Friday, January 31, 2014
In the DRL, it's a race between Jesuit and Folsom for the championship. Tonight in Folsom, we'll see who might be a little better than the other. Those two clubs face off for the first time.
In the DVC, it's a bit more of a race for the top three slots. Right now it's the three we predicted - Franklin, Grant and Monterey Trail on top. A little surprising is Laguna Creek at 1-3 behind Davis at 2-2. The Cardinals need a quality outing like they had last week against Elk Grove tonight at Franklin to get back in it. If they lose tonight, they may be out of the playoff picture.
What a hard luck season Elk Grove is having in Mat Bradley's first year. They have lost seven games by five points or less.
Pleasant Grove is squirming right now behind Oak Ridge in fourth place, but remember, the DRL gets four teams in the post-season this year thanks to the new playoff set-up. The Eagles should end up in third place by the end of the year.
One post-note to the Cosumnes Oaks basketball situation. By forfeiting 16 wins this season and now 4-17 they have to thank the Sac-Joaquin Section for changing the playoff set-up. If it was a year ago and under the old power ratings system, it would be very likely the Wolfpack would be out of the playoffs, even with about five league games remaining.
However, under the new system (and if they win out the remaining contests) Cosumnes Oaks will make the post-season. What do you think about a possible Division II champion with a sub-.500 record? It could happen.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Herd opened the dual with wins at the first four weight groups. Josh Villaflor got Franklin on the scoreboard with an impressive 9-0 major decision over Kalani Tonge at 134 pounds. Antonio Jimenez followed with a 7-3 win over the Herd's Carson Sperber at 140 pounds, but Elk Grove's Kaleb Vetterli pulled off a 4-0 decision of Ali Khan.
"That was the turning point of the dual," Fred Marks, Wildcats' wrestling coach, said.
From that point on Elk Grove was in control including pins by Zack Krock at 162, Sai Ta'amu at 222 and Marcus Worthy at 287.
The dual was halted for more than 30 minutes when Joey Banks of Franklin, ranked in the top five statewide at 197 pounds, pinned Joe Guimont, dislocating Guimont's wrist in the process. Paramedics were called and after treating him, wheeled him away on a stretcher.
The Herd has a dual match next Wednesday at Davis to wrap up the conference dual season. They will be competing in the Sac-Joaquin Section's team dual championships on Feb. 8. The DVC wrestling championships are Feb. 15, the first step in the march to Bakersfield, site of the State Wrestling Championships.
Individual Match Results:
108 - Jacob Seto (EG) technical fall over Steve McCullough (F), 17-0
Elk Grove 5, Franklin 0
115 - Roger Monroe (EG) dec. over Adrian Rodriguez (F), 6-0
Elk Grove 8, Franklin 0
122 - Jesse Arroyo (EG) pinned Sebastian Flores (F), 1:00
Elk Grove 14, Franklin 0
128 - Tristan Scott (EG) technical fall over G'Angelo Rodriguez (F), 19-3
Elk Grove 19, Franklin 0
134 - Josh Villaflor (F) maj. dec. over Kalani Tonge (EG), 9-0
Elk Grove 19, Franklin 4
140 - Antonio Jimenez (F) dec. Carson Sperber (EG), 7-3
Elk Grove 19, Franklin 7
147 - Kalebb Vetterli (EG) dec. Ali Khan (F), 4-0
Elk Grove 22, Franklin 7
154 - Jason Garcia (EG) dec. Nick DiManno (F), 8-2
Elk Grove 25, Franklin 7
162 - Zack Krock (EG) pinned Karreim Davis (F), 5:29
Elk Grove 31, Franklin 7
172 - Mitchell King (F) dec. Brandon Viale (EG), 3-1
Elk Grove 31, Franklin 10
184 - Robby Nickerson (F) dec. Ryan Rosales (EG), 5-3 OT
Elk Grove 31, Franklin 13
197- Joey Banks (F) pinned Joe Guimont (EG), 1:18
Elk Grove 31, Franklin 19
222 - Sai Ta'amu (EG) pinned Nick Gustin (F), :41
Elk Grove 37, Franklin 19
287 - Marcus Worthy (EG) pinned Noah Hansen (F), 1:06
Final Score - Elk Grove 43, Franklin 19
Monday, January 27, 2014
Moments after Sac-Joaquin Section commissioner Pete Saco placed numerous sanctions on Sheldon's boys basketball team including banishment from the playoffs, along with a two-year probation, comes word that Cosumnes Oaks will forfeit 16 basketball games this season.
The Wolfpack were 19-1 until they discovered that one of that school's transfers was ineligible. He played in 16 of the Cosumnes Oaks games and thus the forfeit, according to EGUSD interim athletic director Todd Reiswig.
However, the Wolfpack has six more league games and if they do win out, finishing at least in third place or higher, they will compete in the post-season, according to Reiswig.
The player transferred from out of the area to play this season and it was determined this was an athletically-motivated transfer to move to Elk Grove to play basketball for Cosumnes Oaks.
Reiswig confirmed the school discovered the situation surrounding the player and self-reported the incident.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Scott was fourth at 120 pounds in perhaps one of his best performances this season. He recorded three consecutive pins to open action on Friday.
Tonge took an eighth place at 126 pounds. Tonge opened the tourney with a loss to Logan Runner, one of the best grapplers in the Sierra Foothill League at Roseville, but rebounded well, according to his coach, Pat Coffing.
"For a kid that has zero post-season experience, (Tonge) has beat probably ten state qualifiers," he said. "He has probably made the biggest strides (this season)."
Tonge knocked Ethan Brewer of Sheldon out of the tournament in the match just prior to the medal round, by a 3-2 decision.
Worthy fought through an ankle injury to grab eighth place at 285 pounds.
"Marcus had a very good tournament," Coffing said. "He finally beat (Malik Hopkins of Chico) who has beat him three times this year."
The Brown Tournament annually matches some of the top area wrestlers with more than 1000 participants in a two-day affair.
Impressive was the team performance by Folsom. Three Bulldog grapplers won the championship at their weight and one other placed second.
"Nick Fegener, a 182-pounder, right now is my pick to win the state title," Coffing predicted. "Lorenzo De la Riva really looked good, too."
The Bulldogs now look like a legitimate threat to unseat perennial team dual champion Vacaville when the Sac-Joaquin Section Duals happen Feb. 8. Elk Grove hopes to compete in the team championships that day, but first they must defeat Franklin on Wednesday. Franklin coach Fred Marks recently told the Citizen his team has had numerous injuries and might be a bit undermanned for the annual Herd-Wildcat showdown.
"Fred's sandbagging," Coffing laughed. "Don't we all have injuries right now? This is a physical, long season."
Coffing admits he is a little concerned with this year's Franklin squad that includes a pair of state qualifiers in Josh Villaflor and Joey Banks.
"I am concerned about their athleticism up top," he said. "Athleticism is something that is hard to counteract. No replacement for displacement, right?"
Coffing knows his two freshmen wrestlers, Jacob Seto at 106 pounds and Roger Monroe at 113 pounds, will have to have good outings Wednesday.
"They'll have to pick up the offense a little," Coffing said. "Both are good on the mat and do well coming from underneath, which isn't typical for the young guys. It's encouraging for me as a coach that they are doing some of the most difficult skills now."
Both grapplers were 3-2 at the Brown last weekend.
The Franklin - Elk Grove dual is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Franklin High School.
Here are the results of the championship matches at the Brown: (courtesy CalGrappler.Com)
Friday, January 24, 2014
A little more than a week after EGUSD dealt with Sheldon's program, charged with undue influence (or recruiting players to come to their school), comes word that Cosumnes Oaks is now under the microscope.
There are lots of reports and rumors on what has caused Todd Reiswig and his EGUSD staff to look into the Wolfpack, yet I've learned that the probe is dealing with the transfer of at least one player who has been a key part of Cosumnes Oaks' 18-1 start to this season. Plus, the involvement of an AAU team in enticing boys to switch schools, much like what was behind the Sheldon probe, is the key to the investigation.
Whereas the school district and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section have no jurisdiction over the athletic programs not connected to the school, they will rule high school players ineligible and possibly place sanctions on the interscholastic programs if they don't monitor the activity of these programs and coaches.
CIF rules mandate that following an off-season coach to one particular school is not allowed.
Meanwhile, it is expected any day that Section commissioner Pete Saco will announce whether there will be sanctions against Sheldon's basketball program or its athletic department as a whole. An EGUSD investigation found at least four CIF recruiting rule infractions recently. The district suspended head coach Joey Rollings for four weeks and reprimanded school principal Paula Duncan.
Israel Washington (Monterey Trail) pinned Jared Nicholson (Cen. Catholic)
Vingh Nguyen (Sheldon) dec. Willy Gadow (El Dorado), 4-2
Jacob Seto (Elk Grove) pinned Jordan Cervantes (Rodriguez)
Feng Xiong (Sheldon) lost to Brandon Potts (Windsor), 13-4
Rodger Monroe (Elk Grove) bye
Thyson Xiong (Sheldon) pinned Tanner Browning (Golden Valley)
Tristan Scott (Elk Grove) pinned Angelo Cole (Casa Roble)
Jesse Soza (Sheldon) pinned by Philip Fuentes (Grace Davis)
Kelani Tonge (Elk Grove) lost to Logan Runner (Roseville), 4-1
Ethan Brewer (Sheldon) dec. Fernando Lanza (Benecia), 8-3
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Seto, a freshman at 106 pounds, now is tied with teammate Roger Monroe with most match wins thus far this season with 22 victories. Worthy, a 285-pounder, won the heavyweight championship with a pin on Jan. 11.
Monroe, also a freshman, took second place at 113 pounds at the Engel. His teammate Chris Ennis was third. Tristan Scott placed second at 120 pounds, while Kalani Tonge was third at 126.
Kaleb Vetterli took fourth at 145 pounds and Jason Garcia also grabbed a fourth at 152 pounds. At 220 pounds Thomas Aguila was fourth.
Elk Grove has a dual match Wednesday at the Cartwright Gym against Laguna Creek. This Friday and Saturday the Herd will compete at the Tim Brown Invitational at McClellan Air Force Base.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
by Will DeBoard
The school enrolled as many as seven new basketball transfers this year but principal Paula Duncan said Thursday that wasn't the reason the school district evoked its sanctions.
"The transfers are a separate issue," Duncan said. "people are making a connection that isn't there."
She explained the District was told by a parent at another high school that a Sheldon parent encouraged them to enroll their son at Sheldon.
"That's undue influence," Duncan explained.
"We also had a parent talk to a kid from another school who was in our gym. That's undue influence," she added.
There was also a couple other incidents that Duncan discussed that according to the District's investigation were examples of undue influence.
Now those findings are in the offices of Sac-Joaquin Section commissioner Pete Saco for possible further sanctions against the Sheldon program.
"We're going to have to move on," Duncan said. "We have to own it."
She says all the transfers followed the rules of open enrollment, however at least three players have not yet been cleared to play this season for the Huskies.
"We will need to clean up a few things around here like following up on registrations,"Duncan added.
She said the fact her school's basketball program has been so successful, winning the last four Section Division I championships, wasn't the reason for the school district investigation.
"No matter the record, if you are not following rules, you should be disciplined," Duncan said. "We're in the business of teaching the kids to follow rules."
Sheldon opened the Delta River League schedule Wednesday night by losing by 41 points to Folsom. On Friday, they'll take on pre-season favorite Jesuit.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
School district spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich confirmed Tuesday morning that after a lengthy investigation officials found numerous infractions of CIF rules and has now passed along that report to the Sac-Joaquin Section office.
The Huskies' basketball program are the four-time defending Section Division I champions. They were the CIF State Division I Basketball runner-ups two seasons ago.
It was confirmed two weeks ago that the school district was looking into possible CIF recruiting rules violations. The school did have at least seven, possibly more, basketball players transfer into the program this academic year.
In an email to the Citizen Graswich wrote that school principal Paula Duncan met with the team and parents Monday night to inform them of the following:
- The investigation found that multiple CIF bylaws may have been violated. It also found that some District protocols were not followed.
- Disciplinary action is being taken.
- EGUSD shared its findings with CIF on Friday and will fully cooperate with CIF.
- That CIF has the right to implement its own sanctions.
- EGUSD will provide training for Sheldon HS athletic staff to ensure that such matters will not reoccur and the district will offer additional training for all EGUSD athletic programs.
Will DeBoard, Director of Communications for the Sac-Joaquin Section, said Tuesday afternoon they have no comment on the EGUSD action but Section Commissioner Pete Saco was reviewing the paperwork he received from the school district.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
On This Week's podcast I talk about Jalen Saunders and his brilliant college career at Oklahoma and the prospects of a career in the NFL, talk with John DePonte, the head coach of the defending state basketball champions, Pleasant Grove Eagles and with coach Mat Bradley of Elk Grove. I'll also talk about the passing of former EGHS football and basketball player Jeremy Callaway.
Folsom rolled over Pleasant Grove, 57-3, while Elk Grove's score over Grant wasn't phoned in, yet we know who won that one.
Franklin had a bit of a tussle before overcoming Monterey Trail, 42-25. The Mustangs' Israel Washington pinned his opponent. Franklin's Joey Banks won via a major decision. Antonio Jiminez won via a technical fall, 18-0.
Davis defeated Laguna Creek, 42-27.
In the Sierra Valley League, Cosumnes Oaks beat El Dorado, 57-19.
In one non-conference girls' basketball game, Pleasant Grove defeated Franklin, 55-34 while Bradshaw continued its winning ways with a 66-10 whitewashing of Golden Sierra.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Pleasant Grove improved to 7-7 on the year while Elk Grove dipped to 8-9 on the season.
Thursday the Eagles play Franklin who defeated Granite Bay tonight, 73-70, in double overtime. John Mososco's jumper from the corner with three seconds remaining was the winner for the Wildcats.
Here are some photos from tonight's game:
|"The Flock" Pleasant Grove's student body cheering their team.|
|James Fox, making his Pleasant Grove debut on Tuesday|
|The "Cartwright Crazies" came out en masse to root on the Herd|
Monday, January 06, 2014
|Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders hugs Sooner coach|
Bob Stoops following a touchdown Thursday during
the Sugar Bowl
Sunday, January 05, 2014
In a six-game event at Jesuit High School pitting the best of the North Coast Section vs. local teams, Pleasant Grove and Franklin lost their games.
The Eagles were defeated by El Cerrito, 78-57. Marquese Chriss had 17 points for the Pleasant Grove (6-7).
The Wildcats lost to St. Mary's, 58-50.
Tuesday the Eagles will be at Elk Grove in a non-conference tuneup for both clubs. Conference/league action gets underway next week.
Saunders Has Big Game in Sugar Bowl
The Bee's Joe Davidson has a great story about the former Pleasant Grove star, Jalen Saunders, who played his final game in college on Thursday in Oklahoma's win over Alabama. It's a good read.
Next up is the Senior Bowl followed by the NFL combines for Saunders.
I remember Jalen was roped into service to play quarterback for much of his junior year when the starting quarterback blew a knee. He was also one of the top 100-meter sprinters when he was at PG, finishing high at the Section Masters' track and field championships.
Saunders, who started college at Fresno State before transferring to OU, will likely be drafted in April by some NFL club.