Area girls reach CIF state golf finals
St. Francis qualified as a team and Granite Bay's Paige Lee and Woodland's Sara Scarlett as individuals for the CIF State Girls Golf Championships on Tuesday at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.
St. Francis finished second in team play with a 402 total, while Lee shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish fourth and Scarlett a 1-under 71 to place in a four-way tie for fifth at the CIF Northern California Regional championship Monday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
St. Francis, which has won 10 NorCal titles since the championship's inception in 1998, finished seven strokes behind first-place Foothill of Pleasanton to land one of the three state team berths.
Emily Laskin and Tarah Kubes led the way for St. Francis with rounds of 76 and 79, respectively. Other members of the team include Carina Cater, Victoria Vardanega, Ileana McDonald and Cheyenne Theis.
Whitney's Kelsey Ulep lost in a sudden-death playoff with Isabella Bosetti of Napa's Justin-Siena and Grace Park of Cupertino for the last two of nine state individual qualifying berths. All three shot even-par 72s.
Pleasant Grove finished fifth with a 405, while Oakmont's Maddy Gedeon tied for 12th with a 73 and Pleasant Grove's Sarah Debnekoff placed 14th with a 74.
Twin twins win section tennis titles
Granite Bay twins Chloe and Lily Forlini defeated Enochs of Modesto's Alicia Alava and Vanessa Teves 6-1, 6-2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls tennis championships at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville last Friday. They became the first doubles team in section history to win four consecutive titles.
The sisters, who won three titles in D-II and one at D-I, have verbally committed to attend the Air Force Academy.
Del Oro's Abby Bacharach made it a Sierra Foothill League sweep by winning the D-I singles title 6-3, 7-6 over St. Francis' Jessica Josiah 6-3, 7-6.
Twins made it a section doubles sweep as Pioneer's Marissa and Anna Ditler defeated Bella Vista's Macie Mooney and Jessica Stunz 6-4, 6-4 in the D-II-III finals. Inderkum's Elrene Granville downed Bella Vista's Rachel Putty 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 for the singles title.
Laguna Creek's Pope ranked No. 1 in NorCal
National recruit Malik Pope of Laguna Creek is No. 1 in NorCalPreps.com's Class of 2014 Northern California Top 40 boys basketball rankings.
Pope, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound transfer from Burbank, is ranked No. 11 nationally by Rivals.com.
The other area players and their rankings: Cameron Oliver, Grant, No. 8; D.J. Wilson, Capital Christian, No. 11; Lake Lukes, Jesuit, No. 13; Chris Snyder, Ponderosa, No. 15; Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, No. 18; Brady Anderson, Jesuit, No. 22; Tyler Jennings, Capital Christian, No. 25; Jalen Coates, Burbank, No. 27; Benson Osaybode, Franklin, No. 37.