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OURTURN It’s time SportStars jumped into the year-end sports awards

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or the past two weeks, much of our time here at SSM Headquarters has been consumed with building a 12-page special section commemorating the 2013 Sacramento River Cats AllCity Awards winners. The River Cats honored more than 300 high school athletes from the Greater Sacramento Area, and you can find every one listed in the pages of our Sac-Joaquin Edition this issue. Or, if you’re holding the Bay Area edition right now, you can see what we did by pulling up SportStarsOnline.com/RiverCats or scanning this page with the Layar App on your smartphone. (Layar app? Yes, take a peek to your right and you’ll see what I’m talking about.) Anyway, working on the River Cats Awards section provided a lot of nostalgia from my days working for the papers of the Bay Area New Group. This time of year we’d be putting the finishing touches on the East Bay Top 100 Athletes of the Year — which, always ended up being around 110 due to late add-ons. I could never understand why we didn’t name 90 and then use the late add-ons to make 100. But I digress. Naming those 110 athletes was a collaborative staff effort which always brought to me a sense of pride when it was finished — especially in my last few years there when I had an even larger role in the process and its crowning banquet event in early June. We have our own Athlete of the Year program here at SportStars that honors one male and one female athlete at the end of each season. Which we like, and is very well received. But there’s something about a school year-end awards program that ties everything up nicely. It’s my understanding through the general reporters grapevine that BANG’s Top 100 program may be dropped entirely this season. The banquet, which was a great event but took a lot of effort to plan and execute, will not happen this year. And the naming of the athlete’s in print, which typically happens during the third or fourth week of May, seems as though it may have been cut as well. If that’s truly the case, then it’s SportStars to the rescue. We can’t promise a glitzy banquet with a keynote speaker and the works — although, who knows, we might just build to that — but as the only Northern California publication devoted strictly to high school sports, we seem to be the appropriate folks to begin something like this. So that’s what we’ll do. Maybe the number won’t be 100 (though it certainly won’t be 110), and maybe it won’t be strictly East Bay, but we will be formulating something and announcing our grand plan in the coming weeks on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. And once you have a chance to see what we did for the River Cats, just imagine what we’ll do with our own awards. Stay tuned. ✪ 8

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count‘em Number of pitches it took St. Francis-Mountain View senior pitcher Michael Strem to throw a perfect game in the first round of the Central Coast Section Div. I playoffs against Monta Vista-Cupertino. Nationally-ranked St. Francis won 2-0 as Strem struck out eight. Of his 66 pitches, 48 were strikes. Score Digital Content: Scan SSM With LAYAR

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Top 5 least intimidating mascot options Top 5 LEAST Intimidating Mascot Options We recently learned that there is a high school trotting out the Fighting Zebras as its mascot. Look. We get that zebras can be scary, what with the rectangular yellow teeth and the smell and the stripeyness. But. Really? This is what we chose to strike fear into the heart of our opponents? A horse that can’t settle on a color? Um. Okay. Got us thinking, anyway. Here are our top five LEAST intimidating mascots. 1. Sea Cucumbers — Nothing like an animal that literally ejects its guts into the water when frightened as a distraction for predators to really rally the troops. 2. Opposums — Game not going well? You can always just… um… lie there. Nice work. 3. Three-Toed Sloths — Not recommended for schools emphasizing track. Or basketball. Or swimming. Or anything fast. Or. Well. Anything. Is napping a sport? 4. Bunnies — What are you going to do? Wiggle your widdle nose at me, sprinkle some pellets and hop away adorably? 5. Vegans — Terrorizing produce everywhere since 1944. But not eggs. Or milk. — Bill Kolb, Meativore

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better race. ... It was amazing all the positive energy coming from the crowd, the announcers, and my teammates.”

Campolindo senior swimmer Steven Stumph’s post-race retmarks to the Bay Area News Group after setting the national high school record in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCS Swimming Championships on May 18. He won the race in 53.39 seconds, narrowly outswimming fellow national-calibar talents Charlie Wiser of Miramonte-Orinda (53.57) and Nick Silverthorn of Granada-Livermore (53.61).The previous national record of 53.67 was held by U.S. Olympic swimmer Brendan Hansen. Jonathan Hawthorne

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The junior midfielder scored the Broncos’ first goal in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship match in which Bella Vista defeated Ponderosa 2-1. The victory gave the Broncos (18-1-4) their first section title since the program won three consecutive Division I titles from 1986-88. Donovan’s goal in the championship game came in the first half and gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead. Her best offensive game of the season came when she scored three of her nine goals in a 3-0 victory over Del Campo on April 9. SportStars Magazine: What was special about winning the program’s first section title since 1988? Sami Donovan: We have had this curse of losing in the section semifinals. It was great to end the curse. Losing in the semis the last few years made this mean so much more. Plus, we had all of the boys’ team her cheering us on like we did when they won section, so it was awesome. SSM: What was the key to scoring the goal in the championship game? SD: Our defender cleared the ball to the left corner and I was able to make an inside run. Lisa (Elledge) got me the ball near the top of the box and I took one touch and remembered what (assistant coach) Matt Contreras says is the only equation in soccer, that “far post = goal.”

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The Pleasant Grove junior tossed a four-hit complete game in the Eagles’ 6-3 victory over No. 1 seed Davis in a Div. I baseball semifinal. Stafford improved to 8-1 this season with a 2.77 ERA.

ali aguilar The Casa Roble senior homered in the first inning and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh in the Rams’ 7-6 victory over Vanden-Fairfield in a Div. II softball semifinal.

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The Lincoln junior pitched a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Rio Americano in a Div. III playoff opener, and belted a home run in the team’s 4-1 victory over Yuba City in the first game of their semifinal series.

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Our coach keeps talking about how we have to play harder in the NCS playoffs. He keeps telling us we have to ramp it up and stuff like that. Hey, we’re pretty good — shouldn’t we just keep playing the way we have all season? G.P., Tiburon  I’m guessing from your note that you play on a team that hasn’t been to postseason recently, because otherwise your coach wouldn’t have to say anything about what it takes in the playoffs. First, though, you are right that teams shouldn’t change when it comes to NCS or SJS or NorCals. What got you there is what will keep you there — but there’s a little more to the story. There are a lot of different levels that high school teams start from. Some are struggling, just trying to find wins wherever they can. Others are pushing for an at-large berth in postseason and others are out to win a league title. But the really good teams are focused on NCS (I’ll just use NCS because that’s where I’m from). Sure, they want to win in preseason, but those are more important for how they’ll affect postseason seeding. These teams usually have plenty of veterans who have been to postseason before, and they’re not going to be bothered by a three-hour bus ride, officials they’ve never seen, or screaming crowds. They’re here to win, and they know what it takes — and it’s more than just talent. It’s focus, determination, steadiness, emotional maturity and

the ability to rise to the occasion. That doesn’t mean every top seed with 80 percent seniors will win every time, but they definitely aren’t going to roll over and die like some below-.500 league opponents will. They won’t beat themselves, which means you have to find a way to beat them — and that’s not how it is in the regular season, when a good team often just needs to hang around long enough and the other side will find a way to lose. Teams that are focused on the postseason are very serious about the situation, and they’ve been pointing for this since the end of the last year. They’ve put in the work in the summer and offseason, and they’re not going to let that effort just slip away. Having a late lead is better than being behind, but it’s no guarantee in NCS. So yes, your coach is right. Even though what works for you in the regular season will continue to work for you in the playoffs, you have to be more focused, more intelligent and more mature if you want to do more than just play one postseason game and come home with a T-shirt. ✪ Clay Kallam is an assistant athletic director and girls varsity basketball coach at Bentley High in Lafayette. To submit a question for Behind the Clipboard, email Coach Kallam at clayk@fullcourt.com

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Jesuit-Carmichael’s rugby team battled back from a pair of half-time deficits to claim a seventh national title By jim mccue | Senior Contributor

The Jesuit High rugby team does not need much motivation for games. The Marauders are a nationally-recognized power that strives each year to live up to the standards and reputation established by their predecessors in the program. At the recent High School Rugby National Invitational Tournament in Elkhart, Indiana, Jesuit got an unexpected motivation en route to the Marauders’ seventh national championship in 17 years of existence. Prior to the team’s semifinal game against No. 2 Xavier of New York, Jesuit discovered that the oldest high school rugby program in the nation was more than a little confident in its ability to defeat the Marauders. The Outlaws had downed Jesuit 41-20 in an April 1 matchup in Carmichael, so Xavier supporters reserved an entire restaurant to celebrate their team’s national championship berth. The problem was that the semifinal game to earn the national title game berth had not yet been played against Jesuit when some Jesuit parents and supporters stumbled upon the information about the Outlaws’ reservation while dining at the restaurant the night before. “At our morning stretch and walk-through, we let the boys know that there was a big party planned by Xavier to celebrate their win,” coach John Shorey said. “We didn’t play it up, but we let them know.” In the semifinal, Jesuit trailed at halftime before scoring 29 consecutive points after the intermission on their way to a convincing 39-20 victory to earn a shot at the national championship. In the final, the Marauders again trailed at halftime — this time, 13-7 to national No. 1 Gonzaga College High from Washington, D.C.— before tightening up their vaunted defense and allowing just a single three-point try by the Eagles to record a 21-16 victory and secure the national title.

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Jesuit’s Austin Gates gains separation by putting a strong move on a Dixon defender during the Northern California Invitational Rugby Tournament on May 4 in Sacramento. “The game was top-flight and our defense was amazing,” Shorey said. “We were able to put tremendous pressure on what they wanted to do and they were unable to change their game.” Wing Devin Kelly scored a pair of tries and Jesuit’s defense, led by junior flanker Connor Rock, set the tone. The Marauders allowed just 53 points in three games (17.6 per contest) against top-level competition. “Our defense if our offense,” Shorey said. “If you don’t let teams score, then it puts more pressure on them and allows us to capitalize on mistakes teams might make if they start to panic.” Jesuit’s biggest defensive stand came in the first game at the NIT when the Marauders defended their goal line against a bigger and more physical Herriman (Utah) squad that featured five Division I football scholarship athletes. The clutch defensive effort spanned the last five minutes of the game in a narrow 18-17 win. That kind of desire and intensity has been a staple of Marauders squads under Shorey, who helped found the program in 1997 along with help of General Manager Fred Khasigian and support from then-athletic director Chris Smart. Shorey initially told Smart and Khasigian that he would coach for one year to help start the program, but the off-campus coach has

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not been able to step away for 17 years. In addition to the traditional desire and determination, this year’s Jesuit rugby team featured great depth and unmatched team speed. “From one through 15, this is one of the best teams that I have had in terms of talent at all positions,” The veteran coach said. “These young men have built an amazing bond where everyone is in for the team.” Shorey credits captains Matthew Ternan and Casey Reilly for the team’s bond and unselfishness. The senior pair led the Marauders and the school with integrity, according to Shorey, and built a trust and brotherhood that the coach believes will last for years. “We want kids to be able to come back to the school years later and show their kids and family the trophies and share the stories about the teams and their success,” Shorey said. “I tell them that we play to win the hardware, but we do it with class and humility. That is their legacy.” The legacy of the 2013 Jesuit rugby team will include another national championship trophy for the storied program. That, in and of itself, will be motivation for future teams to live up to the standards and traditions upheld by this year’s team. And it will likely be motivation for every opponent that faces the defending national champions in 2014.

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Franklin sophomore striker Lauren Williams drives the ball up field during the SacJoaquin Section Div. I championship match against Davis. Williams converted her penalty kick as the Wildcats won the titledeciding shootout after the game remained scoreless following a combined 100 minutes of regulation and overtime. James K. Leash

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DOOR Franklin gets watershed victory, becomes one of three programs with first SJS title in 2013 By jim mccue | Senior Contributor

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he postgame screams and hugs were unrehearsed and filled with pure joy and a hint of relief. The penalty kicks that earned the Franklin Wildcats the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Girls Soccer Championship over top-seeded Davis, on the other hand, were the result of extensive practice and repetition. “We started practicing PKs as soon as we got into the playoffs because so many games can come down to 0-0, and last year we had a game go to penalty kicks (a second-round win over Vintage-Napa),” said Franklin head coach Eliseo Lopez. In 80 minutes of play in regulation and 20 more in overtime, neither Franklin nor Davis could capitalize on the few opportunities that were presented to the two teams that were defensive stalwarts all season long, allowing a combined 19 goals in 43 games. Both goalkeepers maintained clean sheets like they had so many times during the season to force penalty kicks to determine the section champion. When the shootout became a reality, Lopez allowed his players to determine the five shooters and hoped that the Wildcats would win the coin toss to force the Blue Devils to shoot first. Franklin had previously lost a coin toss with Davis to determine the higher playoff seed after the teams finished with identical 9-1 Delta Valley Conference records, but made the right call at midfield to set the stage

for senior goalkeeper Marcela Young. Young calmly made a diving save of Kalani Ratnasiri’s attempt to the left side on the first penalty kick to open the door for the Wildcats to seize control of the shootout. “It was huge to get that first save, and I think it relaxed the shooters,” Young said of the stop. Senior Julia Alltop and sophomore Lauren Williams buried their shots in the back of the net to start Franklin’s round of five shots, and the Wildcats never trailed in the penalty kick shootout. Davis would get three successful shots on goal to finally set up the climactic finish for senior Christiana Atteberry. After Atteberry sent a hard shot past Davis goalkeeper Maddy Purves, the celebration was on for the Wildcats, who ran to Atteberry and Young at the top of the penalty box for a dogpile that was a familiar sight at the section championships, but foreign to the Franklin players. The section title was the first for a program that has consistently competed at the highest level in recent years, but never broken the stranglehold that Davis and St. Francis have had on the championship for the last 15 years. The Troubadours and Blue Devils have won 13 of the last 15 SJS Division I titles, and Franklin lost in the final last year to LincolnStockton in their lone trip to the championship match. The victory was also the first girls’ soccer section win for a school from the Elk Grove Unified School District.

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“It’s amazing for us,” Young said of the historic win. “There is a lot of school pride, and it made it even sweeter to beat our rivals that we have battled so many times.” Franklin (17-3-0) is hopeful that the young talent returning next year can continue the new tradition of success that began at nearby Cosumnes Oaks High in front of a large crowd that looked more like a turnout for a Wildcats’ football game.

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Bella Vista 2, Ponderosa 1: After losing in the section semifinals each of the last three years, the Broncos made of their first section final berth

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“We made history with a young team,” Lopez said. “We have 13 seniors, but we also have a lot of young players who contributed a lot for us. Last year we were a little immature, but this year these girls were hungry, and wanted to come out of here with the win, especially with this crowd.” At least the next time that Franklin earns an SJS banner on the soccer field, the Wildcats will be familiar with the postgame celebration. ✪

the most since 2007. Sophomore Chelsea Allen scored midway through the second half to break a 1-1 tie and give Bella Vista (18-1-4) its first girls soccer section championship since the program won three consecutive titles from 1986-88. “It was great to end the curse,” said junior midfielder Sami Donovan, who scored the Broncos’ first goal. “Losing in the semis the last few years made this mean so much more.”

A late save by freshman goalkeeper Shannon Fuchs preserved the victory for the Broncos who joined the boys’ team as section champs during the 2012-13 school year.

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Rio Americano 5, Benicia 0: The Raiders and Panthers met in the Div. III final for the sixth time in the last seven years with Rio Americano (18-0-2) prevailing for the fourth time in their head-to-head championship tilts. The title was also the Raiders’ third straight. Nationally-ranked No. 4 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Rio Americano received two goals from Mel Hoskins and single tallies from Lizzie Moulton, Elizabeth Hutchison, and Julia Butterfield. Junior goalkeeper Julia Hildebrand recorded her 16th shutout in 20 games.

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Colfax 2, Placer 0: The Falcons (14-5-4) won the battle between Pioneer Valley League rivals behind goals from Kelly Harris and Tori Henry. Colfax, which lost two of three matches to the Hillgals in league action, scored two minutes into the match and led 2-0 at halftime. Sophomore Lindsey Platt recorded her eighth shutout of the season in the face of relentless Placer pressure late in the game. It was the first SJS girls soccer title in school history for Colfax.

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Liberty Ranch 3, Central Catholic 1: Sophomore Abri Cardenas scored twice to lead the Lady Hawks (18-2-1) to their first section title in the school’s brief history. ✪

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lay locally. Resonate nationally. While the athletic endeavors of the Sac-Joaquin Section still have progress left to become nationally-recognized in the same light as prep hotbeds like Southern California, the Bay Area, and parts of Texas and Florida, the section continues to rise and turn the nation’s attention toward the state’s capital. From showdowns with national powerhouses to big-time networks featuring college recruiters cultivating the region’s latest crop of talent, the once-sleepy Central Valley and foothills is now a waking giant ready for the national spotlight. When high school football super power De La SalleConcord came to town for the first time in years to play in the CIF Northern California Regional Football Championship game against local juggernaut Folsom, the area seized the opportunity to showcase a top-notch venue packed with fans. Folsom featured sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, who earned attention with a state record-breaking season that included a 10-touchdown game. De La Salle would prove deserving of its perpetual national spotlight by beating the Bulldogs, but Folsom and the SJS gained simply by being in the matchup. One week later, the SJS flexed its muscle in the CIF State Championship Bowl Championships as Granite Bay

won the CIF Div. I bowl championship with a thrilling televised 21-20 victory over SoCal power and NFL breeding-ground Long Beach Poly. Central Catholic-Modesto blew out its SoCal counterpart in the Division IV bowl game while Oakdale fell to Serra-Gardena in the Division II final. The St. Francis girls volleyball team featured several major recruits, including Pepperdinecommit Gabriella Palmeri, and played in the CIF Div. I state final. The Troubadours fell short in their quest for a second state title, but their presence was another reminder to the rest of California and the country that we can play some ball up here. A pair of SJS champion wrestlers took state titles back home. Oakmont’s Peter Santos (state champ) and Bella Vista wrestler Shayne Tucker (state runner-up) enjoyed heavy recruiting attention and chose college powers North Carolina State and Oklahoma, respectively. Yet no Sac-Joaquin athlete was more sought after than Placer football star Eddie Vanderdoes. His primetime decision on National Signing Day had the national spotlight on the town of Auburn, rather than the Auburn of SEC athletics lore. At 6-foot-3, 305-pounds, he was the No. 10 overall national recruit — and the top defensive lineman — according to ESPN. Several national powers came

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calling before Vanderdoes chose Notre Dame. Two neighboring hoops programs from Elk Grove gained recognition. The 2012 State Div. I runner-up Sheldon played in national showcase tournaments in December, and the Huskies would roll to a fourth straight SJS Div. I title before becoming part of the inaugural Open Division and falling in the NorCal final to McDonald’s All-American Game MVP Aaron Gordon and Archbishop Mitty-San Jose. Sheldon’s exit from Div. I opened the door for Pleasant Grove to give the section its second consecutive participant in the Div. I state final. The Eagles’ “big three” of Malik Thames, Cole Nordquist, and Matthew Hayes did not headline any national recruiting lists, but they topped those who did en route to a state title. Spring featured more big-time programs and individuals attracting a spotlight that nearly outshined the Sacramento Kings saga. Elk Grove teammates Rowdy Tellez and Dom Nunez have signed with USC and UCLA, respectively, but the June Amateur Draft could alter their paths to professional baseball. Numerous other baseball, softball, golf, tennis, volleyball, and swimming stars are certain to make an impact at major colleges or even on the Olympic stage in the future. So, as the 2012-13 athletic seasons come to a close, one thing is clear: the SJS is no longer a secret. ✪

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Excellence in multiple sports leads to honors for Winston, Halsted The Sacramento River Cats honored nearly 400 local athletes at a ceremony at Raley Field on May 19. The All-City High School Sports Awards recognize high school athletes in all Sac Joaquin Section-sanctioned sports for their accomplishments during the 2012-13 seasons. The 2013 ceremony marked the fifth year that the River Cats honored the athletes, and has become an annual event that is embraced by the athletes, schools, and the community. The All-City awards are one of many programs that the River Cats have implemented to involve the community and schools. Other programs include high school and college baseball games played at Raley Field, camps, and youth baseball days at the ballpark. The All-City High School Sports Awards recognize the top athletes in all sports, and individual players of the year are selected for each boys and girls sport. The highest honors are given to the overall athletes of the year from the region. The top male athlete receives the Art Savage Award named after the late owner of the River Cats while the female athlete of the year receives the “V” Award named after Vicki Kockinis McDermott. This year’s recipients were obviously outstanding in their sports and versatile in their athletic endeavors. Antelope High’s Tyler Winston was given the Art Savage Award for his unmatched excellence in three major sports. The V Award winner was Tara Halsted of Davis High, who was a champion swimmer as well as a member of the Blue Devils’ section champion water polo team. Until just last week, Winston has been in constant motion for the Titans, stopping only to change uniforms. The senior multi-sport star was an all-league wide receiver/defensive back in the fall and helped his team win its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game. In the winter, he moved indoors to the basketball court and was the starting point guard for the Division II section champions. Finally, he returned outside to start in center field for the Titans’ baseball team, which earned a playoff berth. Winston switched gears quickly to transition between sports, and hardly missed a beat as his level of play never faltered from one season to the next. “I can do it pretty quick because I have been doing it since I was 5 years old,” Winston said of transitioning between sports. “The time management to go between sports with distinct separation is challenging, especially when you add in schoolwork to it, too.” The do-it-all star will focus on football as he heads to San Jose State in the fall, but he is not discounting a return to multiple sports after getting acclimated to college life and its athletic grind. Perhaps most amazing is that Winston has already cut back on his sporting load since his younger days. A very good soccer player as a youth, he believes that he could have done well on the pitch were it not for the shared soccer and football seasons in the fall. Additionally, Winston enjoys golf, tennis, and snowboarding, but cloning is illegal and the River Cats have yet to establish an award for that varied excellence. Halsted was dominant in the pool all year long, starting with a spot on the SJS Div. I water polo championship team. But the greatest performances for the Stanford-bound senior have always come inside the swimming lanes. Halsted won two individual titles and was part of a pair of record-setting relay teams at the section swimming finals to lead the Blue Devils to the girls’ team championship. Halsted and Winston will move on to the next level to compete, but the River Cats will reload and start following local high school athletes to select another group of honorees for the 2014 All-City High School Sports Awards.

TYLER WINSTON, ANTELOPE

› THE STATS: On the gridiron, Winston caught 57 passes for 876 yards and 13 TDs to lead the Titans to a 10-2 record that included a CAL title and first-ever playoff win. He accounted for more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and found the end zone 18 times by run, catch, interception, and kick return. As the point guard for the D-2 champions, he averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. On the baseball field, Winston batted .422 with 22 runs and just two strikeouts in 81 plate appearances while stealing 25 bases and posting a .531 on-base percentage. › NEXT LEVEL: The All-CAL WR/DB signed a letter of intent to play football at San Jose State. › FATHER KNOWS BEST: Tyler credits his father as his greatest influence and a major reason for his success in all sports. “My Dad was always pushing me to do better. He kept me humble, and made me strive to get better because there is always room to improve.”

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TARA HALSTED, DAVIS

› THE STATS: At the 2013 Sac Joaquin Section Swimming Finals, she won the 200 individual medley (2:02.07) and the 100 backstroke (55.46) and was on the record-setting 200 medley relay (1:44.26) and 400 freestyle relay (3:28.44) teams for the girls’ team champions. As a junior, she won two individual titles (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and swam on Davis’ champion medley relay team. › NEXT LEVEL: Tara will head to Palo Alto to compete as a swimmer for Stanford. › ON TRIAL: Halsted qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska last year, where she swam in the 200-meter backstroke. She finished 57th at the Trials (out of 190 competitors) in the event that was won in London by American Missy Franklin.

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Jordan Sepeda, Natomas In his third trip to the state meet, the senior finished sixth at 220 pounds. He won his second SJS Masters title as well. SPORTSTARS VAULT: Sepeda’s wrestling career was almost completely derailed when he was hit by a car while crossing the street. Read our Feb. 21 story on Jordan by visiting SportStarsOnline.com/Sepeda or by using your Layar app.

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Jonny Callas, Nevada Union Senior dominated Sierra Foothill League at 138 pounds and won his second straight SJS Masters title. Jeff Camilli, Ponderosa The two-time state heavyweight qualifier followed up a third-place SJS Masters finish with a 7th-place finish at state. Lorenzo De La Riva, Folsom The sophomore was the section’s top finisher at state in the 145-pound division, finishing sixth. Nick Fiegener, Folsom A two-time state qualifier, the junior won SJS Masters title at 160 pounds & advanced to the state final before placing second. Hayden Fry, Vacaville Junior won 145-pound title at the SJS Masters Championships. Tyler Hecht, Franklin Finished fourth at SJS Masters and placed the same at state, recording the area’s highest heavyweight finish in Bakersfield. Kasey Klaus, Vacaville Senior won his second SJS Masters title and helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back team titles. Chris Lai, Vacaville Finished third at SJS Masters and sixth in the state at 182 pounds. Gionn Peralta, Vacaville Two-time SJS Masters champion at 106 pounds; finished as runner-up at state. Jeramy Sweany, Vacaville Won the program’s 11th individual state title by pinning his opponent in the 195-pound state final. Victor Trujillo, Bella Vista The senior won the SJS Masters title at 126 pounds finished fifth in the state. Shayne Tucker, Bella Vista The Oklahoma-bound senior capped his

Phillip Carter, Folsom Duke-bound two-way star shut down opposing receivers with 2 INTs, 10 passes defensed and 91 tackles; he added 40 catches for 662 yards and 12 TDs. FAVORITE ATHLETE: “I always admired Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant even though they are not football players. They each have an incredible work ethic and a determination to always be the best. I try to have that same aggressiveness and willingness to lead the team.” prep career with his third SJS Masters championship and second consecutive runner-up finish at the state tournament. Peter Santos, Oakmont The North Carolina-bound star captured the 170-pound title at the CIF State Wrestling Championships after winning a second consecutive SJS Masters title. Keaton Subjeck, Oak Ridge Qualified for his fourth trip to the state tournament in four different weight classes. Subjeck also finished as SJS Masters runner-up for a third straight year. Jaharee Taylor, Elk Grove In a loaded heavyweight division, Taylor won the SJS Masters title and finished eighth at state. Nick Troquato, Ponderosa The 182-pound SJS Masters champion finished fourth in the state. Scott Votino, Elk Grove Senior followed 3rd-place finish at SJS Masters with impressive run to 195-pound state final.

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Dedric Allen, Inderkum Versatile lineman anchored offensive front and also had three receptions, including two for touchdowns at tight end. Joey Banks, Franklin Strong and fast, Banks flew around the field to make 135 tackles and record six sacks. D’Juan Bellaire, Center The 5-foot-6 speedster torched defenses for 2,214 yards rushing and 30 total TDs. Jake Browning, Folsom Sophomore quarterback threw for state record 5,246 yards and 63 touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a 14-1 record and the SJS Div. II title. Jeff Camilli, Ponderosa Versatile Fresno State signee led the Bruins with 123 tackles, and added two iINTs and

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Brandon Monroe, Del Oro Despite missing three games, the San Jose State-bound running back had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards and 23 total TDs. POINT. CLICK. BRANDON: How many high school athletes do you know who have their own website? Monroe does. And it’s not bad. Visit BrandonMonroe.com to catch a few of his game-breaking highlights. a sack. Also powered in for eight rushing TDs on offense. Quincy Capel, Folsom Interior lineman had 100 tackles and 10 sacks for Bulldogs’ overlooked defense. Vince Chelini, River City The Sierra Valley All-League punter averaged more than 43 yards per punt. Zack Claiborne, Oak Ridge Led state and set area record with 25.5 sacks for 12-2 Trojans. He also recorded 90 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Ian Davis, Nevada Union The senior was a huge outside threat with 77 catches for 1,305 yards and 11 receiving TDs. Also contributed 69 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Parker Doyle, Granite Bay Senior center keyed Grizzlies’ vaunted fly sweep offense that amassed 6,124 yards, including 4,217 rushing yards. Daren Echeveria, Antelope Capital Athletic League’s Lineman of Year a big reason for Titans’ offensive success. Andrew Endicott, Jesuit The Marauders’ strong-legged kicker converted 33 PATs and sent 38-of-45 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Also averaged 36 yards per punt. Curtis Goins, Vacaville Two-way performer contributed 26 tackles and two INTs on defense, and added 1,531 total yards of offense and 15 TDs. Marcus Green, Franklin Blanketed opposing receivers and pulled in a team-high five interceptions while making 56 tackles. Trayvon Henderson, Grant Pacers’ latest athletic star had 39 catches for 673 yards and 3 TDs on offense, and made 113 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. Beau Hershberger, Granite Bay The Sierra Foothill League Defensive

Wadus Parker, Elk Grove Junior covered entire field and accounted for 1,580 yards and 27 total TDs on offense, while recording five sacks on defense. Robert Frazier, Elk Grove Senior speedster rushed for 2,120 yards and 22 TDs; added 47 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense. SPORTSTARS VAULT: The dominant two-headed rushing attack of Frazier and Parker delivered a refreshingly vintage look among the region’s high-flying spread attacks. See our Oct. 18 story at SportStarsOnline.com/OldSchool or by using Layar. Lineman of the Year was a force on the inside with 90 tackles and a team-high five sacks. Josiah Johnson, Sacramento The dual-threat threw for 3,522 yards and 42 TDs and rushed for another 700 yards and seven scores. Aaron Knapp, Granite Bay Cal baseball commit picked off seven passes, including game-sealing interception in the Grizzlies’ CIF State Bowl victory. Troy Knox, Folsom Junior receiver had a section-best 104 catches for 1,249 yards and 15 TDs. Tyler Meteer, Del Oro Hauled in 47 catches for 652 yards and 6 scores as a tight end, made 84 tackles from his linebacker position. Trey Olsen, Oakmont All-Capital Valley League selection made 111 tackles and added six sacks. Lucas Owan, Folsom Senior receiver had 66 catches for 1,222 yards and 10 TDs for section champion Bulldogs. Taft Partridge, Granite Bay The senior blasted his way to 823 yards rushing and 9 TDs on the ground. Played big role in state bowl-winning drive. Isaiah Pineiro, Placer Ball-hawking safety was second in section with nine interceptions. All-PVL performer also recorded 34 tackles. Jason Samuels, Oak Ridge Completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,595 yards and 28 TDs for the Div. I runners-up. A.J. Samataua, Del Campo The mammoth San Jose State-commit

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Dejza James, Pleasant Grove Arizona-bound star was a do-everything contributor for Eagles averaging 19 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.4 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game. BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “My Dad is a huge influence. We share the same love for basketball and it was always something that brought us close together.” anchored a line that opened up holes for Cougars running backs to average 7.4 yards per carry. Cameron Smith, Granite Bay Just a sophomore, he led state champions with 196 tackles, including eight for loss. Thomas Sperbeck, Jesuit Do-it-all senior passed for 1,049 yards and 13 TDs, rushed for 932 yards and 10 scores; Also made 69 tackles with one sack on defense. Nick Terry, Pleasant Grove Boise State signee was force on the Eagles’ defensive front with 55 tackles and a sack. Abnor Toma, Grant Southern Oregon signee led Pacers’ defense with team-high 141 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Eddie Vanderdoes, Placer Pioneer Valley League Defensive MVP accumulated 72 tackles and nine sacks despite facing double- and triple-teams. Tanner Vallejo, Nevada Union The Boise State-bound linebacker amassed 129 total tackles in garnering Sierra Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year honors. William Vi, Franklin A force on the defensive front, he made 53 tackles and with three sacks for a stingy Wildcats defense. Jalen Walker, Christian Brothers The senior was an all-around star for the Falcons with a pair of interceptions on defense, 7 receiving TDs on offense and special teams. Isaiah Williams, Burbank Speedy senior rushed for 2,087 yards at a clip of 11.5 yards/carry and scored 25 TDs. Tyler Winston, Antelope Three-sport star accounted for 18 total TDs, making biggest impact with 57 receptions for 876 yards and 13 scores.

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Isaiah Ellis, Antelope Senior forward averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in helping Titans win their second straight SJS Div. II championship. ON BEING HONORED: “It is a big honor to be recognized with all of the athletes that have worked so hard to play the sports that they love.” Sam Woods, Rocklin Northern Arizona-bound senior was Sierra Foothill League Lineman of the Year as Thunder’s rock up front. Tanner Woods, Del Oro Two-way lineman opened holes for Golden Eagles’ rushing attack and added 66 tackles, 10 sacks on defense. Josh Wormley, Folsom Senior anchored Bulldogs’ offensive line that keyed Bulldogs’ prolific passing attack.

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Haley Anderson, Oak Ridge Returned from early-season injury to provided steady presence and help Trojans to Delta River League title and deep postseason run. Lindsay Anderson, Roseville Junior post recorded double-doubles in 24 of Tigers’ 26 games and averaged 18.7 points and 12.2 rebounds. Ali Bettencourt, Oak Ridge Led the Trojans to the NorCal Div. I final with a remarkable postseason in which she averaged more than 20 points per game. Chaya Durr, Sacramento Junior guard played key role in Sac High’s run to a third consecutive SJS championship. Ayanna Edwards, Sacramento Dragons’ inside force was dominant in the post throughout the season as a scorer and rebounder. Tyler Ellis, Antelope New Mexico State signee dominated the inside for the Titans with averages of 18.8 points, 17.4 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. Stephanie Geyer, Del Oro Senior forward averaged 15.5 points per game, scoring in double digits in 30 of 31 games for the Golden Eagles. Allie Green, Sacramento Cal-Hi Sports Div. II first-teamer and AllMetro League performer helped Dragons extend league win streak to 90 games with sweet shooting touch, tough defense.

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Ana Burch, Christian Brothers Versatile senior guard averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 4.8 steals in helping lead Falcons to SJS Div. III title. SPORTSTARS VAULT: Get the story on how Burch and her unsung Christian Brothers teammates managed to win the program’s first SJS Div. III title in grind-it-out fashion. Find it at SportStarsOnline.com/ChristianBros or access using Layar.

Aaron Cameron, Sacramento The Metro League co-MVP led the Dragons to another league title and playoff berth with a team-high 12.7 points per game. DISTANCE SPECIALIST: A three-year varsity standout for the Dragons, Cameron’s biggest weapon was always his jumper — in particular the 3-pointer. He made at least one in 32 of his 33 games this season. His single-game high was eight 3’s in a 33-point effort at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley his sophomore year.

Reana Hardin, Will C. Wood Senior guard was fifth in SJS with 22.9 points-per-game average, scoring in double digits in all 27 of the Wildcats’ games. Daijah Joe-Smith, Florin Despite consistent double teams, the senior forward averaged 16.3 points and added 12.3 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game. Lynette Johnson, Kennedy The senior averaged 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals per game to lead the Cougars to a second straight appearance in the SJS Div. I final. Ashlee Jones, Bradshaw Christian Senior led Pride to Sierra Delta League and SJS Div. IV titles averaging 13.1 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4.3 steals. Katelin King, River City Led the Raiders to a second straight Sierra Valley League title with a team-high 15.8 points per game. Avonna Lee, Pleasant Grove Four-year letter winner averaged 17.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game for the Eagles. Elizabeth Moulton, Rio American Guard scored team-high 15.6 points per game in leading Raiders to Capital League championship and SJS playoff berth. Dalayna Sampton, Florin Junior post contributed 16.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in helping the Panthers to the SJS Div. II final. Lydia Summers, Rocklin Senior co-captain had team-high 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to lead Thunder to section playoffs. Ashleigh Vandenbrink, Davis The senior averaged a double-double of 16.4 points, 10.4 rebounds per game in leading Blue Devils to Delta Valley Conference title.

Dakarai Allen, Sheldon San Diego State-bound shooting guard compiled four Delta River League and SJS Div. I championships with the Huskies. Gabe Bealer, Antelope Senior led Titans in scoring with 19.8 points per game and hauled in 7.8 rebounds per contest. Tyler Berkness, Bella Vista The senior wing led the Capital Valley League champion Broncos with 21.6 points and 7 rebounds per game. Justin Beskeen, Bear River Forward scored a team-high 21.6 points per game and hit double digits in 24 of 26 games. Matt Hayes, Pleasant Grove Senior sharpshooter led Eagles in scoring during state title run, averaged 14.8 points per game for the season. Darin Johnson, Sheldon Transfer from Franklin-Elk Grove fit in well to play key role in helping Huskies advance to NorCal title game. Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian Junior center controlled the middle averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 boards as the Cougars won SJS Div. V crown. Michael Meserole, Liberty Ranch Senior helped Hawks’ program break out, averaging 24.8 points per game in leading the team to SJS Div. IV title game. Cole Nordquist, Pleasant Grove Three-year star was all-around contributor to state champs with 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Troy Owens, Cordova Senior guard scored a team-high 20 points per game to lead the Lancers to the SJS Div. II playoffs.

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Maggie Bell, Granite Bay The freshman rose from JV to win the SJS Div. II individual title, and then shocked many by taking the Div. II title at state. ON BEING HONORED: “Being recognized in a ceremony like this is such an honor for me. I had no idea my running would get this kind of attention and it’s really meaningful to me that someone would think to recognize me for my accomplishments.” De’Sean Parsons, Grant The senior guard led the Pacers in scoring with more than 18 points per game this season, helping the team to a Delta Valley Conference title. Scott Romuk, Granite Bay The Sierra Foothill League MVP led the Grizzlies to a league title and Div. I section playoff berth. David Straughter, Burbank Senior forward earned co-MVP honors in Metro League by recording 16 doubledoubles and averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. Eric Stuteville, Casa Roble The 6-foot-10 Sacramento State signee led the Rams to new heights with 21.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. Malik Thames, Pleasant Grove Senior guard averaged team-high 17.8 points per game and was main facilitator for the CIF State Div. I champions. Cedric Thomas, Lindhurst Versatile senior averaged 15.4 points, 8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists for the Blazers. D’Erryl Williams, Sheldon Another San Diego State signee, the tough point guard was clutch facilitator and scorer for Huskies against top national and regional competition. Alex Van Dyke, Cosumnes Oaks Multi-sport star led the Wolfpack with 19 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and helped the program to a second straight Sierra Valley Conference title.

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Madeleine Ankhelyi, Vista del Lago Capped her prep career with an SJS Div. III individual title and third-place finish in the division at the CIF State Championships. Peyton Bilo, St. Francis The sophomore was consistent with an 8th-place finish at SJS and a 30th-place finish at state. Clare Carroll, Vista del Lago The junior finished second in the SJS

Emily Laskin, St. Francis Laskin helped the Troubadours win the team section title and rose to the occasion at the NorCal tourney with a 1-under-par 71 to qualify for the state tournament. ON BEING HONORED: “I have seen some of my best friends be recognized with this award, and to be thought of in the same light is very humbling.” divisional final to help the Eagles claim a team second place in Div. III. Kendall Derry, Bella Vista The third-place finisher in the SJS Div. II race led the Broncos to a section team title. Eleanor Ferguson, St. Francis The sixth-place finisher in the SJS meet, Ferguson’s 38th-place finish at state helped the Troubadours to a second-place team finish in Div. I. Fiona O’Keeffe, Davis The SJS Div. I champion led her team to a second-place section finish before claiming sixth place in Div. I race at state. Lauren LaRocco, St. Francis Junior finished second in the section and led the Troubadours to a SJS Div. I team championship. She followed up with a 16thplace finish at state. Miranda Myers, St. Francis Only a sophomore, she claimed seventh at the section meet to propel the young team to a team championship in Div. I. Madison Rawson, St. Francis The junior followed up a third-place finish in the SJS Div. I race with 38th place at the state meet.

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Trent Brendel, Granite Bay The senior raced to the SJS Div. II title before finishing 10th at the CIF state championships. Sean Gregg, El Dorado After finishing third in section Div. III race, senior raced to a 12th-place finish at state. Abdul Hamid, Sheldon The Huskies junior finished behind only Scranton in the SJS Div. I race to make him the highest returning finisher next fall. Sean Jagerson, Del Campo His second-place finish in the SJS Div. II race helped the Cougars to the Div. II team title. Jagerson then finished 19th at state. Garrett Migliozzi, Nevada Union The junior runner took third in the SJS Div.

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Tyler Miguel, Bella Vista Midfielder quarterbacked offense, scoring 20 goals and adding nine assists, for the SJS Div. II champions. BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “My parents have always supported me no matter what. I never felt pressure that I had to be a great player, but I wanted to make them proud.” I race and finished 39th in the Div. 2 state race. Nielson Powless, Roseville As a sophomore, he finished third in the SJS Div. II race before running to 23rd place at the state championships. Toby Qualls, Placer The Pioneer Valley League champion finished second in the SJS Div. III race to lead the Hillmen to a team title. Jack Scranton, Davis The SJS Div. I individual champ helped his team to the section title, then took 18th at the state meet. Tyler Sickler, Will C. Wood The senior capped his prep career with the SJS individual Div. III title and a 37th-place finish at the state meet. Jacob Zufelt, Whitney The Wildcats’ senior raced to a sixth-place finish in the SJS Div. II race before finishing 29th at state.

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April Chang, Highlands The SJS Div. V champion carded a 79 at the SJS Masters Tournament in Stockton. Sarah Debnekoff, Pleasant Grove Her 74 at the SJS Masters helped the Eagles qualify for the NorCal tournament as a team. She carded a 74 (+2) at the regional tournament. Kylie Fong, Franklin The sophomore helped the young Wildcats to a first-ever Delta Valley Conference title before finishing second at the SJS Div. I North tournament. Maddie Gedeon, Oakmont Her 73 at the SJS Masters Tournament qualified her as an individual for the NorCal tourney where she shot a 1-over 73. Emilee Hoffman, Vista del Lago The freshman finished second in the SJS Div. IV Tournament and carded a 77 at the SJS Masters. Paige Lee, Granite Bay The senior carded the area’s low round at

Kaba Alkebulan, Jesuit Senior striker provided 18 goals and 12 assists for the Div. I champions, and will continue his soccer career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. NATIONAL CHAMPS: While Alkebulan and his Marauder’s teammates didn’t actually play in a national title game, they still earned mythical national champ status when MaxPreps.com ranked them No. 1 in their final season poll on March 4. the NorCal Tournament with a 3-under 69 to qualify for state, where she shot 79. Sara Scarlett, Woodland The Div. III champion captured the Section Masters title with a 2-under-par 70 at The Reserve at Spanos Park. She followed that with a 71 at the NorCal tourney to qualify for state where she shot 82. Kelsey Ulep, Whitney The junior finished second at the SJS Masters with an even-par 72 to qualify for the NorCal Tournament, where she also finished even (72). Abbey McGrew, Woodland Christian She took second in the SJS Div. V tournament before shooting a 79 at the Masters Tournament.

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Christian Acosta, Grant Senior captain was field general and tallied 22 points (10 goals, two assists) for the Delta Valley Conference co-champions. Luis Acosta, McClatchy The senior midfielder scored nine goals and assisted on nine more for the Metro League champions. Morgan Bennett-Smith, Sacramento Country Day Senior striker’s 34 goals were fourth-most in the SJS. He scored six playoff goals as the Cavaliers claimed the SJS Div. VII title. Preston Davis, Bella Vista Sacramento State signee anchored Broncos’ defense during an undefeated season in which the team outscored opponents 96-10. Mauricio Dubon, Capital Christian Multi-sport star scored 31 goals and added 15 assists for the Div. VI champion Cougars. Mathew Fisher, Granite Bay Senior defender helped Grizzlies record 13

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Chloe Forlini, Granite Bay After winning three SJS Div. II singles titles, she captured the 2012 Div. I doubles crown with twin sister Lily. BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “The greatest influence on me would be my twin sister, Lily, because she always pushed me to be the best with our sisterly competitions. We have a great bond and we have been through it all together.” shutouts in 25 games en route to an Sierra Foothill League title and an SJS Div. I finals berth. Evan Glass, Jesuit Senior back played a large role in the Marauders’ recording 24 shutouts in 29 matches. Andrew Gosselin, Jesuit Senior keyed defense that allowed just six goals all season, and outscored opponents 26-1 in the postseason en route to the SJS Div. I title. Deandre Hamblin, West Campus Senior forward led the Warriors to the SJS Div. V title with 25 goals and nine assists. Niko Hansen, Jesuit New Mexico-bound striker scored a teamhigh 35 goals, including hat tricks in the semifinal and final of the SJS Div. I playoffs. Javi Munoz, Galt Senior striker scored 23 goals and assisted on 13 others to lead the Warriors to the SJS Div. IV final. Derek Pleasants, Davis Senior goalkeeper recorded 10 shutouts for the Delta Valley Conference co-champion Blue Devils. Dominic Scotti, Granite Bay Junior midfielder tallied 16 goals and nine assists for the Sierra Foothill League champions. Trevor Swartz, Ponderosa Junior striker led the Bruins with 25 goals and five assists. Felipe Zegarra, Granite Bay Junior forward led the Grizzlies with 17 goals and added six assists, and was credited with four goals and two assists in the postseason.

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Abby Bacharach, Del Oro Impressive postseason run did not end until the Golden Eagles’ No. 1 singles player won the SJS Div. I singles title. Lily Forlini, Granite Bay Paired with her twin sister, Chloe, she won

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Gabriella Palmeri, St. Francis Pepperdine-bound outside hitter led Troubadours to second straight section title and NorCal championship with 447 kills, 403 digs, and 36 blocks. SPORTSTARS VAULT: Palmeri was the unanimous selection as the SportStars Sac-Joaquin Female Athlete of the Winter. Read our short profile on her from Feb. 1 at SportStarsOnline.com/Palmeri or through your Layar app. an unprecedented fourth consecutive SJS doubles championship. Eirene Granville, Inderkum Tri-County Conference champion claimed SJS Div. II singles championship. Ines Guinard, Davis Delta Valley Conference singles champion capped her high school career with a run to the SJS Div. I semifinals. Lindsay Holden, Placer Senior won her third SJS mixed doubles title and also won at girls No. 1 singles to give the Hillmen a Div. III team title. Jessica Josiah, St. Francis Emerged as elite singles player by advancing to the SJS Div. I singles championship match. Kammy Kecki, Granite Bay The 2011 Div. II singles champion captured another Sierra Foothill League title before making a deep run in the 2012 Div. I tourney. Sydney Komlenic, Rio Americano The senior captured the Capital Athletic League singles championship. Rachel Putty, Bella Vista Claimed her second consecutive runner-up finish in the SJS Div. II singles bracket. Tori Trylovich, Oak Ridge All-Delta River League selection dominated league singles play before battling far into section playoffs.

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Maddie Cannon, Rio Americano All-Capital Athletic League middle blocker/ outside hitter paced the Raiders with 570 kills, 58 blocks, and 309 digs. Cassidy Denny, El Camino Senior outside hitter stepped up with 398

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Katie Carte, Oakmont Senior captain recorded 323 kills, 53 aces, and 263 digs for the SJS Div. III champion Vikings. TWICE AS GIFTED: This is the first of two places you’ll fine Ms. Carte. She was on only recognized for her volleyball talents, but you’ll find her amongst the girls soccer honorees as well. She’s the only doublehonoree this year.

Emmy Savidge, Rio Americano The Brown University-bound standout was a consistent contributor to the section champion Raiders. SPORTSTARS VAULT: Our Oct. 18 feature on the Raiders water polo team chronicled the determination of Savidge and her teammates to redeem themselves after an early playoff exit in 2011. Read it at SportStarsOnline.com/RioPolo or with Layar.

kills, 68 aces, and 279 digs to lead Eagles to second consecutive SJS Div. II title. Maddy Deters, Granite Bay Junior outside hitter recorded 243 kills, 271 digs, and 65 aces for the Sierra Foothill League champion Grizzlies. Devin Herenda, El Camino Sophomore setter was big part of Eagles’ section repeat with 863 assists, 63 kills, 42 aces, and 47 digs. Michelle Hernandez, Bella Vista Senior setter had 983 assists for the Broncos and added 101 kills, 80 aces, and 226 digs. Ali Koumelis, St. Francis Junior setter recorded 847 assists to go with 247 digs for the SJS Div. I champions. Morgan Lees, Del Oro Senior outside hitter recorded 312 kills, 50 aces, and 328 digs in challenging for Sierra Foothill League. Taylor Nelson, Granite Bay Junior co-captain helped young Grizzlies advance to Div. I title match with 173 kills, 72 aces, and 188 digs. Kelsey Sampson, Vista del Lago Senior nearly carried Eagles to third consecutive Div. III championship with 468 kills, 323 digs, and 69 aces. Sara Schell, Bear River Senior outside hitter paced the SJS Div. IV champion Bruins with 481 kills, 59 aces, and 300 digs. Kirstin Schauble, Placer Versatile senior setter had 534 assists, 115 kills, 164 digs, and 70 aces to lead the Lady Hillmen to a share of the Pioneer Valley League title. Allie Wegener, St. Francis The senior outside hitter blasted 278 kills and added 254 digs to help the Troubadours to the Div. I state finals.

Celeste Brown, Rio Americano Junior driver was a powerful force at both ends of the pool and was a key factor to the Raiders winning their 10th section title. Kaitlyn Cozens, St. Francis The SJS Most Valuable Player fueled the Troubadours’ potent offense. Calla Dorais, Rio Linda The All-Capital Valley League star was a top performer for the Knights. Avery Dotterer, Rio Americano The senior goalkeeper allowed just over four goals per game as the last line of defense for the SJS Div. II champion Raiders. Heather Johnson, Davis The junior earned All-Section honors and helped the Blue Devils to their 10th SJS Div. I title. Marisa Kolokotronis, St. Francis The senior attacker was an All-Delta River League and All-SJS selection. Lauren Owens, Davis A co-captain for the Blue Devils, she earned All-Delta Valley Conference and All-Section honors. Nikole Runyon, El Camino The senior earned All-Capital Athletic League and All-Section honors as the Eagles’ top scorer with 104 goals and 34 assists. Colby Stapleton, Davis The sophomore star was an All-SJS selection and scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds left in the Div. I championship. Katelyn Thompson, Del Oro The senior goalkeeper was an All-Section selection, and is training to make the U.S. Olympic team. Xanthe Plescia, McClatchy The powerful senior attacker led the Lions

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Connor Stapleton, Davis The senior All-American scored in every game for the second consecutive season and finished with 124 goals for the SJS Div. I champion Blue Devils. BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “My dad has been the greatest influence on me because he is also my coach. He pushes me to work hard to become the best player that I can possibly be. He raised me to be a student of the game, to always strive to be better, and to work hard.” in scoring and was invited to the Olympic Development Program National Team’s selection camp. Grace Reego, Granite Bay The senior earned All-Sierra Foothill League honors and led the Grizzlies with 73 goals and 19 assists.

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Jack Dubois, Rio Americano The senior driver tallied 31 goals and 13 assists for the section champs. Garrett Fisk, Davis The junior earned All-Section honors, scoring 68 goals for the section champions. Graham Fullerton, Davis His impressive junior year included being the team’s third-leading scorer and being named All-Section. Luke Hastie, Rio Americano The junior driver bolstered a potent offense that led the Raiders to a third straight section Div. II title. Josh Jordan, El Camino Jordan led the Eagles with 90 goals and added 31 assists en route to a runner-up finish in the SJS Div. II playoffs. Chris Lunger, El Camino The senior goalkeeper averaged nine saves per game, and even scored a pair of goals to go along with 46 assists. Conrad McCarthy, Davis Just a sophomore, he scored 41 goals and keyed the Blue Devils’ defense to earn AllDelta Valley Conference honors. Graham McClone, Ponderosa The All-Delta Valley Conference selection was a top scoring threat for the Bruins, tallying 193 goals, including six games with double-digit goals. John Price, Rio Americano The senior utility scored 33 goals and added 17 assists for the SJS Div. II champion Raiders. Alex Schaevitz, McClatchy The Lions’ senior goalkeeper made 215 saves for an average of 8.26 saves per

Griffin Galvin, Vista del Lago The UC San Diego signee led the Eagles to a playoff berth, seeking the program’s third consecutive SJS Div. II title, with 200 kills, 250 digs, and 63 aces. ON BEING HONORED: “It is a great accomplishment being selected for the RiverCats All-City award. I love knowing that I am representing my hometown and high school when I wear my jersey and especially on stage at the upcoming ceremony. I am proud of my team and the league and section titles that we have won in the last three years.” game. Max Vigeant, Granite Bay The senior scored a team-high 110 goals and added 31 assists for the Sierra Foothill League champion Grizzlies. Jimmy Wiley, El Camino Senior 2-meter had 66 goals and 14 assists to end a solid high school career in which the Eagles twice advanced to the section final.

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Trevor Bryant, Nevada Union The senior is a dual threat as a hitter and setter for the Miners, acting as a quarterback on the floor. He will play for Cal State Northridge next year. Ryan Buck, Jesuit The senior outside hitter led the Marauders offense en route to the Delta River League title and top playoff seed in Division I. Ryan Cernik, Rocklin The senior led a young Thunder team after helping the program reach the SJS Div. I final a season ago. Tanner Charron, Ponderosa Junior hitter pounded team-high 341 kills and added 198 digs and 32 aces for the Bruins. Bobby Curtis, Nevada Union The UC Santa Barbara-bound outside hitter helped the Miners win the Sierra Foothill League title as the team leader in kills. Daniel Deloney, Vista del Lago Outside hitter has been key to Eagles’ run of section titles. He recorded 237 kills and 209 digs as a senior. Connor Drake, Del Oro Just a junior, he led the Golden Eagles in kills from his middle hitter position. Kalen Harris, Whitney The junior outside hitter helped the Wildcats earn the top seed in the Div. II playoffs with 249 kills, 90 digs, and 49 blocks. Mason Humes, Del Oro The junior captain and setter guided the

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David Parker, Whitney U.S. Boys National Youth team selection in 2012, Parker led the Capital Athletic League champions to a No. 1 seed in the Div. II playoffs with 404 kills, 88 digs, 52 blocks, and 43 aces. TWINS TIMES TWO: Parker and his twin sister, Caitlin, were both born in February 1996. They have two older brothers, Trevor and Shawn, who ALSO share the same birthdate in 1993.

Corey Pereira, Ponderosa Delta River League champ won SJS Masters individual title with 4-under 68 to qualify for the NorCal regional tournament. SPORTSTARS VAULT: We’d be lying if we said we didn’t see Pereira’s section-dominant performance coming. Our March 23 profile of Cody was titled “ Eat. Sleep. Golf.” Read it at SportStarsOnline.com/Pereira or through your Layar app.

Golden Eagles to a Div. I playoff berth out of the challenging Sierra Foothill League. Luke McDonald, Rio Americano The 6-foot-5 junior outside hitter was the leading attacker for a potent Raiders offense. Vaughn Petersen, Granite Bay The senior libero helped the Grizzlies to a second-place finish in the powerful Sierra Foothill League in their quest for a second straight SJS Div. I title. Greg Smith, Granite Bay The outside hitter is Grizzlies’ top offensive weapon in their drive toward another SJS Div. I championship. Joe Thayer, Jesuit The senior captain led the Marauders to a Delta River League title and the top seed in the SJS Div. I playoffs. Storm VanSoldt, Oak Ridge The senior middle blocker is a force both offensively and defensively for the Trojans, tallying 124 kills and 38 solo blocks. Lucas Vojack, Nevada Union The junior is the team’s leading blocker and a potent offensive weapon as one of the Miners’ top hitters. Zach Wilson, Granite Bay Senior middle blocker has been a dominant part of a Grizzlies program seeking its fourth section title in five years.

individual for the NorCal tourney with a 70 at the SJS Masters tourney. Charlie Cameron, Oak Ridge The junior shot an even-par 72 at the SJS Masters Tournament to lead the Trojans to a second-place finish and a NorCal Championships berth. Mark Cobey, Jesuit The junior was steady with identical 71s at the SJS Div. I North and SJS Masters to help Jesuit earn team titles at both events and qualify for the NorCal tournament. Corey Eddings, Oakmont The SJS Div. II individual medalist qualified for the SJS Masters, where he fired a 76 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. Bryce Johnson, Woodcreek Chico State-bound senior finished as runner-up at the SJS Masters by shooting a 2-under 70 to punch his ticket to the NorCal tournament. Chad Kubes, Jesuit Junior helped young Marauders to SJS Masters team title with a 74. He fired a 3-under 69 at the Div. I North final for comedalist honors. Hunter Rappleye, Christian Brothers Helped Falcons capture Capital Valley and Div. II team championships with consistent play. Will be a force on the junior amateur circuit this summer. Justin Raskin, Del Oro The senior seeks a return to the CIF State Championship after firing a 72 at the SJS Masters to lead the Golden Eagles to a third-place finish. Austen Sandoval, Jesuit Just a sophomore, he carded a 1-under 71 at the SJS Masters to lead the Marauders to the team title. Sandoval also shared medalist honors at the Div. I North tournament with a 69.

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Brandon Baumgarten, Granite Bay Oregon signee was part of the Grizzlies’ 2012 team state champions. Helped team to runner-up finish at SJS Div. I North tournament before shooting 79 at the SJS Masters. Andrej Bevins, Christian Brothers The senior led the Falcons to the SJS Div. II team championship and qualified as an

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Austin Carter, Folsom A threat in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races at the SJS Masters Meet, the junior holds the fourth-fastest time in the state for the 400-meter hurdles. RECORD PRODUCER: Carter set Folsom’s school record in both the 110 and 300 hurdles this season. The 110 hurdles record had stood for 31 years before Carter’s winning time of 14.5 seconds in the Sacramento Meet of Champions on April 30.

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Adam Banks, Vista del Lago Talented senior won the 100 backstroke and finished third in the 200 IM on his final trip to the SJS Masters. Stephen Blevins, Bella Vista The senior placed fifth in the 50 freestyle sprint at the SJS Finals and also competed in the 100 freestyle. Collin Craig, Del Oro Junior freestyle specialist was third in the 500 and fourth in the 200 events at the SJS Finals. Josh Cutter, Bear River The Bruins senior finished second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle races at the section finals. Jordan Gotro, Oak Ridge Trojans senior captured the boys diving individual championship at the SJS Finals. Riley Hickman, Davis Just a sophomore, he took first place at section meet in 100 and 200 freestyle races. C.J. Pais, Woodcreek The junior helped the Timberwolves to a second-place team finish in the Sierra Foothill League, competing in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM. Kendall Pawlowski, Nevada Union The Miners’ senior was a versatile performer, competing in freestyle and individual medley races in dual meets and at the section finals. Dylan Kubick, Oak Ridge Versatile senior placed second in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM finals at the SJS Finals Brandon Mills, Oak Ridge Senior took fourth in both the 100 breast stroke and 200 IM at the section finals. Ryan Whelan, Granite Bay The sophomore was key to the Grizzlies extending their Sierra Foothill League dual meet win streak, and finished seventh in the 100 butterfly race at the SJS Finals.

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Matt Whittle, Davis The junior won the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley events at the SJS Finals to help the Blue Devils to a team runner-up finish. Chris Wieser, Jesuit The junior’s win in the 500 freestyle and second-place in the 200 freestyle led the Marauders to the SJS team title. Kevin Wylder, Granite Bay The junior helped the Grizzlies to a thirdplace team finish at the section meet. He won the 50 freestyle and placed second in the 100.

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Jordan Anderson, Granite Bay Soph competed in 3 freestyle finals at the SJS Masters, finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle, fifth in the 500, and sixth in 200. Emma Barksdale, Davis The sophomore placed second in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breaststroke finals to help the Blue Devils win the girls team title. Kathleen Benjamin, Davis The junior helped Davis win its second consecutive section team title and 18th overall by winning the 100 breaststroke and finishing eighth in the 200 IM. Hannah Calton, Granite Bay The Loyola Maryount-bound senior recorded a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 200 freestyle at the SJS Masters. Chenoa Devine, Davis The freshman sensation was a double champion at the SJS finals, winning the 200 and 500 freestyle for the team champion Blue Devils. Tara Halsted, Davis Senior was a double individual champion at the SJS Masters, winning both the 100 backstroke and 200 IM events. Claire Hammond, Woodcreek The junior placed fourth in the 200 freestyle

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Lauren Fitzgerald, Granite Bay The senior capped her high school career with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM and a fifthplace finish in the 100 backstroke at the section finals. BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “Hands down, the greatest influence I ever had was my old coach Jeff Pearson. I was lucky to swim under him for about 2½ years and I just transformed as a swimmer during that time. I know without him I would be in a much different place mentally and physically, both in and out of the pool. I owe so much to him and, even though he is not my coach anymore, I still try to swim every practice like he was there.” and eighth in the 500 freestyle event at the SJS Masters. Kassidy Henson, Granite Bay Just a freshman, she placed fourth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 freestyle races at the SJS Finals. Lexi Johnson, Woodcreek The Timberwolves’ sophomore won the 100 breaststroke and placed seventh in the 50 freestyle at the SJS Finals. Whitney Jorgensen, Roseville Jorgensen finished third in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 breaststroke at the SJS finals. Marrisa La Freniere, Davis LaFreniere closed out her high school career with a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle and fourth-place showing in the 50 freestyle at the section finals. Sydney Larsen, Rio Americano The freshman was second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle to help the Raiders claim third place at the SJS Masters. Mikaela Lujan, Nevada Union The senior captured the girls’ individual diving title at the SJS Diving finals. AnnClaire MacArt, St. Francis The junior was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 at the section meet. Paige Maynard, Vacaville The Bulldogs sophomore collected secondplace finishes in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly events at the SJS finals. Alex Rieger, Davis The junior won the 100 freestyle and placed second in the 50 freestyle at the section finals. Summer Spradley, Granite Bay She took third in the 50 freestyle sprint at the SJS Finals to help the Grizzlies to a runner-up team finish. Rebecca Triplett, Del Oro The Golden Eagles’ junior competed in the 100 and 200 freestyle events at the SJS finals.

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Trent Brendel, Granite Bay The senior runner finished fourth in the 1,600 meters at the competitive Sacramento Meet of Champions. Richard Cooper, Pleasant Grove Speedster raced to a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter final at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, and also owns the ninth-best long jump mark in the state at 23-5. Daniel Gow, Bella Vista The Broncos’ distance runner finished third at the Sacramento Meet of Champions in the 1,600-meter race. Garrett Migliozzi, Nevada Union The junior was fifth in the 1,600 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions and ran the 7th-fastest 1,500 meter time in the state at the Del Oro Invitational. Austin Mitsch, Jesuit The senior is the defending Div. I 100 and 200-meter champion and owns top 10 marks in the state this year for both events. Darrin Paulo, Grant The sophomore football standout won the discus competition at the Sacramento Meet of Champions with the section’s best throw this season (169-6) Austin Perry, Colfax His shot put throw of 63-2 earlier this season is second-best in the SJS in 2013. Danny Shellworth, Vacaville The senior won the high jump competition at the Sacramento Meet of Champions with a jump of 6-8, the ninth-best jump in the state this season. Jacob Sipes, Oak Ridge Junior hurdler captured the 300-meter final at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, and will challenge in both hurdle events at the SJS Masters Meet. Cameron Stone, Sheldon Soph speedster raced to an impressive fourth-place finish at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

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Dominic Nunez, Elk Grove UCLA signee moved from shortstop to catcher for senior season and did not miss a beat at the plate, hitting .397 with 32 runs and 31 RBI. FAVORITE ATHLETE: “Derek Jeter is my favorite athlete. He is not only a Yankee, but he is the Yankees’ captain. He makes all his teammates around him better, and is one of the most humble and hard-working players I’ve ever watched.” Michael Titherington, Jesuit The sophomore is a rising star who will be a contender at the SJS Masters Meet in the discus and shot put. Kameron Williams, Rosemont Junior leaper is dual threat in both the long jump and triple jump.

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Macenzie Arnold, River Valley Sophomore jumper was second in long jump at Sacramento Meet of Champions with state’s eighth-best mark this season (18-9.75). Leah Carter, Rocklin Nevada-bound senior is contender for SJS Masters high jump title. Nia Dorner, Cordova 2011 200-meter Masters Champion and 2012 400-meter Masters winner is among the fastest female sprinters in the area. Sofia Evanoff, Winters The sophomore raced to a second-place finish in the 400-meters at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. Karlie Garcia, Oakmont The senior is among the top distance runners in cross country and track competitions in the section and state. Lauren Kinloch, Granite Bay Senior thrower was third in the discus finals at Sacramento Meet of Champions and also competed in shot put competition. Ciara Levy, Monterey Trail In a competitive regional field, the junior finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. Natsumi McGee, Cosumnes Oaks The Wolfpack’s speedy sophomore was in the top three in both the 100- and 200-meter finals at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

Tyler Blake, Franklin Despite an injury that kept the projected ace from pitching, Blake hit a team-high .431 and belted eight doubles to break the school’s career doubles record. SPORTSTARS VAULT: Blake and the Wildcats were the cover story to our 2013 Baseball/Softball Preview on March 7. Read it at SportStarsOnline.com/FranklinBase or access via Layar. Monique Newton, Cordova The junior thrower won the discus competition and placed second in the shot put at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. Jorden O’Neal, Franklin Sophomore long jumper leaped 17 feet, 7 inches for 5th-place finish at Sacramento Meet of Champions. Pattriana Perry, Vacaville Top female hurdler won 300-meter event at Sacramento Meet of Champions with state’s third-best time (42.64 seconds), and took third in 100-meter hurdles. Kylee Trageser, Ponderosa Bruins senior pole vaulter cleared personal best 11-7.5 at New Year’s weekend indoor event. Meghan Tucker, Placer Junior long jumper was Sacramento Meet of Champions winner with leap of 18-11.25, which is seventh-best jump in California for 2013 season. Tiara Webb, Monterey Trail The sophomore earned Top 6 finishes in both the long jump and triple jump at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.

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Trevor Abrams, Whitney The senior hit .495 and knocked in 40 RBI while stealing 17 bases to help the Wildcats earn the top seed in the Div. II playoffs. Julian Barron, Jesuit Barron led the Marauders to a Div. I playoff berth with a .435 batting average and 25 RBI to go along with a 4-2 pitching record and 1.47 ERA. Anthony Castenada, Woodland Christian The junior right-hander was 5-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 46 innings of work for the Central Valley California League champs. Alec de Watteville, Oak Ridge Trojans senior infielder helped team to co-

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Ali Aguilar, Casa Roble Senior infielder batted a team-best .488 with five home runs, 24 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. RED, WHITE AND EH?: Aguilar will spend her July 4 wearing her country’s colors — in Canada. She was one of 19 named to the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team which will combete in the Jr. Women’s World Championships in Ontario from July 1-7. championship in competitive Delta River League with .370 average, seven triples, and 12 stolen bases. Robert Daugherty, Pioneer Senior southpaw posted a 6-2 record with a 2.25 ERA and 67 strikeouts, and often helped his own cause by batting .405 with 22 RBI. T.J. Dove, River Valley The junior led the Falcons’ offense with a .470 average, 36 runs, .564 on-base percentage, and 13 stolen bases. Mauricio Dubon, Capital Christian Speedy senior batted .453 with 40 runs and 31 RBI while successfully swiping 25 bases. Chandler Eden, Yuba City Senior ace led the Honkers with a 4-2 record and 1.70 ERA while fanning 83 batters in just 49.1 innings. P.J. Floyd, Whitney The junior infielder batted .489 with 41 runs and a .569 on-base percentage for the league-champion Wildcats. Thomas Galart, Pioneer The Patriots’ versatile senior batted .427 with 20 runs and 19 RBI while pitching to a 6-2 record with a 0.98 ERA and 75 strikeouts. Korey Hall, Dixon The senior infielder had another productive year at the dish with a .453 batting average, 34 RBI, and .733 slugging percentage. Trevin Haseltine, Will. C. Wood The senior hurler was 6-4 with a 1.69 RA, and struck out 78 batters in 54 innings. Brandon Hunley, Christian Brothers The junior hit .310 with 24 runs and 20 RBI for the Falcons. Matt Kintz, El Camino The senior captain was a steady presence at the plate (.299, 18 runs) and on the mound (7-3, three complete games).

Frankie Orlando, Woodcreek Timberwolves senior catcher handled a deep rotation and batted .359 with three homers and 22 RBI. THE NEXT LEVEL: “I want to give everything I have for every team I play for and help the team out in any way possible. I have to be well prepared for San Diego State and work hard to achieve great success for the team and pass on any advice I can for those trying to achieve the same goal.” Brandon Langan, Sheldon Versatile junior belted six homers and drove in 25 runs while also posting a 4-3 pitching record. Chris Loeb, Jesuit A sophomore pitcher, Loeb posted a perfect 7-0 record with a 2.46 ERA that included key Delta River League wins over Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge. Hank LoForte, Franklin The sophomore led the defending Div. I North champion Wildcats back to the playoffs with a .392 average, 22 runs, and 21 steals. Nick Madrigal, Elk Grove The young shortstop hit .400 with 32 runs, five triples, and 19 stolen bases in just his second high school season. Michael Majeski, Vista del Lago The junior pitcher led the Eagles to a Sierra Valley Conference title and Div. IV playoff berth with a 6-0 record, 2.64 ERA, and 55 strikeouts. Gabe Meza, Granite Bay Grizzlies senior right-hander was 5-3 with a 1.90 ERA, and pitched a no-hitter and one-hitter while holding opponents to a .162 average. Chad Perry, Marysville Senior led the Indians with a .636 batting average, five home runs and 30 RBI, while also pitching for 5-3 record with 79 strikeouts over just 45.1 innings. Ben Ritchey, Capital Christian Senior hurler posted a 3-1 record with a 1.70 ERA and also hit .493 with 39 runs and 30 RBI. Austin Ragsdale, Bradshaw Christian Star senior batted .431 with 35 RBI, and 27 runs. He also put up a 6-1 mark on the mound with a 0.52 ERA.

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Taylor Cotton, Whitney Cal-bound pitcher posted a 13-3 record with a 1.33 ERA and 150 strikeouts despite missing two weeks with a finger injury. She also hit .480. BLAZING START: It’s hard to start one’s season any better than being named one of three National Players of the Week by MaxPreps.com and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She was honored for her performance from March 4-11 when she hit .667 (14-for-21) and went 6-0 with 0.18 ERA. Josh Robinson, Whitney The senior led the Capital Athletic League champs with a .585 average and 46 RBI at the plate and a 7-1 record and 0.91 ERA on the mound. Derek Rodigo, Del Campo The senior slugger led the Cougars to a league title with a .452 batting average, seven home runs and 27 RBI. Guillermo Salazar, Rio Americano Senior led Raiders with .432 batting average, 28 runs while posting a 2.56 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. Eddie Sievers, McClatchy Senior shortstop led the Lions to the Metro League title with a .435 batting average, 27 RBI, and nine stolen bases. Jimmy Shaw, Valley Christian Lions’ junior keyed team’s run to Sacramento Metro League title with a.387 batting average and 26 RBI, as well as a 2.33 ERA and 85 strikeouts. David Smith, Elk Grove Senior hurler posted a 7-2 record and 1.33 ERA with three complete games to help the Thundering Herd to a Div. I playoff berth. Matt Stafford, Pleasant Grove Eagles’ ace posted a 7-1 record and 2.74 ERA with two complete games against a challenging schedule. Adam Takeuchi, Kennedy The junior batted .493 with 25 RBI and recorded a 9-2 record with a 2.08 ERA while tossing seven complete games. Ryan Tellez, Elk Grove USC-bound slugger posted huge offensive numbers (.458, 6 HR, 33 RBI, .917 slugging percentage) despite opposing pitchers offering few good pitches to hit. Matt Trask, Davis Clutch junior led Blue Devils to Delta Valley

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Kristina Brown, Dixon Senior catcher hit an area-best .732 and drove in a SJS-best 67 RBI in 27 games. The Fisher College signee hit eight home runs, scored 48 runs and stole 20 bases. SPORTSTARS VAULT: By midseason, when it wasn’t clear if any living pitcher could retire Brown, we had to find out for ourselves what made this slugger tick. Read our April 18 story on her at SportStarsOnline.com/DixonBrown or by using Layar.

Vinny Esposito, Granite Bay The junior middle infielder was steady in the field with a .978 fielding percentage and at the plate with a .393 average, 16 runs, and 17 RBI. A DIAMOND RUNS THROUGH IT: We can neither confirm nor deny whether the Esposito Family’s furniture is made of white leather with red stitching. Vinny’s dad, Pat, has been the baseball coach at Granite Bay since 1999 and his older brother Nate is a sophomore catcher at Oregon State.

Stephen Nogosek, Woodcreek Oregon-bound ace led Timberwolves to Sierra Foothill League title with a 4-1 record, 2.46 ERA, and 58 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched. SPORTSTARS VAULT: You don’t know, Nogo. He’s played quarterback and receiver for the Timberwolves’ football team; He and his dad are avid hunters; And he can throw nasty heater. Read our May 1 profile at SportStarsOnline.com/Nogosek or access with Layar.

Conference title with .455 batting average, 6-2 mark with a 1.74 ERA on the mound.

eight home runs and 30 RBI to help the team earn a Div. I playoff berth. Kayla Fields, Roseville Senior led the Tigers to a Div. I playoff berth with an 11-4 record and 1.99 ERA in the pitcher’s circle and a .412 average at the plate. Kaitlyn Garcia, Casa Roble Workhorse pitcher has pitched every regular season inning for the Rams with a 20-5 record and a 1.81 ERA. Leia Gaspar, McClatchy Senior multi-sport star was third in the section with a .723 batting average and added 22 runs, 19 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. Kelsey Goodner, Woodland Versatile junior posted a 7-2 record with a 2.92 and 94 strikeouts while batting .532 with 20 RBI. Zamari Hinton, Sheldon Junior captain led the defending-champion Huskies back into the Div. I playoffs by hitting a .471 with 25 runs scored. Ashleigh Hughes, Antelope Alabama commit batted .469 and stole seven bases to lead the Titans to a share of the Capital Athletic League title. Anessa Kaylor, Sheldon The junior infielder provided power for the Huskies’ young offense with a .500 average, six home runs, and 36 RBI. Morgan Lamb, Elk Grove Sophomore infielder helped the Thundering Herd to the league title with a .420 batting average, 17 runs, and 15 RBI. Rachel Last, Bear River Junior infielder helped Bruins win a second straight Pioneer Valley League crown with a .540 batting average and 22 runs. Abi Lund, Lincoln The senior captain led the Fighting Zebras

to a Div. III playoff berth with a .494 batting average, 29 runs, 11 doubles, and 20 stolen bases. Taylor Martinez, El Camino Eagles senior played a solid first base and contributed offensively with a .453 average, four home runs, and 33 RBI. Sam Moffat, Rocklin Junior catcher hit a team-best .543 and had 19 RBI to earn a Div. I playoff berth for the Thunder. Bailey O’Mara, St. Francis Senior slugger batted .586 with seven home runs and 31 RBI to lead the Troubadours to a Div. I playoff berth. Sarah Phillis, Union Mine Powerful senior was among the top section batters with a .676 average, seven home runs and 35 RBI for the a Sierra Valley Conference champs. Jackie Schmaeling, Oak Ridge The senior catcher batted .358 with 25 runs and 24 RBI while stealing 15 bases in the ultra-competitive Delta River League. Haley Snyder, Christian Brothers Stanford-bound junior dominated at the plate with a .429 batting average and four home runs, as well as in the circle with a 16-6 record and 0.55 ERA. Vanessa Washington, Pleasant Grove Powerful junior hitter belted 10 home runs to go along with a .385 batting average and 25 RBI for the Delta River League champs. Morgan Welch, Marysville Indians’ slugger hit seven home runs and drove in 43 while batting .478 for the Golden Empire League champs. Amber Wright, Elk Grove Sophomore hit a team-best .569, scored 23 runs, and added 14 RBI for the Delta Valley Conference champs.

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Tressa Arostegui, Marysville Senior pitcher posted a 16-3 record with a 1.00 ERA and 125 strikeouts to help the Indians to a third straight league title. Mallory Asaro, Rocklin The senior third baseman batted .370 with 14 runs and 22 RBI to help the Thunder to a surprising Sierra Foothill League title. Krystal Aubert, Casa Roble Rams junior hit .386 with five homers and 22 RBI while swiping 13 bases for the Capital Valley Athletic League champions. Danika Bailey, St. Francis Just a sophomore, she batted .513 and scored 37 runs from the leadoff spot for the Troubadours. Jenna Bassler, Dixon Rams senior pitcher was 18-5 with a 0.99 ERA and struck out 198 batters in 141.1 innings. She also batted .603 with seven home runs and 38 RBI. Lauren Bertoy, Oak Ridge Senior infielder slugged 10 homers and batted .537 with 31 RBI for the Trojans. Brina Buttacavoli, Marysville The junior utility player added to the Indians’ powerful offense with a .429 average, five homers, and 36 RBI. Catlyn Cavender, El Camino Senior slugger hit a SJS-best 11 home runs while batting .607 with 36 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Jenna Curtan, Woodcreek Speedy junior outfielder hit .380 with 25 runs and 29 stolen bases for the Timberwolves. Ashley Dufresne, Davis The Blue Devils’ junior batted .432 with

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Sandeep Gurram, Vista del Lago The Eagles’ No. 1 singles player captured the Div. III section singles championship to conclude a near-perfect season. TEAR DOWN THIS WALL: Gurram was by no means unfamiliar with his opponent in the SJS Div. III singles final. He’d already faced and beaten Andrew Wall of Consumnes Oaks twice during the season, and the third meeting was no different. He won 6-1, 6-2.

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Sean Alves, Oakmont The Vikings’ No. 1 singles player won the Capital Athletic League singles title as well as the SJS Div. II championship. Anatoliy Beynars, Jesuit The 2012 Div. I doubles champion added a section singles title in 2013 for the Div. I team champion Marauders. Cody Duong, Florin The sophomore won the Metro League singles championship and went undefeated in league play without losing a single set. Glenn Hull, Davis The senior won the Delta Valley Conference singles title before leading the Blue Devils to the SJS Div. I team finals. Matt Iwahiro, Granite Bay The Sierra Foothill League singles champion advanced to the SJS Div. I semifinals. Winston Limhengco, Christian Brothers The Falcons’ top player made a second consecutive deep run into the SJS Div. II singles bracket. Josh Lin, Jesuit The junior helped the Marauders win Delta River League and SJS Div. I team titles. Jack Lonergan, Rio Americano The sophomore was the Raiders’ No. 1 singles player and advanced to the second round of the Div. II singles bracket. Konner Macias, Whitney The sophomore All-Capital Athletic League

Brandon Sutter, Oak Ridge The Stanford-bound senior helped the Trojans advance to the section Div. I semifinals. EPIC EFFORT: In an interview with USTA NorCal, Sutter listed his most memorable match as a 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 USTA win over Lovedeep Singh when he was 12. He supposedly saved 13 match points in the final set and rallied back from an 0-5 deficit. selection reached the semifinals of the Div. II singles bracket. Scott Putty, Bella Vista 2012 section doubles champion helped the Mustangs win the section Div. II team title. Diego Reitano, Elk Grove The Italian exchange student emerged as the Thundering Herd’s No. 1 singles player and qualified for the Div. I singles tournament.

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Hailey Barrett, St. Francis Freshman forward scored 11 goals and added four assists to lead the Troubadours’ offense. Katie Carte, Oakmont Multi-sport star is a senior captain for the Vikings’ soccer and volleyball teams. Andrea Damian, St. Francis Senior tallied six goals and six assists to help the Troubadours earn the Delta River League title and the No. 2 seed in the Div. I playoffs. Lisa Elledge, Bella Vista Senior midfielder led the Mustangs to a Capital Valley League title and the top seed in the Div. II playoffs. Jenna Farboud, Davis The senior anchored the Blue Devils’ defense en route to a co-league title and the No. 1 seed in the Div. I playoffs. Bonnie Ford, McClatchy Freshman forward burst onto the scene with 46 goals and six assists for the Metro League champion Lions. Rachel Furtado, Victory Christian Senior forward led SJS with 53 goals for the season and upped her four-year career total to 169 goals. Tatyana Garrett, Franklin Senior guided the Wildcats’ offense from her midfield position to help the team earn the No. 3 seed in the SJS Div. I playoffs.

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Mallory Velte, Christian Brothers Falcons’ star won her first SJS title before repeating as the CIF State Champion. SUPER AT STATE: In three trips to the CIF Girls State Invitational, Velte has compiled a match record of 13-2 with both losses coming when she finished fifth her sophomore year (2011). She’s gone 8-0 her last two season for two state titles. Alanna Greenhow, Casa Roble Senior forward led the Rams with 19 goals and added four assists as the team reached the Div. III playoffs. Emily Hansen, Rio Americano Junior tallied three goals and three assists to help the Raiders earn the top seed in the SJS Div. III playoffs. Ashari Hines, Sheldon The junior led the Huskies with 13 goals and six assists during a challenging Delta River League campaign. Mel Hoskins, Rio Americano The senior midfielder scored nine goals and added 12 assists to help the Raiders win their seventh straight league title. Elizabeth Hutchison, Rio Americano The Raiders’ junior led a balanced offense with 15 goals and 14 assists for the Capital Athletic League champs. Julia Platter, Bella Vista The senior led the team with 18 goals and 14 assists in earning a third consecutive league title and a shot at the program’s first section title since 1988. Lauren Stafford, Rosevillle The senior helped the Tigers capture a share of the league title in the competitive Sierra Foothill League. Jessica Syracuse, Bradshaw Christian Versatile senior plays all field positions and contributed 25 goals and 12 assists for the Pride in their quest to win a fifth consecutive SJS title. Lauren Williams, Franklin The sophomore helped the Wildcats earn their second consecutive Delta Valley Conference title.

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Mary Bailly, Johnson The senior finished her final high school season with a fourth-place finish at the section tournament.

Tatyana Garrett, Franklin The senior guided the Wildcats’ offense from her midfield position to help the team earn the No. 3 seed in the SJS Div. I playoffs. THE NEXT LEVEL: Garrett has earned a scholarship to compete for Big West Conference-power UC Irvine in the fall. And Anteaters coach Scott Juniper is eager to get her in an Irvine jersey, “(Tatyana) has the personality to step in as a freshman and make a contribution immediately,” he told UCIrvineSports.com. “And I can’t wait to work with her in August.” Serena Castro, River City Senior grappler was second in the section before battling her way to the podium with an eighth-place finish at state. Monica Durazo, Rosemont Senior earned podium finishes at the section invitational (fourth) and the CIF State Championships (sixth). Madison Fitzgerald, Whitney Senior capped her high school career with a second consecutive SJS title before finishing fourth at the state tournament. Tesia Lizama, Lindhurst Senior closed out career with a secondplace finish at the SJS Girls Invitational. Lauren Mason, Woodcreek The Timberwolves freshman captured the SJS title and finished fourth at the CIF State Championships. Yvette Mends, Monterey Trail Mustangs soph finished third in the section to qualify for the CIF State Championships. Hannah Quade, Johnson Just a sophomore, she placed fourth at the SJS Championships. Annatassia Ramirez, Elk Grove The freshman had a 38-12 record, including 29 pins, and placed third in the SJS. Olivia Seppinni, Rocklin The Thunder senior won a section title and reached the podium at the state tournament with a sixth-place finish. Marissa Thomas, Woodcreek Thomas placed second in the section before reaching the podium at the state tournament in seventh place. Natalie Villar-Huezo, Inderkum The sophomore was the Tri-County Conference champion and finished third in the SJS tournament. ✪

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As Granite Bay firmly cemented its status as powerhouse, Whitney finally completed climb to top By jim mccue | Senior Contributor

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hen the Granite Bay boys’ volleyball team opened the 2013 season at the start of March, head coach Bruce Honberger saw question marks on the court where he had seen dominant seniors leading the Grizzlies a year earlier. Stalwarts Alec Naki, Bryan Berry, Matt Austin, Travis Vincenzini, and Jake Neptune were not going to walk through the door and take the court. Instead, those standouts wevre replaced by what Honberger hoped would be a reloaded lineup. By the time the final point was played in the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship match in mid-May, Honberger and Granite Bay had all of the answers as well as the program’s fourth section title in the five years the sport has had a sanctioned championship. The Grizzlies’ once-unsure lineup of new players in new positions and roles had become a poised and confident group that did what the preceding rosters had always done— win when it mattered. “We were 23-12, but all of the 12 came early in the season,” Honberger said. “That was by design, because it took us a while to get up to speed. This was our most improved team from start to finish.” With the Grizzlies hovering around .500 toward the start of the Sierra Foothill League schedule, the team’s confidence grew after their first victory over league- and section-favorite Nevada Union. And Granite Bay’s new guard got into the old habit of winning. The Grizzlies’ 10th consecutive win was a high-intensity 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23 win over Nevada Union in the section championship match, earning Granite Bay the No. 4 seed and a first-round home match in the inaugural CIF Northern Regional Championships which began May 21. “In the beginning of the season, we weren’t James K. Leash

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exactly sure about how we were going to play,” said senior libero Vaughn Petersen. “As we started playing and getting better together as a team, we got a little confidence. Then, when we first beat (Nevada Union) after losing to them in our first match, we realized that we could do this and just wanted to keep it going.” Petersen was at the center of a turning point in the first game of the championship match, one that was a microcosm of the season for the Grizzlies. Trailing 10-9 in a see-saw battle with emotions running high, the senior stepped back to serve and promptly rattled off 10 consecutive points to energize his team and give the Grizzlies confidence that carried through all four games. “After you make a couple of serves, you are like ‘All right, I’ve got these guys on their heels, so I will just hit it harder and harder,’” he said. “Soon, you are just hitting balls that they can’t get anymore and it’s just awesome.” The serving performance and senior leadership provided by Petersen was no surprise to The Grizzlies, especially Honberger. “He’s a special player,” Honberger said. “He is part of a long line of great liberos that we have had through the years, and he certainly carried on the tradition.” Nevada Union had its sights set on breaking tradition by beating Granite Bay in the section final, but the Miners’ firepower was stifled by solid defense and an aggressive Grizzlies’ attack that kept Nevada Union from gaining momentum. Seniors Trevor Bryant and Bobby Curtis, both of whom have signed with Division I programs, had flashes of brilliance, but the steady Grizzlies’ low-profile roster rotated through the lineup to cap another successful season. “Everybody doubted us and thought that this was NU’s year, so we used that as our motivation to work hard in practice every day and come out and shock everybody, “ senior outside hitter Greg Smith said. ✪

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DIVISION II boys volleyball CHAMPIONSHIP What a difference a year makes. After falling to underdog Vista del Lago in the 2012 championship match, the Whitney Wildcats battled through a back-and-forth start avenge the loss and claim the SJS Div. II title. Junior David Parker led all hitters with 12 kills as the Whitney program secured its first-ever section volleyball championship with maturity and poise. “David and the whole team grew so much this year,” said head coach Kirsten Gideon-Parker. “There was a maturity on the court this season, and in this match, that wasn’t there a year ago.” In the first game of the final match, Whitney and Vista

del Lago traded points to a 16-16 score in which there were 12 ties and neither team led by more than two points. The Wildcats then finished with a 9-2 spurt to give them the first game and a new outlook. In the previous year’s title match, the Eagles prevailed in a close first game and rode the momentum to a three-game sweep. But this year, Whitney turned the tables and enjoyed a 25-10, 25-16, 25-11 shutout victory for the section championship and No. 2 seed in the NorCal playoffs. “After we got through some early nerves and mistakes, we loosened up and loosened up,” Parker said. “We got that

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first game and then we were able to have fun and play our match.” The Wildcats are likely to enjoy more success in the future with a young roster that includes juniors Parker, Kalen Harris, and Kirk Basquez, as well as sophomore Cavan Stewart with another year to continue to grow together as a team—and impose their will on others. Harris, who did not play volleyball as a sophomore at Vanden-Fairfield last year, acclimated quickly to become a potent second hitting option for the Wildcats, and that bodes well for another year of making a difference for the Div. II champs. ✪

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Athletes with diabetes A whole different kind of game

When someone is developing diabetes, their What does 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler body is unable to get the sugar out of their blood. have in common? Besides their elite athleticism, This sugar accumulates, turning the blood acidic. they both have Type 1 diabetes. Both must moniYour body still needs energy so it begins to break tor their blood sugar using finger pricks in-between down muscle or make keytones. These keytones races and possessions to perform at the highest can be deadly. The sugar in the blood is taking up level of sport. the place of oxygen making the athlete But what is diabetes? lethargic, tired and feeling like they have Diabetes can be divided into several flu-like symptoms. For people without subgroups with the most recognized diabetes normal glucose levels are in being Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is an low 100’s. autoimmune attack on the pancreas, So what do coaches, and trainers an organ that produces insulin. Insulin need on the field for their diabetic athallows food to be transported as glucose letes? First thing is to know your athlete. into the cell to be used by the body. The Alex Riley played soccer at Monte Robin Bousquet Vista-Danville. After playing many years cause is unknown and most Type 1 diabetics report no family history of diabetes. of youth soccer he found that “on some All Type 1 diabetics need insulin and at this time occasions, coaches didn’t take my diabetes serithere is no cure. A Type 1 diabetic can have high ously when I needed to come out of the game.” blood sugar or low blood sugar. Both of which can On the sidelines a diabetic kit should contain: be deadly. › Glucagon- an immediate injectable to give a When Lucas Fogarty was playing college diabetic who is unconscious from a low. football at Pitzer/Pomona College he remembers › Glucose tablets, candy, Gatorade- In case a tough camp day. your athlete is getting low during practice. “I drank an extra juice before going to sleep that › Water night because I could feel myself going low. At 120, › Emergency phone numbers to parents, physiI thought just one Capri Sun would be enough, cian, and endocrinology team. unfortunately I was wrong and my blood sugar that › Knowledge of their insulin regulation system night was less than 15. My brother found me the (pump/shots/pens/etc) next morning blue, and close to not breathing. I › Insulin supplies (with syringes or pump suphad suffered a seizure during the night and bit two plies) holes in my tongue while giving myself a concus› Blood glucose meter with test strips sion. ... I was rushed to the hospital where they Dr.Tariq Ahmad, Pediatric Endocrinologist at fought to get my blood glucose back to normal.” Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland Conversely, Type 2 is a genetic mutation of the hopes children and adults realize that Type 1 receptor cells that allows glucose into cells. Type diabetes doesn’t have to stop anyone from fulfill2 develops with lifestyle choices (high sugar / ing a dream. carbohydrate intakes) and family history. Type 2 “Optimizing performance is knowing your body, people can learn to control their blood sugars and and finding your balance to excel to your potential live without the use of medications. at any athletic event.” But how do you know when you have diabetes? Diabetes and athletics can go hand in hand What are the signs and symptoms? with the right support system in place. Junior football player Matthew Rapolla of St. Lucas Fogarty has taken his experiences and Patrick/St. Vincent High in Vallejo was diagnosed now uses it to educate others at his sports camps last July. He reported feeling like he had the flu, for diabetic athletes and their friends called DASH. was throwing-up, thirsty, lethargic, and was going “Having your teammates looking out for you during to bathroom all the time. He credits his school’s practice is key,” Fogarty said. athletic trainer Carica Macariola (“Coach Mac”) for For more information about his camps go to saving his life. www.dashcamp.org “I was really fast and then the lineman started To find information about type 1 diabetes go to to pass me during sprints. One day at practice I www.JDRF.org passed out and Coach Mac called my dad and To find more information about Type 2 diabetes made me go to the doctor. She saved my life. My sugar was at 630, I could have died.” go to www.diabetes.org ✪

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Alex Riley (20), a 2012 graduate of Monte Vista-Danville, managed his Type 1 Diabetes through several years of competitive soccer. With the Mustangs, he would need to monitor his blood sugar both before the match and at half time. Robin Bousquet is mom to 3-year-old Max, who was diagnosed with Type 1 at 18 months old, and the Senior Physical Therapist at the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, a division of Children’s Hospital Oakland.

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training tim: tim rudd

Falling into bad habits can affect performance & health Being a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach has helped me ensure my athletes avoid these six nutritional mistakes that not only limit their performance but their health as well. Next issue I will offer up a plan to help athletes avoid these nutritional mistakes. Eating too much, like everyone else: › The young athlete needs more total food › The young athlete needs more food from carbs › The young athlete should eat more frequently › The young athlete needs to fuel high performance Poor breakfast habits: Breakfast is a critical meal, second only to workout nutrition. Breakfast can help: › Regulate blood sugar › Help maintain energy balance › Help control late-day cravings that lead to eating junk food Not eating enough protein throughout the day (lunch and snacks): While a higher protein intake is mistakenly associated with muscle building, the benefits of more protein include: › Higher metabolic rate › Faster adaptation to training demands › Better recovery › Better body composition

Ignoring the importance of workout and post workout nutrition: Research has shown that workout and post workout nutrition prevent: › Dehydration, › Delay fatigue › Decrease the stress response to exercise › Help prevent glycogen depletion › Help improve the immune system Not adding good fats: The balance of fat in your diet can control: › Inflammation, › Hormonal balance, › Metabolic rate, and more Eating too few fruits and vegetables: Many athletes getting less than 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies/ day are deficient in many vitamins and minerals, negatively impacting: › Oxygen transport and VO2 max › Energy metabolism › Aerobic and Anaerobic energy transfer › Muscle building

Tim Rudd is an IYCA specialist in youth conditioning and owner of Fit2TheCore. EDITOR’S NOTE: In Tim’s column for Issue #65 (May 1), his No. 3 speed training mistake to avoid should have read “over-speed training” and not “too much speed training.”

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training by trucks: anthony trucks

Nowadays, if you frequent any gym or training facility, then you are starting to see a large amount of different training tools and styles — more than ever before. Many people already do, or want to start doing, their resistance training OFF of traditional weights. Back in the day it was simply a choice of a bar, and what size weight plate you wanted to slide onto it. Today, you have almost too many choices: tires, TRX, kettle bells, battle ropes, bands, chains, bosu balls, and the list can go on and on. So choosing which one is right for your goals, or being too scared to try something new out of fear of injury, are the bigger obstacles. The solution is amazingly very simple: the more the merrier. When you are trying to complete a project, the goal is to utilize as many useful tools as possible — as long as you know how to use them. You don’t want to swing a power drill like a hammer or you’ll do more damage than good. My recommendation is to keep your training as fresh and beneficial as possible by venturing out and trying new training equipment that works, but make sure to educate yourself on those tools so that you don’t hurt yourself in the process. That, or continue to be afraid of trying new things and see where that takes you. ✪ Anthony Trucks is the owner of Trucks Training facility in Brentwood and covers weight training for SportStars.

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nagging injuries: joyce warren

Getting a leg up on shin splints Are your workouts leaving you with tender, aching shins? You may have “shin-splints” — a painful condition most often caused by overworked muscles. Left untreated, shin splints can become debilitating, and even result in stress fractures of the tibia.The good news is that if symptoms are recognized early and treated properly, prognosis is excellent for a full recovery. Athletes often develop shin splints when they increase the duration or intensity of their workouts. Risk factors include flat feet, tight or weak muscles, rigid arches, or a tendency to run with toes pointed outward. External risk factors – such as running on hard surfaces, uneven terrain or inclines, or use of improper or worn-out footwear – can also cause shin splints. Treatment involves rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) REST: It is important to give the leg muscles some time off, which will allow tissues to heal. COMPRESSION: Wrapping the lower leg with elastic bandages or braces can help decrease symptoms. ICE: Ice should be applied for 20 minutes three to four times a day while symptoms persist. Rubbing ice directly over the tender area for about five minutes can help reduce inflammation. Moist heat can also help. ELEVATION: Elevating the leg reduces swelling by increasing blood circulation to the area. Finally, massaging the calf, shin and foot can also ease shin splints. Many people use a foam roller or stick roller to self-massage calf or shin muscles, and a tennis ball or golf ball to massage the arch of the foot. Although shin splints can often be self treated, it is important to contact a sports medicine physician if pain persists after a period of rest, since more serious diagnoses can also cause lower leg pain. It’s also necessary to address the risk factors that led to the problem in the first place. Seek help from a physical therapist or athletic trainer to correct physiological abnormalities and learn about stretching and strengthening techniques, as well as appropriate training regimens. As always, prevention is even better than treatment. Remember to: › Gradually increase the intensity or duration of your workout › Warm up before exercise › Use shoes that provide proper support or are fitted with orthotics for your type of foot › Avoid hard surfaces, uneven terrain, and inclines And most importantly, listen to your body when it needs a little more TLC. Joyce Warren is a doctor of physical therapy at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek.

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shoulder care: justin dudley

Better conditioning shoulders for sport-specific movements What do baseball, volleyball, swimming, golf, lacrosse, football, softball, tennis and CrossFit have in common? They all require the arms to generate skilled, coordinated, and powerful directed movements. Each of these sports has very specific skill requirements that take years of repetition, training and coaching to master. However, before any of these sport specific movements of the arm can be mastered, the stability and appropriate positioning of the shoulder complex needs to be addressed. This stability and control are the foundation upon which skilled movements can be built. In a simplistic way to think about the muscles of the shoulder joint, they can be broken down into two categories: “Prime Movers” and “Stabilizers.” Prime Movers are the muscles that perform actual sport-specific movements of the arm (golf swing, swim stroke, volleyball spike, etc.) and only provide minimal stability as a secondary function. Conversely, the function of the Stabilizers, which include the rotator cuff and scapula muscles, are designed for scapula positioning and centering the ball in the shoulder socket. Their contribution to sport-specific movement is much less. Because of this, the ability to implement a few well-developed programs for scapula and rotator cuff function across many upper-extremity sports is possible. It is the skilled movements built on top of this foundation that differentiates athletes. However, it is important to realize that despite the seemingly generic approach of a program for scapula strengthening and rotator cuff function across all athletes, it is likely the most important component to injury prevention and the longevity of an athlete. Stabilizer muscles underperforming requires more attention of the Prime Movers to obtain stability. This example is all too common in overhead athletes and often results in decreased performance due to wasted energy, decreased accuracy and often times predisposes the athlete to injuries of the shoulder complex due to poor biomechanics. Crossover Symmetry is not a replacement for sport-specific training and conditioning, but rather a great adjunct to be incorporated into a training program. It was developed to address the Stabilizers and make sure the muscles are functioning at an optimal level — regardless of your sport — in order to allow your Prime Movers to master skill movements. ✪ Justin Dudley is an in-house Physical Therapist for Crossover Symmetry, based in Denver.

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

All Star Academy of Baseball All-Star Academy in Santa Clara features a 17,000-square foot indoor and outdoor training facility that is home to a variety of instructional programs designed to develop the total player. ASA offers All Skills Camps for ages 7-12, and Summer Boot Camps for 12 & under, middle school, high school competitive athletes. Info: 650961-2255; www.asabaseball.com Blankenship Baseball We are a year-round competitive program based in Danville. The camp focuses on teamwork, hustle, sportsmanship. We also offer small group training and one-on-one training. Info: lancerblankenship@sbcglobal.net or 925-708-3173. Cabernet Baseball Club The Livermore-based club not only hosts The Pitching Center’s Spring Break Baseball Skills Camp 2013, it also is home to training and recreational leagues in other sports — including football, soccer, futsal, softball and lacrosse. Lil’ Baseball offered for ages 3-7. Info: 925-416-1600, www.cabernetindoorsports.com EJ Sports EJ Sports provides positive, instructive baseball programs that includes camps, teams, conditioning clinics for ages 7-18. We provide an exciting, bully-free environment to help players improve athletically and build confidence. Our instructors possess the capability to teach concepts and relate to youth based on their comprehension level and athletic ability. Our staff consists of qualified coaches dedicated to improving and continually learning newest techniques in baseball. Info: 925-866-7199, www.ejsports.com. The Pitching Center In an effort to develop baseball players to their full potential, The Pitching Center has become the Total Player Center (TPC), a full-service baseball/softball training academy. We provide comprehensive, fully-integrated programs that evolve based on the best research and information in areas from health/safety, peak performance, education techniques and more. Age- and skill-specific programs available for ages 8-18. Info: 925-416-1600, www.thepitching-

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center.com. NorCal Grizzlies Baseball Camps and classes offered at various locations. NorCal Grizzlies Baseball has programs to help accelerate baseball development for players of all ages. 925-606-1605, www.norcalgrizzlies.org.

FITNESS

Children’s Hospital “Learn What It’s Like To Be An Athletic Trainer.” Workshop exclusively for high school students, March 1-2. Includes: Overview of careers in sports medicine; ankle injuries and taping techniques; wrist, hand, thumb injuries and taping; knee injuries and RICE therapy; stretching techniques; low back injuries and CORE Training; sports concussions; shoulder injuries, rehabilitation. Class credit, certificate of completion and reference materials. Run by Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine staff, held in Oakland. Also available: yoga, athletic development, speed camps, circuit training. Info: 510-428-3558 Fit 2 The Core As a Youth Conditioning, Speed/Agility and Nutrition Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, Fit-2 The Core Training Systems offers innovative approach to getting athletes back on the field. We work on a solid athletic foundation while focusing on individual progress. Instruction in movement training, injury reduction, linear/lateral speed development, foot speed and agility, power development, proper weight training techniques and functional strength training. Athletes are closely super-

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vised, with attention on proper technique, safety. We offer 2 days/week or 3 days/ week program options. Free two-week free pass. Info: www.fasteryoungathletes.com, 925-639-0907. Renaissance ClubSport We offer sports, speciality camps for kids 5-12 during school breaks. Participants have fun-filled, active breaks as they receive instruction in a variety of sports, activities and projects. Working parents can take advantage of our extended hours for both morning and afternoon sessions. Families with multiple children receive 10 percent discount for each additional sibling registered for the same week. Info: 925942-6344. Trucks Training Trucks Training was started by people who grew up in the area, experienced the world and came back to provide a service that we feel our community lacks. We have proven records and know what it takes to achieve the next level of sports & fitness safely and effectively. Hometown feel from true hometown people. We offer 1-on-1, group and small group training for both fitness and sport-specific needs. Info: truckstraining. com; 925-756-7321 Walnut Creek Sports & Fitness We offer more than 70 group classes per week. WCSF raised money for Walnut Creek Schools through our annual Turkey Trot 5K, 10K & Kids’ Fun Runs. We thank the community for helping raise over $25,000. Free one week pass. Info: 925932-6400, www.wcsf.net

FOOTBALL

All Out Sports League Camps held in Antioch and Clayton. Our four day non-contact camp teaches every position on the football field and are geared toward the fundamentals. Every aspect is covered: blocking, tackling, running, defense, offense, special teams and more. Camps are open to boys, girls ages 6-16. Info: 925-203-5636, www.alloutsportsleague.com Diablo Football Camps We offer contact and non-contact camps for players ages 6-14, which take place at Laural Ball Field and Shady Oaks Park in Oakley. Info/registration: 925-625-2222, www.DiabloFootball.com. Football University From the creators of the U.S. Army AllAmerican Bowl. Exclusively for nation’s most elite youth, high school players. For many younger players this level of coaching is simply not available, so the Football University experience focuses on intense position-specific technique taught by our expert faculty. The 2013 Bay Area camp will be held at Dublin High from April 26-28. Info: footballuniversity.org LinemenInc Camps Utilizing top college coaches and former NFL linemen, LinemenInc has produced a nationally-recognized camp and coach’s clinic. LinemenInc blends a fast paced, technically skill-oriented curriculum with a level of competition not found in other camps. Tuition is reasonably priced and includes camp, room, meals and jersey. In

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2012, LinebackerInc was added. Info: www.linemeninc.com. Next Level Training Combine This spring combine and football camp is April 6 at Emerald Park in Dublin for football players ages 7-18. The camp will feature 10-year NFL defensive back Donovin Darius. Youth camp are 9 a.m-noon, high school camp is 1-4 p.m. Focuses of the combine will include speed, agility, strength, quickness and conditioning. Info: DariusNextLevelTraining.com; 904-290-3320 NorCal Football Camps Led by Ken Peralta, Norcal Football Camps focused on youth ages 7-14. Norcal Flag Football Leagues serve kids entering grades 2-6. Info: Ken, 650-245-3608, norcalyouthfootballcamp@ yahoo.com; www.norcalfootballcamps.com.

SOCCER

EuroSoccerCamps.com We offers Skills, Goalie, Player Development, and Team Camps. We motivate players to challenge themselves and excel beyond the camp. Serious learning happens when it’s fun. Players are grouped by age and then moved to appropriate skill level. The Skills Camp uses progressively more sophisticated soccer drills (ages 5-10). Player Development Camp prepares players (11 and older) to be an effective contributor to the team. Our Goalie Camp focuses on agility, defense, and strategies to protect the goal (ages 7-14). Team Camp helps team coaches and players to do their best as a team (all ages). 877-812-1235 Gino’s Soccer Academy The official camp of the Walnut Creek Soccer Club, run by WCSC Director of Coaching, Tom Ginocchio, and staffed with WCSC club coaches & players. Five one-week programs for ages 4-17

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in July and August. Along with regular full- and half-day soccer programs, GSA runs the following specialty programs: team camps (recreational, competitive), advanced player academies, high school player academy, goalkeeper academies, all boys/all girls academies. Info: www.ginossocceracademy.com, 925-937-4466 Heritage Soccer Club Two fun-filled sessions: June 24-28, July 22-25. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost for Heritage members is $150 for one session, $250 for both. Non Heritage players: $225/$325. Sibling discounts: $50 each. Heritage camp focuses on learning new skills and honing existing ones. Compete in small-sided games and camp tournaments. Camp also includes keeper and striker training, conditioning, nutrition and developing your mental game. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Info: www.HeritageSC.com West Coast Soccer Programs designed to bring professional experience and guidance to youth players across NorCal. The WCS coaching staff has created a curriculum to build the necessary foundation for your child to continue to grow. WCS camps, clinics and training programs create an environment that encourages experimentation and a passion for the game. Info: www.westcoastsoccerclub.com West Contra Costa Youth Soccer League Our program caters to competitive youth players ages 8-9. The main focus is not winning, but on development of total player within framework of a team. We also offer specialized training for strikers and goalkeepers. Younger ages focus on foot skills. We desire to promote personal responsibility, fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork. Info: 510-758-5288, http://wccysl.com. ✪

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