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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 - 10:32 am

Natomas hires former McClatchy standout

Natomas has hired former McClatchy standout Brian Hamilton as its boys basketball coach.

Hamilton replaces Damian Carter, who was let go after pleading no contest to battery in September after striking a referee and longtime Natomas teacher during an adult recreational basketball game last summer.

Hamilton set records for steals and assists as a three-year starting point guard at McClatchy before playing at BYU.

In recent years, Hamilton has been an Amateur Athletic Union coach.

Hamilton's "Play Hard, Play Smart" program has featured some of the area's leading players, a number of whom have gone on to play on scholarship in college.

"We are thrilled to have Brian Hamilton leading our basketball program," Natomas principal John Eick said in a news release. "He not only knows basketball, but more importantly he knows what it takes to get kids to college."

– Bill Paterson

Nevada Union transfer loses appeal to play

Cole Hannum will remain sidelined for his senior season of football.

Hannum, a linebacker-fullback who transfered from Marysville to Nevada Union, had his appeal to be eligible to play this fall denied by a CIF committee.

The Sac-Joaquin Section earlier had declared the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Hannum, who rushed for 1,800 yards last fall, ineligible, concluding there was "first contact" and that he was following a coach to the Grass Valley school after Nevada Union hired a former Marysville assistant to join the staff.

– Joe Davidson

Oak Ridge, St. Francis advance in tennis

Delta River League co-champions Oak Ridge and St. Francis advanced to Monday's quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section girls team tennis playoffs.

Oak Ridge will host Armijo of Fairfield, and St. Francis will travel to St. Mary's of Stockton.

In other quarterfinal matches, Gregori of Modesto will play at Granite Bay and Rocklin visits Davis.

In Monday's Division II matches, Central Catholic of Modesto is at Bella Vista, Vanden of Fairfield is at McClatchy, Yuba City is at Rio Americano, and Benicia is at Los Banos.

– Bill Paterson

El Dorado boys cross country No. 9 in state

El Dorado coach Peanut Harms is beaming these days about his cross country runners.

The boys team, led by Sean Gregg, is ranked No. 9 in the state in Division III by PrepCalTrack.com.

"This is a team that has been getting stronger each year and has qualified for the state meet the past two years," Harms said.

Harms said El Dorado's girls team is ranked among the top four in the section in D-III, and the freshman-sophomore boys recently won the Sierra Valley Conference meet.

– Bill Paterson

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