Prep notes: Local high school football fields and tracks get much-needed upgrades through bond measures

Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Construction and expansion of high school athletic facilities are not specific to schools within the Sacramento City Unified School District. It's happening in other districts, too.

Rosemont unveiled its new football field and track on Wednesday, and bulldozers continue to move ground for similar upgrades at Kennedy.

Bond measures are also paying off for El Camino and Del Campo within the San Juan Unified School District.

Abbott Field at El Camino has a new football field and bleachers, and track continues to be put in place, prompting Eagles athletic director Cici Robinson to say: "It's full steam ahead."

And it's not just El Camino High School that will benefit.

Abbott Field for decades has also been home to Mira Loma and Encina for football. Del Campo is also undergoing a football stadium/track makeover, joining schools within the Roseville Joint Union, Folsom-Cordova, Twin Rivers and Elk Grove Unified in recent years.

"It's beyond exciting," Robinson said. "The students and faculty at El Camino (and the other schools) have always been amazing, but our facilities haven't always been able to reflect that until now. We are proud to be a school built in 1950 with great history and traditions, but we want to keep up with the Jones's, too."

In addition, El Camino this summer will have a new gym floor installed with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

Tennis winners – Behind Sac-Joaquin Section singles champion Anataily Beynors, Jesuit repeated as section team champions, beating rival Davis 8-1.

Beynors defeated Dan Segedin 6-4, 7-5 in No. 1 singles. Davis and Jesuit met for team titles 13 times since 1999 with Jesuit prevailing nine times.

The Placer co-ed team, winners of 88 consecutive Pioneer Valley League matches, seeks a four-peat Friday when it plays Cosumnes Oaks. Clare McInerney is the No. 1 girls’ singles player and Andrew Carducci is the No. 1 boys player, having just won the D-III section singles title. He is unbeaten this season.

Swimming – Jesuit, Davis and Granite Bay head the boys’ swimming championships on Friday in Lodi. The Marauders are the defending champions, winning their 21st team title since 1976 last year. Davis, the 2013 runner-up, won eight successive titles from 1996to 2003.

Granite Bay beat Jesuit for titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Davis also seeks its 19th girls’ team title and aims to better its own section 400 free relay record with Kathleen Benjamin, Alex Rieger, Heather Johnson and Chenoa Devine, who also has Blue Devil records in the 200 free (1 minute, 49.61 seconds) and 500 free (4:49.18). Devine won the section 200 free last season in 1:49.61 and the 500 free in 4:49.18. Rieger is the two-time defending 100 free champion. Benjamin is the defending 100 breaststroke champion.

Davis set the section 200 medley relay record last season in the finals in 1:44.26.

Girls’ soccer – Oak Ridge and St. Francis will play for the Division I section championship Saturday at 4 p.m., capping three title games at Cosumnes Oaks.

Oak Ridge beat defending champion Franklin 3-1 on penalty kicks in one semifinal, and St. Francis downed Granite Bay 1-0 in the other. St. Francis went 2-0-1 against Oak Ridge this season, including two Delta River League meetings. St. Francis has won 12 section titles, nine since 2000. Oak Ridge won D-II titles in 2007 and 2009.

Placer County rivals Del Oro and Whitney play for D-II honors at 2 p.m. Del Oro beat Rocklin 2-1 in a semifinal off goals from Kayla Collins and Alex Jenkins. Whitney beat Kimball of Tracy 2-1 in the other semifinal off two Aliyah Utush goals. The San Diego State-bound senior has a section-leading 33 goals.

Whitney beat Del Oro 3-1 on March 13 in a regular-season game.

Christian Brothers and Manteca play for the D-III title at noon. CBS beat Benicia 2-1 in the semifinals on goals by Jenna Culley and Nici Lopez.

Signings – Rio Americano’s crew team had members sign letters of intent this week: Sidonie Kilpatrick (UC San Diego), Christian Noack (UC Santa Barbara), Patrick McClure (MIT) and Scot McCuen (MIT).

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