Monday, April 07, 2014

Prep For Boras Classic Underway, Belton Commits To Sierra College

Spring Break starts on Monday, but there will be little rest for a couple local baseball squads. Elk Grove High School will host the Northern California part of the 32-team Boras Baseball Classic, Apr. 14 – 17, at McAuliffe Fields.

Pleasant Grove will defend its 2013 Boras North Championship title next week.
Scott Boras

The Eagles will open play on Monday against De La Salle. Elk Grove will start play in the Boras against Rio Americano. Other first round games include Christian Brothers vs. Granite Bay, Grant vs. Buchanan, Oak Ridge vs. Archbishop Mitty, Davis vs. Stockdale (Bakersfield), Foothill vs. Clovis West and Yuba City vs. St. Francis (Mountain View).

The winner of the 16-team single-elimination tournament will face Temecula Valley, winners of the Southern California portion of the Boras Classic, at a date yet to be determined at the University of the Pacific.

The SoCal tournament was played March 29- April 5.

Sports agent Scott Boras, who graduated from Elk Grove High School, organized the high-profile tournament, now in its second year.

Trey Belton, who will play for Sierra College next season
Belton Commits To Sierra College

He was ruled ineligible to play his senior season, but Sheldon High School’s Trey Belton will resume his basketball career this next season at Sierra College. Head coach John Fusano confirmed to the Citizen of Belton’s commitment Monday night.

Belton started his high school career at Elk Grove, then transferred to Capital Christian High School and played on back-to-back Division V Sac-Joaquin Section championship squads the next two seasons.

He transferred to Sheldon last summer, but CIF rules prohibit student/athletes eligibility for one year following a second high school transfer.

In his junior season at Capital Christian, Belton (6-4, 245 pounds) averaged 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game.

He’ll be joining at Sierra another former Huskie, Antonio Lewis, who was redshirted this past season.

EG Golf In DVC Second Place

The Elk Grove High School boys golf squad was in second place going into Tuesday’s Delta Valley Conference meet at The Reserve at Spanos Park, a full 70 strokes behind Davis.

Head coach Cliff Cheathon is encouraged with the play of a pair of freshmen, Mike Salewsky and Jacob Custiodo.

“They have a good mind for golf,” Cheathon said. “Golf requires so much of your attention, you have to make a commitment to really do well.”

Cheathon as the golf coach at Monterey Trail tutored current Jackson State University top golfer James Reede and knows what it takes to play collegiately.

“It takes four years of real good practice,” he said. “You have to play and practice at least three days a week. That’s when you get good.”

Elk Grove’s top golfer this season is Lane Walters, a senior, who warmed up for Tuesday’s DVC match by firing a 37 on the front nine Monday at Wild Hawk. This DVC match was the second of four DVC meetings this spring.

Salewsky is the number two golfer for the Herd. The number three man is Russell Cook, a former baseball player who badly injured his knee more than a year ago and hung up his cleats for the spike-less shoes and is doing quite well.

Jordan Calanchini and Nick Salas round out the Elk Grove golfers.

The third DVC match is Apr. 22 at Bartley-Cavanaugh and the final conference outing is Apr. 28 at Wild Hawk.

The Section Division I meet will be May 5 and the Masters will be May 12 at the Reserve.

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