Sheldon football coach taking a year's leave
Sheldon football coach Josh Crabtree is taking a one-year leave of absence to help care for his father, Bruce, who is battling lung cancer.
Crabtree, who replaced Ed Lombardi in 2010 and was 9-12 in his two seasons with the Huskies, will remain a history and geography teacher at the Elk Grove Unified School District school.
Herbie Berry, a charter staff member at Sheldon since the school opened in 1997, will take over as the Huskies' coach.
Berry, a standout player at Elk Grove in the mid-1980s who went on to play at Stanford, has been a longtime varsity assistant, including stints as a defensive coordinator.
Sheldon reached the playoffs last season and has had numerous players sign college scholarships the past two seasons. They include tight end Mansel Simmons to Washington State, defensive tackle Marcus Paige-Allen to Cal Poly, wide receiver Kyi Thomas to Sacramento State, and tight end Nate Iese to UCLA.
Hayes will join Logue at Dominican
Matt Hayes, Yuba City's career scoring leader, will play basketball at Dominican in San Rafael.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard finished his Yuba City career with 1,406 points.
The Bee All-Metro second-team selection and two-time Tri-County Conference MVP averaged 23.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists his senior season for a Honkers team that finished 18-10 and won its fifth consecutive league title.
He is the second area athlete to sign with Dominican. Two-time Capital Valley Conference MVP K.J. Logue of Bella Vista also will play next season for the Penguins.
Four Oak Ridge girls basketball players will play at the next level. They are Kaitlyn Lendrum (Salve Regina, Newport, R.I.), Jacki Bateman (Menlo), Jenna Klein (CSU San Bernardino) and Katie Hoisington (La Verne).
Del Oro offensive lineman Logan Lamb will join Golden Eagles teammates Bobby Heatherington and Nick O'Sullivan at small-school national power Linfield of McMinnville, Ore.
Oak Ridge volleyball player Alexa Becker will play for Rider in New Jersey.
Elk Grove to host state soccer finals
Some of the top soccer teams in Northern California will compete for California Youth Soccer Association-North state titles this weekend at Elk Grove's Bartholomew Sports Park, 10150 Franklin High Road.
Four teams from host FC Elk Grove will compete in the event for U-14 through U-19 squads, including its '94 Girls team that will play the Central Valley Flames of San Jose in the U-18 State Cup final at noon Saturday.
The girls finals will be played Saturday, with the boys championships Sunday.