October 12, 2011
Latest SureWest Show includes

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

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 ESPN1320.net or through Surewestsports.com

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September 21, 2011
Catching Up with Spencer Hagan, Capital Christian football

By The Bee Sports Staff

Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with Cal leading Presbyterian 28-6, quarterback Zach Maynard passed 16 yards to tight end Spencer Hagan for the Bears' fifth touchdown and a 35-6 lead.

Just another touchdown in a one-sided victory? Hardly. It was Hagan's first catch as a Bear, and something of a punctuation mark on his journey from high school standout to walk-on Division I football player.

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 www.surewestsports.com

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.

August 31, 2011
News and updates from Sac-Joaquin Section media day; Sac State to host football playoffs for 3 more years

News, notes and observations from the Sac-Joaquin Section office in Lodi today...

* A three-year deal in principle is in the works for Sacramento State to host the section championship football games in Divisions I, II, III, much like last season (a booming success highlighted by the overflow crowd of 22,000 for Folsom-Grant). The unsung mover and shaker here has been Sac State stadium operations manager Steve Tebbs, who used pepper section bosses Pete Saco and John Williams during prep basketall Arco Arena events about getting such events at Sac State.

Saco and Williams said a field turf would surely help the cause - prep coaches don't want to slug it out in the mud - and once Sac State installed an all-weather field, things heated up.

* Section basketball playoff games will remain at Power Balance Pavilion as long as the Kings are in town. Saco and Williams have long maintained that the Kings owners - the Maloofs - have been terrific to work with. Saco and Williams cracked that if the Kings leave for Anaheim, so will the prep playoffs. And Saco, "If they move to the rail yards in Sacramento, you'll see 'Saco' on one of the cars and we'll be there, too."

* The new mercy football rule - statewide - is indeed in effect. It stipulates that if a team is ahead by 35 or more points in the fourth quarter, a running clock will immediately be put into effect. It's happened already this season, with Central Catholic crushing Brookside Christian of Stockton 72-0. In fact, the running clock started at halftime, as agreed by both coaches.

* There are three new high schools competing in the section this fall - and no more on the horizon, meaning the growth has finally stopped. The next high school on the horizon is Mather High, to open in 2014 at the very earliest. There also might be a new school in Merced.

The newbies this fall are Pachecho of Los Banos, American Canyon in the Napa District and Gregori of Modesto, the seventh in that city.

* Due to renovations, Hughes Stadium will not host the Masters Track and Field Championships next spring. The 2012 Masters will be held at Elk Grove High. Hughes also wanted to be in the running for Section title football games but Saco said the Section could not wait on a contract. Hughes will get a new field turf installed at the conclusion of this season.

Hughes last hosted a prep playoff game in 2005, a Division I semifinal between Grant and Nevada Union in a swampy, muddy mess, prompting Saco and company to pull up stakes and look elsewhere.

* On any argument that 15 or 16 games is too many for a prep football team with the introduction of the Northern California Regional playoffs next fall to advance a NorCal champion against a Southern California foe, Saco said, "the general public would like to see a state-championship football game. What do you do? Eliminate earlier games? Some states play eight games. If I had my druthers, I'd go from 10 games (in the regular season) to nine, but schools don't want to do that. They want those games and the gate."

And this: Only the true survivors would reach even 13, 14, 15 or 16 games.

* It took some work and some convincing to get the regional playoff football format into place (and neutral games sites are still in the works). It was voted down the first time and the Southern Section and North Coast Section have not been in favor of expansion from the start.

* Any football team that wins or shares a league championship will host a playoff game. Del Oro last fall tied Granite Bay for the Sierra Foothill League championship and even beat Granite Bay but still drew a low seed for its 6-4 regular season mark and had to travel the first two weeks in the postseason. That scenario won't happen again. Unlike other sections, this one is not afraid of tinkering, fine tuning and adjusting playoff ideas out of common sense and fairness.

* The Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame - a terrific success in Year One last year in large part due to the tireless efforts of Will DeBoard - will thin out a list of dozens of candidates in the coming months. The section will induct coaches and athletes of note every other year. Former athletes have to be 35 years old to be considered.

* On the idea of a state playoff for softball and/or baseball, Saco said there simply isn't enough time in the academic year, given the graduations, senior trips and off-season competition with club teams. Sections would have to agree to shorten the season, and no one is in favor of that. One bonus for this section: only the San Diego Section has a double-elimination format in those sports.

* Don't expect to see an all one-town league such as an all-Elk Grove Unified School District league...ever.

Yes, the travel would be wonderfully short for the nine schools in the EGUSD, but Saco and Williams countered that the section has to have the best interest of all 194 of their schools, not nine of them in one city. They call it a shared-travel rule. How does the section explain an all-EGUSD league to Ponderosa in Shingle Springs or Davis in Yolo County, schools who would have to travel even farther if not linked to an Elk Grove-based league.

"You have to have consideration for the other schools," Saco said.

Saco and Williams added that they hear about travel concerns every year, and then roll their eyes when they look at non-league schedules with trips to San Diego, Los Angeles, Idaho, Las Vegas or across the country.

* Basketball teams that win 15 games out of a 27-game contact schedule will make the playoffs, if the plan gains approval in the October Board of Manager's meeting. The Ponderosa girls won 17 games last winter and did not reach the post season based on the Power Ratings formula.

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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 19, 2011
Catching Up: Former Pioneer wrestler Dominic Borelli

Former Pioneer High School wrestler Dominic Borelli, who walked on at Cal State Fullerton, just completed his first competitive season for the Titans following his redshirt freshman year. It wasn't a normal season, however. The team learned before the fall semester the program was to be discontinued. The women's gymnastics program also was to be cut.

"We got notice about two or three days before a preseason banquet," Borelli said by phone from Fullerton. "I still have three years left (of eligibility). I've checked out some Pacific-10 Conference schools and have looked at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo."

May 10, 2011
Bee joins SureWest Sports Show to talk big-picture preps

The latest SureWest Sports Show on surewestsports.com 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
Catching Up: Former Rocklin softball star Britany Linton

By Jeff Caraska

Former Rocklin High School softball standout pitcher Britany Linton leads Saint Mary's with a 10-8 record. The junior right-hander has a team-best 2.61 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 110 innings pitched. The Gaels, who played in the NCAA Tournament last season, are 11-23 overall and 7-9 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.

Saint Mary's will look to break a three-game losing streak Saturday against visiting Santa Clara.

Last spring, Linton, 17-13 with a 2.70 ERA, was a unanimous choice as the PCSC's Coastal Division Player of the Year as the Gaels won their first conference championship. Linton was 7-1 in conference play and led the Gaels with 97 strikeouts.

As a freshman in 2009, Linton received All-PCSC honorable mention recognition. She was 8-13 with a team-leading 2.38 ERA.

Linton was 22-6 as a senior at Rocklin with 0.39 ERA and 158 strikeouts. She batted .286 with 19 RBIs and was named her team's MVP and second-team All-Metro. Linton also was a three-time All- Sierra Foothill League player.

April 28, 2011
Catching Up: Baseball stars Kyle Porter, Max Stassi and Tim Wheeler

Kyle Porter, Oak Ridge

kyleporter.JPGPorter made a name for himself last spring as a senior pitcher for the Trojans. He's doing the same thing as a freshman at Cal.

In 16 appearances for the Bears, the left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA. He's pitched 27 2/3 innings, allowed six earned runs, struck out 33 and walked nine.

"We had high expectations for Kyle," Cal pitching coach Dan Hubbs said. "We felt he could make an impact coming in.

"He had a fastball, curve and slider mainly. The changeup was not his pitch, but now his changeup is a weapon. It's pretty much a wipeout pitch."

According to Hubbs, Porter "took the team by storm" during the Bears' fall season, and continues to impress.

"Kyle attacks the strike zone and is fearless on the mound," Hubbs said.

Cal is 23-9, and 9-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Last season, Porter was a first-team All-Metro selection and helped Oak Ridge (27-4) win the Sierra Valley Conference. Porter was 10-1 with an 0.74 ERA and an area-best 127 strikeouts. Porter batted .347 with a team-best 33 RBIs. He was All-Metro honorable mention as a junior when he batted .361 and was 7-2 with a 2.10 ERA.


Max Stassi, Yuba City

Through 15 games with the Stockton Ports of the California League, an advanced Class-A league, Stassi is batting .217 with one home run and eight RBIs. He's batting .324 on the road, but just .077 at home.

Last season for Kane County of the Class-A Midwest League, the catcher batted .229 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs. Stassi was drafted by the A's in the fourth round (123rd overall) in 2009.

During his four varsity seasons at Yuba City, Stassi batted .514, hit 40 home runs and had 162 RBIs.

Stassi is the only area player to make The Bee's All-Metro baseball first team four years, including Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2009.

Tim Wheeler, El Camino

timwheeler.JPGPicked in the first round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 draft (32nd overall), he seems to have found his groove in his first season in Double A. Through 16 games, the outfielder is hitting .302 with five home runs and 17 RBIs for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League. He hit .249 with 12 homers and 63 RBIs last season for Modesto (California League).

As a senior at El Camino in 2006, Wheeler hit a team-best .535 and was a first-team All-Metro selection.

- Jeff Caraska, Bee Sports staff

March 17, 2011
Catching Up: Stephanie Tofft, Lincoln softball

stephanietofft.JPGFormer Lincoln High standout Stephanie Tofft leads the Northern Illinois softball team in batting with a .415 average through 17 games.

She was the Mid-Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for her play at the Colorado State Classic (March 4-6), won by the Huskies. In a 19-5 win over the host Rams, she was 4 for 4 with six RBIs. In the tournament, she batted .688 with 15 RBIs, and seven of her 11 hits were for extra bases. Tofft leads her team in several categories, including hits (22), RBIs (18), doubles (eight), multiple-hit games (eight) and slugging percentage (.679). She has started 17 games at three positions (catcher, right field, third base) for the Huskies (8-9), who play today at Sacramento State.

Tofft was a 2010 first-team All-Metro selection. She led the Zebras in batting (.624), doubles (nine), home runs (five), on-base percentage (.673), slugging percentage (1.024) and stolen bases (31). She was the Zebras' top pitcher with a 15-1 record, 0.94 ERA and 172 strikeouts.

Tofft was named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State medium-school team as a utility player last summer.

- Jeff Caraska

March 10, 2011
Catching Up: Todd Wilcox, Folsom wrestling

Former Folsom High School standout Todd Wilcox will bring a 32-3 record and 17-match winning streak into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships that begin Friday in Kearney, Neb.

Wilcox won the 133-pound championship for Grand Canyon University of Phoenix at February's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/NCAA Region IV Championships in San Francisco. Wilcox, a senior, was ranked No. 1 by the NCAA entering that event. He defeated Aldon Isenberg of Fort Hays State 4-1 in the final.

"Todd has been instrumental in building our program," Grand Canyon coach R.C. La Haye wrote in an e-mail of the fourth-year program. "Leaders like Todd have been essential."

Wilcox was 38-5 last season, his first at GCU. He was 1-2 in the NCAA Tournament to cap a season in which he won three tournaments and rode winning streaks of 14 and 16 matches.

Wilcox was a state champion for Sierra College in 2008.

As a Folsom senior, Wilcox won the Sac-Joaquin Section title at 119 pounds and placed fifth in the state. He is a member of the Bulldogs' all-time wrestling team.

-- Jeff Caraska

February 17, 2011
Catching Up: Ariel Thomas, McClatchy basketball

4S17PREPCATCH.xlgraphic.prod_affiliate.4.JPGFormer McClatchy star Ariel Thomas is making an impression as a freshman at Oregon.

Because of an injury to starter Nia Jackson, Thomas has started the past three games for the Ducks. She was held to five points in a 75-48 loss to UCLA last Thursday but bounced back with a team-high 16 points in an 85-63 loss to USC two days later. In her first start, Thomas scored 19 points and had six assists in a 96-90 loss to Washington State. She made 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from three-point range.

"I could not have asked for or gotten a better start from a freshman," Oregon coach Paul Westhead told the Register-Guard in Eugene. "Especially a point guard."

Next week, Thomas and the Ducks will visit Northern California. They play at Cal on Thursday. On Saturday, they visit Stanford and former Oak Ridge star Sara James.

Last spring, Thomas was a first-team All-Metro pick and became the first scholarship girls basketball player in McClatchy history. She led the Sac-Joaquin Section in scoring (25.9 points per game) and was the Lions' leader in rebounds (7.7), assists (4.6) and steals (3.3).

- Jeff Caraska

Photo caption: Ariel Thomas is finding success as a freshman at Oregon. She was a first-team All-Metro pick last season. (Andy Alfaro/aalfaro@sacbee.com)

February 10, 2011
Catching Up: Former Elk Grove High School Wrestling Standout Nick Jordan

By Jeff Caraska

Former Elk Grove High School wrestling standout Nick Jordan is 21-9 with six pins and four major decisions as a senior at Cal State Fullerton. He placed third at 149 pounds last weekend at the San Francisco State Open. The Titans resume action Sunday in a dual match at Oregon State.

Jordan entered the season with a career record of 28-20, five pins and four major decisions for the Titans. He was 13-6 at 149 pounds and 3-7 at 157 pounds last season.

"I started off the season ranked second in (Pacific-10) Conference, but I've dropped to fifth," Jordan wrote in an e-mail. "I'm not letting that get to me, though, because I know once our conference tournament comes (Feb. 27), I'll be ready to knock off some of the higher-seeded guys."

According to his father, Josh Jordan, Nick was a Sac-Joaquin Section champion, two-time subsection champion and three-time Delta League champion. Jordan, who made two CIF state championship appearances, is a member of the Thundering Herd's Wall of Fame.

Jordan was a first-team All-Metro pick as a senior, when he was 43-12. He took firsts in the section and subsection and was sixth in the state at 135 pounds.

December 16, 2010
Catching Up: Former Jesuit High School standout Jordan Hayes

By Bill Paterson

Former Jesuit High School standout Jordan Haynes was named the captain of the 2011 Yale football team, the 134th player to earn the honor, and the first player from California since 1954. Haynes led the team (7-3) with 102 tackles this fall and made the All-Ivy League first team.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior linebacker started all 10 games. He was second on the team with two interceptions, including one in the end zone against Princeton in a 14-13 home victory on Nov. 13.

Haynes was Yale's top tackler in eight games. He finished with a season-best 59 solos. He led Yale with 10 tackles for lost yardage and three recovered fumbles in helping his team to a tie for second behind Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.

Haynes has three collegiate varsity letters and has played in 28 varsity games. He has 132 career tackles, including four sacks, in three seasons.

He received the National Football Foundation High School ScholarAthlete Award (Western Region) in December of 2008 in New York City, a few weeks after his freshman season.

As a Jesuit senior, Haynes led the Marauders with 169 tackles. He made The Bee's All-Metro first team and was an all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection.

November 11, 2010
Catching Up: TV football teams

• Hoover, Ala.: Two seasons were featured on MTV's "Two-A-Days" (2006-07CQ and 2007). The Buccaneers are 13-0 and ranked 10thCQCQ nationally by ESPN RISE. The Bucs face rival Spain Park on Friday in a second-round playoff game.

• Montour - McKees Rocks, Pa.: The subject of a 2005 reality series on ESPN, "Bound for Glory," this once-hapless program is 10-0. The Spartans were 1-8 under the ESPN cameras - and coach Dick Butkus.current:

• Permian - Odessa, Texas: The program that was the subject of author H.G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights" in 1990, spawned a 2004 movie and the current TV series on NBC. The Panthers (4-6) finished their season with a five-game losing streak.

- Jeff Caraska

October 14, 2010
Catching up with former Pioneer High wrestler Dominic Borelli

dominicborelli.JPGFormer Pioneer High wrestler Dominic Borelli is at Cal State Fullerton, his "dream school," according to a 2009 interview in The Bee.

"Dominic is in his second year on our team," Fullerton coach Dan Hicks wrote in an e-mail. "He is doing well in school and in wrestling. He is preparing to challenge for a varsity spot this year at the 165-pound class. He came into the school (year) in great shape, having put the time in over the summer. I expect him to have a great year."

Borelli did not compete as a freshman. Fullerton opens its season Oct. 23 in the Cal Baptist Open in Riverside.

As a Pioneer senior, Borelli qualified for the 2009 CIF State Championship at 171 pounds.

Following a first-round defeat, Borelli won his next three matches in the losers' bracket before he was eliminated by a technical fall.

As a junior, he was ranked seventh in the area at 171 pounds. He qualified for the state meet that season as well, but lost his first-round match to Jake Meredith of Temecula Valley, who lost in the final.

Borelli lost his first match in the losers' bracket.

- Jeff Caraska

September 23, 2010
Catching Up: Tyson Rietz, Granite Bay soccer

Tyson Rietz was a first-team All-Metro soccer goalkeeper for Granite Bay as a senior in 2005. Last winter, he made a name for himself in another sport. Rietz played for the men's volleyball team at Boston's Emmanuel College.

Rietz, a transfer from Santa Barbara Community College, provided solid all-around play for the Saints. He was second on the Saints in kills (3.15 per set), digs (1.75) and aces (0.50). Rietz was second-team all-Great Northeast Athletic Conference as a junior.

For the Granite Bay soccer team his senior year, Rietz had 85 saves in 1,204 minutes in goal. He posted five shutouts for the 19-2-2 Grizzlies.

--Jeff Caraska

September 23, 2010
Catching Up: Laurynne Chetelat, Davis cross country

laurynnechetelat.JPGOn Sept. 11, Laurynne Chetelat placed second for Cal in the Hornet Jamboree at Granite Regional Park. She covered the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 52 seconds in the women's division, won by Cal, which also won the USF Invitational on Sept. 4.

Chetelat, a junior for the Bears, sat out last season after transferring from Stanford.

As a Davis senior, Chetelat was The Bee's Girls Athlete of the Year for cross country and track and field. In the spring of 2008, she was honored by the River Cats with the second annual Vicki Kockinis McDermott Memorial Award, honoring the area's top prep female athlete.

In the CIF State Track and Field meet her senior season, Chetelat finished second (by 0.38 seconds) in the 3,200 meters to Jordan Hasay of Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo.

In the CIF State Cross Country Championships, she won the Division I race, covering the 5K course at Fresno's Woodward Park in 17:18.

While at Stanford, Chetelat earned second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors and all-region honors with her ninth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in cross country.

-- Jeff Caraska

September 9, 2010
Catching Up: Miles Burris, San Diego State linebacker

RB Football Mugs Burris.JPGThe former Granite Bay High standout is the Aztecs' lone returning starter at linebacker this season. Burris had four tackles (three unassisted) in his team's season-opening 47-0 win Saturday over Nicholls State of Thibodaux, La. It was his 25th consecutive game played. He was second on the team in tackles last season with 58. He started all 12 games last season.

In February 2007, Burris chose San Diego State over Boise State, Nevada, Nebraska, BYU and Army. He was considered the 22nd-best recruit in Northern California by www.NorCalpreps.com following his senior season when he finished with 114 tackles and 61/3 sacks.

While at Granite Bay, Burris was voted the Grizzlies' Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He was first-team All-Metro his senior season, and Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said Burris was his best defensive player since Dallas Sartz, who went on to play at USC and was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2007 draft.

– Jeff Caraska

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