New Casa softball coach well stocked
Marriage and a new teaching job in the Bay Area forced Kristen Allen, the 2010 Bee Softball Coach of the Year, to step down last spring from her post at Casa Roble.
Allen led the Rams to back-to-back section championships the Division II banner last season and the D-III title in 2010.
But Allen, a former Casa Roble and Pacific softball standout, leaves new coach Ken Kenobbie, last season's junior varsity coach, with plenty of talent.
Among the returnees is junior All-Capital Valley Conference pitcher Kaitlyn Garcia, who tossed all 163 innings in 26 games for the Rams last season.
She joins Krystal Aubert, a sophomore third baseman who was the conference MVP last season, and Ali Aguilar, a junior shortstop and Capital Athletic League MVP in 2010. Both players have verbally committed to play softball at Washington.
Also back are All-CVC players Madison Zetz, a sophomore infielder, and McKenzie Kenobbie, a junior catcher and the coach's daughter.
The No. 11 Rams are 5-2 heading into today's 4:15 p.m. nonconference game against No. 10 Whitney in Orangevale.
Kennedy player earns sportsmanship honor
During the boys and girls CIF Northern California Regional basketball championships Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion, a player from each team received a sportsmanship award following the six Division I through D-III contests.
Lynette Johnson was Kennedy's recipient, and it was easy to see why it went beyond her 19-point, 11-rebound, four-assist performance in the 56-38 loss to Berkeley in the D-I final.
Whenever the hard-charging junior collided with a Berkeley player, the 5-foot-10 forward was quick to help up her fallen rival.
Johnson even did so when she was called for an offensive foul her fourth foul near the Kennedy basket in the fourth quarter.
The foul could have easily been called against her opponent.
"I know people look up to me, so I need to show sportsmanship at all times," Johnson said. "I don't want to see basketball get out of hand. Basketball is supposed to be a fun game, and that's what I want younger kids to see when I play."
Colfax skier takes state overall title
Colfax freshman Teagan Santin won the girls overall downhill ski title at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation championships recently at Northstar at Tahoe.
Santin won the giant slalom by more than four seconds and the slalom by more than three seconds in leading Colfax to the girls team title.
Davis won the combined girls and boys team title.
Placer won the boys snowboarding team title, and El Dorado took the combined team title.