It didn't take long for Antelope's boys and girls basketball programs to move up in the world.
After playing matinee roles last year on their own campus, the Titans this season are the marquee draws of the fifth annual Common Good Classic girls and boys basketball showcase and benefit that returns Saturday and Monday to Antelope High School.
The Titans will play neighborhood rival Center in Monday's girls and boys matchups that will close out the 10-game event, a scholarship fund-raiser for foster teens.
Last year, the Titans boys and girls had breakthrough seasons in the school's first year with seniors.
The boys team went 27-7 and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game and the CIF Northern California Regional semifinals. The Antelope girls finished 20-7, losing in the first round of the playoffs.
Fueling the Titans' success was their big and bold Red Zone student rooting section that faithfully followed its teams at home and on the road and was a dominating presence during the boys playoffs at Power Balance Arena.
The guy who benefited the least from Antelope's surge last season was Common Good organizer Brad Swope.
Because of the Titans' lowly records the previous season in their first year as varsity teams, and because Swope has to set his schedule well before the season starts, both the boys and girls played early-afternoon games.
Swope thinks he's got it right this year. With the Del Oro and Oak Ridge girls and boys teams playing one another in Saturday's final two games, Swope expects a good crowd both days.
Also in the field are CIF State Division I runners-up Berkeley girls, Division I Sac-Joaquin Section champion St. Francis and the Davis boys, the state scoring leaders who lost 109-101 to Grant on Wednesday.
Thirteen of the 20 teams are ranked in The Bee's girls and boys Top 20.
Proceeds will provide college scholarship aid to foster teens in the Sacramento area who age out of the system, Swope said, and are often ill-prepared financially to go out on their own.
"Emancipated foster youth have a high rate of incarceration, teen pregnancy and homelessness," Swope said.
According to studies, between 40 percent and 50 percent of the 20,000 foster youths who age out of the system nationally each year wind up homeless within 18 months. One-quarter end up in prison within two years, and girls are six times more likely than the general population to give birth before age 21.
Swope said more than $50,000 has been raised during the previous four renewals.
COMMON GOOD CLASSIC
At Antelope High School Tickets (all-day admission) are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and younger
12:30 p.m.: Capital Christian vs. Nevada Union, boys
2 p.m.: Berkeley vs. Lincoln of Stockton, girls
3:30 p.m.: Granite Bay vs. Del Campo, boys
5:30 p.m.: Del Oro vs. Oak Ridge, girls
7 p.m.: Del Oro vs. Oak Ridge, boys
12:30 p.m.: Cordova vs. Davis, boys
2 p.m.: Kennedy vs. St. Francis, girls
3:30 p.m.: Laguna Creek vs. Johnson, boys
5:30 p.m.: Center vs. Antelope, girls
7 p.m.: Center vs. Antelope, boys