Capital Christian team earns service award
The Capital Christian girls basketball team has been selected as the Sac-Joaquin Section's winter Community Service Award recipient.
This is the first year for the award, which is given three times during the school year.
Capital Christian will receive a banner and $500, and the players and coaches will be honored Wednesday at the section's board of managers meeting.
The team organized a "Wounded Warrior Walk" after a Capital Christian graduate, Josh Hotaling, lost his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan.
The team sent emails, walked through the local community and invited residents to come out and walk in support of Hotaling.
In all, the team received $12,200 in donations, which helped Hotaling to purchase a car with hand controls so he could fulfill his wish of being able to drive again.
Liberty Ranch football coach steps down
Football coach Anthony Linebaugh, who guided Liberty Ranch to a 9-4 mark, including two playoff wins last season, has resigned to accept a teaching and coaching position at San Marcos High in Santa Barbara.
Del Oro quarterback Bobby Heatherington and running back Nick O'Sullivan have given verbal commitments to play at Division III power Linfield in Oregon. They will be joined by Cosumnes Oaks defensive backs Tavon Willis and Jeff Wolfe.
Granite Bay All-Metro quarterback Brendan Keeney has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with Cal, where he will join Grizzlies teammate Spencer Briare, also a preferred walk-on.
Junior Beau Hershberger of Granite Bay graded out as the top linebacker at the National Underclassmen Combine in Los Angeles.
Cutts new Rocklin boys basketball coach
Casey Cutts is the new boys basketball coach at Rocklin, replacing Mike Lorente. Cutts was a key player for the 2006-07 Thunder (26-4).
Andy Beal has stepped down as the boys basketball coach at Ponderosa after two seasons.
Malik Pope, a 6-foot-7 sophomore center who helped lead Burbank into the Division I playoffs last season, has transferred to Laguna Creek.
Bella Vista senior forward K.J. Logue will play at Dominican in San Rafael. The 6-6 Logue, a two-time Capital Valley Conference Player of the Year, averaged 15.2 points last season for the Broncos.
All-Metro guard Bryce Pressley of Jesuit has accepted a scholarship to Portland.
River City guard Jordan Ligons will play at Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego.
Monterey Trail golfer James Reede III has signed with Jackson (Miss.) State.