January 17, 2014
Ernie Cooper returns as Granite Bay football coach after a year away

Ernie Cooper insists this bit of news isn't a big deal. He's returning as head football coach at Granite Bay High School, and it is in fact a big deal.

After a year off of the grind for the 2013 campaign to recharge and reassess matters, Cooper confirmed that he is back to guide a program he started as a new school in Placer County in the mid 1990s. Cooper quickly transformed the Grizzlies into a Sac-Joaquin Section super power on the foundation of strength and conditioning, the Fly offense and tough, tenacious defenses.

Under Cooper , the Grizzlies won 10 league championships and five section titles. The crowning achievement was in 2012 with a Sierra Foothill League championship, a NorCal Regional Division I title and a late drive to beat storied Long Beach Poly for the CIF State D-I banner. He was The Bee's 2012 Coach of the Year and the Cal-Hi Sports and MaxPreps state Coach of the Year.

Cooper, a man who knows only one frenetic and passionate speed, coached Granite Bay throughout last spring before deciding he needed to step away.

"I'm back, but it's not that big of a deal," Cooper said Friday afternoon. "People make it out to be bigger than it really is, but I'm just glad to be back. I was tired of coaching, to be honest with you.

"Last spring it hit me that I didn't want to do it any more. I'm not ashamed to say it. I needed a break. And then I caught the fever again with the players. We have a great thing here. We've been fortunate. We have great support and an administration that bends over backward to help us."

Daily interaction with players had Cooper thinking as far as last season that he would return.

"They're good kids, and they're fired up," Cooper said of his team. "They were like, 'if you're in coach, let's go. If not, get out of the way and let's get a new guy in here.'"

Cooper praised Skip Albano, an off-and-on Grizzlies assistant for years who assumed interim head coaching duties last fall, leading the program back to the postseason.

"Skip righted the ship, did a great job," Cooper said. "When I stepped away, that was quite a hurdle. I'm really impressed with what he and the staff did. I felt bad for the seniors. I let them down. We were coming off a state championship. They wanted to go and get another one, give it their best shot, and I stepped away."

Cooper said he spent time last fall with wife Carol and young daughter Miko, and he had adventures that wasn't afforded when he was coaching.

"I wasted the first month of the fall because I didn't know what to do," Cooper said in reflection. "I was wasted. I didn't do a thing. Then I said, 'Hey, I've got some free time.' My wife said I tried to squeeze in 30 years worth of things in three months since I'd been coaching nonstop for 30 years.

"I was starting to drive her crazy. So on a Tuesday, I'd go to a Kings game. On a Wednesday, I played golf. On a Thursday, I'd go to a Sacramento brew fest. On a Friday, I'd go watch another high school. On Sunday, I'd go to a Raiders game."

Now? No time for any of that. He's back in coaching. One speed. And it is a big deal.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
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January 9, 2014
The Bee's football players and coaches of the year by division

Here's a breakdown of all our Bee Players of the Year, overall and by division to formally wrap up a banner season.

In an effort to not repeat names, we spread the wealth a bit, so an overall Player of the Year will not repeat as a Division I Player of the Year, etc.

Sacramento Bee honor roll:
Player of the Year: Jake Browning, Folsom, QB
State state records for passing yards (5,737) and touchdown passes (75) with poise and precision for a 14-1 juggernaut.
Offensive Player of the Year: Damen Wheeler, Sacramento, WR
Led the state with 1,931 yards receiving, fourth best in the country, and 23 touchdowns despite hernia tear that slowed him all season - guts.
Defensive Players of the Year: Tyler Meteer/Tanner Woods, Del Oro, LB/DE
Gritty, fierce, determined stalwart foundations for the Golden Eagles march to Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal titles and a CIF State bowl berth.
Coaches of the Year: Kris Richardson/Troy Taylor, Folsom (14-1)
Kept the Bulldogs snarling and unstoppable despite facing great Delta River League and playoff foes amid injuries; won second section title in three years.
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Bee Division I honors
Player of the Year: Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove, QB/DB
Remarkable leader whose big-play ability turned games at QB, at cornerback and on special teams for a playoff team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Jason Elenberger, Jesuit, QB
Torched teams with the pass and with his legs as a shifty, elusive, fast and determined leader for Jesuit's best team in 10 years.
Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Banks, Franklin, LB
Tackling menace had 22 stops and five sacks to beat Elk Grove, taking a knee to compose himself, then charging for more.
Coach of the Year: Eric Cavaliere, Oak Ridge
Replaced his entire offensive line, plugged in a new QB and a host of defenders, and then went 12-2 with a repeat D-I section title berth.

Bee Division II honors
Player of the Year: Noah Letuligasenoa, Elk Grove, TE/LB
Had 19 sacks, flattened foes as a blocker, and stood tall as a standout leader, respected by all for a 12-win team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Marcel Brown, Rio Linda, RB
Dynamic in the open field, tough between the tackles, and just a junior who is primed for monster 2013.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, Burbank, DT
Completely buckled offensive lines and had pursuit speed to chase down plays as one of the region's all-time great DT's.
Coach of the Year: Casey Taylor, Del Oro (13-3)
Unbeaten in the section; won SFL, section D-II and NorCal D-I title - and reached second CIF Bowl in three years.

Bee Division III honors
Player of the Year: Hayden Jones, Christian Brothers, TE/LB
Did it all: blocking, catching, tackles, kicks, punts, wins, scholar, leader.
Offensive Player of the Year: Caden Voges, Sacramento, QB
The sophomore passed for 4,300 yards and 46 touchdowns, second most in regional history for his class to Jake Browning in 2012.
Defensive Player of the Year: Lonny Powell, Sacramento, LB/DL
Punishing tackler, great motor who had 22 sacks; also a bullish FB, and just a junior.
Coach of the Year: Paul Doherty, Sacramento
The tireless work paid off with a school-record best 11-3 showing and three playoff wins, the first in program history; program is surging.

Bee Division IV honors
Player of the Year: Tyrell Anderson, Center, QB, DB
Devastating and dynamic playmaker as a passer or runner; had state-best 12 picks and he returned kickoffs for scores of 86 and 99 yards in the playoffs.
Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Valliere, Placer, RB
Could do it all on both sides of the ball as a shifty, diminutive and dangerous talent for the Pioneer Valley League co-champions.
Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Lenover, Placer, LB
Lenover was a defensive force for a program that surged after a slow start in carrying on the tradition of defensive stoppers.
Coach of the Year: Joey Montoya, Placer
The Hillmen started slow at 1-4, then took off, tying for the Pioneer Valley Conference title with rival Center.

Bee Small-School honors
Player of the Year: Justice Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian, RB/DB
Amazing what he did as a junior, rushing, receiving, making plays on defense, on special teams, and he never seemed to tire.
Offensive Player of the Year: Kyle Betts, Bradshaw Christian, WR
Had 17 touchdown receptions, and also made plays on defense and special teams for a section small-school powerhouse.
Defensive Player of the Year: Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, DL
Seems almost inhumane how big Nifae towered over foes, and then pummelled them; a young man of high character.
Coach of the Year: Drew Rickert, Bradshaw Christian
Led the Pride to their fourth small-school section title with old-school values of hard work and grit.

Bee age-group honors
Freshman of the Year: Jacob Norville, Capital Christian, QB
Passed for 802 yards and was calm and poised beyond his years for a program that will be even better next season.
Sophomore of the Year: Ian Book, Oak Ridge, QB
Made big plays without forcing matters in posting wins over Grant, Franklin, Rocklin, Jesuit and Pleasant Grove (twice).
Junior of the Year: Cameron Smith, Granite Bay, LB
Built like a Mack Truck, and hits like one, too; vows to be even more dominant as a senior which leads us to this: scary.
Senior of the Year: Troy Knox, Folsom, WR
His work ethic and pride is an example for every player striving to make a difference, regardless of size; has NorCal career records.

- Joe Davidson
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January 8, 2014
Here is the All-Sierra Valley Conference football team

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

FOOTBALL
MVP - Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks
Outstanding Offense - Matt Jimison, Vista Del Lago
Outstanding Defense - Josh Cassinat, Cosumnes Oaks
Outstanding Lineman - Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks
First team - Alex Kropp, Cosumnes Oaks, QB; Matt Jimison, Vista Del Lago, QB; Eric Beal, River City, T; David Lara, Liberty Ranch, CB; LJ Reed, Cosumnes Oaks, WR; Josh Cassinat, Cosumnes Oaks, LB; Pat Roche, Vista Del Lago, OL; David Vincent, River City, RB; Tony Garcia, Liberty Ranch, OL; Malik Dumentz, River City, WR/DE; Matt Barmby, Cosumnes Oaks, K; Cooper Valencia, Vista Del Lago, OL; Bo Alvarez, River City, RB; Tony Garcia, Liberty Ranch, LB; Calvin Sawyer, Cosumnes Oaks, RB; Devin Viramontes, Cosumnes Oaks, Rover; Tyler Kaim, Vista Del Lago, WR; Alex Morales, River City, DB; Anthony Jones, Liberty Ranch, OL; Colby Harrington, El Dorado, LB; Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks, WR; Kevin Gough, Vista Del Lago, LB; John Gray, River City, LB; Garrett Willmon, Liberty Ranch, DL; Derek Delfino, El Dorado, RB/LB; Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks, OL; Kevin Wentz, Vista Del Lago, TE/LB; Kevin Burkes, River City, LB; Trevon Windley, Liberty Ranch, RB; JT Winkler, Vista Del Lago; Josh Davis, Cosumnes Oaks, DL; Sammy Gray, Cosumnes Oaks, DB; Josh Johnson, Cosumnes Oaks, DL; Jake Horn, Union Mine, RB; Christian Beck, Union Mine, LB; Jairo Salcido, Galt, LB; Logan Kirby, El Dorado, RB; Dominic Morgan, El Dorado, DL; Jeremiah Romero, El Dorado, LB; Zach Culp, El Dorado, DB.

January 7, 2014
Here is the All-Tri County Conference fall teams

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

FOOTBALL
MVP: T.J. Dove, River Valley
Offensive MVP: C.J. Spencer, Inderkum
Defensive MVP: Jalen Deas, Yuba City
Lineman of the Year: Deondre Burns, Inderkum
All-League: Isaac Lessard, Omar Herrera, Austin Thompson, Sage Wallace, Devin Pettengill, Tyler Mayhew, Austin Van Poole, Yuba City; Marcus Gilbert, Terrence White, N.J. Falo, Khalil Hudson, Ken Pettis, Derrick Henderson, Jordan Thomas, Tyler Dean, Inderkum; Clarence Pierson, Sam Van Dusen, David Emerson, Nico Mitchell, Devin Cates, Devin Soares, River Valley; Will Fatta, Andres Gonzalez, Anthony Bosser, Pioneer; Devin Jones, Alex Preciado, T.J. Molina, Tanner Felows, Woodland; Jalen Falls, Jalen Rivers, Natomas.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Amelia Hicks, Inderkum
All-League: Dafne Alatorre, Tayla Moore, Nicole Ogawa, Inderkum; Andi Richmond, Lee Richmond, River Valley; Amy Kochera, Woodland; Beth Hastey, Yuba City.

GIRLS TENNIS
MVP: Eirene Granbille, Inderkum
All-League: Sharon Ng, Mauriana Stallworth, Inderkum; Tejaswi Adhikari, Briana Curiel, Marissa Rosales, Natomas; Anna Ditler, Melida Vallar, Pioneer; Vrinda Gupta, River Valley; Erin Murphy, Woodland; Kristen Kent, Sophie Poukish, Yuba City.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Ally Reines, Yuba City
All-League: Alexandrea Tongkhamkao, Inderkum; Adriana Fuentes, Makayla Tam, Pioneer; Mariah Hall, Sierra Pedley, Abby Stanford, River Valley; Natalie Butterfield, Tori Maichel, Woodland; Jostyn Bebout, Jordan Coxe, Lauren Danna, Jennifer Mora, Yuba City.

BOYS SOCCER
Co-MVP's: Christian Uribe, Woodland; Robert Quintero, River Valley
All-League: Jose Silva, Inderkum; Carlos Cuevas, Anthony Gonzalez, Ruben Mendoza, Balthazar Silva, Natomas; Roberto Galindo, Jose Martinez, Pioneer; Anthony Carbajal, Brandon Blancas Carreon, Gilberto Lopez, Luis Santillan, River Valley; Bryan Cardova, Aron Garcia, Jose Huerta, Esteban Rodriguez, Diego Vasquez, Woodland; Francisco Javier Fernandez, Alfredo Oregel, Erick Uribe, Yuba City.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Jose Aranda, Pioneer
All-League: Dejon Joseph, Inderkum; Alex Hoskins, Aaron Hutton, Inderpreet Singh, Andre Titus, River Valley; Victor Alvarez, Jose Cervantes, Antonio Morales, Aric Strohmeyer, Woodland.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Leanne Jarvis, River Valley
All-League: Hannah Holden, Pioneer; Holland Bills, Caleigh Calvo, Lauren Kroeger, Ynez Titus, Maya Warner, River Valley; Mary Mast, Alex Trotter, Woodland; Kate Aldridge, Yuba City.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Sierra Foothill League fall teams

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

FOOTBALL
Co-Offensive MVP's: Kylan Kainrath, Del Oro; Dylan Keeney, Granite Bay
Defensive MVP: Tyler Meteer, Del Oro
Lineman of the Year: Tanner Woods, Del Oro
Coach of the Year: Casey Taylor, Del Oro
All-League: Brandon Johnson, Santino Garcia, Emileo Campos, Therin Heryford, Mason Humes, Elias Campos, Kyle Wells, Jonathan Tuttle, Del Oro; Spencer Medenwald, Andre Sandridge, Matt DeLaby, Evan Holtz, Max O'Rourke, Dain DaVirro, Andrew Castle, Jake Sutton, Skyler Gonzalez, Garrett Kappila, Josh Gurnaby, Rocklin; Kyle Powers, Kolton Miller, Jon Lopez, Matt Razzano, Kyle Downie, Isaac Carrel, Jordan Kunaszyk, Roseville; Malcolm Thomas, Dillon Bolen, Matt Ahnin, Woodcreek; Mo Nieves, Davi Pettinato, Nevada Union; Josh Neal, Xavier Hunter, Cam Smith, Luke Bussey, Jack Dockham, Taylor Peterson, Granite Bay.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Camille Wagg, Rocklin
All-League: Brianna Areia, Woodcreek; Diedra Dollesin, Amber Ly, ChiSay Arai, Granite Bay; Virgie Valezquez, Roseville; Danielle Lozano, Nicole Schroeder, Rocklin.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Co-MVP's: Taylor Nelson, Granite Bay; Bethany Mandon, Rocklin
Coach of the Year: Tricia Plummer, Granite Bay
All-League: Maddy Dieters, Nicolette Pinkney, Brigid Bell, Brooke Hershberger, Libby Dieters, Granite Bay; Jolie Meade, Megan Richwine, Maddie Haynes, Kate Mitchell, Rocklin; Jayme Lee, Abby Jensen, Roseville; Amanda Roberts, Nevada Union.

BOYS SOCCER
MVP: Corban Anderson, Granite Bay
All-League: Dominic Scotti, Ash Gunn, Armin Anderson, Jeff Gaebler, Tyler Johnson, Granite Bay; Mitch Corbett, Brendan Allen, Lukas Wehner, Francisco Partida, Adam Corbett, Woodcreek; Nikolai Breiter, Sean Anderson, Greg Paul, Collin Echols, Nevada Union; Michael Carmody, Max Fereira, Bailey Jensen, Roseville; Cesar Garcia, Nathan Stein, Andrew Ireland, Del Oro; Alex Walsh, Bryce Trueman, Rocklin.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Sierra Delta Conference fall teams

Here are the All-Sierra Delta Conference fall teams as submitted to The Bee. For corrections or omissions, e-mail bpterson@sacbee.com

BOYS SOCCER
Offensive MVP: Pavel Condriuc, Encina
Defensive MVP: Sam Keil, San Juan
Coach of the Year: Glenda Claremon, Encina
All-League: Jonathan Castaneda, Alejandro Valadez, Pedro Acala, Efraim Ruiz, Highlands; Stephen Gloudeman, Matt Burnett, Connor James, Vacaville Christian; Jesus Lozada-Dominguez, Jorge Trejo, San Juan; Andres Orneles, Tobias Polakovics, Memo Gutierrez, Rio Vista; Ghaith Eeso, Fernando Barrera, Brando Alvarez, Chris Garcia, Bryan Urbina, Sebastian Santos, Encina; Kevin Beyer, Jacob Lassila, Bradshaw Christian.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Jason Yurgelevic, Golden Sierra
Coach of the Year: Mike Brown, Golden Sierra
All-League: Ryan Sewell, David Blanton, Allan Nicholson, Golden Sierra; Ruslan Suleimanov, Dabby Ruano, Highlands; Carl MacLean, Piercen Gaborko, Vacaville Christian.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Katarina Stashyn, Vacaville Christian
Coach of the Year: Isaac Bartsch, Vacaville Christian
All-League: Mara Redican, Cecelia Valdez, Hannah Stine, Sam Dawson, Vacaville Christian; Shannon Klotz, Yasmina Padilla, Bradshaw Christian; Katelyn Douglas, Highlands.

FOOTBALL
MVP: Kyle Betts, Bradshaw Christian
Offensive MVP: Kevin Williams, Bradshaw Christian
Defensive MVP: Daniel Lesher, Golden Sierra
Lineman of the Year: Tyler Gomes, Rio Vista
Coach of the Year: Drew Rickert, Bradshaw Christian
All-League: Brian Cann, Casey Blakley, Justin Eicher, Samuel Steward, Golden Sierra; Chace Marlowe, Hernan Ruiz, David McKeller, Rio Vista; Brody Lambert, Devin Villereall, Luke Spinardi, Vacaville Christian; Jakobe Hawkins, Grant Heisinger, Jarrod Wiggins, Nick Moody, Jeni Lawson, Thomas Uebelhoer, Seth Vandergrift, Keawe Efhan, Grant Dragmire, Bradshaw Christian; Iszir Price, David Saetern, Jacob Yetou, David Alexander, Anthony Vang, Junior Jenkins, Highlands; DeCarlos Charleston, Nicholas Sciosciole, Encina; Deandre Stroughter, Joe Richardson, Davion Johnson, San Juan.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Rachael Byerly, Bradshaw Christian
Coach of the Year: Melissa Bowers, Bradshaw Christian
All-League: Hailey Kenyon, Alicia Borges, Tea Scott, Cassi Diaz, Vacaville Christian; Paige Murchison, Abigail Wever, Jordyn Condit, Golden Sierra; Madison McPhearson, Alexa Mullins, Larissa Lenkiewicz, Bradshaw Christian.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Sac Metro Athletic Conference fall teams

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

FOOTBALL
Co-MVP's: Kameron Arnold, Woodland Christian; Connor McCann, Foresthill
Coach of the Year: Bruce Pielstick, Woodland Christian
All-League: Chase Canevari, Justin Rodegerdts, Walker Perry, Conner Brennan, Dillon Carter, KJ Barry, Woodland Christian; Ryan Corkrean, John Huerta, Casey Perez, Matt O'Brien, Aaron Arnett, Foresthill; Oscar Lopez, Abraham Guevara, Alex Aguilar, Juan Nava, Cristo Rey; William Schauer, Alfonso Estrada, Vandon Heffington, Delta; Cameron Woodside, Micah Gunter, Valley Christian.

BOYS SOCCER
MVP: Sun Lee, Faith Christian
Coach of the Year: Matt Vargo, Sacramento Country Day
All-League: Ethan Ham, Erik Morfin-Ruiz, Keegan Cain, Sacramento Country Day; Erick Marzan, Lutheran; Lorenzo Jiang, Chase Tollenar, Chase Gordon, Luke Bicknell, Faith Christian; Greg Wheeler, Charlie Dora, Buckingham Charter.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Lily Hagerty, Valley Christian Academy
Coach of the Year: Maria Hill, Valley Christian Academy
All-League: Amy Harrington, Sacramento Adventist; Megan Evans, Faith Christian; Hallie Sullivan, Buckingham Charter; Jenny Frank, Nicole DeFiebre, Valley Christian Academy; Kayla Brown, Wilton Christian; Erin Reddy, Sacramento Country Day.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Pioneer Valley League fall teams

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

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Grace Shoenhoff, Haley Johnson, Kyra Hostetler, Lisa Vaughn, Ashley Church, Halle Ralls, Placer; Sierra Mitchell, Vivana Chavez, Bear River; Acaica Tenette, Center; Megan Snook, Lincoln.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Jose Rodriguez, Zach Stelzer, Moshe McCarter, Alex Garcia, Felix Oliveros, Josh Mason, Ryman Crone, Louis Rinn, Placer; Brent Kaneyuki, Ryan Wells, Center.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Jessica Pisenti, Bear River
All-League: Kasey Egusa, Ashley Meadows, Placer; Abbie Faingold, Mary Ordonio, Lincoln; Shelby Lampson, Cassie Smith, Bear River; Lauren Garofalo, Reagan Lillie, Colfax; Morgan Godsey, Center.

BOYS SOCCER
MVP: Christian Guzman, Lincoln
Co-Coaches of the Year: Dave Brown, Placer; Jared Rains, Center
All-League: Adam Allen, Jacob Ritchey, Jake Logan, Colfax; Adam Norcott, Andres Prieto, Collin Barnum, Conner Entz, Noah Francis, Shawn Green, Placer; Alec Gonzales, Jacob Casagrande, KJ Dyrland, Omar Espinosa, Peter Musiyenko, Valicious Kamara, Center; Billy Andino, Mauricio Barajas, Foothill; Christian Hengle, Riley Holbrook, Zach Evans, Lincoln; Wyatt Mitzel, Bear River.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Co-MVP's: Maddie Graham, Placer; Maddi Ittner, Colfax
Co-Coaches of the Year: Jennifer Wright, Placer; Vicky Satterlee, Colfax
All-League: Kirsten Pereira, Teryn Rath, Hannah Christianson, Bear River; Kennesha McClaney, Center; Sophie Satterlee, Stephanie Scott, Evie Sweet, Colfax; Becky Matthews, Raquel Quirarte, Clare McInerney, Nicole Lee, Placer.

FOOTBALL
Offensive MVP: Tyrell Anderson, Center
Defensive MVP: Myles Lenover, Placer
Coach of the Year: Digol J'Beily
All-League: Alexander Nevarez, Mike Wilson, Mario Margherita, Brendan Flagg, Jake Medeiros, Tim Rawlins, Greg Painter, Johnny Walker, Kyle Bryant, Chas Reisinger, Colfax; Logan Strange, Mike Downen, Robbie Lopez, Cole Blackwell, Bart Every, Todd Valliere, Cameron Scott, John Capra, Ryan Kuchenthal, Sam Queen, Frankie O'Neal, Placer; David Carter, Trayvell Harris, David Entwistle, Tyrone Potts, Foothill; Hunter Cramer, John Voter, David Chorjel, Kris Edie, Brad Botsford, Brandon Lepsic, Bear River; Jason Perry, Tyler Carrozzo, Tristan Knutson, Matt Cooper, Kurtis Meyere, Tobias Marchall, Elias J'Beily, Joe Swen, Spencer Bracey, Kyle Meyer, Tianti Anderson, Center; Christian Long, Jesse Clay, Aaron Soto, Davis Dykstra, Eddie Cobleigh, Dane Stimbert, Josh Myers, Terrance Bolden, Lincoln.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Metro Conference fall teams

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

FOOTBALL
MVP - Calvin Green, Burbank
co-Offensive Player of the Year: Caden Voges, Sacramento; Floyd-Hillis Cooper, Kennedy
Defense Player of the Year: Lonny Powell, Sacramento
Lineman of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, Burbank
First Team Offense
QB, Ernest Jenkins, Burbank; Buddy Enriquez, Rosemont; RB, Benjamin Jones, Burbank; DeShawn Allen, Rosemont; Kijafa Burgie, McClatchy; WR, Damen Wheeler, Sacramento; Tre Von Connerly-Smith, Florin; TE, Daniel Tveretinov, Rosemont; OL, Tyriq Hickerson, Sacramento; Malik Baker, Sacramento; Printess Johnson, Burbank; Kolby Lacy, Rosemont; Nate Van Asperan, Johnson; Tony Ayala, Kennedy; Jake Hungerford, McClatchy.
First Team Defense
DB, Jimmy Hatch, Sacramento; Kenneth Brown, Burbank; Harrison Anderson, Burbank; Kameron Williams, Rosemont; LB, Kalen McDonald, Sacramento; Kevin Powers, Burbank; Eddie Ortiz, Rosemont; Aidan Flynn, McClatchy; Silencio Ratkowski, Kennedy; DL, West Simpson, Sacramento; Terrell Craig, Sacramento; Gerald Pliman, Burbank; DaQuan Rogers, Burbank; Corey Santos, Rosemont; Reuben Stephens, Valley; David Saelee, Johnson; UT, Deon Johnson, Florin; Devonte Robinson, Valley

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Katelyn Beutler, Rosemont
All-League: Kesha Coffee, Kayla Nodohara, Peyton Trotter, Kennedy; Janiece Jackson, Sacramento; Bla Chang, Burbank; Carina Correa, Valley; Jenny Yang, Johnson; Dorian Cox, Olivia Sowles, McClatchy; Tionne Brown, Rosemont; Dalayna Sampton, Florin.

BOYS WATER POLO
MVP: Christopher Irish, River City
All-League: Adam Rogers, Jeret Tiller, Hunter Hartman, River City; Jesse Glick, Jonah Eldridge, Rod Beale, McClatchy; Dylan Thompson, Darin Caldwell, El Dorado; Bradley Collins, Joey Healow, Kennedy; Isaiah Weathers, Florin; Thomas Jaramillo, Rosemont.

GIRLS WATER POLO
MVP: Savanna Liffring, River City
All-League: Sarah Risler, Kara Talbot, Violet Potozky-Hamlet, River City; Alexa Borg, Hannah Tschudin, Emily Griesenbeck, McClatchy; Maddy Salerno, Kataayna Hollifield, El Dorado; Raechele Taul, Rosemont; Kristin Wilson, Florin.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Golden Empire League fall teams

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

FOOTBALL
MVP: Justin Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian
Offensive MVP: Francisco Garcia, Marysville
Defensive MVP: Luis Gomez, Capital Christian
Lineman of the Year: Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian
Coach of the Year: Phil Grams, Capital Christian
All-League: Chris Victoriano, Le Kayle Johnston, Josh Manansala, Edward Ware, Jacob Norville, Jack Haney, D.J. Williams, Nathan Blackstand, Capital Christian; Logan Grimes, Zach Kitchen, Lindhurst; Travis Franklin, Jacob Garrett, David Duncan, Aaron Birch, Austin Dearing, Marysville; Bret Hansen, Chad Baptiste, Kyle Riley, Sean Haney, Nolan Williams, Zach Plowman, Ethan Rogers, Levi Love, Dixon; Jack Reichel, Carlos Cholula, West Campus; Ryan Alvarez, Jesse Roberts, Diante Porter, Colon Mollard, Joe Garcia, Christian Collado, Mesa Verde.

BOYS SOCCER
Co MVP's: Devon Alvarez, Capital Christian; Martin Vasquez, Lindhurst
Defensive MVP: Cole Boyd, Capital Christian
Coach of the Year: Ab Alvarez, Capital Christian
All-League: Kaleb Armbrust, Zack Fort, Paul Herschowitz, Levi Nunes, Jason Clapp, Capital Christian; Omar Magana, Khalil Kirksay, Josh Sanchez, Devin Winslow, West Campus; Ivan Ambrosio, David Medina, Luiseric Huerta, Adrian Martinez, Lindhurst; Ricky Campos, Eddie Medina, Marysville; Mario Leon, Juan Reyes, Javier Magallon, Mykaiah Clarmont, Dixon.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Gonzalo Morales-Lomeli, Dixon
Coach of the Year: Tom Crumpacker, Dixon
All-League: Coy Chance, Cody Franceschi, Justin Kemper, Jeremy Lostica, Brett Lombardi, Luis Perez, Cameron Peuse, John Barton, Dixon; Justin Keehner, Capital Christian.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Lauren Foster, Dixon
Coach of the Year: John Ousley, West Campus
All-League: Claudia Robinson, Nikki Torres, Sophia O'Neal, Anna Moore, Samantha Heynen, Dixon; Aubrey Smith, West Campus; Mariah Deguara, Morgan Powell, Capital Christian; Jamie Cole, Mesa Verde.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Kym Chann, West Campus
Coach of the Year: Herschel Todd, Marysville
All-League: Ashley Cho, Naomi Tanaka, Micaiah Lee, Cassandra Garza, Haleigh Filer, Capital Christian; Dyana Leon, West Campus.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Michaela Collins, West Campus
Co-Coaches of the Year: Kenny Her, Lindhurst; Paris Kidd, West Campus
All-League: Holly Tarr, Reyna Williamson, Marysville; Jenny Dorofeyev, Mesa Verde; Kelsey Dana, Danny Jordan, Dixon; Asailah Brown, Lindhurst; Aniya Dorsey, Monique Colbert, Capital Christian; Meghan Nealon, Mirabella Mooreweathers, West Campus.


January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Delta Valley Conference fall teams

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

VOLLEYBALL
Co MVP's: Claire Autry, Elk Grove; Alex Holt, Monterey Trail
Coach of the Year: Irv Ladines, Elk Grove
All-League: Zoe Hunt, Maya Gilardi, Davis; Monica Udahl, Taylor Ladines, Madison Smith, Elk Grove; Breanna Leon, Alyssa Chin, Franklin; Andrea Echols, Zaire Dartis, Monterey Trail; Andrea Chavez, Grant.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Kylie Fong, Franklin
All-League: Hayley Mitchel, Emily Masiel, Yuexin Xiang, JiHye Lee, Kaity Honeychurch, Casey Harris, Davis.

FOOTBALL
MVP: Joey Banks, Franklin
Offensive MVP: Wadus Parker, Elk Grove
Defensive MVP: Mosese Moala, Grant
Linemen of the Year: Noah Letuligasenoa, Elk Grove; Darrin Paulo, Grant
Coaches of the Year: Mike Alberghini, Grant; Mike Johnson, Franklin; Chris Nixon, Elk Grove
All-League: Winfred Robinson, Eli Castro, Brenden MacDonald, Mailey Murray, Davis; B'Won Canada, Sai Ta'amu, Spencer Sheff, Shaunard Harts, Tommy Arnold, Dior Vela, Elk Grove; Curtis Williams, Lamar Jackson, Jabari Johnson, Robert Sanders, Anthony Thompson, Kyron O'Berry, Donovan Vernon, Franklin; Deondre Whittington-Grays, Chris Atteberry, Charles Bell, Carl Granderson, TieNeal Martin, Ben Upega, Shawn Matautia, Grant; Shamar Richmond, Jaquan Brown-Collins, Russell Williams, Laguna Creek; Donovan Williams, Elijah McGlothin, Gerald Jordan, Monterey Trail.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Brian Song, Jasper Laca, Gavin Monges, Charlie Harris, Ben Roberts, Daniel Rowen, Blake Croft, Ani Ramakrishnan, Alex Arnheiter, Davis; Jack Ploeg, Elk Grove.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Sofia Castiglioni, Jeanne-Marie McPherson, Sophie Meads, Fiona O'Keefe, Claire Dicker, Elisa McIsaac, Davis; Sadie Davenport, Elk Grove; Emi Prim, Franklin; Regina Nyareso, Monterey Trail.

BOYS SOCCER
Co MVP's: Jose Amezuca, Grant; Rami Rashmawi, Davis
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Strack, Monterey Trail
All-League: Alex Perez, Alexander Nelson, Brian Birt, Jesus Gutierrez, Andres Olmedo, Davis; Spencer Churchill, Elk Grove; Sergio DeLaQuintana, Jacob Shanning, Dylan Mello, Franklin; Jhoan Guizar, Juan Angel Perez, Rafael Jimenez, Grant; Tanner Talan, Laguna Creek; Angel Tejeda, Monterey Trail.

BOYS WATER POLO
MVP: Garrett Fisk, Davis
Coach of the Year: Don McCormick, Oak Ridge
All-League: Graham Fullerton, Conrad McCarthy, Bradley Nicholson, Davis; Will Peterson, Nick Giancanelli, Ed Smet, Jesuit; Austin Turville, Trevor Dong, Oak Ridge; Shelby Lee, Jake Pensa, Ponderosa; Brian Jackson, Monterey Trail.

GIRLS WATER POLO
MVP: Colby Stapleton, Davis
Coach of the Year: Doug Wright, Davis
All-League: Heather Johnson, Lauren Owens, Mara Dominguez, Davis; Brinely Barthels, Lauren Charter, Maggie Oys, Marish Zanobini, St. Francis; Morgan Jones, Emily Uthoff, Korina Grava, Oak Ridge; Kamra Newton, Monterey Trail.


January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Delta River League fall teams

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

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Emily Laskin, St. Francis
All-League: Sarah Debnekoff, Brittany O'Bryant, Pleasant Grove; Carolyn Almeida, Natalie Kinney, Oak Ridge; Victoria Vardanega, Ileana MacDonald, Kate Swanson, St. Francis.

FOOTBALL
MVP: Jake Browning, Folsom
All-League: Nolan Merker, Taron Johnson, Tishawn Noble, Jordan Moore, Sheldon; Will McClure, Rodney Ellison, Cody Creason, Sam Whitney, Eddie Flores, Troy Knox, Josiah Deguara, Folsom; Jason Elenberger, Anthony Geremia, Cole Wilburn, Ben Parietti, Austin Gates, Jesuit; Trent Buenzli, Thomas Mahlman, Austin Clarke, Victor Bunce, Colton Giorgi, Justin Priest, Ian Book, Oak Ridge; Deaundre Terrell, Earl Chism, Joey Kinard, Kyle Dixon, Wyatt Demps, Pleasant Grove; Aaron Jestice, Austin Tibbs, Josh Bist, Ponderosa.

TENNIS
MVP: Madeline Almeida, Oak Ridge
All-League: Rachel Librach, Teja Chalamcherla, Hannah Crookham, Miranda Miller, Kassidy Lyons, Oak Ridge; Avery Spector, Kendall Spector, Jane Sadler, Anna Kropf, St. Francis; Meaghan Sterk, Carinn Candelaria, Pleasant Grove.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Ali Koumelis, St. Francis
All-League: Marissa Quilici, Kelly Krigger, Olivia Reid, Oak Ridge; Sumeet Gille, Kayla Williams, Alexis Light, Pleasant Grove; Nicole Banke, Ponderosa; Anna Baytosh, Lea Felton, Chloe Hakim, Megan Sullivan, St. Francis.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Abdul Hamid, Sheldon
All-League: Andrew Brown, Sean Kurdy, Michael Lackner, Tristyn Martin, Andrew Huitt, Jesuit; Spencer Cudworth, Pleasant Grove; Xavier Gaulman, Taylor McCauley, Joel Giordano, Sheldon.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
MVP: Lauren LaRocco, St. Francis
All-League: Rachel Peterson, Briana Dulgar, Arial Hendrickson, Oak Ridge; Jerriann Wells, Pleasant Grove; Harjit Singh, Laura Cox, Sheldon; Madison Rawson, Miranda Myers, Camille Boudreaux, St. Francis.


January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Capital Valley Conference fall teams

Here are the All-Capital Valley Conference fall teams as reported to The Bee. For omissions and corrections, email bpaterson@sacbee.com

FOOTBALL
MVP: Leonard Skattebo, Rio Linda
Outstanding Offensive Player: Peyton Wilfrey
Outstanding Deffensive Player: Vaughn Hingano, Rio Linda
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Mathew Morris, Rio Linda
Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Trey Olsen, Oakmont
Outstanding Underclassman: Marcel Brown, Rio Linda
All Purpose Player: Justin Holmes, Oakmont
All-League: Derrick Achayo, Namani Parker, Trevon Gilmore, Eli Mead, Oakmont; Austin Brown, Anthony Girola, Tristen Howard, Romeo Lopez, Del Campo; Hunter Clark, Keenan Hunt, Hingano Fila, Zach Folsom, Pieter Koopman, Aaron McNealy, Danny Perez, Rio Linda; Zach Ewertsen, Chris Gullen, Hayden Jones, Mason Stahley, Brandon Thompson, Erik Bloomquist, Ryan Graggs, Christian Brothers; Austin Harmer, Andre Henderson, Andres Litton, Justin Baser, Bella Vista; Mark Nichols, Jake Romine, Angel Tenorio, Dusty Dutra, Rob Heckley, Cody Padjen, Casa Roble.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Veronica Blackwell, Kathryn, Jessica Swingle, Del Campo; Renny Castanon, Kaitlon Derry, Kendall Derry, Brooke Eberle, Sedona McNerney, McKenzie Sup, Hannah Wohlenberg, Bella Vista.

BOYS SOCCER
All-League: Ricky Alvarado, John Dollison, Ryan McGee, Bella Vista; Ricky Becerra, Oscar Gonzalez, Raul Lopez, Eric Penaloza, Jonathan Tafoya, Rio Linda; Scott Bishop, Isaac VanWinkle, Oakmont; Noah Braun, Tyler Burnie, Joseph Cisneros, Danny Puentes, Del Campo; Thomas Buchmiller, Louis Heinzer, Kristan Heptner, Jack Long, Cameron McKibben, Ross Nichols, Christian Brothers; Ian Mitchell, Noah Nelson, Casa Roble.

GIRLS TENNIS
MVP: Sophie Lee, Christian Brothers
All-League: Agatha Aks, Lisa Donovan, Christian Brothers; Denise Arendain, Megan Sullivan, Oakmont; Sabryana Boudreau, Del Campo; Ysabel Chavez, Casa Roble; Chloe Cho, Alana Easterbrook, Teresa Ortega, Sophie Taber, Bella Vista; Krina Xiong, Rio Linda.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Sarah Pritchard, Casa Roble
All-League: Iris Anderson, Natassha Bowman, Jaymee-Lee Bulda, Elizabeth Robinson, Christian Brothers; Destanie Brush, Sarah Case, Del Campo; Ashlyn Germoles, Sarah Hibbs, Marisa Rios, Bella Vista; Yuna Kim, Rio Linda, Rio Linda; Kyra Rogers, Ally Wubbin, Oakmont; Mallory Sutter, Casa Roble.

GIRLS WATER POLO
MVP: Sara Warix, Bella Vista
All-League: Sera Ashley, Rio Linda; Rebecca Brandt, Sommer Hernandez, Del Campo; Taylor Corrales, Elsie Welsh, Casa Roble; Jane Ferguson, Mackey Grieve, Oakmont; Abigail Fulton, Cassie Preston, Hannah Zari, Bella Vista; Anika Peterson, Alyvia Schaffer, Sarah Warner, Christian Brothers.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Casiano Aguirre, Edward Chance, Ross Walker, Del Campo; Drew Childs, Matt Coss, Conner Marotte, Bella Vista; Tanner Moore, Austin Taggart, Logan Taggart, Oakmont; Max Pedrotti, Christian Brothers.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Marissa Lopez, Christian Brothers
All-League: Beah Cruz, Katrina Jacinto, Lauren Seitz, Christian Brothers; Mary Jane Daley, Deryn Jaokum, Camilla Phillips, Casa Roble; Karlee Hormel, McKenzie Pope, Del Campo; Lauren Peterson, Bella Vista.

BOYS WATER POLO

MVP: Austin Stevenson, Bella Vista
All-League: Josh Holtry, Lucas McLean, Casa Roble; Zane Janich, Austen Takahashi, Spencer Tibbitts, Christian Brothers; Matt Mason, Eric Swift, Oakmont; Brody Nesemann, Gavin Oslund, Eyman Ryan, Bella Vista; Joseph Plasichuk, Rio Linda.

January 7, 2014
Here are the All-Capital Athletic League fall sports teams

Here are the All-Capital Athletic League fall sports teams as reported to The Bee. For any omissions or corrections, please e-mail bpaterson@sacbee.com

FOOTBALL
Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Romo, Whitney
Defensive Player of the Year: Quenton Hagen, El Camino
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Mark Mueller, Whitney
Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Anthony Baumgart, Antelope
Coach of the Year: Mike Gimenez, Whitney
All-League: Caelen Barnes, Chris Bonnett, Earl Harriel, Mister Harriel, DJ Hollingshead, Zane Jackson, Lesane Khanii, Tyler McCombs, Joaquin Sequeria, Titus Vinson, Antelope; Lorenzo Bermudez, Journey Fatu, Grant Johnson, Zack Tapia, Alex Yang, Cordova; Garrett Anthony, Evan Brandt, Jim Carter, Devin Mirkovich, Greg Scott, Jacob Winkle, Kijana Zigler, El Camino; Patrick Donitien, Johnnie Hilliard, Blake Northam, Mira Loma; Robert Crandall, Shaun Dillon, Jason Heathers, Tommy Knapp, Tien Ngo, Connor Shatz, Kadyn Silva, Rio Americano; Jack Brocchini, Jason Brunet, Geno Chiarpotti, Josh Gallofin, Justin Herrmann, Oleg Kubay, Hunter Lemay, Kyle McCray, Justin Nishita, Jordan Traynor, Kwane Wilkinson, Whitney.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Marcus Reece, Cordova; Dakota Fierro, Antelope; Kenji Anzai, Noah Wallace, Rio Americano; Logan Dodge, Antonio Franco, Isiah Hanna, Luis Higuera, Eric Leverenz, Nathan Wellington, Whitney.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
All-League: Megan Auernig, Taylor Gowan, Emily Hansen, Elizabeth Hutchison, Rio Americano; Ozora Cheek, Jenica Dodge, Haley Ellis, Hattie Groat, Alexandra Pihi, Jordan Sienkiewicz, Whitney.

GIRLS GOLF
MVP: Addie Hemming, Whitney
All-League: Rachel Korte, Antelope; Angelo Jones, Cordova; Erika Bennett, Melissa Bohn, El Camino; Annika Anderson, Mira Loma; Sarah Knepshield, Mandy Miller, Hannah Peters, Rio Americano; Emily Dixon, Morgan Taylor, Kelsey Ulep, Whitney.

BOYS SOCCER
MVP: Brayden Sullivan, El Camino
Coach of the Year: Mark Miller, Antelope
All-League: Renzo Bozzala, David Pineda, James Ramos, Matthew Tarr, Antelope; Luis Aguilar, Austin Luong, Cordova; Stephen Flora, Michael Hunter-Wofford, Alex Lauppe, Mason McLain, Everett Mitchenko, Brayden Sullivan, Tek Thapa, El Camino; Jordan Carlile, Mira Loma; Hunter Brown, Ryan Burns, Richard Newens, Ricardo Vega, Rio Americano; Kyle Creighton, Zachary Monroe, Joseph Sila, Whitney.

GIRLS TENNIS
All-League: Megan Sobieralski, Emily Ward, Antelope; Michelle Brown, Michaela Gooch, El Camino; Noa Elliot, Mira Loma; Paige Borgogno, Jessica Crockett, Lexi Goldwyn, Sydney Komlenic, Rio Americano; Missy Caracut, Midori Garmen, Brankica Mojsich, Whitney.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
MVP: Mikeala Nocetti, El Camino
All-League: Valerie Rodgers, Antelope; Libby Dahlberg, Alivia Garner, Devin Herenda, Makenzie Reeder-Esparza, El Camino; Madison Hunziker, Maddie Merlino, Meghan Merlino, Brooke Watson, Rio Americano; Ellie Basquez, Mackenzie Berlin, Macey Hayden, Samantha Shelton, Whitney.

BOYS WATER POLO
Co-MVP's: Ian Brady, Rio Americano; Josh Jordan, El Camino
All-League: Patrick Abercrombie, Jacob Faulkender, Tony Gibbons, Matt Smith, Riley Vest, El Camino; Alec Anderson, Luke Hastie, Sam Hastie, Connor Jang, Stuart Samoville, Gavin White, Rio Americano; Zack Schall, Whitney.

GIRLS WATER POLO
MVP: Celeste Brown, Rio Americano
All-League: Hailey Meyers, Antelope; Katie Jackson, Carrisa Johnston, Kirsten Londeree, Maddy Rehorn, Christine Wiley, El Camino; Hayley Baker, Sophia Burgess, Erin Cherovsky, Maigrie McDougal, Rya Minow, Cameron Williams, Rio Americano; Christina Daley, Whitney.


January 6, 2014
Bee's final football rankings, plus look ahead to 2014 Top 20

20131111_Rocklin del oro_0045.JPGThe end is here, officially and finally.

This is The Sacramento Bee's final Top 20 football rankings with emphasis on strength of schedule, head-to-head results and overall success. Lower, we list 10 other teams, and below that, we offer a sample of what the 2014 preseason rankings MIGHT look like...

Final 2013 Bee rankings
1. Folsom (14-1)
The Bulldogs are 28-2 the last two seasons with losses only to De La Salle; D-I section champs; Jake Browning has passed for 10,985 yards and 138 TDs in two years with one to go.
2. Del Oro (13-3)
Unbeaten in section play, won Sierra Foothill, Section D-Il, NorCal D-I titles and was the lone area team in CIF State Bowl.
3. Oak Ridge (12-2)
Losses were to Folsom; beat Pleasant Grove twice, Jesuit, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Franklin with a team that returns plenty.
4. Elk Grove (12-1)
Beat Grant and Rio Linda and lost heartbreaker in D-II section finals to Del Oro; posted three straight 12-win seasons.
5. Rio Linda (11-2)
Classy coach Mike Morris bows out with perhaps his finest team, one that lost a crusher to Elk Grove in D-II semifinals.

January 1, 2014
Area high school all-league football teams

In ushering in the New Year with a peek back at the high school football season, here's a peek at the all-league teams in the Sacramento region.

The teams here were picked by area coaches and submitted to us by area coaches. The Bee's All-Metro team will publish in Friday's Bee and on sacbee.com

Capital Athletic League
Offensive Player of the Year: - Drew Romo Whitney
Defensive Player of the Year: Quenton Hagen, El Camino
Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Mark Mueller, Whitney
Outstanding Defensive Lineman - Anthony Baumgart, Antelope
Coach of the Year - Mike Gimenez Whitney
First Team Offense:
QB, Tyler McCombs - Antelope; RB, Kwane Wilkinson -Whitney, Mister Harriel - Antelope, Titus Vinson - Antelope, Greg Scott - El Camino; WR, Jack Brocchini - Whitney, Lorenzo Bermudez - Cordova; TE, Jason Brunet - Whitney; Athlete, Johnnie Hilliard - Mira Loma; OL, Zane Jackson - Antelope, Garrett Anthony - El Camino, Jacob Winkle - El Camino, Robbie Crandall - Rio Americano

First Team Defense
DL, Journey Fatu - Cordova, Hunter Lemay - Whitney, Kyle McCray - Whitney, Evan Brandt - El Camino; LB, Jim Carter - El Camino, Joaquin Sequeria - Antelope, DJ Hollingshead - Antelope, Justin Nishita - Whitney, Jordan Traynor - Whitney, Connor Shatz - Rio Americano; DB, Khanii Lesane - Antelope, Caelen Barnes - Antelope, Grant Johnson - Cordova, Josh Gallofin - Whitney, Oleg Kubay - Whitney, Kijana Zigler - El Camino, Tien Ngo - Rio Americano

Second Team Offense
QB, Shawn Dillon - Rio Americano, Zack Tapia - Cordova; RB, Yosef Lanham - El Camino; WR, Justin Herrmann - Whitney, Kadyn Silva - Rio Americano, Jason Heathers - Rio Americano; OL, Tommy Knapp - Rio Americano, Chris Bonnett - Antelope

Second Team Defense
DL, Geno Chiarpotti - Whitney; LB, Blake Northam - Mira Loma, Alex Yang - Cordova; DB, Patrick Donitien - Mira Loma, Earl Harriel - Antelope, Devin Mirkovich - El Camino.

Capital Valley Conference
MVP - Leonard Skattebo, 12, 5-10, 245, Fb, Ilb, Rio Linda
Vaughn Hingano, 12, 6-1, 230, De, Rio Linda, Outstanding Defensive Player
Peyton Wilfley, 12, 6-0, 195, Qb, Casa Roble, Outstanding Offensive Player
Marcel Brown, 11, 6-0, 215, Tb, Rio Linda, Underclassman Of The Year
Matthew Morris, 12, 6-4, 285, Oc, Rio Linda, Outstanding Offensive Lineman
Trey Olsen, 12, 6-4, 220, De, Oakmont, Outstanding Defensive Lineman
All-CVC -
Marcel Brown, 11, 6-0, 215, Tb, Rio Linda; Zach Folsom, 12, 5-10, 190, S, Rio Linda; Keenan Hunt, 12, 5-10, 170, Wr, Rio Linda; Aarion McNealy, 12, 5-9, 150, Cb, Rio Linda; Pieter Koopman, 11, 6, 1, 180, Ilb, Rio Linda; Leonard Skattebo, 12, 5-10, 245, Fb, Ilb, Rio Linda; Danny Perez, 12, 5-10, 220, De, Rio Linda; Vaughn Hingano, 12, 6-1, 230, De, Rio Linda; Hunter Clark, 11, 6-3, 205, Ot, Rio Linda; Matthew Morris, 12, 6-4, 285, Oc, Rio Linda; Fila Hingano, 11, 6-1, 290, Dt, Rio Linda; Brandon Thompson, 12, 6-3, 200, Wr, CBS; Chris Guillen, 11, 6-3, 195, Qb, CBS; Erik Bloomquist, 12, 6-2, 180, Cb, CBS; Ryan Graggs, 12, 5-10, 190, Cb, CBS; Mason Stahley, 12, 5-9, 175, Rb, CBS; Zach Ewertsen, 12, 6-2, 225, Ol, CBS; Hayden Jones, 12, 6-6, 250, Te, CBS; Jake Romine, 12, 6-3, 190, Wr, Casa Roble; Peyton Wilfley, 12, 6-0, 195, Qb, Casa Roble; Dusty Dutra, 11, 5-9, 190, Lb, Casa Roble; Cody Padjen, 11, 6-2, 180, Lb, Casa Roble; Angel Tenorio, 12, 5-11, 185, Wr, Casa Roble; Rob Heckey, 12, 6-2, 200, Dl, Casa Roble; Mark Nichols, 12, 6-1, 230, Ol, Casa Roble; Romeo Lopez, 12, 5-11, 170, Wr, Del Campo; Austin Brown, 12, 5-11, 180, Rb, Del Campo; Tristen Howard, 10, 6-0, 235, Ol, Del Campo; Anthony Girola, 12, 6-1, 240, Ol, Del Campo; Trevon Gilmore, 12, 5-11, 175, Lb, Oakmont; Namani Parker, 12, 6-4, 175, Wr, Oakmont; Eli Mead, 12, 5-11, 160, Cb, Oakmont; Derrick Achayo, 12, 6-4, 245, Ol, Oakmont; Trey Olsen, 12, 6-4, 220, De, Oakmont; Justin Holmes, 12, 6-3, 205, Wr, Oakmont; Justin Baser, 12, 6-2, 150, Lb, Bella Vista; Andres Litton, 10, 5-6, 154, Rb, Bella Vista; Austin Harmer, 12, 6-1, 170, Qb, Bella Vista; Andre Henderson, 12, 6-0, 275, Ol, Bella Vista

Delta River League
Most Valuable Player - Jake Browning QB Folsom (Jr)
Offensive Players Of The Year - Nolan Merker QB Sheldon (Sr); Will McClure WR Folsom (Sr); Jason Elenberger QB Jesuit (Sr)
Defensive Players Of The Year - Rodney Ellison LB Folsom (Sr); Trent Buenzli LB Oak Ridge (Sr); Thomas Mahlman LB Oak Ridge (Sr)
All Purpose Players - Taron Johnson WR/DB Sheldon (Sr); Deaundre Terrell QB/DB Pleasant Grove (Sr)
Linemen Of The Year - Cody Creason OL Folsom (Jr); Sam Whitney OL/DE Folsom (Jr)
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Linemen - Austin Clarke DE Oak Ridge (Sr); Anthony Geremia DE Jesuit (Sr); Aaron Jestice DT Ponderosa (Sr); Earl Chism DT Pleasant Grove (Sr); Linebackers - Eddie Flores LB Folsom (Sr); Defensive Backs - Tishawn Noble FS Sheldon (Sr); Victor Bunce DB Oak Ridge (Sr); Colton Giorgi DB Oak Ridge (Sr)
First Team OFFENSE
Offensive Linemen - Cole Wilbourn C Jesuit (Sr); Joey Kinard C Pleasant Grove (Sr); Kyle Dixon T Pleasant Grove (Sr); Running Backs - Ben Parietti RB Jesuit (Sr); Austin Tibbs RB Ponderosa (Sr); Ian Broom RB Pleasant Grove (Sr); Receivers - Jordan Moore WR Sheldon (Sr); Troy Knox Wr Folsom (Sr); Josiah Deguara Wr Folsom (Jr); Justin Priest WR Oak Ridge (Sr); Josh Bist WR Ponderosa (Jr); Wyatt Demps WR Pleasant Grove (Sr); QB - Ian Book QB Oak Ridge (So); Tight End - Austin Gates TE Jesuit (Sr)
2nd Team
Deante Grinner LB Sheldon (So); Cameron Stone CB Sheldon (Jr); Anjello Silva LB Sheldon (Sr); Josiah Cammack RB Sheldon (Sr); Ben Trumm K Folsom (Sr); Mike McCuaig DB Folsom (Sr); Calvin Gardner DB Folsom (Jr); Cole Thompson DB Folsom (Jr); Lukas Hendricks DE Folsom (Jr); Bryan Weldy RB Folsom (Jr); Bailey Laolagi LB Folsom (Jr); Max Braddock DE Oak Ridge (Sr); Tanner Hughes RB Oak Ridge (Sr); James Portilla LB Oak Ridge (Sr); Nolan Book OL Oak Ridge (Jr); Andrew Lackowski DB Oak Ridge (Jr); Jacob Sipes DB Oak Ridge (Sr); Beau Bisharat RB Jesuit (So); Walker Durant LB Jesuit (Sr); Malcom Harvey DL Jesuit (Sr); Jeffrey LaRocco OL Jesuit (Sr); Tyler Marshall DB Jesuit (Sr); Zach Brenner OL Ponderosa (Sr); Jeff Martin SS Ponderosa (Sr); TJ Shamblin LB Ponderosa (Jr); Esley Simmons CB Pleasant Grove (Sr); Damaree Morris LB Pleasant Grove (Jr); Sedrick Thomas DB Pleasant Grove (Jr); Ennis Mayberry LB Pleasant Grove (Sr); Derek Carroll LB Pleasant Grove (Jr); Dylan Kaiser OL Pleasant Grove (Sr)

Delta Valley Conference
DVC MVP - Joey Banks LB/RB, Franklin
Defensive POY - Moses Moala DL, Grant
Offensive POY - Wadus Parker RB/LB, Elk Grove
Defensive Lineman of the Year - Noah Letuligasenoa-Ta'Amu DL/TE, Grant
Offensive Lineman of the Year, Darrin Paulo OL, Grant
First Team
Donovan Robinson QB, Monterey Trail; Elijah Mcglothin RB, Monterey Trail; Gerald Jordan DB/RB, Monterey Trail; Deondre Whittington-Grays RB/LB, Grant; Chris Atteberry LB, Grant; Charles Bell OL/DL, Grant; Carl Granderson LB, Grant; TieNeal Martin DB, Grant; Ben Upega DL, Grant; Shawn Matautia OL, Grant; Winfred Roberson RB, Davis; Brendan Macdonald LB, Davis; Baily Murray OL/DL, Davis; Eli Castro SS/HB, Davis; Sai Ta'amu OL/DL, Elk Grove; B'won Canada DL, Elk Grove; Spencer Sheff LB/RB, Elk Grove; Shaunard Harts DB, Elk Grove; Tommy Arnold QB/LB, Elk Grove; Dior Vela OL/DL, Elk Grove; Russell Williams QB/LB, Laguna Creek; Shamar Richmond DB, Laguna Creek; Jaquan Brown-Collins RB/DB, Laguna Creek; Robert Sanders LB, Franklin; Curtis Williams DE, Franklin; Lamar Jackson Qb, Franklin; Jabari Johnson Wr, Franklin; Anthony Thompson DT, Franklin; Kyron O'Berry RB, Franklin; Donovan Vernon WR, Franklin
Second Team
Zay Cato RB, Grant; Ruben Garza K, Grant; Ariyon Huff WR, Grant; Johna Williams DL, Davis; Marcos Herrera DL, Davis; Nash Nunes DL, Davis; Ryan Robards WR, Elk Grove; Manny Scott-Anderson LB, Elk Grove; Elijah Jones DB, Elk Grove; Julius Fullah DB, Elk Grove; Trevor Reinwald OL, Elk Grove; Christian Vargas OL, Elk Grove; Chris Williams DB/WR, Laguna Creek; Rahul Deo DT, Franklin; Robert Cedas OT, Franklin; Rashuun York FB, Franklin; Mitchell Bullough, Franklin; Darrell Robinson DB, Franklin; Drew Andrews SS, Franklin; Andre Flury WR/DB, Monterey Trail; Jahmar Sexton WR/DB, Monterey Trail; Trey Nahhas RB/LB, Monterey Trail; Anthony Almonte OL, Monterey Trail; Neville Bood DL/TE, Monterey Trail

Golden Empire League
Most Valuable Player, Justin Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian
Offensive Player Of The Year, Francisco Garcia, Marysville
Defensive Player Of The Year, Luis Gomez, Capital Christian
Outstanding Lineman Of The Year, Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian

First Team Defense
Chris Victoriano, DL, Capital Christian; Logan Grimes, DL, Lindhurst; Travis Franklin, DL, Marysville; Bret Hansen, DL, Dixon; Jack Reichel, DL, West Campus; Le Kayle Johnston, LB, Capital Christian; Jacob Garrett, LB, Marysville; Ryan Alvarez, LB, Mesa Verde; Jesse Roberts, LB, Mesa Verde; Josh Manansala, DB, Capital Christian; Edward Ware, DB, Capital Christian; David Duncan, DB, Marysville; Carlos Cholula, DB, West Campus; Chad Baptiste, DB, Dixon

First Team Offense
Jacob Norville, QB, Capital Christian; Aaron Birch, QB, Marysville; Diante Porter, RB, Mesa Verde; Kyle Riley, RB, Dixon; Sean Haney, RB, Dixon; Jack Haney, TE, Capital Christian; Colon Mollard, WR, Mesa Verde; Zach Kitchen, All Purpose, Lindhurst; Nolan Williams, All Purpose, Dixon; DJ Williams, OL, Capital Christian; Austin Dearing, OL, Marysville; Joe Garcia, OL, Mesa Verde; Christian Collado, OL, Mesa Verde; Zach Plowman, OL, Dixon; Ethan Rogers, OL, Dixon; Levi Love, OL, Dixon

Second Team
Marco Murillo, DL, Lindhurst; Bobby Minor, DL, Mesa Verde; Isah Johnson, DL, Dixon; Jared Jones, DL, Dixon; Hugo Arroyo, LB, Lindhurst; Jesus Yanez, LB, Lindhurst; Nathan Fur, LB, Lindhurst; Brandon Horton, LB, Marysville; Tristen Servin, LB, Marysville; Brian Webster, LB, Mesa Verde; Jo Jo Quintinilla, LB, Dixon; Emilo Castro, LB, Dixon; Rigo Rodriguez, DB, Lindhurst; Kao Thao, DB, Marysville; Trey Lanier, DB, Marysville; Jared Cox, DB, Mesa Verde; Andrey Sushik, DB, Mesa Verde; Blake Fulgrum, DB, Dixon; Lucas Passantino, DB, Capital Christian; Marcas Paredes, DB, West Campus; Tyler Noxon, RB, Capital Christian; Emmanual Pinedo, OL, Lindhurst; Carlos Ramirez, OL, Lindhurst; Dalton Charter, OL, Marysville; Chander Hall, OL, Marysville; Parker Long, OL, Dixon; James Duelfer, TE, Lindhurst; Nick Valdez, All Purpose, Capital Christian; Juan Mercado, K, West Campus; Kaleb Armbrust, K, Capital Christian

Metropolitan Conference
MVP - Calvin Green, Burbank
Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Caden Voges, Sacramento; Floyd-Hillis Cooper, Kennedy
Defense Player of the Year: Lonny Powell, Sacramento
Lineman of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, Burbank

First Team Offense
QB, Ernest Jenkins, Burbank; Buddy Enriquez, Rosemont; RB, Benjamin Jones, Burbank; DeShawn Allen, Rosemont; Kijafa Burgie, McClatchy; WR, Damen Wheeler, Sacramento; Tre Von Connerly-Smith, Florin; TE, Daniel Tveretinov, Rosemont; OL, Tyriq Hickerson, Sacramento; Malik Baker, Sacramento; Printess Johnson, Burbank; Kolby Lacy, Rosemont; Nate Van Asperan, Johnson; Tony Ayala, Kennedy; Jake Hungerford, McClatchy

First Team Defense
DB, Jimmy Hatch, Sacramento; Kenneth Brown, Burbank; Harrison Anderson, Burbank; Kameron Williams, Rosemont; LB, Kalen McDonald, Sacramento; Kevin Powers, Burbank; Eddie Ortiz, Rosemont; Aidan Flynn, McClatchy; Silencio Ratkowski, Kennedy; DL, West Simpson, Sacramento; Terrell Craig, Sacramento; Gerald Pliman, Burbank; DaQuan Rogers, Burbank; Corey Santos, Rosemont; Reuben Stephens, Valley; David Saelee, Johnson; UT, Deon Johnson, Florin; Devonte Robinson, Valley

Pioneer Valley League
Tyrell Anderson, Center, Offensive MVP
Myles Lenover, Placer, Defensive MVP

First Team Defense
Defensive linemen: Hunter Cramer (Bear River), Jason Perry (Center), Mario Margherita (Colfax), Christian Long (Lincoln) and Michael Downen (Placer); Linebackers: John Voter (Bear River), Tristan Knutson (Center), Matt Cooper (Center), Jake Medeiros (Colfax), Trayvell Harris (Foothill), Aaron Soto (Lincoln) and Robbie Lopez (Placer); Defensive backs: Kris Edie (Bear River), Davis Dykstra (Lincoln) and Bart Every (Placer).

First Team Offense
Running backs: Joe Swen (Center), Tim Rawlins (Colfax), Eddie Cobleigh (Lincoln), Todd Valliere (Placer) and Cameron Scott (Placer); Offensive linemen: Brandon Leipsic (Bear River), Spencer Bracey (Center), Greg Painter (Colfax), Josh Myers (Lincoln), Johnny Capra (Placer) and Ryan Kuchenthal (Placer); Tight ends: David Entwistle (Foothill) and Terrance Bolden (Lincoln); Wide receivers: Kyle Bryant (Colfax), Chas Reisinger (Colfax) and Frankie O'Neal (Placer); Quarterbacks: Michael Wilson (Colfax) and Logan Strange (Placer).

Second Team Defense
Defensive linemen: Tyler Carrozzo (Center), Brenden Flagg (Colfax) and Jesse Clay (Lincoln); Linebackers: David Chorjel (Bear River), Kurtis Meyer (Center), Tobias Marshall (Center) and Cole Blackwell (Placer); Defensive backs: Elias J'Beily (Center) and Alexander Nevarez (Colfax).

Second Team Offense
Running backs: Brad Botsford (Bear River) and Dane Stimbert (Lincoln); Offensive lineman: Kyle Meyer (Center), Johnnie Walker (Colfax) and Sam Queen (Placer); Wide receivers: Tianti Anderson (Center) and Tyrone Potts (Foothill); Quarterback: David Carter (Foothill).

Sacramento Metro
Kameron Arnold, WR, Sr., CO-MVP, Woodland Christian; Chase Canevari, TE/LB, Sr., Woodland Christian; Justin Rodegerdts, WR/FS, Sr., Woodland Christian; Walker Perry, WR/K, Sr., Woodland Christian; Conner Brennan, OL/DL, Jr., Woodland Christian; Dillon Carter, LB/OL, Sr., Woodland Christian; KJ Barry, RB/DB, So., Woodland Christian; Connor McCann, QB, Jr., CO-MVP, Foresthill; Ryan Corkrean, WR/LB, Sr., Foresthill; John Huerta, OL/DL, Sr., Foresthill; Casey Perez, OL/DL, Sr., Foresthill; Matt O'Brien, WR/DB, Sr., Foresthill; Aaron Arnett, LB/WR, Sr., Foresthill; Oscar Lopez, OL, Sr., Cristo Rey; Abraham Guevara, RB, Sr., Cristo Rey; Alex Aguilar, C/DE, Jr., Cristo Rey; Juan Nava, OL/DT, Jr., Cristo Rey; William Schauer, RB/DL, So., Delta; Alfonso Estrada, OL/LB, Sr., Delta; Vandon Heffington, OL/LB, Jr., Delta; Cameron Woodside, WR/S, Sr., Valley Christian; Micah Gunter, QB/LB, Jr., Valley Christian

Second Team
Gerardo Castro, LB/RB, So., Woodland Christian; Chance Stocking, RB/DB, Sr., Woodland Christian; Jack Simpson, OL/DL, So., Woodland Christian; Jacob Naschke, RB/DB, So., Woodland Christian; Anthony Modesto, OL/DL, Jr., Woodland Christian; Brendan Rodegerdts, QB, So., Woodland Christian; Jacob Sandbank, WR/LB, So., Foresthill; Kevin Heater, RB/DB, Sr., Foresthill; Marcus Quintanilla, RB/DB, So., Foresthill; Brandon Balderas, OL/DL, Sr., Foresthill; Juan Cibrian, WR/FS, Sr., Cristo Rey; Alberto Espindola, RB/SS, Jr., Cristo Rey; Zach Korbmaker, RB/SS, Sr., Cristo Rey; Scott Breckenridge, C/DL, Jr., Delta; Bryce Silva-Ship, RB/DB, Jr., Delta; Felipe Corona, OL/DL, Jr., Delta; Julian Jimenez, OL/DL, Jr., Delta; Chance Murphy/RB-LB-OL-DL, Jr., Valley Christian; Grant Woodside/WR-DB, So., Valley Christian

Sierra Delta League
Most Valuable Player - Kyle Betts WR Bradshaw Christian
Most Outstanding Offense - Kevin Williams QB Bradshaw Christian
Most Outstanding Defense - Daniel Lesher LB Golden Sierra
Most Outstanding Lineman - Tyler Gomes OL Rio Vista

First Team Offense
Brian Cann, RB, Golden Sierra; Casey Blakey, OL, Golden Sierra; Justin Eicher, OL, Golden Sierra; Chace Marlowe, RB, Rio Vista; Hernan Ruiz, RB, Rio Vista; Brody Lambert, RB, Vacaville Christian; Devin Villereall, QB, Vacaville Christian; Jakobe Hawkins, RB, Bradshaw Christian; Grant Heisinger, WR, Bradshaw Christian; Nick Moody, OL, Bradshaw Christian; Jarrod Wiggins, OL, Bradshaw Christian; Iszir Price, QB, Highlands; David Saetern, OL, Highlands; Jacob Yetou, WR, Highlands; Daquan Bryant, RB, Encina; Jeni Lawson, K, Bradshaw Christian

First Team Defense
Sam Steward, LB, Golden Sierra; David McKeller, DE, Rio Vista; Luke Spinardi, DL, Vacaville Christian; Josh Mackey, DB, Bradshaw Christian; Thomas Uebelhoer, LB, Bradshaw Christian; Seth Vandergrift, DE, Bradshaw Christian; Keawe Efhan, DL, Bradshaw Christian; Grant Dragmire, DB, Bradshaw Christian; David Alexander, DL, Highlands; Anthony Vang, DB, Highlands; Junior Jenkins, LB, Highlands; Deandre Stroughter, LB, San Juan; Joe Richardson, DB, San Juan; Davion Johnson, DE, San Juan; Nicholas Sciosciole, DL, Encina

Second Team Offense
Cameron Stephens, RB, Golden Sierra; Trevor Pedri, OL, Golden Sierra; Eric DelAguile, OL, Rio Vista; Tyler Heal, OL, Rio Vista; Fred Alvarez, OL, Rio Vista; Cyrus Javan OL Vacaville Christian; Barrett Wilder, WR, Vacaville Christian; Blake Glover, WR, Vacaville Christian; Chuck Ezeli, OL, Bradshaw Christian; Zach Moody, OL, Bradshaw Christian; Nick Altamura, OL, Bradshaw Christian; Dayn Wynbrandt, TE, Bradshaw Christian; Malique Goedig, OL, Highlands; Elias Rocco, WR, San Juan; Leki Vai Vai, OL, San Juan; Sam Keil, K, San Juan

Second Team Defense
Jeff Klahn, LB, Golden Sierra; Austin Burrows, DL, Golden Sierra; Dylan Coito, LB, Rio Vista; Devin Bettencourt, DB, Rio Vista; Jose Torres, LB, Rio Vista; Cameron Botkin, LB, Vacaville Christian; Chris Bailey, DB, Vacaville Christian; Ian Thompson, DL, Vacaville Christian; Gabe Miranda, LB, Bradshaw Christian; London Newton, DB, Bradshaw Christian; Mike Sinclair, LB, Bradshaw Christian; Phillip White, DE, Bradshaw Christian; Jamari Bright, LB, Highlands; Gerald Chasten, LB, Highlands; Decarlos Charleston, LB, Encina

Sierra Foothill League
Offensive MVP: Kylan Kainrath, Del Oro
Offensive MVP: Dylan Keeney, Granite Bay
Team
Brandon Johnson, SR., Del Oro, First Team; Spencer Medenwald, SR, Rocklin, First Team; Andrew O'Roak, SR., Roseville, Second Team; GUARD - Santino Garcia, SR., Del Oro, First Team; Kyle Powers, JR., Roseville, First Team; Andre Sandridge, SR., Rocklin, First Team; Dominic Balmer, JR., Woodcreek, Second Team; CJ Brown, SR., Granite Bay, Second Team; Trevor Moore, SR., Nevada Union, Second Team; TACKLE - Kolton Miller, SR., Roseville, First Team; Emileo Campos, SR,, Del Oro, First Team; Matt DeLaby, SR., Rocklin, First Team; Rob Walker, SR., Woodcreek, Second Team ; Chase Bixby, JR., Granite Bay, Second Team; WIDE RECEIVER - Jon Lopez, SR., Roseville, First Team; Malcolm Thomas, JR., Woodcreek, First Team; Therin Heryford, SR., Del Oro, First Team; Lenny Nelson, JR., Woodcreek, Second Team; Blake Laurin, JR., Rocklin, Second Team; RUNNING BACK - Mo Nieves, JR., Nevada Union, First Team; Matt Razzano, SR., Roseville, First Team; Evan Holtz, Soph., Rocklin, First Team; QUARTERBACK - Josh Neal, SR., Granite Bay, First Team; Kyle Downie, SR., Roseville, First Team; Michael Moore, SR., Del Oro, Second Team; Logan Webb, SR., Rocklin, Second Team; UTILITY - Max O'Rourke, JR., Rocklin, First Team; Michael Geraghty, SR., Granite Bay, Second Team; Tre Udoffia, Soph., Del Oro, Second Team; Carson Miller, JR., Roseville, Second Team; Isaiah Harborth, JR., Woodcreek, Second Team; KICKER - Mason Humes, SR., Del Oro, First Team
DEFENSIVE MVP: TYLER METEER, DEL ORO
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: TANNER WOODS, DEL ORO
DEFENSIVE LINE - Dillon Bolen, SR, Woodcreek, FIRST TEAM; Davi Pettinato, SR, Nevada Union, First Team; Elias Campos, Sr., Del Oro, First Team; Dain Davirro, Sr., Rocklin, First Team; Isaac Carrel, Sr., Roseville, First Team; Xavier Hunter, Sr., Granite Bay, First Team; Brian Lee, Jr, Woodcreek, Second Team; Eric Jarvis, Jr, Granite Bay, Second Team; Beau Tautu, Sr., Rocklin, Second Team; Outside Linebacker - Kyle Wells, Sr., Del Oro, First Team; Andrew Castle, Sr., Rocklin, First Team; Jake Sutton, Sr, Rocklin, First Team; Travis Newman, Sr., Del Oro, Second Team; Shea O'hara, Jr., Roseville, Second Team; Idris Asaddullah, Jr., Roseville, Second Team; Inside Linebacker - Cam Smith, Jr., Granite Bay, First Team; Jordan Kunaszyk, Sr., Roseville, First Team; Skyler Gonzalez, Sr., Rocklin, First Team; Drew Tonda, Jr., Granite Bay, Second Team; Josh Belendez, Jr., Nevada Union, Second Team; Jonah Mekebri, Sr., Del Oro, Second Team; Defensive Back - Matt Ahnin, Jr., Woodcreek, First Team; Luke Bussey, Sr., Granite Bay, First Team; Jack Dockham, Sr., Granite Bay, First Team; Jonathan Tuttle, Sr., Del Oro, First Team; Garrett Kappila, Jr., Rocklin, First Team; Josh Gurnaby, Sr., Rocklin, First Team; Grant Powers, Sr., Granite Bay, Second Team; Gareth Noxon, Sr., Nevada Union, Second Team; Dylan Stacy, Sr., Woodcreek, Second Team; Justin Burrage, Soph., Del Oro, Second Team; Brian Leville, Sr., Del Oro, Second Team; Ryan Durgarian, Sr., Rocklin, Second Team; Punter - Taylor Peterson, Sr., Granite Bay, First Team

Sierra Valley Conference
MVP - Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks
Outstanding Offense - Matt Jimison, Vista Del Lago
Outstanding Defense - Josh Cassinat, Cosumnes Oaks
Outstanding Lineman - Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks
Team
Alex Kropp, Cosumnes Oaks, QB; Matt Jimison, Vista Del Lago, QB; Eric Beal, River City, T; David Lara, Liberty Ranch, CB; LJ Reed, Cosumnes Oaks, WR; Josh Cassinat, Cosumnes Oaks, LB; Pat Roche, Vista Del Lago, OL; David Vincent, River City, RB; Tony Garcia, Liberty Ranch, OL; Malik Dumentz, River City, WR/DE; Matt Barmby, Cosumnes Oaks, K; Cooper Valencia, Vista Del Lago, OL; Bo Alvarez, River City, RB; Tony Garcia, Liberty Ranch, LB; Calvin Sawyer, Cosumnes Oaks, RB; Devin Viramontes, Cosumnes Oaks, Rover; Tyler Kaim, Vista Del Lago, WR; Alex Morales, River City, DB; Anthony Jones, Liberty Ranch, OL; Colby Harrington, El Dorado, LB; Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks, WR; Kevin Gough, Vista Del Lago, LB; John Gray, River City, LB; Garrett Willmon, Liberty Ranch, DL; Derek Delfino, El Dorado, RB/LB; Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks, OL; Kevin Wentz, Vista Del Lago, TE/LB; Kevin Burkes, River City, LB; Trevon Windley, Liberty Ranch, RB; JT Winkler, Vista Del Lago; Josh Davis, Cosumnes Oaks, DL; Sammy Gray, Cosumnes Oaks, DB; Josh Johnson, Cosumnes Oaks, DL; Jake Horn, Union Mine, RB; Christian Beck, Union Mine, LB; Jairo Salcido, Galt, LB; Logan Kirby, El Dorado, RB; Dominic Morgan, El Dorado, DL; Jeremiah Romero, El Dorado, LB; Zach Culp, El Dorado, DB.

Tri-County League
MVP - TJ Dove, River Valley
Offensive MVP - CJ Spencer, Inderkum
Defensive MVP - Jalen Deas, Yuba City
Lineman of the Year - Deondre Burns, Inderkum
First Team
Isaac Lessard, Yuba City, QB; Omar Herrera, Yuba City, RB; Clarence Pierson, River Valley, RB; Marcus Gilbert, Inderkum, RB; Terrence White, Inderkum, RB; Sam Van Dusen, River Valley, TE; N.J. Falo, Inderkum, TE; Austin Thompson, Yuba City, WR; Khalil Hudson, Inderkum, WR; Sage Wallace, Yuba City, OL; Will Fatta, Pioneer, OL; Andres Gonzales, Pioneer, OL; David Emerson, River Valley, OL; Nico Mitchell, River Valley, OL; Ken Pettis, Inderkum, OL; Anthony Bosser, Pioneer, Ath; Tyler Dean, Inderkum, Ath; T.J. Molina, Woodland, DL; Austin Van Poole, Yuba City, DL; Tyler Mayhew, Yuba City, DL; Devin Soares, River Valley, DL; Tanner Fellows, Woodland, LB; Jalen Falls, Natomas, LB; Jalen Rivers, Natomas, LB; Derrick Henderson, Inderkum, LB; Jordan Thomas, Inderkum, LB; Alex Preciado, Woodland, DB; Devin Jones, Woodland, DB; Devin Pettengill, Yuba City, DB; Devin Cates, River Valley, DB

- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

December 23, 2013
57th Optimist All-Star game to be held Saturday at Folsom

Is there a better way to end a memorable high school football season than this, rounding up the best senior stars in the region for one last game?

The 57th Optimist All-Star Football Game is Saturday at Folsom at 1 p.m. in a who's who showcase of outgoing seniors. For 55 years, the fund-raising event for Camp Ross Relles was held in the summer. It moved to the end of the high school season last year in an effort to draw more scholarship players and at a time where football is still fresh on the brain.

Players were nominated by area coaches and The Sacramento Bee. Some players turned invitations down, or were not allowed to compete because their parents wanted them to rest. And some were denied an Optimist chance because their winter or spring coach declined to grant permission.

For ticket information, go to CharacterCombine.com.

December 20, 2013
Del Oro vs. Bakersfield: Division I State Championship

Follow Del Oro vs. Bakersfield for the Division I State Championship with Bee reporter Joe Davidson, Mike Finnerty, Trevor Horn and Zack Ewing from the Bakersfield Californian. Game time is 8 p.m.

 

You may also join the live chat here.

December 18, 2013
High school highlight show airs tonight, this week, with NorCal football and state volleyball

High school football championship highlights, Pete Saco and the Granite Bay girls volleyball team are among the topics on the SureWest Sports Show that airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California.

Football NorCal Regional games between Del Oro and Serra of San Mateo and the Folsom-De La Salle Open game were a launching pad to this weekend's CIF State Bowl games in Carson.

Saco, the longtime Sac-Joaquin Section commissioner, is the spotlight interview as he talks about the rise of prep sports and ideas for even more playoff expansion.

And host Mike Finnerty talks to members of the 45-0 Granite Bay volleyball team that set a state record for single-season success in storming to a title.

The shows re-air on Tuesday and Wednesday. Check your local listings.

CHANNELS - DirecTV (698), Dish (409), Comcast (34), SureWest (99, 699), AT&T
(767, 1767), Wave Broadband (23, 723)

Finnerty also announced today that starting Jan. 1, the program will change its name to All-City Preps, and he will be launching a website www.allcitypreps.com with bonus coverage of highlights, interviews, team and player rankings, etc. in a set up designed to help serve as a fundraiser for area high schools. The TV show, the only one of its kind with a big-picture view of regional sports in the state, will continue through the academic year and for upcoming years as well.

The contract with SureWest Sports, the title brand since 2009, expires Dec. 31.

Go here for The Bee's inside look at the Bakersfield football program that Del Oro will face Friday night...


And here for Del Oro's preparation for the Bowl game...


- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Facebook: sacbeepreps

December 8, 2013
Folsom, Del Oro land NorCal Regional football berths against Bay Area powers

About the only suspense here were the logistics.

Where to play the Northern California Regional football games with myriad bids to consider?

On Sunday, the state's 10 high school section commissioners met to decide regional teams and locations, and two area powerhouses in Folsom and Del Oro that were expected to advance did so.

The prestigious Open game, designed to pit the best against the best, will again feature the most decorated team in the country in De La Salle of Concord against Folsom, winners of three Sac-Joaquin Section titles since 2010 and a 2010 state CIF Bowl win. The game will be Saturday at Diablo Valley College, a virtual home venue for De La Salle.

It's also a homecoming of sorts for Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson, who played his College Park High games at Diablo Valley College and who was a DVC Viking lineman in 1987 and '88. He won't need directions to the old place.

Del Oro, a nine-time section title winner and a CIF State Bowl team in 2011, will take on Serra of San Mateo in the Division I game at San Jose City College on Friday. Del Oro has won 11 consecutive games, last losing to De La Salle, which opened the season with a 21-14 victory over Serra.

Folsom (14-0) is 28-1 the last two seasons, falling only to De La Salle (13-0) in last year's NorCal Open at Sacramento State, located just a few miles down Highway 50 from Folsom. Unbeaten against NorCal foes since 1991, a span of 250 games, the Spartans went on to win their fourth successive CIF State Open title and finish nationally ranked No. 1 for the 10th time. De La Salle is fresh off its 22nd consecutive North Coast Section Divsion I title and 27th out of 28 years. It has been named state-ranked No. 1 by Cal-Hi Sports 17 times since 1992. Folsom has been NorCal-ranked No. 2 all season behind De La Salle and state-ranked No. 3, too.

The game will pit Folsom's prolific offense led by Jake Browning (state-record 5,393 yards, state-record 74 touchdown passes) after he tossed five touchdowns, four to Troy Knox, and ran for two to beat Oak Ridge 49-17 on Saturday in the section D-I finals.

Serra (11-2) is coming off its first Central Coast Section Open championship and won the West Catholic Athletic League, one of the top leagues in the state, under veteran coach Patrick Walsh, a former De La Salle star running back and assistant coach.
Del Oro (12-2) rallied from 19-0 down in the fourth quarter to beat Elk Grove in the section D-II finals as Michael Moore tossed three late touchdowns, two to Trey Udoffia and the game winner with just over a minute to play to Dylan Kainrath.

The Sac-Joaquin Section earned four NorCal berths in another show of staying power.

Said section commissioner Pete Saco on Saturday, "our section speaks for itself. We have great football here."

In the NorCal D-II game, Manteca (13-1) will face Enterprise (12-0) of the Northern Section at Lincoln of Stockton on Saturday. Manteca beat Sacramento in the section D-III title at Lincoln.game. Teams can move up in division in the NorCal and State games as enrollments vary drastically across the state.

The section's other team still alive is defending NorCal and state champion Central Catholic of Modesto. The Raiders (13-1) will play McClymonds of Oakland (10-2) in the D-IV NorCal game at Lincoln of Stockton on Friday.

In the D-III game, El Cerrito (11-2) will play Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton (12-1) at De Anza High on Saturday.

A year ago, all of the NorCal Regional games were played outside the Bay Area, which infuriated Bay Area teams, fans and administrators. The Bay Area now hosts the Open, D-I and D-III games, and grumbling is reversed, but CIF officials said Sunday afternoon that they are fully confident in the venues.

Diablo Valley College has hosted quite a few high-profile prep events with De La Salle, be it for national showdowns or big rivalry games. DVC seats 6,500, and the CIF will add additional seats if the fan ticket sales warrant as such.

San Jose City College seats up to 8,000, which seems plenty for Del Oro and Serra. The CIF absolutely wants fans to be able to get in, those affiliated with the participating teams and general fans curious about the product.

OPEN DIVISION
Folsom (14-0) vs.De La Salle-Concord (13-0) at Diablo Valley College, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
DIVISION I
Del Oro (12-2) vs. Serra-San Mateo (11-2) at San Jose City College, 7:30 p.m. Friday
DIVISION II
Enterprise-Redding (12-0) vs. Manteca (13-1) at Lincoln HS-Stockton, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
DIVISION III
El Cerrito (12-2) vs. Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (12-1) at De Anza High, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
DIVISION IV
Central Catholic-Modesto (13-1) vs. McClymonds-Oakland (10-2) at Lincoln-Stockton, 7:30 p.m. Friday

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On podcast: ESPN1320.net

December 5, 2013
Folsom's Browning is California Gatorade Player of the Year

Folsom junior quarterback Jake Browning has been named the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year.

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. It also puts him in the running for national honors to be announced later this month.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Browning, who has led the Bulldogs to a 13-0 record this season, has passed for national-leading 5,093 yards and a state-record 69 touchdowns this season.

It was the second year in a row that Browning has passed for more than 5,000 yards. He has 132 touchdowns.

Browning maintains a 3.63 grade-point average. He has volunteered at his school as a peer tutor and locally as a youth football coach.

"Jake Browning is a truly gifted player," said Sheldon football coach Herbie Berry, whose Huskies are league rivals of the Bulldogs, in a press release. "You really have to pick your poison with him.

"If you pressure him, he will kill you with his short game, accuracy and decision-making. If you put people in coverage and give him any time, he will destroy you because he can see the whole field.

"He is truly a special player. In my 20 years of coaching varsity football, he is the most talented quarterback I have seen or coached against."

Said Folsom co-coach Kris Richarson, "Jake's amazing, and he's only going to keep getting better. You can always find statistical stars at small schools but they may not always play against the best competition. Jake's done this agaisnt great competition, including the Delta River League, top-tier competition, and that makes it all the more amazing.

Browning joins recent Gatorade California Football Players of the Year Su'a Cravens (2012-2013, Vista Murrieta High School), Zach Kline (2011-12, San Ramon Valley High School), Cody Kessler (2010-11, Centennial High School), Malcolm Jones (2009-10, Oaks Christian School), Ryan Kasdorf (2008-09, Notre Dame High School) and Matt Barkley (2007-08, Mater Dei).

- Joe Davidson/Bill Paterson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

December 3, 2013
Still UCLA's coach, Jim Mora stops by Sacramento schools

UPDATE - Some two hours after we ran into Jim Mora, UCLA announces it has extended his contract six years. Here's how his day went earlier, before news of his extension...

Jim Mora is still the UCLA coach as of this writing.

I just ran into the Bruins boss and six of his assistants at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove as they were barnstorming the state on a recruiting tour. They flew a small plane from Los Angeles to the Bay Area yesterday and last night to visit with recruits, including Freedom of Oakley running back Joe Mixon and El Cerrito star Adarius Pickett.

Earlier Tuesday, the UCLA staff stopped by Christian Brothers High to visit with 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end/linebacker recruit Hayden Jones.

December 2, 2013
One-stop Bee Sac-Joaquin football playoffs shopping: video, story links, rankings

The Bee's Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty of SureWest Sports break down the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs with commentary and video highlights.

Who wins now, and why?

November 30, 2013
Video highlights: High school football semifinals

Here are highlights from Friday night's high school football semifinal games, from Fox40:

Elk Grove at Rio Linda

Jesuit at Folsom

November 29, 2013
Prep roundup: Folsom holds off Jesuit 42-35 to reach D-I title game; Oak Ridge tops Pleasant Grove in other semifinal

Quarterback Jake Browning and host Folsom High School held off Delta River League rival Jesuit 42-35 Friday in an entertaining and closer-than-expected Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal in front of a packed crowd in the chill at Prairie City Stadium.

But Folsom's return to the section finals for a fourth consecutive season - against neighboring rival Oak Ridge, another league opponent, at Sacramento State - was set in motion during the searing heat of summer.

With Friday's win over the fired up Marauders (9-4), Folsom is 13-0 this season, ranked No. 15 nationally, No. 5 in the state and No. 2 in Northern California by Maxpreps.com.
In the last four seasons, Folsom is 52-5 with two D-II section titles, a CIF State Bowl championship banner and a NorCal Regional runners-up appearance.

The formula is simple: Consistency of coaching, skilled players who having grown up running a spread offense, cutting-edge schemes and, most importantly, hard work.

November 29, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football semifinals, Nov. 29

Follow the action at Friday night's Sac-Joaquin Section playoff games with host Trevor Horn, The Bee's Joe Davidson and a host of reporters around the region.

 

Join the live blog here.

November 29, 2013
Sizing up the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III, V, VI football playoff games

The Bee's Joe Davidson previews Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section football games

Christian Brothers (9-3) at Sacramento (10-2)

Where: Oak Park, 1 p.m.

Outlook: It used to be for Metro League titles when these teams squared off in the 1960s and '70s at Hughes Stadium, and the schools last played for something truly significant in 1992, for the Metro title, won by Sacramento.

Now the schools, barely two miles apart, meet in a Division III semifinal after spirited playoff runs. Sacramento had never won a playoff game before beating Benicia in an opener and then eliminating defending champion Oakdale. CBS won D-I section titles with 13-1 teams in 1981 and '83 and reached the 1986 finals, and then didn't win another playoff game until this month.

November 29, 2013
Quarterback star sizes up Section D-I semifinals

nolan merker.JPGIn an effort to better break down the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinals, we turned to a man who has faced each of these teams in Delta River League action. A man who faced the defenses and studied the offenses as the senior school-record-breaking quarterback for Sheldon High School.

Here's Nolan Merker's take on the two games ...

Jesuit (9-3) at Folsom (12-0)

Jesuit can win if:

"The Marauders put pressure on Jake Browning without sacrificing coverage. Teams have tried everything to slow down Folsom's offense, but Browning and company just adjust. Some teams blitz the house, but then they have to leave their receivers in man coverage and get torched.

"Some teams rush only 3 and drop 8 back into coverage, but then Browning has all day to sit back and pick teams apart. Jesuit's Malcolm Harvey and the rest of their defensive line must be able to get some sort of pass rush to force bad decisions and/or turnovers. Their corners have to keep everything in front of them, and their linebackers must make tackles in open space.

November 25, 2013
Folsom QB Jake Browning downplays record season in crediting teammates

Typical Jake Browning. He piles up the numbers and accolades but defers credit.

This is a humble star if there ever was one.

On Friday night, the Folsom High School junior quarterback shattered the state record for touchdown passes in a single season with 68, bettering his own Northern California mark he set last season by five. Browning had six touchdown tosses to beat Franklin 49-16 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal, and he there could be as many as four more games to go.

All told, Browning topped his sophomore season in which he passed for a state-record 5,248 yards and 63 scores with this season. He's on his way to eclipsing 5,000 yards as he has 4,710 now now.

November 25, 2013
Preps Plus Insiders: Previewing Sac-Joaquin Section football semifinals

The Bee's Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty from SureWest Sports assess the upcoming Sac-Jaoquin Section semifinal football playoffs, sharing their observations and predictions as Sacramento-area postseason football continues.


For more Bee news and notes on the Section playoffs, click here

For more coverage from The Bee, click here

For the ESPN1320 radio podcast previewing the section football semifinals with interviews, insight and predictions, click here

Go here for a Bee preview of games...

And read here about the senior leaders for Elk Grove...

And here for news and notes on section teams...

And here for a story on an area quarterback who talks football and life




THE BEE'S TOP 20
These rankings reflect momentum and some - but not all - head-to-head results. The Bee will publish official season-ending rankings after the CIF State Bowl games.

1. Folsom (12-0)
In beating Franklin, Jake Browning tossed 6 TDs for a state-record 68 on the season. Folsom is 25-1 that last two years. Wins this year include Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Jesuit, Pleasant Grove and Franklin.
2. Del Oro (10-2)
The Golden Eagles beat Whitney 35-11 after leading 14-11 at the half. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in section play with wins over Grant, Rocklin and Granite Bay. The last loss was to De La Salle.
3. Oak Ridge (11-1)
The Trojans have pitched second-half shutouts in 3 successive games, 2 in the playoffs, including Granite Bay. Other wins inclide Grant, Vacaville, Rocklin, Pleasant Grove and Jesuit. The loss was to Folsom.
4. Elk Grove (11-1)
The Thundering Herd beat Burbank 18-12, allowing one offensive TD and five first downs. The other monster defensive effort was a 7-3 win over Grant. Wadus Parker and the defense continue to shine.
5. Rio Linda (11-1)
The Knights actually passed a few times in beating Vacaville, meaning Stephen Andrews is a duel-threat, too. Winning streak is 11 after Marcel Brown sizzled with 233 yards and 3 TDs.
6. Pleasant Grove (10-2)
The Eagles beat Stagg of Stockton for the third time in the playoffs as Ian Broom carried 43 times for 241 yards. Earl Chism and Kyle Dixon are other leaders. Other wins were against Burbank, Rocklin and Jesuit with losses to Oak Ridge and Folsom.
7. Jesuit (9-3)
The Marauders are 2-0 in the playoffs in taking out Merced and Tracy, two heavies from the South. Jason Elenberger to Isaiah Bailey is a deep-threat option. The losses are to Pleasant Grove, Oak Ridge and Folsom. Folsom is next.
8. Inderkum (10-2)
The Tigers beat Vanden 62-42 in D-III play, and no, it wasn't basketball. The wing-T hums right along behind Austin Thurman, who ran for 3 TDs, and steady QB ace C.J. Spencer and DB Jordan Thomas.
9. Yuba City (11-1)
The Honkers played superb defense against a red-hot Grant team for a 27-12 win, the biggest for the program since the 1987 City Championship triumph over Grant. Omar Herrera has been terrific at RB this season. The loss was to Inderkum.
10. Grant (8-4)
The Pacers lost to Yuba City 27-12 in D-II play. Most of the team returns, including national recruit lineman Darrin Paulo and RB Deandre Whittington-Grays.
11. Granite Bay (8-4)
The Grizzlies lost to Oak Ridge in D-I play 28-17 after leading 17-14 at the half. Cam Smith returns next season, and probably Ernie Cooper as head coach.
12. Burbank (9-3)
The Titans lost to Elk Grove 18-12 in D-II play, despite an 99-yard kickoff return by Calvin Green. Other losses were to Grant and Pleasant Grove.
13. Rocklin (7-4)
Lost a D-II opener to Vacaville after starting the season 0-2. Beat Granite Bay with close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro and Pleasant Grove.
14. Center (9-3)
The Cougars have two stars in Tyrell Anderson and Joe Swen and two recent wins over Placer. Next is 12-0 Hilmar.
15. Christian Brothers (9-3)
The Falcons beat top-seeded D-III American Canyon 30-27 behind QB Chris Guillen, who had four TDs, including a 99-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Thompson.
16. Sacramento (10-2)
The Dragons are 2-0 in the D-III playoffs - the program's first-ever postseason victories. The latest was agaisnt defending champion Oakdale 40-21 as Caden Voges accounted for 4 scores.
17. Franklin (8-4)
The Wildcats lost to No. 1 Folsom 49-16. Franklin beat Elk Grove and tied for the Delta Valley Conference title.
18. Whitney (8-4)
The Wildcats had their 7-game winning streak snapped at Del Oro in D-II. Whitney won the Capital Athletic League.
19. Placer (6-6)
The Hillmen lost to Center in D-IV play, the same team it tied for the Pioneer Valley League title after starting the season 1-4.
20. Casa Roble (8-4)
The Rams lost to Manteca in D-III a year after going 1-9. Peyton Wilfley had a big season.

Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs
All games Friday, 7 p.m.
Division I
No. 12 Jesuit at No. 1 Folsom
No. 7 Pleasant Grove at No. 3 Oak Ridge
Division II
No. 4 Yuba City at No. 1 Del Oro
No. 3 Elk Grove at No. 2 Rio Linda
Division III
No. 3 Inderkum at No. 2 Manteca
No. 8 CBS at No. 5 Sacramento, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Division IV
No. 4 Ripon at No. 1 Central Catholic
No. 6 Center and No. 2 Hilmar
Division V
Championship
at Grape Bowl, Lodi, Saturday
No. 1 Le Grand vs. No. 3 Golden Sierra, 6 p.m.
Division VI
Championship
at Grape Bowl, Lodi
No. 1 Bradshaw Christian vs. No. 3 Ripon Christian., 1 p.m.

November 23, 2013
Video highlights: Sac-Joaquin Section second-round playoff games

Here are featured highlights from Friday night's Sac-Joaquin Section second-round prep football playoff games.


Inderkum 62, Vanden 42




Ripon Christian 46, Woodland Christian 0




Manteca 49, Casa Roble 13




Center 24, Placer 20




Rio Linda 31, Vacaville 21




Folsom 49, Franklin 16




Bradshaw Christian 35, Brookside Christian 14




Elk Grove 18, Burbank 12




Del Oro 35, Whitney 11




Oak Ridge 28, Granite Bay 17




Pleasant Grove 42, Stagg 28




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November 22, 2013
Prep roundup: Folsom's Browning breaks state TD record; Yuba City tops Grant; CBS shocks No. 1 American Canyon

Last year it was thought that Folsom's Jake Browning, then a sophomore, had tied the state single-season touchdown record with 63.

But it was later learned that Robert De La Cruz of Cathedral of Los Angeles had been shorted two touchdown passes during a playoff game in the 1999 season. He had 65.

Browning didn't waste any time Friday night establishing a new state mark in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals at Folsom High School.

In leading top-seeded Folsom to a 49-16 win over Franklin (8-4), Browning threw six touchdown passes and now holds the state record with 68. He broke De La Cruz's record wtih a 5-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Deguara late in the second quarter.

Browning finished 35 of 47 for 332 yards with an interception. Will McClure caught nine passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Deguara finished with 10 catches for 96 yards and two scores.

Folsom (12-0) now moves into Friday's semifinals against Delta River League rival Jesuit, a 49-28 winner over Tracy.

Browning is now No. 4 on the National Federation of High School's record book. Corey Robinson of Lone Oak, Ky., set the national record with 91 in 2007.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now 26-1 the past two seasons and haven't lost at home since 2010.

In other games:

November 22, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football playoffs, Round 2, Nov. 22

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November 21, 2013
SacBee peek at the area's all-time high school greatest defensive linemen

In going with the theme of this week's SacBee story on Burbank High School's Ngalu Tapa, we offer a list of some of the greatest prep defensive linemen in regional history.

Keep in mind that this list is based on high school achievements and what they did beyond is pure bonus.

So, Charles Mann didn't make this cut because he was not a dominant defender at Valley High in the late 1970s, but he became one at Nevada and in the NFL (Chris Ault discovered him when Valley coach Dave Hoskins urged him to look at film)...

November 19, 2013
Bee football rankings, schedules, links to video

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Bee Top 20 final regular-season poll run last week, and we'll publish the final Top 20 after the final game.
But, for the sake of a good debate, here's what the Top 20 would look like if we continued weekly through the Sac-Joaquin Section...

1. Folsom (10-0)
The Bulldogs last lost to De La Salle, capping a 14-1 season in 2012; wins over Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Pleasant Grove.
2. Del Oro (9-2)
Unbeaten in section with wins over Grant, Rocklin, Granite Bay; Whitney next.
3. Oak Ridge (10-1)
Wins over Grant, Rocklin, Pleasant Grove, Jesuit. Lost to Folsom
4. Elk Grove (10-1)
Huge 7-3 win over prolific Grant; lost to Franklin and have Rio Linda next.
5. Rio Linda (10-1)
Monster test against Vacaville looms for a team that has won 10 straight.
6. Pleasant Grove (9-2)
Wins over Burbank, Rocklin, Jesuit and losses to Oak Ridge and Folsom.
7. Grant (9-2)
Wins over Burbank, Franklin and close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro, Elk Grove.
8. Granite Bay (8-3)
Wins over Vacaville, Pittsburg, Tokay; losses to Folsom, Del Oro, Rocklin.
9. Jesuit (8-3)
Marauders lost close games to Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge; beat a very good Merced team in playoffs.
10. Burbank (9-2)
Wins over Sacramento, Wood, Napa. Losses to Grant, Pleasant Grove.
11. Rocklin (7-4)
Season complete after loss to Vacaville; beat Rocklin with close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro, Pleasant Grove.
12. Inderkum (9-2)
Tigers lost to Pleasant Grove and Rocklin early; major contender in D-III.
13. Yuba City (10-1)
The loss was to Inderkum with the big win in a playoff opener over St. Mary's. Grant looms.
14. Franklin (8-3)
Lost to Grant and Beat Elk Grove, but cannot have Wildcats ahead of Jesuit, which rolled Franklin. Folsom next
15. Whitney (8-3)
Won 7 in a row; lost to Rocklin early and now draws Del Oro in D-II.
16. Center (8-3)
Cougars lost early to Rio Linda, beat Placer, and get Placer again in D-IV
17. Christian Brothers (8-3)
Falcons are a real threat in the D-III playoffs and take on top-seeded American Canyon.
18. Placer (6-5)
Hillmen lost to Center recently and get the Cougars again in D-IV play.
19. Casa Roble (8-3)
The Rams have losses to Inderkum and Rio Linda and now face No. 2 D-III Manteca.
20. Sacramento (9-2)
The Dragons lost close to Burbank and won first playoff game - ever - over Benicia in D-III.

Optimist All-Star Football update - The 57th Optimist All-Star Game will be played Dec. 28 at Folsom as a finale to the season, a week after the CIF State Bowl games in Carson.

Following decades as a summer event, the Optimist moved to the winter last year to better ensure the participation of scholarship players.

This season, scholarship commit players to receive invitations include: Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke (UCLA) and tackle Kameron Schroeder (Duke); Capital Christian lineman Nifae Lealao (Stanford); Burbank running back Calvin Green and defensive tackle Ngalu Tapa (both to Washington State); Woodland cornerback Devin Jones (Colorado State); Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis (Boise State); Granite Bay tight end Dylan Keeney (Colorado) and Inderkum defensive back Jordan Thomas (Arizona State).

This doesn't mean other players won't be invited, but the Optimist expects nominations. Send to jdavidson@sacbee.com

Must see TV
A reminder to check out the SureWest Sports Show today and tomorrow on Comcast SportsNet California (check local listings) as we join Mike Finnerty to talk all things preps. Today's show airs at 4 p.m., Wednesday is 5:30 p.m. and Thursday is 4 p.m.

Click here for this week's Preps Plus Insiders video/commentary on the section playoffs

And click here for news and notes from the playoffs

And here for more news and notes

And here for the ESPN1320.net podcast on the section playoffs with interviews from Whitney coach Mike Gimenez and Granite Bay coach Skip Albano, and previews for this weekend.

And here for a look at Whitney and other area games here.



FRIDAY'S GAMES
All games at 7 p.m. unless noted with seedings listed below

DIVISION I
Quarterfinals
• No. 8 Franklin at No. 1 Folsom
• No. 12 Jesuit at No. 4 Tracy
• No. 11 Granite Bay at No. 3 Oak Ridge
• No. 7 Pleasant Grove at No. 2 Stagg-Stockton

DIVISION II
Semifinal
• No. 9 Whitney at No. 1 Del Oro
• No. 5 Grant at No. 4 Yuba City
• No. 6 Burbank at No. 3 Elk Grove
• No. 7 Vacaville at No. 2 Rio Linda

DIVISION III
Semifinal
• No. 8 Christian Brothers at No. 1 American Canyon
• No. 13 Oakdale at No. 5 Sacramento, 1 p.m., Saturday
• No. 6 Vanden-Fairfield at No. 3 Inderkum
• No. 10 Casa Roble at No. 2 Manteca

DIVISION IV
Semifinal
• No. 8 Colfax at No. 1 Central Catholic
• No. 5 Calaveras at No. 4 Ripon
• No. 14 Placer at No. 6 Center
• No. 10 Escalon at No. 2 Hilmar

DIVISION V
Semifinals
• No. 5 Waterford at No. 1 Le Grand
• No. 3 Golden Sierra at No. 2 Mariposa

DIVISION VI
Semifinals
• No. 4 Brookside Christian at No. 1 Bradshaw Christian
• No. 3 Ripon Christian at No. 2 Woodland Christian

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

November 18, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Sac-Joaquin Section playoff preview

In this week's Preps Plus Insiders, The Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty preview top second-round playoff football games in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Click here for news and notes from the region after opening-night playoff action.

November 16, 2013
Late score helps Sac High win historic first football playoff

Despite playing with a broken hand, sophomore Caden Voges passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in leading Sacramento High to an historic 42-35 win over Benicia in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Saturday in Oak Park.

It was Sacramento's first football playoff win since the section started holding playoffs in the early 1970s. The Dragons will play play host to defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale 1 p.m. on Saturday. Oakdale lost in last season's CIF State Division II Bowl championship game.

Voges, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 256 yards, broke a 35-35 tie with a touchdown pass to Damen Wheeler with 1:30 to play, then free safety Kyron Basped broke up a Benicia pass on fourth down at the Dragons' 12-yard line with 30 seconds to secure the win.

Basped also started the Dragons' second-half comeback - they trailed 21-14 at the half - by returning an interception for a touchdown. West Simpson then recovered a fumble in the ensuing kickoff.

Wheeler finished with eight catches for 161 yards and Kyree Stephens had five catches for 45 yards and a score. Jimmy Hatch rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries and Lonny Powell added 72 and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Sacramento (9-2), the Metro Conference runners-up to Burbank, were making their seventh playoff appearance and fifth in a row. Benicia (7-4) finished third in the Solano County Athletic League and was making its fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

November 15, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football playoffs, Round 1, Nov. 15

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November 11, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Playoff division highlights

In this week's Preps Plus Insiders video: The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty forecast all the playoff divisions, discussing the top players, top teams, upstarts and dark horses with highlights.

November 10, 2013
Prep football: Oak Ridge has football comeback for the ages; also full section playoff schedule with outlook

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

How did Oak Ridge climb off the proverbial canvas Saturday afternoon in Carmichael to post a rally for the ages?

Several things, and Trojans coaches are hoping they don't have to make such a dramatic comeback any time soon. It's brutal on the blood pressure.

Trailing Jesuit 28-7 after the first quarter and 42-21 at the half, Oak Ridge charged back to win it in overtime 45-42 in a Delta River League thriller that was as stimulating for the winners as it was demoralizing for the victims. Both teams advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

Oak Ridge rallied behind Ian Book, who tossed three of his five touchdown passes in the second half, and Adam Walter won it with a 20-yard field goal in overtime. The kick was set up by the defense, a unit headed by Thomas Mahlman and Trent Buenzli. Oak Ridge held Jesuit on downs three times in the second half, including in overtime.

Book at one point in the game asked media, "isn't this fun?" And his team was down two touchdowns. Book completed 27 of 39 passes for 394 yards. He hit Justin Priest 12 times for 188 yards and touchdowns of 50 and 12 yards, and he found Buenzli, a tight end, twice for scores of 6 and 40 yards.

Oak Ridge was able to bottle up the Jesuit run game in the second half and overtime after the Marauders devastated the Trojans defense with handoffs. Ben Parietti rushed for four touchdowns in the first half and 167 yards. Beau Bisharat's first carry went for 75 yards, his second for 25 and third for 78. He had 198 at the half and finished with 255. Parietti finished with 207.

Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs

(All games kickoff Friday at 7 p.m., unless noted)

DIVISION I

• No. 16 Lincoln-Stockton (4-6) at No. 1 Folsom (10-0)

• No. 9 Pitman (7-3) at Franklin, Saturday

• No. 12 Jesuit (7-3) at No. 5 Merced (8-2)

• No. 13 Edison (7-3) at No. 4 Tracy (9-1)

• No. 14 Napa (6-4) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (9-1)

• No. 11 Granite Bay (7-3) at No. 6 Tokay (8-2)

• No. 7 Pleasant Grove (8-2) at No. 10 Modesto (7-3)

• No. 15 Modesto (6-4) at No. 2 Stagg (9-1)

Outlook: Folsom is the overwhelming favorite, having already beaten two-time defending champion Granite Bay (30-14), Oak Ridge (35-0), Jesuit (56-14) and Pleasant Grove (63-39 after leading 42-18). Not doubt, each of those clubs wants a rematch with the Bulldogs, who have a better run game and defense than any of its playoff juggernauts of recent years. Oak Ridge's resolve and rally against Jesuit on Saturday, trailing 42-21 at the half and winning 45-42 in overtime, could do wonders for an already confident team.

November 9, 2013
Prep football: Sac-Joaquin Section playoff schedule

A first-round schedule for the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs.

(All games kickoff Friday at 7 p.m., unless noted)

DIVISION I

• No. 16 Lincoln-Stockton (4-6) at No. 1 Folsom (10-0)

• No. 9 Pitman-Turlock (7-3) at No. 8 Franklin-Elk Grove (7-3), Saturday

• No. 12 Jesuit (7-3) at No. 5 Merced (8-2)

• No. 13 Edison-Stockton (7-3) at No. 4 Tracy (9-1)

• No. 14 Napa (6-4) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (9-1)

• No. 11 Granite Bay (7-3) at No. 6 Tokay-Lodi (8-2)

• No. 10 Modesto (7-3) vs. No. 7 Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Downey-Modesto

• No. 15 Beyer-Modesto (6-4) at No. 2 Stagg-Stockton (9-1)

November 8, 2013
Prep football roundup: Top-ranked Folsom finishes 10-0; Center upsets No. 19 Placer and Whitney tops Antelope for CAL title

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

Top-ranked Folsom used the same formula it has all season against No. 4 Pleasant Grove in the Delta River League regular-season finale Friday at Sheldon High School.

Unsung but physical defense, some nice collective rushing and, of course, a heavy dose of passing orchestrated by junior quarterback Jake Browning.

It resulted in a 63-39 win as the Bulldogs (10-0, 5-0) captured their second consecutive league title and finished the regular season unbeaten for the second season in a row.

Browning led the way with seven touchdowns, including four to Josiah Deguara.

Browning, who completed 36 of 45 passes for 483 yards, now has 56 touchdowns, seven short of the state record. Browning has a state leading 3,941 yards passing.

Deguara (157 yards), Will McClure (148 yards, and a touchdown) and Troy Knox (127 yards, two touchdowns) each had 10 catches.

Dre Terrell passed 68 yards to Wyatt Demps and 56 yards to Esley Simmons for touchdowns and rushed for a one-yard score for Pleasant Grove (8-2, 3-2). Simmons also had a 79-yard touchdown run and and Damaree Morris added two touchdown runs.

In other games:

November 8, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 10, Friday night football, Nov. 8, 2013

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November 4, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Video preview of Week 10 football

The Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty preview Week 10 of Sacramento-area high school football, also recounting highlights from recent games.

Current topics include Kennedy running back Floyd Hillis-Cooper, who helped his team end a long losing streak; new lights and a new era at Placer; Rio Linda's dynamic Marcel Brown; and previews for the Delta River League, Pioneer Valley League, Delta Valley Conference and more.


November 1, 2013
Prep football roundup: No. 20 Placer rolls rival Colfax; No. 1 Folsom wallops Ponderosa as Browning tosses 6 more TDs

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

Placer High School started the season 1-4. But since entering league play the defending Pioneer Valley League champions have been impossible to beat.

The No. 20 Hillmen's latest victim was rival Colfax, which fell 48-21 Friday night in Auburn.

It was Placer's 11th league win in a row.

Logan Strange threw four touchdown passes, two each to Todd Valliere and Frankie O'Neal and Valliere added two rushing touchdowns as the Hillmen (5-4, 4-0) coasted to the win over the Falcons (7-2, 2-2).

Placer came into the game averaging 345 rushing yards and 107 passing yards. But Strange completed 7 of 9 passes for 211 yards.

Colfax's Michael Wilson had two touchdown passes, giving him 35 for the season.

Placer has outscored its four league opponents 188 to 61.

The Hillmen can complete its second unbeaten league season in as many years with a win Friday at Center.

In other games:

October 31, 2013
High School football: Week 9 schedule & results

Here are this week's results:

FRIDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 52, Ponderosa 0

• No. 4 Oak Ridge 28, No. 2 Pleasant Grove 14

• No. 3 Del Oro 70, Nevada Union 21

• No. 5 Rocklin 31, Roseville 14

• No. 6 Elk Grove 35, Monterey Trail 19

• No. 7 Rio Linda 41, Oakmont 3

• No. 8 Granite Bay 35, Woodcreek 7

• No. 9 Grant 38, Davis 0

• No. 10 Burbank 63, Valley 0

October 26, 2013
No. 14 Jesuit to play host to No. 3 Pleasant Grove today

TODAY'S KEY GAME
No. 3 Pleasant Grove (7-0) at No. 14 Jesuit (6-1)
When: 1 p.m.
Outlook: The host Marauders are eager to show they are a better outfit than the one that was blasted at top-ranked Folsom 56-14 last week. Pleasant Grove needs a win here to set up a potential Week 10 showdown with Folsom for the Delta River League championship, and Jesuit needs a victory to hold onto any hopes of winning its first league title since 2004. QB Dre Terrell leads the Eagles (932 yards passing, 19 total scores), with RBs Ian Broom providing(571, 7) and Brandon Lewis (326, 6) behind superb line play. QB Jason Elenberger has 15 TDs and no interceptions for Jesuit, and Ben Parietti has rushed fror 828 yards and 12 scores.
- Joe Davidson

October 25, 2013
Football roundup: No. 8 Rio Linda tops No. 13 Casa Roble 35-21; No. 15 Franklin beats No. 2 Elk Grove 28-21 to tighten DVC race

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

Friday's Capital Valley Conference showdown between No. 13 Casa Roble at No. 8 Rio Linda offered a dramatic contrast in offensive styles.

The Rams run the spread offense; the Knights a throwback power run game combined with a dash of dangerous speed.

Power won over finesse this night as the Knights (7-1, 3-0) rallied for three consecutive touchdowns and blanked the Rams (6-2, 2-1) in the second half to post a 35-21 win and take sole possession of first place in the CVC.

Led by its talented running duo of Leonard "Thunder" Skattebo Marcel "Lightning" Brown, the Knights ran the ball for all but three offensive plays.

Brown had 224 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and Skattebo added 76 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Skattebo also had a team high 13 tackles.

The Knights, led by Skattebo and James Sanchez (11 tackles, three for loss and two sacks), sacked or dropped Casa Roble quarterback Peyton Wilfley eight times for losses while also forcing a fumble and an intercepting a pass (Zak Burden).

Ron Quinn rushed for two touchdowns, the second on a two-yard that put Casa Roble ahead 21-14 with about five minutes to go in the first half.

In other games:

October 24, 2013
High School football: Week 8 schedule & results

Here are Friday night's results:

FRIDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 80, Sheldon 27

• No. 15 Franklin 28, No. 2 Elk Grove 21

• No. 7 Granite Bay 28 at No. 4 Del Oro 30

• No. 5 Oak Ridge 41, Ponderosa 0

• No. 6 Rocklin 45, Woodcreek 0

• No. 8 Rio Linda 35, No. 13 Casa Roble 21

• No. 9 Grant 47, No. 16 Monterey Trail 21

• No. 10 Burbank 46, No. 20 Rosemont 6

October 23, 2013
NorCal JC quarterback sets all-levels college passing mark - and lost

All those yards and touchdowns and no rewards to show for it. Except for a place in history and some lasting memories.

Trevor Taylor of Mendocino College passed for an all-levels college record 796 yards on Saturday night against College of the Redwoods in Ukiah. Redwoods won 69-66 late in a Bay Valley Conference opener when Will Hissong hit Caleb Lomboy-Chavez with a 6-yard touchdown with five seconds remaining.

Some of the data collected by Fred Baer, the noted statistician and historian guru with the California Community College Athletic Association, and superb Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter Phil Barber, is remarkable.

Taylor, a sophomore out of Ukiah, completed 38 of 52 passes and nine touchdowns. Hissong, a freshman from Oregon, completed 39 of 54 passes for five touchdowns. The short math shows they combined for 1,369 yads, which in itself could be an all-levels record.

What is known is Taylor's 796 is an all-levels mark.

Here's a closer look:

- 796: Trevor Taylor, Mendocino College vs. Redwoods, Saturday (JC)
- 781: Geary Davenport, College of Marin vs. Solano College, 2002 (JC)
- 731: Zamir Amin, Menlo College vs. Cal Lutheran, 2002 (Division III)
- 730 yards: Taylor Heincke, Old Dominion vs. New Hampshire, 2012 (Division I)
- 716 yards: David Klinger, Houston, vs. Eastern Washington, 1990. (Division I)

The best postseason passing effort for a community JC effort was the 645 yards Steve Sarkisian of El Camino College in Southern California unleashed on College of the Desert in a 59-48 loss in 1994. Sarkisian, now the Washington Huskies coach, set an all-time junior college efficiency season mark of 203.8, and he later broke records at BYU.

Just when you thought the aerial assault in college football started in recent years, consider this nugget unearthed by Fred Baer. The all-levels passing mark for a single game in 1970 was the 619 yards Bill August had for Chabot College in Hayward against Foothill College of Los Altos Hills.

All told, Mendocino on Saturday had 1,041 yards of offense and Redwoods 915. Mendocino running back Jakorian Graves ran for 257 yads on 30 carries and a score. All for naught, however, though the memories are sure to last. For one thing, Taylor wasn't even the clear-cut starter going in. He is now.

"It was a blast," Taylor told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "It was one of the funnest experiences ever, just to see the guys out there playing hard. Our stadium was rocking, my whole family was there, my high school friends were there. It was one of best days you could ever ask for."

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- Online: Sacbee.com/preps
- On podcast: ESPN1320.net

October 21, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Elk Grove defense, Week 8 preview

This week's Preps Plus Insiders video commentary with Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty includes discussion of the Elk Grove defense, the end of the Casa Roble-Del Campo rivalry, social media trash talk, plus a Week 8 preview of top area games: Casa Roble-Rio Linda, Granite Bay-Del Oro, Pleasant Grove-Jesuit and more.


October 19, 2013
Voges throws six touchdowns in Sac's 63-0 win over Kennedy

Sophomore quarterback Caden Voges completed 24 of 32 passes for 425 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on eight carries - all in the first half - in leading Sacramento High to a 63-0 Metro Conference football win over Kennedy today in Oak Park.

Kyree Stephens had eight catches for 158 yards and three touchdowns and Lonny Powell scored three touchdowns, one by interception return, one on a 67-yard run and the other on a 28-yard reception.

Voges has passed for 2,278 yards and 26 touchdowns this season in helping the Dragons to a 5-2 overall record and 3-1 mark in the Metro Conference. Kennedy falls to 0-7, 0-4 in league.

October 18, 2013
Prep football roundup: No. 1 Folsom clobbers No. 11 Jesuit; No. 9 Rocklin tops No. 4 Granite Bay; Capital Christian's Shelton-Mosley and Center's Anderson have monster games

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

In a 35-0 win last Friday over No. 6 Oak Ridge, Folsom quarterback Jake Browning had an off night - for him.

The talented junior and state touchdown leader passed for 362 yards and three touchdowns, but he also was intercepted four times.

Browning was back on target on Friday night at home in leading the Bulldogs (7-0, 2-0) to a 56-14 Delta River League homecoming win against No. 11 Jesuit (6-1, 1-1).

The junior threw for five touchdowns, giving him 38 for the season, rushed for another and did not throw an interception as the Bulldogs beat an undefeated team for the second week in a row. Oak Ridge was 5-0 coming into last week's league opener.

Browning completed 15 of 16 passes in leading Folsom (7-0, 2-0) to a 42-14 halftime lead. He finished 29 of 36 for 443 yards.

October 14, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Folsom D, unsung heroes and Week 7 preview

Watch Preps Plus Insiders, the weekly take on high school football action by The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty. This week, the insiders discuss hot topics such as the Folsom defense, unsung players from El Dorado, Highlands, Casa Roble, Christian Brothers and others and preview top games for Week 7. See Preps Plus Insiders every Monday at noon.

October 12, 2013
Sac High's Voges throws 7 touchdowns in win over Johnson

Sophomore Caden Voges completed 22 of 31 passes for 388 yards and seven touchdowns , two each to Kyree Stephens and Damen Wheeler, and Lonny Powell rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, had a receiving touchdown and also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown as Sacramento beat Hiram Johnson 70-6 in a Metro Conference football game Saturday in Oak Park.

Sacramento is 4-2, 2-1 in league; Johnson 1-5, 0-3.

October 12, 2013
VIDEO: Week 6 high school football highlights

See highlights from Friday night high school football games around the Sacramento region, from FOX40:

Oak Ridge at Folsom

Granite Bay at Roseville

October 12, 2013
Prep round-up: Granite Bay overcomes penalties to beat Roseville; Wilfley helps Casa Roble slip by rival Del Campo

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

No. 5 Granite Bay had a season for the ages last year.

The Grizzlies repeated as Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions by topping No. 4 Oak Ridge 35-23; beat St. Ignatius of San Francisco 45-17 in the first CIF Northern California Regional championship, then trimmed Long Beach Poly 21-20 for the D-I State Bowl title in Carson.

But the Grizzlies have suffered a couple of sizeable blows since. Ernie Cooper, Granite Bay's only coach in school history, abruptly resigned early in June, citing burnout.

Then in the fourth game of the season against Pittsburg, Arizona-bound star running back Tony Ellison went down with a season-ending knee injury.

Still, Granite Bay keeps moving along even while battling adversity.

On Friday the Grizzlies overcame 210 yards in penalties and rallied to defeat No. 16 Roseville 40-28 in the Sierra Foothill League opener in Roseville.

The win was the fifth in a row for Granite Bay (5-1, 1-0) under interim coach Skip Albano.

Granite Bay, ranked No. 8 in Northern California, trailed the Tigers (3-3, 0-1) by a point at the half, but battled back on a pair of Ben Smith rushing touchdowns; a 22-yard touchdown run by Kirk McKeon and a Luke Bussey interception return for a touchdown. It was Bussey's second interception of the game.

In other games:

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 10, 2013
High school football: Week 6 schedule & results

Here are results for this weekend's area high school football games:


THURSDAY'S GAME

Highlands 13, San Juan 7

FRIDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 35, No. 4 Oak Ridge 0

• No. 2 Elk Grove 46, Laguna Creek 6

• No. 3 Pleasant Grove 63, Sheldon 21

• No. 5 Granite Bay 40, No. 16 Roseville 28

• No. 6 Del Oro 41, Woodcreek 6

• No. 7 Grant 30, No. 15 Franklin 20

• No. 8 Burbank 63, Florin 6

• No. 9 Rocklin 55, Nevada Union 7

• No. 10 Rio Linda 41, Bella Vista 7

• No. 11 Jesuit 35, Ponderosa 7

• No. 13 Inderkum 27, No. 12 Yuba City 18

• No. 14 Casa Roble 35, Del Campo 32

• No. 17 Monterey Trail 21, No. 18 Davis 14

• No. 19 Colfax 28, No. 20 Bear River 21

October 7, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Del Oro's running game, plus Week 6 preview

Watch Preps Plus Insiders, the weekly take on high school football action by The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty. This week for hot topics, the insiders break away from football to look at the firing of Roseville High baseball coach Hank DeMello. Switching back to football, they look at Del Oro's impressive running team and preview Week 6. See Preps Plus Insiders every Monday at noon.

October 5, 2013
No. 8 Burbank holds off Sac High 34-32 in Metro duel

Twice Sacramento High closed to within two points of No. 8 Burbank in the fourth quarter but the Titans twice stopped the Dragons on two-point conversion attempts to hold on for a 34-32 victory today in Oak Park.

Lonny Powell ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 8:28 to play to close to 28-26, but Burbank's Harrison Anderson broke up Sac High's two-point passing attempt.

The Titans (3-2, 2-0) climbed to 34-26 when Burbank's Calvin Green took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 95 yards for a score (Green earlier had a 60-yard touchdown catch); then Kevin Powers broke up another Sac scoring attempt by intercepting Sac's Caden Voges on the Burbank 5 with 4:25 to play.

The Dragons (3-2, 1-1) weren't done, however.

After holding Burbank on downs and forcing a punt, Voges, a sophomore, hit Damen Wheeler over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown with 1:51 to go. But the Titans stuffed Powell at the one on the Dragons' two-point run attempt.

Burbank recovered the onside kick, then ran out the clock.

Voges finished 24 of 32 for 265 yards and two touchdowns and also threw two interceptions and Wheeler had eight catches for 100 yards and two scores.

Powell rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Jimmy Hatch had a nine-yard touchdown that enabled the Dragons to close to 28-20 in the third quarter.

West Simpson led Sac's defensive with six tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.

"We had our chances but didn't finish the job," said Sac High coach Paul Doherty. "The kids feel good about how they played. We're close, but we still got to get better."

Burbank now has won 18 league games in a row.

October 5, 2013
American River College football routs state-ranked No. 1 San Francisco

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

With defense the trademark, state-ranked No. 5 American River College belted national powerhouse and state. No. 1 San Francisco City College 34-13 on Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area, scoring one for every underdog program in the land that had been itching to topple a giant.

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"We got one for the little people," ARC coach Jerry Haflich cracked on a jubilant bus ride home. "It's a really big win. This is what we've been working for. It's a pecking order, and a lot of work. San Francisco has been on top for a long time. I'm as proud as I can be. It was one of those victories where you just go, 'Wow!'"

The Beavers (5-0) delivered a "wow" first half, storming to a 31-6 lead to stun the 4-0 Rams, who topped the Beavers 41-36 in the Northern California Community College championship game last December, a contest that ended in controversy.

That unsettling 2012 finish was ancient history heading home on Saturday, though it surely motivated the Beavers heading in.

Jake Bist hit Adonis Griffin for a 17-yard touchdown to give ARC a 14-3 lead and he found Tyler Trosin for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 28-6. Matthew Rashad returned a fumble 39 yards for ARC to make it 21-3 for the Beavers, who also received a 37-yard touchdown run by Drake Tofi.

Malcolm Scott had two of ARC's interceptions. Jordan Carrell and Jacoby Carter also had interceptions for the Beavers, whose defense has been superb all season and recorded six sacks of the Rams.

ARC opened the season with a 40-2 victory over Monterey Peninsula and followed with wins over Sacramento City (34-7), Chabot (33-13) and Santa Rosa (55-21).

In his 14th year with the Beavers and seventh as head coach, the tireless Haflich has steadily improved his team's fortunes. There was the school-record best 11-0 showing n 2011 with a No. 7 final national finish. That followed the 2010 season in which the Beavers went 10-1.

But Saturday marked the breakthrough milestone Haflich and his crew had been aiming for. The key, the coach said, is maintaining the momentum ARC has a bye before entering Valley Conference play.

How storied is San Francisco? The Rams have won six state championships since 1999 and finished No. 1 in the country nine times total with 12 NorCal titles since 1997.
The teams could face off again in the NorCal title game, only this time, the Beavers know for certain they can beat anyone.

2012 file photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr.: Veteran American River College coach Jerry Haflich called Saturday's win over national power San Francisco a "wow" moment.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

October 4, 2013
Prep football roundup: No. 10 Rio Linda tops Ponderosa 21-7; Granite Bay beats Lincoln of Stockton; Bear River is 5-0

By Bill Paterson

bpaterson@sacbee.com

It's a given that if you want to see old-fashioned football and a fast-paced game, Rio Linda is the place to go.

The Knights have been a traditional power-run team through the years.

So where games involving high-tech spread teams can drag on for three hours or more, the Knights often are done in two hours or less, running mostly through the tackles.

The No. 10 Knights didn't disappoint Friday night. They polished off previously unbeaten Ponderosa 21-7 in 1 hour and 55 minutes, which also included a 20-minute halftime break for homecoming.

September 30, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDER: Hot topics, the first four weeks and Week 5 preview

Watch Preps Plus Insider, the weekly take on high school football action by our experts - The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty. This week, the insiders tackle hot topics, such as the Nevada Union Miners' struggles, review what's been happening over the first four weeks of the season and preview Week 5. A new edition of Preps Plus Insider is is posted at noon every Monday during the football season.

September 28, 2013
Prep football roundup: Jesuit tops Franklin; Sac beats Florin

In facing its quickest, highest-ranked team this season, No. 16 Jesuit rolled No. 9 Franklin 42-7 this afternoon in a nonleague football game in Carmichael.

Jason Elenberger passed for 155 yards and had touchdown passes of 78 and 7 yards to Isaiah Bailey and 10 yards to Austin Gates.

Ben Parietti rushed for 141 yards and scored on runs of 65 and 44 yards, and Beau Bisharat had a 46-yard scoring run for Jesuit (4-0), which forced four turnovers and had five sacks. The loss dropped Franklin to 3-2 overall.

Sacramento 58, Florin 6 in Oak Park - Sophomore Caden Voges completed 19 of 28 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 78 yards and two scores in leading the Dragons (3-1, 1-0) past the Panthers (1-3, 0-1) in the Metro Conference opener.

Damen Wheeler caught 11 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and Kalen McDonald and Terrell Craig returned interceptions for touchdowns.

September 28, 2013
Friday night video: Highlights from Week 4 football action

See highlights from 10 high school football games played throughout the Sacramento region Friday night, from FOX40:


Del Oro 38, Grant 35

September 27, 2013
Roundup: No. 10 Rocklin tops No. 11 Inderkum; No. 7 Del Oro beats No. 6 Grant in two overtimes; No. 5 Granite Bay tops Pitt

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com

Rocklin football coach Greg Benzel feels like he has been running a M*A*S*H unit this season.

"I know injuries are part of the game, but we have been hit with more than our share," Benzel said. "We have had four broken legs, three knee injuries and two shoulder injuries.

"We had to go down and get a sophomore running back and bring him up. Evyn Holtz has been just what the doctor ordered."

No fooling.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Holtz, running behind his physical offensive line, carried 37 times for 158 yards Friday night in helping the No. 10 Thunder defeat No. 11 Inderkum 19-7 in Natomas.

September 27, 2013
High School Football: Week 4 schedule & results

Here are Friday night's results:

FRIDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 49, No. 15 Monterey Trail 21

• No. 2 Elk Grove 43, Nevada Union 0

• No. 3 Pleasant Grove 42, Pitman-Turlock 7

• No. 4 Oak Ridge 28, Vacaville 14

• No. 5 Granite Bay 39, Pittsburg 35

• No. 7 Del Oro 38, No. 6 Grant 35 (2 OT)

• No. 8 Burbank 63, Johnson 0

• No. 10 Rocklin 19, No. 11 Inderkum 7

• No. 18 Casa Roble 55, No. 12 Roseville 35

• No. 13 Rio Linda 17, No. 14 Center 0

• No. 17 Vista del Lago 33, El Dorado 19

• No. 19 Yuba City 48, Placer 21

September 25, 2013
The Bee joins SureWest Sports for weekly football highlights

We are everywhere. Here and there, upside down and in between in our efforts to provide the best high school coverage anywhere.

Join me and Mike Finnerty on ComcastSportsNet California at 5 p.m. Wednesday (repeat at 4:30 p.m. Thursday) as we break down:

  • Christian Brothers v. Jesuit (football) - Holy Bowl
  • Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks (football)
  • El Dorado at McClatchy (football)
  • Oak Ridge at Christian Brothers (volleyball)
  • Davis at Granite Bay (soccer)
  • Placer at Antelope (soccer)

VIDEO: See this week's SacBee Preps Plus Insiders as we break down De La Salle and answer the question, "Can a local team finally beat the Spartans of Concord?" We also look at 16 teams total as we enter Week 4.

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September 21, 2013
VIDEO: Week 3 high school football highlights

See highlights from Friday night high school football games around the Sacramento region, from FOX40:

Oak Ridge at Grant

Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks

September 20, 2013
Football roundup: Folsom's Browning continues touchdown onslaught; Del Oro falls to De La Salle

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com

Folsom High School has had a spirited rivalry with San Ramon Valley of Danville the last three years.

The Wolves have a potent offense and play in the highest division of the North Coast Section. Among their rivals is national powerhouse De La Salle of Concord.

So Bee top-ranked Folsom, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champions and CIF Northern California Open Division Bowl runners-up, were put to the test Friday night in Danville - at least during the first half.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 behind De La Salle in Northern California by Maxpreps.com, needed another strong game by junior Jake Browning to overcome the Wolves 67-36.

Leading 22-21 late in the second quarter, San Ramon Valley couldn't keep pace with the Bulldogs's fast-paced, no huddle spread offense.

Browning finished with eight touchdowns and completed 37 of 48 passes for 596 yards.

Will McClure had eight catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Bailey Laolagi caught two touchdown passes and also rushed for a score. Ben Trumm added a 40-yard field goal.

In other games:

No. 2 Elk Grove 55, Sheldon 0 at Elk Grove HS - The Thundering Herd (4-0) rolled up 646 total yards on homecoming night even with leading rusher Wadus Parker slowed with an ankle strain. Parker rushed seven times for 82 yards and two scores; Eltoro Allen rushed for 96 yards and two scores; Julius Fullah 148 yards and a score; and Scott Anderson 121 yards and a score and Spencer Sheff 114 yards and a score in rolling past the Huskies (2-2).

September 20, 2013
High School Football: Week 3 schedule & results

Here are the results from this week's games:

No. 1 Folsom 60, San Ramon Valley-Danville 36

No. 2 Elk Grove 55, Sheldon 0

No. 3 Pleasant Grove 33, No. 8 Inderkum 19

No. 4 Oak Ridge 20, No. 5 Grant 17

No. 6 Granite Bay 46, Vacaville 28

De La Salle-Concord 41, No. 7 Del Oro 3

No. 10 Franklin 28, No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks 7

No. 11 at Rocklin 31, Del Campo 6

No. 12 Roseville 17, Oakmont 12

No. 13 Rio Linda 54, Foothill 7

No. 15 Monterey Trail 40, Florin 6

No. 17 Vista del Lago 46, Bradshaw Christian 34

No. 20 Yuba City 33, Bella Vista 20

September 20, 2013
Dan Carmazzi holds Holy Bowl record: 40 games, and counting

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Even Dan Carmazzi admits it took some getting used to.

The man who elevated Big Red football at Jesuit from doormat to a power is back in blue. Carmazzi is in his second season as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers, his alma mater, after heading the Jesuit program for 30 seasons. CBS was the only place Carmazzi said he would consider finishing his teaching and coaching career, and the man practically bounces across campus and the practice field these days with exuberant strides.

Going to the Holy Bowl? Look for The Sacramento Bee's Snapshots photographer. See all the Snapshots crowd galleries here.

And the Holy Bowl? Its the 43rd annual meeting between the rivals Saturday at Hughes Stadium and the old coach offers up a youthful grin. Carmazzi has been involved in more Holy Bowls than anyone with Saturday's contest marking his 40th game as a player, assistant coach or head coach. He played quarterback in the first two Holy Bowls in 1969 and '70. He was an assistant coach at CBS for several seasons after his UC Davis playing career. He was hired as a Jesuit assistant coach in 1977 by Red Smith and replaced Smith following the 1980 season.

Carmazzi lost his first six Holy Bowl showdowns as the Jesuit head coach in the 1980s when CBS was a regional power. The streak ended in 1986 when Mike McIntee hit Dan Cahill for a late touchdown, prompting Carmazzi to say years later that the triumph "saved my soul."

Carmazzi coached three of his sons in the Holy Bowl in the 1990s -- Gio, Matt and Dominic. All told, he went 22-10 as the Jesuit coach in the Holy Bowl.

September 16, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDER: Previewing Week 3 high school football

Watch Preps Plus Insider, our weekly preview of high school football, this time looking ahead to Week 3, with The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty. A new edition is posted at noon every Monday during the football season.





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September 14, 2013
Sophomore quarterback leads Sac High past Foothill 61-0

Caden Voges completed 24 of 35 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on six carries in leading Sacramento to a 61-0 win over Foothill today in Oak Park.

Voges, a sophomore, threw scoring strikes to Kyree Stephens, Damen Wheeler, Talik Ellis and Elton Myers. Wheeler finished with six catches for 85 yards.

The Dragons are 1-1; Foothill drops to 0-3.

September 14, 2013
Watch the action! Week 2 prep football video highlights

Video highlights from many of Friday night's Week 2 high school football games, provided by our media partner KTXL Fox 40:


Grant 28, Burbank 14



September 13, 2013
Prep roundup: Browning throws seven TDs in No. 1 Folsom's rout of Roseville; Book passes No. 4 Oak Ridge over Franklin

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com
It wasn't that long ago that nationally ranked Folsom High School was trying to get to the elite status of area powers Grant, Granite Bay and Del Oro.

There were four mediocre seasons before the Bulldogs went 9-2 and lost by three points to Napa in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs in 2008. The next year Folsom went 11-2 and made it to the D-II semifinals before losing a heartbreaker by a point to Del Oro.

Since then, the Bulldogs have climbed to the top of the heap.

They have gone a combined 42-5 won a CIF State Bowl title, two section banners and last year played in the inaugural NorCal Open Division championship against vaunted De La Salle of Concord.

September 13, 2013
Capital Christian lineman says he plans to attend Stanford

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

Nifae Lealao expressed equal parts pride and relief Friday afternoon. He's going to be a Stanford Cardinal. Someone fit the young man with the largest red sweat top to be found.

A 6-foot-6, 290-pound national recruit lineman for Capital Christian High School, Lealao announced that he will head to The Farm via scholarship in fall 2014. It will become a binding agreement in February with a national letter of intent signature, but the verbal pledge adds a sense of finality and normalcy, Lealao said.

"It's more so a big stress reliever, a lot off my shoulders, a breath of fresh air," Lealao said of his decision. "It's not set in stone (until the letter of intent signature), but I'm at the point where I know the recruiting mail will stop and I don't have to worry about all the calls."

September 12, 2013
High School Football: Week 2 schedule & results

Here the results from Friday's games:

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 56, No. 11 Roseville 23

• No. 3 Pleasant Grove 62, Nevada Union 7

• No. 6 Granite Bay 47, Freedom-Oakley 20

• No. 4 Oak Ridge 21, No. 10 Franklin 13

• No. 5 Grant 28, No. 7 Burbank 14

• No. 9 Inderkum 49, Casa Roble 32

• No. 12 Rocklin 35, Whitney 7

• No. 14 Center 14, River Valley 0

• No. 15 Monterey Trail 48, Valley 6

• No. 13 Rio Linda 27, No. 16 Antelope 7

• No. 19 Vista del Lago 49, Laguna Creek 21

September 7, 2013
Week 1 prep football video highlights

Video highlights from many of Friday night's Week 1 high school football games, provided by our media partner KTXL Fox 40:


Folsom 30, Granite Bay 14




Elk Grove 60, Foothill (Redding) 7

September 6, 2013
Football roundup: No. 5 Pleasant Grove holds off No. 7 Burbank; Sheldon's Merker sets school record with eight touchdowns

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com

It was the game that many football fans wanted to see but that the coaches had tried to sidestep for years.

No. 5 Pleasant Grove defeated No. 7 Burbank 14-12 Friday night at Sheldon High School as both teams clearly showed they know each other well.

Burbank coach John Heffernan and Pleasant Grove's Joe Cattolico are good friends dating to their days in the Bay Area. Their teams scrimmage each other before the start of the season.

But they don't like to play each other once the season begins. Their only previous meeting came last year, when Burbank defeated the Eagles 32-27 in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

"It wasn't by choice," Heffernan said of Friday's game. "They needed a game, and we needed a game. So we said, 'Let's do this once.' It's hard, but it's good to play because you know you are going to get a competitive game."

September 6, 2013
High school football: Week 1 schedule and results

Here are Friday night's final scores:

The Bee's Top 20

No. 1 Folsom 30, No. 2 Granite Bay 14

No. 3 Elk Grove 60, Foothill-Palo Cedro 7

No. 5 Pleasant Grove 14, No. 7 Burbank 12

No. 6 Oak Ridge 23, No. 8 Rocklin 21

No. 9 Grant 46, Nevada Union 6

No. 10 Inderkum 48, Bethel-Vallejo 14

September 2, 2013
Video: Preps Plus Insider high school football preview

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August 30, 2013
No. 8 Burbank rolls Napa 35-9 with team effort; Browning leads No. 1 Folsom past Woodcreek with seven touchdown passes

Last year Burbank won a tight 14-7 decision at Napa on two long touchdown runs by Calvin Green to open the season.

That win set the stage for the best run in Titans' history.

They reeled off 11 more wins before losing to Oak Ridge in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semfinals.

August 30, 2013
High School Football: Zero Week Schedule & Results

Here are tonight's high school football results.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 56, Woodcreek 21

• No. 3 Elk Grove 27, Lincoln-Stockton 0

• No. 4 Del Oro 27, Logan-Union City 14

• No. 5 Pleasant Grove 28, No. 6 Rocklin 14

• No. 7 Oak Ridge 38, No. 10 Vista del Lago 0

• No. 8 Burbank 35, Napa 9

• No. 9 Grant 33, Paradise 14

August 28, 2013
Sacramento-area prep football top returning statistical leaders

As we bound into the high school football season, here's a glimpse at the top returning statistical leaders, with special thanks to our good friends at MaxPreps. See, coaches or stat keepers. You log statistics, per your responsibility, you generate interest for your programs.

2012 Passing
- Jake Browning, Folsom, 5,247 yards, 63 touchdowns
- Logan Webb, Rocklin, 2,187 yards, 29 touchdowns
- Matt Jimison, Vista del Lago, 2,592 yards, 37 touchdowns
- Michael Wilson, Colfax, 2,803 yards, 19 touchdowns
- Tyler McCombs, Antelope, 2,057 yards, 24 touchdowns
- Nolan Merker, Sheldon, 1,703 yards, 12 touchdowns
- C.J. Spencer, Inderkum, 1,673 yards and 16 touchdowns
- Peyton Wilfley, Casa Roble, 1,528 yards, 19 touchdowns
- Tyrel Anderson, Center, 1,501 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove, 1,496 yards, 17 touchdowns.
- Alex Kropp, Cosumnes Oaks, 1,427 yards, 16 touchdowns
- Tim Endicott, Lindhurst, 1,320 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Kevin Williams, Bradshaw Christian, 1,230 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Ernest Jenkins, Burbank, 968 yards, 7 TDs (ran for 1,367 yards, 14 touchdowns)
- Tommy Arnold, Elk Grove, 980 yards, 8 touchdowns

2012 Rushing
- Marcel Brown, Rio Linda, 1,454 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Wadus Parker, Elk Grove, 1,373 yards, 24 touchdowns
- Leonard Skattebo, Rio Linda, 718 yards and 4 touchdowns;
- Tony Ellison, Granite Bay, 1,185 yards, 11 touchdowns
- Calvin Green, Burbank, 1,178 yards, 12 touchdowns
- Francisco Garcia, Marysville, 1,175 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Josh Pfeffer, Vista del Lago, 1,159 yards, 18 touchdowns
- Jakobe Hawkins, Bradshaw Christian, 1,168 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Christian Garcia, Mesa Verde, 1,129 yards, 8 touchdowns
- Austin Brown, Del Campo, 1,077 yards, 21 touchdowns
- Josh Wellman, Oak Ridge, 944 yards, 11 touchdowns
- Terrance White, Inderkum, 904 yards, 11 touchdowns
- Michael Layton, Woodcreek, 886 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Winfred Roberson, Davis, 803 yards, 9 touchdowns

2012 Receiving
- Troy Knox, Folsom, 104 catches, 1,249 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Kyle Brant, Colfax, 66 catches, 1,105 yards, 5 touchdowns
- Brad Rittenhouse, Vista del Lago, 48 catches, 892 yards, 14 touchdowns
- Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks,47 catches, 864 yards, 10 touchdowns
- Kameron Arnold, Woodland Christian, 29 catches, 797 yards, 15 touchdowns
- Rodney Ellison, Folsom, 56 catches, 762 yards, 4 touchdowns
- Justin Holmes, Oakmont, 44 catches, 715 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Malik Dumentz, River City, 40 catches, 663 yards, 9 touchdowns
- Tyler Kaim, Vista del Lago, 41 catches, 627 yards, 6 touchdowns
- Tyler Mateer, Del Oro, 47 catches, 652 yards, six touchdowns
- Matt O'Brien, Foresthill, 40 catches, 650 yards, 11 touchdowns
- Tyler Kaim, Vista del Lago, 41 catches, 627 yards, 6 touchdowns
- Wyatt Demps, Pleasant Grove, 39 catches, 620 yards, 12 touchdowns
- CK Hicks, Davis, 31 catches, 623 yards, 5 touchdowns (out for season)
- Noah Letuligasenoa, Elk Grove, 49 catches, 585 yards, 8 touchdowns
- Tony Ellison, Granite Bay, 49 catches, 585 yards, 8 touchdowns

2012 Total tackles
- Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay, 196
- Junior Jenkins, LB, Highlands, 174
- Thomas Mahlman, LB, Oak Ridge, 149
- Aaron Soto, LB, Lincoln, 147
- Joey Banks, LB, Franklin, 135
- Spencer Sheff, LB, Elk Grove, 126
- Ngalu Tapa, DL, Burbank, 124
- Samuel Steward, LB, 116
- Trey Olsen, DE, Oakmont, 111
- Logan Snyder, LB, Christian Brothers, 110
- Colton Giorgi, LB, Oak Ridge, 105
- Eddie Flores, DB, Folsom, 104
- Elijah Jones, DB, Elk Grove, 104
- Corey Santos, LB, Rosemont, 103
- Quenton Hagen, LB, El Camino, 103
- Leonard Skattebo, LB, Rio Linda, 101
- Gareth Noxon, DB, Nevada Union, 100
- Ben Jones, LB, Burbank, 100
- Kevin Powers, DB, Burbank, 100
- Andrew Schantz, DB, Vista del Lago, 100
- Eddy Cobleigh, DB, Lincoln, 99

Sacks
- Ngalu Tapa, DL, Burbank, 23.5
- Gerald Pliman, DE, Burbank, 11
- Taniela Finau, DE, Burbank, 11
- Tanner Woods, DE, Del Oro, 10
- Spencer Bracey, DL, Center, 8
- Nifae Lealao, DL, Capital Christian, 7
- Kevin Powers, DB, Burbank, 6.5
- Ian Allison, DL, Kennedy, 6
- Trey Olsen, DE, Oakmont, 6

Interceptions
- Chad Baptiste, Dixon, 7
- Kameron Williams, Rosemont, 7
- Keenan Hunt, Rio Linda, 6
- Justice Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian, 6
- Brendan Gormley, Christian Brothers, 5
- Calvin Green, Burbank, 5
- Jason Elenberger, Jesuit, 4
- Jeremiah Romero, El Dorado, 4
- Daniel Lesher, Golden Sierra, 4
- Devin Viramontes, Cosumnes Oaks, 4
- Kyle Betts, Bradshaw Christian, 4
- Aarion McNealy, Rio Linda, 4
- Kris Edie, Bear River, 4
- Quenton Hagen, El Camino, 4
- Luke Bussey, Granite Bay, 4
- Elijah Jones, Elk Grove, 4
- Cameron Smith, Granite Bay, 4

- Joe Davidson
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August 28, 2013
Bee previews all regional prep football leagues with comments, forecasts

Pass the eye black. It's football season.

We're previewing and projecting the area football leagues here with a reminder that more previews appear in Thursday's editions of The Bee and online.

Capital Athletic League
(with last year's record)
1. Antelope (10-2)
The Titans aim to win the program's third league title in four years and seek more playoff success after bouncing Rocklin in a playoff opener last season. QB Tyler McCombs (2,057 yards, 24 TDs), RB Titus Vinson (581 yards) and DB D.J. Hollingshead (86 tackles) lead the charge.
2. El Camino (8-4)
The Eagles had a resurgence of sorts last season and like their chances to take the league title behind LB Quenton Hagen (103 tackles, 4 interceptions), RB Gregg Scott (390 yards) and experienced lines.
3. Whitney (8-3) Veteran coach Mike Gimenez expects another title run, the program's fifth, and he'll lean on QB Drew Romo again (1,227 yards passing) and RB Kwane Wilkinson (734 yards, 4 TDs) and DE Geno Chiarpotti.
4. Rio Americano (4-6)
There is stability a year after early-season chaos with a coaching change that ushered in the return of the famed Max Miller, the section's all-time winningest coach, highlighted by his storied Cordova run in the 1980s. DB Auston Chastain (70 tackles) and LB Russell Patty (64 tackles)
5. Mira Loma (4-6)
The Matadors showed some promise last season and return RB Jonnie Hilliard (864 yards, 6 TDs). This was a regional super power in the 1960s, '70s and the early 1980s but with just two playoff teams since 1995.
6. Cordova (1-9)
High hopes rest on RBs Jordan Whitley (295 yards) and Michael McNeil (173) The Lancers have gone 9-41 in recent years, last tasting a measure of success in 2007 in going 5-5, Max Miller's last season. Cordova led the nation in victories in the 1970s and the area in victories in the 1980s and were formidable again last decade under Miller).

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler McCombs, QB, Antelope
Has learned the game fast after first picking up a helmet as a freshman
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Quenton Hagen, El Camino
Dominant and destructive in the right ways as a game-changing force.
2013 Coach of the Year: Adam Reinking, El Camino
Tireless worker who has inched his program ahead in a very top-heavy league.

2012 results
1. Antelope 10-2, 5-0
2. Whitney 8-3, 4-1
3. El Camino 8-4, 3-2
4. Rio Americano 4-6, 2-3
5. Mira Loma 4-6, 1-4
6. Cordova 1-9, 0-5

Capital Valley Conference
1. Rio Linda (8-3)
The Knights could have their finest team - ever. The running game will punish foes with Marcel Brown (1,454 yards, 15 TDs) and Leonard Skattebo (718, 4 TDs), and both play defense as Skattebo had 101 tackles, as does DB Keenan Hunt (6 picks), and is
also a deep threat WR and a burner on returns.
2. Del Campo (9-3)
The Cougars have six key sophomores in the mix and one determined senior RB in Austin Brown, who had 1,077 yards and 21 TDs in 9 games. LB Jaden Andrade (73 tackles) heads the D.
3. Oakmont (4-6)
The Vikings return rising-fast recruit WR Justin Holmes (715 yards, 9 TDs) and equally intriguing DE Trey Olsen (111 tackles, 6 sacks) for veteran coach Tim Moore, who has the return of other three-year starters, too.
4. Christian Brothers (6-5)
The Falcons, seeking to maintain momentum after a playoff run last season, have rising recruits in DL/OL Hayden Jones, LB Logan Snyder (110 tackles) and DB Brendan Gormley (76 tackles, 5 picks). The Holy Bowl, as always, will be quite a show against rival Jesuit.
5. Casa Roble (1-9)
The Rams took a stunning slip after so many championship seasons, but they vow to return behind QB Peyton Wilfley (1,528 yards, 19 TDs) and WRs Jake Romine (463, 6) and Angel Tenorio (405, 6).
6. Bella Vista (4-6)
The Broncos will compete behind QB Austin Harmer (808 yards) and top returning defender Justin Baser (55 tackles). Bella Vista was a power in past decades and has a championship coach in place to restore the roar.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Marcel Brown, RB, Rio Linda
Quick, durable, explosive, and perhaps the best RB in school history.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard Skatebo, LB, Rio Linda
Tackling machine hits like a fork lift, and also a brutish runner.
2013 Coach of the Year: Mike Morris, Rio Linda
One of the class leaders in the section for a lot of years could have his best D yet.

2012 results
1. Del Campo 9-3, 5-0
2. Rio Linda 8-3, 4-1
3. Christian Brothers 6-5, 3-2
4. Oakmont 4-6, 2-3
5. Bella Vista 4-6, 1-4
6. Casa Roble 1-9, 0-5

Delta River League
1. Folsom (14-1) The Bulldogs aim to repeat the 14-0 start and take on De La Salle again in the NorCal Open, all the more seasoned and experienced from last year's setback, though the DRL is no breeze. QB Jake Browning (5,248 yards, 63 TDs) has WRs in Troy Knox (1,249 yards, 15 TDs) and Rodney Ellison (762, 4) and RB Bailey Laolago (793 yards, 13 TDs).
2. Pleasant Grove (7-5)
The Eagles have perhaps the section's top secondary, which includes a healthy Brandon Lewis, and DE in Earl Chism, and a smooth QB leader in Dre Terrell (1,496 yards, 17 TDs), who also plays DB along with Esley Simmons and Sedrick Thomas. WR Wyatt Demps (12 TDs) is a big target.
3. Oak Ridge (12-2)
It's either do-all marvel talent Jacob Sipes or impressive sophomore Ian Book at QB to man the backfield with the 1-2 rushing attack of Josh Wellman (944 yards, 11 TDs and the hard-charging Tanner Hughes. WR Justin Priest is ready for a big year as are LBs Colton Giorgi and Thomas Mahlman (254 combined tackles).
4. Jesuit (5-5)
The new QB of note for Big Red is Jason Elenberger, who played WR and DB last season and is cut in the same poised, accurate and proud passer of yesteryear. DE Austin Gates (56 tackles) leads the defense.
5. Ponderosa (6-5)
RB Jeff Martin is poised to lead the ground game, WR Josh Bist the air game and LB Jeff Martin the defense (77 tackles). The Bruins seek a playoff repeat.
6. Sheldon (3-7)
QB Nolan Merker (1,702 yards, 12 TDs) single-handedly will keep the Huskies in games, and he has a GPA that skunks most mere mortals as a leader in and out of the classroom. DB Taron Johnson (81 tackles) is a 3-year starter.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Browning, QB, Folsom
In the midst of what could be a national-record breaking career, and poised.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Earl Chism, DE/LB, Pleasant Grove Take your pick on this loaded D, but Chism is the key as a rush end stopper
2013 Coaches of the Year: Kris Richardson/Troy Taylor, Folsom The humble leaders defer credit, but Folsom players point their way for team success.

2012 results
1. Folsom 14-1, 5-0
2. Oak Ridge 12-2, 4-1
3. Pleasant Grove 7-5, 3-2
4. Ponderosa 6-5, 2-3
5. Jesuit 5-5, 1-4
6. Sheldon 3-7, 0-5

Delta Valley Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Elk Grove (12-2)
The Herd has 15 starters back, including a loaded, quick defense headed by DE B'won Canada, LBs Wadus Parker, Noah Letuligasenoa and Spencer Sheff and DBs Elijah Jones. Tommy Arnold is back at QB and is 24-3 as a starter, as is RB Parker (1,373 yards, 24 TDs). Crave a playoff rematch vs Folsom.
2. Grant (5-6)
The Pacers may start 17 underclassmen, and many are from the finest 10-0 JV team coach Mike Alberghini has observed (think: MEN). DE Moses Moala and RB Deondre Grays (527 yards, 7 TDs) are the work-ethic leaders for a program seeking an on-going section record 23rd consecutive playoff berth.
3. Franklin (12-1)
The Wildcats return not a single offensive starter, but try convincing the section that guru coach Mike Johnson doesn't have a master plan. He does. The D is anchored by veterans in LB Joey Banks (135 tackles) and DBs Robert Sanders and DB Kyron O'Berry.
4. Monterey Trail (5-5)
The Mustangs could finish higher behind their veer attack, again headed by QB Donovan Robinson and RBs Elijah McGolthin (673, 5) and Trey Nahhas (517, 7).
5. Davis (5-5)
From 1-9, to 3-7 to 5-5 last season, the Blue Devils are inching forward in a muscle-bound league as Marc Hicks takes over as head coach and will look to run with RB Winfred Robinson (803 yards, 9 TDs).
6. Laguna Creek (2-8) This could be the surprise team of the lot, though injuries have crippled the quarterback position. WR/DB Shamar Richmond returns for coach Dave Morton, in his second stint with the program.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Wadus Parker, RB, Elk Grove
Monster season a year ago in shared duty and is fast and tough.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Banks, LB, Franklin and B'won Canada, Elk Grove
Relentless, hard to block and emotional leaders expect title seasons.
2013 Coach of the Year: Marc Hicks, Davis
The sentimental choice for a class act battling all sorts of long odds to lead his alma mater.

2012 results
1. Franklin 12-1, 5-0
2. Elk Grove 12-2, 4-1
3. Grant 5-6, 3-2
4. Davis 5-5, 2-3
5. Monterey Trail 5-5, 1-4
6. Laguna Creek 2-8, 0-5

Golden Empire League
(with last year's record)
1. Capital Christian (10-2)
The Cougars could have their finest defense yet, if not overall team, with all-time program great DE Nifae Lealao and RB/DB Justice Shelton-Mosley (1,108 yards, 17 TDs) leading the way. Huge nonleague game vs. Bradshaw Christian early.
2. Marysville (3-7)
All of the Indians' victories were in league play, and for a program used to being at the top of this heap, that's the goal again here, certainly. RB Francisco Garcia (1,175, 9 TDs) is the leading returning rusher, flanked by Aaron Birch, for veteran coach Cullen Meyer, whose D is led by LBs Matt Ackerson (70 tackles) and Jacob Garrett (65 tackles).
3. Dixon (9-2)
The Rams return QB Nolan Williams (452 yards passing, 7 TDs, 501 yards rushing 9 TDs) to work with RB Sean Haney (374, 3) and WR Chad Baptiste (6 TDs on offense, 7 picks on D) and LB Jared Jones (8 sacks) for a program that has had great teams off and on since the 1950s.
4. Mesa Verde (3-7)
Class-act veteran coach Ron Barney is high on this team, including RB Christian Garcia (1,129 yards, 9 TDs) and LBs Ryan Alvarez (82 tackles) and Jess Roberts (55
tackles).
5. Lindhurst (1-9)
QB Tim Endicott will air it out again after going for 1,320 yards and 9 TDs, and he has WR Zach Kitchen to work with again.
6. West Campus (1-8)
The Warriors won their opener 21-14 over Cristo Rey then struggled to score . The team is to be admired for effort, in showing up, having gone 3-36 in recent years and 15-74 lifetime.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Justice Shelton-Mosley, RB, Capital Christian
Fast, durable, versatile, determined, and just a junior. Is that fair?
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Nifae Lealao, DE, Capital Christian
Dominant, drive, major recruit as an example of class and performance.
2013 Coach of the Year: Phil Grams, Capital Christian
Has elevated the Cougars in a short time, and could have a state-bowl team here

2012 results
1. Capital Christian 10-2, 5-0
2. Dixon 9-2, 4-1
3. Marysville 3-7, 3-2
4. Mesa Verde 3-7, 2-3
5. Lindhurst 1-9, 1-4
6. West Campus 1-8, 0-5

Metropolitan Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Burbank (12-1)
The Titans are targeting more than a Metro four-peat, such as a Division I section championship and NorCal D-I Bowl bid behind QB Ernest Jenkins (968 passing, 7 TDs, 1,367 rushing, 14 TDs), RB Calvin Green (1,178, 11 TDs), a fast, quick defense led by DT Ngalu Tapa (23.5 sacks), DEs Taniela Finau (11 sacks) and Gerald Pilman (11 sacks), LB Ben Jones (101 tackles), DB Kevin Powers (100 tackles).
2. Sacramento (8-3)
The Dragons have plenty of athletes, including new QB prospect Titus Barnett and standout WR/DBs Lonny Powell (6 TDs), Damen Wheeler (554 yards, 10 TDs) and Dale Lewis (6 TDs). Few teams compete in the weight room like this one, either.
3. McClatchy (3-7)
New coach Bob Lee brings a culture of success, having won at Elk Grove and Delta over the past decades with a creative offense and discipline. He has an athlete in the versatile Kijafa Burgie, Devajia Gupton and Devontae Hicks.
4. Florin (4-6)
The Panthers, like their Metro partners, understand they need more numbers in the program to compete, though there are athletes galore here, too, such as RB Deon Johnson (419 yards, 5 TDs), LB Louis Shimoun and WRs Trevon Connerly-Smith (566 yards, 7 TDs) and Deon Johnson (382, 4).
5. Rosemont (6-5)
The Wolverines have had some good moments of late, including stunning Del Campo in the 2011 playoffs. RB D.J. Harris is back (617 yards, 9 TDs) as are WR Kameron Williams (439, 4 TDs and 7 picks as a DB) and LBs Corey Santos (103 tackles),Eddie Ortiz (75 tackles) and Sonny Yang (61 tackles).
6. Johnson (3-7)
The Warriors long for the good days of last decade and are inching back to espectability behind RB Arthur Parker (993 yards, 4 TDs) and John Xiong.
7. Kennedy (0-10)
Second-year coach Matt Costa is as tireless and dedicated as they come and he vows better days ahead for the Cougars, who return RB Floyd Hills-Cooper, LB Silencio Ratkowski (83 tackles), DL Ian Allison (73 tackles).
8. Valley (1-9)
The Vikings, once a regional super power, aim to get better every day, every month, every year, under dedicated coach Dave Filan. He has athletes in WR/DB Dean McGee, RB/LB Reuben Stephens and QB/DB Peter Castillo.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Ernest Jenkins, QB, Burbank
Devastates teams in the triple-option as a runner and passer, and has jets.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, DL, Burbank
Unblockable, plays with fury, had 23.5 sacks, and talks about studying engineering in college.
2013 Coach of the Year: Paul Doherty, Sacramento
May not win the league, but his teams compete, are good students and citizens and the program is on the rise.

2012 results
1. Burbank 12-1, 7-0
2. Sacramento 8-3, 6-1
3. Rosemont 6-5, 5-2
4. Florin 4-6, 4-3
5. McClatchy 3-7, 3-4
6. Johnson 3-7, 2-6
7. Valley 1-9, 1-6
8. Kennedy 0-10, 0-8

Pioneer Valley League
(with last year's record)
1. Center (10-3)
The Cougars return QB Tyrel Anderson (1,500 yards passing, 889 yards rushing, 28 total TDs) and some stout stoppers on D in DL Spencer Bracey and Jason Perry.
2. Placer (11-1)
The Hillmen always compete under coach Joey Montoya, who has some big linemen to help lead the way for RB Todd Valliere (660 yards, 12 TDs) and Cameron Scott (689, 8).
3. Colfax (4-6)
The entire offense returns for veteran coach Tony Martello, headed by QB Michael Wilson (2,803 yards, 19 TDs), RB Tim Rawlins (694 yards, 10 TDs) and WR Kyle Brandt (1,105, 5).
4. Lincoln (5-6)
The Zebras will run with Eddy Cobleigh (444 yards, 3 TDs) and Davis Dykstra (391, 5). Stoppers include LBs Aaron Soto and Devin Johnson.
5. Bear River (8-3)
The Bruins are always a factor under longtime co-coaches Terry Logue and Scott Savoie, and they hit. RB Caleb Johnson (295) leads the O and DB Kris Edie the D.
6. Foothill (1-9)
The Mustangs have athletes, including QB David Carter and WR David Entwistle. Foothill needs coaching stability and greater numbers to make a surge.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Tyrel Anderson, QB, Center
Shifty, fast, elusive, tough, smart, determined.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Soto, LB, Lincoln
Averaged 13.4 tackles a game for a playoff team and returns better, hungrier.

2012 results
1. Placer 11-1, 5-0
2. Center 10-3, 4-1
3. Bear River 8-3, 3-2
4. Lincoln 5-6, 2-3
5. Colfax 4-6, 1-4
6. Foothill 1-9, 0-5

Sierra Delta
(with last year's records)
1. Bradshaw Christian (5-6)
Traditon abounds for the Pride in all sports, with coach Drew Rickert leading a juggernaut here, too. QB Kevin Williams (1,230 yards, passing, 15 TDs and 774 yards rushing) and RBs Jakobe Hawkins (1,168, 17), Kyle Betts 352, 3) and Grant Dragmire (330, 5) lead the way.
2. Highlands (7-5)
LB ace Junior Jenkins (174 tackles) leads a quick D and WRs Jonathan Altamirano (326 yards receiving) and Iszir Prince (221) the O for a program steeped in tradition that goes back to the 1970s.
3. Golden Sierra (7-4)
The Grizzlies had a spirited playoff march last season as league champions in one of the great small-town football-fun communities in the section. With a small roster (19 players), everyone gets involved, none more than QB Daniel Lesher (449 yards rushing). He also plays LB (86 tackles).
4. Rio Vista (5-6)
The Rams had some dominant teams in recent years, then dipped a bit and now look to surge again as they return the league's top RB in Chace Marlowe (1,584 yards, 28 touchdowns) to go with Tanner Layton (558, 5).
5. Vacaville Christian (5-5)
The Falcons welcome new coaches in longtime Sacramento City College assistant coach Booker Guyton and former NFL linebacker Michael Merriweather. QB Nathanial Short (494 yards, 4 touchdowns), FB Rafael Gallegos (434 yards rushing, 7 TDs) and LB Cameron Botkin (74 tackles) lead the way.
6. Encina Prep (4-6)
The Bulldogs usher in their sixth coach in nine seasons and third in as many capaigns in the spirited and fun Tim Garrison. There is talent in RB Tyvon Hunt (401, 4 TDs) and LB Daquan Bryant (50 tackles).
6. San Juan (3-7)
The Spartans are led by one of the class acts in coaching in Russ Hibbard, who has had his share of highs and lows. RB Deandre Stroughter (336, 7) is the offensive leader and top tackler along with LB Mika Lomano (72 stops) and LB Davion Johnson (66 stops)

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Chace Marlowe, RB, Rio Vista
Diminutive and dominant in the wing-T after rushing for 1,584 yards and 28 TDs in 2012)
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Junior Jenkins, LB, Highlands
A supberb student and a hidden-gem recruit with size and power, he's a tackling machine.
2013 Coach of the Year: John Hilton, Golden Sierra
To succeed in any league with such small rosters means you have a great leader.

2012 results
1. Golden Sierra 7-4, 6-0
2. Highlands 7-5, 5-1
3. Bradshaw Christian 5-6, 4-1
4. Rio Vista 5-6, 3-2
5. Vacaville Christian 5-5, 2-3
6. Encina Prep 4-6, 1-4
7. San Juan 3-7, 0-5

Sacramento Metro
(with last year's record)
1. Woodland Christian (8-3)
The Cardinals return a ton of talent on offense, headed by linebacker big QB Anthony Castaneda (6-foot-5, 225), who did not play last season. In his place, Josh Truesdell (1,425 yards, 21 TDs) impressed. Also back: WRs Kameron Arnold (797 yards, 15 TDs), Walker Perry and Chase Canevari and RBs Carter Winn (750, 9 TDs), Chance Stocking (813, 4) and Paul Vithayaveroj (426 yards, 7 TDs).
2. Foresthill (10-2)
The Wildfires have rolled in recent seasons with seemingly the entire community in tow for every game, twist and turn. New RB Kevin Heater takes the heat, so to speak, and embraces the challenge, as is WRs Matt O'Brien (11 TDs) and Connor McCann (3 TDs)
and Ryan Corkrean (4 TDs) and DE Casey Perez (8 sacks).
3. Valley Christian (3-7)
The Lions of Roseville are trying to figure out a way to excel in this sport much like they have in basketball and baseball, and it starts with numbers. DB Cameron Woodside returns on D.
4. Cristo Rey (3-7)
The newer program returns backfield mates in QB Spencer Avis (577 yards passing, 4 TDs), RB Luis Villagran 960 yards, 10 TDs) and DL Alex Aguilar and Oscar Lopez.
5. Delta (0-10)
The Saints tumbled to an all-time program worst season, and this from a program that has had some monstrous teams in the 1970s, '80s, '90s, last decade and in recent years under previous coach Bob Lee, including a 10-1 showing in 2010. Delta allowed 50 or more points six times while averaging just over 10.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Castaneda, QB, Woodland Christian
A hard-throwing baseball pitching prospect who can also rocket a football.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Perez, DE, Foresthill
A three-year starter who has been paramount in the title drives, Perez had 8 sacks in 2012.
2013 Coach of the Year: Bruce Pielstick, Woodland Christian
The former offensive coordinator for Sacramento State is an offensive guru who is most inspired by his wife Lisa, who has waged a courageous battle with cancer.

2012 results
1. Foresthill 10-2, 8-0
2. Woodland Christian 8-3, 6-2
3. Cristo Rey 3-7, 3-5
4. Valley Christian 3-7, 3-5
5. Delta 0-10, 0-8

Sierra Foothill
(with last year's record)
1. Del Oro (7-6)
The Golden Eagles seek their third section title and second bowl berth since 2010 behind superb lines, LB Tyler Mateer and a bevy of backs. DE Tanner Woods is as good a stopper as there is in the section.
2. Granite Bay (13-3)
The Grizzlies must replace a ton on offense for first-year coach Skip Albano, though Flyback guru Tony Ellison is back (1,185 yards, including Dylan Kainrath.rushing). The D is stacked with LB's Dylan Keeney and Cameron Smith.
3. Rocklin (5-6)
The Thunder will thunder with QB Logan Webb (2,187 yards, 29 TDs), and the defense is again strong for a program used to playoff success.
4. Roseville (2-8)
The darkhorse in a loaded top-heavy league, the Tigers have OL Kolton Miller, RB Bryce Crouch and QB Kyle Downie (1,023 yards) to make it a race under longtime coach Larry Cunha.
5. Nevada Union (5-6)
The Miners usher in a new coach in Dennis Houlihan, a star RB a generation ago, and welcome back DB Gareth Noxon (9.1 tackles a game). Grant in Week 1 is always fun.
6. Woodcreek (2-8)
The Stowers brothers take over as coaches with high hopes, especially with RB Mitchel Layton (886 yards, 9 TDs) and DB Dylan Stacy.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Webb, QB, Rocklin
The most experienced passer in the SFL and one of the best in the
section is poised for monster season.
2013 Defensive Players of the Year: Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay and DE Tanner Woods, Del Oro
Both are fierce competitors, dominant leaders seeking section titles and more.
Coach of the Year: Caey Taylor, Del Oro
You win this league and you've earned it.

2012 results
1. Granite Bay 13-3, 5-0
2. Del Oro 7-6, 4-1
3. Rocklin 5-6, 3-2
4. Nevada Union 5-6, 2-3
5. Roseville 2-8, 1-4
6. Woodcreek 2-8, 0-5

Sierra Valley Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Cosumnes Oaks (9-3)
The Wolfpack ooze of talent, headed by QB Alex Kropp (1,427 yards, 16 TDs) and WRs Alex Van Dyke and L.J. Reed, DL Josh Davis The run game is key, and CO wants a Vista rematch.
2. Vista del Lago 12-2
QB Matt Jimison (2,592 yards, 37 TDs) looks better than ever, as does RB Josh Pfeffer (1,159 yards, 18 TDs) and the D is strong with J.T. Winkler, Austin McGuire and Kevin Wentz.
3. River City (4-6)
QB Elijah Thomas (1,030, 10 TDs), WR Malik Dumentz, River City (663, 9 TDs) and DB Alex Morales returns for coach Steve DaPrato, who won a section D-I title at Elk Grove in 1984 (and no, he doesn't feel old).
4. El Dorado (3-7)
High hopes for continued progress in Placerville behind QBs Nick Bonniksen (1,318 yards, 10 TDs) and Bradley Schmidt (392, 3), RB Derek Delfino (813, 5) and DB Jeremiah Romero.
5. Liberty Ranch (5-5)
RBs Trevon Windley (621, 10 TDs) and Willie Holman lead the offense for a program that won the league two years ago as a rising factor in Galt.
6. Union Mine (2-8)
Veteran coach Dave Johnson has had dominant teams and rebuilding ones. He has to replace RB great Sean Tow and has an eager Jake Horn (426, 3) and LB Anthony Beck.
7. Galt (0-10)
Tough times have hit the proud Warriors program and the team is eager to halt a 20-game losing streak. Coach J.J. Woodard vows improvement.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Jimison, QB, Vista del Lago
Poised, prolific, a leader and eager to win a section title.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Davis, DL, Cosumnes Oaks
Had great moments as a junior and plays inspired for family and teammates.

2012 results
1. Vista del Lago 12-2, 6-0
2. Cosumnes Oaks 9-3, 5-1
3. River City 4-6, 4-2
4. Liberty Ranch 5-5, 3-3
5. Union Mine 2-8, 2-4
6. El Dorado 3-7, 1-5
7. Galt 0-10, 0-6

Tri-County League
1. Inderkum (10-2)
Once again the Tigers are loaded and fast. Led by QB CJ Spencer and RB/CB Terrence White, Inderkum expects to win the league title for the sixth time in seven seasons under wing-T guru coach Terry Stark, who has implemented some Pistol looks.
2. Yuba City (9-3)
A year after winning their first league title since 1987, the Honkers crave more. RB Omar Herrera and company will push to stay atop TCC after issuing Inderkum first league loss in five season in 2012. Deep squad that some say is better than last season.
3. River Valley (6-5)
New coach Bill Sherman, a former Bee Defensive Player of the Year from Del Oro who played at Sacramento State, takes over as head coach after working on the Del Oro staff. RB/DB T.J. Dove will be the focal point this season for the Falcons after a playoff berth last season.
4. Woodland (2-8)
Expect a strong senior campaign from all-purpose threat Devin Jones, whom head coach Bert Salinas said is every bit the player his brother Dalen was. Dalen is now at Fresno State.
5. Pioneer (4-6)
Former late 1980s Woodland lineman great David Collinsworth takes over as head coach, replacing Matt Bryson, who helped with the transition. Collinsworth had coaching success at Sheldon and Esparto.
6. Natomas (0-10)
The Nighthawks are eager to end a 23-game losing streak that includes back-to-back 0-10 seasons as new coach Ryan Battle becomes the program's third leader in as many seasons.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: CJ Spencer, Inderkum
Dangerous as a passer, a runner, a kicker and a leader.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Dove, River Valley
To make the playoffs, you need a stopper, and Dove does the trick.
2013 Coach of the Year: Bert Salinas, Woodland
Sometimes it's not the league champion that earns the nod but rather the team that improves the most.

2012 results
1. Yuba City 9-2, 5-0
2. Inderkum 10-3, 4-1
3. Woodland 2-8, 2-3
4. River Valley 6-5, 3-2
5. Pionner 4-6, 1-4
6. Natomas 0-10, 0-5

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August 26, 2013
SureWest Sports Show to debut on Comcast SportsNet; Bee TV Prep Insiders launches and Bee football chat tonight

High school sports is hitting all forms of the media - print, TV, online and radio.

Prep TV - The SureWest Sports Show, Sacramento's only program dedicated solely to high school sports, will premiere on Comcast SportsNet starting Tuesday.

The 30-minute weekly program with host Mike Finnerty offers an inside look to area teams, players, coaches and trends. It will air live each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. (the debut show airs at 3 p.m.) with re-airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The program will run throughout the academic year.

The show previously ran online at www.surewestsports.com, where past shows are still linked.

I will be a regular contributor to the program as Finnerty and I will break down games and themes.

Here are the channels for The SureWest Sports Show on Comcast:
* SureWest channels 99, 699
* AT&T channels 767, 1767
* DirecTV chanel 698
* DISH Network channel 409
* Comcast channel 34
* Wave Broadband (Rocklin) channel 23, 723
* Wave Broadband (West Sacramento) channel 63, 798

SacBee TV launches - Each Monday, I will co-host with Finnerty the "Preps Plus Insider" on www.sacbee.com/preps
The first show is linked now. We'll explore issues, talk about players and teams and provide highlights galore. It will post by noon each week.

Bee Live chat discussion - Tonight from 7-8 p.m., The Bee will kickoff the high school season with a live chat with fans and other regional media members on www.sacbee.com/preps
We will discuss the league contenders and pretenders, the top players and the opening-night action.

Preps on radio - Finnerty and I previewed the high school season on ESPN1320.net. We air live each Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320 (linked later online) with recaps, previews and coach interviews.

August 26, 2013
Video: Preps Plus Insider high school football preview

Watch the debut Preps Plus Insider high school football video preview with The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty. Catch their show here on the Prep Blog every Monday at noon. (Join our live high school football chat tonight at 7 p.m.)

Have a question for Joe or Mike? Add it in the comments field. They may ask your question in next week's show.

August 23, 2013
Area prep football teams kickoff seasons with Saturday scrimmages; a run-down of each one

Football is here, or almost.

Regional high school teams can scrimmage opponents starting Saturday, and there's a full menu of game-like meetings that include a game clock and referees to ponder.

Teams may be able to disguise plays and coaches will surely downplay potential, but you cannot disguise effort, and teams will either have it, or they won't.

In an attempt to game-face prepare for the season, I'll be co-hosting with guru partner in media coverage crime Mike Finnerty the SureWest Sports Radio Show on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320 (linked later to ESPN1320.net for podcast). We'll break down the top teams, the top players, the upstart teams and the unsung players and also look into the coaching burnout concerns and other themes and trends.

Here's a closer peek of Saturday scrimmages, with Bee rankings if applicable:
* No. 6 Rocklin at No. 1 Folsom, 6 p.m.
Expect a few passes with Rocklin's Logan Webb facing off against Folsom's Jake Browning. Both programs will score, but how will the defenses do overall
* Bella Vista at No. 2 Granite Bay, 10 a.m.
The Broncos brace for another scrimmage showdown with Granite Bay and hitters such as Cameron Smith and Flyback flash in Tony Ellison.
* No. 3 Elk Grove at No. 4 Del Oro, 7 p.m.
The teams face off each year in a spirited scrimmage, and EG beat DO in the 2012 playoffs. Both are loaded again and could face off in D-II - again.
* No. 5 Pleasant Grove at No. 8 Burbank, 9 a.m.
Speed vs. speed, and the teams face off for real fun and games on Sept. 6.
* No. 7 Oak Ridge at Colfax, 8:30 a.m.
Oak Ridge has LB hitters such as Thomas Mahlman taking on a unit with 11 returning offensive starters. How will OR sophomore QB Ian Book fare?
* No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks at No. 16 Rio Linda, 7 p.m.
Skill and power against power and skill in a meeting of league and section title hopefuls. One nice matchup: WR Alex Van Dyke vs. DB Keenan Hunt.
* Rodriguez at No. 12 Inderkum, 10 a.m.
The Fairfield school, always fast, takes on a team that could be even faster, headed by steady QB C.J. Spencer and a stout defense.
* No. 15 Del Campo at Woodland, 10 a.m.
The Cougars will run smash mouth plays with RB Austin Brown, and Woodland features all-purpose threat Devin Jones.
* No. 17 Placer at El Dorado, 10 a.m.
The wing-T heavy Hillmen will also face Rosemont. El Dorado could have its best team in years.
* No. 20 El Camino at Oakmont, 9 a.m.
The Eagles have experienced lines and LB brute Quenton Hagen after winning 1st playoff game in 20 years. Oakmont has WR Justin Holmes and DE/TE Trey Olsen.
* Grant jamboree, 9:30 a.m.
The No. 9 Pacers and their wealth of speed and ferocity takes on St. Mary's of Stockton, Whitney, Sacramento and Chavez. St. Mary's has another championship caliber team.
* Lincoln jamboree, 8 a.m.
No. 10 Vista del Lago, No. 14 Antelope, Nevada Union and Lincoln each seek league titles, or the playoffs at the very least. NU has new coach Dennis Houlihan.
* Center jamboree, 7 p.m.
The No. 18 Cougars, quick and experiened, welcome Galt, Mira Loma, Highlands, Ponderosa and Elliot Christian. Highlands has LB Junior Jenkins.
* Roseville jamboree, 7 p.m.
The host Tigers with OL star Kolton Miller face fellow playoff hopefuls in Yuba City and Monterey Trail.
* Pioneer at Christian Brothers, 11 a.m.
The host Falcons could have their fastest team in years.
* Kennedy at Casa Roble, 9 a.m.
The teams went a combined 1-19 last season. Don't think they have something to prove?
* Foresthill at Golden Sierra, 6 p.m.
Small-school programs with playoff pasts face off in a true road trip.
* Laguna Creek at River City, 10 a.m.
The Cardinals will unleash QB Cecil Williams II against a quick Raiders defense.
* Davis/Florin at Natomas, 11 a.m.
The Blue Devils went 5-5 last season, returning RB Winfred Robinson. Florin/Natomas seek .500 or better.
* Tokay at Sheldon, 11 a.m.
The Huskies are never short of speed or talent, a group headed by scholar QB Nolan Merker.
* Marysville at Delta, 6 p.m.
Traditional powers are coming off off seasons.
* Amador at Union Mine, 10 a.m.
The host Diamondbacks yearn for a title team of yesteryear.
* Capital Christian at Cordova, 9 a.m.
The Cougars and DE Nifae Lealao and RB/Flyback Justice Shelton-Mosely face a Lancers team eager to get off to a good start.
* Woodcreek at River Valley, 8 a.m.
The Stowers era starts for Woodcreek after coaching stops at Colfax and Del Oro.
* West Campus at Johnson, 9:30 a.m.
Once all on the same campus, the programs seek success after trying seasons.
- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- Online daily: www.sacbee.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/sacbeepreps
- On radio: ESPN1320, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
- On SacBee.com: each Monday Preps Plus Insider with Mike Finnerty, breaking down games, players, trends

August 21, 2013
Ten more teams to ponder in breaking down The Bee's prep football Top 20

We unveiled our Sacramento Bee Top 20 football rankings on Tuesday, with football preview material galore next week.

Here's a peek at that Top 20 and 10 others ready to break into the mix in the coming weeks...

The Bee's Top 20
(With last season's records)

1 Folsom (14-1)
2. Granite Bay (13-3)
3. Elk Grove (12-2)
4. Del Oro (7-6)
5. Pleasant Grove (7-5)
6. Rocklin (5-6)
7. Oak Ridge (12-2)
8. Burbank (12-1)
9. Grant (5-6)
10. Vista del Lago (11-2)
11. Cosumnes Oaks (9-3)
12. Inderkum (10-3)
13. Franklin (12-1)
14. Antelope (10-2)
15. Del Campo (9-3)
16. Rio Linda (8-3)
17. Placer (11-1)
18. Center (10-3)
19. Jesuit (5-5)
20. El Camino (8-4)

The Ready to Pounce 10
1. Whitney (8-3)
Veteran coach Mike Gimenez seeks a 5th league title and has QB Drew Romo and RB Kwane Wilkinson to lead the way. Early games include Oakmont, No. 6 Rocklin, Buhach Colony and CBS.

2. Christian Brothers (6-5)
The Falcons have rising recruits in OL/DL Hayden Jones and LB Logan Snyder. Early gauge game is No. 19 Jesuit in the Holy Bowl in another showdown.

3. Monterey Trail (5-5)
The Mustangs are veer masters and return Elijah McGolthin and Donovan Robinson for veteran coach T.J. Ewing. Play No. 12 Inderkum in a track-meet opener

4. Yuba City (9-2)
The Honkers in 2012 won their first league title since 1987 and want a repeat behind DB Jaylon Deas. Open against equally dangerous Davis.

5. Colfax (4-6)
The Falcons return all 11 offensive starters, including prolific QB Michael Wilson, for longtime coach Tony Martello. Scrimmage Oak Ridge this week.

6. Capital Christian 10-2
The small-school Cougars have two big-time talents in RB/DB Justice Shelton-Moseley and DL Nifae Lealao, a national recruit with strong interest from Stanford. Biggest early game is Bradshaw Christian.

7. Oakmont (4-6)
The Vikings will hurt teams with the efforts of WR Justin Holmes and DE/TE Trey Olsen. Classy coach Tim Moore finds out a lot vs. Whitney early.

8. Sacramento (8-3)
The Dragons will score with QB Titus Barnett and WRs Lonny Powell and Damen Wheeler with an opening-night gauge game against No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks.

9. Nevada Union 5-6
New coach Dennis Houlihan (and former NU star back) takes over for all-time program winner Dave Humphers with tradition and talent still the foundation. Face No. 9 Grant in Week 1 major test.

10. Ponderosa (6-5)
The Bruins made the playoffs in 2007 and 2012 under coach Jason Tenner and return WR Josh Bist. Bruins could get off to a 4-0 start before facing No. 16 Rio Linda then taking on No. 19 Jesuit.

July 30, 2013
Vanderdoes cleared to play football at UCLA

Eddie Vanderdoes has been cleared to compete for UCLA this coming football season, The Bee has learned.

It became official after an appeal hearing with the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee on Monday, with the official word coming today.

A national recruit and five-star defensive lineman from Placer High School in Auburn, Vanderdoes signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame in February. But within a short period, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound standout known for his power and burst explored the possibility of getting out of the commitment.

Among his reasoning was to be in his home state, closer to family, which includes an ailing grandmother. Efforts to reach the family have not been successful.

We will go into more detail for Vanderdoes' desire to be released from his Notre Dame commitment upon talking to the Vanderdoes family. Notre Dame did not want to release Vanderdoes in an effort to uphold the integrity of the letter of intent, which kicked off a firestorm of discussion across the country. Is this part of a growing precedent of athletes changing their minds despite binding contracts? And now this: Are there deeper reasons for why the Letter of Intent Steering Committee released Vanderdoes beyond family?

This much we do know: The Vanderdoes-Notre Dame union got off to a ominous start. Vanderdoes and his family made it abundantly clear with Notre Dame coaches that they did not want his name released with other Irish signees in the early morning hours on National Signing Day. Vanderdoes wanted to make his announcement on campus later in the afternoon in a signing ceremony that included three classmates and scores of family, friends, teachers and members of the community.

Notre Dame released his name anyway, which quickly hit the national media feeds, and effectively blowing the Vanderdoes cover. Notre Dame then backtracked by suggesting it was a clerical error.

Had Vanderdoes not been cleared, he would have lost a year of eligibility.

UCLA reports to training camp in San Bernardino on Aug. 4.

- By Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

July 30, 2013
Vanderdoes cleared to play football at UCLA

Eddie Vanderdoes has been cleared to compete for UCLA this coming football season, The Bee has learned.

It became official after an appeal hearing with the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee on Monday, with the official word coming today.

A national recruit and five-star defensive lineman from Placer High School in Auburn, Vanderdoes signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame in February. But within a short period, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound standout known for his power and burst explored the possibility of getting out of the commitment.

Among his reasoning was to be in his home state, closer to family, which includes an ailing grandmother. Efforts to reach the family have not been successful.

We will go into more detail for Vanderdoes' desire to be released from his Notre Dame commitment upon talking to the Vanderdoes family. Notre Dame did not want to release Vanderdoes in an effort to uphold the integrity of the letter of intent, which kicked off a firestorm of discussion across the country. Is this part of a growing precedent of athletes changing their minds despite binding contracts? And now this: Are there deeper reasons for why the Letter of Intent Steering Committee released Vanderdoes beyond family?

This much we do know: The Vanderdoes-Notre Dame union got off to a ominous start. Vanderdoes and his family made it abundantly clear with Notre Dame coaches that they did not want his name released with other Irish signees in the early morning hours on National Signing Day. Vanderdoes wanted to make his announcement on campus later in the afternoon in a signing ceremony that included three classmates and scores of family, friends, teachers and members of the community.

Notre Dame released his name anyway, which quickly hit the national media feeds, and effectively blowing the Vanderdoes cover. Notre Dame then backtracked by suggesting it was a clerical error.

Had Vanderdoes not been cleared, he would have lost a year of eligibility.

UCLA reports to training camp in San Bernardino on Aug. 4.

- By Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

July 30, 2013
Vanderdoes cleared to play football at UCLA

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

Eddie Vanderdoes has been cleared to compete for UCLA this coming football season, The Bee has learned.

It became official after an appeal hearing with the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee on Monday, with the official word coming today.

A national recruit and five-star defensive lineman from Placer High School in Auburn, Vanderdoes signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame in February. But within a short period, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound standout known for his power and burst explored the possibility of getting out of the commitment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But Healy said Cooper said no - again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I welcome that conversation," McGuire said.

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

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

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

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Rains comes from a football family.

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

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

For more, go HERE

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

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

He scored some Raiders gear.

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

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

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

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

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

His drive to return to action as a senior and to help the team in any way possible drew accolades from across the region, and he was named the Character Combine Student/Athlete of the Year for such leadership.
- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Podcast: ESPN1320.net
- On Cable: SureWestSports.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Podcast: ESPN1320.net

May 28, 2013
Vanderdoes says he'll unveil college football plans soon

Eddie Vanderdoes sent via text message Tuesday afternoon that he will soon clear the air about his football future.

Speculation has run rampant of late that the national football recruit All-American defensive end from Placer High School would not head to Notre Dame, the program Vanderdoes signed with in February.

Reports ranged from character to academic concerns to a change of heart for Vanderdoes. Coaches in the last week insisted the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Vanderdoes known for his athletic ability and good nature is fine academically, and they insisted that character has never been a concern.

May 9, 2013
Van Dyke, Lealao nominated for Army All-American Bowl

Cosumnes Oaks wide receiver Alex Van Dyke and Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao have been nominated to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antionio, Texas.

The bowl game features some of the nation's top high school players.

Van Dyke and Lealao are receiving recruiting interest and scholarship offers from across the country.

May 2, 2013
Nevada Union High School football coach Dave Humphers steps down

Ready to explore life with his immediate team and satisfied with the body of work as a coaching legend, Dave Humphers is hanging up the trademark lid.

He has stepped down as the Nevada Union High School football coach, expressing great satisfaction with what the Miners have done in Grass Valley under his tenure and moved by the overwhelming desire to spend time with family.

Under Humphers, the Miners since 1991 won 195 games, reached the postseason 17 playoff teams, claimed 10 league championships, six City Championships and four Sac-Joaquin Section Division I crowns. Humphers earlier served several seasons as defensive coordinator with NU. He learned the tricks of the coaching trade from his Mira Loma mentors Don Brown and Gerry Kundert from the 1970s.

The Miners - Miner Magic - have been one of the storied programs in section history, with Humphers a staple on the sideline with his trademark battered and faded blue fishing hat, a tribute to Kundert, who wore a similar hat during his wing-T express Mira Loma era. Kundert still watches his old pupils play, including Terry Stark at Inderkum.

Humphers and the Miners befuddled teams for years with their wing-T attack with myriad fakes and deception plays. The Miners were experts in maximizing under-sized players who were heavy on desire. Scores of players went on to play in college. And Humphers took great glee in coaching his sons in Gabe and Hank on his last two teams. This is a football family if there ever was one.

Bu the year-round toll of leading a program - fundraising, weight training, off-season, player development - takes a toll on all coaches. They certainly don't do this for the meager stipends they earn.

Last month, Vista del Lago coach Chris Jones stepped down to spend more time with his family after six seasons at the Folsom school. His Eagles were 12-2 last season. He led Oak Ridge to three section D-II titles last decade.

In his letter of resignation to NU, Humphers wrote in part, "The long drive every year, the intense emotion, the highs and lows, have added up. It's time for a change for me, for my family and for NU football....I am the most fortunate man on Earth for the family I love. It is time to focus more on family, to watch my sons play college football, to watch dance performances and girls basketball and to support my wife (Dorene)..."

We will add more after talking to Humphers.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Podcast: ESPN1320.net

April 23, 2013
El Dorado's Harms, Oakmont's Ramirez named top coaches

El Dorado's Dwayne "Peanut" Harms and Oakmont's Rick Ramirez will be honored as Coach of the Year recipients by the California Coaches Association at its 56th annual awards banquet June 15 in Fresno.

Harms, who has coached El Dorado track and cross country programs since 2001, will be honored as the State Boys Track Coach of the Year. He's a former UC Davis All American and member of the UC Davis Hall of Fame along with his wife Tena, also an El Dorado track and cross country coach.

Ramirez, a 1969 graduate of Oakmont, will be honored as the State Assistant Coach of the Year. He has been an assistant baseball coach 24 seasons, assistant football coach 23 years and head softball coach the last two years at Oakmont.

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 10, 2013
Signings/commits: Grant's Toma to play football at Southern Oregon; Schroeder verbals to Duke and Lewis to Boise State

Grant senior linebacker Abnor Toma has signed a late letter of intent with Southern Oregon, a rising small-college power in Ashland that plays at Sacramento State next season.

Cosumnes Oaks lineman Kameron Schroeder, a junior, has given a verbal commitment to Duke and Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis has given a verbal pledge to Boise State.

Lewis missed his junior season last fall with a knee injury.

In other signings/commitments:

• Valley Christian's Erin Patterson has committed to play volleyball and softball for Wentworth Institute of Technology, a D-III school in Boston Mass. She is the fourth Valley Christian athlete from the 111-student high school who will play at the next level, joining volleyball player Emily Flood (Simpson University in Redding) and baseball players Caleb Van Patten (Simpson) and Jimmy Shaw (San Diego Christian).

• Oakmont will hold a signing ceremony 1:15 p.m. next Wednesday in the career center for volleyball player Brennah Gladwill (Saint Anselm, Manchester, N.H.) and CIF state champion wrestler Peter Santos (North Carolina State).

• Christian Brothers infielder Taryn Sigl will play softball for the University of the Cumberlands, an NAIA school in Williamsburg, Ky.

• Pleasant Grove senior shooting guard Avonna Lee will play basketball for Northern Arizona.

April 5, 2013
Seven area players make NorCalPreps' 2014 Football Top 20

Seven area players have been named to NorCalPreps.com's 2014 Northern California Football Top 20, including Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao at No. 2.

The others are: No. 7 Alex Van Dyke, wide receiver, and No. 14 Kameron Schroeder, tackle, Cosumnes Oaks; No. 15 Calvin Green, athlete, and No. 20 Ngalu Tapa, defensive tackle, Burbank; No. 16 Brandon Lewis, cornerback, Pleasant Grove; and No. 19 Joey Banks, safety, Franklin.

Freedom of Oakley running back Joe Mixon is listed at No. 1.

For the complete team, 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.

March 14, 2013
Former Nevada Union football standout to coach Foothill

Former Nevada Union football player and assistant coach Tim Trokey, who spent 12 years coaching in Alabama, has been named the new Foothill football coach.

Trokey, a Bee All-Metro halfback at Nevada Union in 1990, played receiver and was a kick return specialist as the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

He was an assistant coach, including stints as offensive and defensive coordinator, for seven seasons at state power Alabama Christian in Montgomery, Ala.

Trokey became a head coach at Montgomery Catholic, where he took a struggling program and turned it into a playoff team in his five seasons at the school. In his last season in 2008, the team finished 8-3, the school's best record since 1994.

He returned to California in 2009 and became an assistant coach at his alma mater. He was a defensive backs coach last season at Del Oro.

Trokey replaces interim coaches Jesse Phillips and Chris Johnson, who took the reins of the team four games into the 2012 season when first-year coach Scott Swartz abruptly resigned to take a job in Utah.

Foothill finished 1-9 last season.

March 13, 2013
Jason Stowers named Woodcreek's new football coach

Former Del Oro and Colfax assistant Jason Stowers has been named Woodcreek's new football coach.

During his 11 seasons at Colfax, Stowers served in several capacities, including nine seasons as defensive coordinator and special teams coach. He spent the last three years as an assistant at Del Oro.

"Jason brings a wealth of experience as a football coach and teacher from two outstanding schools in the area - Colfax and Del Oro," Woodcreek principal Jess Borjon said in an e-mail. "We are excited about the energy and passion he brings to Woodcreek High School and are looking forward to working with him."

Stowers replaces John Hildebrand, who stepped down after six seasons as coach to spend more time with his family.

March 13, 2013
Former Delta coach Bob Lee to lead McClatchy football

Former Elk Grove and Delta coach Bob Lee is McClatchy's new football coach.

Lee coached for eight seasons at Delta and compiled a 49-31 record before stepping down after the 2011 season.

Lee's first Saints team, in 2004, finished 8-4 and won a Northern Section championship.

His 2010 team went 10-0 before losing to Bradshaw Christian in the playoffs.

Lee was a head football coach for one season at Elk Grove in 2002.

Lee replaces Malcolm Floyd, the former McClatchy football star (then known as Malcolm Seabron), who went 14-36 in his five seasons as head coach of the Lions.

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 24, 2013
Jesuit's Endicott, three others announce college decisions

Three area football players and a water polo/swimmer have announced they will continue to play at the next level.

• Jesuit kicker/punter Andrew Endicott has signed with Nevada, where he will join fellow Bee All-Metro honoree Beau Hershberger of Granite Bay. Endicott was a Bee First Team All-Metro and All-Delta River League Special Teams Player of the Year.

• Sutter Choisser of Whitney, the Capital Athletic League co-Offensive Player of the Year at running back, will compete for Humboldt State next fall. Choisser also plays defense and on special teams.

• Folsom's Zach Bodnar, an All-Delta River League lineman, will play at the University of Chicago. He overcame a torn ACL this season to return in time for the CIF Northern California Open game against De La Salle.

• Rio Americano's John Price has signed a letter of intent to play water polo and swim for UOP. The Capital Athletic League MVP helped lead the Raiders to three consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys water polo titles.

February 13, 2013
CIF honors Rio Linda's Morris as a Model Coach recipient

Rio Linda High School football coach Michael Morris has been named a CIF State Model Coach Award recipient.

Morris, a world history teacher, has coached football at Rio Linda since 1991 and also is athletic director and an assistant track and field coach.

Morris has coached a number of successful football teams at Rio Linda, including the 2004 Knights that won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.

But Morris is being honored by the CIF less for wins and more for his work as a role model and leader.

"He wants his players to be responsible citizens, who contribute to a positive school culture as well as to society overall," said the CIF in a press release announcing the 14 award recipients from across the state. "He educates his student-athletes that you must treat people with fairness even when life is unfair to you."

Morris earlier was named a Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach Award recipient.

February 6, 2013
American River College players moving on to D-I programs

Three area high school football standouts who played this past season for Valley Conference co-champion American River College are moving on to the next level.

Offensive tackle Nick Kelly (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) from Casa Roble, has signed with Arizona State; running back Devontae Booker (5-11, 200) of Grant will play at Utah; and wide receiver Joey DePalma (6-1, 195) of Ponderosa will stay close to home and play at Sacramento State.

A handful of other ARC players are moving on to major-college programs.

They are:

February 6, 2013
Sacramento State coach Marshall Sperbeck elated with local haul

Marshall Sperbeck was nearly shouting with glee on the phone. Then he composed himself.

The Sacramento State football coach had good reason to be giddy. He embraced the signatures of a good recruiting haul, including a number of players from the Sacramento region.

"It's the best class we've had since I've been here, and I'm ecstatic, fired up," said Sperbeck, preparing for his seventh season. "We got a lot of really good athletes that will help us, guys that can play different positions."

Cole Hannum of Nevada Union High School may be the top signee of the lot. A star running back and linebacker at Marysville High, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hannum transferred to Nevada Union for his senior season. He didn't play, however, after the CIF ruled him ineligible because of that transfer.

"He's a really good player and he'll help us," Sperbeck said.

If Hannum isn't the top signee, then perhaps it was Franklin cornerback Marcus Green. He was a Bee All-Metro pick who earned All Sac-Joaquin, All NorCal and All-State honors.
"He's the kind of kid that if he was an inch or two taller, we don't get him," Sperbeck said. "He's a great player."

Daniel Kniffin started last fall at quarterback for Rocklin, the got hurt and returned as a receiver.

"He could turn out to be a good quarterback for us, or play receiver," Sperbeck said. "He's an example of getting a good athlete."

Placer tight end Stone Sander, Monterey Trail defensive end Viliami Umufuke, Del Campo lineman Kyle Evanski and Rio Americano tight end Jordan Vinson are also headed to Sac State.

Vinson could dress in a phone booth, his high school coach Max Miller said.
"He's got a Super Man body," the coach said.

Vinson played guard, tight end, linebacker and running back for Rio Americano.
For more on Sac State, check Mark Billingsley's story in Thursday's Bee.

Midyear Signees Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
Justin Aysse OL 6-5 275 Jr. Downey, Calif./Long Beach City JC
Joey DePalma WR 6-1 195 Jr. Shingle Springs, Calif./American River JC
Tyrone Duckett DB 5-11 205 Jr. Alameda, Calif./Washington State
Kyle Greenwood WR 6-0 180 Jr. San Diego, Calif./Memphis
Dalton Hunkle WR 6-2 210 Jr. Murrieta, Calif./Mt. San Jacinto JC
Robby Kendall DB 5-11 180 Jr. Reno, Nev./Butte JC
Mike Sellers DB 5-11 185 Jr. Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Hawaii
Russell Smith LB 6-2 210 Fr. Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS
John Wallace OL 6-4 285 So. Somerville, Mass./UMass

Fall Enrollees Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
Andrew Admire OL 6-5 255 Fr. Anaheim, Calif./Esperanza HS
Lake Aiono OL 6-2 285 Fr. West Covina, Calif./South Hills HS
Jonathan Bade OL 6-5 230 Fr. American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon HS
Nick Crouch DB 6-1 220 Fr. Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Tesoro HS
Matt Ellen OL 6-7 245 Fr. Kingsburg, Calif./Kingsburg HS
Kyle Evanski OL 6-2 275 Fr. Sacramento, Calif./Del Campo HS
Ofa Fifita LB 5-11 235 Jr. San Bernardino, Calif./Riverside JC
Marcus Green DB 5-10 170 Fr. Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin HS
Cole Hannum LB 6-2 230 Fr. Penn Valley, Calif./Nevada Union HS
Aaron Maher WR 6-3 205 Fr. Sebastopol, Calif./Analy HS
Jordan Robinson RB 5-9 180 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS
Stone Sander TE 6-4 225 Fr. Auburn, Calif./Placer HS
Ben Sorensen DL 6-4 215 Fr. Clovis, Calif./Buchanan HS
Pu'e Togia OL 6-5 255 Fr. Carson, Calif./Carson HS
Viliami Umufuke DL 6-3 230 Fr. Elk Grove, Calif./Monterey Trail HS
Jihad Vercher QB 5-10 215 Fr. Hawthorne, Calif./Salesian HS
Jordan Vinson LB 6-3 200 Fr. Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano HS
- By Joe Davidson
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February 6, 2013
Bee Player of the Year Brandon Monroe of Del Oro signs with San Jose State

Brandon Monroe never wavered, never cut back.

He was headed to San Jose State the entire time.

The Bee's Player of the Year from Del Oro High School formally signed with San Jose State today, doing so in Florida where he will play in a high school All-Star game.

Monroe was a 1,500-yard rusher for Del Oro who also hammered players as a safety and broke long gains on special teams. He missed three games with a knee strain, vowed to come back to play for his school, and did, producing the best rushing games in the section down the stretch.

Monroe goes to a San Jose State program that is coming off its best season since 1940. He could play safety, though Del Oro coach Casey Taylor likes him as a runner.

"Oh, I think he's great there," Taylor said at running the ball. "He's outstanding. He has great lateral quickness and vision."

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February 6, 2013
Notre Dame releases list of signed football players, including Vanderdoes, then admits error; Vanderdoes reacts

The update is this: Stay tuned and continue to groan and wonder about how chaotic recruiting has become.

Placer High School defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes, a national top recruit, will formally announce where he will sign - or has signed - at just after 5 p.m. local time today on his Auburn campus. That has not changed, but the speculation is rampant.

Earlier today, Notre Dame released his name along with others the Irish had received national letters of intent, then in full scramble mode, announced that it was a mistake and that Vanderdoes hadn't formally signed with the Irish.

February 6, 2013
15 Granite Bay athletes participate in signing ceremony

By Trevor Horn
Special to the Bee

Fifteen student-athletes from Granite Bay High School signed NCAA letters of intent to 11 different four-year universities spanning 10 sports teams for the Grizzlies this morning.

"This suggests that each of the programs is strong," Granite Bay Athletic Director Tim Healy said.

Included in that group is the twin sisters of Chloe and Lily Forlini, who together have won four consecutive Sac Joaquin Section doubles titles together. The sister are headed together to the Air Force Academy.

February 5, 2013
Sierra College players headed to four-year schools

Two former area high school players, Foothill's Devante Bond and Inderkum's Vince Mayle, will sign NCAA Letters of Intent from out of Sierra College, reports coach Jeff Tisdel.

Bond, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive lineman and Valley Conference Defensive MVP, will sign with Miami. He had a conference-leading 17 sacks, which also ranked third in the state.

Mayle, a 6-4, 220-pound wide receiver and Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year, will sign with Washington State.

Mayle caught 61 passes for 984 yards and scored a state-leading 16 touchdowns.

Two other Sierra College players, both former Nevada state preps, also are moving on to four-year programs.

All-conference 6-4, 245-pound middle linebacker Luke Arciniega will play at Syracuse and all-conference 6-3, 225-pound inside linebacker Broc Westlake will play at Idaho.

Westlake had 92 tackles; Archinega 87.

Sierra went 5-6 this season.

February 5, 2013
Update on national football recruit Eddie Vanderdoes, and sifting through fact and fiction

vanderdoes.jpgBy Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

The update on Eddie Vanderdoes is this: there is no update.

The top recruit in the Sacramento region and a national top prospect as a defensive end with incredible power, speed and upside for Placer High School, Vanderdoes will agonize over his scholarship destination until the moment he signs. Vanderdoes in recent weeks hasn't slept well. He isn't nearly as gregarious. He feels like he's in a fog.

Will it be UCLA? Notre Dame? Alabama? Washington? USC?

"None of us have an idea," said Eddie's father, Eddie Vanderdoes III. "He's wanted to know for the last few months. It's not a 'I can't wait to sign' thing with Eddie. It's a 'I can't wait to know.'"

February 5, 2013
Football signing list grows to 32 players; Vanderdoes not expected to reveal his decision until 5 p.m. Wednesday

Here is a list of area football players scheduled to sign NCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday as compiled by The Bee's Joe Davidson.

Placer defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, one of the nation's top recruits. isn't scheduled to reveal his college choice until a 5 p.m. Wednesday signing ceremony at the school.

• Kevin Blueford, LB, Inderkum, Southern Oregon
• Phillip Carter, WR, Folsom, Duke
• Jeff Camilli, LB, Ponderosa, Fresno State
• Ross Dwelley, TE, Oak Ridge, University of San Diego
• Daren Echeveria, OL, Antelope, Air Force
• Kyle Evanski, DL, Del Campo, Sacramento State
• Peter Denham, QB, Placer, Northern Arizona
• Christian Fonbuena, RB, Franklin, Colorado Mesa
• Dom Giampaoli, WR, Rocklin, Southern Oregon
• Omari Gray, DB, Christian Brothers, Butler
• Marcus Green, DB, Franklin, Sacramento State
• Cole Hannum, LB, Nevada Union, Sacramento State
• Trayvon Henderson, WR, Grant, Hawaii
• Beau Hershberger, LB, Granite Bay, Nevada
• Vinnie Johnson, OL, Christian Brothers, Cal
• Daniel Kniffin, QB, Rocklin, Sacramento State
• Bryce Mann, OL, Franklin, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• Brandon Monroe, RB, Del Oro, San Jose State
• Trace Noble, WR, Folsom, Southern Oregon
• Michael Okorike, OL, Antelope, San Jose State
• A.J. Samatua, OL, Del Campo, San Jose State
• Kyle Saxelid, OL, Cosumnes Oaks, UNLV
• Stone Sander, TE, Placer, Sacramento State
• Isaiah Saunders, RB, Pleasant Grove, Idaho
• Thomas Sperbeck, WR, Jesuit, Boise State
• Garrett Strohmaier, OL, Jesuit, Dartmouth
• Nick Terry, DL, Pleasant Grove, Boise State
• Viliami Umukuke, DE, Monterey Trail, Sacramento State
• Tanner Vallejo, LB, Nevada Union, Boise State
• Jordan Vinson, TE, Rio Americano, Sacramento State
• Tyler Winston, WR, Antelope, San Jose State
• Sam Woods, DL, Rocklin, Northern Arizona

February 5, 2013
Three athletes to be recognized at Oakmont signing day

Oakmont will hold a letter of intent signing ceremony 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the school for track and cross country standout Karlie Garcia and soccer player Nicole Pasdera.

Garcia will be headed to Ole Miss and Pasdera to nearby William Jessup University in Rocklin.

The school also will hold a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. for former Oakmont football player Brandon Peacock, now at Sierra College. The lineman will play at Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

February 5, 2013
Elk Grove district to hold football signing ceremony

The Elk Grove Unified School District will recognize seven talented high school football scholarship recipients at a letter of intent signing ceremony 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Robert L. Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove.

Those expected to participate:

• Kyle Saxelid, Cosumnes Oaks, UNLV
• Marcus Green, Franklin, Weber State/Sacramento State
• Christian Fonbuena, Franklin, Colorado Mesa
• Bryce Mann, Franklin, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
• Nick Terry, Pleasant Grove, Boise State
• Isaiah Saunders, Pleasant Grove, Idaho
• Viliami Umukuke, Monterey Trail, Sacramento State

February 5, 2013
Signing ceremony set for five Del Campo athletes

Five Del Campo athletes will participate in a signing reception 2 p.m. Wednesday at the school.

They are:

• A.J. Samatua, San Jose State, football
• Kyle Evanski, Sacramento State, football
• Megan Roberson, Air Force, basketball
• Cam Purcell, Western New England, lacrosse
• Derek Rodigo, Westmont, baseball

February 5, 2013
Five CBS athletes to sign NCAA letters of intent Wednesday

Five Christian Brothers athletes will sign NCAA letters of intent during a a ceremony at the school 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

They are:
• Anna Burch, Cal State Stanislaus, basketball
• Vincent Johnson, Cal, football
• Andrej Bevins, New Mexico, golf
• Hunter Rappleye, St. Mary's College, golf
• Omari Gray, Butler, football

February 5, 2013
10 Jesuit athletes to participate in morning signing ceremony

Ten Jesuit athletes will participate in an NCAA letter of intent signing ceremony 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Carmichael school's gymnasium.

They are:

• Kaba Alkebulan, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, soccer
• Jimmy Boras, Pacific, baseball
• Andre Gregory, Sacramento State, baseball
• Niko Hansen, New Mexico, soccer
• Sina Javidan Nejad, Stanford, track and field
• Riley Harbour, UC San Diego, soccer
• Austin Mitsch, Colorado, track and field
• Thomas Sperbeck, Boise State, football
• Garrett Strohmaier, Dartmouth, football
• Austin White, Oregon, track and field

February 1, 2013
Granite Bay football players to play at the next level

Granite Bay senior JR Calton will be a preferred walk-on this fall as a long snapper at Hawaii.

"JR is a three-year varsity player for us and one of the best long snappers I've coached in 32 years," said Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper.

Cooper also reports that Tyler Arneson, the team's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and Most Inspirational Player, will play for Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Both were All-Sierra Foothill League first team for the CIF State Division I Bowl champions.

They will join Grizzlies' All-State linebacker Beau Hershberger in playing at the next level. Hershberger is expected to sign Wednesday with Nevada.

February 1, 2013
Hildebrand steps down as Woodcreek football coach

John Hildebrand has stepped down after six years as Woodcreek High School's head football coach to spend more time with his family.

Hildebrand, 34, had a 22-41 overall record and 8-22 mark in the rugged Sierra Foothill League, including 2-8 and 0-5 this past season.

His most successful team was the 2008 squad that finished 6-6 overall, 3-2 in league and beat Oak Ridge 31-24 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

The Timberwolves then lost 49-14 to eventual section and CIF State Bowl champion Grant.

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2012
Granite Bay's Ernie Cooper named state's top football coach

Cal-Hi Sports has selected Granite Bay's Ernie Cooper as its 2012 California State Football Coach of the Year.

Cooper is a back-to-back Bee Coach of the Year recipient who led the Grizzlies to two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles as well as CIF Northern California Regional and State Bowl championships this season.

He is just the third football coach from the Sacramento area to be placed on the all-time state list of honorees that dates back to 1896. Cooper joins Cordova's Ron Lancaster in 1978 and Grant's Mike Alberghini in 2008.

Cooper was named Cal-Hi's Medium Schools State Coach of the Year in 1999.

To view Cal-Hi founder and editor Mark Tennis' entire story on Cooper, plus its all-time state coaching list, go HERE

December 22, 2012
Bellaire, Victoria pace South to win over North in first All-City Small-School Football Classic

It was wet and windy, but as game-event creator and coordinator Mike Finnerty told a frozen crowd before kickoff, "Hey, it's football weather!"

And it was some game.

D'Juan Bellaire of Center High School rushed for 68 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 13 and four yards, and linebacker Joe Victoria of Galt had a superb defensive game to key a 16-12 South victory over the North in the first All-City Small-School Football Classic on Saturday night at Del Oro in Loomis.

Bellaire set Center school rushing records in powering the Cougars to their finest season, a deep run into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and he looked the part of All-Star on his driving, twisting and turning 13-yard score.

Victoria earned South MVP honors for his defensive stops in a scoreless fourth quarter. The powerfully built 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was a bright spot for an otherwise dreary Galt season in which low numbers forced the forfeiture of a game. South coaches knew they had a player this week in practice when Victoria took a blocking sled and upended it - by himself.

Bear River quarterback Dillon Smith was the North MVP, passing for 82 yards and hitting Deion Blakely of Lindhurst for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Michael Robinson of Placer rushed for 32 yards and had a two-yard score for the North. Korey Hall of Dixon ran for 70 yards for the South. Quinton Kirk ran for two two-point conversions for the South after a stellar fall season for the Cougars.

Finnerty, the veteran SureWest Sports cable and radio host, came up with the game concept to highlight small-school talent. The game will continue to follow the 56th Optimist All-Star Football Classic that is heavy on large-school players.

This showcase featured athletes from Divisions IV, V and VI, from tiny Foresthill, Bradshaw Christian, Valley Christian, Woodland Christian and Capital Christian to D-IV powers Bear River, Dixon and Colfax.

All-City Classic
SOUTH 16, NORTH 12
North 0 6 6 0 - 12
South 0 8 8 0 - 16
N-Michael Robinson 2 run (kick blocked)
S-D'Juan Bellaire 13 run (Quinton Kirk run)
N-Deion Blakely 30 pass from Dillon Smith (run failed)
S-D'Juan Bellaire 4 run (Kirk run)

- Joe Davidson
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December 22, 2012
North beats South in offensive showcase in return of Optimist All-Star Football Classic

By Joe Davidson
jdavidson@sacbee.com

In the storied history of the Optimist All-Star Football Classic, this was the first one that included frigid fans huddled in blankets and nursing any hot liquid they could get their lips on.