August 24, 2012
An inside peek at Sacramento-area high school football this fall by the numbers

A quick peek at the high school football season this fall, by the numbers
By Joe Davidson

1 - Amount of wins each for former regional super powers Cordova and Christian Brothers in 2011; these teams were THE rivalry in the 1970s and '80s.
2 - Co-coaches at Folsom, for the first time, with Troy Taylor returning to the program full time to share duties with Kris Richardson.
3 - State championships won in Washington for first-year Bella Vista coach Tom Ingles; BV won three games in 2011.
4 - Quarter-pound sized patties for a hamburger called "Big Eddie" at "Local Heroes" in Auburn, created by Placer defensive lineman star Eddie Vanderdoes. To review, that's four quarter-pounders all rolled into one. Eat, be merry, then nap for a good 6 hours.
4.3 - Grade-point average for Sheldon quarterback Nolan Merker, a first-year starter not at all wowed by the moment.
5 - Number of coaches who have won 200-plus games in the region: Mike Alberghin of Grant; Max Miller (mostly with Cordova, and now retired); Ed Lombardi (mostly with Elk Grove, and now retired); Frank Negri (mostly with Foothill, and now an assistant at Roseville); Dan Carmazzi (all at Jesuit, and now an assistant at Christian Brothers).
5-5 - Height and inches of Del Oro running back Mark Leveron, who will team with 6-1 tailback Brandon Monroe for a 1-2 punch.
6 - Interceptions by Kyle Betts of Bradshaw Christian last fall, tied for second most in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
9 - Division I scholarship offers for Antelope receiver/corner Tyler Winston, who had six interceptions in 2011 for a playoff team.
11.78 - Yards per carry in 2011 for Burbank running back Isaiah Williams, who rushed for 1,496 yards. The yards will be earned against Napa, Grant and Del Oro in the early weeks.
11 - League championships in 12 seasons for Colfax coach Tony Martello, who also has three Sac-Joaquin Section titles in five appearances.
12 - Returning starters for El Camino, poised for a breakthrough season and ready to compete for the Capital Athletic League championship with QB Jonah Lessard.
13 - Sacks by Inderkum defensive lineman Dedric Allen, the most of any returning player in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
15 - Years since Dave Morton coached; he is back at Laguna Creek, the program he founded in the early 1990s.
16 - Total games for teams reaching a CIF State Bowl game, the most in state history and the norm for other states such as Texas.
17 - Returning starters for Franklin, the most of any returning Sac-Joaquin Section playoff team, headed by playmakers Christian Fonbuena, Joey Banks, Travon Lampley.
18 - Number of new coaches in Sacramento this season, the most in at least a decade.
22 - Consecutive playoff berths for Grant under coach Mike Alberghini, a section record.
25 - Players on the Monterey Trail varsity team, about the norm for demanding coach T.J. Ewing, who anticipates yet another playoff team.
27.5 - Combined sacks last fall by returning Elk Grove defenders B'won Canada, Noah Letuligasenoa and Wadus Parker.
30 - Combined Sac-Joaquin Section championships won by Del Oro, Grant, Elk Grove, Nevada Union, Granite Bay and Del Campo, 29 since 1989
45 - Yards per punt by Vincent Chelini of River City, the highest in the Sac-Joaquin Section last fall.
84 - Age of venerable Hughes Stadium, which will be home for CBS and McClatchy for the first time in more than 20 years and will again host the Holy Bowl.
96 - Yards on an interception return for a touchdown against Del Oro by Granite Bay linebacker Beau Hershberger, a school record.
97 - Points scored by former soccer player Justin Singh of Elk Grove, the most of any returning kicker.
100 - Years Roseville is celebrating as a school, and also about the age of comedic assistant coach Frank Negri.
158 - Tackles last season for Boise State-commit linebacker Tanner Vallejo of Nevada Union, who is setting all sorts of school records for stops.
190 - Career wins for Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers, at the Miners helm since 1991.
515 - Pounds bench pressed by Granite Bay lineman Tyler Bardy, a school record.
1,662 - Yards rushing in 2011 for Del Oro tailback Brandon Monroe, who very well may become just the second Del Oro back to eclipse 2,000 in a season.
4,478 - Career varsity yards rushing for Union Mine tailback Sean Tow, who seeks to become the first section runner to eclipse 2,000 yards in three successive seasons.
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December 14, 2011
Breaking down NorCal, State football rankings and Del Oro's placement

Breaking down the various state/NorCal football rankings as we bound into bowl weekend...

Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20
With Joe D comments for big-picture view
1. De La Salle 12-1
Lost only to Aquinas in Florida 30-6; in 6th bowl game
2. Westlake 14-0
Only close game all season was 30-27 OT win at Del Oro
3. Bellarmine-San Jose 12-1
Lost only in OT early to De La Salle; got D-I bid over Granite Bay
4. Vista Murrieta 14-0
Five forfeit losses cost VM a bowl
5. Santa Margarita Catholic 12-2
Landed in D-I bowl
6. Del Oro 13-1
Lost only 30-27 in OT early to Westlake
7. Oaks Christian 11-3
Del Oro and Granite Bay play Oaks next season
8. Centennial-Corona 12-2
Lost to Vista Murrieta in SoCal finals
9. Helix-La Mesa 12-1
Won 12 straight, including a 44-6 rout of 7-time San Diego Section champion Oceanside.
10. Bakersfield 13-0
Drillers hoped for a state bowl; one of state's longtime super powers.
11. Upland 12-1
Lost to Vista Murrieta in playoffs.
12. Mission Viejo 10-3
Lost by a point to Santa Margarita in Pac-5 semifinals.
13. San Clemente 12-2
Lost to Santa Margarita in section finals; more great talent depth in SoCal
14. Servite-Anaheim 10-2
Lost in section quarterfinals; team beat Rocklin in D-II bowl in 2009 on late FG
15. Saint Bonaventure 10-3
Lost to Oaks Christian in playoffs; wanted rematch with Westlake
16. Vacaville 13-1
Bulldogs hoped for D-II bowl. Beat Granite Bay, Folsom, Buhach this season.
17. Granite Bay 12-2
Lost only to Vacaville, Del Oro; beat Lincoln, Pleasant Grove to win D-I section.
18. Poway 12-01
San Diego Section D-I champion.
19. Rancho Cucamonga 11-2
Lost to Centennial in playoffs.
20. Redlands East Valley 11-1
Lost to Rancho Cucamonga in playoffs. Top 15
1. De La Salle 12-1
2. Bellarmine 12-1
3. Del Oro 13-1
4. Vacaville 13-1
5. Granite Bay 12-2
6. Lincoln-Stockton 12-2
7. Pleasant Grove 12-2
8. Campolindo 14-0
9. Marin Catholic 13-1
10. Folsom 11-3
11. Buhach Colony 12-1
12. Elk Grove 12-1
13. Serra-San Mateo 11-2
14. St. Mary's-Stockton 9-3
15. Oakdale 13-1

MaxPreps State Top 15
1. Westlake 14-0
2. Santa Margarita 12-2
3. Vista Murrieta 9-5 (14-0 on field)
4. San Clemente 12-2
5. De La Salle 12-1
6. Mission Viejo 10-3
7. Helix 12-1
9. Upland 12-1
10. Oaks Christian 11-3
11. Servite 10-2
12. Centennial 12-2
13. St. John Bosco 8-4
14. Del Oro 13-1
15. St. Bonaventure 10-3
Note: Interesting that De La Salle is No. 1 in Cal-Hi but No. 5 here. NorCal teams in MaxPreps Top 15 are De La Salle and Del Oro. state Top 15
1. Westlake 14-0
2. Santa Margarita 12-2
3. Vista Murrieta 9-5 (14-0 on field)
4. San Clemente 12-2
5. De La Salle 12-1
6. Mission Viejo 10-3
7. Bellarmine-San Jose 12-1
8. Helix 12-1
9. Upland 12-1
10. Oaks Christian 11-3
11. Servite 10-2
12. Centennial 12-2
13. St. John Bosco 8-4
14. Del Oro 13-1
15. St. Bonaventure 10-3
Note: Only NorCal teams here are De La Salle, Bellarmine, Del Oro. In CalPreps Top 30, only five are from NorCal. Yes, there's a sheer volume more teams in SoCal, but still curious.

December 14, 2011
Bee joins SureWest Sports for prep basketball preview show

We joined Mike Finnerty of the SureWest Sports Show to bounce around the basketball region to spotlight top teams, coaches and players.
Camp stops included Jesuit, Sheldon, Burbank, Sacramento and Antelope for the boys and Sacramento, Pleasant Grove, Oak Ridge, Del Oro and St. Francis with the girls...

This week's show and those from previous weeks can be found on

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November 5, 2011
Vista del Lago's Logan Smith sets state single-season 10-game record


By Joe Davidson

History was made Friday night in the chill of Placerville.

Vista del Lago beat El Dorado 47-10 to cap a 7-3 regular season and fatten up a bit for the playoffs, but the real intrigue was whether or not Logan Smith will break into the record books.

He did. The sensational Vista senior receiver and three-year varsity performer caught 14 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown from Aaron Young to set the state record for grabs in a 10-game regular season with 122.

October 28, 2011
A closer look at prep football Bowl rankings; Del Oro No. 1 by Cal-Hi and MaxPreps

Breaking down the Bowl rankings provided by our good friends from Cal-Hi Sports and editor Mark Tennis and also from MaxPreps based on computer rankings and compiled by the incomparable Kevin Askland.

Keep in mind that it is the section commissioners from the 10 sections in this state that vote on teams. Strength of schedule is paramount, and even close losses to ranked teams do not doom a team. Only section champions are considered for bowl games.

Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 6-1
2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 6-1
3. (3) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 7-1
4. (4) Lincoln (Stockton) 7-1
5. (5) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-1

October 12, 2011
Latest SureWest Show includes

Great stuff from our good friend Mike Finnerty on this week's SureWest Sports Show on

Highlights and interviews from the prep football world include Elk Grove-Grant, Vista del Lago-Galt, Antelope-El Camino, a hearty sports chat with yours truly on the significance of Elk Grove beating Grant, other area football movers and shakers and Al Davis' local impact.

Finnerty's Spotlight interview is with Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon, a class act whose team is 6-0.

And a hearty reminder to tune in each Saturday on the SureWestSports Radio Show as Finnerty and I break down the prep football world in a big-picture view with analysis, insight, predictions and interviews. It airs live from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320 and is linked later in the day on the station's website at or through

Here's a link to SureWestSports with a full menu of fun:

September 24, 2011
Vista del Lago receiver Logan Smith sets NorCal record in OT win

By Joe Davidson

For the second straight frantic football Friday, an area athlete set a Northern California record, and both standard setters share the same home field.

A week after Tanner Trosin of Folsom passed for a NorCal record 601 yards to edge Deer Valley of Antioch, Vista del Lago receiver Logan Smith caught a NorCal all-time best 24 passes from Aaron Young in a 41-33 ovetime win over Liberty Ranch of Galt in a Sierra Valley League opener.

The 24 receptions is third all time in state history according to Cal-Hi Sports, but - remarkably - it was only the second best effort in the state on the evening. Jake Maulhardt of Camarillo had a state-record 28 catches in a 52-28 loss to Canyon County on Friday, third best all time in national prep history. The record of 32 has stood since 1942.

The previous state record for catches in a game was 26 by Fullerton's David Sepulveda in 1984.

Smith's reception total Friday is tied for third most in state history and fifth all time in national prep history, all the more incredible if one considers the countless plays in tens of thousands of games over the decades.

Smith had 318 yards receiving against Liberty - Young passed for 340 - and two touchdowns. His 318 yards is a Sac-Joaquin Section all-time best, eclipsing the 289 yards Kyle Providence of Elk Grove had against Folsom in 2003.

A 6-foot, 190-pound senior whom coach Chris Jones has raved about all season, Smith has 65 catches for 844 yards and six scores this season. Vista is 3-2, losing shootout games at ranked Oak Ridge and Casa Roble. Vista plays River City on Friday.

September 19, 2011
Pleasant Grove moves back to No. 1 in latest Bee rankings with comments

Another week, another shakeup in the rankings.
A closer look...

The Bee's Top 20
1. Pleasant Grove 3-1
The Eagles inched up a spot after Grant lost to Lincoln of Stockton by an avalanche. Lincoln beat Pleasant Grove 50-49 in double overtime. On Friday, the Eagles routed McNair of Stockton 77-7 as Cody Demps hit D.J. Dunn for two touchdowns, the Eagles rushed for 341 yards (Mark Jenkins led the way with 147) and scored eight times. Colin Serne, Isaiah Saunders, Mark Jenkins and Alex Moreno each had a sack, with Moreno also blocking a punt. Wyatt Demps had an interception.
Next: vs. Roseville

2. Del Oro 3-1
The Golden Eagles beat Oak Ridge 49-29 with second half run-game dominance that should make the rest of the Sierra Foothill League schools nervous. Del Oro rushed for 358 yards, with Nick O'Sullivan powering for 156 and Brandon Monroe sprinting for 193 and two highlight touchdowns. Bobby Heatherington passed for 125 yards and hit Blake Covey for a score. The offensive line of Kevin Love, Dalton Hudec, Zach Heat, Logan Lamb and Ashwin Cardenas is as good a unit as you will find anywhere in the section. The defense held Oak Ridge to 75 yards in 22 carries. Coach Casey Taylor said his bunch is "The best team in the city." They're playing like it, too.
Next: at Oakmont

3. Nevada Union 4-0
The Miners handed Chico its first loss 32-21 to prepare for red-hot Elk Grove. Kyle Cota passed for 176 yards, Nate Dickinson rushed for 64 in his first start with two scores, Josiah Paye had a 54-yard touchdown run, Gabe Humphers ran with fury and scored and Tanner Vallejo and Hank Humphers combined for 24 tackles. Tyler Houlihan and Brandon Loper each had interceptions, with Loper's late pick sealing matters.
Next: vs. Elk Grove

September 19, 2011
Folsom QB Tanner Trosin sets NorCal passing record on final pass to beat Deer Valley

It's turning out to be some special season for Tanner Trosin.

The Folsom High School senior quarterback has steered the defending Division II state bowl champions to a 3-1 start, and he's off to a prolific start despite not playing with a full deck.

On Friday, Trosin set the Northern California single-game passing record with a 601-yard gem against Deer Valley in Antioch despite not having three starting receivers due to injury and laboring with his own severely sprained ankle.

September 9, 2011
Prep football news and notes for Week 2 tonight

News and notes to help get your football Friday game face on...

* Three Sierra Foothill League teams play host to out of town foes, seeking a 3-0 showing. Clovis East (0-1) is at Granite Bay, Clovis West (0-1) is at Del Oro and Monterey Trail (0-1) is at Nevada Union.
All three visitors are craving victory.

* Placer plays host to South Anchorage - now that's a road trip - and prepare for a team that is 3-0 and ranked third in Alaska for large schools. The Wolverines have rallied in each win and lives to run the ball, much like the Hillmen.

* In the year of the quarterback, yet another to ponder is James Harris of Bear River, whose 2-0 teams plays host to 2-0 Golden Sierra, led by 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker Jim Hansen.

I remember many a spirited Golden Empire League or playoff duel between these programs, when Bear River was coached by Terry Logue - now the team's co-coach with Scott Savoie - and Golden Sierra by Terry Cox.

* And another quarterback of intrigue: Kyle Shepherd of Laguna Creek. He ran for 117 yards and a touchdown and passed for 66 and a score to key an 18-6 victory over Florin in an opener. Six sacks paced the Cardinals defense for coach Mark Nill.

* And yet another: Davon Chapple of Sheldon, who passed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, giving him six on the early season. He has a tailback to use in Joshua Hadley, who rushed for 205 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard touchdown, to beat Lodi 36-13 last week.

* And another - Ryan Peabody of Christian Brothers vows to return this season, sooner than later. The senior quarterback was sidelined against Vanden with a strained knee. Early reports were that he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He in fact has a strain. Saturday, section force Buhach Colony comes for a visit, and next Saturday it's the Holy Bowl against rival Jesuit.

* Speaking of Jesuit, the Marauders are eager for their showdown game Saturday against Del Campo. Jesuit has a new offense to feature new varsity quarterback Tom Sperbeck, the spread. Sperbeck accounted for five touchdowns to beat Rio Americano in the opener.

Jesuit also features a superb kicker in Andrew Nave as the Del Campo game could come down to special teams. Del Campo is down to its third-string quarterback but has a good running game and a strong defense - and a reliable kicker in Tyler Davis, who beat Rancho Cotate with a field goal on Friday, 15-14.

* Falcons and Dimandbacks - In a meeting of small-school playoff powers, Colfax will match wits with Union Mine, led by dangerous and diminutive back Sean Tow, all of 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds but as durable as they come. He scored Colfax for 181 yards on 21 carries and two scores in a 21-7 win en route to a 2,261-yard season with 25 touchdowns.

Colfax counters with Hunter Perez (nine touchdowns in a 2-0 start) and Austin Perry.

* There is life again in Yolo County for Davis, wher the Blue Devils snapped a nine-game losing streak to beat Armijo 27-3 behind sophomore back Winfred Roberson, who had 256 yards and three scores. Armijo now has a 17-game losing skid.

* Looking to jump into the rankings soon is Vista del Lago, fresh off a 56-35 win over previously ranked Antelope. Vista led 42-13 midway through the fourth quarter.

Aaron Young passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, finding Logan Smith for 156 yards and a score and Chris Cooper for two scores. Ethan Pipion rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns for Vista, meaning this is one dangerously balanced team.

Vista lost its opener to Oak Ridge and plays Cordova tonight.

* And finishing with passers - Speaking of quarterbacks, there will be two on display when No. 10 Roseville visits No. 6 Folsom on Friday.

Folsom is paced by Tanner Trosin, off to a sizzling start, and Roseville is led by Zac Cunha, who isn't as prolific but is 2-0. He has a nice back to work with in Casey Lambert, and the Tigers are eager for payback after getting routed by Folsom in the playoffs last season.

Also look for J.J. Muldrow of Folsom, who has dazzled in two early games.

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September 6, 2011
Bee joins SureWest Sports Show to break down wild week 1 (Del Oro, Pleasant Grove, Grant, Granite Bay) and sportsmanship issues

More great highlights, interviews, insight and more on the SureWestSports Show that airs today and can be found online at

Host Mike Finnerty had footage of Grant-Poly, Lincoln-Pleasant Grove, Granite Bay-St. Mary's and Colfax-Bradshaw Christian, among others. His Sports Chat is with Ernie Cooper, Granite Bay coach. If Finnerty sounds froggy and looks haggard, he is. He threw dirt on it - somewhere - and gutted out a nasty flu to cough on all comers.

Finnerty and I also break down the significance of ambitious scheduling and the sour taste of poor sportsmanship from Poly and more...

September 5, 2011
Latest Bee Top 20 football rankings with results, comments, more

Zero week results were easy to log and the teams just as simple to rank.

Now? A bit more dicey.

The Bee's top three teams lost heartbreakers to superb out-of-area teams, all state ranked, and it all happened in order on Saturday.

June 3, 2011
The Bee joins SureWest Sports Radio to break down academic year in sports, the good, the great, the controversial

By Joe Davidson

Players, coaches, moments and milestones.

That's the menu Mike Finnerty and I will explore in big-picture form as we talk and debate about the academic year on Saturday's SureWest Sports Radio Show on ESPN1320 from 9-10 a.m.

It's our last program until late August as we take a summer break.

Items of interest include:

* Folsom's fabulous football ride, going 13-1 and winning the CIF Division II bowl game behind Bee Player of the Year Dano Graves, who set state quarterbacking records.
* Del Oro winning a football section title despite some fans in Loomis pleading for the removal of coach Casey Taylor after a 2-4 start. He rallied the team by removing some players, then taking it all in D-III and emerging as The Bee's Coach of the Year.
* Rocklin winning a section title in girls and boys volleyball.
* Jesuit bearing down on an astounding 100 section titles this season, with recent celebrations in soccer and National Coach of the Year Paul Rose.
* The Del Oro basketball team of class and style, headed by Belle Obert and Bee Player of the Year Madeline Campbell.
* Michele Massari willing her Sacramento Dragons to a section D-III title and earning Bee Coach of the Year honors - and SureWest Sports Coach of the Year accolades - despite graduating four starters from last season.
* The Sac High boys basketball team overcoming the sudden and controversial transfer of high profile recruit Josiah Turner at midseason and the role of meddling parents in prep sports in general.
* The rise of Antelope athletics.
* The amazing run of success for small-school Bradshaw Christian.
* The Elk Grove Unified School District power in softball.
* Transfers
* Mixed messages with recruiting
* Bill Baxter winning his 600th career game as the El Camino girls coach.
* The impact of amazing leaders such as Kris Richardson, Mike Alberghini, Max Miller, Joe Potulny, Guy Anderson and Mary Jo Truesdale.
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May 25, 2011
Three area prep football stars sparkle at Stanford Combine as national profiles expand

By Joe Davidson

The recent Nike Football Training Camp at Stanford included three area athletes who looked the part and performed the part as national recruits.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick of Whitney, deemed the No. 7 tight end prospect in the country, has good hands, runs well, likes to block and has size at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. He has scholarship offers from Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and others. With quarterback Jake Rodrigues at the helm, Whitney expects to have a championship team this fall under coach Mike Gimenez.

Marcus Rios of Cosumnes Oaks is a superb cornerback prospect with great feet and the ability to change directions or close the gap in an instant. He has eight offers - throughout the Pac-10 - and is a verbal commit to Boise State, where senior teammate Robert Ash is headed to play defensive line. Rios will be the focal point for Cosumnes Oaks under coach Scooter Gomes, whose team just missed on making the playoffs last season but expect to make strides this coming season.

Shaq Thompson of Grant is a 5-star prospect and clearly one of the most impressive athletes to come out of the region - ever. At nearly 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Thompson can glide, slide and explode upfield as a runner, a receiver or on returns. He's also an outstanding defensive prospect. He gave Cal a verbal commitment, the school where his brother Syd excelled, but it's too early to know if Shaq will become a Golden Bear. For now, he's one golden prospect for Grant coach Mike Alberghini, who surely expects another Sac-Joaquin Section title run.
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May 10, 2011
Bee joins SureWest Sports Show to talk big-picture preps

The latest SureWest Sports Show on is now up, or click below.

This week's show includes baseball highlights from Granite Bay, Rocklin, Davis, Elk Grove, McClatchy and Sacramento; softball highlights from Oak Ridge, St. Francis, Casa Roble and Rosemont and soccer footage of Antelope and Whitney.

I join host Mike Finnerty in the weekly Sports Chat segment to talk about the profound impact of Cordova baseball coaching legend Guy Anderson and some area league races.

Finnerty also has spotlight interviews with Jesuit baseball coach Joe Potulny and Elk Grove baseball star J.D. Davis.

Click here for the show.

May 5, 2011
Bee joins SureWest Sports Show online and on radio

The SureWest Sports Show has a Bee big-picture flavor to help aid to the superb regional prep coverage online and on the radio.

Host Mike Finnerty has on this week's SureWest program on game highlights of the following:

* Jesuit @ Pleasant Grove (baseball)
* Ponderosa @ Oak Ridge (baseball)
* Vista Del Lago @ Cosumnes Oaks (softball)
* Lincoln v. Clovis (softball)
* Bear River v. Merced (softball)
* Davis @ Elk Grove (girls soccer)
* Sports Chat with Joe Davidson (Sacramento Bee)
* Spotlight Interviews:* Joe Potulny - Jesuit baseball coach
* Lynda Bettencourt - Cosumnes Oaks softball coach

On the SureWest Sports Radio Show that airs each Saturday from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320, Finnerty and I will talk all things preps with live interviews with legendary Cordova baseball coach Guy Anderson, Pleasant Grove basbeall coach Rob Rinaldi and St. Francis softball coach Al LoGiudice.

Click here for a complete run down of the SureWest Sports menu...

November 11, 2010
By the Numbers: Girls golf

3: Consecutive Division II Sac-Joaquin Section championships won by McClatchy (2006-08).

3: Consecutive D-III section championships won by Loretto (2006-08).

5: Consecutive Masters tournament championships won by St. Francis (2006-10).

8: Consecutive section team championships by St. Francis (1997-2003; the team won a spring and fall title in 1999).

13: Section championships by St. Francis since 1997.

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November 4, 2010
Cross Country By the Numbers

4: Consecutive Division II Sac-Joaquin Section girls championships won by Granite Bay (2000-03).

7: Consecutive boys titles won by Del Campo (1988-94, five D-I, two D-II).

7: Consecutive Division I girls championships won by Davis (2002-08).

9: Area best state boys championships won by Jesuit.

11: Area-best section girls championships by Davis and Del Oro.

15: Consecutive boys section championships by Jesuit (1992-2006, including 13 in D-II).

23: Overall boys section championships won by Jesuit (eight D-I, 15 D-II).

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October 28, 2010
Girls Tennis By the Numbers

4: Consecutive losses in the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section final by Granite Bay (1998-2001).

5: Consecutive Division II championships by Placer (1994-98).

12: Consecutive section finals reached by Granite Bay, resulting in five Division II section titles.

13: Overall section championships for Placer.

16: Division I finals appearances by Davis since 1981.

23: Years since schools from the same city played for the Division II championship (Roseville and Oakmont in 1987).

24: Years since Central Catholic of Modesto won the first Division II championship in 1986. The Raiders have yet to win another title.


October 21, 2010
Football by the numbers

2: Division III schools that have repeated as Sac-Joaquin Section champions since 1998 (Mesa Verde, 1997-98, and Colfax, 2002-03).

3: Division II schools that have won three consecutive championships since 1977 (Placer, 1975-77, Del Oro, 1992-94, and Oak Ridge, 2002-04).

6: Area-best section titles by Del Oro and Grant.

7: Most finals without a win (Calaveras).

12: Years since a Division I school has repeated as champion (Elk Grove, 1997-98).

15: Section titles by Central Catholic of Modesto.

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October 6, 2010
Water Polo By the Numbers

4: Consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division II final appearances by the Granite Bay boys, who have won three times.

6: Consecutive Division I girls finals pitting Davis and St. Francis. Each school has won three in that span.

8: Consecutive Division II championships by the Rio Americano girls.

10: Consecutive Division I final appearances by the Davis girls, who have won seven times.

13: Overall section titles by the Davis boys.

15: Consecutive Division I boys finals featuring Davis and/or Jesuit. They have met seven times.

29: Days until the section playoffs begin for Division I and Division II boys.

34: Years since Beyer of Modesto last won a Division I boys title, following a streak of four championships (1972-75).

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