It's Sacramento area vs. Bay Area at Jesuit
Four powerhouse teams from the Bay Area will come to Carmichael on Saturday for the annual Father Kelly Tribute at Jesuit High School.
The schedule: Franklin vs. Campolindo of Moraga at 3 p.m.; Foothill vs. San Lorenzo at 4:30 p.m.; Pleasant Grove vs. Newark Memorial at 6 p.m.; and Jesuit vs. Deer Valley of Antioch at 7:30 p.m.
Deer Valley is eighth, Newark Memorial No. 9 and Pleasant Grove No. 15 in NorCalPreps.com's latest Northern California boys rankings.
Deer Valley also features one of Northern California's top recruits in Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-10 Kentucky signee.
The event is named in honor of Jesuit Latin teacher the Rev. John A. Kelly, who was the basketball team's chaplain from 1989 until his death in 1996 at age 75.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Jenna & Patrick Foundation of Hope, dedicated to the fight against cystinosis.
Pleasant Grove will play Berkeley on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Coaches for Cancer girls basketball showcase at Bella Vista.
Granite Bay duo top cross country honors
Granite Bay senior Trent Brendel and freshman Maggie Bell have been named the Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country Boys and Girls Runners of the Year, respectively, by Joe Hartman and the Buffalo Babes running club.
Bell won the CIF state and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls titles this season and on Dec. 8 finished first at the Junior Olympic Youth Girls National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. She also was selected the Section Girls Freshman of the Year.
Brendel won the boys D-II section title and placed 10th at the state meet. He also was named the section Boys Senior of the Year.
Del Campo's Roberson throws a block party
Del Campo 6-foot-4 senior center Megan Roberson turned in an eye-opening effort at last weekend's Monterey Bay Sweet 16 girls basketball tournament.
In a 58-51 win over St. Francis of Watsonville, Roberson had 15 points, 13 blocks and 24 rebounds.
For the tournament, she finished with 39 points, 68 rebounds and 42 blocks as Del Campo went 2-2.
The Air Force Academy verbal commit leads California with 115 blocks, according to Maxpreps.com.
Cordova win streak climbs to eight games
After starting the season 1-6, the No. 20 Cordova boys have reeled off eight consecutive wins, topped by Saturday's 56-54 victory over St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo in the final of the Cordova Christmas Classic.
Sophomore Jordan Roberson was named MVP and seniors Troy Owens and Marcus Libero made all-tournament for the Lancers, who host Laguna Creek tonight.