With Folsoms tremendous success in football in recent years, one guy who has learned to adapt is Bulldogs boys basketball coach Mike Wall.
He doesnt schedule many early-season games because he knows hell be missing some of his basketball players who are still playing football.
Wall has even learned to make accommodations for his Folsom/Vista Classic tournament, held last weekend in conjunction with Vista del Lago, though the scheduling tweak backfired this year.
When No. 4 Folsom beat No. 10 Woodcreek 64-63 early last Saturday evening on Jared Walls putback with eight seconds to play after holding off a furious Timberwolves fourth-quarter rally, there werent many Folsom rooters in the house.
Most of the Folsom faithful were in Pleasant Hill getting ready to watch the football team play De La Salle of Concord for the second consecutive year in the CIF Northern California Regional Open Division championship game.
We scheduled the championship game for 4:30 p.m., Wall said. Last year we did the same thing (Folsom beat Woodcreek 57-56 in that final) and it worked out because the football game was at Sacramento State. But we were thrown a curve when they moved it to Diablo Valley (College) this year.
The basketball tournament still proved a financial success because the Bulldogs drew a big crowd for Fridays semifinal win over El Dorado and because of the popular JV and freshman tournaments, too.
With Saturdays win, Folsom is off to a 7-0 start. Thats a better beginning than even the 31-2 2008-09 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship team that lost its third game of the season to Monte Vista of Danville, then didnt lose again until the NorCal Regionals, also to Monte Vista.
The Bulldogs run has been spurred by the talented sophomore trio of Jordan Ford, Alec Andrews and Jared Wall the coachs son. Ford, the point guard who was MVP of both the Folsom tournament and the Bill Cartwright Invitational, is a special player.
Hes averaging 29.6 points and is drawing favorable comparisons to Folsoms last standout player, Tony Johnson. Johnson was the leader of that 31-2 team, earned Bee All-Metro first team honors that season, went on to a stellar career at Lafayette College and is now playing professionally in the Netherlands.
Andrews is averaging 11 points and Wall 8.1. Along with 6-8 junior center Colin Russell, Folsom figures to only get better with the addition of football players Josiah Deguara, Lukas Hendricks, Cody Creason and Parker Boone all 6-3 or taller.
Coach Wall purposely didnt schedule any games this week the Bulldogs play No. 17 Monterey Trail next Monday in Foothills Hoops for the Human Fund showcase to better acclimate the football players, who joined the basketball team on Monday.
Were going to have six practices and no games, and then roll out Folsom basketball 2.0, Wall said. Folsom 1.0 went 7-0. Now we need to get the bugs out and make sure its an upgrade.
More tournaments In addition to this weeks 12-team St. Hope Elite Classic at Sacramento High, featuring No. 1 Capital Christian and No. 3 Sacramento, at least five other area boys tournaments will be held, with championship games set for Saturday.
They are the 49th Mel Good Holiday Classic at Yuba City (No. 17 Monterey Trail); the Running with the Pack at Cosumnes Oaks (No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks); the Mesa Verde Invitational (No. 11 Del Campo); the Les Curry Invitational at Davis (No. 10 Woodcreek); and the Inderkum tourney.
Heavy hitters in Vegas Fifth-ranked Sheldon will face defending Nevada state champion and host Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas in tonights opening round of the Tarkanian Classic.
Sheldon, last years CIF NorCal D-I Open Division finalist, is in the 16-team Platinum Division that includes defending California state champions Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Redondo Union of Redondo Beach.
Call The Bees Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506 or bpaterson @sacbee.com.