Section Hall of Fame to induct 43 Sunday
The Sac-Joaquin Section will induct 43 new members into its Hall of Fame this Sunday night at Power Balance Pavilion.
Former area pro athletes to be honored include: Delta's Tony Eason, who quarterbacked the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1985; Marshall's (now River City) Steve Sax, a five-time All-Star who played on two World Series champions; 1928 Sac High graduate Stan Hack, who played 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and was a five-time All-Star; and Del Campo girls basketball standout Danielle Viglione, who played in the WNBA for the Monarchs.
Other former area athletes to be honored are Nevada Union's Kellie Cook, 1991 state girls basketball Player of the Year; Rio Americano swimmer John Ferris, 1968 Olympic bronze medalist; and Rio Americano's Sue Pedersen, winner of four Olympic swimming medals in 1968.
Area coaches to be inducted include: Jesuit's Paul Rose, all-time state leader in boys soccer wins with 674; Bill Baxter, all-time section leader in girls basketball at El Camino with 601 wins; and Max Miller, now back at Rio Americano, with a section-best 255 wins in football.
Other area coaches to be inducted are Gary Summerhays (boys basketball, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer and boys golf teams at Del Campo); McClatchy's Harvey Tahara (515 combined wins in girls and boys basketball); Sheldon's Mary Jo Truesdale (softball); and the late Charlie Lee of Bella Vista (wrestling).
The 43 new members will join the 2010 inaugural class of 56.
Girls basketball players make commitments
NorCalPreps.com reports that these area girls basketball players among the Northern California Class of 2013 Top 40 have made verbal commitments:
No. 4 Brianna Ruiz, Del Oro, Washington; No. 8 Dejza James, Pleasant Grove, Arizona; No. 10 Allie Green, Sacramento, Pepperdine; No. 16 Katelin King, River City, Cal State Northridge; No. 19 Casey Williams, Sacramento, Cal State Fullerton; No. 21 Ashlee Jones, Bradshaw Christian, Nevada; No. 33 Haley Shaner, West Campus, Eastern Washington; No. 38 Stephanie Geyer, Del Oro, Army.
Hansen keeps Jesuit soccer team winning
Niko Hansen scored two goals, one on a penalty kick, and also assisted on Evan Barrett's goal to lead Jesuit past Davis 4-0 in a nonleague match of area powers Saturday night.
On Tuesday, Hansen added two more goals as Jesuit beat Oak Ridge 4-1 in a Delta River League match. The Marauders are 18-1-1 entering today's 3:30 match against visiting Ponderosa (7-1-0).
Jesuit stayed at No. 5 and No. 1, respectively, in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America national fall and Region VIII boys rankings.