson, San Juan; Kimmy Guggemos, Rio Vista; Hailey Kenyon, Vacaville Christian; Sierra Monroe, Golden Sierra.

Lightweight MVP: Trent Rose, Bradshaw Christian.
Middleweight MVP: Ra' Heem Johnson, Encina.
Heavyweight MVP: Cyrus Javan, Vacaville Christian.
Coach of the Year: Eric Wilson, Vacaville Christian.
All-league: Dennis Keough, San Juan; Daniel Ewing, Rafael Gallegos, Mateo Olloqui, Vacaville Christian; Patrick Lewis, Brian Agee, Golden Sierra; Andrew Balderas, William Abalos, Highlands; Mat Zahra, Christian Zamora, Encina; Thomas Ubelhoer, Bradshaw Christian.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Sac Metro Athletic Conference teams

Here are the winter All-Sacramento Metro Athletic Conference teas as submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Micah Atkins, Faith Christian.
Coach of the Year: Rick Dougherty, Faith Christian.
All-league: Justin Glen, Faith Christian; Josh Niccum, Joey Niccum, Buckingham Charter; Morgan Bennett-Smith, Sacramento Country Day; Micah Gunter, Forest Ryan, Valley Christian Academy; Tony Jia, Lutheran.

MVP: Mary Clare Bosco, Sacramento Country Day.
Coach of the Year: Kim Contreras, Valley Christian Academy.
All-league: Lily Hagerty, Erika Lyon, Grace Magni, Valley Christian Academy; Isabella Tochterman, Sacramento Country Day; Kayla Brown, Wilton Christian.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Metro Conference sports teams

Here are the winter All-Metro Conference teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

Co-MVPs: Aaron Cameron, Sacramento; David Straughter, Burbank.
Coach of the Year: Derek Swafford.
All-league: Ben Walls, Florin; Aaron Harmetz, McClatchy; Charles Mills, Deandre Churchill, Johnson; Toa Kolokihakaufisi, Matt Nakatomi, Joey Helow, Kennedy; Jaylen Coats, Clifford Lyles, Burbank; Joe Barns, David Solomon-Young, James Hadnot, Sacramento.

Co-MVPs: Lynette Johnson, Kennedy; Allie Green, Sacramento.
Coach of the Year: Michele Massari, Sacramento.
All-league: Daijah Jo Smith, Delayna Sampton, Florin; Irene Colaivalu, Rosemont; Lauren Nubla, McClatchy; Chaya Durr, Ayanna Edwards, Sacramento; Dalayna Tyler-Scott, Kennedy; VyVy Tran, Burbank.

All-league: 108 - Brandon Gonzales, Florin; 115 - Sean DeVissche, Florin; 122 - Brandon Vang, Valley; 128 - Christian Cotter, Johnson; 134 - Chris Vaughn, McClatchy; 140 - Zackery Augustine, Rosemont; 147 - Joel Smith, McClatchy; 154 - Aaron Davis, McClatchy; 162 - Joshua Garcia, Johnson; 172 - Marcus Hudson, Rosemont; 184 - Anthony Alvarado, Johnson; 197 - Djuan Smalls, McClatchy; 222 - Bryan Knowles, Rosemont; 287 - Xang Her, Johnson.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Golden Empire League teams

Here are the winter All-Golden Empire League teams that have been submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Cedric Thomas, Lindhurst.
Coach of the Year: Pat Pavelchik, Mesa Verde.
All-league: Devin Ward, Lindhurst; Roman Zazhitsky, Bret Lynch, Mesa Verde; Tim Spiridonov, Devin Sawyerr, West Campus; Nifae Lealao Jr., Tyler Jennings, Justice Shelton-Moseley, D.J. Wilson, Capital Christian.

MVP: Hayley Shaner, West Campus.
Coach of the Year: Shawnsey McBride, Marysville.
All-league: Haleigh Filer, Monique Colbert, Capital Christian; Madison Dwelley, Miranda Williams, Dixon; Bayshta Aguila, Marysville; Barbara Keomany, Enique Nelson, West Campus; Andrea Davis, Mesa Verde; Sarah May, Lindhurst.

Lightweight MVP: Devan Turner, Dixon.
Middleweight MVP: Armante Gonzalez, Lindhurst.
Heavyweight MVP: Jordan Colby, West Campus.
Coach of the Year: Rob Taylor, Lindhurst.
All-league: Thongsai Thanadabouth, Jesus Yanez, Rigo Cole, Edgar Rivera, Justin Martinez, Lindhurst; Eybe Ceja, Jorge Jiminez, Dixon; Jordan Newberry, Mesa Verde; Nathan Hus, Andrew Peterson, Capital Christian; Michael Scott, West Campus.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter sports All-Delta River League teams

Here are the winter All-Delta River League teams that were submitted to The Bee. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Dakarai Allen, Sheldon.
All-league: Jordan Ford, Folsom; Lake Lutes, Jesuit; Josh Simms, Oak Ridge; Matt Hayes, Colfax Nordquist, Xavier Thames, Pleasant Grove; Darrin Johnson, Antonio Lewis, Ryan Manning, D'erryl Williams, Sheldon.

MVP: Dejza James, Pleasant Grove.
All-league: Haley Anderson, Ali Bettencourt, Jenn Hoffman, Oak Ridge; Avonna Lee, Pleasant Grove; Ashley Beck, Danielle Craft, Ponderosa; Rachel Frank, Najah Queenland, St. Francis; Janae Hair, Daija Ward, Sheldon.

All-league: Curtis Booth, Andrew Coyne, Mason Koshiyama, Lorenzo De La Riva, Nicholas Fiegener, Folsom; Gilbert Martinez, Alex Elko, Jesuit; Jimmy Scarr, Trae Providence, Nick Troquato, Kyle Jennings, Ponderosa; Keaton Subjeck, Sherman McVey, Oak Ridge; Sam Alnassiri, Sheldon.

March 28, 2013
Here are the All-Central Valley California League teams

Here are the Central Valley California League winter all-league teams. For corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Anthony Castaneda, Woodland Christian.
Coaches of the Year: Justin Smith, Woodland Christian; Rork Crusto, Delta.
All-league: Benny Mitchell, Woodland Christian; Mike Halverson, Victory Christian; Chase Augustino, Forest Lake Christian; Kalil Williams, Cristo Rey; Jack Dean, Sacramento Waldorf.

MVP: Becca Williams, Woodland Christian.
Coach of the Year: Tim Smithers, Victory Christian.
All-league: Ashley Williams, Woodland Christian; Molly Huffman, Emily Potts, Victory Christian; Sadie Stroup, Foresthill; Lauren Piner, Forest Lake Christian; Ella Haberman, Sacramento Waldorf.

March 28, 2013
Here are the Capital Valley Conference winter all-league teams

Here are the Capital Valley Conference's winter all-league teams. For corrections, e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Tyler Berkness, Bella Vista.
All-league: Dominic Driggs, Austin Hennen, Ahmad Smith, Bella Vista; Prestin Barnett, Christian Brothers; Semir Cahtarevic, Vasilije Saraba, Del Campo; Paul Rubio, Rio Linda; Dominic Marrero, Okamont; Jake Romine, Eric Stuteville, Mason Stuteville, Casa Roble.

MVP: Ana Burch, Christian Brothers.
All-leauge: Krystal Aubert, Casa Roble; Olivia Francis, Brittany Martin, Oakmont; Teryn Jackson, Kesles Johnson, Bella Vista; Jazlynne Macklin, Laura Noble, Megan Roberson, Del Campo; Marissa Sanders, Rio Linda; Kira McKechnie, Niel Valmores, Christian Brothers.

All-league: Dru Smith, Victor Trujillo, Sam Pfau, Shayne Tucker, Sam Fowler, Dan Marotte, Shawn Council, Brennan Collins, Milen Tsvetkov, Justin Calderon, Jesse Downs, Nelson Lund, Bella Vista; Josh Vega, Kaleio Romero, Peter Santos, Tommy Krebs, Nathon Chambers, Oakmont; Brett Alfred, Reed Smith, Del Campo; Ray Biaz, Jake Minshew, Charles Hubbard, Seth Avis, Casa Roble; Stephen Andrews, Joseph Reynoso, Vaughn Hingano, Rio Linda; Chris Rios, Matt Spain, Christian Brothers.

March 28, 2013
Here are the winter All-Capital Athletic League teams

Here are the winter All-Capital Athletic League teams. For corrections, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

MVP: Isaiah Ellis, Antelope.
All-league: Gabe Bealer, Rashard Thornhill, Tyler Winston, Antelope; Kyler Joaquin, Zack Suarez, Darrin Nishi, Rio Americano; Troy Owens, Jordan Roberson, Cordova; Dallen Eddenfield, El Camino; Nolan Eger, Whitney.

MVP: Elizabeth Moulton, Rio Americano.
All-league: Tyler Ellis, Rae Rae Terlaje-Taitano, Cameo Warren, Antelope; Monae Newton, Cordova; Courtney Brignac, El Camino; Shireen Sayareh, Mira Loma; Emily Hansen, Emily Wilson, Rio Americano; Sheibi Meyer, Alana Scott, Whitney.

Coach of the Year: Brad Burton, Antelope.
All-league: Casey Burton, Daren Echeveria, Dakota Fierro, Vlad Lutsik, Brandon Matu, Tyler Moore, Nathan Rhodes, Nigel Summan, Luke Avery Ward, Antelope; Emmanual Armas, Ernie Armas, Tony Graciano, Donnie Hibbs, Antor Hollins, Mike Kintz, Ian McGarry, Austin Reynolds, Herman Thomas, Justin Yip, El Camino; Anthony Bondartchouk, Roman Glukhoy, Ruslan Glukhoy, Shawntay Humphrey, James Mullerleile, Tim Shverstov, Mira Loma; Peter Cardinale, Rio Americano; Josh Achanzan, Whitney.

March 25, 2013
11 girls scholarship signees to play in Optimist All-Star game

Many of the area's top graduating seniors will compete in the 36th annual Evening Optimist boys and girls all-star basketball games Saturday at Center High School in Antelope.

Eleven college scholarship signees have been invited to play in the 4 p.m. girls game.

Among those scheduled to play for the South Team, coached by Christian Brothers' Ron Gully, are Kennedy's Lynette Johnson (Utah State), Pleasant Grove's Dejza James (Arizona), Sacramento's Allie Green (Pepperdine), River City's Katie King (CSU Northridge), Oak Ridge's Haley Anderson (UC San Diego), Christian Brothers' Ana Burch (Stanislaus State) and Bradshaw Christian's Ashlee Jones (Nevada).

March 23, 2013
Johnson's 26 points helps Mater Dei top Mitty for state title

Junior forward Stanley Johnson had 26 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots and senior guard Elijah Brown added 11 points and six rebounds as Mater Dei of Santa Ana defeated Archbishop Mitty of San Jose 50-45 in tonight's inaugural CIF Open Division boys basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

Aaron Gordon led Mitty (28-6) with 22 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks, but the 6-foot-9 senior was the only Mitty player in double figures. Connor Peterson had eight points before fouling out.

Mitty outrebounded Mater Dei 47 to 31 and outshot Mater Dei 35 to 25 percent from the floor, but made 22 turnovers to nine for Mater Dei (34-2).

It was Mater Dei's 10th state boys basketball title.

The 12-game tournament held Friday and Saturday drew a total attendance of 13,591.

March 23, 2013
O'Dowd stuns No. 2 Windward 60-45 for state Open girls title

With four Division I signees, some are calling the Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland's girls basketball team the most talented in Northern California history.

Despite that, and even with a No. 3 national ranking by Maxpreps.com, the Dragons entered Saturday night's inaugural CIF State Open Division girls basketball game at Sleep Train Arena as decided underdogs.

Their opponent, Windward of Los Angeles, was ranked No. 2 nationally and unbeaten. The Wildcats also had a 58-43 win over the Dragons Dec. 29 in a Southern California tournament and had beaten O'Dowd the previous season, 65-58, for good measure.

But O'Dowd took what everyone thought would be a down-to-the-wire game and turned it into a 60-45 rout. Up by seven points at the end of the third quarter, the Dragons (30-3) sprinted past a stunned Windward (32-1) 20 to 12 in the final quarter.

March 23, 2013
Redondo Beach ends College Park's run with D-II boys win

College Park of Pleasant Hill's amazing run through the postseason came to an end tonight with a 54-47 loss to Redondo Union of Redondo Beach in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

The Falcons, a small team and a No. 11 seed at the start of the Northern California Regional playoffs, won four tough games to reach the finals. They used guile and spectacular three-point shooting to upset Chico, Mt. Eden of Hayward, St. Francis of Mountain View and, in last Saturday's NorCal final, top-seeded Dublin 93-90 in overtime.

But Redondo Beach (28-8) used its superior height and jumping ability to dominate the boards and stay comfortably ahead of the Falcons in the second half.

The SeaHawks had a 48-31 rebounding advantage, including 19-3 on the offensive end, while limiting the Falcons (26-6) to 32 percent shooting from the floor and 28 percent (7 for 25) from three-point range.

"They really attacked the glass and the was the difference in the ballgame," said College Park coach Craig Battle.

Six-foot-six sophomore forward Jeremiah Headley led the way with team highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds while Ian Fox added 11 points and Derek Biale 10.
Mikey Eggleton had 14 points and Joe DeMers 13 points and 14 rebounds for College Park.

It was both schools' first state boys basketball championship appearance. The CIF started an Open Division this season with the goal of getting new faces into the state championship tournament.

"We got a taste of it, so we want to come back," Battle said. "We like your hospitality."

March 23, 2013
Pacific Hills holds off Cardinal Newman in D-IV boys state final

A large rooting section and lots of moxie wasn't quite enough for Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa against star-studded Pacific Hills of West Hollywood today in the CIF State Division IV boys basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

Despite twice taking a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cardinal Newman couldn't hold on against a talent-ladened Pacific Hills team that pulled away for a 58-52 win.

Marcus Jackson (Rice signee) had 23 points, Jahmel Taylor (Oregon) 14 and four-star junior recruit Namon Wright 17 and 11 rebounds for Pacific Hills (29-4), which won its second state title in four attempts.

Tim McCullough and Corey Hammel each had 14 for a Cardinal Newman (32-4) team now 0-4 in state finals.

Cardinal Newman took a 46-45 lead midway through the fourth quarter on two free throws by Hammel, but Pacific Hills outscored the Cardinals 13-6 the rest of the way.

A large contingent of Cardinal Newman fans drove down from Santa Rosa to support their team. Pacific Hills, a small private school, only had a handful of fans, but that didn't bother Jackson, a 6-3 guard.

"We're really a small school, so every game is an away game, even in our own house," Jackson said. "I love the atmosphere here."

March 22, 2013
Pleasant Grove beats Santa Monica for historic D-I state title

The senior trio of Matthew Hayes, Malik Thames and Cole Nordquist combined for 48 points and sophomore Marquese Chriss had nine points and nine rebounds to lead Pleasant Grove to a 73-57 win over Santa Monica tonight in the CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.


It marked the first time a Sac-Joaquin Section boys team won a D-I boys state title and capped an amazing run by a team that didn't win its own league or section championships because of rival Sheldon, a team that lost to Archbishop Mitty of San Jose last Saturday in the first NorCal Open Division championship game.

The Eagles become only the fifth area team to win a state boys basketball championship, joining Oak Ridge at D-II and Foothill (twice) and Folsom at D-III.

It also was Northern California's only win of the night in the six state finals contested throughout the day. Six more will be played Saturday at Sleep Train, including the first Open Division boys and girls finals.

With a large partisan Sacramento crowd cheering them on, Pleasant Grove led 36-27 at the half and 56-40 after three quarters.

Hayes had a team-high 19 points, including three three-pointers. Thames added 16 points and six rebounds and Nordquist 13 points and nine rebounds as the Eagles finish the season 28-6, with three of the losses coming to neighborhood rival Sheldon.

The Eagles' defensive trio of Matthew Smrekar, Thomas Fitzgerald and James Watson added a combined 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Collectively Pleasant Grove shot 48 percent from the field while limiting a quick and athletic Santa Monica to 34 percent shooting. The Eagles outrebounded the Vikings 43-32.

Santa Monica senior forward Chris Smith led the Vikings (29-7) with 20 points and eight rebounds but Cal-bound star Jordan Mathews was limited to nine points and five rebounds in playing less than 13 minutes because of injury (back cramp) and foul trouble.

He fouled out with 7:15 minutes to play.

Bee photo by José Luis Villegas: Pleasant Grove High senior guard James Watson exults after the Elk Grove school beat Santa Monica 73-57 Friday night at Sleep Train Arena for the Division I state championship.

March 22, 2013
D-III boys state final: Kell leads St. Augustine to overtime win

Junior Trey Kell scored 30 points, including three free throws to tie with 2.9 seconds in regulation and six more points in overtime as St. Augustine of San Diego defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco 59-52 in the CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game today at Sleep Train Arena.

The 6-foot-4 Kell made 9 of 15 shots from the floor, 10 of 13 from the foul line and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Saints (29-4). UC Davis signee Brynton Lemar added 10 points and seven rebounds and Brent Jones nine points as St. Augustine won its first state boys basketball title.

Herman Pratt had 17 points, Deondre Otis 12 and Liam O'Reilly 10 and nine rebounds for the Fightin' Irish (21-12).

St. Augustine led 37-30 entering the fourth quarter and 44-40 with 26.8 seconds to go when David Parsons hit a three and two free throws and O'Reilly a 12-foot jumper that put Sacred Heart ahead 47-44 with 10.2 seconds to play.

But Kell was fouled with 2.9 seconds attempting a three-pointer and made all three shots.

Kell hit a three-pointer in overtime and made three of four free throws, two of which put the Saints ahead for good, 54-52 with 1:39 to go. Lemar made all four of his overtime free throws.

But St. Augustine was bothered by Sacred Heart's quickness. The Saints committed 25 turnovers.

March 22, 2013
D-V boys state finale: Horizon tops St. Joe's on buzzer beater

With one shot, sophomore Ethan Underwood created a lifetime memory on the biggest stage for a high school basketball player.

Underwood's desperation 30-footer, released just as the buzzer sounded, lifted Horizon Christian of San Diego to an improbable 47-46 win over St. Joseph's Notre Dame of Alameda in the CIF State Division V boys championship game Friday afternoon at Sleep Train Arena.

It looked like a game that St. Joesph's had in the bag moments before.

The Pilots led 46-39 with 14.7 seconds to play.

March 22, 2013
CIF State High School Basketball championships today and Saturday; ticket info and list of all-time player greats

In its 32nd year, the CIF State High School Basketball Championships have fielded a number of stars who went onto college or NBA fame.

More could be headed this way at Sleep Train Arena, including Aaron Gordon of Mitty-San Jose, a 6-foot-9 marvel of skill and drive. He leads Mitty tonight against Mater Dei of Santa Ana with perhaps another NBA-bound body in Stanley Johnson, a 6-7 junior.

* Ticket reminder - Tickets for tonight's games includes as many games as one wants to take in (six total games), despite what is listed on the Sleep Train website indicating that there are two sessions.

* Radio reminder - On the SureWest Sports Radio Show from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday morning on ESPN1320, we talked at length in the first segment with CIF Executive Director Roger Blake about high school sports, the benefit of the Open Division, the wow factor of Sleep Train and the future. Go to ESPN1320.net for the podcast here

Here's a sampling of NBA players who played in CIF title games, including some at Sleep Train (or Arco Arena):

* NBA Launching Pad:
* Tracy Murray, Glendora, 1989 - Murray had unlimited shooting range and an unlimited green light, going for a state-title game record 64 points in the D-II finals at the Oakland Coliseum against, an 89-83 loss to Menlo-Atherton. He played 11 NBA seasons.
* Jason Kidd, St. Joseph-Alameda, 1992 - Seemingly NBA ready by his junior season, Kidd tore teams apart with passes and drives in winning two state D-I championships, the second one at Arco Arena in an electrifying effort that promoted CIF officials to want to keep the title games in that venue. In his 18th NBA season, Kidd plays for the Knicks.
* Jaron and Jason Collins, Harvard Westlake-Los Angeles, 1997 - Skilled and defensive minded as twin 7-footers, Brothers Collins powered their team to back-to-back D-III titles, including one over Grant at Arco as juniors. They have been in the NBA since 2001.
* Baron Davis, Crossroads-Santa Monica, 1997 - Unstoppable in the open floor with range and the ability to power inside, the Baron keyed a state D-IV title romp over Encina-Sacramento at The Pond in Anaheim. He logged 13 NBA seasons.
* Tayshaun Prince, Dominguez-Compton, 1997 - Long and active, Prince was a pest on defense and a very effective scorer for the national powers that won two state titles, including one at Arco. In the NBA since 2002, Prince plays for Memphis.
* Tyson Chandler, Dominguez-Compton, 2001 - A 7-foot shot-blocking wonder, Chandler was a three-time state champion, all at Arco. He is one of the NBA's top shot blockers now with the Knicks.
* Chuck Hayes, Modesto Christian, 2001 - Burly inside with good skills and a penchant to lead, Hayes powered the Crusaders to the D-I title game, falling to Mater Dei by three at Arco. He now plays for the Kings.
* Ryan Anderson, Oak Ridge, 2005 - Long at 6-10 and skilled enough to handle the ball and bomb three-pointers, Anderson keyed one of the state-title game's biggest stunners, a 60-44 rout of national No. 5 Mater Dei in the D-II finals. Anderson, The Bee's Player of the Decade for the 2000s, is now one of the NBA's top shooters, with New Orleans.
* Jru Holiday, Campbell Hall-North Hollywood, 2008 - A remarkable leaper, driver, dunker and defender, Holiday won three state D-IV titles at Arco. He is now an All-Star with the 76ers.
* Jeremy Linn, Palo Alto, 2006 - The pre-Linsanity era included a senior flying down the floor to lead a decades-old public school over nationally renowned Mater Dei 51-47 in D-II. Lin now plays for the Rockets.
* James Harden, Artesia-Lakewood, 2006 - Well before "The Beard" took over his face, Harden was a prolific scorer who keyed a state D-II title run. He's now with the Rockets.
* Klay Thompson, Santa Margarita, 2008 - The son of a former NBA overall top pick in Mychal, young Thompson torched Sacramento in the D-III finals with a state title-game record 7 three-pointers and 37 points. Chase Tapley of Sacramento had 35 in the 72-55 loss.

- Joe Davidson
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March 21, 2013
How to watch CIF State basketball championship games

By Bee Sports Staff

If you can't make it to Sleep Train Arena for this weekend's CIF State basketball championships featuring the Pleasant Grove High School boys in Division I, options for following the 12 games are limited, for the most part, to streaming online. Watch it here.

Time Warner Cable, which has exclusive rights to the tournament, is broadcasting games on Time Warner Cable Sports Net, based in Southern California. Most TV providers in the Sacramento area - including Comcast Cable, Dish Network and Surewest - don't offer the channel. DirecTV subscribers can get the channel, but only in the top tier packages.

No local radio stations are airing the game.

Tickets start at $16 for general admission ($10 for seniors, students and children) for each of the four sessions. There are four games in the early session each day and two in the evening session.

March 16, 2013
St. Joe's prevails over Capital Christian in NorCal D-V finals

By Trevor Horn

Bee Correspondent

AMERICAN CANYON - It was the new kid on the block against the old guard.

The elder statesman prevailed this time, but the future looks bright for a young and energetic Capital Christian boys basketball team.

It was the second CIF Northern California Regional Division V championship game for Capital Christian, and all five Cougars starters are underclassmen.

It was a different story for their opponent, St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda, vying for a record ninth NorCal regional title and winners of the last two Division V titles.

The Pilots made 11 consecutive free throws down the stretch to defeat Capital Christian 50-36 at American Canyon High School. St. Joseph advanced to the Division V state championship game at noon Friday at Sleep Train Arena. The Pilots will play the winner of Saturday night's late Southern California final between Horizon Christian of San Diego and San Gabriel Academy.

March 16, 2013
Pleasant Grove takes best shots from Deer Valley, wins NorCal D-I championship

Matt Smrekar got decked in the game's opening seconds and Marquese Chriss took a sharp elbow to the eyebrow a moment later.


See a photo gallery

The Pleasant Grove Eagles collectively picked themselves up, wiped off the dust and growled right back.

When it was over, Pleasant Grove stood as a first-time CIF Northern California Regional Division I champion, withstanding Deer Valley's best best shots in every way for a 73-60 victory on Saturday night.

Eagles players celebrated on the Sleep Train Arena floor after a trying season of frustating seconds. Pleasant Grove was second to rival Sheldon in the Delta River League, second to those same Huskies in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-I finals, but not about to settle for second here.

Smrekar was floored by a Marcus Lee elbow as the Eagles senior tried to lay some interior muscle on the 6-foot-10 McDonald's All-American in the lane. Chriss, a 6-6 post, was clocked by a similar tactic. Seeded second in the field, Pleasant Grove hardly flinched, using offensive balance and making 27 of 28 free throws to bounce the top-seeded Wolverines of Antioch.

Matt Hayes had a game-high 20 points, Malik Thames scored 17 on his 18th birthday and Cole Nordquist produced 16 and 12 rebounds in the program's greatest basketball achievement. Thames also earned the CIF Sportsmanship award.

Lee, the remarkably athletic 6-10 center headed to Kentucky, had 10 points (9 below his average) to go with 16 rebounds. Kendall Smith led Deer Valley with 17 points.

"Very proud of how we handled this," Eagles coach John DePonte said.

Pleasant Grove now plays Southern California D-I Regional champion Santa Monica next Friday night at Sleep Train.

For more on Pleasant Grove's milestone victory and a Bee photo gallery, check after midnight on sacbee.com and/or in Sunday's print version of the paper.

Bee photo by Randall Benton: Matthew Hayes hugs Eagles head coach John DePonte following their victory.

- Joe Davidson
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- On podcast: ESPN1320.net

March 15, 2013
Chaffey College upsets state No. 1 San Francisco with late game winner in state JC men's semifinals

Jeff Klein was to the point with his Chaffey College men's basketball team early Friday.

Bound off the bus and prepare to compete, he challenged them, or sit there and pack it in.

The Panthers competed.

With hot outside shooting for double-digit second-half leads, and just enough pressure defense to keep the state's No. 1 team out of full-bore, end-to-end fastbreak mode, Chaffey stunned City College of San Francisco 87-85 in a California Community College State Final Four semifinal at Cosumnes River College.

The Panthers (27-6) advance to Sunday's 1 p.m. title game at CRC against Mt. San Antonio and target the program's first state championship. Chaffey won a regional title in 1931 and reached the Southern California regional finals in 1994. That team is being inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

San Francisco, in the postseason for the 30th time, won state titles in 1962 and 2011 and were runner-up in 1966, '78, '81, '86 and 2010. The 1986 Rams team lost in the finals to Sacramento City College, led by All-American guard Kenny Drummond.

San Francisco's season ended at 31-1, and so did its hopes of becoming just the fifth team in state tournament history, starting in 1952, to win a state title with an unbeaten record. Only Fresno City in 2005 accomplished the feat in Northern California, going 35-0.

San Francisco guard Chuks Iroegbu of Franklin High School in Elk Grove tied it at 85 with an inside bucket with 37 seconds left. Sango Niang won it with a jumper in the lane with 3.2 seconds left after working the clock for more than 20 seconds.

San Francisco called a time out, and Delon Wright's top-of-the key three at the buzzer was long, setting of team celebration with streams of fans pouring onto the floor.

Dulani Robinson and Quincy Smith led the Rams with 16 points each. Iroegbu had 10. Ryan Nitz had 20 for Chaffey, which made 11 three-pointers.

* Mt. San Antonio 84, Merritt 75 - Guards Corey Allen and Garret Nevels scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, for the Mounties, who advance to the title game for the first time since 1955. Mt. Sac (27-3) made the state final four for the first time in 28 years in 1985.

Merritt (18-12) was the lowest seeded team to make the state final four, emerging as the No. 15 seed in the Northern California bracket by beating American River College 63-62 on a buzzer beater in an out-bracket opener.

The Thunderbirds were without two of their best players at CRC. After a 79-76 NorCal playoff win over Ohlone in Fremont, a post-game fight broke out. It started in the stands, poured onto the court and then outside of the gym.

An army of Division I college coaches were on hand, packed into one side of a full gym, including Bob Huggins of West Virginia. They were on hand to scout a number of recruits.

- Joe Davidson
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March 14, 2013
Laguna Creek's Pope No. 1; 11 others make NorCal hoops list

Twelve area players, including 10 that are 6-foot-5 or taller, are listed among Northern California's Top 40 high school junior class boys basketball prospects by NorCalPreps.com.

Laguna Creek's 6-8 Malik Pope, a national recruit, still holds down the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2014 rankings.

Grant's 6-7 Cameron Oliver is No. 7 and Capital Christian's 6-8 D.J. Wilson is No. 11.

All three were injured this season.

Cameron suffered a knee injury before the season; Pope broke his leg during regular-season play; and Wilson injured his back during the Cougars' Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.

Other forwards or post players on the list are: No. 14, Jesuit's 6-6 Lake Lutes; No. 16, Capital Christian's 6-6 Nifae Lealao; No. 17, Ponderosa's 6-9 Chris Snyder; No. 20, Casa Roble's 6-9 Mason Stuteville; No. 22, Cosumnes Oaks' 6-5 Alex Van Dyke; No. 29, Jesuit's 6-8 Brady Anderson; No. 37, Franklin's 6-7 Benson Osayande.

Two area guards made the list - Capital Christian's 6-foot Tyler Jennings, No. 26; and Burbank's 5-7 Jalen Coates, No. 27.

For the complete list, go HERE

March 12, 2013
Oak Ridge girls; Capital Christian boys reach NorCal title games; Bradshaw Christian and Florin girls and Sac boys end seasons

Ali Bettencourt had 23 points and Haley Anderson added 13 as the No. 10 Oak Ridge defeated No. 3 Heritage 51-50 in Tuesday's CIF Northern California Division I girls basketball semifinal in Brentwood.

The win avenges a 19-point regular-season loss to the Patriots (26-6). It was Oak Ridge's third consecutive NorCal playoff road victory.

The victory also moves Oak Ridge (28-4) into Saturday's D-I final at Sleep Train Arena against defending champion Berkeley, a 54-46 winner over Gunn of Palo Alto.

The Yellowjackets are a familiar NorCal playoff foe.

This will be the fourth year in the row the Trojans have faced Berkeley, which ended Oak Ridge's season the last two years after the Trojans defeated them on their way to a state championship in 2010.

In other semifinals:

Dublin 81, Sacramento 76- The Dragons led 55-52 entering the fourth quarter but couldn't hold on against the top-seeded Gaels (26-6) in Dublin. Aaron Cameron scored 19 points, and freshman center Devin Young had 14 points and eight rebounds for Sacramento (26-7).

St. Francis 44, Florin 31 - The No. 4 Panthers (23-9) couldn't get untracked against the top-seeded Lancers (23-8) in Mountain View.

Piedmont 31, Bradshaw Christian 27 - The No. 3 Highlanders (22-9)outscored the No. 2 Pride (28-3) 10-6 in the fourth quarter to win in South Sacramento.

Capital Christian 66, University-San Francisco 50- Nifae Lealao had 21 points and Trey Belton 15 to lead the No. 2 Cougars (26-4) past the No. 3 Red Devils (25-9) and into Saturday's Division V title game at American Canyon High School against St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda, a 44-41 winner over Branson of Ross.

March 12, 2013
Sheldon tops Salesian 63-59 in NorCal Open thriller

By Joe Davidson

MORAGA - Their versatile star was mired in a lingering shooting funk, the floor leader hobbling so badly you wondered if he shouldn't come out to save the foot.

But to understand the Sheldon Huskies this season is to appreciate the grit and drive of its senior standouts who crave a lasting legacy.

Withstanding a furious rally by the state's top-ranked team and overcoming their own fatigue from pouring every ounce into this CIF Northern California Regional Open Division semifinal, Sheldon inched past Salesian of Richmond 63-59 in overtime Tuesday night at Saint Mary's College.

Dakarai Allen struggled a bit shooting, managing 11 hard-earned points (he averages 18), but he had plenty of other contributions. The 6-foot-6 wing found his hobbled running mate, D'Erryl Williams, for a bounce pass in the lane for a 62-59 lead, then he blocked McDonald's All-America Jabari Bird's lean-in three-point attempt from the corner with three seconds to go to emphatically end it. Allen recovered the ball, was fouled and made a free throw to account for the final score, ending the Pride's 20-game winning streak and 75-0 run against NorCal foes in the past several seasons.

NorCal Division I champions a year ago, Sheldon now targets the first NorCal Open crown. The Open is a concept the CIF initiated this season to pit elite teams.

Sheldon (27-5) plays Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, the two-time defending CIF Division II champion, Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena. Mitty beat Modesto Christian in the other semifinal 58-53.

Darin Johnson hit a three-pointer for a 58-57 Sheldon lead, and Antonio Lewis had a floater seconds later with 1:40 left for a 60-59 lead in another example of a balanced attack. A strong 6-4 guard headed to Washington, Johnson made five threes and had 24 points, Allen had 11, Williams eight and Lewis seven, including a flying 35-foot bank-in three to end the first half to put Sheldon up 35-24.

"I couldn't come out because I didn't want it to be my last game," said Williams, whose right foot was encased in an ice bag after the game. "If I couldn't walk, I was still going to play. And we're not done. We've played through adversity like this to get where we are and to win a state title."

Said Allen, "We practice (today). We know that. We're not done. Feels great."

The game was every bit as thrilling as expected, pitting the two top-ranked teams in Northern California by MaxPreps.

Sheldon avenged last month's 69-60 nonconference road loss to Salesian (30-4), and has won nine in a row since. In that game, the Pride was fresher down the stretch, and the Huskies missed all 14 of their three-point shots.

Sheldon was hot early in the rematch, making six first-half three-pointers and nine overall. Then Salesian settled down, played superb defense and held the Huskies scoreless over a 4:50 stretch into the fourth quarter.

Bird (23 points) keyed the rally, but he was stymied in the fourth by the long-armed Allen.

The game was moved from 1,920-seat Albany High to the 3,500-seat McKeon Pavilion because of the anticipated full crowd. It was full here, including a throng of Sheldon student rooters nicknamed "The Pound" and the school's award-winning band.

Sheldon coach Joey Rollings was spent afterward. He embraced Pride coach Bill Mellis as the two have formed a fast friendship.

"Just great for the kids," Rollings said afterward.

March 12, 2013
Thames scores 31 as Pleasant Grove shocks De La Salle

If you are going to get your basketball program's signature win, it might as well come against De La Salle of Concord, one of the most venerated boys basketball programs in Northern California.

That's what No. 2-seeded Pleasant Grove did Tuesday night on its home court in thumping the No. 6 Spartans 68-51 in the CIF Northern California Regional Division I semifinals.

"That was a big win for our program," said Pleasant Grove senior point guard Malik Thames, who had 31 points and showed amazing poise and court leadership. "De La Salle is a great program. They have a great tradition and great fans. We just wanted to show everybody that we deserved the No. 2 seed."

The victory sets up a magnetic D-I championship final Saturday at Sleep Train Arena between the Eagles and top-seeded Deer Valley of Antioch, a 54-52 winner over Bellarmine of San Jose.

"It's going to be a great game," Thames added. "I know Kendall Smith (UNLV signee) real well, and they have a McDonald's All-American in Marcus Lee (Kentucky). It's going to be a high-energy game."

Pleasant Grove (26-6) showed plenty of energy and resourcefulness in rolling a shellshocked De La Salle squad (26-5), which for the second year in a row was eliminated in the semifinals by a Delta River League team. Last year, Jesuit beat the Spartans 44-41 in Concord.

Pleasant Grove - a quarterfinal loser at De La Salle last season - was making its first NorCal semifinal appearance ever against a school that has been to the NorCal Regional championship game 11 times, winning five titles.

But it was cool, calm and collected Pleasant Grove that looked like the poised, veteran team.

Among the highlights:

• The Eagles shot 52 percent from the field, and Thames was 10 for 13, including three three-pointers. He also was 8 for 9 from the foul line. Cole Nordquist added 14 points, and Matthew Hayes had 13.

• The defensively renowned Spartans had been holding opponents to an average of 37 points. Pleasant Grove led 37-17 at halftime.

• De La Salle's leading scorer, 6-5 Arizona-bound senior guard Elliott Pitts, didn't take his first shot - a free throw - more than two minutes into the second quarter. Pleasant Grove led 24-12 at that point, though Pitts finished with 17 points.

• Hayes capped the first and second quarters with long-distance buzzer-beating three-pointers, Thames did the same at the end of the third quarter, and defensive whiz James Watson (one of the prime hounders of Pitts) put an exclamation point on the victory with a monster block with 5.8 seconds left.

"We wanted to speed the game up, and our shots were falling," said Thames, who had 32 points in a game against Granite Bay during the regular season. "We played well today. Hopefully we can continue to do that and get to State."

March 9, 2013
Pleasant Grove, Sac High and Capital Christian advance; Antelope, Grant, Liberty Ranch eliminated in NorCal boys

Three area boys basketball teams will join the Sheldon boys in CIF Northern California Regional semifinal play after winning games tonight.

Here are tonight's highlights:

• Malik Thames had 18 points and Matthew Hayes added 13 as No. 2 seeded Pleasant Grove defeated No. 10 Piedmont Hills of San Jose 60-36 in Elk Grove. The Eagles will play host Tuesday to No. 6 De La Salle of Concord, a 43-39 winner over No. 3 San Leandro.

March 6, 2013
Oak Ridge girls, Sac High boys advance in NorCal playoffs; CBS, Capital Christian girls, Liberty Ranch boys also move on

Three of seven area girls teams and two of six area boys teams won in tonight's opening round of the CIF Northern California Regional basketball playoffs.

Advancing to Saturday's second round in girls were Oak Ridge in Division I, Christian Brothers in D-III and Capital Christian in D-V.

Moving on for the boys were Sacramento in D-II and Liberty Ranch in D-IV.

Eliminated girls teams were Kennedy in D-I at home and Del Oro in D-II, Placer in D-III and Colfax in D-IV on the road. Boys teams losing on the road were Bella Vista in D-I, Rocklin in D-II, Casa Roble in D-III and Colfax in D-IV.


March 4, 2013
Forecasting the NorCal basketball playoffs by division with comments/insight

A breakdown of the Northern California Regional basketball playoffs:

1. Salesian-Richmond (30-3).
2. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose (26-4)
3. Bishop O'Dowd-Oakland (26-3)
4. Sheldon (25-5)
5. Serra-San Mateo (25-5)
6. Modesto Christian (28-3)
7. Newark Memorial-Newark (23-7)
First round:
No. 5 Serra at No. 4 Sheldon
No. 6 Modesto Christian vs. No. 3 Bishop O'Dowd at Chabot
No. 7 Newmark Memorial at No. 2 Archibishop Mitty
First-round bye: Salesian
Joe D's take: The new Open makes for intrigue and excitement, yes, but there are some grumpy folks in this mix, including Sheldon. The Huskies are mixed on the Open concept. Yes, they can hang with anyone and beat anyone, but the main design of the Open concept is to allow public schools a fighting chance to compete for NorCal and state titles as private schools have dominated over the years. So here's Sheldon now in an Open mix flooded with private schoools. Most alarming is how the four-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions gained just a 4-seed. It makes sense to have at least a 3-seed, behind Salesian and Mitty, teams the
Huskies lost close games to. But one of the main Open criteria is state rankings, and Sheldon has been ranked higher in NorCal and in the state than O'Dowd in the last month or more by MaxPreps and Cal-Hi Sports. Still. Sheldon wants the Open Division, and it wants a shot at the best, and that means Salesian looms. Salesian is the defending state D-IV champion, but remember, private schools in smaller divisions doesn't mean less talent. Salesian is big time and it features McDonald's All-American standout guard Jabari Bird. Sheldon has perhaps the best starting five in the North with Dakarai Allen, D'Erryl Williams, Darin Johnson, Ryan Manning and Antonio Lewis, and it's a group with something to prove. Salesian beat Sheldon 69-60 last month in a nonleague game in the East Bay. Bird took over late. The game included a 3-man officiating crew that sucked the life out of the tempo with 46 total calls and referees and coaches barking at each other from both sides. Expect the next 3-man crew to allow a bit more flow, should the teams meet again, and expect fresher legs as both teams played the night before in the last meeting.
And what about Mitty? The Monarchs won the last two CIF State D-II titles and still feature McDonald's All-American Aaron Gordon, who has an NBA body now. O'Dowd has a superb team, too, as does the No. 7 seed in Newark Memorial, which lost a close game earlier this season to Pleasant Grove, then rolled the rest of the season and now draws Mitty. Shoot, they're all loaded in this field.
Projected final: Sheldon vs. O'Dowd. Yes, that means the Huskies beat a Salesian team that has a 75-game NorCal winning streak. If it's going to happen, it happens now.

Division I
1. Deer Valley-Antioch (24-5)
2. Pleasant Grove (24-6)
3. San Leandro (23-6)
4. Bellarmine-San Jose (23-6)
5. McClymonds-Oakland 21-7
6. De La Salle-Concord (24-4)
7. Oakland (18-11)
8. Freedom-Oakley (19-9)
9. Bella Vista (24-6)
10. Piedmont Hills-San Jose (23-7)
First Round:
No. 9 Bella Vista at No. 8 Freedom
No. 12 Santa Teresa vs. No. 5 McClymonds
No. 13 Lincoln at No. 4 Bellarmine
No. 14 Bethel at No. 3 San Leandro
No. 11 Palo Alto at No. 6 De La Salle
No. 10 Piedmont Hills at No. 7 Oakland
First-round byes: No. 1. Deer Valley; No. 2. Pleasant Grove
Joe D's take: If there were no Open Division, Sheldon most assuredly would have gained the No. 1 seed here as it is a combined 4-0 this season against Deer Valley and Pleasant Grove. As it stands, this is a new tournament - and it will be a fun one. Deer Valley is coming off its first North Coast Section D-I championship, a run that includes beating longtime power De La Salle in the semifinals. Deer Valley has the field's most incredible athlete/player in 6-foot-10 high flyer post Marcus Lee, a McDonald's All-American headed to Kentucky. Pleasant Grove has been oh-so-close in three agonizing losses to Sheldon, including 60-57 in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-I finals Saturday. The Eagles, in their second NorCal showing, have three three-year starters who work beautifully together in Cole Nordquist, Matt Hayes and Malik Thames with two unsung cogs in 6-6 sophomore post Marquiss Chriss and gritty forward Matt Smrekar.
And there's De La Salle, still the masters of playing defense, cutting off the baseline, collpsing the inside and competing under guru veteran coach Frank Allocco, who earlier this season won his 600th career game. A De La Salle-Pleasant Grove semifinal is the ultimate PG test, and DLS is the team that eliminated PG last season in the NorCals. Bella Vista, which battled Pleasant Grove to the wire in a section semifinal, plays at Freedom of Oakley in what should be a great opener. The winner draws waiting and resting Deer Valley.
Projected final: Deer Valley vs. Pleasant Grove. Can Pleasant Grove beat De La Salle? Absolutely, but it cannot allow DLS to put the defensive clams on like last year's NorCal contest.

Division II
1. Dublin (24-6)
2. Antelope (25-6)
3. Mt. Eden-Hayward (19-10)
4. Grant (23-8)
5. Sacramento (24-6)
6. Chico (20-6)
7. Montgomery-Santa Rosa (23-8)
8. El Camino-South San Francisco (22-7)
9. Rocklin (20-10)
10. St. Francis-Mountain View (12-16)
11. College Park-Pleasant Hill (22-5)
12. Pleasant Valley-Chico (14-13)
9. Bella Vista
First Round:
No. 9 Rocklin at No. 8 El Camino
No. 12 Pleasant Valley at No. 5 Sacramento
No. 11 College Park at No. 6 Chico
No. 7 Montgomery at No. 10 St. Francis
First-round byes: No. 1 Dublin; No. 2 Antelope; No. 3 Mt. Eden; No. 4. Grant.
Joe D's take: It's interesting that Newark Memorial draws a 7-seed in the Open as it clearly would've been the 1-seed here otherwise, having beaten Dublin three times this season. So why not Antelope as the top seed? The committee may view the North Coast Section stronger than Antelope's Sac-Joaquin Section, and Dublin beat Sacramento, which beat Antelope. Yes, every detail and bit of data is crunched. Still, this is a fun, wide-open field even with two-time defending state champion Mitty of San Jose in the Open. Grant taking on Sacramento in a potential second-round game would be a classic rematch from a down-to-the-wire section semifinal. The rematch would be in Del Paso Heights, with the winner likely drawing Dublin in the semifinals.
Antelope can run, score and defend. It has length and athletes and a fine coach in Rob Richards. But what about health? Inside bruiser Isaiah Ellis has a bad foot
that may sideline him (he went down in the section title win over Grant). And there's Rocklin, a section semifinal loser to Antelope facing El Camino of South San Francisco on Wednesday in the Peninsula.
Projected final: Antelope vs. Dublin. Antelope wins this if it has banger Isaiah Ellis, the team's leading rebounder and shot blocker. Otherwise, it's Dublin, though a Dublin vs. Sacramento-Grant winner would be a classic, too. Dublin has five losses to Open teams.

Division III
1. Sacred Heart Cathedral-SF (18-11)
2. El Cerrito (22-1)
3. Enterprise-Redding (24-3)
4. Sierra-Manteca (27-5)
5. Drake-San Anselmo (24-6)
6. Weston Ranch-Stockton (21-7)
7. Burlingame (21-8)
8. San Marin-Novato (20-11)
9. Casa Roble (24-6)
10. Miramonte-Orinda (17-10)
11. Mission-San Francisco (15-14)
12. Santa Cruz (19-11)
13. Shasta-Redding (15-12)
First round:
No. 9 Casa Roble at No. 8 San Marin
No. 12 Santa Cruz at No. 5 Sir Francis Drake
No. 13 Shasta at No. 4 Sierra
No. 6 Weston Ranch at No. 11 Mission
No. 10 Miramonte at No. 7 Burlingame
First-round byes: No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral; No. 2 El Cerrito; No. 3. Enterprise.
Joe D's take: Sacred Heart is the top seed as it hails from the brutal West Catholic Athletic League that includes Mitty and Serra of the Open, among others. El Cerrito played league rival Salesian close in three losses. Enterprise is the top team in the North state, rolling with a 16-game winning streak, last losing to El Cerrito in a close game. Casa Roble looms as a darkhorse, having lost to Sierra-Manteca in a section semifinal, and no one in this field features the length of brothers Eric Stuteville (6-foot-10) and Mason Stuteville (6-9).
Projected final: El Cerrito vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral. In normal years, Bishop O'Dowd is here, but this is no normal season.

Division IVSeeds
1. Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (29-3)
2. Riordan-San Francisco (18-11)
3. Marin Catholic-Kentfield (23-8)
4. Soquel (22-7)
5. Summerville-Tuolumne (29-2)
6. Menlo-Atherton (20-7)
7. Liberty Ranch-Galt (22-9)
8. Corning (27-2)
9. Arcata (24-7)
10. Half Moon Bay (22-7)
11. St. Mary's-Berkeley (17-7)
12. Orland (24-5)
13. Colfax (24-6)
14. Riverbank (24-4)
First round:
No. 9 Arcata at No. 8 Corning
No. 12 Orland at No. 5 Summerville
No. 13 Colfax at No. 4 Soquel
No. 14 Riverbank at No. 3 Marin Catholic
No. 11 St. Mary's-Berkeley at No. 6 Menlo
No. 10 Half Moon Bay at No. 7 Liberty Ranch
First-round byes: No. 1 Cardinal Newman; No. 2. Archbishop Riordan
Joe D's take: The Open is designed to thin out the heavies, which really also means to move around the private schools. That happened to a large degree, but the D-IV field here is top heavy with private schools with the field also full of community-based programs such as Summerville, Liberty Ranch, Corning, Arcata, Half Moon Bay, Orland, Colfax and Riverbank. Newman is the clear favorite, though Riordan is battle tested from the rigors of the best league in Northern California in the West Catholic Athletic League. Soquel nearly upset two-time defending State D-II champion and Open No. 2 seed Mitty in an early Central Coast Section playoff game. The newcomer to all of this is Liberty Ranch in just its third varsity season with a major rise from four wins to six to 22 this season under rookie coach Josh Williams, a natural for this sort of gig, and leading talent Michael Meserole. Corning has a 27-2 record out of the North Section with 6-6 junior post Michael Shoemaker averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds. Corning could face Cardinal Newman in a second-round game in a meeting of Cardinals.
Projected final: Cardinal Newman vs. Riordan. Newman was rolling until falling to Salesian in the Section D-IV finals, and there's no shame in that. Riordan is used to pressure games, having competed in the West Catholic Athletic League.

Division V
1. St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda (22-11)
2. Capital Christian (24-4)
3. University-San Francisco (24-8)
4. Branson-Ross (19-12)
5. Brookside Christian (27-2)
6. Central Catholic Modesto (25-4)
7. Head-Royce-Oakland (24-5)
8. Liberty Christian-Redding (23-7)
9. Ripon Christian (23-5)
10. Pinewood-Los Altos Hills (14-11)
11. Alma Heights-Pacifica (26-4)
12. Modoc-Alturas (23-5)
First round:
No. 9 Ripon Christian at No. 8 Liberty Christian
No. 12 Modoc at No. 5 Brookside Christian
No. 11 Alma Heights at No. 6 Central Catholic
No. 7 Head-Royce at No. 10 Pinewood
First-round byes: No. 1 St. Joseph N.D.; No. 2 Capital Christian; No. 3 SF University; No. 4 Branson.
Joe D's take: St. Joseph is the home of Jason Kidd, who led the Pilots to NorCal and State D-I titles his final two seasons as a prep marvel in the early 1990s, and it's recently been the home to guru coaching leader Don Lippi, who has won it all. Capital Christian has big-time talent but a big-time loss with 6-foot-8 leaper D.J. Wilson sidelined with a bad back.
Projected final: Capital vs. St. Joseph in a game of skill and discipline, an old coach in Lippi going against a fearless rookie leader in Devon Jones.

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March 2, 2013
Sheldon beats rival Pleasant Grove in thriller to 4-peat as Section D-I champion

Sheldon High School four-peated as Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions on Saturday night with a thrilling 60-57 victory over rival Pleasant Grove at Sleep Train Arena.

It was the most anticipated game and, fittingly, the most entertaining and intense of all the section semifinal and final games, regardless of gender or division.

A Dakarai Allen block triggered a fastbreak that Darin Johnson finished with a soaring dunk for a 56-50 lead with 2:23 to go. D'Erryl Williams had a putback off a teammate's missed three-point for the final score, and Cole Nordquist was just short on a buzzer three.

Nordquist had a dunk to cut it to 58-57 with 54 seconds to play.

Williams had just six points, but he pulled down seven of his game-high rebounds in the fourth quarter. Allen, his childhood pal also headed to San Diego State via scholarship, had just eight points, but he made plenty of other plays.

Williams and Allen have started on all four of Sheldon's four section title teams. Sheldon is the first section large school to pull the feat. It will now advance to next week's NorCal Open Division. Pleasant Grove will go to the NorCal D-I field.

Johnson, the Washington-bound guard, had 21 points, and Antonio Lewis had 14 points and nine rebounds. He was named the Sportsmanship winner of the game, matching Matt Smrekar of Pleasant Grove.

Malik Thames had 18 points, Nordquist 19 and Matt Hayes 13 for the Eagles.

Sheldon beat Pleasant Grove twice in Delta River League play.

For more, read Sunday's Bee.

- Joe Davidson
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March 2, 2013
Antelope beats Grant to defend Section D-II boys championship at Sleep Train

Antelope High School players grimaced when they saw leading rebounder and top muscle man Isaiah Ellis go down in a heap in the first half Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena.

The powerful 6-foot-7 senior would not return, but his teammates absorbed his loss and gained another win.

Pulling away late from upstart Grant, the No. 2-seeded Titans defended their Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship with a 70-63 victory that featured highlight plays for both sides and tough second-half defense for Antelope.

For Antelope, forward Gabe Bealer scored 24 points and had seven rebounds, soaring for dunks and powering inside. He matched buckets with Grant's equally impressive De'Sean Parsons, who had 27 points and eight rebounds and some dunks of his own.

Tyler Winston, the football star receiver headed to San Jose State on scholarship, was effective at guard, scoring eight points with a game-high five assists. Rashard Thornhill, a 6-3 guard, had 14 points and six rebounds, and his corner three-pointer with 55 seconds left gave his team a 69-61 lead.

Isiah Quintero had seven points and eight rebounds, Leonard Hazewood had four rebounds, Nick Golovko had four points and Mister Harriel contributed three rebounds and three steals for Antelope, which along with Grant will advance to the Northern California Regional playoffs that start next week.

Read Sunday's Bee for more.
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March 2, 2013
Summerville surges late, beats Liberty Ranch in Section D-IV title game

The upstart team in these Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs finally tasted defeat after a spirited, quantum-leap season and 3-0 postseason start, but it wasn't due to lack of effort.


That's never the case for Liberty Ranch High School, where first-year coach Josh Williams implores his group to compete - or they can sit. On Saturday, the Hawks of Galt had a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of the Division IV title game against No. 2-seeded Summerville, but gave way to hot shooting and superior inside play down the stretch.

The Bears of Tuolomne pounded out a 63-52 victory at Sleep Train Arena to claim the program's first basketball championship.

Connor Morningstar led Summerville with 12 points, and fellow 6-foot-7 forward Rosendo Amaya-Wood had nine and 14. As he has all season, Michael Meserole paced fourth-seeded Liberty Ranch (22-8), scoring 24 points and yanking down nine rebounds. DeAndre Stallings, the 6-5 future of the program as a skilled sophomore, had 15 points, including three three-pointers.

Summerville (25-3) has been around seemingly since the beginning of time, first competing for a section title in 1982 and last doing so in 1991. Liberty Ranch, by contrast, has been around seemingly for a few months. In truth, the school is in its third varsity season, rising from four victories in a debut season to six last season to 22 this campaign, and then toppling top-seeded and storied Colfax in overtime in a semifinal as a 4-seed.

Williams has been here before, the NBA arena that serves as a goal for section basketball teams. He was a sophomore on the 1998 Galt Section D-II title team that was led by all-time program great Phillip Ricci, now playing overseas. Ricci is a fan of Williams and his young team, following the team's achievements through the Internet and social media.

"This means a lot more now as compared to a player," Williams said of the title experience. "I'm very happy for our guys for the experience. No one talked about us in October, and rightfully so. The love and respect I have for my team...they've made it special."

Both teams will advance to the Northern California D-IV Regional tournament that starts next week.

Bee file photo by Jose Luis Villegas: Michael Meserole of Liberty Ranch

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March 1, 2013
Capital Christian boys repeat as Section D-V champions; Capital girls fall in first title bid

Capital Christian sent its two basketball teams to Sleep Train Arena on Friday night to win Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships.

One lost a crusher, the other won a thriller.

The girls fell to Brookside Chrisitan 72-28 in their second trip to the NBA arena in wearing a collective look of shell shock, but thrilled for the opportunity nonetheless.


Some two hours later, the Capital Christian boys celebrated a 40-39 victory over Brookside Christian ro repeat as small-school champions.

The boys expect to earn a high D-V seed when the Northern California Regional field is announced Sunday. The girls will also advance, albeit as a lower seed on the road. Nicole Colbert led Cougars (20-10) with seven points and seven rebounds. Guard Tiara Tucker scored 24 points for Brookside (26-4), which repeated as section champions.

"We're really happy to just get here, and we fought to the end," said Suzanne Baker, in her 17th season coaching the Capital Christian girls. "This is new for us. I'm proud of how the girls played. We've overcome so much - serious injuries, the flu. It's a big stage here. Our guys team is used to it."

Tyler Jennings made a free throw with .07 left to account for the final score. .

"I was nervous," Jennings confessed. "I knew I couldn't let my team down."

Capital Christian (24-4) prevailed despite going cold in the second half and not having the services of explosive 6-foot-8 wing D.J. Wilson. The junior prospect is out with a back injury, suffered Thursday. Forward Trey Belton and guard Uchenna Iroebgu had nine
points each, guard Justice Shelton-Mosley had eight and post Nifae Lealao had seven to go with six rebounds. Belton had 11 rebounds and keyed a defense that stalled the Knights, who lead all D-V teams in scoring at 86 points a game.

Capital now seeks the school's first state championship in any sport and just the area's fifth state basketball title.

"We've been through everything - flu, broken bones, torn ACL's, bad backs - and we keep with it," Jones said. "We've gone through all of that and I like our chances. These guys want more. They have great character.

Read Saturday's Bee for more...

Bee photo by Jose Luis Villegas: Capital Christian's Trey Belton spins on Knights Nick Payne before hitting a jumpshot in there second quarter in Friday nights D-V championship game between Capital Christian and Brookside Christian on March 1, 2013 at the Sleep Train Arena, in Sacramento, California.

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February 27, 2013
D-V semifinals: Capital Christian boys, girls reach finals

This information was supplied to us by Brian VanderBeek, our colleague at the Modesto Bee.

The Capital Christian girls and boys teams have advanced to Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship games at Sleep Train Arena after winning semifinal games Wednesday at Galt High School.

In the girls semifinal, reserve guard Ashley Jones hit two 3-pointers and had eight points during the 23-2 third quarter run that turned a 26-24 Turlock Christian lead into a 45-28 Capital Christian advantage en route to a 60-40 Cougars' win.

Haleigh Filer had 17 points and Monique Colbert had 21 rebounds to go with her 14 points for No. 3 Capital Christian (20-9), which will play defending section and CIF state champion Brookside Christian of Stockton 4 p.m. Friday.

Senior guard Halie Bergman, headed to UOP on a basketball scholarship, was held to 16 points, 13 below her average for Turlock Christian (24-5).

Boys: Capital Christian 41, Ripon Christian 31 - Nifae Lealao had 14 points and Justice Shelton-Mosely added eight as the No. 2 Cougars won a defensive slugfest from the No. 3 Knights. They will defend their D-V title 5:30 p.m. Friday against No. 4 Brookside Christian of Stockton, which upset top-seeded Central Catholic of Modesto 69-54.

Capital Christian's active defense gave Ripon Christian Ripon fits on offense, and the Knights' sagging man-to-man did the same to a Cap Christian, team that couldn't buy an outside shot.

Capital Christian (23-4) didn't score for final 7:04 of second quarter, resulting in bizarre 17-11 halftime lead over the Knights (23-5).

Lealao had six points in a 10-3 run that gave the Cougars a commanding 29-20 lead after three quarters.

February 27, 2013
Bee No. 2 Pleasant Grove beats Bella Vista in boys D-I section semifinals; earns another shot vs No. 1 Sheldon

By Joe Davidson

The third time very well may be the charm for Pleasant Grove High School basketball.


To be more specific, a third and final shot at rival Sheldon, this time to crown the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion.

The Eagles beat Bella Vista 68-60 in a semifinal at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night to set up an all Elk Grove Unified School District finale on Saturday.

Sheldon won the first two meetings, both intense, both close, both as rewarding for the winners as they were deflating for the other side in winning the Delta River League and maintaining hold on The Bee's No. 1 ranking. Pleasant Grove (24-5) ended the regular season Bee ranked second - and also bounds into these finals seeded second behind their old friends.

"Sheldon's a great team, and everyone has to be on their game to beat them," Pleasant Grove forward Cole Nordquist said after scoring 10 points. "If we play our game, don't make mistakes, listen to our coaches, we can do it. It's definitely a motivation. This is the last time we'll play them."

Sheldon is off to the newly created Open Division elite bracket come NorCal time, win or lose on Saturday. The Huskies seek a record large-school section four-peat. Pleasant Grove is headed to the NorCal D-I field for the first time, win or lose Saturday. Bella Vista (24-6) is also a D-I NorCal participant, as are all section semifinalists.

Four Eagles starters reached double figures in another show of balance and cohesion. Senior guard Malik Thames had 23 on 9 of 15 shooting and fellow senior guard Matt Hayes went for 16. Marquess Chriss, a sophomore post, had 10 and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Tyler Berkness led Bella Vista with 24 and Austin Hennen had 13. The Broncos are in their first D-I playoff run after decades of D-II play.

"That's a good team, very scrappy," Nordquist said.

Bee file photo by Jose Luis Villegas: Referee Chris Christianson talks with players before Friday nights basketball game between top ranked Sheldon and no. 2 Pleasant Grove at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove on January 25, 2013.

February 27, 2013
Grant upsets top-seeded Sacramento in boys section D-III basketball playoffs

By Joe Davidson

The first coach to call Deonard Wilson when he landed the Grant High School basketball coaching gig three years ago was his old buddy Derek Swafford.


They continue to phone each other weekly, sharing stories of player achievement and team goals. Swafford, the veteran Sacramento initially coach, told Wilson that it would take three years of tireless work to build a program and to reach the NBA building not too far from Del Paso Heights that now goes by Sleep Train Arena.

Only the master plan for Swafford didn't call for a Grant stunner at his expense.

On Wednesday night, Swafford and Wilson embraced before and after a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinal pitting programs that have played the sport since the 1930s. The upstart, No. 5-seeded Pacers downed the top-seeded Dragons 72-69 in a thriller affair that included a frenetic pace - right on down to the dueling drumlines that thundered in the arena - and cool late foul shooting to ice it.

DeSean Parsons, Grant's superb 6-foot-7 senior guard, had 26 points and took over down the stretch as he has so many times for this bounce-back Pacers season. His steal, dunk and subsequent free throw gave Grant a 66-62 lead with 1:23. He came up with another steal and fed Donovan Brown for a layup for a 68-62 lead with 1:08 to go, and the upset was on.

Afterwards, Grant principal Craig Murray led a charge of high fives and hugs for scores of fans and students who have embraced the gritty and active Pacers. In the back tunnel, Wilson leaned against the wall, exhaled and composed himself.

"I'm so proud for this great school, our kids, the community, and I'm the happiest guy in the building," said Wilson, embracing 12-year old son Jevon.

The Pacers (23-7) are now feeling a bit more greedy. Next is second-seeded and defending champion Antelope on Saturday at Sleep Train. Grant won its first section title in 1977 and its last in 1999.
"It's one thing to get here," Parsons said, "but now we want to win it."

Pacers baseball star Brandon Nunn had 12 points and Brown 10. Joseph Barnes and James Hadnot led Sacramento (23-7) with 23 and 20 points, respectively. The Dragons came in with five D-III titles in seven title-game appearances since 2005, and they will still advance to the NorCal playoffs as do all section semifinalists.

"My hat's off to Grant," Swafford said. "They haven't been here in a long, long time. I know what that feels like. I am really proud of Deonard and happy for him and his kids."

Bee photo by Jose Luis Villegas: Grant's De'Sean Parsons lays a ball up for two points in the third quarter.

February 27, 2013
Bee No. 1 Sheldon beats Bethel at Sleep Train; seek record four-peat in D-I

By Joe Davidson

As terrific as they are as one-on-one basketball talents, the Sheldon Huskies are even more of a sight to behold when they make the extra pass.

In these Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, top-seeded Sheldon has put on a clinic of sharing the ball, executing and playing poised under even the smallest degree of pressure.


Sheldon was for the most part flawless in offensive execution in a D-I semifinal in taking leads of 11-0 and 17-2 to pound out an 86-72 victory over Bethel of Vallejo on Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

The Jaguars cut it to eight with two NBA-range three pointers with 6:25 to go, but Sheldon responded with a 14-0 run and now target a large-school section record four-peat championship.

"When we share the ball, we're really hard to stop," Huskies coach Joey Rollings said.

Fresh off a triple-double against Kennedy, Huskies floor leader D'Erryl Williams scored 25 points on 12 of 13 shooting, had six assists and seven rebounds for Sheldon (24-5).

Darin Johnson scored 22 on 9 of 13 shooting with five assists in front of his future Washington Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar, in the building for a peek.

Antonio Lewis and Ryan Manning scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Huskies, who made 37 of 59 shots (63 percent) and had 24 assists. It's the third consecutive playoff effort with 20 or more assists for Sheldon.

Edward Moore had 20 for Bethel and Gary Wilson 19.

"Sheldon is almost impossible to match up with because they have weapons at almost every position," Bethel coach Dwayne Jones said. "They are really good. They are the real-deal."

Sheldon plays the winner of Wednesday's late Pleasant Grove-Bella Vista winner on Saturday night at Sleep Train. The Huskies have been top ranked by The Bee all season. They are NorCal ranked second behind Salesian of Richmond by MaxPreps and are state-ranked fourth by Cal-Hi Sports.

"We want that ring," said Sheldon four-year veteran Dakarai Allen, who had nine first-half assists and eight points.

Bee photo by Jose Luis Villegas: Sheldon's D'Erryl Williams steals a ball from Bethel's Noah Wellington in the fourth quarter.

February 27, 2013
D-IV basketball semifinals: Bear River girls, Liberty Ranch boys win overtime games; Bradshaw Christian girls slip past Colfax

Even coach Jeff Bickmore seems a little baffled by Bear River's success in girls basketball.

The Lake of the Pines school of 850 students, which has won 10 Sac-Joaquin Section girls championships through the years, will make its 14th trip to the finals after beating previously unbeaten Argonaut 42-39 in overtime Wednesday in the Division IV semifinals at Tokay High School in Lodi.

"It's kind of funny because we get our kids from one tiny junior high (Magnolia) just down the street," Bickmore said. "We don't get the tallest kids or the super stars. But we do get good, smart kids who have always worked hard and put the time in."

The top-seeded Bruins showed all those attributes in outbattling an Argonaut team that entered 29-0 and with a collective chip on their shoulders for a paltry No. 4 seed.

But the Bruins compete in a strong Pioneer Valley League that saw fellow tri-champions Colfax and Placer also reach semifinals in D-IV and D-III, respectively.

So despite being held to 10 second-half points and losing their best player, junior forward Kaitlyn Reina, to fouls midway in the fourth quarter, Bear River prevailed in typical fashion.

Unsung Maddi Dunn and Cindy Solomon, who had combined for three points in regulation, combined for five to open the overtime and that would prove enough.

Sarah Hagar led Bear River (26-3) with 12 points and Savannah Welz added 11 as the Bruins celebrated their 65th section playoff win and will play No. 3 Bradshaw Christian 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.

"I'm really happy for our three seniors (Solomon, Welz and Hagar)," said Bickmore, who won D-IV section titles in 2006 and 2007 after Duwaine Ganskie, now the boys coach, won a total of eight in two divisions from 1990 to 1998.

In other Division IV games at Tokay:

Bradshaw Christian 51, Colfax 46 (girls) - Baskets by Erika Bean and Jordyn Bell enabled the third-seeded Pride to hold off the second-seeded Falcons after Taylor Avila's all-net three-pointer closed Colfax to 47-46 with 2:06. Kaila Tremoureaux led Colfax (20-10) with 19 points; Bean topped the Pride (26-3) with 17. It also was Bradshaw Christian's 20th consecutive win, many of them coming by large victory margins in the Sierra Delta League. "I'd much rather be in a close game and that was a great game," said Bradshaw coach Mike Ruble. "Colfax did an awesome job, hit big shots and we got a chance to learn from it." It will be Bradshaw Christian's fifth section title appearance in six seasons. The Pride won four consecutive D-V section titles from 2007-2011.

Liberty Ranch 64, Colfax 59 overtime (boys) - Michael Meserole scored seven of his game-high 30 points in overtime and DeAndre Stallings had 22 points, including six three-pointers, as the No. 4 Hawks (22-8), in their third varsity season, defeated the top-seeded Falcons (24-6). Will Buell and Matt Larson combined for 34 Colfax points. Liberty Ranch will play Summerville 3 p.m. Saturday at Sleep Train Areana for the championship.

February 27, 2013
Antelope beats Rocklin in Sac-Joaquin Section D-II semifinal at Sleep Train

By Joe Davidson

Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion or Sleep Train.


It doesn't matter what you call it, but it's become something of a cozy home away from home for the Antelope Titans. In their third successive season competing in the Kings building, the Titans suddenly feature perhaps their best outfit, a balanced, defensive and unselfish group that seeks a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II repeat.

To that end, second-seeded Antelope beat Rocklin 55-47 in a semifinal Wednesday night, thanks to three quarters of fine defense and the poise to hold off the upset-minded, No. 7-seeded Thunder.

Isaiah Ellis led four Titans teammates in double figures with 14 points and 10 rebounds and he keyed a late surge to hold off Rocklin, which cut it to six early in the fourth on a three-pointer by Hayden Cook (17 points).

Gabe Bealer, Ellis' bruise brother partner inside, had 13 points, Tyler Winston had 11 and Rashard Thornill 10. The fifth Titans starter in Isiah Quintero had four points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and four hard fouls. Antelope, which opened in 2008, has never played Grant.

"I couldn't ask for a better three quarters of defense," Antelope coach Rob Richards said. "Rocklin never gave up and that's a credit to their coach (Casey Cutts). We're experienced. It's our third year here, and though everyone makes a big deal out of seedings and rankings, it still comes down to five teenagers taking on five teenagers."

Rocklin went from a 4-win season last season to a NorCal team this season under Cutts, the first-year coach who grew up in the program and was a key guard for some of the Thunder's power teams of last decade. Vinnie Safin had 10 for Rocklin, which still advances to the NorCal D-II playoffs that start next week.

Bee file photo by Brian Baer: Antelope High School basketball head coach Rob Richards

February 26, 2013
No. 2-seeded Sierra-Manteca holds off Stuteville brothers and Casa Roble in Section playoffs

In a meeting of size against speed and quickness, the blur guys won.

Casa Roble High School put the Stuteville brothers on display as they again showcased their considerable skill set, but second-seeded Sierra of Manteca offered an array of shooters, ball handlers and a swarming defense to post a 44-39 victory over the No. 3-seeded Rams in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal on Tuesday night at Cosumnes River College.

Eric Stuteville, a 6-foot-10 senior post who patterns his game after his NBA idol Dirk Nowitzki and is headed to Sacramento State on scholarship, scored 19 points with 15 rebounds. He was the only one to score his team's points for a good stretch in the second half.

Though 6-9 junior brother Mason had his moments, he was mostly a rebounder in the second half and didn't score in the final two quarters until 22 seconds left, a jumper to cut it to 43-36. He had 12 points and 14 rebounds as the Rams (24-7) were held to a season-low point total. Sierra has won 20 of 21 games.

Both teams advance to the NorCal Regional playoffs that start next week. Sierra (26-5) will face top-seeded Modesto Christian on Friday night for the section title at Sleep Train Arena. Sierra seeks its first championship in its third appearance since 2001. Modesto Christian is seeking a record 15th section title.

Sierra guards Guillermo Nunez and Eric Melgar had 13 each for the Timberwolves, coached by Scott Thomason, son of longtime University of the Pacific coach Bob Thomason, now retired. A Melgar three-pointer gave the Timberwolves a 39-32 lead with 3:13 to play and a Nunez drive pushed it to 41-34 with 1:36 to go.

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February 26, 2013
Cougars' Johnson; Sheldon's Williams near 200 playoff points

Four-year standout Lynette Johnson, who leads Kennedy against Oak Ridge in Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls basketball semifinals at UOP, has totaled 192 points in her playoff career, according to section media director Will DeBoard.

Among other players seeking individual section milestones:

• D'Erryl Williams of Sheldon also is closing in on 200 points. The senior has now totaled 176 points with one or two games remaining. Sheldon plays Bethel of Vallejo in Wednesday's D-I semifinals at Sleep Train Arena

• Brookside Christian of Stockton junior Tiara Tucker of Brookside Christian had scored 242 points in eight playoff games for a 30.3 scoring average. The section career scoring average leader is Del Campo's Danielle Viglione with a 27.4 mark over nine games.

• Valley Christian of Roseville sophomore Lily Hagerty tied a 20-year old-record when she scored 49 points in her team's win over Trinity of Napa. Viglione scored 49 in a game against Wood in 1993.

February 26, 2013
9 of last year's champs still alive in section basketball playoffs

With appearances at Sleep Train Arena on the horizon for many Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball teams, here are some highlights, as provided by section media director Will DeBoard.

• Nine of last year's 12 champions remain alive in the tournament. On the boys' side, Sheldon (D-1), Antelope (D-2), Modesto Christian (D-4. Moved to D-3 this year) and Capital Christian (D-5) are still alive. On the girls' side, St. Mary's (D-2. Moved to D-1 this year), Kennedy (D-1), Sacramento (D-3. Moved to D-2 this year), Brookside Christian (D-5) and Victory Christian (D-6) are still playing.

• There are two possible repeat finals matchup. Boys: D-5 - Capital Christian-Central Catholic. Girls: D-5 - Brookside Christian-Turlock Christian. NOTE: There is a finals rematch, except it will be played in the semifinals on Thursday at UOP - Oak Ridge vs. Kennedy in D-I girls.

• Six schools have both their boys and girls teams still playing. They are Sacramento, Modesto Christian, Colfax, Brookside Christian, Ripon Christian and Capital Christian. Eighteen times boys and girls teams from the same school have won titles in the same year, last accomplished by Victory Christian last year.

• Sixteen of the 44 remaining teams have never won a section title in basketball. They are: Boys - Bethel, Pleasant Grove, Weston Ranch, Casa Roble, Sierra, Liberty Ranch, Faith Christian and Stockton Christian; Girls - Armijo, Florin, McNair, Vanden, Argonaut, Capital Christian, Turlock Christian and Valley Christian.

• Three of the top six boys teams with the most championships won are still alive in the tournament, and all four of the top championship winning teams are alive among the girls. For the boys, it is Modesto Christian (14 titles), Ripon Christian (nine) and Sacramento (six). For the girls, it is St. Mary's (13), Ripon Christian (11), Bear River (10) and Colfax (nine).

February 26, 2013
Capital Christian point guard credits injured buddy for assist

Once sophomore rivals for the same starting point guard job at Capital Christian, Tyler Jennings and Marcelas Perry, now juniors, have become close friends.

But while Jennings has thrived this season for the 22-4 Cougars, it's been a challenging season for Perry, who hasn't played because of a knee injury.

"I can't even imagine what he is going through," said Jennings, who made the All-Golden Empire League first team. "I know that at first he wasn't sure if he wanted to be a part of the team.

"But I've tried to include him in everything because he changes the mood of our locker room when he's around. He loves to have fun. Even with a torn ACL, he'll be dancing and kidding around."

Last year, Perry averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 assists and Jennings 3.8 points and 5.8 assists for a Cougars team that won its first boys Sac-Joaquin Section basketball title.

Jennings, who is averaging 8.9 points and 4.4 assists this season, says Perry has helped him to be a better player.

"He's helped me come out of my shell a little bit," said Jennings, who transferred to Capital Christian after playing his freshman season at Oak Ridge. "Last year, I was more of the old-school point guard who looked to set everybody up first. I'm being more aggressive this year."

Capital Christian coach Devon Jones also is impressed with how Perry, the team's fastest player who can dunk at 5-foot-7, has handled his injury, and can't wait for his return to the team next season when the Cougars will play a much more demanding schedule.

"He's still doing it in the classroom," Jones said. "I think he realizes that the basketball stuff can be taken from you in one play."

No. 2 Capital Christian plays No. 3 Ripon Christian in Wednesday's 7:30 D-V semifinals at Galt High School.

February 26, 2013
Unsung teams, league deserve kudos, says Antelope coach

Antelope boys basketball coach Rob Richards offered up high fives to Capital Athletic League coaching rival Tony Phulps of El Camino for his team's surprising postseason run.

As a No. 18 seed, El Camino beat No. 15 Roseville 91-83 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket game in Roseville, then topped No. 2 St. Mary's at Stockton 62-61 on a buzzer beater before falling at No. 7 Rocklin 77-65 on Friday.

"Tony deserves a shout out," said Richards, whose defending D-II section champion Titans play Rocklin 7:30 p.m. in Wednesday's semifinals at Sleep Train Arena.

Richards was pleased because the CAL doesn't get much respect in boys basketball.
The league ranked 10th overall in the section's strength ratings.

Coupled with No. 12 Rio Americano's 66-60 upset at No. 5 Lincoln in the D-III opener and No. 20 Cordova's 58-48 win at No. 13 Johansen of Modesto followed by a close 59-55 loss at No. 4 Grant in D-II, Richards thought his league fared well and should have some ammunition for a higher ranking next season.

Roseville (Sierra Foothill League) and Lincoln (Pioneer Valley League) came from leagues with higher strength ratings.

"We have some unsung teams," Richards said. "I think our league deserves a little more respect."

February 26, 2013
Battenberg keeps watchful eye on his old team, from afar

Terry Battenberg is keeping an eye on the playoff run of his former Capital Christian boys basketball team, but he's doing it from thousands of miles away.

Battenberg, who led Capital Christian to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title last season before stepping down, is on a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

He's doing 13 coaching clinics during a month-long stay, his third trip to Down Under.

The veteran coach had to smile at one promotional flier, which listed him as a "renowned international coach and clinician."

"Just shows that you are 'bigger' when you are from another country," Battenberg said in an e-mail.

No. 2 seeded Capital Christian, now coached by Devon Jones, is playing No. 3 Ripon Christian in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. boys section semifinal at Galt High School.

February 25, 2013
Van Dyke, Pineiro, Lealao make All-State Grid-Hoop teams

Cosumnes Oaks junior Alex Van Dyke, Placer senior Isaiah Pineiro and Capital Christian junior Nifae Lealao have made Cal-Hi Sports' annual All-State Grid-Hoop Teams.

Van Dyke, the son of former NFL player Alex Van Dyke Sr., was named to the second team.

He averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals this season in leading the Wolfpack to the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball quarterfinals, where they lost 63-59 in overtime to Grant on Friday.

The 6-foot-4 Van Dyke was a Cal-Hi All-State Underclass and Bee All-Metro second team wide receiver for Cosumnes Oaks in the fall. He had 44 catches for 864 yards and 10 touchdowns.

February 23, 2013
D-IV, DV boys playoffs: Colfax to face Liberty Ranch at Tokay; Capital Christian plays Ripon Christian at Galt on Wednesday

Top-seeded Colfax will play No. 4 Liberty Ranch in Division IV and No. 2 Capital Christian will play No. 3 Ripon Christian in Division V in the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball semifinals on Wednesday.

Colfax will play Liberty Ranch 7:30 p.m. at Tokay High School in Lodi. Capital Christian will play Ripon Christian at 7:30 p.m. at Galt High School.

In DIV quarterfinals Friday night, Colfax beat No. 8 West Campus 66-57 behind Will Buell's 24 points; Liberty Ranch topped No. 5 Mesa Verde 69-42 behind Michael Meserole's 18 points and five steals and DeAndre Stallings 18 points and six rebounds; No. 2 Summerville edged No. 7 Encina 72-69; and No. 3 Riverbank beat No. 6 Bret Harte 88-65.

In DV quarterfinals, top-seeded Central Catholic beat No. 8 Buckingham Charter 79-28; No. 4 Brookside Christian topped No. 5 Woodland Christian 83-79; No. 3 Ripon Christian beat Delta Charter 66-47; and Capital Christian prevailed over Bradshaw Christian 54-36 behind D.J. Wilson's 15 points.

February 23, 2013
D-III boys playoffs: Casa Roble beats Patterson to reach semis

Eric Stuteville had 25 points to lead No. 3 Casa Roble to a 53-47 win over No. 6 Patterson Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinals in Orangevale.

Casa Roble trailed 31-21 at the half before outscoring Patterson 20-6 in the third quarter.

The win moves Casa Roble into Tuesday's 9 p.m. semifinal against No. 2 Sierra of Manteca at Cosumnes River College. Sierra defeated Placer 71-51.

Top-seeded Modesto Christian will play No. 4 Weston Ranch of Stockton at 5:30 at CRC in the other boys semifinal.

Modesto Christian defeated No. 8 Fairfield 79-40 and Weston Ranch topped No. 12 Rio Americano 83-61 in other Friday night quarterfinals.

February 22, 2013
D-II boys playoffs: Sacramento to play Grant; Antelope to face Rocklin in Sleep Train Arena semifinals on Wednesday

Aaron Cameron had 17 points and three assists; Devin Young 16 points and eight rebounds and Joseph Barnes 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-seeded Sacramento to an 86-55 win over Del Campo in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys basketball quarterfinal tonight in Oak Park.

Vasilije Saraba led Del Campo with 11 points.

Sacramento will play No 5 Grant in Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. semifinals at Sleep Train Arena.

Grant advanced by beating No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks 63-59 in overtime in Del Paso Heights behind De'Sean Parson's 25 points. Alex Van Dyke led Cosumnes Oaks with 14 points.

No. 3 Antelope will play No. 7 Rocklin in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. semifinal.

Behind 13 points each from Isaiah Ellis and Rashard Thornhill, Antelope advanced with a 57-40 win over No. 6 Burbank in Antelope while Rocklin topped No. 18 El Camino 77-65 in Rocklin. Taylor Cherry had 19 points for Rocklin.

February 22, 2013
D-I boys basketball playoffs: Bella Vista, Sheldon and Pleasant Grove move on to Wednesday semifinals at Sleep Train Arena

Ahmad Smith had 18 points, Dominic Driggs 17 and Adam Ciszweski 13 as No. 3 Bella Vista held off No. 6 Lincoln of Stockton 67-63 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I boys basketball quarterfinal tonight in Fair Oaks.

Bella Vista led 38-28 at halftime and 46-40 after three quarters.

The win advances Bella Vista to the 9 p.m. semifinals on Wednesday against No. 2 Pleasant Grove at Sleep Train Arena.

Pleasant Grove advanced by beating Elk Grove's Franklin 71-30 as Cole Nordquist and Matthew Hayes each had 16 points.

Top-seeded Sheldon, looking to four-peat in D-I, will play No. 12 Bethel of Vallejo in the other D-I semifinal 4 p.m. at Sleep Train.

The Huskies defeated Kennedy 91-62 as D'Erryl Williams had a triple double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Darin Johnson added 21 points, Antonio Lewis 20 (including five three-pointers) and Ryan Manning 12 points and five rebounds. Sheldon made 16 three-point shots.

Matt Nakatomi and Cole Taira each had 15 points for Kennedy.

Bethel beat No. 4 Golden Valley 75-62 in Merced in the other quarterfinal.

February 22, 2013
Antelope tops Burbank to make another trip to Sleep Train

It's one of the special perks of playing high school basketball in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

If your team is talented enough and plays well enough at the right time, the playoff reward can be a trip to Sleep Train Arena, the home of the Sacramento Kings.

That benefit no doubt added a little more intensity to Friday's Division II quarterfinal between No. 3-seeded Antelope and No. 6 Burbank in front of a large and spirited home Red Zone rooting section at Antelope High School.

With seniors Isaiah Ellis and Rashard Thornhill each scoring 13 points and Gabe Bealer and Tyler Winston adding 10 apiece, Antelope prevailed 57-40 and will play No. 7 Rocklin in Wednesday's semifinals at the North Natomas arena.

February 21, 2013
D-IV boys playoffs: Colfax, Liberty Ranch, Mesa Verde, Encina and West Campus all advance to quarterfinals on Friday

All the area higher seeded boys basketball teams advanced as expected on their home courts in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Wednesday night.

Here's a look at those highlights reported to The Bee:

NO. 1 COLFAX 75, NO. 16 HUGHSON 50 - Will Buell's 24 points led the Falcons to an easy win in Colfax.

NO. 4 LIBERTY RANCH 75, NO. 13 MARIPOSA COUNTY 48 - Michael Meserole had 20 points and five assists and Matt Hagen had a school record 19 rebounds in the Hawks' win.

February 20, 2013
D-III boys playoffs: No. 3 Casa Roble coasts in Orangevale

Jess Baucum had 24 points and brothers Eric and Mason Stuteville combined for 34 more to lead No. 3 Casa Roble to an 80-60 win over East Union of Manteca in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys playoff game tonight in Orangevale.

The win moves the Rams into the quarterfinals against No. 6 Patterson on Friday at Casa Roble. Both teams are 22-6.

In another game reported to The Bee:

NO. 7 PLACER 62, NO. 10 INDERKUM 59 - Isaiah Pineiro had 20 points, Peter Kean 16 and Michael McNamara 15 as the Hillmen rallied from a 31-25 halftime deficit to beat the Tigers in Auburn. Terrance White led Inderkum with 17 points.

NO. 2 SIERRA 66, NO. 15 CERES 25

#8 Fairfield at #1 Modesto Christian
#12 Rio Americano at #4 Weston Ranch
#6 Patterson at #3 Casa Roble
#7 Placer at #2 Sierra

February 20, 2013
Boys D-I playoff roundup: Manning's 27 leads Sheldon; Nordquist has 28 in Pleasant Grove's win vs. Armijo

Ryan Manning had 27 points, including 6 of 8 three-pointers, and Darin Johnson added 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as top-seeded Sheldon defeated No. 16 Bear Creek of Stockton 94-40 tonight in a Sac-Joaquin Section boys Division I playoff opener in South Sacramento.

D'Erryl Williams had 13 points and eight rebounds and Dakarai Allen 12 points, eight assists and six steals as the Huskies advance to Friday's quarterfinals at home against No. 9 Kennedy.

In other Division I games reported to The Bee:

February 20, 2013
Boys D-II playoff roundup: Del Campo holds off Del Oro 58-51; No. 15 El Camino stuns No. 2 St. Mary's on buzzer beater

Having learned its lesson from a previous meeting, Del Campo held off Del Oro 58-51 tonight in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys basketball playoff opener in Fair Oaks.

The Cougars played a nonleague game against Del Oro Jan. 4 in which they allowed a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead to melt away in falling 76-70 to the Golden Eagles in overtime.

So when No. 8 seeded Del Campo (20-8) went up 49-34 midway in the fourth quarter, the Cougars did bend but didn't break against a No. 9 seeded Golden Eagles (18-10) bunch steeled by the nightly wars in the ultra-competitive Sierra Foothill League.

Del Oro forced six Del Campo turnovers in the final three minutes, closed to within five points, 53-48, with 1:30 to play and four points, 55-51, with 16.2 seconds.

February 12, 2013
Boys Top 20: Top-ranked Sheldon beats No. 2 Pleasant Grove; No. 13 Colfax and No. 16 Granite Bay win league championships

Dakarai Allen scored 27 points and Darin Johnson had 21 of his 23 in the second half, and the top-ranked Sheldon Huskies iced it with free throw shooting down the stretch to hold off No. 2 Pleasant Grove 84-77 to win the Delta River League boys basketball championship outright tonight.

Sheldon (21-5, 10-0) made nine three points and hit 23 of 31 free throws to beat their rivals from the Elk Grove Unified School District for the second time. Sheldon won 85-79 on Jan. 25.

Cole Nordquist scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds for Pleasant Grove (21-5, 9-1), which expects a rematch in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs that start next week for all programs (outbracket games will be played Friday).

Ryan Manning had 13 for Sheldon, which seeks a section championship-record four-peat in D-I. Malik Thames had 21 for Pleasant Grove, which has lost only to Sacramento and Sheldon locally.
- Joe Davidson

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

February 12, 2013
Bee No. 1 Sheldon beats No. 2 Pleasant Grove in another DRL thriller; teams could meet again

By Joe Davidson

Tuesday was Senior Night at Sheldon High School.


A painted poster from students on the baseline wall that pretty much sized this group up as a whole: Studs.

Studs and scholars, actually.

Sheldon, top ranked by The Bee all season and NorCal ranked No. 2 and state-ranked No. 5 by Cal-Hi Sports, is a collection of versatile basketball players who also lead by example academically, including honors classes in producing the sort of grades that make for scholarship locks.

February 8, 2013
Boys Top 20: Moss buzzer beater lifts Rocklin over Tigers in OT

Devin Moss' driving layup at the buzzer lifted No. 16 Rocklin to an 82-81 overtime win over No. 20 Roseville in a Sierra Foothill League boys basketball game tonight in Roseville.

Moss and Drew Ardissone each finished with 19 points each and Cole Bridge added 14 for the Thunder (18-8, 6-3). Bryce Couch had 18 for Roseville (20-6, 5-4).

In other Top 20 boys games tonight reported to The Bee:

NO. 1 SHELDON 74, OAK RIDGE 47 - Antonio Lewis had 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Dakarai Allen 12 points and three steals and Darin Johnson and D'Erryl Williams 10 points each to lead the Huskies (20-5, 9-0) over the Trojans (14-12, 4-5) in a Delta River League game in El Dorado Hills.

February 7, 2013
Boys Top 20: No. 4 Sac drills No. 7 Kennedy for Metro title

Aaron Cameron had 21 points, including six three-pointers, Joseph Barnes added 10 points and nine rebounds and the freshman trio of Christian Terrell, Devin Young and Andrew Williams combined for 17 points and 13 rebounds as No. 4 Sacramento throttled No. 7 Kennedy 73-42 in the Metro Conference boys basketball showdown tonight in Oak Park.

Sacramento led 19-12 after one quarter, 40-17 at halftime and 56-27 after three quarters.

Sacramento (20-6, 12-1) and Kennedy (16-9, 11-2) came into the game with 11-1 league records, and Kennedy led 1-0 in the head-to-head series after beating the Dragons 66-59 on Jan. 18 in Greenhaven.

With a co-championship already assured, the Dragons can lock up an eighth outright league championship in nine seasons with a win Tuesday against visiting McClatchy.

In other boys Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

February 6, 2013
Boys Top 20: Mesa Verde topples No. 3 Capital Christian

One night after unranked Hiram Johnson upset No. 7 Kennedy in boys basketball - handing the Cougars their first Metro Conference loss - Mesa Verde did the same thing to No. 3 Capital Christian.

As did Johnson in Greenhaven, the Mavericks beat their Golden Empire League rivals 66-58 on Capital Christian's home court. It was the Cougars first loss to an area team.

Coach Pat Pavelchik's Mavericks also rallied to win.

Trailing 45-40 entering the final quarter, Mesa Verde outscored the Cougars 26-13 in the final eight minutes.

Sophomore Bret Lynch and junior Ja Qua Deary led Mesa Verde (19-7, 7-2) with 16 points each and senior Tyler Naso added 15.

Junior post Nifae Lealao topped Capital Christian (21-3, 8-1) with 16 points and sophomore Trey Belton added 12.

Capital Christian, which finished as co-champions of the GEL with Lindhurst last season before going on to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship, will need to win at West Campus on Friday to secure the outright title.

Mesa Verde finishes the regular season Friday at Dixon.

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

February 5, 2013
Boys top 20: Unranked Johnson stuns No. 7 Kennedy

Hiram Johnson kept alive its teetering playoff hopes while producing one of the biggest upsets of the season in boys basketball.

Behind 19 points from James Cross and 16 by Charles Mills, the unranked Warriors (13-12, 7-5) stunned previous Metro Conference unbeaten Kennedy 62-60 in Greenhaven.

Johnson is No. 21 in the Sac-Joaquin Section's latest Division II power ratings. Only teams that finish among the top 16 or have 15 or more wins qualify for postseason play.

No. 7 Kennedy (16-8, 11-1) may have been looking past the Warriors to Thursday's game against defending Metro champion Sacramento.

Kennedy beat Sacramento 66-59 in their first league meeting Jan. 18 in Greenhaven.

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

February 4, 2013
Sheldon, Capital Christian, Colfax top 2nd boys power ratings

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its second and final (for public view) 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.

The section will release the playoff brackets on Feb. 13.

Here's a brief look at each division:

February 1, 2013
Baby powder stunt forces SFL rivalry game to be moved

The boys basketball game started tonight at Woodcreek High School. It ended a few hours later at neighboring Roseville High School.

The Sierra Foothill League game between Roseville and Woodcreek was moved after several delays caused by the tossing of baby powder - ala LeBron James - by some members of Woodcreek's spirited "Black Mob" rooting section.

That caused a giant cloud to balloon, forcing officials to delay the start of the game. Then the game was stopped several times because of complaints of a slippery floor.

Officials decided to finish the game at Roseville, where the Tigers won 87-71 on their home court.

Cole Jacobs' had 24 points and Roman Tyukayev added 19 for Roseville.

The win keeps Roseville (19-5, 4-3) in a three-way tie for second in league with Del Oro and Rocklin and a game-behind first place Granite Bay, which lost tonight to Del Oro.

Tyler Milani had 29 points and Nick Howe 27 for Woodcreek (12-12, 3-4).

February 1, 2013
Boys Top 20: Del Oro win vs. Granite Bay tightens SFL race

Unranked Del Oro kept alive its hopes of repeating as Sierra Foothill League boys basketball champions tonight by beating No. 7 Granite Bay 72-56 in Loomis.

Del Oro trailed 34-30 at the half before outscoring Granite Bay 19-11 in the third quarter and 23-11 in the final period.

The win moves the Golden Eagles (16-8, 4-3) to within a game of the Grizzlies (17-7, 5-2) with three games to play.

Connor Drake had 16 points, Trevor Pistochini 15 and Keenan Finney 14 for Del Oro. Sherron Bradford and Daniel Romero each had 13 points to lead Granite Bay, which suffered its second consecutive loss.

The Grizzlies fell 99-91 in overtime to Roseville on Wednesday.

In other boys Top 20 games reported to The Bee:

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 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
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 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

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 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 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

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
Kennedy boys take over Metro lead with upset of Sac High

By Joe Davidson

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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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

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

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

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

In other first-round games:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other boys highlights of note:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noah Blackwell led Woodcreek with 21 points.

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

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

Blackwell and Tyler Milani were all-tournament for Woodcreek.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other boys highlights tonight:

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

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

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

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

In other boys highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

In other boys games of note tonight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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