Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friday Night Football: CO Could Win First CVC Title

Looking forward to Friday night when I'll be at Cosumnes Oaks High School for the Wolfpack's game against Whitney. With a win Cosumnes Oaks will take the Capital Valley Conference's championship in its first season in that league.

The other big game Friday will be just across the highway at Elk Grove where the Herd will host Franklin. Big contest for both clubs because they both have a pair of Delta League losses. A third one might hurt playoff chances, definitely it would dent their seeding if they make the playoffs.

Follow these games and many others right here!

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Franklin's Tan Wins Delta Tennis Title

Franklin's Jacqui Tan won the Delta League's tennis singles championship Wednesday by defeating Avery Spector of St. Francis, 6-2, 6-2. Here are the results of Wednesday's doubles championships held at the Natomas Racquet Club:
Jacqui Tan (left) and Avery Spector (photo by Steven Shaff)

First Round
Wilson/Tham, F, def. Zhang/Hoang, MT, 6-0, 6-1

Donahue/Mould, D, def. Sterk/Ayala, PG, 6-3, 6-3

Gianulias/Benvenuti, SF, def. Doung/Brown, EG, 6-1, 6-3

Paw U/Duan, D, def. Tran/Kotstoera, S, 6-0, 6-2

Fat/Khan, SF, def. Tran/Cummings, MT, 6-0, 6-0

Jackson/Jackson, SF, Montgomery/Woldeyuhannes, S, 6-0, 6-0

Ewens/Murdoch, D, def. Chan/Akin, PG, 6-1, 6-1

Stroh/Killan, EG, Bye


Stroh/Killan, EG, def. Wilson/Tham, F, 7-5, 6-4

Donahue/Mould, D, def. Gianulias/Benvenuti, SF, 6-0, 6-2

Paw U/Duan, D, def. Fat/Khan, SF, 6-0, 6-0

Jackson/Jackson, SF, def. Ewens/Murdoch, D, 7-6, 7-5

Donahue/Mould, D, def. Stroth/Killian, EG, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)

Paw U/Duan, D, def. Jackson/Jackson, SF, 7-6, 7-5

Donahue/Mould, D, v. Paw U/Duan, D, Thursday


Jackson/Jackson, SF, v. Stroh/Killian, EG, Late Wednesday

(thanks to Steven Shaff for providing this information)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fong, Kaur Finish 1-2 In Section Div. I Golf

Franklin juniors Kylie Fong and Gurman Kaur were one-two in the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I North individual championships Monday at North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks.

This means the pair will move on to the Section's Masters championship Nov. 3 at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Fong took medalist honors on the strength of a two-over-par 74. She was two strokes better than Emily Masiel of Davis, three strokes better than Kaur's 77. 
Kylie Fong, medalist Monday at the SJS Div1North championships

Because Masiel's team finished second she will advance to the Masters as a part of the Davis squad. The team championship was won by Oak Ridge, which totaled a 421. Davis was five strokes behind. Third place in the team results was Granite Bay (446) and fourth was St. Francis (455). Those four schools will play for the Masters' team championship next Monday in Stockton.

Pleasant Grove golfer Brittany O'Bryant fired an 81, which was good for fourth amongst the individual scores and she'll also compete at the Reserve.

The Section will send three teams and four individuals to the NorCal Tournament, Monday, Nov. 10, at the Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

Gollnick Commits to Ind. College

By Steven Shaff, Ass't. A.D., St. Francis H.S.

Marrissa Gollnick
St. Francis senior Marissa Gollnick has committed to play volleyball and attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next fall. Gollnick will sign with the Fightin’ Engineers on Nov. 12.

“I have been looking at engineering schools,” said Gollnick, who is from Elk Grove. “It is what I have always wanted to do. My sister went to a small engineering school and when my parents were looking for her they ran into Rose-Hulman.”
The Rose-Hulman coaches saw Gollnick play in a tournament in Las Vegas and she visited the campus in Terra Haute, Ind., over the summer.
“I really liked the campus and coach,” said Gollnick. “She was really interested and I had a chance to schedule an official visit. I stayed with the girls. It really worked out.”

Rose-Hulman competes in Division III in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic League. The school ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report among institutions whose highest degree in engineering is the master's for each of the last 16 years.

“It was one of the factors in picking a school,” said Gollnick. “I wanted a high academic school. If I got a chance to play volleyball, I would play. But I did not want my college career to be all volleyball. I wanted it (based around) the academics and play some volleyball.”

The Fightin’ Engineers are coached by Brenda Gable, who is in her 19th season at the school and has won more than 200 career games.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Local Water Skiier Places 3rd At U.S. Open

A big round of congratulations go out to Brian Detrick (EGHS '07), who this weekend placed third at the U.S. Open Championships of Waterskiing in Orlando, Fla.

He actually finished in a tie for third place with current World record-holder Nate Smith and the former record-holder Will Asher with 3@41 off in the finals Saturday. The back-up scores from the qualifying round were used for the tiebreaker.
Brian Detrick

Detrick texted me, "It's a great way to end the year."

He's now ranked seventh in the world of professional water skiing.

McMahon Walks In Memory of Wife

Received an email from Tim McMahon, a man who lost his wife, Crissy, a few years ago to leukemia:

I'm raising money for a very important cause, through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk: finding better treatments and cures for blood cancers so patients can live better, longer lives. I'm asking you to help by making a tax-deductible contribution! Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly & securely. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation as soon as it is made. I thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients battling blood cancers. I really appreciate your generosity!!

He's walking this Saturday, so please try to help Tim in his efforts to raise money to battle leukemia.

Johnson Upset At Refs; Crowd Responds With Verbal Hostility

Up front let me say that Franklin High School has a first-class athletic program, from top to bottom. Mike Cody is a terrific athletic director and in Bryan Kilby, baseball coach/activities' director, Jesse Formaker, boys'  basketball, Fred Marks, wrestling, and Mike Johnson, football coach, you can't find a better group of coaches.

So what I witnessed Friday night during Franklin's 35-19 loss to Jesuit in response to a series of questionable calls by the officials was really surprising - from the fans and the public address announcer.

The group of officials really didn't do that great of a job, true, especially on a Franklin punt that clearly bounced up, hit a Jesuit defender. Damian Chavez picked up the ball, looked right at an official who didn't blow his whistle and scooted into the end zone. The players all stood around while the officials sort of clumsily looked at each other to figure out what they should have called it.

They ended up giving the ball to Jesuit at the spot where Chavez picked up the ball.

It should have been a Franklin touchdown, or at least, Franklin ball where Damian touched it.

But, all night long several Franklin fans were screaming for blood from the officials - that's about the best I can describe it. On top of this, the P.A. announcer verbally berated the guys in stripes on several occasions.

I was real surprised a flag didn't get thrown against Franklin for unsportsmanlike conduct on the press box, which can be done and isn't that uncommon anymore. Perhaps this ref couldn't hear the announcements/opinions.

Johnson told me during our post-game interview he wasn't pleased with the job the refs did, but his concern was more with the lack of calls on helmet-to-helmet collisions that happened a few times Friday night.

“I can barely hear you right now because the sound of the helmet so hurt my ears," he quipped to me. "I am worried about the health of my kids. (The referees) are the ones with a whistle. They have to stop the plays. If this was the NFL, there would have been $100,000 worth of fines. I’m not saying Jesuit is dirty, these plays do happen but you have to call it.”

Johnson isn't the first coach to complain to me during a post-game interview about the job officials have done. But, this season I am hearing this more often from our local coaches, plus I am personally witnessing several questionable calls - it seems like more this year than I remember in the past.

But, fans can't become unglued to the point we see fire streaming out of their mouths. I got to think several others, like me, were annoyed by the loud, obnoxious shouts from a few.

Remember, it's just a game.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cattolico Still A Very Interested Observer

These days he’s at one son’s flag football game. Then the next day he’s rooting on his other son on the soccer field.

Former Pleasant Grove head coach Joe Cattolico is staying busy this fall, his first one since he began teaching that he hasn’t been coaching high school football.

He still is teaching social science at Pleasant Grove, but every Friday night he and father Butch, a long-time coach at Las Gatos, are in the stands at one of the area games. And, like any football coach, they are analyzing each team and keeping a mental notebook for that day, which could be as soon as next year, when both of them once again return to the sidelines.

In the meantime, though, being a fan and a dad isn’t too bad.
Joe Cattolico, now a very knowledgeable observer

“I do miss the day-to-day part (of coaching),” he admitted. “That part of it is pretty special. Getting to go out on the field with the coaches and the kids on a daily basis and practice and work on things. Friday night sort of ends up being the show-and-tell part of it for the community, which is pretty neat. The teaching really is Monday through Thursday.”

With two big games Friday night in the Delta League, involving four of its top five teams, Cattolico says he and dad will flip a coin to see which game they’ll attend.

“I think there’s two really good ball games this Friday night,” he said. “(Monterey Trail vs. Elk Grove) and Jesuit/Franklin are both going to be ball games that will come down to two or three plays, a little bit of luck and a little bit of who makes a play here and who makes a play there. It’s pretty hard to pick the outcome of those ball games.”

League-leader Grant will be at Sheldon; the Huskies winless in the Delta.

Cattolico says the Pacers are the team that has impressed him the most this fall.