Two years ago, Brayden Shouse of Vista del Lago was sidelined on the eve of the high school football season with a bum shoulder. He watched with a long face during games, vowing to build on his 118-pound frame.
Rigorous strength training and conditioning, plus eating everything placed in front of him, helped him add more than 45 pounds the last two years, but he was stuck behind more experienced wide receivers Brad Rittenhouse and Tyler Kaim.
Shouse continued to work hard, and it paid off last Friday.
Shouse, now a 5-foot-7, 165-pound junior, caught 14 passes from Matt Jimison for 223 yards and three touchdowns to help the No. 17 Eagles beat El Dorado 33-19 in a Sierra Valley Conference opener. Previously, Shouse had just four catches in four games.
Shouse, who also excels in lacrosse, comes from an athletic family. Mother Nina swam at Rio Americano and Fresno State, and father Jeff played wide receiver and tailback for 11-1 Rio Americano in 1990.
Nifae's moment Capital Christian lineman Nifae Lealao was surrounded by classmates and family during a jersey presentation Thursday to announce that he will play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in February. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder, who has verbally committed to Stanford, is the latest area star to be invited to the game since 2010. Lealao follows Vei Moala, James Sample and Shaq Thompson of Grant, Arik Armstead of Pleasant Grove and Eddie Vanderdoes of Placer.
New era for Olsen Oakmont tight end-defensive end Trey Olsen is considering a recent scholarship offer from Air Force.
"Trey is the hardest worker I have," Oakmont coach Tim Moore said. "He's a two-year captain who has started on both sides of the ball since his sophomore year, and he comes from a great family."
And an athletic one. Olsen's father, Curt, played football and his mother, Rose, basketball, both at Oregon State.
Oakmont hosts Lincoln tonight for homecoming, a year after the Vikings beat Lincoln at its homecoming.
QB scholar Sacramento sophomore quarterback Caden Voges has 16 total touchdowns and a 4.0 grade-point average with Advanced Placement courses in history and biology. He has benefited from the senior leadership of defensive linemen-linebackers Terrell Craig, Tyriq Hickerson and Kalen McDonald. The Dragons host No. 8 Burbank on Saturday.
DeMello dismissed Hank DeMello, who coached Roseville, his alma mater, to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball championship in 2011, was relieved of his duties Monday.
School administrators met Tuesday with parents who support DeMello. Roseville principal Brad Basham explained that the school reported a violation of a practice session during the section's mandated dead period, and the section took away a practice in February, when teams are allowed to start workouts. But that wasn't the only issue, said Roseville Joint Union School District executive Steve Williams.
"This isn't about one parent complaint or one issue or concern," Williams told the Roseville Press Tribune. "This is from a number of issues and complaints that were discussed in detail with coach DeMello. As a result, the school decided to go in a new direction with the baseball program."
Roseville hopes to name a replacement within weeks.
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